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YourVanC’s Weekly – Episode 24 – Moving On

Ya, he knew

So, do I need to tell the story again how I shut off all media, phones, etc etc so I could pvr Game 5 of the Blue Jays vs. Rangers and watch it ‘as live’ when I got home from work?  Short story, Sportsnet screwed me…. Ah well, at least they won. Giving Greg and […]

Talking Blue Jays Playoffs with Baker

Osuna chills (literally) at spring training (photo courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

I really don’t know how to open this piece so won’t mess around.  For those of you still coming down from the incredible/stunning/fantastic/heart-stopping game 5 win over the Texas Rangers, I give you two things. The first is my conversation with TSN1040’s Matt Baker after game one where the theme was (from me at least) […]

YourVanC’s Weekly – Episode 23 – Playoff Baseball

Seriously, we really are talking playoffs

Seriously, we’re talking playoffs???! No really, after a 22 year wait, meaning my partner Greg Balloch was just a wee ‘un the last time Toronto experienced playoff baseball, the Blue Jays are in with a shot at baseball’s holy grail.  As well as multiple champagne/beer showers as believe every series win gets its own celebration […]

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 […]

Blue Jays Prospects Head to Instructs

Simon Says

While most Blue Jays fans are rightfully focusing on the big clubs remaining games — something about a 22 year playoff hiatus and all — those of us who keep an eye on the minor leaguers also have the off-season leagues to look forward to. This year’s edition of the Salt River Rafters in the […]

Talking Toronto Blue Jays on TSN1040

Ya, he knew

With Monday being an off-day for the Blue Jays I actually kept my alcohol intake to the very minimum while planning an early night to start the week. The opportunity to talk Blue Jays with the great Matt Baker (that and watching Nikki Bella controversially regain her Divas title) was too tempting to pass up […]

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 […]

Talking Toronto Blue Jays on the Team1040

The Legion of Boom Ryan McBroom

Either it seems like the only thing people want to talk about these days is the Toronto Blue Jays or I only surround myself with those that are fans of Canada’s team.  Regardless of the situation, I explained to my understanding wife that I would need to take a 15 minute break from our date […]

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. […]

YourVanC’s Weekly – Episode 22 – Shane & StroShow!

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

After taking basically the entire summer off, missing out on the Vancouver Canadians season, our primary talking point on YourVanC’s ‘Weekly’, Greg and I hit the studio last night to slobber over the Blue Jays. Which we did for 18 and change minutes before taking a call from the always excellent Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, the radio […]

Charting Vancouver Canadians’ Angel Perdomo

Is there anything better than Beer and Baseball? Oh, and Angel Perdomo

Piggy-backing off of (see what I did there?) my recent piece charting Jon Harris, today’s post focuses on Angel Perdomo, the C’s most recent addition from Bluefield, who had been working the relief portion of the two-time duet. As I hadn’t been able to get the piece written prior to Monday when I was able […]

Charting Vancouver Canadians’ Jon Harris

Jon Harris deals for the C's

Last Wednesday Toronto’s 2015 first round draft pick, Jon Harris took to the hill versus the Tri-City Dust Devils, and unbelievably, I was actually able to make it.  For this game, Harris was the front half of a piggy-backing combo with recent Bluefield call-up Angel Perdomo. This would be the second act of the Harris/Perdomo […]

Blue Jays Minor League Review: Ranking the Tradees Part 2

Alberto, there's no mound there! (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Last week I attempted — failing epically — to run through and update the nine traded Blue Jays minor leaguers that I had on my pre-season top prospect list.  Of the four I wrote far too much on, three of them had spent time in Vancouver. With me getting the chance to see quite a […]

Blue Jays Minor League Review: They’re All Gone!

Jairo Labourt's happiest memory as member of Blue Jays org?

Couple of housekeeping notes before launching into this momentous (albeit very late) post.  After the mammoth Troy Tulowitzki trade I was sure I’d started a post giving my expert analysis.  About that:  A) the post is gone, lost to the netherworld (WordPress is literally my arch-nemesis and B) who am I kidding, I’m no expert. […]

Charting Evan Smith – For Real This Time

Evan Smith delivers for the C's

This just shows you how long it’s been since I’ve written an actual post.  Since I charted (if you’ve read the article, you know it was ‘charting’ in name only) Evan Smith‘s last home start I haven’t managed to see another pitch of Vancouver Canadians baseball.  I was back in action Monday night though and […]

Talking Tulowitzki on the Team 1040

Castro unloads (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

In case you missed it last night. Matt Baker and I got the band back together as I joined his new show to talk about the Jays shocking/incredible/insert other adjective here acquisition of arguably the best shortstop in baseball for a worse shortstop and three right-handed pitching prospects. I’m going to make an effort to break […]

Charting Vancouver Canadians’ Evan Smith

Evan Smith delivers for the C's

‘Twas the night before Seattle and all through B.C. (the lower bit at least) every Jays fan was stirring, even Tony G**. Blue Jays gear was folded and packed with care, while everyone hopes the US border will be bare. The adults are nestled all snug in their beds while visions of IPA’s, Hefeweizen’s and Cowgirls […]

Blue Jays Minor League Review – Young Stars on Rise

Fields in full flight

As many of you are aware, mainly because I keep banging on about it, three weeks of sampling basically as much English beer (i.e. San Miguel and Stella) as possible meant my ability to write about baseball was curtailed.  Doesn’t mean I wasn’t doing my research though.  In fact, during a forced shopping trip with […]

Ladner’s Robson Returns to Roots

Robson throws a change on his return to the Nat

As Vancouver Canadians pitching coach Jim Czajkowski hinted at during media day, Ladner native and 2013 C’s legend Tom Robson arrived home this week to continue his rehab from Tommy John surgery.  On a similar note, I returned to the Nat after three weeks of trying to pickle my liver in England.  Sure, most would […]

Blue Jays Minor League Review – The Rock

Interviewing the Rock

I told this story on the most recent edition of the YourVancCs podcast but for those that missed it, here it is again, in brief.  After meeting the current edition of the C’s this past Monday I was jumping into my car when I noticed a very recognizable ex-Expo, carrying a far too large Blue […]

YourVanC’s Weekly – Episode 21- Meet the C’s!

Clinton Hollon, from extended to Vancouver

If last week Greg and I got together with Ewan Ross for the second annual Blue Jays draft edition of the podcast then this is officially the 2nd annual (see a theme here?) meet the Vancouver Canadians edition. There were only 24 players that flew north from Dunedin last Sunday but as we learned through […]

Blue Jays Top Draft Picks to Land in Vancouver?

Pentecost prepares to make his C'd debut (photo courtesy of Allan Attridge)

As mentioned in my last post, the 2015 edition of the MLB draft may not have had the same sexiness quotient for Jays fans given fact that the Jays had two picks inside the top 12 last year.  For those of us that focus on the Vancouver Canadians though, what the Jays have done this […]

YourVanC’s Weekly – Episode 20!! For Real This Time

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

After some extended, sometimes heated, negoatiotions with Greg ‘Podcast Killah’ Balloch, we finally got the band back together and hit the studio for the long-awaited 20th show edition of the YourVanCs Podcast. Of course, for readers of this site, that may be a bit of a letdown as I advertised the last edition as the […]

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 […]