BLUE JAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

No changes to Blue Jays’ starting rotation through all-star break

With the Jays on a 17-day run without a day off, the thought was Drew Hutchison could be called up from Triple-A Buffalo and given a spot start.
Via Toronto Star
54 minutes ago

Braves release minor-leaguer Sean Ratcliffe

Barely a month after acquiring Sean Ratcliffe, the Braves made the decision to release the right-handed pitcher who sits years away from potential major league duty. Nevertheless, Ratcliffe was a key trade chip recently and will enter free agency at the young age of 21, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Atlanta added Ratcliffe from Toronto in May’s exchange that sent Jason...
Via Today's Knuckleball
4 hours ago

Blue Jays' Encarnacion, Gibbons both ejected in 1st inning

TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion and manager John Gibbons have been ejected in the first inning of Friday's game against the Cleveland Indians. Encarnacion was ejected by home plate umpire Vic Carapazza after arguing a called third strike to end the first, an inning in which all three Blue Jays batters were called out on strikes. Josh Donaldson, Toronto's second...
Via Associated Press
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista to remain sidelined until after All-Star break

Things have gone from bad to worse for the Toronto Blue Jays and their slugging outfielder Jose Bautista, who has been announced as being out until August with a toe injury that has kept him sidelined since June 16. Gibbons said Jose Bautista won't be back for a couple weeks and hopes he's back by August — MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) July 1, 2016 The original hope...
Via Today's Knuckleball
7 hours ago

VIDEO: Josh Donaldson Talks His Leg Kick, Vikings Haircut and More

Happy Canada Day to you all! Today, the Blue Jays will attempt to put a halt to the Cleveland Indians’ 13-game win streak. It will be none other than Marcus Stroman who shall attempt to shut down the Tribe. If ever there was a time for him to break out of his funk, now would be it. In the meantime, here’s a little bit of pregame viewing courtesy of the folks at MLB Network. The...
Via Blue Jay Hunter
9 hours ago

Brett Cecil returns to Jays, and to a late-inning role

Lefty reliever believes bullpen will help Toronto challenge for the post-season.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

NERD Game Scores: Examining the R.A. Dickey Question

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by sabermetric nobleman Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. Read more about the components of and formulae for NERD scores here. *** Most...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Sanchez stellar as Blue Jays beat Rockies in rubber match

The Jays’ 23-year-old right-hander went eight strong, allowing just one run, to lead the Jays to victory in Colorado on Wednesday.
Via Toronto Star
2 days ago

Blue Jays Prospect Colton Turner Having a Breakout Season After Stint in Australia

One of the most unique experiences in minor league baseball is the opportunity for prospects to take part in the Australian Baseball League during the winter months. What makes this experience memorable is it presents a chance for the player to work with different coaches and teammates, all the while taking in a different culture and making memories that will last a lifetime. Experiencing...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Semi-serious Biagini appreciative of heavy workload

Hazel Mae caught up with a semi-serious Joe Biagini, who has shown a bit of fatigue lately, but is very appreciative of the trust and high-leverage workload he's been given.
Via SportsNetCanada
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Coors Field basically turned into a lake

An ugly storm swept through Denver on Tuesday night, and the Colorado Rockies’ Coors Field got hit hard by it. Making matters worse, it’s a Rockies game night against the Toronto Blue Jays. The storm included heavy rain and hail, and the hail left the outfield looking like it just got hit by a snowstorm: Rain / hail delay at Coors Field. Where does the tarp end and the hail...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays’ Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki Returns to Colorado

On Monday night in Denver, Colorado, Toronto Blue Jays’ shortstop Troy Tulowitzki stepped into the batters box in the top of the first inning – a box he stepped into for 9 1/2 season as a member of the Rockies. This time, dawning a gray uniform with “Toronto” written across the front, “Tulo” tipped his hat to the applauding Denver faithful before his first at-bat at Coors...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Gonzalez homers as Rockies rally past Blue Jays 9-5

DENVER (AP) Carlos Gonzalez homered, Jon Gray tossed seven solid innings and the Rockies beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5 on Monday night to spoil Troy Tulowitzki's return to Colorado. Tulowitzki went 0 for 4 in his first game at Coors Field since Toronto acquired him from the Rockies last July 27. He received a standing ovation when he batted in the second inning. He stepped out...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

