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Fowles: The Bright Side of Letting Go

If there’s anything I’ve learned over the last handful of baseball seasons, it’s that it’s so much easier to talk (and write) about your team when they’re doing well. When they’re on top, small talk and conversations with strangers unfold in this gleeful way. There’s a certain sense of exuberance and enthusiasm, a feeling of…

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Series Recap: Walking Dead

Ah, the good old days. It was just last week that we were all filled with optimism. The scene was much like today, in that the Jays completed a series win over the Rays with a gritty Thursday afternoon effort to pull themselves to within three games of a playoff spot. At worst, meaningful September…

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Somebody Let Damien Write About the Blue Jays

I’ll be honest, I really don’t want to write a line-by-line deconstruction of Damien Cox’s latest foray into baseball writing, which has inexplicably been published this week by the Toronto Star. Granted, a whole lot of that is to do with the fact that for the first half of this piece, I’d be deconstructing how…

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Game Threat: Blue Jays (59-66) @ Rays (62-65)

We aren’t watching for a playoff run anymore, it seems. With last weekend’s sweep in Chicago and yesterday’s suffocating loss, we’re just letting the air out of the balloon one day at a time. Tonight, we’ll get to enjoy Marcus Stroman as he looks to put together yet another excellent start in a very, very…

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Daily Duce: Wednesday, August 23rd

Daily??!?!? Kevin Pillar reflects on his dumb ejection on Tuesday night to Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet, and finds himself searching for answers (and, ugh, bringing up Derek Jeter). Maybe instead Kevin should probably be searching for his April approach at the plate — HEYO! (Don’t get me wrong, the ejection was total bullshit; even if…

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The Blue Jays Would Like Your Data Please

Data! Ever since Mark Shapiro assumed control of the Toronto Blue Jays from Paul Beeston, fans have been told to expect decisions about fan experience to be data-driven. The Blue Jays want to know what you think about the club so that they can best cater to your needs as an organization! This, it would…

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So… Vlad Jr. Is Handling the Florida State League Quite Well

So… uh… how is Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doing since his promotion from the Low-A Midwest League to High-A Dunedin? Preeeeeetty. Preeeeetty. Preeeetty. Pretty good. In his first 160 plate appearances in what’s generally known as a pitcher friendly league, Vladito has slashed a stunning .336/.456/.492. That’s a better line than he put up in Lansing!…