3:02 AM EST, Wed November 30, 2022
Bluebird Banter 14 hours ago
Tuesday Bantering: Bits of Jays Stuff

Tuesday Bantering: Bits of Jays Stuff

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports There isn’t much for Jays’ news today (making it like most days this month. They have announced that home game start times aren’t changing from last year. Blue Jays start times for home games next season are again 7:07 on weekdays, 3:07 on Saturdays and 1:37 on Sundays, with a few exceptions. pic.twitter.com/iWGaaa6vfw— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) November 29, 2022 And that tickets are either available now (as the graphic says) or will be available December 8th at 10 am Eastern (as it says in the text). Home game times...
Bluebird Banter 19 hours ago
Happy Birthday Otto Velez

Happy Birthday Otto Velez

Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/ Former Blue Jays player Otto Velez turns 72 today. The Jays picked Otto up in the major league expansion draft in 1976 from the Yankees. That first year the Jays were awful, finishing with a 54-107 record and didn’t get much better in the years Otto was with the team. But he was pretty good (at least with the bat). In 1977 Otto hit .256/.366/.458 with 16 home runs and 62 RBI in 120 games. He had a good eye at the plate leading the team in walks. Unfortunately, he mostly played right field that year and was terrible as an RFer. Rob Neyer says...
Bluebird Banter Nov 28, 2022
Today in Blue Jays History: The Jays Trade for Donaldson

Today in Blue Jays History: The Jays Trade for Donaldson

And the Jays sign B.J. Ryan Eight years ago The Jays made a trade for Josh Donaldson. Scott wrote: If you’re reading this, you most certainly know about the trade that became official a short time ago between the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics. Brett Lawrie, Franklin Barreto, Kendall Graveman, and Sean Nolin are heading to the A's, while the Blue Jays receive All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson in return. The trade is yet another sign that Alex Anthopoulos and company are very serious about going all-in for the next few seasons and have had enough of building up...
Bluebird Banter Nov 27, 2022
The season that was: Cavan Biggio

The season that was: Cavan Biggio

Photo by G Fiume/ A look at Cavan’s 2022 season Going into 2022, we’d seen Cavan Biggio for three seasons. The first two were pretty good, and the third was a mess of injuries and inconsistency. And, coming into the year, he was a man without a position. Maybe he’d platoon at second, or maybe he’d be a utility guy. Either way, we wanted him to hit more as he did in 2019 than in 2021. Standard Batting Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR ...
Bluebird Banter Nov 26, 2022
Today in Blue Jays history: Jays sign Randy Myers

Today in Blue Jays history: Jays sign Randy Myers

And make some trades, and Alfredo Griffin 43 Years Ago Blue Jays shortstop Alfredo Griffin win the AL Rookie of the Year. Or co-Rookie of the Year, he and John Castino of the Twins tied in the voting. Griffin hit .287/.333/.364 with 21 steals (16 times caught) in 153 games and had a 2.5 bWAR. It was a bit of a light year for AL Rookies. In the NL, Rick Sutcliffe won the award with a 17-10 record and a 3.46 ERA in 39 games, 30 starts and 242 innings. Griffin would play eight seasons with the Jays, hitting .249/.280/.327 in 982 games. He’d have an 18-year MLB career, which is...
Bluebird Banter Nov 25, 2022
The Jays botched Ryu’s contract

The Jays botched Ryu’s contract

Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Tinkering with the structure would have brought some much needed budget room in 2023 Last week the Blue Jays kicked off the offseason with an unanticipated moved straight of out left—err, well, right—field, trading middle of the order bat Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle for reliever Erik Swanson and prospect Adam Macko. Perhaps this was purely a baseball move, with the Jays willing to trade a little offensive firepower with one year of control for multiple years in the bullpen, a lottery ticket to potentially help down the road, and...
Bluebird Banter Nov 23, 2022
Roster tenure rankings: 2022 update

Roster tenure rankings: 2022 update

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports A surprising trade shakes up the top; will that happen again by next year? At the end of every season when free agent declarations and other roster housekeeping is complete I like to take a look at roster tenure among Toronto Blue Jays players and the organization more broadly. Frankly, with the lack of movement at the top over the last year I hadn’t really thought about it, but that all changes with last week’s trade of, in most respects, the longest tenured Blue Jays player. See also: All-time | 2015 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 |...
Bluebird Banter Nov 21, 2022
Monday Bantering: Baseball America’s Top 10 Blue Jays Prospects

Monday Bantering: Baseball America’s Top 10 Blue Jays Prospects

Photo by G Fiume/ And other Jays stuff The World Cup is underway. It drives me nuts that the organizers will allow a place as morally bankrupt as Qatar to host it. I know money talks, but there should be some limit on what you will do for a dollar. But then baseball isn’t all that much better. The New York Times has a long look into sports gambling and how they aren’t being taxed nearly enough, how there isn’t enough regulation and the issue of problem gambling. As always, spreading money to politicians will buy an industry anything it wants. The Hall of Fame...
Bluebird Banter Nov 21, 2022
Happy Birthday Mark Eichhorn

