Blue Jays have done nothing this off-season to dispel their image as a second division team

The Toronto Blue Jays apparently finished second in the bidding for Japanese superstar Yu Darvish—or at least that is the public perception. The Texas Rangers bid $51.7 million to win the rights to negotiate with Darvish. There was a clear notion going into the process that the $51.1 million figure posted for Dice-K Matsuzaka in [...]

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This has been an embarrassing week for the NBA. At no time in the history of the league, and likely in the history of professional sports, has a league’s commissioner taken complete control over a particular team’s basketball operations.  But that is what has taken place in New Orleans as David Stern has effectively castrated [...]

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I was listening to a sports radio station in Toronto the other day and the question put forth by the host was simple—if you ran the Vancouver Canucks what would you do with Roberto Luongo?   I thought he was asking a rhetorical question but no he actually wanted to know.   I thought it was rather [...]

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I was watching the 2005 NFL draft (I know it may sound crazy but I like watching drafts, especially the NFL and the NBA) and I remember this particular draft focussed on two quarterbacks, Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers, and which would be selected first overall.  The San Francisco 49ers had the pick and they [...]

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The baseball regular season is coming to an end so it is natural for sportswriters to begin to debate the relative merits of the individual award candidates.  Justin Verlander is sprinting to the finish line and is pulling away in the Cy Young race, and there isn’t anybody of note in the rookie of the [...]

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At some point in time the Blue Jays are going to have to stop feeding us the intricacies of the developmental process and actually go for it.  They can’t possibly wait until they are only one veteran short of contention—no team is that perfect—and if they do their window will close beforehand.  They have to [...]

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That’s how long it has been since a minor league call-up was as widely anticipated as Brett Lawrie’s who was called up to the big club late Thursday afternoon  This entire season the Jays organization and its fan base have been on Lawrie watch—tracking his development and scrutinizing his statistics.  It is an absolute must [...]

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In the olden days (a couple of years ago) teams that were out of the pennant chase would look to move their soon to be free agents at the trade deadline in order to add something for players that were leaving anyway.  But now those free agents already bring a valuable return.  Their value lies [...]

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It’s not about this year anymore for the Blue Jays—it hasn’t been for awhile—but if this team is going to grow into a contender by next season then they are going to have fix the back end of the bullpen sooner rather than later. The Jays are playing a dangerous game with the fleeting confidence [...]

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Don’t expect any major moves from the Toronto Blue Jays before the July 31 trade deadline, but there should be quite a bit of activity as the team attempts to shed its excess cargo.  The team has given up on its early season attempt to contend and, with the deletions of Juan Rivera and Jayson [...]

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When NBA commissioner David Stern announced the Toronto Raptor selection at number five in the 2011 draft I shook my head and wondered—what the hell are they thinking?  Was GM Bryan Colangelo simply trying to make use of his European assistant?  Were they trying to save money by selecting a player who wouldn’t be playing [...]

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A short while ago Blue Jay president Paul Beeston publicly expressed an eagerness for Toronto to play regular season games in Montreal when in actuality he should have professed a growing desire to play games in Vancouver. His longing to reward the long suffering faithful fans from Canada’s first major league baseball city is admirable but Montreal is mostly a part of the sport’s past—Vancouver is part of this country’s baseball future.

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Bob Davidson obviously likes working weekends in California.  How could he not considering the warm, pleasant weather and the easy demeanor of the fans at the ballpark.  So it seemed a natural development for a veteran umpire who considers mediocrity an ambition and who was working the plate that evening to lean a little toward [...]

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“We look at Vernon’s commitment as a four-year commitment that was tolerable for us.”Those were the words of Angels General Manager Tony Reagins upon completion of the trade for Vernon Wells (left) — and the acquisition of a solid player, a good citizen and the owner of one of the more bloated contracts in baseball.  [...]

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The question is quite simple…when will that be?  The Jays are trying the patience of Canadian baseball fans—this country has not had a whiff of a meaningful late season game since 1993 and there is only so long that they can be told to wait while the club develops.  When will development end—when will contention [...]

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