Herb Carnegie is one of six players highlighting Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2022

The Hockey Hall of Fame announced the Class of 2022 on Monday and it features a number of hockey greats.
Herb Carnegie is being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder. Carnegie was a black Toronto-born hockey player who played in Ontario and Quebec throughout the 1940’s and 1950’s, but never made it to the NHL due to racism in the game.
He almost made the NHL back in 1948 when the New York Rangers invited him to training camp. Carnegie was eventually offered a contract to play for their minor league team, but it was less than what he made playing on Sherbrooke St. Francis, so he declined.
Carnegie, though, was argued to be the “first Black Canadian hockey star” and “the best Black player to never play in the NHL,” according to The Canadian Encyclopedia.
More from the article:
“He believed, like many, that his African heritage was the sole reason he was unable to break into the league. In several interviews, he recalled being devastated by the alleged (and widespread) remark by Maple Leafs boss Conn Smythe that he would sign Carnegie if only someone could ‘turn him white.’”
During his last year of hockey, Carnegie founded one of Canada’s first hockey schools called Future Aces.
He eventually became a member of the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada for his work training young hockey players. Carnegie also wrote a book called “Future Aces Creed” and created the  Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation which “affects the lives of more than 100,000 students annually across Ontario.”
Carnegie unfortunately passed away back in …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Marlies announce a pair of defencemen re-signings

Today the Toronto Marlies announced that defencemen Noel Hoefenmayer and Matteo Pietroniro have been re-signed to one-year standard AHL contracts.
Hoefenmayer, 23, appeared in only eight games for the Marlies this past season, but suited up for 46 games for the Newfoundland Growlers, where he found success as an offensively gifted, but defensively sound member of the top four who, like TJ Brodie, could play on either side of the ice. Hoefenmayer recorded 40 points (13 goals) with the Growlers and an additional 18 points in 19 playoff games. He registered three assists in his eight Marlies appearances.

News | We’ve signed defencemen Noel Hoefenmayer & Matteo Pietroniro to one-year AHL contracts. #ForeverStartsHere
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) June 16, 2022

Pietroniro, 23, also spent the majority of the season with the Growlers, appearing in 59 games in the ECHL and only three in the AHL. With the Growlers, Pietroniro became one of Eric Wellwood’s most trusted players, playing top-pair minutes for most of the season. He recorded 27 points (5 goals) in the regular season and three assists in 19 playoff games. He was also one of the team’s alternate captains at times throughout the season.
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Blue Jays place Andrew Vasquez on 15-day IL with ankle sprain; recall Jeremy Beasley from triple-A

The Toronto Blue Jays have announced a roster move, and no, it doesn’t involve top prospect Gabriel Moreno. At least, for now. Instead, the team has placed reliever Andrew Vasquez on the 15-day injured list with a right ankle sprain.
Additionally, with Vasquez headed to the IL, Toronto has recalled right-hander Jeremy Beasley from triple-A Buffalo. The 26-year-old will be active for Friday’s series opener in Detroit versus the Tigers.

ROSTER MOVES:
LHP Andrew Vasquez (right ankle sprain) placed on 15-day IL
RHP Jeremy Beasley recalled from Triple-A and will be active tonight pic.twitter.com/63QbRS7bS7
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 10, 2022

Vasquez, 28, injured his ankle while covering first base during the club’s 8-4 defeat against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. He was forced to leave the game in the bottom of the eighth inning and underwent further testing afterwards.
The 6’6″ left-hander, who signed a one-year deal with the Blue Jays over the off-season, has posted an 8.10 ERA and a 5.99 FIP across 6.2 innings in nine appearances this season. He spent the 2021 campaign inside the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.
On a Moreno-related note, while he won’t be active in Friday’s opener, the expectation is he’ll be placed on the active roster either Saturday or Sunday, according to Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Gabriel Moreno not yet active with #BlueJays, though he’s here in Detroit
Expectation is he’ll be activated tomorrow or Sunday
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) June 10, 2022

The Blue Jays currently sit third in the American League East Division and hold the second wild-card seed with a 33-23 record in 2022. …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays call up Cavan Biggio, send Vinny Capra to Triple-A

Cavan Biggio is back.

The Blue Jays announced ahead of Thursday’s game in Los Angeles with the Angels that Biggio has been called up and Vinny Capra has been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo.

