July 29 2016 05:11PM
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Here we go! It's been a good season, Baltimore, and you really gave us all a real scare there for a bit, but daddy's home and he wants to use the den now, so... you understand, eh?
Yes, the fucking trash birds are in town and ready to disappoint the fine people of Maryland once again.
July 28 2016 04:27PM
Remember back a week or so ago when I was fairly regularly complaining about the lack of Benny Fresh chats, or Richard Griffin mail bags, or Gregor Chisholm inbox posts this season, and how I’ve been champing at the bit for a good, old fashioned hijacking?
And remember how, about a week ago, I kinda stopped saying stuff like that?
Maybe you didn’t notice. *Hopefully* you didn’t notice. But if you did, there’s a reason why I stopped: Gregor put up a fresh Inbox at BlueJays.com!
Yes! So let’s take a dip into the Griff Bag’s infinitely less bent cousin, shall we?
As always, I have not read any of Gregor’s answers. If there’s a question you’d like me to answer, submit it to Gregor in his post and maybe he’ll select it for a future mail bag. Fingers crossed!
July 28 2016 11:40AM
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T.J. Zeuch set foot in Canada for the first time after riding a bus for more than seven hours from Spokane, Washington, arriving in Vancouver at 7 a.m. on July 21. He had no time to get settled before reporting for work.
“I’ve only taken a nap in Vancouver so far,” he said that afternoon.
The next day, Zeuch received a rude awakening. On his ninth pitch of the game, the Vancouver Canadians right-hander took a line drive off his pitching elbow. His manager and the team trainer bolted from the dugout before time was called.
The reason for their anxiety was obvious. The 6-foot-7 pitcher was the Toronto Blue Jays’ top draft pick in June. They paid him a signing bonus of $2.175-million (U.S.). He turned pro with a reputation as a strike-thrower who features a two-seam fastball with nasty sinking action. Earlier in that inning, the stadium radar gun clocked his fastball at 95, a couple of clicks above his usual maximum.
July 28 2016 04:12AM
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I feel like I should maybe write about R.A. Dickey, given that he was beaten up for a third straight start on Wednesday, and the knives are once again out. But the knives are always at the ready when it comes to Dickey, and he is what he is (and three starts ago had a 3.93 ERA), so I just don’t think it’s nearly as interesting as something else that’s been on my mind. And that’s Wednesday morning’s third hour of Naylor & Lansberg on TSN 1050 Radio in Toronto. (Audio here).
These days I’ve almost completely broken my sports talk radio addiction, so I must admit I haven’t listened to these guys very much, and I must say I quite liked the show -- except when they both said that if they could choose any current Toronto athlete to keep in perpetuity they’d take Auston Matthews over Josh Donaldson, because LOLOLOLOLOLOL.
But it wasn’t so much the hosts that I found fascinating about this hour of programming, but the guests: namely, Keith Law and Ross Atkins.
Law spoke about the Jays’ recent deals, but especially hit the nail on the head when it comes to the Aaron Sanchez situation. And Atkins said as much as he could about that, and also had some interesting details about the impending trade deadline and his process this week.
Here are some highlights!
July 27 2016 09:48PM
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I'll give Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post credit, both for the beautiful string of consonants in his last name, and for having reservations while passing along this turd of a deadline week rumour. Because holy wow, this is something:
Ok, this one is crazy and seems unlikely, but: person with knowledge says Nats have inquired about Toronto OF Jose Bautista. He is 10-5.— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) July 28, 2016
I didn't know the Nationals had a hole at DH! HEYO!