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Guerrero and Shaw: The launch angle outliers

On the surface, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Travis Shaw have little in common. Two hitters at two completely different points in their careers, on opposite sides of the diamond (although Guerrero’s future is arguably at the first base position). As dissimilar as they are, both Vladdy and Shaw struggled mightily at the plate in 2019,…

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Here’s how the Blue Jays’ Steamer projections look for 2020

One year ago, most projection models predicted Vladimir Guerrero Jr. would be the biggest contributor for the Blue Jays in 2019. In actuality, Cavan Biggio led all Blue Jays position players with 2.4 fWAR last season. Vladdy finished tenth on the team with 0.4 WAR. 2020 is a new season and a fresh opportunity for…

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The rotting, layered onion that is the Astros sign stealing scandal

Anybody who says “baseball is boring” hasn’t been paying attention this offseason. What typically is a dormant period for Major League Baseball has been a tire fire of epic proportions, stoked by the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal. And just when it seems like things are dying down, new revelations are unearthed on a weekly…

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Digging into Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s defensive struggles

Earlier this week, MLB Statcast released its Infield Outs Above Average Leaderboard, and along with it, a treasure chest of defensive metrics. If you scroll to the end of the page, you’ll find one name at the very bottom of the list: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. In his first full season at third base, Vladdy ranked…

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Scott Boras’ fractured history with the Toronto Blue Jays

If someone described this scene to you, you might think it was a fever dream. There’s Charlie Montoyo wailing away on a set of bongos while super agent Scott Boras bobs his head to the beat and Hyun-Jin Ryu and his wife wonder what they’ve signed themselves up for. Everything about the setting seemed made…

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How genuine was the Blue Jays’ pursuit of Gerrit Cole?

The Blue Jays landed their monster free agent fish in the form of Hyun-Jin Ryu, but Gerrit Cole may have been “the one that got away.” The Yankees signed the 29-year-old to a staggering nine-year, $324 million contract, and it’s hard to imagine any other team coming close to what the Bronx Bombers offered Cole….

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Let’s make a deal for David Price and Andrew Benintendi

Starting pitching and the outfield are the two most glaring needs on the Blue Jays roster this offseason. If they get creative, they could fill both voids (or at least part of that void) in one fell swoop. Meanwhile, the Boston Red Sox are reportedly a team looking to subtract. Yes, it’s this bizarre phenomenon…

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Looking back at the Blue Jays’ offseason spending spree of 2005

There was once a time when the Toronto Blue Jays were among the biggest spenders MLB free agency. In 2005, they emptied the tank, signed multiple high-priced free agents and acquired a few impact players to go along with them. An offseason 14 years in the rear-view mirror, it seemed like a pertinent time to…

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Looking back at Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s load management regimen

The status of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will be one of the most hotly contested Blue Jays storylines this winter. Judging by some of his latest workout videos, it looks like Vladdy’s already well on his way to being in the “best shape of his life.™” Regardless, all eyes will be on the 20-year-old when spring…

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How much is your Blue Jays memorabilia really worth?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In the world of sports collectables, value is in the eye of the buyer. Items are worth as much as someone will pay for it. Every fan has at least one sentimental sports item in their collection, whether it’s a baseball card, a ticket stub or bobblehead….

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Did the Astros steal signs against the Jays? You be the judge

The Houston Astros sold their soul for a World Series. They won it all in 2017, but haven’t won a championship since, despite playoff berths in four of the last five seasons. The Astros proved they’ll stop at nothing short of cheating to help them win a World Championship. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic unearthed…

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A masochist’s guide to rewatching Game 6 of the 2015 ALCS

Dalton Pompey – standing at third base – with nobody out. That phrase will haunt Blue Jays fans for years to come. Today marks the fourth anniversary of the Blue Jays’ elimination from the 2015 playoffs at the hands of the Kansas City Royals. In case you forgot (or like me, you blocked that game…