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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. […]


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 […]


YourVanCs Monthly (?) – Episode 16

Franklin Barreto scores one of his league leading 65 runs

Last night, Greg and I managed to shake off the podcast cobwebs, coming together for the first Your Van C’s Weekly of 2015. We were lucky to be joined by former pro scout and current MLB Pipeline contributor and Bernie’s Blogger Bernie Pleskoff. The topics covered are both numerous and varied so is probably just easier […]


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 […]


Fall League? You Want to Talk About Fall League??!

Seriously, we really are talking playoffs

Well, since the Blue Jays haven’t made the playoffs in many people’s lifetime then ya, let’s talk Arizona Fall League.  For those of us (i.e. me) who are eternal optimists, the Jays future looks rosy and two potential pieces of that future will be suiting up for the Mesa Solar Sox over the next six […]


Vancouver Canadians Season in Review – Short Form

He's got a high leg kick

It’s been over 10 days since the Vancouver Canadians had to hand over the Bob Freitas Trophy, a piece of property they probably thought was theirs by right, for Northwest League supremacy to the Hillsboro Hops.  10 days.  Seems longer than that.  So, with hockey season (or as I call it, baseball’s prospect shoulder season) […]


I Love Matt Smoral – C’s Clinch!

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

There are plenty of narratives to discuss regarding Sunday’s afternoon game pitting the arch rival Vancouver Canadians and Spokane Indians.  And I will get to them.  I promise.  Just a bit later.  For those new to my blog.  Read back a few posts.  You’ll soon realize I’m quite high on Sundays starter Matt Smoral.  So […]


Vancouver Canadians Take Another Step

Is this the team to #4PeatIn14?

After going toe to toe through the first half of the Northwest League season it only seems fitting that it should be the Spokane Indians that stand in the way of Vancouver and a fourth straight trip to the playoffs.  Starting last night, the two teams are set to meet for three in Vancouver.  If […]


Is Franklin Barreto the NWL MVP?

Barreto makes a throw from short

With three games left in the Vancouver Canadians season most people’s focus will be on whether the C’s can re-create a bit of 2013’s magic and put a pretty poor second half behind them, stumble into the playoffs, before going on one of their patented rolls.  This should be the focus.  Something else may be decided […]


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 […]


A Minor Review of the Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects

where will Pentecost fit in 2015 top prospect lists?

I recently had the pleasure of tipping back a few pints with a fellow Blue Jays blogger where, funnily enough, the conversation revolved mainly around Toronto’s affiliates.  Specifically, we picked each others brains for what we thought our respective 2015 Jays top prospects list could look like.  Neither of us had the time (or inclination in my […]


Canadians Castro Promoted!

Castro warms up the 2-Seamer

I don’t want to get into a philosophical discussion on whether an unemployed person gets to take vacation, but technically speaking I’m on vacation right now.  With the wife giving me a stern lecture on computer usage this weekend, I had fully expected to take a tiny break from the Blue Jays system.  Apparently the […]


YourVanCs Weekly – Episode 8

Sorry Greg, my studio just keeps getting nicer and nicer

In celebration of British Columbia’s birthday (ah hell, I’m guessing there,I don’t know what B.C. day really celebrates) Greg Balloch and I felt a long weekend podcast was necessary. The Canadians have only played five games since we last spoke, losing three of them.  Not terrible at first glance but two of those three losses included […]


Vancouver Canadian Hitting Prospects

Discussing Franklin Barreto's swing with Dave Pano (credit: Allan Attridge)

It’s been approximately two and a half weeks since I took a look at the Vancouver Canadian hitting stats.  At the time, the C’s were dead last in the league with a mere three home runs.  And all were hit by Ryan McBroom.  Since then, Vancouver have hit ten more long balls, shared amongst eight players.  They’re […]


The Wait May Be Over, Max Pentecost Coming Soon?

Fields in full flight

As a member of the Vancouver Canadians Hall of Fame, I think Steve Ewen can be trusted.  So, although nobody will confirm it with me, I’m going to say that Ewen’s piece having Toronto Blue Jays 2014 1st round pick (11th overall) Max Pentecost arriving in sun-drenched Vancouver on today is accurate. I vaguely remembered saying […]


Scouting the Vancouver Canadians

Castro unloads (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Reading through some of the posts on this very blog from last year, it looks very much like I made an effort to give brief scouting reports on many of the Canadians, focusing especially on 2013 draftees.  A lot of that was because the C’s weren’t really blessed with any exciting, young prospects to start […]


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 […]


Tim Raines: The Rock of Vancouver

The Barreto has landed! (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

I’m sure I’ve abused this forum to tell my Tim Raines story before but what the hell, it’s my forum and I’m telling it again.  When I was 12 years old my mother was made redundant from her job and used her severance to buy a beat up old camper van and drive her two […]


Your Van C’s Weekly Podcast – June 14th

Your Van C’s Weekly Podcast – June 14th

Edition two of YourVanCs weekly is in the can.  This week, with the Vancouver Canadians season finally upon us, Greg and I take a look at the roster, specifically who we should keep an eye on early in the season (hint: look to the starters).  There is also interviews with returning C’s manager John Schneider, […]


Vancouver Canadians Skeleton Roster Announced!

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

In preparation for today’s meet and greet with the media, the Vancouver Canadians let us know who we would getting introduced to by officially announcing their skeleton roster yesterday.  Now, ‘skeleton’ may be a bit of a misnomer as, looking through the various positions, it only looks like the infield is a bit light, with no […]


The MLB Draft and Future Vancouver Canadians

The roster begins to take shape (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

The annual MiLB (and hopefully, eventually MLB) roster filler exercise that is the MLB draft finished up on Saturday with rounds 11 through 40.  When he was in Vancouver for the Canadians hotstove luncheon, Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos referred to day three as ‘Vancouver Canadians’ day, where they look to get some college players to […]


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 […]


Notes From Blue Jays Extended Spring Training: Vancouver Prospecting

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

While writing this Extended Spring Training series I got to thinking about how many of the players currently in Florida will actually make their way north to Vancouver come the 10th (ish) of June.  Looking back at what I wrote from last season’s media day, only 25 players were on the original roster, with the rest […]


Notes From Extended Spring Training: Part One

The Jays top international signing of 2013 (image courtesy of MLB Prospect Portal)

If you follow me on twitter (and if you don’t, you really should) you’ll have picked up on fact I have cultivated a ‘source’ down at the Blue Jays extended spring training camp. Getting insight into what goes on at extended has long been a goal of mine, especially in regards to the Vancouver Canadians, […]