ROSTER MOVES:
INF Cavan Biggio recalled from Triple-A and will be active tonight
INF Vinny Capra optioned to Triple-A pic.twitter.com/uupxYkxOQs
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 26, 2022

I noted in the pre-series notes post that Biggio was with the team but it was assumed that he was one of the members of the Taxi Squad. Instead, he’s back with the big league club for the first time since April.
Biggio did pretty well in the minors. He went 8-for-29, and while he didn’t hit a home run during that 10-game stint with the Bisons, his 10 walks to six strikeouts was very encouraging. Last year, Biggio spent a few weeks with the Bisons and put up a .614 OPS. This time around, his OPS was .841.
The Blue Jays could really use the Biggio we saw from 2019 and 2020 right now. The team is incredibly right-handed and their two left-handed hitters, Bradley Zimmer and Raimel Tapia, are high strikeout batters. Over 2021 and 2022, Biggio has slashed a .209/.313/.330 line, a significant contrast from the .240/.368/.430 line he slashed in his first two seasons in the big leagues.
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Baseball America’s Blue Jays 2022 International Prospect Review

On Monday, Ben Badler of Baseball America announced the “2021-22 International Reviews” focused on the Toronto Blue Jays.

“Top of the class,” Luis Meza:
Obviously, 17-year-old Luis Meza is the Jays’ prime signing.
Arguably the best catcher in the class, Meza signed for a bonus of $2,050,000, which was announced on January 15th. Meza is an athletic catcher, which helps him block well. Furthermore, his ability to receive is impressive for such a teenager.
It’s noted that Meza has the opportunity to develop into an above-average defender, an important trait for the most important position on the diamond. As for his bat, his approach is considered advanced, connecting with the ball more often than not. He is also a spray hitter and has more of a hit tool than a power tool.
However, as the 17-year-old matures, it’s likely he adds more muscle, which will increase his power.
From MLB Pipeline, he ranks as the Jays’ 20th best prospect. Below are his grades.
Hit: 50
Power: 50
Run: 45
Arm: 50
Field: 50
Overall: 50
Although not related to Baseball America, MLB Pipeline notes that he has great baseball fundamentals and his arm has become stronger, which will help throw out runners. Per MLB Pipeline and Baseball America, he’ll likely start in the Dominican Summer League.
“Names to know:”
According to Baseball America, there are three names to know, two of which are outfielders. I wrote about their signings, but here we’ll go more in depth.
Jean Carlos Joseph:
Signed for $450,000, the 5’11, 160 pound Joseph has the potential to develop into a real good centre fielder. His routes are great and he has a good jump off the bat. Furthermore, Baseball America also notes that the 17-year-old Joseph has a strong arm.
In terms of offense, he is a line drive hitter (which has the highest batting average, don’t forget), but added more power since the amateur scouts h …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Buck Martinez has been diagnosed with cancer

Just over a month ago, Jamie Campbell announced that he is being treated for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. Sadly, more bad news was announced on Easter Sunday, as long time Blue Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez has been diagnosed with cancer.

A message from Buck Martinez pic.twitter.com/iZxEpiiPQ6
— Sportsnet PR (@SportsnetPR) April 17, 2022

I’ve complained about Buck Martinez’s play by play before, perhaps even said some uncalled things. However, baseball is a game and when it comes to cancer, the health of a human being takes precedence over a silly game with sticks.
The game on Easter Sunday will be the last game Buck Martinez takes part in for awhile. No jokes, nothing about him being old school, everyone in the community is rooting for Buck Martinez to beat the absolute fuck out of cancer.
He is an integral part of the Blue Jays broadcast and a summer without Buck is unimaginable. When he’s doing colour commentary with Dan Shulman, he provides great insight on how the game has changed since he was behind the plate.
When paired with Pat Tabler, it’s two guys shooting shit about the good old times. While that isn’t my cup of tea, you can hear in Buck’s voice that he still loves the sport and he still loves the Blue Jays. To me, Buck Martinez is summer. Watching a whole bunch of games during summer and listening to Buck Martinez makes me happy.
Not just that, but the outpouring of love for Buck from the Blue Jays community it just a beautiful thing to see. While we may complain about his calls, we all know that Buck is a huge part of the Blue Jays community and his passion and love for the game will be sorely missed.
Buck, you got this. You’re one of the toughest dudes on the planet, you broke you leg and still recorded an out. You will kick cancers ass and we’ll hear you again as soon as possible.
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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Josh Palacios Designated for Assignment, Danny Jansen placed on 10-Day IL + other moves

On April 11th, the Blue Jays announced a series of moves prior to the series opening against the New York Yankees.

Let’s just go through them quickly.

ROSTER MOVES:
LHP Anthony Kay recalled from Triple-A and will be active tonight
C Tyler Heineman selected to Major League roster and will be active tonight
C Danny Jansen placed on 10-day IL
LHP Tayler Saucedo optioned to Triple-A
OF Josh Palacios DFA’d pic.twitter.com/LMtLLPuWRj
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 11, 2022

