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The Shapkins Defender – Looking Back to Look Forward

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.) Spring training is finally arriving this week. (Well, the part with the stretching and jogging and whatnot.  The actual games are…

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The Shapkins Defender – 6 to 8 Breakout Men

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.) Well, the offseason is winding down. The coldest days of the year are now behind us and most of the free…

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The Shapkins Defender – Losing My Mind

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.) Let’s get to it! “Hey, Shapkins Defender. I notice the Blue Jays won’t be taking any players to arbitration this year….

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The Shapkins Defender – Running the Phases

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.) Since my last piece was super long, I’ll try and keep this one short and sweet, both because it’s still sort…

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The Shapkins Defender – Chering Blossoms

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.) This edition is quite a long one. So, I recommend skipping it to spend time with your family and friends. (I’m…

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The Shapkins Defender – Stuck in the Middle with Blue (Jays)

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.) Let’s get to it! For this edition, I am going to talk about Stealers Wheel. I mean, Wheeler’s deal. I saw…

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The Shapkins Defender – The Résumé, Resumed

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.) Let’s get to it! Now, I’ve talked about Shapiro’s track record before. But it looks like I’m going to have to…

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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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The Shapkins Defender – Shapiro Speaks

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, Mark Shapiro has come out into the light, joining the At The Letters podcast. If you are interested,…

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The Shapkins Defender – The Track Record

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.) Let’s get to it!