LEADING OFF: Tulowitzki returns to Colorado with Blue Jays

A look at what's happening all around the majors on Monday: --- HOMECOMING Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki makes his first appearance at Coors Field since he was traded from the Rockies to the Blue Jays last July. Tulowitzki, who helped Colorado make it to the 2007 World Series as a rookie, asked to be shipped to a contender, so his return likely will draw a mix of cheers and...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

BP Toronto: The Marcus Stroman Demotion Discussion by Dave Church

The Blue Jays` `ace` has been horrible. Is it time for something drastic?
Via Baseball Prospectus
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Mediocrity Wasn’t Ricciardi’s Fault

Toronto Blue Jays fans adore Edwin Encarnacion’s “Edwing”, and undoubtedly will never let go of the  Bautista bat-flip heard around the world. Two players acquired an executive who is loathed so strongly, fans and journalists alike will not even accredit the acquisitions of the aforementioned players to the rightful owner. The decision maker was J.P. Ricciardi, and the purpose...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to begin pro career with Bluefield

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the son of nine-time All-Star Vladimir Guerrero, will make his U.S. professional debut tomorrow for the Bluefield Blue Jays, a rookie-advanced minor league affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Rated as the top international prospect by Baseball America, the 17-year-old Dominican outfielder inked a deal with the Blue Jays last summer. Toronto traded a pair of...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pillar developed high threshold for pain as a kid

Kevin Pillar explains to Barry Davis his threshold for pain, and why he always sacrifices his body to make each and every play.
Via SportsNetCanada
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar looks like he tries to go through the wall on this ridiculous catch

The spectacular has become somewhat routine for Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar. Tuesday night, the fearless Pillar added to his highlight reel.In the top of the fourth inning, Pillar robbed Peter O'Brien of extra bases. Pillar raced back to the wall and leaped to make a backhanded catch right before crashing into the wall.The effort earned a tip of the cap from Jays...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista expected to miss at least two weeks with turf toe

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista has been diagnosed with turf toe on his left foot and is expected to be out for at least two more weeks, manager John Gibbons told reporters Tuesday.Bautista was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday after crashing into the right-field wall in Philadelphia trying to chase down a fly ball. The Jays outfielder will rehab in Florida, and be...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Saunders Has Been the Blue Jays’ Best Hitter

Josh Donaldson is a superstar. There’s not really any agreed-upon definition of what a superstar is or isn’t, but there are certain obvious candidates, and Donaldson is among them. He hasn’t been the Blue Jays’ best hitter. Jose Bautista is probably also a superstar. He’s aging, sure, but he’s terrifying. He hasn’t been the Blue Jays’ best hitter, either. Edwin Encarnacion...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Donaldson’s Other Amazing Skill

Josh Donaldson is a remarkable player. You probably already knew that, given that he’s the reigning AL MVP. But when you think of Josh Donaldson, you probably think of him crushing a baseball, as he’s turned himself into one of the best hitters in baseball. Or maybe you think of him making an amazing play in the field, as he’s also one of the best defensive third baseman in...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Thanks dad, from the Toronto Blue Jays

He was their coach, their confidante, their playmate and their inspiration. The Toronto Blue Jays thank their dads and everyone's dads for being their loving guide through life.
Via SportsNetCanada
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Jays' Michael Saunders slugs three home runs versus Orioles

The Toronto Blue Jays are loaded with power. It’s not a tremendous surprise that one of their hitters went deep three times in a single game. But the name of that hitter is somewhat unexpected. Michael Saunders recorded the baseball ‘hat trick’ — connecting on a trio of home runs and totaling a career-high eight runs batted in as the Blue Jays crushed the Baltimore Orioles...
Via The Sports Daily
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista lands on disabled list after jamming toe on outfield wall

All-Star slugger Jose Bautista was in the middle of another standout campaign for the Toronto Blue Jays, but then he ran into a wall. Literally. The Blue Jays placed Bautista on the 15-day disabled list with a big toe strain, they announced on Friday. Jose Bautista has been placed on 15-day DL due to a big toe strain. https://t.co/2iFAx4VsGH pic.twitter.com/ftosk20u7d —...
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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