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‘I’m excited to be somewhere I’m wanted’: How Anthony Bass thrived in Japan, and came back stronger than ever

For years, Anthony Bass believed that Major League Baseball players going to play in Japan signalled the end of their careers in North America. He, like many other scribes and athletes, thought that foreign baseball was easier and less demanding than its North American equivalent.  Now, he regards Japanese professional baseball as a vastly different,…

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Comparing the 2019 non-tender team to the 2019 Blue Jays

Some Major League Baseball teams had to make some difficult decisions as to who to non-tender this week, causing an inevitable stir and debate as to who should (or should not have) been non-tendered. Beat reporters rushed to get news out and swamis or fans pulled out stat sheets to compare their choices against those…

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Analyzing the declining tradability of Randal Grichuk’s contract

When the Blue Jays signed Randal Grichuk to a five-year, $52 million contract extension in April, many were surprised by the parameters and length of the deal, which was considered to be wholly unnecessary to begin with. Granted, the team acquired him for almost nothing and slotted him in immediately upon his arrival. Regardless, Grichuk…

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Predicting where Elvis Luciano starts the 2020 season

It was rather weird that the Blue Jays selected Elvis Luciano from Kansas City in the 2018 Rule 5 Draft. At the time an 18-year-old hurler who’d never pitched above Rookie, Luciano wasn’t exactly the most natural choice for a team to select. Still, Ross Atkins and the Blue Jays chose him and became instantly…

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Blue Jays fend off Rays in final set of 2019 season

Well, it’s all over now, folks. In the last series of the 2019 season, the Blue Jays (cumulatively 67-95) handled the playoff-bound Tampa Bay Rays (96-66) admirably, holding their ramshackle lineup at bay and stringing together some solid starts and relief appearances to take the series and finish the season on a winning note. Here’s…

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Blue Jays, nearing the end, take series from Orioles

In a long, and, at times, frivolously played series against the lowly Baltimore Orioles, the Blue Jays clawed and limped their way to a relatively impressive series victory in their second-to-last series of the season. Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the weird from this week’s series at Rogers Centre: The Good…

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Yankees crush Blue Jays in team’s final road series

For now, and only for now, the Blue Jays are done visiting Yankee Stadium. In the team’s final away series of the season, they were rocked, roughed up, and rammed by the mammoth New York Yankees. Though they did show some signs of life at various points, the series was disappointing overall. Here’s a look…

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Backed by Biggio, Blue Jays sluggers demolish lagging O’s

Though it was *just* the lowly Baltimore Orioles, the Blue Jays were able to lay waste to their opponents this week in what can only be described as an absolute pounding. Thanks to relentless onslaughts of offence, satisfactory pitching, and some timely defence, the Blue Jays took all three games in Baltimore to further diminish…

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Mighty Yankees fall to Grichuk, Blue Jays in penultimate meeting

In yet another surprising turn of events, the Blue Jays (now 59-91) miraculously took two of three from the 98-53 Yankees this weekend, finishing off with a 4-2 record against New York and Boston this week. With timely hitting and (occasionally) flashy defence, the Blue Jays sharply manoeuvred their way through the iron wall that…

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Blue Jays claw out series victory against slumping, tired Red Sox

In the season’s penultimate homestand, the Blue Jays, forever varying their lineups and defensive alignments, hosted the lowly and, now Dombrowski-less, Red Sox in a semi-meaningless three-game set this week at Rogers Centre. Though there were definitely some gaffes for the boys in blue, they played an overall solid set, taking two of three from…