The Blue Jays are off to Texas to (hopefully) kick the crap out of the hapless Rangers

Opening Weekend went about as well as anybody reasonably could have expected for the Blue Jays.

They rolled into Yankee Stadium without George Springer, their top two projected starting pitchers, and their closer, and they managed to take two of three games thanks largely to some impressive pitching performances.
Now they have a really good opportunity to get off to a hot start to the season as they travel to Texas to face the Rangers, who, on paper, are arguably the worst team in baseball. According to ZiPS projections, the Rangers are expected to win just 66 games this season, which is better than only the Baltimore Orioles (65 wins) in the American League.
The Rangers will also become the first big-league team to welcome fans back at full capacity for their home opener on Monday. What could go wrong!
How they’re doing…
You generally don’t want to draw too many conclusions from Opening Weekend but Texas’ three-game set in Kansas City with the thoroughly mediocre Royals validates the notion of how bad the Rangers supposedly are. Texas lost the first two games of that series by a combined score of 25-14 and salvaged things on Sunday with a 7-3 …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The rotting, layered onion that is the Astros sign stealing scandal

Anybody who says “baseball is boring” hasn’t been paying attention this offseason.
What typically is a dormant period for Major League Baseball has been a tire fire of epic proportions, stoked by the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal. And just when it seems like things are dying down, new revelations are being unearthed on a weekly basis.
In the words of the great 20th century philosopher George Costanza: “This thing is like an onion. The more layers you peel, the more it stinks.”
Earlier this week, Rob Manfred may have believed he closed Pandora’s box by levying hefty suspensions upon Jeff Luhnow, A.J. Hinch and the Astros organization. Yet, in the matter of days, the lid flew wide open again after the firings of Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran. And the latest rumour about buzzers potentially being used by Astros hitters to gain an edge against opposing pitchers sent baseball into a total frenzy.
It’s not hyperbole to say this is the biggest scandal in baseball since performance-enhancing drugs. In fact, this whole Astros sign stealing scandal might even eclipse the PED scandal, because eventually, Major League Baseball got …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation

How many bridges has Marner potentially burned?

Does anybody even like Marner anymore? Like Red Bull tastes bad now because I associate it with this negotiation. I’m probably gonna have to change my insurance provider.
— Todd (@Totally_Offside) September 10, 2019
I’m willing to bet there’s a little hyperbole from ol’ Todd in this tweet, but nevertheless, here I am pondering its meaning.
Up until recently Mitch Marner was the happy go lucky, goofy hockey loving kid who has been adopted by Matt Martin then had his custody transferred to Patrick Marleau. He’s got the high energy smile off the ice, and the equally fun playing style on the ice. And he was a local kid to boot. What wasn’t to love about Mitch Marner?
Well…there have always been plenty of tales of highly involved father dating back to a CBC story on hockey parents that cast him in unappealing light.

It’s been speculated that he’s highly involved in the contract/financial goings on of Mitch, and that he might be the driving force behind some of the decisions we don’t agree with.
That doesn’t really change that the situation is one of Mitch Marner’s making and while …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation