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  • How Blue Jays could optimize their batting order based on matchups

    Sportsnet "As spring training shifts from “best shape of my life” quotations to actual baseball games, one of the sport’s greatest traditions has returned: the analyzing of lineups. During Grapefruit League action it’s possible to run out all kinds of bizarre lineups, but..." February 27

  • Five MLB stars who could be traded this season

    Sportsnaut "The 2020 MLB offseason delivered plenty of trades for baseball fans to enjoy. While the trade chatter will quiet down for a few weeks, there could be even more movement with MLB stars getting dealt this season. After months of rumors floating about a blockbuster trade in the winter,..." February 27

  • MLB enforcing rule to stop use of foreign substances on balls

    SNY TV "MLB is cracking down on use of foreign substances in 2020, reportedly moving forward with stricter enforcement on a rule that has long been understood among players as a gentlemen's agreement. Senior vice president Chris Young has spent spring training at league-wide..." February 27

  • MLB Appoints Kerwin Danley as First African American Crew Chief

    Inside Hook "For the first time in history, Major League Baseball will have an African American umpire working as a crew chief when the 2020 season starts. Though the official announcement has not been made yet, MLB promoted umpire Kerwin Danley to crew chief this week, a person familiar with the..." February 27

  • MLB Teams Reportedly Pursuing Pre-Arb Extension Blitz

    MLB Trade Rumors "Pre-arbitration extensions aren’t exactly a new phenomenon. We’ve seen an increasing number of long-term deals with newer MLB players — and even pre-MLB players — over the past decade or so. (Way back in 2013, for instance, I referred to a “baseball-wide..." February 27

  • Here's 6 Potential Trade Targets For Yankees’ Rotation

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Yankees’ rotation took a beating Tuesday with the loss of ace-caliber right-hander Luis Severino, who will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire season. This will essentially end up as the second straight lost year for Severino, who starred from 2017-18 before..." February 27

  • Blue Jays’ Patrick Murphy finding success working past delivery change

    Sportsnet "You may have missed it, as the vapour trails left in Nate Pearson’s wake Tuesday shrouded much of what came after. But another top Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect who you could see in the majors this year spun a gem against the New York Yankees that was just as..." February 26

  • Blue Jays to announce expansion of protective netting at Rogers Centre

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays are expanding the protective netting at Rogers Centre nearly all the way down the first- and third-base lines to better protect fans after a spate of frightening incidents around the majors in recent seasons, according to industry sources. A formal..." February 26

  • Blue Jays’ Ken Giles gets important year off on right foot

    Sportsnet " It’s tough to explain, Ken Giles explains, following his first appearance of spring Monday afternoon. You don’t want to feel too good your first time out. The Toronto Blue Jays closer looked really good on the mound, needing only 13..." February 25

  • Team President Mark Shapiro On Blue Jays’ Outlook

    The Union Journal "Blue Jays head of state Mark Shapiro went over the state of his company with Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic (registration web link). You’ll clearly wish to check out the complete records for all the information, yet we’ll cover a couple of bottom lines below. One of the..." February 25

  • 2021 World Baseball Classic dates, venues announced

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball just announced the dates and venues for the 2021 World Baseball Classic The fifth installment of the WBC, which will be played from March 9-23, 2021, will take place at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan, Taoyuan International..." February 25

  • Fifth and final spot in Blue Jays rotation is Trent Thornton's to lose

    TSN "When the Toronto Blue Jays travel north in a month, one of Trent Thornton or Shun Yamaguchi is going to have the title of No. 5 starter. Both of them have secrets they’re not giving away that they hope will help earn them that job. For Yamaguchi, it’s his..." February 24

  • Predicting Each MLB Team's Most Valuable Player in 2020

    Bleacher Report "With spring training underway and Opening Day fast approaching, now is the perfect time for some predictions for the 2020 MLB season. Our goal this time around was to pinpoint each team's WAR leader during the upcoming campaign. While teams like the Los Angeles Angels..." February 24

  • Free Agent Market Still Stocked With Well-Known Players

    MLB Trade Rumors "As we all know, past performance — especially, long-past performance — is no guarantee of more in the future. Teams are looking at more than Baseball-Reference career totals. That said, track record does generally reflect a high degree of skill. And there’s always value in a..." February 24

  • How MLB Can Start to Regain Fan and Player Trust After Astros Scandal

    Bleacher Report "In case you're just now joining us, Major League Baseball is mired in its worst credibility crisis since the Steroid Era. Plenty of time has passed since the league investigated and punished the Houston Astros for a sign-stealing scheme that helped deliver the..." February 24

  • Andrew Cashner Being Marketed As Reliever

    MLB Trade Rumors "The 19 relief appearances that Andrew Cashner made with the Red Sox last year were his first bullpen outings since 2013, but it seems as though more could be in the offing. Cashner has been positioned as a bullpen option in recent conversations with teams, MLBTR has..." February 24

  • Blue Jays sign pitcher Marc Rzepczynski to minor-league deal

    TSN "An old friend is back. The Toronto Blue Jays have added left-handed relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski to camp according to TSN's Scott Mitchell. The 34-year-old southpaw last appeared in the big leagues in 2018 with the Cleveland Indians. " February 24

