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Talking Toronto Blue Jays on the Team1040 – May 25

Pillar relaxes during batting practice

Last Friday, I joined the night owl, and American camping expert, Matt Baker for our usual rundown of the Toronto Blue Jays and their minor league affiliates on the Team 1040.  Obviously the Jays recent hotstreak made for a fairly positive discussion, but there was still a few things we could nitpick.  Including mentioning the […]


Alex Anthopoulos and the First Round: 2012

D.J. takes a rip while with Bluefield (courtesy of Jay Blue)

With less than 10 days until the start of the 2014 major league draft, Alex Anthopoulos and the Blue Jays scouting staff will be fully focused (despite some recent minor league transactions) on cross checking their draft board and whittling the list of who they make take with the 9th and 11th picks down to a […]


Notes From Toronto Blue Jays Extended Spring Training

Robson celebrates pitching C's to 3rd straight title (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to dig up any dirt from Blue Jays extended spring training.  Seems my source has met himself a nice young lady down there in Dunedin which leaves precious little time to speak to ol’ Charlie.  Plus, and this was covered during the mechanics piece, extended is an absolute grind, and […]


Talking Toronto Blue Jays on the Team and

Remember this?  (courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

A busy week leaves this piece a bit late to the post but I joined the indomitable Matt Baker last friday for our usual discussion buffet on the Toronto Blue Jays and their minor league affiliates. A couple of the topics we covered have turned out to be quite prescient. Our Buffalo chat focused on […]


Alex Anthopoulos and the First Round: 2011

The next Blue Jay? Norris relaxes at spring training (image courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

With the MLB amateur draft a mere 20 odd days away, we continue our series breaking down Alex Anthopoulos’ first round missteps.  Last week saw AA’s first draft with the Jays go in the loss column when he took career New Hampshire Fisher Cat, Deck McGuire, with the 11th overall pick.  This week, I’m not […]


Blue Jays Minor League Chat on the Team 1040 and the ChazMan

Chaz Frank with his usual dirty uni (photo courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

I caught up with all ’round good guy Matt Baker on the Team 1040 this past Friday following a particularly disappointing Blue Jays loss (aren’t they all?) versus the Angels.  Given the tough start on the night from Dustin McGowan, compounded by a terrible one against Cleveland last night, the injured (perennially so, it seems) […]


Blitzing Anthony Alford

Will two sport start Anthony Alford spend parts of 2013 in Vancouver? (photo courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

Toronto Blue Jays 2012 third round pick and aspiring safety for Ole Miss University, Anthony Alford, finished his schooling for the year and arrived in Florida Sunday.  What follows is anyone’s guess, including, I’d surmise, the Jays themselves.  They’ll need to see what kind of shape Alford is in, how he reacts to everyday baseball activities, […]


Alex Anthopoulos and the First Round: 2010

Deck warms up for the Fisher Cats (image courtesy of Jay Blue)

After trying to draw conclusions from Blue Jays 2010 first pick (11th overall) Deck McGuire‘s most recent start with one eye closed, and quite possibly a few beers deep, I came to a brilliant diagnosis of the Georgia native’s problems and was ready to write a groundbreaking piece laying out the ‘facts’.  As is often the […]


Blue Jays Minor League Chat on the Team 1040 and Kevin Pillar

Pillar relaxes during batting practice

After a birthday enforced two week hiatus, I joined Matt Baker on the Team1040 last Friday for our weekly Toronto Blue Jay and their affiliates chat. With so much going on in the system over the past couple of weeks it was tough to touch on everything.  We did managed to discuss the Jays bullpen woes, Aaron Sanchez, and Franklin […]


Blue Jays Minor League Musings

Surrey native Atkinson looking pensive (photo courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Long time readers of this blog (would like to say ‘Hi Mom’ here, but think she’s given up on this site) know I have a fascination with Blue Jays left-handed pitching prospect Daniel Norris.  My first post was a questioning his whereabouts and why he wasn’t in Vancouver.  Well, he did get to Vancouver eventually, […]