Blue Jays Roster Review: January 2020

December 6, 2005. That day, the Blue Jays signed A.J. Burnett. Until this offseason, that was the last time that the Blue Jays signed a major starting pitcher out of free agency. That’s mostly why the Toronto fanbase was both stunned and thrilled about the team signing Hyun-Jin Ryu. To put it bluntly, it’s a bit unbelievable that he’s a member of the Toronto Blue … Continue reading Blue Jays Roster Review: January 2020

MELBOURNE: Fan Excitement from NBA and NHL Free Agency Proves That MLB’s Dated Offseason Needs an Overhaul

It’s been a common sentiment over the last few Major League Baseball offseasons. Free Agency isn’t really working. It’s not working for the fans, it’s not working for the players, it’s not working for the agents, and it’s not even an ideal scenario for the teams. It’s just not working. On June 27th, Craig Kimbrel made his 2019 debut for the Chicago Cubs. Kimbrel was … Continue reading MELBOURNE: Fan Excitement from NBA and NHL Free Agency Proves That MLB’s Dated Offseason Needs an Overhaul

MELBOURNE: MLB’s All Star Game “Election” Format is Probably Here to Stay, Despite Mixed Reaction

Hey, they tried something new. It surely made a lot of money, since it drove voters to MLB.com and Google.com repeatedly instead of once. It’s almost certainly going to return for a sophomore attempt in 2020. It’s a great system for Major League Baseball, and it’s a great system for Google, a company that’s worked closely with the league for a while now. It’s just … Continue reading MELBOURNE: MLB’s All Star Game “Election” Format is Probably Here to Stay, Despite Mixed Reaction

Looking Back at the Toronto Blue Jays of 2009

The first thing that stands out when looking back at the Toronto Blue Jays teams of the mid-2000’s is the jersey choices. Silver! Black! A logo that’s “modern!” Love them or hate them, they’re a part of the team’s history. In this case, they’re a part of the 2009 team. Similar to the team’s situation now, the Blue Jays had moved on from John Gibbons. … Continue reading Looking Back at the Toronto Blue Jays of 2009

Manfred: 2018 MLB Pace of Play Changes Were a “Successful Effort”

Since January of 2015, Rob Manfred’s name has been printed on every baseball that’s appeared inside the 30 major league ballparks.  Printed in dark blue, the signature is smaller than the “Official Major League Baseball” text directlyabove it, but it’s the job title directly below that tells the story. “Commissioner.” There are storylines that define each of the nine men who preceded Manfred in the … Continue reading Manfred: 2018 MLB Pace of Play Changes Were a “Successful Effort”

The Addition of Veteran Starters Changes the Feel of the Blue Jays Rotation

(Archive Post) This was originally written for Canuck Baseball Plus on January 8th, 2019. Fun Alternative Title: “Welcome in, Clayton Richard and Matt Shoemaker – This Changes Things” It’s funny how the vibe of a pitching rotation can be completely altered by changing two names. Not only that, it can be changed entirely by two transactions, that, in most aspects, aren’t designed to make big … Continue reading The Addition of Veteran Starters Changes the Feel of the Blue Jays Rotation