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Lott: Joe Biagini enters uncharted territory feeling good—want to feel him?

Photo credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports An interview with Joe Biagini is a small adventure. He rambles. His answers follow concentric circles, the radius constantly changing. As he narrows in on a cogent reply about his job, which is pitching, he can suddenly detour into a whimsical irrelevancy, which could be fingerpainting, or superheroes, or…

Blue Jays excited to have Dioner Navarro back on the team

Embed from Getty Images Dioner Navarro is a Blue Jay again, which could make for an intriguing bit of roster shuffling come Monday. That’s the day Navarro is expected to join the Blue Jays after they acquired the popular backup catcher from the White Sox in a Friday trade for a minor-league pitcher.

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Lott: Catching up with Roy Halladay

Roy Halladay says he’s “jealous” of the current Blue Jays after spending the prime of his career pitching for mediocre Toronto teams. Photo credit: John Lott Sure, Roy (Doc) Halladay would have come back to Toronto on Sunday anyway. After all, the Blue Jays were honouring the top pitchers of their first 40 years, and many fans…

Gary Sheffield on Tim Tebow’s Future in Baseball

Embed from Getty Images Listening to Gary Sheffield tout Tim Tebow as a big-league baseball player, I kept thinking back to Sheffield’s career. For 22 seasons, he was among the game’s most feared hitters. He hit 509 homers, walked more than he struck out in 16 seasons and finished with a .292 batting average and…

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Lott: How Devon Travis is swinging his way to stardom

Devon Travis, shown here in batting practice, maintains a minimalist approach at the plate. Photo credit: John Lott The swing of Devon Travis is classically compact. It features two timing tools that you have to look for to notice: a short pump of the back elbow and then, a split-second later, a tiny lift of…

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Lott: Talking prospects with Jays director of player development Gil Kim

Richard Ureña earned a recent promotion to New Hampshire. Photo credit: Jay Blue/BlueJays From Away. Gil Kim had chatted with me for 20 minutes about some of the Blue Jays top prospects. Then I asked him whether, in his first year as the club’s first director of player development, he had come across any pleasant…

Lott: Danny Barnes hopes to stick around after an impressive debut in Houston

[I’m pretty sure that’s him behind Happ! – Ed.] Managers prefer to let a pitcher make his major-league debut in a blowout game. John Gibbons did not have that luxury with Danny Barnes. Two straight extra-inning games had depleted the Blue Jays bullpen. That was the only reason the club summoned Barnes, a seven-year farmhand,…

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Lott: Top pick T.J. Zeuch getting his legs under him in Vancouver

Photo credit: John Lott T.J. Zeuch set foot in Canada for the first time after riding a bus for more than seven hours from Spokane, Washington, arriving in Vancouver at 7 a.m. on July 21. He had no time to get settled before reporting for work. “I’ve only taken a nap in Vancouver so far,”…