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Jesse Goldberg-Strassler

Guest Post: Jesse Goldberg-Strassler on doing ‘re-creation’ broadcasts

Minor Leaguer

Tom: This is a repost from 2014. Jesse is doing his annual ‘re-creation’ broadcast tonight (and since there is no Blue Jays game today, is is great timing). It is a cool look back at the way minor league radio broadcasts were done ‘in the old days’. If you can listen in, it is a lot of fun.

Every August, during an otherwise routine evening at the ballpark, I re-create a live Lansing Lugnuts baseball game.

I stand in the open press box, a baseball glove, a ball, and...

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Matt W

Checking in on the minor league affiliates playoff hunts

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A brutal April and May ended any glimmer of hope the Blue Jays might have had for postseason contention, but for that there’s still the minor league affiliates. As those season enter the home stretch with two weeks left, let’s take a look at where things stand for each starting at the bottom and working up with a couple in particular potentially in line for an exciting finish.

DSL/GCL Blue Jays

I hardly consider the complex leagues...

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Tom Dakers

Happy Birthday Woody Williams

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Former Blue Jays pitcher Woody Williams turns 53 today.

I’ll admit I often confuse him with Chris Carpenter. They both ended up in St. Louis, after leaving the Jays (Williams had a stop in San Diego first). They both pitched better with the Cards (Carpenter was much better). They were teammates in St. Louis.

Woody was a 28th round draft pick in 1988 (Joey Hamilton was picked in the same round, a few spot earlier by the Orioles), out of the...

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Watch: Blue Jays' turn DP in 5th

Thomas Pannone gets Austin Nola to ground out into a double play in the top of the 5th inning as runners are in scoring position

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Tom Dakers

Bats take the day off, Jays lose

Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

Mariners 7 Blue Jays 0

We were supposed to get a bunch of home runs against Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi but we didn’t get much of any type of hit against him. He allowed just 2 hits and 1 walk, with 9 strikeouts against us. We just couldn’t figure him out all day.

The Mariners hit a bunch of home runs, four of them.

Our opener, Wilmer Font gave up a solo homer (just clearing the wall), plus two other hits, with 3 strikeouts in his 2 innings.

Thomas...

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After having MRI, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. says knee injury is ‘nothing major’

Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was forced to leave Saturday’s game against Mariners with a knee injury, but fortunately he is not dealing with anything serious. Guerrero underwent an MRI and said Sunday that the results showed “nothing major.” That means the 20-year-old slugger has no structural damage. Guerrero put on a show for fans at the Home Run Derby, and has proven that taking part in the event doesn’t always ruin a player’s swing. He’s hitting .274 with 14 home...

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Kate Stanwick

GameThread Game #127: Mariners at Blue Jays

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The Blue Jays will be playing in a rubber match with the Mariners today, and my only request is that nobody else gets hurt before they touch down in Los Angeles. Am willing to subject them to being bubble wrapped or whatever else is necessary to accomplish this mission.

Here are today’s lineups. Vlad Jr is of course, out. Tellez will DH, Drury will play 3rd and Jansen will catch for Pannone.

Today's Lineups Tim Lopes - LF Bo Bichette - SS Dee...

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Tom Dakers

Nate Pearson promoted to Buffalo

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So this is good news, I didn’t figure Nate would see Buffalo until next year:

#BlueJays RHP Nate Pearson (our No. 15 prospect) is getting the bump to Triple-A Buffalo. In 16 starts and 62.2 IP in Double-A, Pearson posted a 2.59 ERA with 69 strikeouts & 21 walks.

— Carlos Collazo (@CarlosACollazo) August 18, 2019

Nate made 6 starts in Dunedin, had a 0.86 ERA in 21 innings, just 10 hits, 2 homers, 3 walks and 35 strikeouts.

And 16 starts in...

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Erik T

Game #127 Preview: Kikuchi vs Font (o)

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Mariners (51-73) vs Blue Jays (52-74)

The Blue Jays wrap up their homestand this afternoon, looking to win the series against the visiting Mariners. Today’s game gets under at 1:07 ET.

Blue Jays’ Starter

The Blue Jays will start things off with Wilmer Font, who has been a nice surprise for the Jays so far. After struggling with the Rays and the Mets, Font has come to Toronto and thrived in an Opener and occasional reliever role. Through 16.1...

