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Top 60 All-Time Greatest Blue Jays: #42 Alex Gonzalez

Top 60 All-Time Greatest Blue Jays: #42 Alex Gonzalez

Photo by CARLO ALLEGRI/AFP via Alexander Scott Gonzalez | SS | 1994-2001 This is the Alex Gonzalez who played shortstop for us back in the 1990s. Not the Alex Gonzalez nicknamed “Sea Bass,” who played half a season for us, in 2010 (and was pretty good), and we flipped him to the Braves for Yunel Escobar. We go from an excellent shortstop for two seasons to a shortstop whose peak wasn’t as high but who played 8 seasons for the Blue Jays. Alex Gonzalez was born April 8, 1973, in Miami, Florida. Drafted in the 14th round of the 1991 amateur draft, he ended up...
Jan 15, 2021
Happy Birthday Rance Mulliniks

Happy Birthday Rance Mulliniks

Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Rance Mulliniks turns 65 today. We’ll be writing about Rance sometime next month, so I’ll keep this short. Rance was one of my favorite players because he seemed to get the very most out of his natural abilities. He wasn’t big, or fast. He wore glasses. A left-handed hitter, kind of geeky looking, wore glasses, how could I not like him? When you looked at him you didn’t think ‘professional athlete’. I often say he looked like an accountant (not meaning to insult him or accountants). But he became a good baseball player...
Jan 15, 2021
Friday Bantering: International Signings, Yankees sign LeMahieu

Friday Bantering: International Signings, Yankees sign LeMahieu

Photo by Christian Petersen/ There is actual Blue Jays news this morning. The team has made some international signings. The big-name is Manuel Beltre, a 16-year-old shortstop from the Dominican Republic. He is getting $2.35 million. A “really advanced hitter” is the description everyone is going with. I guess the question is what does a 16-year-old do to be a really advanced hitter. MLB.com says: Where Beltre ultimately ends up playing as he makes his way through the Minor Leagues is to be determined. He has sure hands with good range and a quick transfer. He...
Jan 14, 2021
Top 60 All-Time Greatest Blue Jays: #53 Marco Scutaro

Top 60 All-Time Greatest Blue Jays: #53 Marco Scutaro

Photo by G Fiume/ Marcos Scutaro | SS.2B | 2008-2009 My original idea was to skip anyone with less than 3 seasons with the team, but there was a notable exception that had to be on the list, and, well, Marco Scutaro was one of my favorites. So here we are. Marco was born October 30, 1975, in San Felipe, Venezuela. Cleveland signed him as an amateur free agent back in July of 1994. He was “the player to be named later” is a 7- player trade to the Brewers (a trade that featured Richie Sexson, Steve Woodard, and Bob Wickman and he was a subject in a documentary titled...
Jan 14, 2021
Do the Blue Jays have to land a star player this offseason?

Do the Blue Jays have to land a star player this offseason?

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Is this offseason a failure if they don’t land an impact player in his prime? The 2020 Blue Jays season ended 106 days ago. Spring Training ostensibly begins in about 30 days. And yet it feels like the offseason has barely happened, with almost all the top free agents remain on the board. Coming off a promising 2020 and the teardown firmly in the rear view mirror, the Jays were poised to advance the transition from building to legitimate contender. The easiest way — and clearest signal — to do that would be acquiring a star level...
Jan 14, 2021
Today in Blue Jays history: Rolen/Glaus trade

Today in Blue Jays history: Rolen/Glaus trade

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Thirteen years ago today (time flies), January 12, 2008, in the middle of what had been very slow January for Blue Jay news, the Jays traded Troy Glaus to the Cardinals for Scott Rolen. As Hugo said in his post on the trade, each team was trading off a player who wanted out. Glaus was having foot troubles (plantar fasciitis), which, he felt, were made worse by playing on the carpet covered concrete at Rogers Centre. No one should be surprised that playing baseball on concrete might cause troubles? The new ‘carpet’ seems massively better than...
Jan 13, 2021
Rogers give Mark Shapiro a 5-year contract extension

Rogers give Mark Shapiro a 5-year contract extension

Photo by Joe Robbins/ Not the big free-agent signing Blue Jays fans have been waiting for, but a signing. Rogers announced that they have given Mark Shapiro a 5-year contract extension. No details on dollar figures were given, but I’d imagine he’ll continue being a wealthy man. I don’t think it will be a surprise to anyone. Mark and Ross Atkins have spent the last five years rebuilding the team, taking it from one of the oldest teams in the MLB to one of the youngest, building up the farm system, and making changes to player development. Getting to the playoffs...
Jan 13, 2021
Top 60 All-Time Greatest Blue Jays: #54 Otto Velez

