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MiLB Roster Housekeeping: Rule 5 and More

[Note: I wrote this earlier in the week and the team has already made a couple of the anticipated moves. What follows is the original text] With the World Series over now the business of the off season will commence. This includes the business of who’s potentially not going to be in your organization next…

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Teoscar Hernández and Catching the Ball Out Front

When I first looked at Teoscar Hernández back in July it was only a month since he had been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. He had a new swing, lowering his hands, getting his bat to the ball quicker, and in turn making more contact. He was also using the opposite field more. Today I wanted…

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The Shapkins Defender – Fishing for J.D. Martinez

Welcome to The Shapkins Defender, where I inhale your toxic screeds and spit out the fresh oxygen of optimism, like a tree that kind of understands WAR. (Just don’t ask me to explain it.) For this edition, I take a deeper look at the Derek Fisher trade, much maligned in some circles of Blue Jays…

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Let’s talk about the non-Gerrit Cole free agent starters

I wrote a while back about how Gerrit Cole would be a perfect fit on the Blue Jays, but, for a variety of different reasons, that it wouldn’t happen. It’s a shame we can’t even bother getting our hopes up about adding this insanely-good ace, but that’s life. Let’s talk about some other non-Cole starters…