The Alternate Training Site lives on as Triple-A baseball’s start has been delayed by one month

Bad news if you’re a fan of the Buffalo Bisons — The Alternate Training Site will continue to exist for at least the first month of the 2021 season.

According to a report from ESPN, Major League Baseball has opted to push back the start of the Triple-A level season to early May. It was originally slated to begin on April 6, a few days after the start of the big-league season, but players will instead go to Alternate Training Sites like the ones from last summer for at least one month.
Here’s what MLB’s executive vice president of baseball operations’ statement said…
“This is a prudent step to complete the major league and minor league seasons as safely as possible, and we look forward to having fans back in ballparks across the country very soon.”
With COVID-19 vaccinations quickly becoming available in the United States, MLB is ultimately strategizing to have non-big-league players wait around and practice so that they can receive the vaccine before embarking on the minor-league season. Both Double- and Class-A level ball had always been scheduled to begin in May this season.
Minor-league players are obviously in a more susceptible position to contract the virus, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

News and Notes as the Blue Jays host the Marlins in Buffalo

Home sweet alternate home!

After a two-and-a-half week slog on the road, the Blue Jays have finally been able to settle down at Sahlen Field in Buffalo. Tuesday night will be the team’s long-awaited home opener, and it’ll also be the first big-league game played in Buffalo in well over a century.
The cardboard cutouts in attendance will be getting one hell of a treat in this two-game series as the Jays are sending Hyun Jin Ryu and Nate Pearson to the mound to christen the newly-renovated Sahlen Field. Facing the Blue Jays will the Miami Marlins, who, for some reason, own a sparkling 7-3 record this season.

The #Marlins just won a baseball game with:
•A SP who had never pitched above high-A making his MLB debut •An Olympic speedskater starting at second base •17 players on the 10-day IL •One player with above a .300 average (and he only has 9 ABs)
They are 7-1.
— Peter Baugh (@Peter_Baugh) August 8, 2020

I really can’t explain why the Marlins have gotten off to such a hot start. Looking up and down their lineup, nobody is really tearing the cover off the ball, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs announce that Babcock is out and Sheldon Keefe is in

Toronto Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan announced today that Mike Babcock has been relieved of his coaching duties and Sheldon Keefe has been named the Club’s new head coach. #LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) November 20, 2019
The Leafs have made the termination of Mike Babcock as Head Coach official, and with it the promotion of Sheldon Keefe to the Leafs Head Coach.
At present time it’s worth noting we do not see an interim tag on Keefe’s job, and do not know what is happening with the Leafs Assistant Coaches or who will be coaching the Marlies.
Babcock out
Okay, so this is the biggest part of the story, obviously.
First, it’s worth noting how important Mike Babcock was to turning around a very bad Leafs team a couple of years ago. He put systems in place, added structure to the organization, and helped turn players like Auston Matthews, Willie Nylander, and Mitch Marner is elite pro talents. His name carried a lot of weight in attracting free agents like John Tavares, and it is unfortunate that he didn’t get to stick around for the best of times, but he can take comfort in …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation