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Tom Dakers

Question Time

What’s the most memorable in-person encounter you’ve had with a member of the Jays organization?

I have a few things going on this morning and no time for a real post, so let’s just ask a question:

What’s the most memorable in-person encounter you’ve had with a member of the Jays organization? Tell us the story. It can be as simple as an autograph or, maybe, a player saved your life.

Me? Getting to talk to Brian Butterfield, would be it. It was the first time I was allowed to...

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Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. said he will start next season: 'I believe I am ready'

The Blue Jays kept Guerrero in the Arizona Fall League for him to focus on finer points, but now he says he's ready to be called up.

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erik.t

Championship Series Day 5 Preview

ALCS Game 3 and NLCS Game 4

The Brewers beat the Dodgers last night 4-0 in the day’s only action taking a 2-1 series lead into game 4 of the NLCS tonight. The ALCS now shifts to Houston with both the Red Sox and Astros owning one win apiece.

Red Sox @ Astros - 5:09 ET

The series is tied up, and looks to continue its promise of a hard fought series. Tonight’s game doesn’t have the marquee pitching matchup of the first 2 games, but still features a pair of starters that belong here....

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Martin Barratt

Tuesday bantering

Yesterday’s 2-1 win for the Brewers at Dodge Stadium was relatively straightforward (despite the omnishambles of Jeremy Jeffress in the 9th). The Brew Crew stand just 2 wins away from the World Series. I’m hoping they get there. My Dodger supporting sister in law is not.

Talking of omnishambles, Yasmani Grandal had another game to forget. He has already been benched for Game 4.

Apparently his teammates are shocked as to why fans are booing a catcher that cannot hit or catch. Its like...

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Kate Stanwick

Open GameThread: Brewers at Dodgers

We only have one baseball game today as the Red Sox and Astros are both off.

The Brewers and Dodgers are in town (well, my town at least) for Game 3 of the NLCS. The saddest part of my day is always overhearing colleagues who got offered someone’s corporate tickets and are turning them down.

I’ve also gotten a bit of chirping from some Kings fans today, since they are playing the Maple Leafs in Toronto. I just remind them Auston Matthews has scored one fewer goal than the Kings have...

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Tom Dakers

Happy Birthday Teoscar Hernandez

And Chad Mottola and Carlos Garcia

Teoscar Hernandez turns 26 today.

The good news is that he’s coming into his prime years for a ball player.

I really said everything I wanted to say about Teoscar back here.

But.....he had a 107 wRC+ last year. A little bump from that and you have quite the offensive player. The glove isn’t good, and I’m doubting it will ever be good, but maybe the bat will turn out to be special.

Next year will be big for Teoscar, he either proves himself to be...

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Tom Dakers

Jays to play Brewers in Montreal

Jays and Brewers finish spring training in Olympic Stadium

Once again the Blue Jays will finish spring training in Montreal with a two-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The games will be on March 25 and 26. After that the Jays have a day off and then start the season at home against the Tigers.

The Jays start their spring training schedule February 23, also against the Tigers. They play 32 games in Florida, before traveling to Montreal.

I do wonder how much the Jays have to pay...

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erik.t

Championship Series Day 4 Preview

NLCS Game 4: Brewers at Dodgers

Welcome to the 4th day of League Championship play. Yesterday saw the Red Sox draw even with the Astros, as that series shifts to Houston after today’s off day. In the National League, the Dodgers and Brewers have headed to Los Angeles to continue their 7 game series tied at a game apiece. Tonight’s contest begins at 7:39 ET.

Dodger’s Starter

Rookie sensation Walker Buehler gets the ball in Game 3, as the Dodgers look to gain the 2-1 advantage. Buehler...

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Kate Stanwick

Open GameThread: ALCS Game 2 - Astros at Red Sox

The Astros took the first game of the ALCS yesterday against a team who was seen as the underdog despite the fact they won 108 games. The ‘Stros took a large lead late and didn’t have to use their closer. It was a good win.

Tonight, Gerrit Cole, who is thankfully not a Yankee, will face off against David Price.

Here are the lineups:

Today's Lineups George Springer - CF Mookie Betts - RF Jose Altuve - 2B Andrew Benintendi - LF Alex Bregman - 3B J.D. Martinez - DH Yuli Gurriel -...

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Tom Dakers

Sunday Question

If you could steal a player off each AL East team and add him to the Jays, who would you take?

We’ve done this little game each of the past few years:

If you could take one player off each of the other AL East teams and put him on the Blue Jays, who would you pick? We will look at the other division later. Don’t worry about about contracts, we’ll figure how to pay them later, but future value would be something to consider. So give us your picks.

I would think that we’d be looking at...

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Tom Dakers

Today in Blue Jays History: The Bat Flip

Three Years Ago Today:

I’m sure you remember it all, but from the recap:

The top of the 7th was absolutely nuts. I’m not sure I can explain it all.

