8:16 AM EDT, Fri April 19, 2019
Twinkie Town

Opponent Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto battles their Northern neighbors After a quick sweep of good ol’ Gardy and his kittens Tigers, one of our many southern neighbors is coming to town. The Toronto Blue Jays have made the trip to Target Field for a four-game series. Last year, the Jays finished well below .500, with 93 losses (just wait until you hear how many losses our next opponent had). The league’s Canadian squad is squarely in rebuild mode, having traded away big-name players like Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki last season, and losing pitcher Marco Estrada in free agency. They fired manager John Gibbons...

Twinkie Town

Q&A with Tom Dakers of Bluebird Banter

The Jays come to town, and we talked to their SBNation site Tom Dakers is the site manager over at Bluebird Banter, the SBNation site for the Toronto Blue Jays. He asked me some questions about the Twins (I’ll update a link in here when they post) and in return, I asked him a few of my own. He was a good sport and got me the answers, so lets learn a little more about the Twins next opponent. 1. The Blue Jays have the absolute misfortune of playing in the AL East, where they have to compete with the big money Yankees and Red Sox, plus the somehow competitive Rays every year. What would...

Tampa Bay Times

Rays journal: A few housewarming gifts for Charlie Montoyo

TORONTO - In advance of facing off for the first time against Charlie Montoyo as manager of the Blue Jays, the Rays lavished praise on their former longtime minor-league manager and big-league coach."He's sorely missed," manager Kevin Cash said, "but

Tampa Bay Times

Rays begin with a blast in Toronto, winning 11-7

TORONTO - Forget the kind words, and the potential for mind games, being volleyed between Rays manager Kevin Cash and Blue Jays counterpart Charlie Montoyo, the former coach on Cash's staff, before their first regular-season meeting.Friday quickly became about the

Tampa Bay Times

Rays have some plans for first meeting that counts with Charlie Montoyo as Blue Jays manager

TORONTO - The Rays crossed paths several times during the spring with old friend Charlie Montoyo, who spent 18 years as a minor-league manager and four as a big-league coach with them before being hired as Toronto's manager.But tonight they face him for the first time when it

Bluebird Banter

FanPulse Poll: 71% are confident in the direction of the Blue Jays

Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Blue Jays fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse. Last time 75% said they were confident of the direction of the Blue Jays, this time: This time 71% said they were confident. And Charlie Montoyo’s manager approval rating has dropped from 100% to 82%. And the question that was sent to fans of all teams: As much as I agree with the result, the question is asked in a pretty leading way. I’m older when you put the ‘no’ answer as ‘get...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Charlie Montoyo outmanages Puerto Rican countryman

Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo not only made history yesterday, but he also outmanaged his Puerto Rican countryman Alex Cora leading his squad a 7-5 victory over the Red Sox. The Tuesday afternoon contest marked the first time in MLB history that both opposing managers hailed from Puerto Rico. The skippers call Florida, Puerto […] Blue Jays: Charlie Montoyo outmanages Puerto Rican countryman - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Jays Journal

Blue Jays former manager hospitalized after possible stroke

Former Toronto Blue Jays manager Bobby Cox is recovering in an Atlanta area hospital after reportedly suffering a stroke. Bobby Cox spent four seasons at the Blue Jays helm between 1982-85, winning a division title in 1985.  The 77-year old Hall of Famer also spent 25 years as the Atlanta Braves skipper during two different […] Blue Jays former manager hospitalized after possible stroke - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bluebird Banter

FanPulse Poll: 75% are confident in the direction of the Blue Jays

Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Blue Jays fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse. Last time 93% said they were confident of the direction of the team, this time: Last time round 100% of those of us voting approved of the job that manager Charlie Montoyo is doing and this time around he’s still at 100%. That’s a pretty good job approval rating. The question that was asked FanPulse voters from all teams was “Who do you think will win the AL MVP?” Mike Trout was the overwhelming...

Baltimore Sun

Orioles' David Hess pulled in seventh inning with no-hit bid intact in 6-5 win over Blue Jays

Orioles right-hander David Hess took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before manager Brandon Hyde made the difficult decision to pull him from Monday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays with the uncommon feat still intact. Hess, 25, struck out a career-high eight batters and had eight...

Baltimore Sun

Orioles' early winning ways, 'opener' strategy putting stress on bullpen

If there's one drawback to the Orioles' 3-1 start entering Tuesday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, it's the amount of relief pitching — intentionally and unintentionally — manager Brandon Hyde has needed to secure those wins. From Saturday's "opener" bullpen game that essentially required...