  • Blue Jays honor late Tony Fernandez with black armbands

    Larry Brown Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays are remembering late shortstop Tony Fernandez with a nice gesture for their spring training opener. The Blue Jays are wearing black armbands on Saturday against the New York Yankees in honor of Fernandez, who died last week due to complications from kidney..." February 22

  • Wacky, weird, and confusing: The best photos from MLB spring training

    Sporting News "Some baseball players try to look serious and dignified in their photos, to convey the importance of the moment. Others might smile, or try to look menacing to intimidate the competition. And some just have too much fun with it. Here's a roundup of this year's..." February 22

  • Blue Jays’ Mark Shapiro On Hyun-Jin Ryu Signing

    Sportsnet "The demands on a sports executive’s time are immense, which is why the way they allocate it offers an immediate insight into what they feel is really important. Since he first joined the Toronto Blue Jays on Nov. 2, 2015, one of Mark Shapiro’s top priorities as..." February 21

  • Marco Estrada Preparing For Rebound Effort In 2020

    The Union Journal "We have not listened to a lot from proficient righty Marco Estrada because he was let go by the Athletics in 2014. At the moment, he was battling to manage back concerns that basically took his whole 2019 period. The 36- year-old hasn’t quit his hopes of a go back to..." February 21

  • Rowdy Tellez on the bubble, A.J. Cole one to watch and other Blue Jays spring training observations

    Toronto Star "The Blue Jays will open their Grapefruit League season on Saturday against the Yankees and while there is still well over a month to go before opening day, the roster is already starting to take shape. There are open competitions taking place in the infield, outfield, starting..." February 20

  • Caleb Joseph's air-drumming is the highlight of spring training

    The Score "Spring training is an interminable slog at the best of times. For players, fans, and media alike, the initial frisson of excitement over baseball's return subsides long before the fake games even start. The daily routine of perfunctory running and stretching and throwing and..." February 20

  • The Not-So-Secret Hangout Of MLB's Tightest Fraternity

    Bleacher Report "It was the Monday after the Country Music Association Awards last fall, and it felt as if the after-party had extended into the Vanderbilt baseball weight room. "It was like a block party," Chris Ham, the program's strength and conditioning coach, said. "There..." February 20

  • Major League Baseball Is Getting Angrier and Rob Manfred is Losing Control

    The Big Lead "Fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal continues to dominate Major League Baseball. Each time commissioner Rob Manfred opens his mouth, he manages to make things slightly worse than they were before. Each time a non-Astros player opens his, it's clearer that the..." February 19

  • MLB tightening intentional HBP rules for 2020

    The Score "Major League Baseball has distributed a memo to all 30 teams detailing new protocols to try and curb incidences of intentional hit-by-pitches, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Tuesday. Under the new guidelines, umpires will confer on the field to determine whether there..." February 19

  • Blue Jays’ Trent Thornton to start first spring training game on Saturday

    Sportsnet "Right-hander Trent Thornton is slated to start the Toronto Blue Jays’ first spring training game Saturday, manager Charlie Montoyo told reporters.       First..." February 18

  • With Rob Manfred, the buck stops nowhere

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has completely and utterly stepped in it with respect to the Astros and the sign-stealing scandal. Everyone is mad, the highest profile players in the game are taking their turns raking him, the league, and the Astros over the coals, and the very integrity of the..." February 18

  • Former Blue Jays manager John Gibbons joining Braves as scout

    Sportsnet "Former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is joining the Atlanta Braves as a special assignment scout. Gibbons’s role with the Braves will begin with helping to evaluate draft prospects, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi. " February 17

  • Blue Jays expect offensive payoff from ‘in way better shape’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

    Sportsnet "The tendency is to think all the work Vladimir Guerrero Jr., put in during the off-season to improve his strength, conditioning, agility and flexibility was primarily aimed at helping him move better defensively. Certainly, that was a big part of it, and Toronto Blue..." February 17

  • Blue Jays’ Hyun-Jin Ryu builds a groove with Danny Jansen during latest bullpen session

    Sportsnet " Hyun-Jin Ryu described his second side session at Toronto Blue Jays camp as “productive overall,” throwing 40 pitches with one up-and-down Sunday and making an adjustment on his curveball after talking with Danny Jansen about his release..." February 16

  • Blue Jays great Tony Fernandez was a singular talent with a drive to match

    Sportsnet "Too many players in too many games pass too early and in the sportswriting dodge you can grow too used to writing remembrances that tell too little about the athletes mourned. With that said, the news of the death of Tony Fernandez hits me far harder than most. His battle with kidney disease..." February 16

  • Blue Jays great Tony Fernandez dead at 57, receives tributes

    Larry Brown Sports "Former Blue Jays standout Tony Fernandez died on Saturday at the age of 57 due to complications from kidney disease. Fernandez, who was a five-time All-Star, dealt with complications from polycystic kidney disease earlier in February and was hospitalized in critical..." February 16

