How real was the Rowdy Tellez Breakout?

The Blue Jays are ready to contend.

They have reached the point of their re-build (if you can even call it that) where it’s time to put up or shut up. They can’t afford to keep waiting on players and hope for something to click, they need production now. With that being said this team is far from perfect. The roster still has plenty of questions marks. Can Vlad Guerrero Jr. handle third base? What’s the best position for Cavan Biggio? Will Alejandro Kirk continue to hit over a full season?
One question that might have an answer is how real was the Rowdy Tellez breakout?
Rowdy was fantastic in 2020. In 35 games he hit .283/.346/.540 good for a 136 wRC+. He hit eight home runs increased his walk rate to 8.7% and most impressively cut his strikeout rate basically in half down to 15.7%. He was one of the Blue Jays best hitters and it was a real shame to see him down go down with a knee injury in September. He missed most of the month but at least was able to get back and have a plate appearance in the postseason.
Rowdy has always had big power but it …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Why James Harden going to the Nets is a good thing

Toronto Raptors: Why James Harden going to the Nets is a good thing

The Toronto Raptors have to consider themselves lucky that Harden went to the Nets and not Philly. If you were on Twitter when this whole Harden saga was unraveling, chances are you weren’t thinking about the Toronto Raptors. And if you were one of the few folks out there who were, then that is most […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Rogers officially announces Mark Shapiro has signed a five-year contract with the Blue Jays

The Blue Jays have finally handed out a long-term contract!

Mark Shapiro will be sticking around as the organization’s President and CEO for five more years, the same term that he originally signed back in 2015.

Rogers announces five-year contract extension for @BlueJays President & CEO @MarkShapiro pic.twitter.com/nqgHhp64lw
— Rogers News (@AboutRogers) January 13, 2021

Back in November, Ken Rosenthal casually mentioned in a news and notes post that the Blue Jays and Shapiro were close on a new deal, so this obviously comes as no surprise. The organization has grinded through the long and painful part of Shapiro’s plan and the team seems poised to move into a period of competitiveness, so moving on now would have been pretty shocking.
Shapiro has done a lot of good for the organization since coming in as the controversial replacement for Paul Beeston, such as modernizing the analytics and high-performance departments and building a state-of-the-art facility in Dunedin for the team to use during spring training and for player development.
Of course, to the casual observer, none of that matters more than winning, so there will inevitably be skeptics of Shapiro’s work until the team actually breaks out and …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

27 NHL’ers test postive for COVID-19 in training camp

27 players have tested positive for COVID-19 during NHL training camps, the league said.

The tests came from nine teams with the majority due to an outbreak on the Dallas Stars that infected 17 players there. They have been largely asymptomatic and are recovering without complication, the league said.
All of the tests were conducted between Dec. 30 and Jan. 11 on a daily basis. The league said a total of 12,000 tests were administered to over 1,200 players.
This year the league will be providing regular updates on COVID-19 test results and will be including the names of the players. This is a shift in the way the league handled the reporting of tests during their 2020 return-to-play.
There, the league opted to not identify players skirting it by deeming players “unfit to play.”
During the summer series’, no players tested positive inside the bubble, but before teams landed in Edmonton and Toronto, a total of 50 positive tests were found.
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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: 3 adjustments needed to take down Portland

Raptors: 3 adjustments needed to take down Portland

The Toronto Raptors have a tough game against Portland next on the schedule. Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors gave us a spirited performance against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco last night, but a solid performance from Pascal Siakam and Chris Boucher inside was naught but ash in the hands of Steph Curry, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 5 things right and wrong, including VanVleet’s All-Star case

Toronto Raptors: 5 things right and wrong, including VanVleet’s All-Star case

The Toronto Raptors have gone 1-3 for the week, but things are finally starting to click despite the record not being reflective of that. After the first two weeks of writing this type of article, there have been 1 right and 9 wrongs. And it was rightfully deserved. The Toronto Raptors Raptors were playing very […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

It’s time for the Toronto Raptors and their fans to face a harsh reality

It’s time for the Toronto Raptors and their fans to face a harsh reality

Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster will have some difficult decisions to make as the Toronto Raptors season continues to slip away.  The window appears to be firmly shut, and Holding on to championship pride will only compromise the future. “It’s only two weeks into the season, no need to push any panic buttons yet” ….. […]
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Author: Eddie Huband / Raptors HQ

Toronto Maple Leafs to televise Blue vs White Game

The Leafs have announced that their Blue vs White Game to be held on Saturday January 9th, will be televised.

Mark your calendar
Blue vs White Game presented by @CanadianTire Saturday, 7:00 PM Sportsnet & TSN#⃣ #LeafsForever
Details >> https://t.co/geOc0X5tys pic.twitter.com/XFPY0NPKYD
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 7, 2021

This comes after the team received confirmation that they would be allowed to play games at Scotiabank Arena for the season.
The game will have a similar format to the camp where the club roster is divided into two teams. The final rosters will be released on Friday.
This will be the first game like day for the team, gving them the opportunity to jump into the swing of things before the season begins. Just like they would have if there were exhibition games like in previous years.
Per the Maple Leafs, the broadcast will include folks familiar to fans.
This includes:

Joe Bowen as play by play announcer
Two-time gold medalist and professional player Cheryl Pounder with colour commentary
Toronto Marlies play by play announcer Todd Crocker between the benches
Maple Leaf alumni Bob McGill as a rinkside analyst
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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

Leafs will host home games at Scotiabank Arena this season

After a couple weeks with it up in the air, the Leafs have been permitted by the government of Ontario to play all of their home games this season at Scotiabank Arena.

#Hockey news in Ontario
The Ottawa @Senators and Toronto @MapleLeafs will be able to play home games in their respective arena’s as they compete in the @NHL North Division. My statement here: pic.twitter.com/Q6bOGJeamV
— Lisa MacLeod (@MacLeodLisa) January 7, 2021

The NHL schedule was released on December 23rd, there was still some doubt surrounding the Leafs (and likewise, the Ottawa Senators) and whether or not they’d be allowed to play games in Ontario to start the season, with the current lockdown in place. However, the Leafs will be allowed to play in Toronto, as long as them and the travelling teams follow strict health and safety protocols.
With this, it means that the Leafs will be able to play in Toronto for the entire regular season, and at the very least, the first two rounds of the post season (should the Leafs make it that far), since the first two rounds will remain in division for the whole league.
After that, there’s a bit more …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

It looks like the New York Mets have acquired Francisco Lindor

The New York Mets have finally made their move.

According to Jeff Passan, the team has a trade in place with Cleveland to send star shortstop Francisco Lindor to The Big Apple.

If the Francisco Lindor-to-the-Mets deal is completed as expected, shortstop Andres Gimenez would be part of the package going back to the Cleveland Indians, sources tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 7, 2021

More to come!

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation