Sunday, December 2, 2012




Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Welcome Back Gibby

The Toronto Blue Jays have a new manager, you may recognize him as he managed the team from mid 2004 to mid 2008 running up a 305-305 record.

John Gibbons has returned to the helm of the Blue Jays, yes the same John Gibbons that scuffled in the clubhouse with Ted Lilly and had much publicised battles with Shea Hillenbrand after he had written "This Ship is Sinking" on the team whiteboard.

Gibbons takes over without argument, the best line-up he will have ever managed and expectations will be high on the team heading into the 2013 season, Gibbons main strength in my opinion is how he runs his bullpen, which will become very important to the Jays success if they are to contend in the AL East.

Gibbons last big league job was with Kansas City as their bench coach.

He is a no nonsense manager, and a favorite of the players (aside from 2 obvious omissions) who will be handed the keys to a Corvette now instead of a Ford Focus like he had in his previous years here.

Former Toronto Blue Jay and current Arizona Diamondback John McDonald was quoted this morning on the Fan590 with saying 'We loved playing for him. Gibby wasn't gonna take crap from nobody'.

McDonald also mentioned that he and his fellow teammates felt as if they let Gibbons down in 2008 when he was fired by then GM JP Ricciardi.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Deal likely to go through today

The Mega deal between the Miami Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays is expected to be approved by Commissioner Bud Selig today.

Speculation on the long wait time for approval is that Bud Selig has been making Jeffrey Loria sweat due to the hoops that Major League Baseball went through last year to help Miami obtain a new stadium.

Expected Jays line-up after trade + signing of Melky Cabrera

1. SS Jose Reyes
2. LF Melky Cabrera
3. RF Jose Bautista
4. DH Edwin Encarnacion
5. 1B Adam Lind
6. 3B Brett Lawrie
7. CF Colby Rasmus
8. C JP Arencibia
9. 2B Emilio Bonifacio

Bench: C John Buck, OF Rajai Davis, IF Macier Izturis


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

NEW! Jays Patch for 2013

It seems Toronto brass is so elated with the massive trade that they will be enshrining Jeffrey Loria on the 2013 JL Patch.


Welcome to a new Jays world.

Once this historical fire sale of a trade has been made official, Toronto Blue Jays fans will be looking at the best team most fans of the team have ever seen(fans under 30 years of age), the proof will be in the pudding if they can win 2 consecutive World Series to unseat the 92/93 teams.

Coming in:
SS Jose Reyes : While Reyes has had issues with his legs in the past, he is a top 5 SS in the MLB and is coming off a healthy season in Miami, he adds speed (LOTS OF SPEED), 10-11 HR's, league leading triple calibre and a solid glove.

SP Mark Beuhrle : 33 year old lefty who has won in double digits the last 12 years straight, he has a No-Hitter (2007) and a Perfect Game (2009) in his pitching cabinet.

SP Josh Johnson : 28 year old starter in his prime, has been the Marlins ace for the past 3 seasons.
Johnson has a good pitching combination of a slider, change-up, curveball, and a low to mid 90s fastball

IN/OF Emilio Bonifacio :  During the beginning of the 2012 season, Bonifacio led the major league in Stolen Base, was safe in his first 20 attempts.  Bonifacio while having little to no power, has speed to burn and is a decent hitter, he also allows the Jays the flexibility of calling up Anthony Gose when/if someone goes down.

C John Buck : Buck has been fairly awful with the Marlins the past couple seasons, he did however have his best season playing at Rogers Centre 3 years ago and will be a very serviceable backup to J.P Arencibia, or Travis D'Arnaud depending on any future moves Toronto may make.

Possible Starting Line-up:
1. SS Jose Reyes
2. 3B Brett Lawrie
3. RF Jose Bautista
4. 1B Edwin Encarnacion
5. DH Adam Lind
6. CF Colby Rasmus
7. C J.P Arencibia
8. 2B Emilio Bonifacio
9. LF Rajai Davis

This could quite possibly be the best line-up Toronto has fielded since 1993, possibly more dangerous, it also gives the Jays 5 solid stolen base threats, 3 with league leading wheels in that category.

Possible Starting Rotation:
1. Brandon Morrow
2. Josh Johnson
3. Ricky Romero
4. Mark Beuhrle
5. J Happ

Welcome to a new world Jays fans, and welcome back to relevance in the AL East.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Blue Jays acquire RHP Jeremy Jeffress from the Royals

The Blue Jays have acquired Jeremy Jeffress from the Royals for cash considerations

Kansas City designated Jeffress for assignment late last week. They originally acquired him from the Brewers in the Zack Greinke deal, but he's spent most of the last two years in Triple-A. The 25-year-old Jeffress owns a 4.89 ERA in 38 2/3 big league innings spread out over the last three years. He owns a 5.60 ERA with 9.3 K/9 and 4.7 BB/9 in 82 career Triple-A innings.


Jays give Maicer Izturis a three-year, $9M contract

Maicer Izturis is the Blue Jays new second baseman!

Unless they find a better one.

Toronto signed the former Los Angeles Angels infielder for a 3 year 9 Million Dollar contract Thursday.

Izturis, 32 has spent the last 8 seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, filling in as a utility infielder. He can play second base, third base and shortstop, but as of now he fits a void at second base for Toronto, who would prefer to start Short Stop prospect Adeiny Hechavarria at Triple-A Buffalo next season, the Jays new Minor League home.

Izturis last season, hit .256 in 319 Plate Appearances w/17 Stolen Bases & a .320 OBP, not earth shattering.
Should Hechavarria win a promotion (in my opinion, his bat is not ready), and assuming the Jays hold on to current shortstop Yunel Escobar (whom is in the doghouse following his eye black incident), Izturis could become a capable backup at three infield spots. Long-term, the Jays say Hechavarria will play shortstop.


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