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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 […]


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 […]


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) […]


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 […]


Notes From Blue Jays Extended Spring Training: The Mechanics

Example of Positional Player Daily Schedule at Extended Spring Training

As I mentioned in part one of this Extended Spring Training series, one of the reasons I was so excited to finally get a source of information was simply because what went on in Florida was a mystery to me after main camp broke.  The prospectors and beat writers all scatter back to their base […]


Blue Jays Minor League Chat on the Team 1040 and Dalton Pompey

Dalton Pompey takes a hack in Lansing (photo courtesy of Jay Blue)

Successfully breaking up hockey talk, if only for a short while, I joined Matt Baker on the Team 1040 last Thursday to talk Blue Jays and their minor league system. The night we did the spot was after the Jays bullpen melted down in the back half of a double header with the Twins, giving […]


Blue Jays Minor League Chat on the Team 1040

Taylor Cole snarls as he loads his fastball (image courtesy of Jay Blue)

Recently I’ve been lucky enough to join baseball aficionado, former Vancouver Canadians online play by play man, and all ’round good guy Matt Baker on the Team 1040 to talk baseball. Specifically Blue Jays minor league baseball.  We have managed to cover a wide range of topics during the two hits.  Including Dustin McGowan‘s successful […]


Roster Crunch Squeezes Former Vancouver Canadians

Ghysels does an interview after getting final 3 outs in Championship Game (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

With the four Blue Jay full season affiliates set to officially announce their rosters today, the last week has seen a flurry of activity as the organization trims numbers in an effort to get their teams down to size. Of those released, many have ties to the Canadians, playing big roles in the current run […]


Talkin’ Vancouver Canadians on the Radio

Dusty poses nicely for team photos (image courtesy of JaysJournal.com)

On Monday night, I was lucky enough to join Greg Balloch and Doug Eberhardt who were guest hosting for the legendary Dan Russell on AM650’s Sportstalk. We were able to break up the winter hockey and basketball chatter, discussing tons of subjects, both Blue Jays and Vancouver Canadians. Here’s the link for those that would […]


Do the Toronto Blue Jays Have Enough Pitchers Reporting?

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

Well, at least we won’t have to suffer through any more posts on which free agent pitcher, Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana, the Jays should sign. As Baltimore, provided he passes their physical (something their prospective new closer didn’t do), will be Jimenez’ home for the next four years. If you believe some of the […]


Announcing The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook

Canadians unveil new uniforms at hotstove luncheon (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

With the sun (sorta) shining in Vancouver and pitchers and catchers reporting in Dunedin, I am going to have to try and treat my Olympic fever somewhat and start churning out some Blue Jays content. To be fair, I have been distracted with a side project, one that can finally be unveiled. As per below, […]


Hot Button Issues for Canadians Hotstove Luncheon

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

Last year, at this time, I wrote a post detailing exactly what I would have liked to ask Jays General Manager Alex Anthopoulos if I had been invited to the Vancouver Canadians annual hotstove luncheon. What a difference a year makes. This Friday, I’ll be heading to the Hotel Vancouver as an accredited member of […]


Blue Jays Head Home Empty Handed

Baseball’s winter meetings ended Thursday after a rather anti-climactic four days in Orlando, Florida. Following a huge week which saw thirty-five transactions in five days, the annual baseball schmooze-fest came in with a lowly six significant transactions. Which makes my decision not to cover the meetings quite good in hindsight. There would have been a […]


The Canadians Versus the Volcano

Dawson warms up in the bouncy castle (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

There truly is no rest for the defeated. After falling to Everett in the decider of their three game series, the Canadians were right back at the Nat with five against the South division leading Salem-Keizer Volcanos. To add more to the overall malaise, Thursday’s game wasn’t decided until the twelfth inning when the C’s […]


C’s do the First Half Shuffle

hey, Jordan, look up (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

After falling just short of the first half flag, the Vancouver Canadians were obviously very excited to get the second half going. Monday’s finale against Eugene was done in an hour and fifty-six minutes. I couldn’t believe it, was doing some writing, looked up and the ushers were cleaning up. That’s a fast game. The […]


Toronto Blue Jays 2013 Draft – Better Late Than Never

David Harris shot artistically from a distance (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

After whalloping the Everett WaterSox in game one of their crucial three game set, the C’s send 2013 25th rounder, and future WWE star, Scott Silverstein to the bump tonight versus rehabbing Mariners pitcher Stephen Pryor. A reliever by trade, this will be Pryor’s first appearance back from a lat injury so would have thought […]


Vancouver Canadians, The Draft, and other Notes

Vancouver Canadians, The Draft, and other Notes

Wow, that sort of snuck up on me. With all the focus on the draft, Lansing’s young pitchers, and everything Blue Jay, I’d lost sight of the most important things…..Opening Day for the Canadians! The season kicks off Friday with a quick road trip to Tri-City before the Nat opens for business on Monday where […]


Balbino Fuenmayor Released

Fuenmayor looks resplendent in C's black and red, shades, and monogrammed glove

This past Thursday saw the Blue Jays announce the outright release of Balbino Fuenmayor. Newsworthy for the Jays as, once again, they have given up on a first base prospect. A worrying theme when you consider how thin they are at the position organizationally. For Canadians fans, this will more than likely produce mixed feelings. […]


What Can We Read Into the Blue Jays April?

Lovers in a Dangerous Time (image courtesy of the vancouversun.com)

I’m tired.  Nine days into an intensive firefighting course in the Texas heat and I feel like Chael Sonnen after Jon Jones was through with me.  I’m not trying to whine, just provide some context to why I feel quite negative about the Toronto Blue Jays at the moment.  Maybe it’s the fatigue.  The fact […]


An Extended Spring

Greetings from Dunedin Park

With the Blue Jays full season minor league affiliates underway, we can eliminate sixty odd names from starting 2013 with the Vancouver Canadians.  In reality, there were only three names that I was surprised to see make the trip north of Florida (or to Dunedin from Dunedin, but that’s just confusing).  Of course, like Kellen […]


An Open Letter to Alex Anthopoulos

Lovers in a Dangerous Time (image courtesy of the vancouversun.com)

Despite being the pre-eminent (read: only) Vancouver Canadians blogger out there, I did not receive an invitation to Friday’s hot stove luncheon at the Vancouver Hotel.  Being a glass half full kinda guy I’m going to give the C’s brass a pass and blame it on Canada Post.  Gives them an easy out in what […]


A Winter of Content

Prospect junkies were apoplectic when big Noah was included in Dickey deal

I have stated throughout this winter that content would be a bit light when discussing the Vancouver Canadians.  However, when taking into consideration the parent team, it has been a thousand Christmases wrapped into one.  For two reasons.  Similar to the British winter of discontent, I thought we were in for a long bleak winter […]


Vancouver Canadians on Hulet’s Radar

A potential 4.5 tool star

In between my 2012 positional breakdown, there’s been some actual news related to the Canadians.  Marc Hulet, the respected prospect evaluator and writer released his prospect ‘Top 15‘ for the Blue Jays.  I’m not going to paraphrase too much of the article as it is well worth a read in its own right.  But I […]


The Jays Org is Active

Actually, that beard is getting better

There’s been a ton of activity of late throughout Toronto’s organizational rungs and the with the big club itself.  Unfortunately, not all the movements were by design.  The injuries continue to pile up, both with the Jays and their minor league playing staff.  So, let’s save talking about JP Arencibia’s broken hand until the end […]