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For Whom Does the Bell Thole?

I think Dickey is really pondering something here

While I’m not sure we’re looking at a situation that is a total certainty as Jon Heyman seems to think, I do believe the Jays are leaning towards picking up starting pitcher R.A. Dickey‘s 12 million dollar — 11 million in real dollars if you take into account the buy-out — option for 2016. Heyman throws […]


Lugnuts to Win With Canadian Experience?

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

While I am no great believer in the, seemingly ageless, sports adage that playoff experience is a must for playoff success, I still thought it would be interesting, with the Lansing Lugnuts, single-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, about to start their Midwest League quarterfinal against the land-locked Great Lake Loons, to see how […]


Vancouver Canadians Fall Short in Their Strive for Six

Lane Thomas digs in at the Nat

But there is no joy in Vancouver, for the mighty Canadians have struck out. After making the playoffs for the past five years, including three straight Northwest League championships, the Vancouver Canadians, for the first time since they have been affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays, will be on the outside looking in come playoff time. […]


Happy Draft Day!

Chase chats up some locals (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Let’s be honest, I’m probably not going to get this post finished today (update, I’m only a day late!), making the immediacy of the title somewhat redundant but hey, at least I’m trying right!  For Blue Jays fans, this year’s edition of the annual MLB draft doesn’t contain the edge of your seat excitement that […]


Blue Jays Minor League Review – May Flowers

Wouldn't Jeff Hoffman look good in C's red and black?

I’m not exactly certain what trajectory a lead balloon will take if dropped from a higher place, say CN Tower for example, but I’m willing to guess it plummets.  Quickly.  Similar to my feelings on the Blue Jays season.  Of course, I’m a raging optimist, and at a mere two games  under .500 heading into […]


Blue Jays Minor League Update – First Few Weeks

Alford at extended spring training (image courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

I wish someone would draw a hard and fast line in the sand as to when small sample sizes end and we can start reading far too much into what 20 year old kids are managing in the lower echelons of minor league baseball.  With most of the Jays affiliates almost 20 games deep into […]


What to Make of Blue Jays Minor League Assignments

Matt Smoral looks resplendent in C's red (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

The Blue Jays minor league affiliates got their seasons started late last week and I didn’t write anything.  Nothing.  Crickets.  Not for lack of want mind.  But my auld enemy time (and a personal goal to actually finish my top prospects list) was against me once again. That all being said, there wasn’t really a […]


Notes From Blue Jays Minor League Camp – Part Three

Brendan Kalfus takes a break during batting practice

There’s going to be a lot of firsts for the younger Blue Jays over the next weeks/months.  First trip to Montreal, where I really hope Miguel Castro tried poutine.  A lot of it.  First opportunity to play in Yankee stadium (although not for Dan Norris as Buck Martinez found out during yesterday’s interview): Opening day […]


California Dreaming and Blue Jays Trucks are Leaving

Team Caskey backs the California League Champions

I often get asked, usually from those that want to troll me, why I love baseball so much.  I have to admit, despite purporting to be a baseball writer, I often to struggle to answer the question with any clarity.  It’s like getting asked what I see in my wife.  There’s so many things it’d […]


Where Will the Blue Jays Reap Value?

Ya, he knew

Similar to 2011 when a certain hockey goalie on the West Coast ‘pumped the tires’ of one that played on the Eastern side of this great continent, I’m going to spend a good chunk of this piece extolling the virtues of a blogger that resides three time zones away. Ex-colleague Kyle (Matte) has, like me, […]


Lunch With the Blue Jays

Robbie Alomar holds court

The Vancouver Canadians hosted their annual hot stove luncheon Friday at the Hotel Vancouver.  I spoke a bit last year on the excellent causes supported by the event so won’t go into that again.  Instead, will focus on the Blue Jays’y stuff. Prior to the lunch I got the chance to have a quick chat with […]


Blue Jays Bring Big Guns to Vancouver

See you for lunch boys, not you Colby, you can piss off (image courtesy of Jay Blue)

Despite an ugly forecast, there should be at least one patch of sunshine (if nothing else, Marcus Stroman‘s ever present smile will light up the room) in town tomorrow as the Toronto Blue Jays arrive for their annual Vancouver Canadians hot stove luncheon.  After a thinnish lineup last year, with Kevin Pillar the only current […]


Is Alex Anthopoulos too Enamoured With Jays Farm System?