Danny Jansen placed on the 10-Day IL:
This sucks. Unlike in previous seasons, Danny Jansen started off hot in 2022. He leads the Blue Jays in homers and has three extra base hits in just seven at bats. According to Scott Mitchell, Jansen has a left oblique strain and will be out for at least 10 days.
Hopefully he returns to health soon.
The Jays select Tyler Heineman’s contract, is available tonight:
Despite already having two catchers on the active roster, the Jays have called up the 30-year-old switch hitter. He’s only had 62 plate appearances in the majors, but his work in the minors has been solid.
In Triple A last season, he slashed .264/.345/.655 with no homers in 151 plate appearances. It’s safe to presume that he is an emergency option if they desperately need it.
Furthermore, the fact that Heineman is off the roster likely means that Moreno will get the bulk of the starts with the Bisons.
Tayler Saucedo optioned to Buffalo:
This isn’t a shocker. The 28-year-old lefty looked solid in Spring Training, but has been lit up in his 2.1 innings pitched for the Jays. His ERA currently sits at 15.43 and a FIP of 19.78. He also hasn’t registered a strikeout and his fWAR sits at -0.4 already, which isn’t good.
Hopefully a brief trip to the minors can help him find his game that he had in Spring Training.
The Blue Jays have recalled Anthony Kay, active tonight
In the only game he’s started, he pitched 2.2 innings and walked four batters. This hasn’t helped his ERA, which now sits at 10.13 with a FIP of 6.13. I don’t know how much of Kay we’ll be seeing.
The Jays DFA Josh Palacios:
Okay, this one caught me off guard. While I’m not incredibly high on the 26-year-old left handed outfielder, he was still a useful player to h …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays roll with three-man catcher tandem for Opening Day roster, Ryan Borucki and Nate Pearson to the 10-day Injured List

The Toronto Blue Jays announced their Opening Day roster on Thursday and there weren’t really any surprises.

OFFICIAL: Presenting your 2022 #OpeningDay roster! pic.twitter.com/H9uP3kXZR4
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 7, 2022

Nate Pearson is dealing with mono and Ryan Borucki has a hamstring strain, so both players are starting off the season on the 10-day Injured List. Cracking the team in their places are Trent Thornton and Tayler Saucedo. Otherwise, the bullpen features, as you’d expect, Jordan Romano, Adam Cimber, Trevor Richards, Yimi Garcia, Tim Mayza, David Phelps, and Ross Stripling.
Probably the most interesting thing about the team that flew north from Dunedin is the fact that Zack Collins is coming along, meaning the Blue Jays are operating with a three-man catching tandem to start the season.
When Collins was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Reese McGuire, the key difference pointed out between the two catchers was that the former could be optioned while the latter couldn’t. Despite that, Collins will be with the Blue Jays presumably until the rosters shrink back down from 28 to 26.
The benefit of having a third catcher on the roster is that it allows the Blue Jays to more comfortably use Alejandro Kirk as the designated hitter. The worry about doing that with two catchers is that if Danny Jansen gets injured mid-game and Kirk shifts over to replace him, the Blue Jays would then be without their DH spot. Having Collins as insurance means that won’t be an issue.
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3 Raptors who could be removed from Nick Nurse’s playoff rotation

3 Raptors who could be removed from Nick Nurse’s playoff rotation

The Toronto Raptors have announced to the rest of the league that they are a viable playoff team, as Nick Nurse has taken this team from the No. 4 overall pick to (potentially) a top-six seed in the Eastern Conference. His rotation tinkering is one of the main reasons that Toronto has been so surprising […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Blue Jays invite 12 internal prospects to Spring Training Camp

On Monday morning, the Toronto Blue Jays announced 12 Internal Non-Roster Spring Training Invitees.

OFFICIAL: We’ve invited the following internal non-roster players to Spring Training. pic.twitter.com/0Fqz4dLpOx
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) March 14, 2022

Top prospects:
Prospects Jordan Groshans and Orelvis Martinez are the two most notable names as they rank high on most Blue Jays prospect lists. It’s likely that Groshans starts the season in Triple A, but he could be a September call up depending on how the upcoming season goes for the 22-year-old infielder.
Martinez is one to keep an eye on, as I believe the 20-year-old shortstop could be considered a top prospect in the MLB by the end of the season.  Perhaps even generational? This is due to his 28 home runs between Low and High A last season. Expect Orelvis to start in High A, with the chance to move to Double A.
Returning players:
Both Nick Allgeyer and Jeremy Beasley pitched for the Blue Jays in 2021. Allgeyer only pitched an inning and didn’t allow a run before being sent back to Triple A. The 26-year-old lefty didn’t have a great season with Buffalo, as he pitched 89.1 innings and posted a 5.34 ERA and a FIP of 5.60.
While you may ask “why the heck is Beasley still on this team?”, which is a valid question, let’s jump into his stats. He pitched 18.2 innings in Triple A and posted a 2.89 ERA and 3.15 FIP. He also had a K/9 of 12.54, which is the exact K/9 he had in the majors.  There is a concern about his elevated BB/9 of 7.53, but the Blue Jays obviously see something in the 26-year-old righty.
Prospects that made my Top 20 list:
Obviously Groshans and Martinez made my list, but so did Kyle Johnston and Adrian Hernandez.
Johnston turned his 2021 season around …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation