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”
(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
(Archive Post) This was originally written on December 12, 2018. On Tuesday, December 10th, 2018, in a move that cost them $38 million, the Toronto Blue Jays released shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. If that’s a sentence you were expecting to hear today, put your hand up. Now, please, if you raised it, put your hand down. If you’re within the fanbase of the Toronto Blue Jays, … Continue reading Tulowitzki’s Legacy in Toronto a Complicated One
Do you remember Travis Snider? No, seriously. We’ve advanced to a point in time where some Toronto Blue Jays fans would instantly recognize that name (and groan when they read that question), and others would hear the name and be completely clueless. Younger Jays followers would likely fit that latter category, as would fans who lost interest in the mediocre teams that were fielded in … Continue reading Learn from the Past: The Blue Jays Shouldn’t Rush to Promote Guerrero Jr.
On September 26th, 2018, the Toronto Blue Jays confirmed what fans had suspected for months – that John Gibbons would not be returning to manage the team in 2018. It wasn’t the first time John Gibbons had heard those words, or a variation of them. In mid-2008, he was fired mid-season after a disappointing start to the campaign. Granted, it was optimistic to expect a … Continue reading In Retrospect, John Gibbons’ Latest Tenure as Blue Jays Manager Was a Uniquely Positive One
(Archive Post) This was originally written for Canuck Baseball Plus on July 7th, 2018. During the trade deadline periods in both 2015 and 2016, the Toronto Blue Jays fit into Major League Baseball as stereotypical “buyers.” As many fans remember, 2015 was the year that the team made huge headlines by adding pitchers David Price, LaTroy Hawkins, and Mark Lowe, as well as shortstop Troy … Continue reading The Toronto Blue Jays at the 2018 Trade Deadline – What Could Happen?
This piece was originally written in April. There was a time, not too long ago, when the San Francisco Giants were really good. The team was a lock to be in the discussion for October baseball annually, boasting a strong rotation and a lineup that seemed to have a mix of young talent and solid veterans. In fact, the era in question was still active … Continue reading Why Aren’t the San Francisco Giants Rebuilding?
(Archive Post) This was originally written for Canuck Baseball Plus on March 28th, 2018. The Toronto Blue Jays series in Montreal is really unique. Despite the awful artificial turf and terrible stadium, there’s been an atmosphere that’s truly special in the air over the last few years of the “Jays in Montreal” experiment. It really shined last night, particularly when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was given … Continue reading Guerrero Jr.’s Standing Ovation Is the Latest of Many Memorable Events for Baseball in Montreal
This offseason has been crazy. It’s been unlike any recent winter entry when it comes to signings. Eric Hosmer, JD Martinez, Yu Darvish, and many others are still unsigned, so it’s pretty unfair to evaluate each team’s current roster. For the Blue Jays, let’s do it anyway, considering they aren’t favourites to acquire any significant names. Regardless, anything can happen, and this will be updated … Continue reading Blue Jays Roster Review — February 2018
Let’s forget about Ryan Goins for a second. Most Blue Jays fans are aware of how much Goins meant to the team. Despite his love/hate status with the fans, he meant a ton to the Blue Jays. All you have to do is look at this tweet. Crazy. Can’t believe my brother @rgoins17 is gone. Even worse when you find out through Twitter! #communication — … Continue reading Aledmys Diaz is a Great Fit for the Blue Jays