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Baseball Things Are Happening!

It’s the greatest day of the year! The one day we wait for, agonize over, and dream about all winter: the day we convince ourselves that most of Spring Training isn’t a bit of a boring slog and just appreciate that somewhere down south under the Florida sun the Toronto Blue Jays are doing things. As…

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Jerry Howarth Announces His Retirement

In a stunning bit of news on Tuesday morning, Jerry Howarth, who has narrated 36 seasons of Toronto Blue Jays baseball on the radio, announced that he’s retiring from the broadcast booth. Summer will never sound the same. “I had every intention of continuing my career into the 2018 season but my health and stamina…

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CRAIG BRESLOW!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t know why I decided to write the title of this post in all caps, because holy shit, Craig Breslow isn’t a real sexy signing. In fact, if I didn’t feel some sort of obligation to do so, I might have just let it passed unmentioned. Because what the hell does one even mention…

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Birds All Day Podcast: 148. The Shapiro-Atkins Diet

MLB’s offseason has been a mess, teams are being extremely disciplined when it comes to what they’re willing to offer free agents, and as such a whole lot of free agents remain unsigned, even as we’re already on the verge of camps opening. Isn’t it obvious what’s happening? Just about every team in the league…

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Blue Jays Sign Canadian Right-Handed Reliever John Axford

In a surprise twist the America-loving Americans who, while longing for their old home in Cleveland and dreaming of watching ESPN and Fourth of July barbecues, have the run of Canada’s team — your Toronto Blue Jays — seem to have, for a moment, turned their backs on their beloved countrymen. Despite there being multitudes…

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Blue Jays add Jake Petricka on a Minor-League Deal

The Blue Jays added some more pitching depth today, inking former White Sock Jake Petricka to a minor-league contract. According to Ben Nicholson-Smith, Petricka, a righty, will earn $1.3 million if he plays in the major leagues with $500k in incentives.

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On Pitching Depth and Taylor Guerrieri Potentially as a Reliever

A sneaky-good move that the Blue Jays made early in the offsesason was claiming right-hander Taylor Guerrieri on waivers from the Rays. A former very highly regarded prospect — Baseball prospectus had him as baseball’s 48th best prospect heading into 2013 (MLB.com had him at 44, Keith Law had him at 47, and Baseball America…

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Keep Your Filthy Hands Off Edwin, Red Sox!

I don’t particularly like the thought of Edwin Encarnación playing for any team that isn’t the Toronto Blue Jays, but it turns out that there is at least one team out there that it would infuriate me to the point of nausea to see him playing for — and it ain’t the one he’s currently…