Blue Jays excited to have Dioner Navarro back on the team

John Lott
August 26 2016 07:22PM

Dioner Navarro is a Blue Jay again, which could make for an intriguing bit of roster shuffling come Monday.

That’s the day Navarro is expected to join the Blue Jays after they acquired the popular backup catcher from the White Sox in a Friday trade for a minor-league pitcher.

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So, the team you cheer for just lost to a worse team...

Andrew Stoeten
August 26 2016 01:57PM

Albert Pujols and Mike Trout
Photo credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The best statement I could possibly make about the last few days of Blue Jays baseball, I think, would be to say nothing.

Nothing about relaxing. Nothing about baseball being a game of long trends that will never make sense if your focus moves only from one small segment to the next. Nothing about there being no shame in  Mike Trout doing Mike Trout things to you.

Nothing about a good offence people seem to have in their heads is bad. Nothing about a first place team some folks seem much too frustrated with.

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Lott: Bautista optimistic about the Jays' stretch drive as he returns from the DL

John Lott
August 25 2016 06:56PM

Jose Bautista

A year ago at this time, the Blue Jays had just climbed into first place, where they would stay for the rest of the season. The offence was clicking. Jose Bautista had played in 119 games, hit 30 homers and compiled an OPS of .877. 

Entering play Thursday, the Blue Jays led a tight three-way race for the AL East by a half-game. Their offence was averaging seven-tenths of a run less than it did last year. Bautista had played in 80 games, hit 15 homers and posted an OPS of .793.

Injuries had cost him 45 games in two separate stints. In the 15 games between DL visits, he batted .190. Overall he was batting .222.

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Fowles: Sports Twitter Etiquette (LOL)

Stacey May Fowles
August 25 2016 02:01PM

Baseball Twitter
Image via Wahoo Sam

Now before I start things off I want to say I truly, deeply love Sports Twitter. For someone who, in “real life,” doesn’t have a great deal of sports-watching friends, it has been a real haven, a place to share jubilant moments and lament heartbreaking losses. Freelancing can indeed be a lonely life, and it’s a gift to be connected day-to-day with so many people who love what I love. My curated feed has showered me in memes, and adorable stories, and fascinating opinions. It can, at times, be joyous and exhilarating.

Through the glory of Sports Twitter I’ve met a wonderful group of diverse baseball fans from across North America, spanning numerous allegiances and interests, and they’ve revealed to me the myriad opinions one can have about this game we all enjoy. I’ve found the support and insight of a great group of sports writing women, discovered new opportunities, and learned a great deal about teams and players that were far outside my sphere of knowledge. It’s taught me that people — strangers — can be truly great.

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Game Threat: Jays (71-54) vs. Angels (52-73)

Andrew Stoeten
August 24 2016 03:37PM

Marco Estrada
Photo credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Could the damn Red Sox stop winning already.

I know this is where I'm supposed to write some half-assed thing at least tangentially related to tonight's game, but seriously! They've won like 14 games on their recent nine game road trip and lately have looked slightly better than the unrepentant trash that we all know they are. Stop that, Red Sox!

I mean, honestly, I don't want to take a dark turn here as the Jays are getting set to play once-in-a-generation talent Mike Trout and his godawful Angels teammates, but I keep having this thought about how we just might not be ready for this season to get ugly. Oh, I know, it won't. And I know last year ended in just about the most frustrating way possible, but last year was also a damn fairy tale that we could instantly reflect on and feel incredible about. What a ride! This year? What if it goes shitty??? Good lord, we're not ready!

Then again, I also keep having another thought: last night I tweeted about how the Jays should use a Tragically Hip song to inspire the crowd late in games, rather than -- speaking of unrepentant trash -- that pile of stale turds called Hooked On A Feeling, and somebody responded to it with something about Harambe, which caused me to start singing to myself, They shot Harambe once, in my hometown..., which has been stuck in my head ever since.

Which is to say: what the hell are my thoughts good for?

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