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Watch: Kyle Seager's go-ahead jack in 8th

Kyle Seager drills a solo home run off the foul pole in right field to put the Mariners ahead, 4-3, in the top of the 8th inning

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. headed for MRI

Heralded Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was removed from today’s contest with the Mariners due to what the team has called “left knee discomfort”. “Vladito” exited the game after making a diving grab on a ground ball at third base in the top of the second inning, and it appears the move may have been more than precautionary. Manager Charlie Montoyo informed TSN’s Scott Miller that Guerrero Jr. will undergo an MRI on Sunday (link). Receiving an MRI is hardly a surefire...

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Tom Dakers

Jays lose game and Vlad is hurt, so not a fun day

Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Mariners 4 Blue Jays 3

The big news from today’s game is that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. came out of the game before the third inning with discomfort in his left knee. No word on whether he will miss any games or not yet.

Trent Thornton had a pretty good start. 6 innings, 5 hits, 3 earned, 4 walks and 3 strikeouts. He gave up a home run to Austin Nola, a solo shot in the fourth inning. He had troubles at times with the strike zone. First batter of the game, Tim...

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. exits game with knee discomfort, will be evaluated

Toronto Blue Jays star rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was forced to exit Saturday’s game against the Seattle Mariners after tweaking his knee. Shi Davidi of Sportsnet noted Guerrero “left the game with knee discomfort and is undergoing further evaluation,” per the Blue Jays. He also included a video clip of a play Guerrero made that could have been how he injured his knee. Since being called up to Toronto earlier this season, Guerrero has done nothing but impress, making history in the...

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Tom Dakers

Vladimir Guerrero leaves game

Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. left today’s game in the third inning. No word on an injury, but it has me worried. He didn’t come out for the top for the third. He did make a play in the top of the second inning. It is possible he strained something.

Hoping it is nothing series. We will update when we know more.

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Kate Stanwick

GameThread Game #126: Mariners at Blue Jays

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Today the Blue Jays have a chance at another series win, which is still pretty surreal to be saying in 2019. The team will be going for the W behind (staff ace?) Trent Thornton. Let’s do it.

Here are today’s lineups. Smoak gets a DH day as Tellez will play 1st. Grichuk is in center and McKinney gets a start.

Today's Lineups Tim Lopes - LF Bo Bichette - SS J.P. Crawford - SS Cavan Biggio - 2B Omar Narvaez - C Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - 3B Kyle...

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Tom Dakers

Happy Birthday Dave Lemanczyk

It is Dave Lemanczyk’s 69th birthday today. We don’t have a picture of him that we can use, but I found a baseball card.

Dave was a starting pitcher for the Blue Jays back in their first season, he started the second game in club history, taking the L in our very first loss.

He was a pretty decent pitcher. We took him from the Detroit Tigers in the Expansion Draft. The Expansion Draft was really a suckers bet, the expansion teams paid a fortune to join the league and they get to pick...

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Erik T

Game #126 Preview: McClain vs Thornton

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Mariners (50-73) vs Blue Jays (52-73)

After another fun win last night, their 12th in the last 18 games, the Blue Jays will look to take game 2 against the Mariners this afternoon. Gametime is set for 3:07 ET.

Blue Jays’ Starter

The Jays will send seasoned rookie Trent Thornton to the mound this afternoon. He leads the team in games started, today making his 25th of the season. Through his first 114.2 innings, Thornton is 4-8 with a 5.34 ERA, but...

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Watch: TOR 7, SEA 3 - Blue Jays crush 4 homers in win vs. Mariners

8/16/19: Blue Jays crush 4 homers in win vs. Mariners

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Tom Dakers

4 homers power the Jays to win over Mariners

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Mariners 3 Blue Jays 7

I’m having so much fun watching the kids play. Tonight’s win makes us 9-6 in August.

Jacob Waguespack had a very nice start. 5.1 innings, 5 hits, 2 earned, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. He had a bit of trouble in the second inning. He game up a leadoff single, one out walk, threw a wild pitch (I think passed ball, but then it doesn’t matter) and our old friend Tim Lopes singled home two. That was the only time he was in...

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Kate Stanwick

GameThread Game #125: Mariners at Blue Jays

Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

The Blue Jays will play against the Mariners for the first time this year (seriously MLB with the scheduling) before heading out to the West Coast (:D!) and playing them again next weekend at the Rogers Center west.

Here are today’s lineups. Drury gets a DH day, Fisher will start in left, and Jansen will catch for Jacob Waguespack.

Today's Lineups Mallex Smith - CF Bo Bichette - SS J.P. Crawford - SS Cavan Biggio - 2B Omar Narvaez - C Vladimir...

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