Toronto Raptors: A model NBA franchise in racial equality

Toronto Raptors: A model NBA franchise in racial equality

In what has been a difficult year for the world and the Toronto Raptors because of COVID-19, the troubles were exacerbated by racial inequality. It’s a subject that nearly derailed the restart of the NBA season, but the Raptors are an example of how to be in these turbulent times. The Toronto Raptors lost a […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Assessing Kasperi Kapanen’s Value

Kasperi Kapanen can be a difficult player to evaluate – he will dazzle then frustrate, surprise then disappoint, sometimes in the course of a single shift. He’s had strings of games where he looks to be a first line winger, like at the start of the 2018-19 season where he stepped into that role for William Nylander while he negotiated his contract extension. Other times he struggles to showcase the hockey sense and awareness of a true top 6 winger, or disappears from games entirely.
These ups and downs can make it difficult to assess his value to the Leafs, and potentially as a trade piece to free up cap space and fix the hole of the right side of the defense. His name was floating around before the trade deadline (however, the Leafs were not fielding offers per Chris Johnston), and given the Leafs are so tight against the cap, they will likely need to move salary if they play to resign Mikheyev and Dermott. This post will look to summarize Kapanen’s body of work thus far, in effort to illustrate his value to the Leafs roster, or as an outgoing asset.
Is Kapanen at top 6 …

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Author: mackinawstats / The Leafs Nation

Daily Duce: Thinking about free agency, Major League Baseball expansion, and more!

It’s incredibly difficult to talk about baseball right now because, at the end of the day, we don’t know anything.
We know that Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association has a deal in place that covers a handful of key labour-related issues pertaining to the COVID-19 pause such as shortening the draft, giving players an advance on their salaries, and basing service time on last season in the event of a cancelled season, but everything regarding the actual 2020 season is up in the air.
Maybe there’ll be Opening Day games during All-Star Weekend. Maybe there’ll be a wild, quick, 81-game season filled with complete madness. Maybe there’ll be a big, expanded post-season that features 12 or even 16 teams. Maybe there’ll be a World Series played in a neutral location on Christmas. Maybe games will be played on the moon. Maybe there won’t be a season at all. Who knows! We’re venturing into the unknown.
Anyways, let’s try to figure out how the fallout from all of this affects the Blue Jays in the wide array of possible scenarios we could be …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Is something brewing with Marcus Stroman?

Marcus Stroman had a difficult start for the Blue Jays today, going just four innings while scattering three runs on three hits and four walks. None of the runs were earned as the Jays’ defence behind Stroman let him down, but something seemed off about the usually-energetic starter.

Look, I usually don’t dive into these completely random rumours, but the timing here seems really odd. Stroman, who’s usually bouncing around the mound with a bunch of energy, was strangely quiet and solemn out there today. Maybe he’s sick or had something else going on (Hazel Mae reported on the broadcast that he was just feeling off) or maybe there’s something bigger brewing that he knows about.

I have a source the Padres are trading for Stroman. Deal not official yet.
— eric (@zayewop) April 14, 2019

Again, let’s take this with a massive grain of salt given it’s just some random 500-follower account on Twitter. Like I said, though, something seemed really off today, so I guess it’s something worth thinking about.
Stroman trade rumours have been going on for months now. There was a lot of talk about the Jays listening to trade offers in …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation