11:56 AM EDT, Mon October 26, 2020
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Question time: Tell us about the best non-Jays game you ever watched?

Question time: Tell us about the best non-Jays game you ever watched?

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports There isn’t much for Blue Jays news of late, so I thought I’d ask a question: What is the best non-Jays game you have ever watched? I ask because I think Game 4 of this World Series is right near the top of the list for me. It had some of everything, good pitching, bad pitching, questionable manager decisions, good base running, bad base running, mistakes and a walk-off. The walk-off play was amazing in so many ways. The tumble while coming home. The outfielder kicking away the ball and then making a bad throw home. The first baseman cutting off the...
16 hours ago
Open Thread World Series Game Five

Open Thread World Series Game Five

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Yesterday was the best World Series game I’ve seen since Joe Carter hit the home run. It was just a ton of fun. Brett Phillips doesn’t have to do anything ever again in the MLB and he’ll be remembered forever. You have to appreciate an at bat where he gets two calls that were, to me, just off the plate, go against him and he still manages to get the game winning hit. I’m still cheering for 7 games and odds are pretty good that it will go 7 games. Today's Lineups DODGERS RAYS Mookie Betts - RF Yandy Diaz - 1B Corey Seager - SS Randy...
22 hours ago
The season that was: Travis Shaw

The season that was: Travis Shaw

Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/ A look at Shaw’s 2020 season The Blue Jays signed Travis Shaw to a 1-year contract at the end of December last year. He was coming off a terrible season with the Brewers, hitting just .157/.281/.270 with 7 home runs in 86 games. The two seasons he hit a combined 63 home runs, so the team thought it was worth the money to see if he could bounce back. If he could get back to being the 3.5 WAR player he was before 2019, he would be a bargain at $4 million. Even getting half that number would make it a bargain. It didn’t happen: Standard Batting ...
Oct 24, 2020
Open Thread for World Series Game Four

Open Thread for World Series Game Four

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Hoping the Rays put up a better showing tonight. The Dodgers have Bellinger at DH, apparently he has a stiff back. Will Smith moves from DH to catcher. Chris Taylor moves from second to left. Enrique Hernandez plays second. Today's Lineups DODGERS RAYS Mookie Betts - RF Yandy Diaz - 1B Corey Seager - SS Randy Arozarena - DH Justin Turner - 3B Mike Brosseau - 3B Max Muncy - 1B Manuel Margot - LF Will Smith - C Brandon Lowe - 2B Cody Bellinger - DH Willy Adames - SS A.J. Pollock - CF Hunter Renfroe - RF Chris Taylor -...
Oct 24, 2020
Happy Birthday Chris Colabello

Happy Birthday Chris Colabello

Photo by Ronald C. Modra/ Chris Colabello turns 37 today. The Blue Jays picked up Chris off waivers from the Twins before the 2015 season. In two seasons with the Twins, he hit .214/.284/.364, with 13 home runs in 114 games. So we can be excused for not being excited about a 31-year-old who could play first or DH but who couldn’t hit well enough to make anyone want to give him time at either spot. Chris had an excellent spring training. And Michael Saunders wrecked his knee on a sprinkler head in Dunedin’s training fields, and we suddenly needed someone for the outfield. Dalton...
Oct 24, 2020
Today in Blue Jays History: Jays win their first World Series

Today in Blue Jays History: Jays win their first World Series

Photo credit should read CHRIS WILKINS/AFP via 28 years ago today The Blue Jays won their first World Series. It always seems that our first World Series win isn’t as celebrated as our second one, likely because it didn’t end in a walk-off homer. But it did end with Joe Carter jumping up and down. Game 6 was a 4-3 win 11 inning win. We were up 2-1 going into the bottom of the 9th, and Cito brought Tom Henke into the game. We had high hopes. Henke had pitched in 8 playoff games that year and hadn’t given up a run. This time he gave up a leadoff single to Jeff Blauser. Damon...
Oct 23, 2020
Open Thread for World Series Game Three

Open Thread for World Series Game Three

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ The series is tired at a game each. It is a really good pitching match up today. I’m looking forward to this one. Today's Lineups DODGERS RAYS Mookie Betts - RF Austin Meadows - DH Corey Seager - SS Brandon Lowe - 2B Justin Turner - 3B Randy Arozarena - LF Max Muncy - 1B Ji-Man Choi - 1B Will Smith - DH Manuel Margot - RF Cody Bellinger - CF Joey Wendle - 3B Chris Taylor - 2B Willy Adames - SS Joc Pederson - LF Kevin Kiermaier - CF Austin Barnes - C Mike Zunino - C Walker Buehler - RHP Charlie Morton - RHP
Oct 23, 2020
Friday Bantering

