The New Rogers Centre Dirt Infield Is Almost Complete And Looks Terrific

Andrew Stoeten
March 29 2016 12:18PM

Rogers Centre
Photo Credit: Stephen R. Brooks-Toronto Blue Jays

OK, so obviously I what I really mean is that it "looks terrific if you use your imagination and fast forward to the end of next week, when the Jays open up the home portion of their schedule against the Red Sox." But that was a little bit too wordy for a title.

It's true, though! As we can see from a fresh set of images -- including the one above, which I've cropped and brightened (here's the original) -- that were tweeted out by the club's VP of business, Stephen Brooks (aka @sbrooksbaseball), this afternoon.

The turf hasn't been groomed yet, Stephen adds, so relax about that already. And check out some shots from field level, too:

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The Blue Jays’ Opening Day Roster Is Finally Taking Shape

Andrew Stoeten
March 29 2016 11:49AM

Steve Delabar
Photo Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

After today’s game -- which may not even happen, due to the weather -- John Gibbons has said that he’ll announce that Drew Storen will open the year as his club’s closer.

Or… OK, he didn’t say yet that it will be Storen, but let’s be serious. That’s who it’s going to be.

But that wasn’t all that was going on, roster wise, in Dunedin this morning, as we’re starting to see how the bullpen will look when the team goes north. To wit:

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Blue Jays Claim The Former Jesus Montero On Waivers From Seattle

Andrew Stoeten
March 28 2016 01:41PM

Jesus Montero
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

He has risen!

Or, at the very least, he has been asked to rise and pack up his Glendale hotel room for a rushed trip to Dunedin, Florida.

Yes, Jesus Montero -- one-time creation of the Yankee hype machine, and the player traded for Michael Pineda during Seattle’s long winter of Jack Z -- has been acquired via waivers by the Blue Jays.

You probably remember him as a catcher, right? Well, he hasn’t caught in a big league or minor league game since 2013 (it is currently 2016, FYI), so let’s not maybe go nuts here. Or even care.

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Edwin Returns To (Minor League) Action, Absolutely Crushes One

Andrew Stoeten
March 28 2016 12:17PM

Edwin Encarnacion
Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

OK, look. Seeing Edwin Encarnacion effortlessly drop a bomb on some Pirates minor league scrub isn’t enough to have us conclude that he’s ready for the season, despite this being just his first taste of real-ish action of the spring. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want to watch it.

And thanks to Sportsnet’s Barry Davis, we can.

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Spring Threat: Jays vs. Phillies

Andrew Stoeten
March 28 2016 11:10AM

Marcus Stroman
Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Wow. The Phillies are trash, man.

I was going to write some half-excited words about this being Marcus Stroman's final tuneup before facing Chris Archer and the Rays on Sunday afternoon as part of MLB's (and ESPN's -- though the Jays-Rays game is on ESPN2) Opening Day triple-header, and a great late-in-camp chance for him to really get to see some big league hitters, and... well... wow. The Phillies are trash, man.

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