Aaron Sanchez come in, replacing Marcus Stroman (who was great), with the score tied. He gave up a lead off single, to, of course, Roughed Odor. Chris Gimenez bunted him to second. He got to third on a Delino DeShields ground out (great play by Josh Donaldson). Then it got weird.

After a pitch to Shin-Soo Chin, Russell Martin, when trying...

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erik.t

Championship Series Day 3 Preview

ALCS Game 2: Astros @ Red Sox

After a pair of very long games yesterday, that were both very close save for the 9th inning in Boston, we move into day 3 of the Championship Series. The Dodgers and Brewers, having split the first 2 games in Milwaukee, are on a travel day to Los Angeles, although they probably got there yesterday.

The Astros and Red Sox still get to play today. The Astros took game 1 last night in a 7-2 win that wasn’t that much of a blowout on the scoreboard until the 9th,...

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Kate Stanwick

Open GameThread: Day of Two CS Games

We have two games today - the second game of the NLCS and the first game of the ALCS.

The Dodgers are down 0-1 thanks to some terrible defense and failure to complete the comeback. However, they managed to heavily tire out the Brewers bullpen.

The Red Sox and Astros will face off later on today, with Chris Sale opposing Justin Verlander. It should be a good series.

Here are the lineups for the NLCS game:

Today's Lineups Chris Taylor - CF Lorenzo Cain - CF Justin Turner - 3B Christian...

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Tom Dakers

The season that was: Randal Grichuk

A look at Randal’s 2018 season

The Blue Jays picked up Randal Grichuk from the Cardinals for Dominic Leone and Conner Greene.

At the time we were pretty happy about the move. Our poll on the trade:

13% I love it

57% I like it

22% I’m Neutral

6% Dislike it

2% Hate it

If we redid the poll at the end of April, the numbers would have been far different. Of course, if we put one up now I think it would be 100% love it.

Randal was coming off a pretty average 2017 season, hitting...

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erik.t

Championship Series Day 2 Preview

NLCS Game 2, ALCS Game 1

After a tense and exciting game last night, the Playoffs continue this afternoon with a double header of excitement. The Brewers host the Dodgers for Game 2 of the NLCS, while the Red Sox will kick off the ALCS by hosting the Astros.

Dodgers @ Brewers - 4:09 ET

The Brewers managed to hang on tight to their win last night, as they watched their comfortable lead of 6-1 evaporate into a heart-pounding 6-5 win stranding the tying run at 3B in the top of the 9th. The...

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Blue Jays bringing in several candidates to replace John Gibbons

Since announcing the departure of manager John Gibbons, the Blue Jays have begun their search for a new skipper as they look to return to contention for the first time since back-to-back playoff appearances in 2015 and 2016. The search is underway, with GM Ross Atkins already having conducted a number of preliminary interviews over the phone. As we have done with other openings of this kind, we’ll use this post to track the most recent developments in the hiring process in Toronto. Latest...

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Mark Colley

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. won’t stop hitting in the AFL

What else is new?

In two games in the Arizona Fall League, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has picked up just where he left off this season.

Over nine at-bats, the 19-year-old third baseman is hitting a congruous .667. He’s collected three hits in each of his outings, including four doubles total, and after a walk Wednesday, he boasts an OBP of .700.

And even though it’s only two complete games, he refuses to relent, collecting an RBI single in his first at-bat of yesterday’s game against the...

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Mark Colley

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. won’t stopping hitting in the AFL

What else is new?

In two games in the Arizona Fall League, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has picked up just where he left off this season.

Over nine at-bats, the 19-year-old third baseman is hitting a congruous .667. He’s collected three hits in each of his outings, including four doubles total, and after a walk Wednesday, he boasts an OBP of .700.

And even though it’s only two complete games, he refuses to relent, collecting an RBI single in his first at-bat of yesterday’s game against the...

Yardbarker: Toronto Blue Jays

How much better can the Blue Jays farm system get?

With Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leading the way, the Blue Jays have one of the top farm systems in baseball. Now the real test will be to maintain or even improve upon their impressive stock of prospects. (Photo courtesy of @sportingnewsca Twitter) Going back to August 2016 when the Blue Jays traded Drew Hutchison for Francisco Liriano, Reese McGuire, and Harold Ramirez, that’s when their rebuild really kicked-off.  Ever since they’ve been acquiring prospects left, right, and centre,...

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Tom Dakers

Open Thread: NLCS Game 1

This should be a good series. Brewers come into it on a long winning streak and, of course, the Dodgers have a very good team.

Game one is in Milwaukee.

Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers. He was 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA in 26 starts this year. He’s not quite the picture he was in the past, he’s down a bit in strikeouts this year.

Gio Gonzalez was 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA in 32 starts, but he has a 2.13 ERA in 5 starts since coming over from the Nationals.

Today's Lineups Chris Taylor...

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