Bluebird Banter

Buffalo Bisons Opening Roster

We are learning the opening rosters of the Blue Jays four full season minor league teams today. Let’s start with the Bisons. It looks like they will have a pretty good team this year. I’d imagine that Vladimir Guerrero (among others) will be on their IL list to start the season. Andy Burns is back from a season in the Korean League where he hit .303/.361/.499. The coaching staff is: Manager: Bob Meacham Pitching Coach: Doug Mathis Hitting Coach: Corey Hart Position Coach: Devon White Pitchers (12): Jason Adam (27) Danny Barnes (29) Corey Copping (25) Conor Fisk (26) Dusty Isaacs...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Shoemaker, Blue Jays blank Tigers 6-0, Montoyo gets 1st win

Matt Shoemaker pitched seven sharp innings to win his Toronto debut and the Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 6-0 Friday night, giving Charlie Montoyo his first victory as a major league manager.

Bless You Boys

Links: First place is a sweet place to start

Vintage starting pitching and the power of youth made for a fun Opening Day. So, that went well, eh? Jordan Zimmermann came out on Opening Day looking like Greg Maddux, and was potentially on his way to a complete game shutout before manager Ron Gardenhire intervened, pulling the veteran starter after seven innings with just 70 pitches thrown. Zimmermann displayed superb command, had a good feel for his slider, which is his key, and also mixed in a couple of nasty changeups, which surprised everyone. No one was more surprised than a fairly hapless looking Toronto Blue Jays lineup....

Bluebird Banter

Blue Jays fans are very hopeful about Charlie Montoyo

Check out how Toronto fans are feeling heading into the season! Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Blue Jays fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse. Opening Day is a great time for optimism across baseball, and that was certainly evident in the Blue Jays fans we polled in the first week of our FanPulse survey. The Blue Jays’ manager received overwhelming support from the Bluebird Banter readers polled, giving him one of the few 100% approval ratings for a manager around SB Nation...

Tip of the Tower

Toronto Blue Jays 2019 season preview: Guerrero Jr. highlights revamped Infield

The Toronto Blue Jays are coming into the 2019 MLB season with low expectations, a new manager, and some exciting young pieces To say the 2018 season was a rough one for the Toronto Blue Jays might be an understatement. The team finished fourth in the American League East with a 73-89 and was forced to […] Toronto Blue Jays 2019 season preview: Guerrero Jr. highlights revamped Infield - Tip of the Tower - Tip of the Tower - A Toronto Sports Site - Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, Toronto FC, Raptors and Argonauts

Bless You Boys

This is your 2019 Opening Day lineup

A mix of old and new faces is likely to be an improvement over 2018. It’s go time, Tigers fans. Hopefully you’ve got your jersey pressed, the brim of your new cap shaped into an elegant curve, and a new glove broken in. Jordan Zimmermann gets the call as your Opening Day starter as the good guys take on the Toronto Blue Jays in the first of a four-game set to get things underway. The 2019 season begins today, and we’re here to introduce you to the Detroit Tigers starting lineup. 2B Josh Harrison Tigers general manager Al Avila added the veteran infielder just days after we begged him...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

New Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo back in Montreal

Charlie Montoyo was a 27-year-old infielder still trying to carve out a major league career the last time he stepped on the field at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.

SportsDay

No Fortnite, no problem? Rangers taking own approach to video game bans, clubhouse rules

SURPRISE, Ariz. - There will be no zombie apocalypse in the Rangers clubhouse.A year ago, Fortnite, the team-based survivalist video game in which players work together to fight off zombie-like characters, swept through pro sports teams. Now, comes the residue.Just this week, it was revealed that Cleveland DH Carlos Santana, then with Philadelphia, smashed a TV in the Phillies clubhouse at the end of last season after finding his teammates playing Fortnite during a late-season game. On Tuesday, new Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said the Blue Jays will enact a pre-game curfew on video games...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Ryan Tepera and John Axord dealing with elbow discomfort

According to Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo, relievers Ryan Tepera and John Axford are both being evaluated for elbow discomfort, injuries which both could have huge ramifications on the complexion of the bullpen. Both hurlers were major factors in the Blue Jays bullpen last season while Ryan Tepera was going to be leaned on heavily […] Blue Jays: Ryan Tepera and John Axord dealing with elbow discomfort - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Anthony Alford heading to minors to start season

Joe Biagini, Tim Mayza, and Billy McKinney have all been told by manager Charlie Montoyo that they’ve made the team out of spring training. Despite putting up a .978 OPS with four home runs in 33 at-bats in spring training, outfielder Anthony Alford will start the season in the minor-leagues, Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo […] Blue Jays: Anthony Alford heading to minors to start season - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Press of Atlantic City

MLB managers want limits, not bans, on clubhouse video games

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Charlie Montoyo thought he would take a hard line against video games in his first year as Toronto Blue Jays manager.

MLB.com FastCast: First day of the offseason - 10/29/18

Bryce Harper and Manny Machado headline a strong free agent class, plus the Blue Jays introduce their new manager About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists o

Blue Jays introduce Charlie Montoyo as new manager

The Blue Jays organization and general manager Ross Atkins introduce Charlie Montoyo as the team's new manager About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of

Who Will Replace Toronto Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons? | Starting Lineup

The Starting Lineup crew discuss how they believe the 2018 Toronto Blue Jays manager search is going to go ands what candidates they believe are the best fits. ----------------------------------------------