Jack Han to become Marlies Assistant Coach

Originally hired back in 2017, Jack Han was brought in as a part of the Research and Development staff that was growing at a rampant rate. Known for his video work, Han has now been moved through the organization and is now an Assistant Coach with the Toronto Marlies.

Congrats to Jack Han – looks like he’s been moved to Assistant Coach with the Toronto Marlies!
— Rachel Doerrie (@racheldoerrie) August 27, 2019

Han will be working directly with Head Coach Sheldon Keefe, and fellow assistants A.J. MacLean and Rob Davison.
Unfortunately, his Twitter account has been dark since he was hired two years ago, but it was filled with these “#1MinuteTactics” videos that perfectly explain and demonstrate with on-ice examples how certain plays would result in higher success and all that useful stuff.
He was hired by the Leafs from McGill University, as he was their video and analytics coach for their women’s team before he was picked up by Toronto. During that time, Bob McKenzie wrote a feature on Han, if you want to get to know the new assistant coach better and his philosophies on coaching, read it here.
As the Leafs promote these individuals into more active roles …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation

Nationals claim Javy Guerra off waivers

Brought in as a relief option to sure-up the bullpen this past offseason, the Washington Nationals have claimed relief pitcher Javy Guerra off waivers from the Blue Jays.

DFA’d Saturday by #BlueJays, RHP Javy Guerra has been claimed off waivers by the bullpen-needy Washington Nationals.
— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) May 20, 2019

Guerra, 33, made 11 appearances for the Jays, pitching a total of 14 innings with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.214 WHIP, while striking out 9.6 per nine innings.
He was designated for assignment on Saturday to make way for lefty knuckleballer Ryan Feierabend to make the start in the game against the White Sox that day. With the injuries to their rotation, the Jays will be able to take the hit to their bullpen, but it is still losing a capable major-league arm for nothing.
This leaves the Jays with an eight-man bullpen, enough to manage the games, but with decreasing options in the minors. Thomas Pannone is one pitcher that was recently optioned to Buffalo that might see a lot of travel between the two clubs as the year goes on.
This move won’t get rid of the fact that the Nationals have never won a playoff series.

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation

Josh Donaldson is killing it so far this year

The rain is finally being brought to Atlanta. After a slow start to the season, Josh Donaldson has been dominant as of late. The former MVP went three-for-five with a couple of bombs in Atlanta’s 11-5 win over Cleveland last night and owns a slash line of .270/.400/.500 for the season.

Josh Donaldson with a LOUD home run to left pic.twitter.com/i4XPQDNmuy
— ESPN (@espn) April 22, 2019

Donaldson is now on pace to put up 5.4 WAR this year. He has played in all 21 of Atlanta’s games. Maybe — and stick with me here – the Blue Jays should have extended him a qualifying offer instead of liquidating him for pennies on the dollar.https://t.co/TLS0bk0pIz
— Jonah Birenbaum (@birenball) April 22, 2019

As Jonah Birenbaum points out, Donaldson’s not-really-unexpected turnaround this year makes the decision to deal him for virtually nothing prior to the trade deadline last year all the more curious. The Jays, of course, took a gamble with Donaldson, opting to not trade him in the off-season due to the slight chance he could help the team compete in the 2018 season. That didn’t work out, Donaldson got hurt, the team sucked, and he ended up getting …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation