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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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


The Blue Jays Top 30: Future Vancouver Canadians

Roemon Fields pulls back a bunt (photo courtesy of Allan Attridge)

Although, obviously, I’ve fallen short of my stated goal of finishing off my Toronto Blue Jays top 30 prospect list prior to this past Friday’s Vancouver Canadians hot stove luncheon, I’m still going to bust my hump to get the list done.  The prospects are going to be broken into three manageable chunks of 10 players a […]


YourVanCs “Weekly” – Episode 13

Robson celebrates pitching C's to 3rd straight title (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

I had hoped to get this podcast up in between the playoff doubleheader yesterday but a couple of friends came over, a few beers were sunk, and here we are.  One late podcast and one mild hangover. This week, Greg and I took time away from our Thanksgiving turkeys (in fact, Greg was shovelling a […]


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 […]


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. […]


Prospecting Vancouver Canadians

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

Wakey wakey Charlie. Seems like my post-third straight Northwest League title hangover lasted longer than expected. I have failed to type a word about the Vancouver Canadians since. It seems like the baseball gods had an agreement with those that bring the rain. Allow us to finish the season and then you can do what […]


And STILL, Your Northwest League Champion Vancouver Canadians

Clayton celebrates with Dawel Lugo (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Two nights after Delta Senior Secondary’s James Paxton made his major league debut for the Seattle Mariners, another D.S.S. alum went for the Canadians as they played a winner take all game against the Boise Hawks for the Northwest League title. Both of the Ladner natives were drafted in the fourth round of the mlb […]


Just Another Massive Monday – Canadians Need One More Win

The C's celebrate Sunday's win (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Apologies for the verbose title, but it really is rather massive isn’t it? Sunday saw the Canadians come up big with a clutch 4-2 win over the Boise Hawks in game two of their three game Northwest League final. So, after seventy-six regular season games and four more in the playoffs, it all boils down […]


To Win Three, C’s Need Two at Home

the C's celebrate a big win (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

This doesn’t get old does it? After a pretty tragic second half where even I was starting to doubt the Canadians ability to ThreePeat in ’13, the C’s return to the Nat Sunday with the opportunity to become only the third team in Northwest League history to win three titles in a row. There’s some […]


Vancouver Canadians Take One for Road

Robson and Reeves Talk shop (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

The Canadians got their best of three Northwest League North division finals series off to a flying start with a 5-1 win over the visiting Everett Aquasox. The C’s rode some very good pitching, the key to the series as per my preview, and an outer space inspired sixth inning rally for the victory. The […]


Canadians vs. Aquasox: Series Preview

Where's my glove? (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Let’s be honest here. The C’s pulled off one of the great Houdini jobs of all time this season by somehow backing their way into the Northwest League playoffs. After finishing a game behind Everett in the first half with a healthy 22 and 16 record, Vancouver stumbled in the second half going 17 and […]


C’s Can Stop the Rain

Can you see the 'C' Dawel hit? (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

After a day of downpours threatened to derail Thursday’s action at the Nat, a break in the wet allowed the crack Nat Bailey grounds crew to get the field ship shape. After that amount of work, a game had to be played, and so it was. With the C’s getting a good start from Tom […]


Big Weekend for the Vancouver Canadians

Robson during happier times (courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

Thursday night’s series finale in Everett encapsulated the Canadians season. After getting a great start from Colton Turner and a clutch two RBI double from the slumping Justin Atkinson, the C’s turned the ball over to closer Chuck Ghysels in the ninth. Four batters later, Vancouver was back on the bus heading up the I-5 […]


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 […]


Vancouver Canadians – All Quiet on the Western Front

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

You hear that? Neither do I. After a flurry of activity in Vancouver Canadians land last week, we’ve seen nothing in the way of new, or departing, faces over the last few days. With the 2013 draft signees drying up, that pipeline will now slow to a trickle. And it’s very possible the Jays organization […]