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...
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...
03
DEC
2014

A’s Flush Donaldson Down Jays Toilet

So it turns out that Donaldson is actually a real turd of a human being because he allegedly called Billy Beane, “Billy Boy.” Wow, the hyperbole used to describe this is just fantastic. Scott Miller actually wrote that, according to a source inside the A’s, Donaldson...
02
DEC
2014

How to Wet The Bed on Brian Kenny’s Show

Brian Kenny had me as a guest on his MLB radio show today. It’s always a treat to join Brian, who is, for my money, one of the smartest men in baseball. Seriously, he’s so smart that I get a little intimidated coming on his show, so I can only imagine how Harold Reynolds felt...
29
NOV
2014

Josh Donaldson Trade Evaluation

Josh Donaldson for Kendall Graveman, Sean Nolin, Brett Lawrie and Franklin Barreto… If you’re looking at this deal in and of itself—4 relatively unproven quantities for one proven one—the Jays got better and didn’t lose anything measurable with the subtraction of prospects...
28
NOV
2014

Melky to Jays: Grass on Field, or I Don’t Play Ball

    Hey, I got a joke for you. It’s about an artificial player who doesn’t want to play on artificial turf! You know, cuz Melky did steroids once and that makes you artificial, and turf is artificial… and…and… cheating! Amiright!? Lame. I read it in a comments section...
26
NOV
2014

So Complicated: My Encounter with Avril Lavigne

I mentioned in my latest Bleacher Report article that I’d met Avril Lavigne. It’s true, I did, and it was one of the most awkward, ridiculous, stereotypical celebrity encounters of my life. What happened was, I was with the Blue Jays in 2009, shagging balls in the outfield of the...
25
NOV
2014

Jaso, Zobrist, Baptisms and Blue Jays.

John Jaso. I was at his baptism. True story. But first, a true side story. The baptism happened in spring training at the Zobrist mansion. I say mansion jokingly because it was a rented house on a private golf course with a pool and a view of a tidal river. The place was 5 times...
23
NOV
2014

Defending Dickey | Muting Howarth

Phew! There is a lot of commentary about RA Dickey getting traction on the interwebs these days. Let’s filter some of it, shall we? Going in, please understand that all post-season commentary does not necessarily find it’s exegesis in the rumor factory that is big baseball, or...
21
NOV
2014

Navarro, Thole, Martin and The New Drama

So, yeah, Russell Martin says he can, or at least would like to try to catch RA Dickey. And he says it because he caught knuckle baller Charlie Haeger back in LA. This echoes a similar sentiment once heard from a former Jay catcher—and forgive me for the sacrilege of putting...