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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 […]


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 […]


Blue Jays Minor League Review – Hoffman Week

Fields in full flight

Because I believe everything that legendary Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez says, I’m officially coining the term Hoffman Week as Toronto’s 2014 first round pick is *supposed* to be activated Wednesday and assigned to Dunedin. (as part of my usual routine now, to cover up dated opening paragraphs, I’m lazily inserting a note rather than re-writing […]


Blue Jays Minor League Update – First Few Weeks

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

I wish someone would draw a hard and fast line in the sand as to when small sample sizes end and we can start reading far too much into what 20 year old kids are managing in the lower echelons of minor league baseball.  With most of the Jays affiliates almost 20 games deep into […]


What to Make of Blue Jays Minor League Assignments

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

The Blue Jays minor league affiliates got their seasons started late last week and I didn’t write anything.  Nothing.  Crickets.  Not for lack of want mind.  But my auld enemy time (and a personal goal to actually finish my top prospects list) was against me once again. That all being said, there wasn’t really a […]


Your Van Cs Weekly – Episode 3

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

After a week and a half hiatus due to my trip to Hillsboro (well, Portland really) Greg and I are back with another episode of YourVanCs Weekly. This week we catch up on how the Canadians have been getting on to start the season, who’s been hot, not, etc. as well as interviews with the […]


Monday is Blue Jays Minor League Moving Day

Matt Boyd deals for Lansing Lugnuts in 2013 (image courtesy of Jay Blue)

After finishing their day game Sunday, and with an off day Monday, I’m fairly certain the Blue Jay players were seen on the town last night.  Thankfully, with no game today, we don’t have to be given the classic ‘flu like symptoms’ excuse for why so-and-so is out of the lineup.  Management didn’t have time […]


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, […]


Drayton Valley’s Dawson, From the Canadians to Lansing

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

One of the benefits of my accreditation with the 2013 C’s (in addition to the press box pulled pork sandwiches) was the ability to get closer to the players. And while I am no psychologist and I often got pretty stock answers to many of my questions, I often did gain an insight into how […]


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. […]


Finally, a Bit of C’larity

Nay takes a rip (image courtesy of Mike Anklewicz)

Sunday saw the Everett Aquasox do the C’s a huge favour by beating the Spokane Indians 3-2 and ensure themselves the second half flag to go with their first half crown. The result means that the second playoff spot will come down to the best overall record. By holding the tiebreaker, the Canadians were, once […]


Drayton Valley’s Dawson Hits D.L.

Dawson deals in the bullpen (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

After Saturday night’s disaster against Spokane, you’d be hard pressed to come up with a scenario how things could get any worse. Well, how’s this for a start? Drayton Valley’s own Shane Dawson has been placed on the disabled list and will be shut down for the rest of the season. That stinks. The Alberta […]


C’s do Two Steps Forward, One Back Routine

rest that elbow Shane (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

After showing signs of life by winning the last two games against Salem-Keizer to take the five game series, Vancouver headed out for their penultimate road trip of the season and laid a frog’s egg. A 10-2 soaking by the Everett Aqua-Sox saw the C’s fall back out of the North division lead after only […]


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 […]


Beaten But Not Broken in Boise

I didn't have a pic of Vazquez, so here's who he replaced (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

The Vancouver Canadians did not really come flying out of the traps following their all-star game heroics, losing four straight in Idaho before salvaging the fifth and final game of the series. Fortunately for the C’s, the south division teams did a number on the entirety of the North Division, especially Everett, so Vancouver currently […]


Canadians Double Dip

Tom Robson with the JNT (image courtesy of jaysjournal.com)

This was a good weekend. And no, not because my wife and kids were out of town, saying that would just be mean. The highlights of the weekend included some B.C. Day fireworks and cheap A&W root beer floats. The main event, however, was a pair of home debuts from home grown pitchers. Both Tom […]


Two Canadians Heading to the…..Canadians?

Tom Robson with the JNT (image courtesy of jaysjournal.com)

The beauty of the internet, specifically twitter, is that, like Varys and his numerous ‘spiders’, you have the ability to disseminate unbelievable amounts of information in one place (forgive the Game of Thrones reference, am feeling particularly nerdy today). Whereas previously you were expected to ‘work the phones’, now a very interesting piece of information […]


Scouting the New Canadians Faces

As the DH, L.B.'s buddy doesn't get to run on the field (courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Writing about the C’s, and any short-season minor league franchise for that matter, can be difficult at times. Especially early in the year, post-draft, when player movement seems to be a daily occurrence. Despite the scrambling necessary to keep up with an ever changing roster, it does make for some excitement. Who wouldn’t want to […]