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Bluebird Banter 1 hour ago
Better Know Your Blue Jays 40-man: Adam Macko

Better Know Your Blue Jays 40-man: Adam Macko

Aaron Cobb/Toronto Blue Jays-USA TODAY Sports Adam Macko is a 23-year-old, left-handed pitcher. The Jays added him to the 40-man roster in November at the deadline before the Rule 5 draft. He was part of the Teoscar Hernandez/Erik Swanson trade with the Mariners. They picked him out of the Vauxhall Academy here in Alberta in the 7th round of the 2019 draft. He was born in Slovakia, and then his parents moved to Ireland and then Alberta (because, of course, if you can live through an Alberta winter, you can live through anything). Vauxhall Academy does a good job...
Bluebird Banter 21 hours ago
Blue Jays Reacts Survey

Blue Jays Reacts Survey

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the MLB. Throughout the year we ask questions of the most plugged-in Toronto Blue Jays fans and fans across the country. Sign up here to participate in the weekly emailed surveys. Please take our survey Check out DraftKings Sportsbook, the official sportsbook partner of SB Nation.
www.thegoodphight.com 22 hours ago
Gamethread 2/29: Phillies at Blue Jays

Gamethread 2/29: Phillies at Blue Jays

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports The gang leaps into Dunedin Here are the lineups. For the Phillies: Quick stop in Dunedin pic.twitter.com/PZtQRXMsaL— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) February 29, 2024 For the Blue Jays: An extra day in February = An extra day of baseball! @Sportsnet @FAN590 pic.twitter.com/YYSs9Hof2X— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) February 29, 2024 This one is on MLB Network. Let’s talk about it.
Bluebird Banter Feb 28, 2024
Better Know Your Blue Jays 40-man: Nathan Lukes

Better Know Your Blue Jays 40-man: Nathan Lukes

PhotoPhoto by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Nathan Lukes is a 29-year-old (turning 30 in July, just past the cutoff, making this his age-29 season), left-handed hitting outfielder. He can play all three outfield spots, including a reasonable center field. Not at Keirmaier’s or Varsho’s level, but I’d be good with him in center. Last year, he made the Jays out of spring training. It was a moderately surprising move, and he didn’t play much, mostly getting into games as a defensive replacement. He was optioned and recalled several times. He got into 29 games...
Over the Monster Feb 28, 2024
Know Thy Enemy: Toronto Blue Jays

Know Thy Enemy: Toronto Blue Jays

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Over The Monster’s series previewing the 2024 Red Sox’s rivals rolls on with the Jays What’s This Team’s Deal? The Toronto Blue Jays are a team that’s been loaded with talent for four years now and, depending on the season, ranged from a scrappy opponent to downright terrifying in the regular season. However, the story has not been the same in the playoffs. The Blue Jays have made the playoffs in three of the past four seasons and in all three of those instances, they’ve been swept in the AL Wild Card Series. In 2020,...
Bluebird Banter Feb 28, 2024
Happy Birthday Matt Stairs

Happy Birthday Matt Stairs

Photo by J. Meric/ Today is Matt Stairs’ 56th birthday. Matt, as you know, is a good Canadian boy. He played two seasons with the Blue Jays and started his major league career with the Expos in 1992. Of his two years with the Jays, the first was terrific. He hit 21 home runs and 64 RBI, with a .289/.373/.549. The Jays signed him with the idea he could be a bench player, but he got into 125 games playing first base, left and right field, and a little DH. In his second season, he played more, especially after the Jays released Frank Thomas, and he wasn’t as...
Bluebird Banter Feb 27, 2024
Better Know Your Blue Jays 40-man: Brendon Little

Better Know Your Blue Jays 40-man: Brendon Little

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ Brendon Little answers the question, “What player on the Jays' 40-man did Tom forget about?” We picked Little up in a trade from the Cubs in exchange for cash back in November. He was the Cubs’ number one draft pick in 2017, number 27 overall (one pick before the Jays picked Nate Pearson. He’s a 27-year-old, left-handed pitcher who has thrown 0.2 innings in the major leagues. He’s pitched 152 games, 41 starts in the minors, and has a 4.50 ERA. In 338.1 innings, he’s allowed 326 hits, 161 walks and 334 strikeouts. Last year Brendon...
Bluebird Banter Feb 26, 2024
Quick Recap: Jays Beat Pirates

Quick Recap: Jays Beat Pirates

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports Pirates 4 Blue Jays 8 We finally held a team under a dozen runs. And we got a win. Yusei Kikuchi was terrific: 2 innings, 3 strikeouts and 1 hit. The one hit was a double. not all that hard hit. He reached 95 with his fastball. Chris Bassitt was also very good, allowing just a hit in his 2 innings as well. After that: Jordan Romano pitched a clean inning with a strikeout. Chad Green gave up a 1 and had a strikeout in his scoreless inning. Yimi Garcia gave up a hit (2-run home run) after a throwing error by Josh Kasevich, and he...
Bluebird Banter Feb 25, 2024
Quick Spring Recap: Jays Lose to Yankees