AA in a good mood (must have been prior to last season) image courtesy of vancouversun.ca

Amidst my efforts to finally publish my Blue Jays top 30 prospects (I promise, it’s coming soon) I came across this article from SI.com’s Tom Verducci.  Now, I know there’s some anti-Verducci-ites out there who won’t read the piece, so below is, in a nutshell, what I found interesting. The article discusses the myriad of […]


Tiger Toritani to Decide Future Soon? Ever?

Where is that extra bat coming from?

I recently mused how the eye of Blue Jays news we’re currently in will certainly turn back to a storm of activity given how close-ish we are to pitchers and catchers reporting.  Well, in Japan, things are going to crank up a lot quicker as everybody (not just the P&C’s) are due to make their way […]


Tiger Takashi Toritani to Toronto?

Where is that extra bat coming from?

I probably could have come up with a better title than that, but goddamn I love alliteration.  As most Toronto Blue Jay fans are aware, there’s been quite a bit of speculation over the last week or so that Alex Anthopoulos may be broadening his horizons to fill the Jays troublesome second base position by looking […]


Pitching The Vancouver Canadians Hotstove Luncheon

Luncheon??! I love luncheons

Wednesday, the Vancouver Canadians announced the lineup for their upcoming annual hot stove luncheon.  One of the highlights of what has to be one of the worst months of the year.  The luncheon raises money for Challenger Baseball, the UBC varsity program as well as the Canadians own baseball league while allowing fans to interact […]


Holy Smoak! The Blue Jays Are Busy

AA weaves his magic at C's hotstove luncheon (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

When Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos gave his annual, end of the season, state of the franchise presser  he seemed genuinely excited about the winter to come, guaranteeing some roster turnover. I was intrigued to see what the ninja could get done.  It also gave me a brilliant (in my own mind) idea.  Why not […]


Blue Jays Trade Canadian’s MVP Franklin Barreto

Franklin Barreto scores one of his league leading 65 runs

The Toronto Blue Jays pulled off a massive trade on Friday.  One that included three of their farmhands, including the best outfield player I’ve seen in Vancouver, Franklin Barreto.  It’s funny, I’ve been having some twitter banter recently with some regular correspondents.  Comments such as ‘procrastinator’ have been used to describe my inability to get […]


Blue Monday, Jays Add Russell Martin

Fear the Beard

I’m late to this party, as usual, but being a stay at home dad often means computer time is limited.  Very limited.  I’m just glad I decided to check my phone at around 10 am yesterday morning.  Twitter was kind of blowing up.  To put it mildly, the Jays had made a splash.  So, while […]


Vancouver Canadians Bullpen Bonanza

The C's bullpen has been very good as of late

I’m going to admit something here.  During my recent piece where I previewed the upcoming Northwest League North Division final between the Vancouver Canadians and Spokane Indians I spoke false twice.  Not quite lies.  Let’s call them half truths.  I’m using this forum to rectify my mistakes as well as provide a bit of statistical […]


Canadians Musings

Ryan McBroom and Max Pentecost celebrate a home run

I’m currently working on a ‘Is Franklin Barreto the NWL MVP?’ post and quite frankly it’s not going to well.  So let’s put that on the backburner of my battered brain and discuss a few topics that I’ve been kicking around a bit lately. I’ve been thinking more about the Rowdy Tellez promotion to Lansing […]


Tellez to…….Lansing!

Hit the mug!! (image courtesy of Jay Blue)

After Tuesdays Vancouver Canadians game I managed to catch up with C’s manager John Schneider.  I asked him three questions, two of which were of the ‘hypothetical’ variety.  Turns out both of them were actually quite prescient. Talking promotions with Vancouver’s coaches is always a bit hypothetical.  I get the impression they don’t know about […]


Catching Up With Clayton

Clayton celebrates with Dawel Lugo (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

I realize the sample size is rather small but the most successful manager in Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays PDA-wise) history was back at the Nat last week.  Clayton McCullough, the C’s boss for both 2012 and 2013 was taking up a familiar position in the home dugout, albeit in a different uniform, for a few […]


Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Housekeeping

LB gets his hand on the hardware (courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

With the full season Blue Jay affiliates at, or just finishing, their all-star breaks the Toronto brass got to work re-shuffling the deck in terms of the teams rosters.  Some of the moves are worth shouting about while others are mainly to fill spots vacated by those we are shouting about.  Whatever they may be, […]