March 10 2016 12:43PM
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Goose Gossage is old and has bad opinions. Not to excuse it, but that just seems to be a thing that happens to a lot of old guys as the world evolves and changes around them and they... y'know... don't.
I probably wouldn't feel the need to go around calling him "trash," though, if he didn't also think that his bad opinions are not only not bad, but correct and The Right Way To Think About Things, or that he's somehow a respect-worthy gatekeeper (dude, your name is Goose!) when it comes to the question of how the game should be played and how one should conduct oneself on the field.
March 10 2016 11:01AM
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Jose Bautista makes his spring debut for the Blue Jays today, and hopefully so too does a comments solution for the site here. Behold Solid Opinion at the bottom of this post! Fingers crossed that this actually works! (Apologies for more hoops to have to jump through).
Oh, and the split squad Yankees are sending out some big bats to face Drew Hutchison -- who, Benny Fresh tweets, will be followed by Jesse Chavez, Chad Jenkins, Scott Copeland, and Pat Venditte.
March 09 2016 09:04PM
First, a couple bits of housekeeping -- because why not just keep putting off writing an actual post for even longer, eh? 1) If you haven't already noticed, you're now on BlueJaysNation.com, minus the "the." Feel free to change your bookmarks accordingly (though both will still get you here -- as will AndrewStoeten.com) and please be sure to exclude the new domain from your ad blocker! And 2) I know the comments section has been, to say the least, an issue for those who like to use it. I hope we have a solution that you'll see in tomorrow's Game Threat (which, unlike today's, will exist!), however, in the meantime, a lot of commenters seem to have found their way to Jays In The House -- so, if you're so inclined, check that out too!
Stop me if you've heard this one before: according to a tweet from Jon Heyman, the Jays have a superstar whose contract is ending after this season, but actually he wants to stay in Toronto and is willing to negotiate -- unlike previous reports that he's given the team his unbending demands. Yes, apparently Jose Bautista wants to stay -- or at least somebody wants us to think he does (i.e. somebody has read the David Price handbook on how to leave Toronto for a boatload of money while making it look entirely like the team's fault). This probably deserves a full post, but meh.
Maybe this deserves a full post, too, but in the name of just getting through everything that's been going on while I've been having a less-than-productive week, let's check out Turf and Rec magazine! The trade mag has a pretty interesting and in-depth piece on a speech about the Rogers Centre from November by Dr. Eric Lyons, the University of Guelph professor who has been studying how to make a natural grass field grow in the stadium. All sorts of interesting stuff in there, from the talk of MLB's "wishes" (read: pressure?) being to have every team on a real field, to that fact that there is some drainage in the current surface (just not in seating areas), to talk of humidity challenges, lighting challenges, something called "dormancy response." The piece also gives us this quote from Lyons, which is really what it's all going to come down to: "We can do it if you throw enough money at it. The question is, will the building still be there 20 years from now?"
March 08 2016 10:29AM
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Fort Myers [is where the Jays would be if they weren't playing a home game today]! A breezy two-and-a-half hour bus ride down the Gulf Coast from the Blue Jays' home in Dunedin and you're there! Can you imagine??? [You'll have to -- the Jays are in Dunedin].
Actually, though, I almost can't imagine what's about to transpire on the field of Hammond Stadium [because it sure isn't a Twins-Jays game], as legit stars -- and noted "baseball rats" -- Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson have made the trip [is what I'd say if this was actually an away game]. So that's something! [Except how... y'know... it's not].
March 08 2016 09:03AM
Over the weekend, Tyler Kepner of the New York Times penned an interesting piece on the state of the Toronto Blue Jays and the strange transition the club has had to make from the Paul Beeston era to the one that now sees Mark Shapiro in charge.