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Fowles: Why doesn’t Toronto have Pride at the ballpark?

Tonight, before the Toronto Blue Jays face the Baltimore Orioles, Rachel Lauren Clark will become the first openly trans person to throw out a ceremonial pitch for the team. The Pride Toronto Board Secretary, who has been a baseball fan since the eighties, sees the moment as a way to convey to young people that…

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Fowles: The Ballad of Josh Donaldson and Adele

Photo Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports Last fall, when the Blue Jays were having their now distant memory of a playoff run, I saved a Spotify playlist to my phone. “Designated Hits” generously offered the walk up music of almost every player on the roster, and I’d cue up tracks to play on my subway…

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Fowles: Biagini and the Stupidity of the Scrum

Photo Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports Between the joyous glee of not one but two unlikely Jays walk-offs (thanks, Justin Smoak and Russell Martin), Joe Biagini gave an interview. The Rule 5 right-hander had come off the mound with his first career win, his demeanor suggesting that having microphones suddenly thrust in his face was…

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The Narrative Of Drew Storen

Photo Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports I, like many, like to think of myself as a “narrative baseball fan.” A deep dive into stats is both important and fascinating, but it’s the human stories that compel me far more than the numbers. Every time a new player is acquired I do a little research…

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It Could Be Worse, It Should Be Better

Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports Let’s just say the first week of Blue Jays baseball has not exactly met our lofty collective expectations. Yes, I know it’s incredibly early. Yes, I know that the 2015 season didn’t pick up until summer was in full flight. And yes, I know I’m one of those “just…

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Brett Cecil’s Turnaround Enters Its 10th Month

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports In mid-June of last year, Brett Cecil had a really bad week. His earned run average blew up to a painful 5.96 after allowing eight runs in three appearances. He barely made a save. He blew a save and lost a game. He lost another game. Watching that handful…

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Josh Donaldson Speaks Candidly About Domestic Violence

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Late last night, The Toronto Star released a one-on-one interview reporter Rosie DiManno did with Blue Jays’ third basemen Josh Donaldson. In many ways, the existence of the interview in itself is a revelation, referring to the fraught, abusive environment Donaldson grew up in, and discussing, in his own…