Quick Spring Recap: Jays Lose to Yankees

Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports Blue Jays 6 Yankees 12 Our pitching staff got beat up two days in a row, but we didn't see many guys who might make the major league team. Pitchers: Bowden Francis: 2 innings, 4 hits, 2 earned, 2 k. Not a bad outing, considering the players he faced. Mitch White: 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 walk, 2 earned. Again, not awful, both runs scored on outs. His fastball his 98 mph. That’s a hopeful sign. Trevor Richards: 0.2 innings, 3 hits, 3 earned, 1 walk, 1 k, 1 home run (Juan Soto). Ryan Boyer got the last out of the fourth. Conner Cooke: 1...
Bluebird Banter Feb 25, 2024
Spring Game #2 GameThread: Jays @ Yankees

Spring Game #2 GameThread: Jays @ Yankees

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports Bowden Francis gets to pitch to a stacked Yankees’ lineup today. It's likely just for an inning or two, but facing Soto, Judge, and Rizzo will be a good test. We get our first look at 2024’s Alejandro Kirk. And Eduardo Escobar, Daniel Vogelbach and Davis Schneider. The one I’m interested in seeing is Damiano Palmegiani. Today's Lineups BLUE JAYS YANKEES Ernie Clement - SS Alex Verdugo - LF Eduardo Escobar - 3B Juan Soto - RF Alejandro Kirk - C Aaron Judge - CF Daniel Vogelbach - DH Anthony Rizzo - 1B Davis...
Bluebird Banter Feb 25, 2024
Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Isiah Kiner-Falefa

Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Isiah Kiner-Falefa

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ The Jays signed Isiah Kiner-Falefa to a two-year, $15 million contract two days after Christmas because, apparently, we have a fetish for utility infielders. He’s a right-handed batter who has been in the majors for six seasons, four with the Rangers and two with the Yankees. He turns 29 in March. I’m unsure if anyone else has as much trouble remembering his full name as I do. I’ve misspelled at least one of the parts of his name almost every time I’ve typed it. He has a .261/.314/.340 career batting line and has had OPS+ numbers ranging...
www.thegoodphight.com Feb 24, 2024
Gamethread 2/24: Phillies at Blue Jays

Gamethread 2/24: Phillies at Blue Jays

Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via You can watch and chat along! There is a game to watch today. It’s on MLB Network. Here are the lineups. For the Phillies: Let's play a baseball game today!!! pic.twitter.com/DIFIZqgnhq— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) February 24, 2024 For the Blue Jays: Your first lineup of 2024 #SpringTrainingWatch the game on @Sportsnet @FAN590 pic.twitter.com/neA3Mp0CJ2— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) February 24, 2024 Let’s talk about it.
Bluebird Banter Feb 24, 2024
Taco Stand - Rating The Off-Season Moves

Taco Stand - Rating The Off-Season Moves

TACO STAND – RATING THE OFF-SEASON Welcome to the Taco Stand, a tongue-in-shell look at the Blue Jays, Baseball, and other topics I tangentially connect to the two. In this edition, we will look at the moves or lack thereof made by the Blue Jays. This off-season has been long, and, except for No-htani Day (also known as There Are Mothra-Fluffing Dragons on This Mothra-Fluffing Plane), it hasn’t been very exciting. But contrary to popular belief, the Jays were not completely inactive for it. In no particular order, here are my ratings of each move taken this...
Bluebird Banter Feb 23, 2024
Around The Nest: 2024 Blue Jays Non-Roster Invitees

Around The Nest: 2024 Blue Jays Non-Roster Invitees

Non-roster invitee Andrew Bash | Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ Tyler Zickel and Pat Malacaro introduce Blue Jays fans to the non-roster players they’ll see at spring training The Blue Jays are playing their very first spring training game on Saturday so this is the perfect time to get to know some of the lesser known players you may see on the field: the non-roster invitees. Non-roster invitees are part of big league camp but are not on the 40-man roster and are generally a mix of up-and-coming prospects and veterans who have signed a minor league contract with a club. On...
Bluebird Banter Feb 23, 2024
Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Yusei Kikuchi

Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Yusei Kikuchi

Photo by David Berding/ Yusei Kikuchi is a 32-year-old (turns 33 in June) left-handed pitcher born in Morioka, Japan. He signed with the Mariners before the 2019 season. In 8 seasons in the NPB, Kikuchi had a 73-46 record and a 2.77 ERA. Seattle won the bidding war for him when he decided to come over to the MLB. Yusei had a 14-24 record for the Mariners and a 4.97 ERA in 70 starts over three seasons. Career batters have hit .267/.332/.474 against him. He struck out 20.6% of batters and walked 8.3%. Last year, he struck out 24.5% and walked 9.3% in 157.0 innings, with a...

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