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2021 Year In Review: Rafael Lantigua

Jays From the Couch Will Review Seasons Of Many, Hopefully, Most, Of The Toronto Blue Jays Prospects. Not Just The Top Prospects. Rafael Lantigua Born April 28th, 1998, the native of Puerto Plata, D.R.

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2021 Year In Review: Rafael Lantigua

Jays From the Couch Will Review Seasons Of Many, Hopefully, Most, Of The Toronto Blue Jays Prospects. Not Just The Top Prospects. Rafael Lantigua Born April 28th, 1998, the native of Puerto Plata, D.R.

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Happy Birthday Ken Huckaby

Former Blue Jays catcher Ken Huckaby turns 51 today.

Ken was a 22 round pick by the Dodgers in the 1991 draft. He was in the Dodgers system for seven seasons, making it to Triple-A. Then he bounced from the Mariners, Yankees, Diamondbacks and finally landed with the Jays.

Out 2002 season started with Tom Wilson (not the hockey player nor the member of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) sharing the catcher’s job with Darren Fletcher, but Fletcher was having a lousy year and retired in the...

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2021 Year In Review: Rafeal Lantigua

Jays From the Couch Will Review Seasons Of Many, Hopefully, Most, Of The Toronto Blue Jays Prospects. Not Just The Top Prospects. Rafael Lantigua Born April 28th, 1998, the native of Puerto Plata, D.R.

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2021 Year In Review: Rafeal Lantigua

Jays From the Couch Will Review Seasons Of Many, Hopefully, Most, Of The Toronto Blue Jays Prospects. Not Just The Top Prospects. Rafael Lantigua Born April 28th, 1998, the native of Puerto Plata, D.R.

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Wednesday Bantering: Ortiz to the Hall of Fame

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Happy Wednesday. I had a few days away from the everyday world. I went up to see my mom and sister and some friends. Unfortunately, I missed seeing my son because he had been exposed to Covid at work and wasn’t feeling well. He tested negative on one of those rapid tests, but the test was likely wrong.

The topic of conversation, with everyone, seemed to be mental health. A friend’s dad passed, which brings...

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Assessing the 1985 Blue Jays drafts

The Jays found one important future piece in an unlikely place

In 1984, the Toronto Blue Jays continued their rapid ascent up the ranks of the American League, taking the step from respectability to bona fide contenders. Although they finished 15 games behind the 104-58 Tigers juggernaut, 89-73 was good for the second best record in the American League. For that purposes for drafting however, that meant picking second last in 1985 (despite only having the fifth best record in...

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Yesterday in history: Jays “settle” for Tom Henke

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It worked out for the best that the California Angels had priority in the January 1985 free agent compensation draft

37 years ago, Major League Baseball held the last of four largely ill-fated free agent compensation drafts that were conducted from 1982 to 1985. Famously, the Toronto Blue Jays plucked Tom Henke from the Texas Rangers, obtaining an instrumental piece of their future contending teams in the shutdown closer at the end of the bullpen...

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Announcement: A new commenting system is coming to Bluebird Banter

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Coming Thursday, comments will look different.

Hey everyone. I’m Tanya, and I oversee all of our baseball communities for SB Nation.

This Thursday will be a big day for our community: we’re moving our comments to a new platform, developed especially for SB Nation. All of our MLB communities will be moving to the new platform, and I’m excited about the change.

Some of you may already be familiar with this new platform as it rolled out to our NFL...

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Assessing the 1984 Blue Jays drafts

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Lacking a 1st rounder, they made gambled on upside in the 2nd and found a longtime MLB player in the 3rd

Building on the strong above-.500 finish to 1982, in 1983 the Toronto Blue Jays achieved two franchise firsts. At 89-73, they both avoided the cellar and finished above .500 for the first time while flirting with contention and even leading the division in late July before a swoon knocked them out for good (ultimately finishing 4th nine games...

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Tom Dakers

Monday Bantering

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I’ve been taking a couple of days off from the world. I’m in Edmonton, visiting my mom and sister, friends and having supper with my oldest boy tomorrow.

And there has been little for baseball news. It doesn’t seem like there has been any movement in the talks between the Players and the Owners. I’d call it depressing, but there are many other things going on that are more depressing, I don’t know that this should crack the top 10. Just...

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Blue Jays Spotlight: Logan Warmoth in 2022

The Toronto Blue Jays have a lot of big league outfielders, but if one is traded, we could very well see Logan Warmoth in 2022 Featured Images Courtesy Of DaveMe Images.

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Blue Jays Spotlight: Logan Warmoth in 2022

The Toronto Blue Jays have a lot of big league outfielders, but if one is traded, we could very well see Logan Warmoth in 2022 Featured Images Courtesy Of DaveMe Images.

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Kevin Gausman: Giants 'never made me an offer'

The Giants were known to be looking to re-sign Kevin Gausman, and as the free agent right-hander neared his decision, it appeared as though the Giants were one of the favorites to get Gausman’s name on the dotted line.

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Former MLB All-Star Francisco Liriano retires at age 38

Francisco Liriano, a Major League Baseball All-Star with the Minnesota Twins in 2006, retired at the age of 38, according to Benjamin Jones of SB Nation on Friday.

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JFtC Presents The MLB Minute

Jays From the Couch brings you the MLB Minute, a weekly collection of the goings on across Major League Baseball Featured Images Courtesy Of DaveMe Images.

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Former MLB All-Star Francisco Liriano retires at age 38

Francisco Liriano, a Major League Baseball All-Star with the Minnesota Twins in 2006, retired at the age of 38, according to Benjamin Jones of SB Nation on Friday.

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Blue Jays – Shapiro Report Card

The Blue Jays have been led by President, Mark Shapiro for a while now and we’ve got a report card of his tenure in Toronto Featured Images Courtesy Of DaveMe Images.

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Today in Blue Jays History: Vernon Wells Trade

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Eleven years ago today, Alex Anthopoulos managed to trade Vernon Wells, something that I figured was pretty much impossible.

The Angels took Vernon and his rather large contract in exchange for Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli.

We were:

shocked. And then giddy. It took a couple of days before we could look back at Vernon’s time with the Jays.

At the time of the trade, Vernon was owed about $86 million over the next four years. His salary was to jump from...

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Blue Jays, Trade Chips, And Post-Lockout Trade Challenges

The Blue Jays are expected to be players in the trade market after the new CBA is in place.  But do they have the trade chips to make a big splash? Featured Images Courtesy Of DaveMe Images.

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