  • Dusty Baker: MLB needs to stop talk of retaliation against Astros

    Houston Chronicle "As opponents continue to assail Astros players for their electronic sign-stealing scheme and subsequent apologies, manager Dusty Baker pleaded with Major League Baseball to somehow cease the comments and stop any “premeditated retaliation.” “I’m depending on..." February 15

  • Kevin Pillar Shares Enthusiastic Message About Signing With Red Sox

    NESN "It didn’t take long for Kevin Pillar to voice his enthusiasm about joining the Boston Red Sox. The veteran outfielder, who came to an agreement with the Red Sox on a one-year deal Friday morning, took to Twitter later in the evening and shared his..." February 15

  • Latest On Free Agent Catcher Russell Martin

    The Union Journal "We’ve reached the center of February, however longtime main league catcher Russell Martin continues to be with out a job. He’s one of the best backstop left on a market that has drastically dwindled since final season ended. As of November, Martin was nonetheless planning..." February 15

  • Blue Jays' Shun Yamaguchi feeling like a rookie in first major league spring training

    Yahoo! Sports "Shun Yamaguchi is feeling like a rookie again as he begins his first spring training in the major leagues. The 32-year-old right-hander, who starred in his native Japan for 14 seasons before signing with the Blue Jays in December, had his first bullpen session with his new team..." February 15

  • Surprises emerge at Blue Jays camp with Ryan Borucki, Randal Grichuk news

    Sportsnet "A couple of surprises emerged at Toronto Blue Jays camp Friday as Ryan Borucki was shut down due to tightness in his left elbow and Randal Grichuk emerged as the favourite to open the season in centre field. Manager Charlie Montoyo broke the news on..." February 14

  • MLB, MLBPA Reportedly Discussing New Rules to Prevent Electronic Sign-Stealing

    Bleacher Report "Cheating by the Houston Astros has prompted new discussions between Major League Baseball and the player's union to develop new rules to prevent electronic sign-stealing.  According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the two sides are not far apart on a deal, but..." February 14

  • MLB players are not happy with the Astros’ ‘weak’ apology and lack of punishment

    SB Nation "One of the central goals of punishment is to discourage the recurrence of the event in question. The early read on the Astros sign-stealing penalties is MLB wasn’t nearly harsh enough. Astros players were granted immunity by Major League Baseball during their..." February 14

  • Blue Jays’ Reese McGuire ‘will definitely’ address fans about arrest, Ross Atkins says

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays catcher Reese McGuire wants to address his recent arrest for exposure of sexual organs once he’s completed the legal process, general manager Ross Atkins said Friday. February 14

  • MLB raising minimum salary for minor leaguers in 2021

    Lone Star Ball "Major League Baseball is raising the minimum salary for minor league players as of the 2021 season, per the AP. Short-season players will now be at $400 per week, A ball players will be at $500 per week, AA players will be at $600 per week, and AAA players will be at $700 per week, per the..." February 14

  • Three Problems with Major League Baseball's Playoff Proposal

    The Big Lead "In the midst of the fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal, Major League Baseball had another juicy story this week. The New York Post first reported on Major League Baseball's proposal to increase its postseason format from 10 teams to 14, as well as..." February 14

  • Why MLB’s greed-driven playoff plan is doomed to fail fans

    New York Post "It’s clear MLB remains under the spell of the Greek goddess Preposterous. The seductive twin sister of Ponzious, she controls the destiny of mortals blinded by greed, those who seek solutions by making bad worse. This latest postseason scheme, as revealed by The Post’s..." February 14

  • Padres Claim Breyvic Valera From Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays infielder Breyvic Valera has been claimed off waivers by the San Diego Padres, the team announced Wednesday. READ MORE- No Deal Between Padres & Tim..." February 13

  • Blue Jays’ Eric Pardinho Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect Eric Pardinho underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday and will be sidelined until 2021.       Wishing Eric a speedy recovery! February 12

  • MLB announces rule changes for 2020 season

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball today announced the rule changes that will be in place for its 2020 Championship Season: THREE-BATTER MINIMUM: The Official Baseball Rules have been amended to require the starting or any relief pitcher to pitch to a minimum of three batters, including..." February 12

  • Jays' Reese McGuire arrested for exposing himself

    TSN "Toronto Blue Jays catcher Reese McGuire is facing charges in Florida after investigators said he exposed himself in a Dunedin parking lot. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department, McGuire was arrested Friday afternoon for exposure of sexual organs and was given a..." February 12

  • Blue Jays’ Dave Hudgens ‘sorry’ more wasn’t done to stop Astros’ scheme

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays bench coach Dave Hudgens says he regrets not doing more to stop the Houston Astros in their electronic sign-stealing scandal. Hudgens spoke to reporters in Dunedin, Fla., on Wednesday as the Blue Jays opened their spring training..." February 12

  • Introducing the LBS Plan: A solution to fix MLB’s playoffs and regular season

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering some radical changes to its existing playoff format in order to help increase interest in the sport, but we have a proposal that is much better than the one they are considering. THE PROBLEM One of the biggest issues plaguing..." February 12