Top 60 All-Time Greatest Blue Jays: #54 Otto Velez

Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/ Otto Franceschi Velez | DH,RF,LF | 1977-1982 Here is a name from the distant past. Otto Velez was born November 29, 1950, in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He was signed as an amateur free agent in 1968, by the New York Yankees. In 1973 he made it to the majors playing in 23 games as a September call up for the Yankees. For the next 3 seasons, he played a handful of games for the Yankees but he was blocked from a full-time job by the Yankee’s fondness for signing free agents. The Jays picked Otto up in the major league expansion draft in 1976. That...
Jan 13, 2021
Reacts: Fans think Jays will be runners up for top free agents

Reacts: Fans think Jays will be runners up for top free agents

Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in Toronto Blue Jays fans and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. The start of spring training is within eyeshot, but some of baseball’s biggest names still don’t have contracts. While contracts haven’t been signed, it is clear that the same teams are involved in many of these rumored negotiations. This week SB Nation Reacts asked MLB fans where they think some of these free agents will end up. According to those results, 37 percent of fans...
Jan 13, 2021
OOTP Season Sim: Games 143-145

OOTP Season Sim: Games 143-145

Photo by Mark Brown/ The Jays host the second-place Rays (one game back) for a 3-game series in Toronto. Sept 4 Game 143 Rays 9 Blue Jays 3 The deadline trade for Aaron Sanchez hasn’t worked out well for the Jays. Today he gave up 4 hits, 4 earned, 2 walks with 4 strikeouts in 4.2 innings, to drop his record to 0-4 with the Jays and raise his ERA to 5.53. Trent Thornton wasn’t any better in relief. He gave up 2 hits, 3 walks, 3 earned while getting just 2 outs. Kyle Crockett allowed 2 more runs in 1.2. And the offense didn’t do all that much. Blake Snell and a...
Jan 12, 2021
Rogers and the Blue Jays, part 2: the present

Rogers and the Blue Jays, part 2: the present

Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via How the Blue Jays do or don’t fit in the Rogers empire See also: Part 1: Background and history When we left off a few weeks ago, Ted Rogers and Rogers Communications had purchased the Blue Jays at a low point in franchise history after a number of external headwinds converged to threaten the competitive viability. After spending their first 18 years inside a larger corporate entity for whom they were a strategic asset, it was once again the case as the Blue Jays were cornerstone of Rogers getting heavily into the media business and...
Jan 12, 2021
Top 60 All-Time Greatest Blue Jays: #55 A.J. Burnett

Top 60 All-Time Greatest Blue Jays: #55 A.J. Burnett

Photo by J. Meric/ Allan James Burnett | RHP | 2006 - 2008 A.J. Burnett was born January 3, 1977 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The Mets drafted him in the 8th round of the 1996 draft, one of 3 from that round who made the majors. The Jays had the pick right before the Mets and picked Dave Marciniak, a shortstop. In February of 1998, he was traded with Robert Stratton and Jesus Sanchez to the Marlins for Al Leiter and Ralph Millard. A.J. was called up in late August of 1999 and made 7 starts. In 2000 he came up about mid-season and made 13 starts. He had his first full...
Jan 11, 2021
Liam Hendriks signs with White Sox

Liam Hendriks signs with White Sox

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/ Another off the board. Liam Hendriks signed with the White Sox. They are going to be a good team this year. Liam is getting $54 million over three years, with a club option. Liam Hendriks has been DFAed four times in his career (2013, 2014 x 2, 2018) and now he's going to get PAID. I am very happy for him.— Minor Leaguer (@Minor_Leaguer) January 12, 2021 I think what Minor Leaguer is saying is that there is hope for all of us. So work on your four-seamer. Looks like the contract is an interesting one, I have the numbers wrong...
Jan 11, 2021
Monday Bantering: LeMahieu Rumors

Monday Bantering: LeMahieu Rumors

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ I’ll admit, I’ve been distracted by ‘real world’ stuff this weekend and had a hard time focusing on stuff to write. In the good news category, my parents were to get the Covid vaccine yesterday. I haven’t heard if it actually happened, but that was the plan. Their area of care center they are in has had an outbreak. 5 workers and 5 residents tested positive. One passed away. It is a fairly small area, likely 25ish residents in that section. That they got the vaccine is a great thing. And the stuff on the other side of the border is...
Jan 11, 2021
Top 60 All-Time Greatest Jays: #56 Roy Howell

Top 60 All-Time Greatest Jays: #56 Roy Howell

Photo by Focus on Sport/ Roy Lee Howell | 3B | 1977-1980 Born December 18, 1953 in Lompoc, California, Roy Howell was drafted in the first round of the 1972 amateur draft by the Texas Rangers with the 4th pick. That was the first season for the Texas Rangers. They had just moved from Washington, and Howell was their first-ever pick. There weren’t that many big names picked in the first round that year. Chet Lemon was the 22nd pick in the first round, but there wasn’t anyone else chosen in the first round that was much better than Howell (maybe Scott McGregor). The...