BLUE JAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Recap: Rays 4, Blue Jays 3; Jays Lose in Eerily Familiar Way

J.A. Happ and Chris Archer went toe to toe in the early innings, but the Blue Jays bullpen couldn’t keep the Rays from untying the game. Jose Bautista opened the scoring with a two-run home run off of an unusually wild Chris Archer in the third inning.  A seventh inning home run by Kevin Pillar, his first of the season, looked like it might make a winner of J.A. Happ. It was not...
Via BP Toronto
16 hours ago

Brett Cecil’s season goes from bad to worse in loss to Rays

After a disastrous ninth inning here Saturday night in which the Rays scored a walkoff 4-3 win, the Blue Jays’ beleaguered left-handed reliever may not have wanted to look at stats or social media.
Via Toronto Star
16 hours ago

The Great, Good, Bad, and Ugly Of The Toronto Blue Jays April

J.A Happ has been phenomenal through April in his 2nd stint in Toronto 2016 really was the most anticipated seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays since the glory days of the early 90’s. We know what happened twice back then. The 2015 edition of the Toronto Blue Jays caught the attention of the entire country of Canada for 4 months. It was pretty magical and even after being eliminated...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Saunders homers twice in Blue Jays' 6-1 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Michael Saunders hit two home runs and Aaron Sanchez pitched seven shutout innings for the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night in a 6-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Saunders homered off Rays starter Drew Smyly (1-3) in the third inning and added his fourth home run of the season off Dana Eveland in the eighth. The left fielder is hitting .368 (14 for...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays strike winning chord in Tampa

From moon shots to strikeouts, the Jays’ offence featured some dramatic highs and lows Friday night in a 6-1 win over Tampa.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

WATCH: Shapiro: Not involved in Colabello situation beyond being supportive

Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro discusses the Chris Colabello PEDs suspension, saying we support him fully, care about him deeply, but are not involved in this situation.
Via SportsNetCanada
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays recall RHP Tepera from Triple-A

TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays, who lead the majors with seven bullpen losses, shook up their relief corps Wednesday by recalling right-hander Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo and optioning ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte to the Bisons. Tepera went 0-2 with a 3.27 ERA in 32 games in his rookie season with Toronto in 2015. He was 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA in eight games at Buffalo this...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Colabello on suspension: ‘I cried and cried and cried’

Major League Baseball last Friday announced that Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chis Colabello had been banned 80 games for testing positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid sold under the name Turinabol. In an exclusive interview this week with Sportsnet, Colabello details the devastating impact learning he’d tested positive for a performance-enhancing...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Dominguez excited make Blue Jays debut at the hot corner

Matt Dominguez talks with Barry Davis about making his Toronto Blue Jays debut.
Via SportsNetCanada
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays recall INF Dominguez, demote RHP Hutchison

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have recalled infielder Matt Dominguez from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned right-hander Drew Hutchison back to the minor leagues. Dominguez, who can play first and third base, hit .215 with 16 home runs and 57 RBIs in 157 games with Houston last season. The four-year veteran was batting .311 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 17 games at Triple...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Blue Jays lost another game on a bizarre baserunning blunder

The Toronto Blue Jays have gotten off to a slow start this season. They're just 10-11, third in the AL East -- which only has two teams above .500. They're an uber-talented team with arguably the best lineup in baseball, but the Blue Jays can't seem to get out of their own way.That's both in a figurative and literal sense.Toronto lost a game in unconventional fashion yet again on...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rogers’ ownership clouds Blue Jays coverage

The Toronto Blue Jays have exploded onto the scene in the United States since ending their long playoff drought in 2015, but beyond the storylines of Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson, Marcus Stroman and the rest of their superstar lineup is their ownership with one of Canada’s largest sports broadcasters. A relationship that often leads to frustrations amongst the fanbase and the...
Via Awful Announcing
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Strange Silence; Anthony Alford

