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Blue Jays Birthdays: Donaldson, Wells, Johnson, Drabek

Blue Jays Birthdays: Donaldson, Wells, Johnson, Drabek

Photo by Rob Carr/ We have four former Blue Jays having birthdays today. Josh Donaldson turns 37 today. We picked up Josh in trade from the A’s for, what turned out to be, a handful of magic beans. In his four seasons with the Jays he hit .281/.383/.548 with 116 home runs in 462 games. He won an AL MVP award and finished 4th and 22nd in voting the next two seasons. By bWAR he had the 7th and 8th best seasons ever for a Jays position player. He’s number 13 on our all-time list for bWAR and 16th in home runs. The less said about the circumstances of his trade, the...
Bluebird Banter Dec 7, 2022
Happy Birthday to Us

Happy Birthday to Us

There are very few pictures that have Minor Leaguer and Matt W in them. We are lucky to have this one. | Photo by Rich Schultz/ Bluebird Banter is 17 years old today. It started just a few days after the Blue Jays traded for Lyle Overbay (for David Bush, Gabe Gross and Zach Jackson). The trade got a very favourable review. The Jays are 1340-1312 since our birth. The first post is here, written by Marc Normandin. Marc has since written for many, many different sites. Unfortunately, he didn’t stay at the site long. Mark W. and Slitheringslider soon took over. Hugo...
Bluebird Banter Dec 6, 2022
Today in Blue Jays history: A.J. Burnett signing, Brett Lawrie trade

Today in Blue Jays history: A.J. Burnett signing, Brett Lawrie trade

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Today in Blue Jays history: 2005 Wow, 17 years ago. J.P. Ricciardi signed A.J. Burnett to a five-year, $55 million contract, including an opt-out clause. Burnett would team with Roy Halladay to make an excellent one-two punch at the top of our rotation for three seasons. Burnett went 38-26 with the Jays, with a 3.94 ERA in 81 games, 80 starts. After the 2008 season, Burnett opted out of his Blue Jays contract and signed with the Yankees for five years and $82.5 million. Much to our pleasure, AJ wasn’t the same pitcher for the Yankees as he...
Bluebird Banter Dec 5, 2022
Today in Blue Jays History: The Big Trade

Today in Blue Jays History: The Big Trade

Photo credit should read CHRIS WILKINS/AFP via 32 Years Ago Stand Pat Gillick made the most significant trade in Blue Jays’ history. Tony Fernandez and Fred McGriff went to the Padres for Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter. I remember when 32 years was a long time ago. Now, not so much. I wasn’t a big fan of the trade then. We had a team in the race for the playoffs each season for the past few years. In 1985 and 1989, we made it to the playoffs. Then, suddenly, we traded the best shortstop the team ever had (and a personal favourite of mine) and a first baseman who,...
Bluebird Banter Dec 3, 2022
Today in Blue Jays history: Happ/Saunders trade

Today in Blue Jays history: Happ/Saunders trade

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports Eight years ago today. The Blue Jays traded J.A. Happ to the Mariners for Michael Saunders. Happ had been with the Blue Jays for 2.5 seasons since he came over in a big trade with the Astros. We sent Francisco Cordero, Ben Francisco, Joe Musgrove, Carlos Perez, David Rollins, Asher Wojciechowski, and Kevin Comer to Houston for Happ, David Carpenter, and Brandon Lyon. Happ was up and down in his first run with the Jays. He went 19-20 with a 4.45 ERA in 58 games, 50 starts. He missed some time with injuries (including a knee injury...