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Posts Tagged ‘Marcus Stroman’

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


YourVanC’s Weekly – Episode 20!! Anniversary Time

The beanpole loves BP

Before Greg jets off to take in the sights and sounds of Montreal, including the concrete jungle that is the Big O where the Jays will take on the Big Red Machine in front of 80 odd thousand spectators. So, have fun ya dik. No guests this week but tons to catch up on as […]


Your Van Cs “Monthly” – Episode 18

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

Greg and I dragged (well, for Greg it’s not really that far as he works there) our arses back to the studio to knock out a “celebrating the start of spring training” podcast. This week (month) we were joined by my ex-Jays Journal colleague and current proprietor of CapitalJays.com Kyle Matte.  I’ve mentioned Kyle’s site […]


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, […]


YourVanCs Weekly – Ep 17 – The ‘Luncheon’

Castro looks set to unload (courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Last night, Greg and I shook off the podcast rust (and the Ballochian one troopered through a cold) and hit the studio to discuss the Vancouver Canadians Hot Stove Lucheon.  Prior to the lunch I got the opportunity to interview Aaron Sanchez, Marcus Stroman, Drew Hutchison and Russell Martin.  All those are below as well […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Talking Toronto Blue Jays on the Team1040 – Sanchez Domino Effect

Sanchez warms up in Lansing (image courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

I joined the Lion King Matt Baker this past Thursday to discuss all things Blue Jays on the Team1040.  With the Jays slumping, and inspired by this rather humorous tweet: Juan Francisco pumpkin alert – Last 18 games – .146/.212/.354 2 HR. First 26 games – .292/.373/.629 8 HR. — Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) June 12, […]


After Stroman Who is Next Vancouver Canadian in Toronto?

AA's first win so far (image courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

Ex Vancouver Canadian and 2012 Toronto Blue Jays draftee Marcus Stroman made his first start for the big league club Saturday.  Given fact Toronto’s management have been bold in stretching Stroman out to be a starter, when many pundits assumed he was destined for the bullpen, I am going to conveniently ignore the five relief […]


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 […]


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) […]


Blue Jays Minor League Chat on the Team 1040 and Kevin Pillar

Pillar relaxes during batting practice

After a birthday enforced two week hiatus, I joined Matt Baker on the Team1040 last Friday for our weekly Toronto Blue Jay and their affiliates chat. With so much going on in the system over the past couple of weeks it was tough to touch on everything.  We did managed to discuss the Jays bullpen woes, Aaron Sanchez, and Franklin […]


Toronto Blue Jays: Good Friday Prospecting

The next Blue Jay? Norris relaxes at spring training (image courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

Good Friday was pretty decent to the Jays.  Drew Hutchison gutted out five and a third mainly good innings, matching his career high for strikeouts with nine, while only making one mistake.  He left a full count meatball up and over the plate to Carlos Santana and it was duly dispatched.  The bullpen took it from […]


What Will the 2015 Toronto Blue Jay Top Prospect List Look Like?

The next Blue Jay? Norris relaxes at spring training (image courtesy of mlbprospectportal.com)

Back in December I wrote a piece reviewing and adding my thoughts on the Blue Jay list of three of the more respected baseball prospect writers in the game. Of course, as is usually the case, I had jumped the gun a bit, forgetting that ESPN baseball analyst Keith Law had yet to drop his […]


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 […]


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 […]


Roberto Osuna – Not a Bad Debut

Get it done Boss Man

I wrote in my last post that I was a bit excited about Vancouver getting Roberto Osuna .  Needless to say, he didn’t disappoint with his first start.  Over 5 innings of work, Osuna faced 19 batters, whiffing 13 of them.  You almost have to read that twice to let it sink in.  Predictably, the performance […]


Jesse Hernandez: You Beauty

Umm, what's it like up there?

This post will be written (at least at the start) more from a ‘fan’ perspective than from my recently jaundiced ‘I want to be a scout’s’ eyes.  So, let’s celebrate Jesse Hernandez.  As I’ve mentioned previously, we here at YourVanCs have a bit of a soft spot for Jesse after he started and won the […]