The Dunedin Blue Jays and Anthony Alford had a lot going for him in making his way up and out of class A baseball in Dunedin. With Alford being one the Toronto Blue Jays top prospects we should be expecting a big year out of this man. However, that all changed on opening day, April 7th. After taking a walk and stealing second base in the 6th, he scored on a single by Jonathan...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Joey Rickard hits ball through Josh Donaldson’s glove (Video)

Uncertain to make the roster when spring training began, Joey Rickard has been a pleasant surprise for the Orioles early on this season. On Thursday, he made quite an impression on reigning American League MVP Josh Donaldson, or more specifically, his glove. In the bottom of the first inning, Rickard lined a pitch toward third base. It looked for all the world Donaldson would make...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Donaldson literally has a hole in his glove after this hot smash

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson garnered his first MVP and Silver Slugger awards last season, but he's still searching for his first Gold Glove. The glove he was using Thursday will not be the one that helps him nab that defensive award.Donaldson tried to corral this bullet off the bat of Orioles outfielder Joey Richard, but his glove died in the attempt. The hot smash...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Marco Estrada on Spin, Speed Differential, and Simplicity

Marco Estrada is notable in several respects. The 32-year-old Blue Jays right-hander has elite spin rate and perceived rise on his four-seam fastball. He also has a bugs-bunny changeup; last year, the speed differential between his heater and his change was the most extreme among qualified pitchers. His BABIP is routinely well below average. He’s also coming off a career-best season...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Biagini: Playfully Irreverent Rule-5 Blue Jay

Baseball has had its share of colorful characters over the years. Yogi Berra, Bo Belinsky, Bill “Spaceman” Lee, Mark “The Bird” Fidrych. The list goes on and on. Now we have Joe Biagini. The 25-year-old former 26th-round pick is pitching out of the Blue Jays bullpen after making the team as a Rule 5 pick out of the Giants organization. His personality might best be described...
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista calls his beard the ‘source of all my power’

Jose Bautista, much like Samson, apparently believes hair can be the source of great power. But unlike the Biblical character, the Toronto Blue Jays slugger — like James Harden — believes his strength stems from his facial hair, specifically his beard. Bautista recently engaged in a whimsical Q&A with the Toronto Sun where the Jays outfielder weighed in on myriad silly...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Job Posting: Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Operations Data Architect

Position: Toronto Blue Jays Manager of Baseball Analytics Location: Toronto Description: The primary focus of this position will be to support the Baseball Analytics Department. Incumbent will learn and understand how decisions are made in all areas of Baseball Operations, develop a familiarity with the data required to make those decisions and create tools and systems to display...
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar is batting leadoff for the Blue Jays, and that’s a problem

The Toronto Blue Jays entered 2016 with one of the most potent returning lineups in all of baseball. The heart of the order remains in great shape with Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, and Jose Bautista, but one glaring weak spot remains – at the top of the order. After Tulowitzki handled the leadoff duties towards the end of 2015, manager John Gibbons decided to enter this season...
Via The Outside Corner
20 days ago  |  Discuss

High schooler does insane bat flip after walk-off grand slam

Today we present you with a bat flip for the ages. Ryan Sepede, a sophomore at Bishop Gorman High School in Nevada, unleashed an all-time bat flip during his team's win over Desert Oasis High School on Saturday. Sepede was up with the bases loaded and his team trailing Desert Oasis 5-2 when he delivered a clutch walk-off grand slam. Then he launched his bat soaring in the air like...
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Blue Jays fan offers Pablo Sandoval a massive belt

Pablo Sandoval infamously had his belt bust on him during Saturday’s action with the Boston Red Sox. The pudgy third baseman wouldn’t need to worry about any more wardrobe malfunctions if he uses the belt offered by a Toronto Blue Jays fan during Sunday’s game, though. Check out this video to see the gag this fan pulled off: Hey, Pablo!Use this belt. It won't snap, we...
Via Sportsnaut
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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