Friday Bantering

Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Happy Friday. We have made it to the end of another week. Covid numbers in my province are spiking. A reluctance to wear masks (because all the doctors in the world have nothing better to do than to all conspire to cause us the most minimal of annoyance) and some big group activities have us close to the point where we are going to have to close down again. Lourdes Gurriel is nominated for a Gold Glove, something that caught me by surprise. Lourdes is pretty good at coming in on the ball. He has that sliding catch where he slides a little right of...
Oct 23, 2020
Today in Blue Jays History: Joe Carter Homers to Win the World Series

Today in Blue Jays History: Joe Carter Homers to Win the World Series

27 Years Ago Today I remember the moment. I remember thinking, win, or lose; we were ok. The Blue Jays had Pat Hentgen ready to be our starter in game 7, and he had a great start in game 3. But, I’m happy with the way it ended. No matter how many times I’ve watched this, I’m still amazed that Carter was able to hit that pitch out. A few years ago, I interviewed Hentgen, and I was able to ask him something I always wondered about: I remember thinking when Joe Carter came to bat in game 6 “oh well, even if we don’t win, you would be pitching the next day” all would be good. Do...
Oct 22, 2020
OOTP Season Sim: Game 120, Jays beat Rays

OOTP Season Sim: Game 120, Jays beat Rays

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ I keep wanting to do these everyday but life gets in the way. This game is August 10, game 1 of a 4-game set in Tampa Bay. Blue Jays 5 Rays 1 Two wins in a row after a six game losing streak. The sim Jays got a great start from Nate Pearson. 6.1 innings, 5 hits, just 1 earned (on a Jose Martinez home run), no walks and 4 strikeouts. Rafael Dolis pitched a scoreless 1.1, allowing 3 hits and a walk. He came in with 1-out in the seventh and gave up a walk and a single, but got out of the inning. Then he got the first two outs of the eighth, but back-to-back singles...
Oct 22, 2020
Question time: Which former Jay doesn’t get talked about enough?

Question time: Which former Jay doesn’t get talked about enough?

Here is a question for you: What player from the Blue Jays past doesn’t get remembered enough? What player don’t we talk about enough? Give us your answer in the thread, but also, if you like, do a Fan Post about the player in the next couple of weeks, and we’ll move up to the ‘front page’. So the idea is a player that you think we’ve forgotten or, if not forgotten, we don’t give him his due around here.My personal choice Ernie Whitt Ernie Whitt was born June 13, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan. In the 15th round of the 1972 amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox, one pick before Jason...
Oct 21, 2020
Open Thread World Series Game 2

Open Thread World Series Game 2

Photo by Tom Pennington/ Rays, please, make a game of this one. I really want a 7-game series. Today's Lineups RAYS DODGERS Austin Meadows - DH Mookie Betts - RF Brandon Lowe - 2B Corey Seager - SS Randy Arozarena - LF Justin Turner - 3B Ji-Man Choi - 1B Max Muncy - 1B Manuel Margot - RF Will Smith - C Joey Wendle - 3B Cody Bellinger - CF Willy Adames - SS A.J. Pollock - DH Kevin Kiermaier - CF Enrique Hernandez - 2B Mike Zunino - C Chris Taylor - LF Blake Snell - LHP Tony Gonsolin - RHP
Oct 21, 2020
The season that was: Teoscar Hernandez

The season that was: Teoscar Hernandez

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ A look at Hernandez’ 2020 season Coming into 2020, we’d seen enough of Teoscar Hernandez to know he had a lot of potential. In the two and a bit seasons he’d played for the Blue Jays, he hit .238/.304/.482 with 56 home runs in 285 games, after coming over in trade with the Astros (along with Nori Aoki for Francisco Liriano). He had a pretty great second half of the 2019, hitting .240/.316/.514, so we had hopes that it would carry over to 2020. It did: Standard Batting G PA AB ...
Oct 21, 2020
Happy Birthday George Bell

Happy Birthday George Bell

Photo by Rick Stewart/ And Jerry Garvin, Danny Barnes and Gabe Gross George Bell turns 61 today. George Bell was born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. His brother Juan Bell also made the majors as a utility infielder for 7 seasons for several different teams. He has two other brothers who played professional baseball. The Phillies signed George as an amateur free agent in 1978. The Jays picked him up in the 1980 rule 5 draft, one of the best Rule 5 pickups ever. Rule 5 draft pickups have to spend the season on the major league roster or get offered back to the team they came...
Oct 20, 2020
Open Thread: World Series Game One

Open Thread: World Series Game One

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ I’m hoping for a seven game World Series. I don’t know what I’m going to do when the games end. Today's Lineups RAYS DODGERS Yandy Diaz - 1B Mookie Betts - RF Brandon Lowe - 2B Corey Seager - SS Randy Arozarena - DH Justin Turner - 3B Hunter Renfroe - RF Max Muncy - 1B Manuel Margot - LF Will Smith - DH Joey Wendle - 3B Cody Bellinger - CF Willy Adames - SS Chris Taylor - 2B Kevin Kiermaier - CF Joc Pederson - LF Mike Zunino - C Austin Barnes - C Tyler Glasnow - RHP Clayton Kershaw - LHP