17
JUN
2015

Crime and Punishment

If you get caught stealing signs in baseball—the original baseball data theft—your baseball punishment is a fastball to the ribcage. If you steal second base when your team is up ten runs, you also get a fastball to the ribcage. If you steal another player’s roster spot by taking...
19
MAY
2015

Fire Away

Firing John Gibbons will most likely change nothing for the Blue Jays. If you don’t already know this simple truth, then you are probably one of the fans out there who wants to be mad at something and you don’t really care what that something is. Yet, even if John Gibbons gets...
27
FEB
2015

Johan Santana, No Thanks.

What do the Blue Jays need right now? A left fielder. What did they get? A broken down, soft-tossing left hander. Go Jays! With all do respect to former two time Cy Young winner Johan Santana, he ain’t what he used to be. However, he is what the Blue Jays would like him to be....
26
FEB
2015

Saunders Injury More Costly Than You Think

I other news, Michael Saunders was in good spirits at the start of spring training. His calm, and generally quiet demeanor is a much needed balance to the lively, spark plug that is Jose Reyes, and upbeat, cheerleading styles of Russell Martin. He’s the quiet player’s role model,...
24
FEB
2015

The Zaun Factor

I like Zaun. I honestly do. That doesn’t mean I don’t know what he is, or how he is, it just means that, all things being equal, I do respect what he’s done in the game and find him personable, honest, and—despite what anyone might think considering his comments...
10
DEC
2014

Drive, Accomplishment, and Striking a Balance

People ask me, “why are you back in school instead of pursuing some kind of baseball related job? You don’t really want to be a business man when you could be around the game, do you?” They list off a litany of reasons for why I should be back in baseball, any part of baseball....
09
DEC
2014

Bullish on Masterson and His Value Upside

I’m bullish on the prospect of the Red Sox signing Justin Masterson, and  I think Justin Masterson should dig it as well. He’s going to get a lot of run support, the upgrades to infielding make Boston a nice match for a sinker-baller, and he’ll be reunited with John Farrell. For...
07
DEC
2014

Advice For Baseball Job Seekers

  A little while back an individual who was about to hatch from the business world and flutter into the real world asked me about getting a job in the baseball world. He’d sent out all his resumes, and, after months of anxious perseverating over whether his childhood dream...
05
DEC
2014

Zduriencik Made Saunders Trade Inevitable

Last night, on TSN, I was asked if the JA Happ for Saunders trade was a good deal, or, considering that Happ was one of the Jays’ most dependable pitchers going down the stretch in the second half of last season, if the Jays didn’t give away too much with him. Rationale:...
04
DEC
2014

Hunter, Gammons, and Sabre the Unicorn

  Hey Blue Jay fans. Aren’t you glad you didn’t get Torii Hunter? First, he’s old. Second, he’s overpriced. Third, he’s in decline. And fourth, you can’t tell him that he’s in decline unless you’ve played. Oh, and then there is that thing about same sex marriage and...