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Aaron Sanchez might be turning the corner

Don’t feel bad if you missed it, but Aaron Sanchez struck out 11 batters in his last outing this past Sunday. Yes, 11. It was the second-most strikeouts in a single start in his entire career. Due to the lack of fanfare, Sanchez’ 11-K effort might’ve been the least-publicized high strikeout game in recent memory….

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What’s the secret to Sam Gaviglio’s early-season success?

For the life of me, I can’t figure out what’s going on with Sam Gaviglio this year. With reams of data available and logic suggesting otherwise, Gaviglio has been a godsend for the Blue Jays’ bullpen this season. Last year, he made the second-most starts of any Blue Jays pitcher, purely because the team’s rotation…

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Nobody wants to pitch to Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

No pitcher wants to become a footnote in the story of Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s career. Nobody wants to have their name as the answer to this eventual Jeopardy question: “Which Major League pitcher gave up Vladdy’s first big league home run?” After one week in the big leagues, five games, Vladdy’s received only a handful…

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Ranking the random items the Blue Jays douse themselves in

One of the most endearing Blue Jays moments of the early season was the team dousing Charlie Montoyo in beer after his first big league win. It was a heartwarming show of camaraderie from the players to their brand new manager. Since that first beer shower on Opening Weekend, this tradition has grown and turned…

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Vladdy Watch: Is Friday the next most likely call-up date?

Extremely Brian Fantana voice: “VLADDY WATCH!” Blue Jays fans are on pins and needles about Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s arrival. Earlier this week, Bob Nightengale reported Vladdy would make his debut on Tuesday. That was debunked shortly afterwards, but the Jays’ rabid fanbase was still left wondering when baseball’s consensus number one prospect will make his…

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Brunt: Pompey was bullied in the Blue Jays clubhouse

Dalton Pompey has been put through the wringer over the last four years.  After sustaining three concussions since 2016, undergoing numerous false starts and suffering from bad luck in general, nobody in the Blue Jays organization has endured more misfortune than Pompey. Ever since he broke camp as the Blue Jays starting centre fielder at…

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Deciphering Kevin Pillar’s cryptic comments about his time in Toronto

Depending on who you ask, clubhouse chemistry is one of the most overrated or underrated aspects of professional sports. Some believe that a team is more than the sum of its parts. They believe there’s an intrinsic value of locker room camaraderie. During the 2014 offseason, the Blue Jays front office made sweeping changes to…

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Remembering Kevin Pillar’s best catches as a Blue Jay

Kevin Pillar isn’t the fastest centre fielder in the world. What he lacks in speed, he makes up for with reckless abandon. He doesn’t glide over the turf and make catches look effortless like Devon White or Vernon Wells did. Pillar put himself on the map by crashing into walls and leaving his feet when…

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The latest Rogers Centre renovation update: ‘It is large in scale”

It’s been a while since Mark Shapiro mentioned anything about renovations at Rogers Centre. Understandably, most of the Blue Jays’ efforts have been focused on the $80 million renovations at the club’s spring training facility in Dunedin. In the meantime, there will be some short-term renovations at the dome this year, but the Rogers Centre…

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Ken Giles absolutely lost it on David Paulino

There couldn’t more relaxed baseball environment than Spring Training. Maybe it’s the warm weather, maybe it’s the relatively low stakes at hand, but Spring Training is a much-less intense baseball experience compared to the regular season. That is, unless, one player does something to set off another teammate. If you were listening to the 10:00…

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Alford, Pillar and the potential brewing battle in centre field

For the last four Spring Training camps, the Blue Jays have run the same movie on repeat. When it comes to their centre field position, Kevin Pillar has been firmly entrenched as their star centre fielder since April of 2015. Despite numerous candidates and ample opportunities to overtake him, nobody has dethroned Pillar. Heck, we’ve…

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Let’s hear Marcus Stroman out for a moment

Last week I was just thinking, “Hey, there hasn’t been much tension between Marcus Stroman and the Blue Jays lately”. What was once a contentious relationship seemed pretty cordial in recent months. After all, the two parties came to terms on a salary figure for the 2019 season, avoided arbitration and at the same time,…