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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


YourVanCs “Daily” – Episode 15

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

A day after having the excellent Chris Mellen on to talk Toronto Blue Jays prospects, the hardest working podcast tandem in baseball (outside of Baseball Prospectus’ own Effectively Wild team) are back with an episode focusing on the big club. Today Greg and I are joined by our first two-time guest: Ewan Ross Ewan is, of […]


YourVanCs “Weekly” – Episode 14

Castro rocks and fires (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Alex Anthopoulos has kept us Blue Jay bloggers pretty busy of late, something I write a bit about here, almost overshadowing the fact that it’s currently prospect season!  Something I probably look forward to more than Christmas.  Sad, I know. Yesterday saw the excellent Baseball Prospectus scouting team drop their Blue Jays top 10 list. […]


Alex Anthopoulos and the First Round: 2013

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

First and foremost, Happy Draft Day!  At some point this afternoon Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos will make two very important picks for the organization in short order.  I’ve been doing a weekly series (2012, 2011, 2010) recapping Anthopoulos’ hits and misses from his first three years in charge of the board.  Unfortunately there have been […]


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 […]


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 […]


Canadians Gonna Get Rowdy?

The big man (image courtesy of flickr.com)

During my recent piece discussing what prospects the Vancouver Canadians would be getting this summer, I made the cardinal mistake (habitual for me really) of not thinking things through. Specifically, when mulling over who might start in Bluefield before joining Vancouver at some point during the season, I flippantly threw out the line ‘there’s not […]


Spring Predictions: Lansing Lugnuts Rotation

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

This post has been kicking around inside my head since the Bluefield Blue Jays lost their Appalachian League semi-final to their arch-rival Pulaski Mariners, allowing pitchers Chase DeJong, Jairo Labourt, and Brady Dragmire (along with 3rd basemen/DH Mitch Nay) to jump on a plane to Vancouver and help the C’s win their third straight Northwest […]


Tom Robson: Designs on Dunedin

Robson celebrates after pitching the C's to a third straight championship (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

When I gave my quick hit thoughts on the Vancouver Canadians luncheon this week, it included quite a few prospect tidbits that I was able to chat with Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos about. On my way out of the Hotel Vancouver I ‘ran into’ (re: stalked) 2013 playoff hero and local boy Tom Robson. […]


Quick Thoughts on Vancouver Canadians Luncheon

The C's unveil a new 2nd logo (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

The Vancouver Canadians hosted their fourth annual hotstove luncheon yesterday in support of their baseball foundation, and judging by the giant checks being passed around, business is booming. Prior to the main event though, there was a press conference for us media types. Although I think the two handsome ladies who were running it thought […]


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 […]


The Greatest PDC of all Time Extended

The Greatest PDC of all Time Extended

I got so caught up trying to sound intelligent with my questioning of Alex Anthopoulos in my last post, that I forgot to talk about the  most important piece of news that came out of the hotstove luncheon. The Jays and Canadians have agreed to extend their relationship a further two years until 2016.  I […]


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 […]