Happy Birthday Mark Eichhorn

Set Number: X33614 TK2 R3 F26 Mark Eichhorn turns 62 today. The Blue Jays drafted him in the 2nd round, 30th overall, in the 1979 amateur draft, out of Cabrillo College, CA, where he played shortstop and pitched. Mark quickly rose through the Jays’ farm system and made 7 starts for the Jays as a September call-up in 1982. Unfortunately, they didn’t go well. He went 0-3 with a 5.45 ERA, and to make matters worse he suffered a shoulder injury. The injury cost him the speed of his fastball. Returning to the minors, he learned to throw submarine style in the fall...
Bluebird Banter Nov 20, 2022
Today in Blue Jays History: The Return of Gibby

Today in Blue Jays History: The Return of Gibby

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ Seven Years Ago We traded Liam Hendricks to the A’s for Jesse Chavez. The comment thread was mixed. Some liked it. Some didn’t. It turned out to be a terrible trade. After being a swingman, a part-time starter for the first four years of his career, the Blue Jays put Liam in the pen in 2015, and he was good. As a starter, he had a 5.80 ERA in those four seasons. Then, in 2015, he had a 2.92 ERA in 58 appearances. The A’s kept him in the pen, and he was ok there for the first three seasons (4.01 ERA in 148 games). Then, in 2019, he became...
Bluebird Banter Nov 17, 2022
Today in Blue Jays history: George Bell wins MVP

Today in Blue Jays history: George Bell wins MVP

Photo by Otto Greule Jr/ Eight Years Ago: The Blue Jays sign Russell Martin to a 5-year, $82 million contract. I was on holiday then, but I remember being surprised we spent that much money. It seemed out of character for the team. Martin played four seasons with the Jays, hitting .225/.336/.399 with 66 home runs. He’s one of those guys who was more important to the team than his stat showed. Or at least that’s how we felt about him. We traded him to the Dodgers for Ronny Brito and Andrew Sopko (neither made it to the majors). We were pretty happy with the...
Bluebird Banter Nov 16, 2022
Teoscar Hernandez traded to the Mariners

Teoscar Hernandez traded to the Mariners

Photo by Mark Blinch/ This’ll have to be quick since I’m at work, but the Jays have made a major trade only days into the offseason. The vibes in the dugout are about to be missing a huge contributor in Teoscar Hernandez: BREAKING: All-Star outfielder Teoscar Hernández has been traded to the Seattle Mariners from the Toronto Blue Jays, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 16, 2022 Hernandez, aka “Mr Seeds” has been one of the longest tenured Blue Jays since the team received him in a trade for Francisco Liriano...
Bluebird Banter Nov 15, 2022
Martinez, Barger, Horwitz, Zulueta Added to 40-man Roster

Martinez, Barger, Horwitz, Zulueta Added to 40-man Roster

Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via The Jays added four players to the 40-man roster. Orelvis Martinez, Addison Barger, Spencer Horwitz and Yosver Zulueta are now protected from the Rule 5 draft. And pitcher Pitcher Foster Griffin was released. He’s planning to sign with a foreign league this winter. Bradley Zimmer and Raimel Tapia were DFAed. The players added: Martinez was an easy choice, being number two on their top prospect list, and 75th on the Baseball America top 100 prospects list. He didn’t have a great time in New Hampshire, hitting...
Bluebird Banter Nov 15, 2022
Looking ahead to 2023

Looking ahead to 2023

Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/ A roster breakdown and assessment at the outset of the offseason Every year when the season ends, I like to take a look forward at what the next year’s Toronto Blue Jays Opening Day roster would look before the offseason gets going, based only on existing organizational players. While I’m a little late this year, I still think it’s a worthy exercise with an MLB offseason finally less clouded by uncertainty than the last few. This is what things would look like if the Jays simply closed up business until mid-February and did nothing. In...
Bluebird Banter Nov 14, 2022
The Season That Was: Yusei Kikuchi

The Season That Was: Yusei Kikuchi

Photo by G Fiume/ A look at Kikuchi’s 2022 season. Oh this won’t be fun. The Blue Jays signed Yusei Kikuchi back on March 12th, 2022. It was a three-year, $36 million contract, front-loaded, with Yusei getting $16 million in the first year and the next two at $10 million. He had pitched three seasons with the Mariners, with a 15-24 record and a 4.97 ERA in 70 starts. The hopeful sign was that he struck out 24.5% of the batters he faced in 2021 and threw hard, averaging 95.3 MPH on his fastball. The team had struck gold with Robbie Ray, and they were hoping to do...

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