11
SEP
2015

7 Things That Keep Marcus Stroman’s Return in Perspective

  I’m a contrarian, as such, I tend to look at where the popular opinion—any popular opinion— is taking a narrative and say, yeah, but. Thus, despite all the feel-good vibes flowing from the gushing geyser that is the Marcus Stroman’s Return story, I need to do a yeah,...
08
SEP
2015

Stroman VS. Buehrle & Tulo VS. Martin

  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)   Here are six things Jays fans should be coming to terms with before the Jays head to New York. 1) The Jays don’t need Marcus Stroman to win. They haven’t needed him all season and they don’t need him to stay competitive...
02
SEP
2015

How Goins Goes

  Last night Ryan Goins played team hero, socking a game winning home run deeeeep ta rrrrriiiight, putting his Jays over the Tribe, 5-3. Good for him, it’s alway since to see power in unexpected places. When a team is rolling along we often focus in on the players that...
19
AUG
2015

Zaun is Right: Trout is Better.

I hear there has been some outrage over my former broadcasting comrade, Greg Zaun, implying that Trout is—if we all had to vote now—the clear cut AL MVP, and that it’s not even close. Well, I think it’s kinda close. If you look at their respective numbers it’s certainly close...
17
AUG
2015

Roster Shuffles and Tulo’s Struggles

Hutchison will head south to Buffalo so the Jays can keep him on his throwing program. The Jays have lots of off days coming up and when you’re having he kind of year Hutchison is, you get demoted so you can, “stay on schedule” instead of having the schedule rearranged for you....
11
AUG
2015

The Five Steps

What do players play for? A great question, and, depending on when you ask a player during his career, it can be answered in many different ways…. I remember my first and only Spring training with the Rays. I got a big league camp invite, which meant I got treated like a...
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:...
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...
31
AUG
2013

No To Ro

Ricky Romero is a touchy subject. I’ve already written on him so much this season that I almost feel like I’m trolling by bringing him up again. But hey, it’s a topic the people like to hear about and far be it from me not to give the people what they want. As I’m inclined to do...
31
AUG
2013

Old Man Yells At Cloud: Tom Seaver & Survivorship Bias

I have a lot of time for Tom Seaver. He’s a stud, one of the best pitchers ever, and he sure as hell doesn’t need to listen to a guy with a career as short as mine to know it. Fortunately, I don’t need a long career to tell Seaver to pipe down with his “today’s pitchers are...