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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,…

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Jerry Howarth opens up on his broadcasting career in new book

For 36 years, he was a friendly companion to Blue Jays fans from coast to coast. Every game, he opened the Blue Jays radio broadcast with a simple greeting; “Hello friends, this is Jerry Howarth”. That phrase perfectly encapsulates the warm demure of a Blue Jays broadcasting legend. It’s been one year since Jerry Howarth…

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The Blue Jays have the second largest payroll decline in MLB

Times are tough in Major League Baseball. Despite record-setting revenues of $10.3 billion in 2018, 23 of 30 MLB teams have chosen to ratchet down their payroll in 2019. As it stands, only seven of 30 teams have more money on the books in 2019 than they did in 2018. It shouldn’t shock anyone that…

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Ricky Romero finally has closure on his baseball career

Ricky Romero was the final player of the afternoon to walk into the media room during day one of Blue Jays Winter Fest. He greeted a few familiar faces and stood in front of reporters and the bright lights of a TV camera for the first time in several years. “I haven’t done this for…

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The Blue Jays’ magic started with Russell Martin

I can vividly recall where I was and what I was doing when the Blue Jays signed Russell Martin to a five-year/$82 million dollar contract. I couldn’t tell you what I ate for breakfast yesterday, but I can remember clear as day how the Martin signing went down. It stemmed from this tweet from Peter…

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Matt Shoemaker and Aaron Sanchez have a lot in common

At first glance, Matt Shoemaker and Aaron Sanchez couldn’t be any more different. Shoemaker looks like he’s ready to raise a barn with that beard of his. Meanwhile, Sanchez can’t wait for his shift to end so he can do nothing but drive around with his friends until curfew. It doesn’t seem right that Shoemaker…

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Mark Shapiro outlines the short-term renovation plans for Rogers Centre

Earlier this week, the Blue Jays officially announced the timeline for their renovated state-of-the-art Spring Training facility in Dunedin, Florida. It’s on track for completion ahead of the 2020 season and it’s an overdue overhaul for one of the most tired ballparks and Spring Training complexes. That’s all well and good … but what about…

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What is the Blue Jays’ endgame with Dalton Pompey?

Is there anyone on the Blue Jays 40-man roster who’s experienced a wilder up-and-down journey than Dalton Pompey? Once believed to be the centre fielder of the future in Toronto, an unfortunate series of injuries and bad luck sidelined him from the Major Leagues for a year-and-a-half. Pompey finally made his return to the Blue…

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Which Blue Jays won’t survive the non-tender deadline?

Most years, the non-tender deadline comes and goes for the Blue Jays without much fanfare. The most eventful non-tender deadline I can recall was December of 2013 when the team non-tendered J.P. Arencibia, then turned around and signed Dioner Navarro to a two-year deal.