The Rogers Centre's New Dirt Infield Is Looking Good!

Andrew Stoeten
March 04 2016 05:36PM

RC-infield-levelled

I wish I could say the same for the concrete that's surrounding it. Or the artificial turf that's going to be surrounding it this season. But hey, it's a start. And that infield is looking mighty nice.

The image above was tweeted this afternoon by Steven Brooks -- aka @sbrooksbaseball, aka the Blue Jays' senior vice president of business -- and... yep. There it is alright! A big league-lookin' infield!

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Bautista Speaks To Peter Gammons: Unpacking His Comments On Rogers, Health, And More

Andrew Stoeten
March 04 2016 02:43PM

Jose Bautista
Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It would have been nice if, instead of dumping on an anonymous blogger (for an incident I don’t even remember), Peter Gammon’s had cited the big, mainstream reporter who " had to ask the question"  wen he sneered about past, unfounded steroid accusations in the second paragraph of his feature on Jose Bautista from Thursday at Gammons Daily.

It would have been nice if I could read anything but a suggestion that Bautista isn’t going to be a Blue Jay after this season  into the remark that it’s “unfortunate” that Mark Shapiro and Bautista are only just now getting to work together, because of their mutual belief in “new age conditioning”. (Though if you listened to our latest Birds All Day podcast you know that I don’t believe it either, BUT I DON’T WANT HIM TO THINK THAT.)

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Spring Threat: Jays vs. Orioles

Andrew Stoeten
March 04 2016 11:10AM

Troy Tulowitzki
Photo Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Pillar leading off, the spectre of having to talk about a bad JA Happ performance, or Maicer Izturis retiring, or Aaron Loup being shut down for two weeks and likely not being ready for opening day can't even get me down about this one.

Blue Jays baseball-ish on TV on a Friday afternoon? Tulo in the lineup with his new leg kick that's going to destroy the AL? Storen and Osuna getting in some action? The potential of Brad Penny's arm falling off live in front of us? Let's do this!

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Birds All Day Podcast - Episode 50

Andrew Stoeten
March 03 2016 11:20PM

Birds All Day

Alright! It’s episode 50 of Birds All Day! Featuring Kevin Pillar at lead-off, Aaron Loup's strained forearm, Edwin Encarnacion's contract, Aaron Sanchez's role, and so much more!

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Jays Win 10-8: Ostensibly A Grapefruit League Game Three Recap

Andrew Stoeten
March 03 2016 03:08PM

Justin Smoak
Photo Credit: Kim-Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Blue Jays won a game that was, at one point, a laugher, but that had turned tense by the end. Not that it matters.

As is usually going to be the case this early in camp, the most interesting things happening today took place off the field, rather than on it.

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