Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach Guillermo Martínez tossed from Wednesday game before it even started

Guillermo Martínez had some takes on Wednesday.

So much so that when the Toronto Blue Jays sent the hitting coach out for a lineup exchange, he got tossed from the game before the first pitch was even thrown.

Here’s hitting Coach Guillermo Martínez delivering the lineup card and immediately getting thrown out of the game, like a boss pic.twitter.com/yz5CEUgdyc
— Blue Jays Nation (@thejaysnation) June 22, 2022

While we don’t know exactly what led to Martínez getting chucked from the game, I think it’s safe to assume it had to do with Tuesday’s nights debacle against the Southsiders.
Play-by-play man Dan Shulman noted
Behind the plate was Doug Eddings who had one of the worst commands of the zone as I’ve ever seen. According to Ump Scorecards, Eddings called 25 pitches as strikes that were actually balls.

Umpire: Doug EddingsFinal in 12: Blue Jays 6, White Sox 7#NextLevel // #ChangeTheGame#TORvsCWS // #CWSvsTOR pic.twitter.com/xF7KTGcGQi
— Umpire Scorecards (@UmpScorecards) June 22, 2022

It cost the Blue Jays a staggering 3.79 runs, while costing the White Sox 1.79 runs. While it was bad both ways, the Jays were clearly coming out on the short end of the stick. Missing a few pitches here or there isn’t the end-all-be-all, but when you’re as consistently awful as Eddings was Tuesday, it’s hard to give any credit.
During Wednesday’s matinee to wrap up the series, the officiating crew bumped Eddiings to third-base, presumably to cut him a break after a tough, tough go.
Hopefully after the game, Charlie Montoyo gives us some idea of what happened with Martínez.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.
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Brandon Drury among the four Reds placed on Restricted List prior to Toronto series

Well, so much for Brandon Drury’s grand return to Toronto.

According to Ethan Diamandas, the Reds have placed Drury, Tyler Mahle, Albert Almora, and Joel Kuhnel on the Restricted List due to not having the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Cincinnati Reds have placed Brandon Drury, Tyler Mahle, Albert Almora and Joel Kuhnel on the restricted list.
These players will not travel to Toronto for series vs #BlueJays.
— Ethan Diamandas (@EthanDiamandas) May 20, 2022

I had joked earlier today that Drury was a prime Blue Jays Killer because he wasn’t very good here and now he’s randomly playing well with the Reds. Crisis averted! That said, the two other possible Blue Jays Killers I noted, Connor Overton and Jeff Hoffman, will be making the trip to Toronto.
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BJN Radio – Ep. 72: Picking the Blue Jays’ MVP for April, taking a look around the American League East, and more!

That was certainly a much better April than the one we saw last year.

The Blue Jays are 15-8 after their first month (though it was an abbreviated one) and they’ve managed to have all of this success despite some key injuries and the bats not being at their best.
We took a look at the series win over the Houston Astros and talked about George Springer dominating his former team, Kevin Gausman’s continued brilliance, and some optimism that Bo Bichette might soon turn a corner. After that, we talked about who Toronto’s Most Valuable Player has been early on and then took a spin around the American League East and looked at how baseball’s deepest division is doing so far.
Finally, we previewed the upcoming series against the Yankees, who are riding a nine-game winning streak. While the Yankees are undoubtedly a good team, a lot of their success has come against weak opponents, so this series in Toronto will be a test for them.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs 76ers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for NBA Playoffs Game 1

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs 76ers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for NBA Playoffs Game 1

After so much hype and buildup, the Toronto Raptors are finally going to play playoff basketball. This team has been through a lot in the last two years, and they have been rewarded for their troubles with a chance to upset a division rival. Still, the latest Toronto Raptors odds have them positioned as underdogs. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs sign a KHL goaltender and waive Mrazek and Clifford to kickstart a wild 25 hours

It was pretty much expected that waivers were going to be crazy today, and it’s not disappointing, especially on the Leafs’ front…

Riley Nash (ARIZ), Richardson (CAL), Turris (WDM), Jaros (NJ), Clifford, Mrazek, Sateri (TOR), Pouliot (LV) full list
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 20, 2022

TOR has signed Harri Sateri, who won gold with Finland. He must clear waivers.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 20, 2022

So let’s start with who has been waived, and we’ll cover off the easy one first:
Kyle Clifford hasn’t looked like an NHL player this year and removing his $1M cap hit from the Leafs’ roster is important to what they do in the next couple of days. He’s unlikely to be claimed as the Leafs have added two additional years of term to his deal, and at 2 PM ET he’ll most likely be a Marlie, and a bit of physical depth off the main roster.
The waiving of Petr Mrazek is also something that makes a ton of sense, but not something you’d fully expect the Leafs to do. Mrazek has been nothing short of a disaster, and immediately frees up $1.125M by having him on the Marlies allowing Toronto to explore some other options, as well as letting Petr work out his game in the AHL before possibly bringing him back into the fold. There is the possibility that he gets claimed, and that would be an absolute dream for the Leafs. There’s also the benefit that if the Leafs are going to trade Mrazek tomorrow, the team that acquires him can immediately assign him to their AHL team as possible depth. I wonder if this makes Mrazek an option for a team like Las Vegas.
It’s important to note that Mrazek being on waivers means the Leafs are not able to trade him until after 2 pm ET tomorrow if he clears, so that wil …

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Free Agency Wrap Up: Day 3

“On the third day of free agency, not much happened,” he wrote, hours before Josh Donaldson was traded to the Yankees. That news deserved it’s own article, so I’ll be changing up the format of the day three article. The way I see it, the Blue Jays need to fill three needs before the season starts, a third baseman, a left handed bat and a relief pitcher.

To curb my boredom throughout the day, I posed this question to both Twitter (@Brennan_L_D) and Instagram (thejaysnation) to get responses from followers.

Let’s play a game #BlueJays fans.
Who would you like for the team to acquire to fill the infield, left handed bat and a relief pitcher.
INF: Jose Ramirez (obviously)LHB: Kyle Schwarber (LF/DH)RP: Kenely Jansen
Just interested (you may be featured in an upcoming article)
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) March 13, 2022

My ideal acquisitions:
It’s mentioned in the tweet, but here are the reasons why I believe these are the best players for the needs.
Jose Ramirez for the third base need:
If you’ve never read my articles or even follow me on Twitter, you may not know this, but I am a big Jose Ramirez guy. Obviously, Jose Ramirez would be the perfect fit for the Blue Jays. He’s a great defender, he has speed, he hits for power and he has a great eye at the plate. Ramirez is also a switch hitter, so he also fills the need for the LHB 
Despite Ramirez being one of the best baseball players on the planet, he sure isn’t getting paid like one. The 29-year-old is only making 26 million over the next two seasons. Furthermore, Mark Shapiro was the Guardians GM when Ramirez was signed, so there is a connection there.
Kyle Schwarber for the left handed batter need:
Schwarber is the prototypical designated hitter. While he had a rather high K% of 27% in 2021. He also smashed 32 homers and slashed .266/.374/.928. The 29-year-old plays left field as well, which means that he could platoon with whomever remains …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

There won’t be a Rule 5 Draft this year

One thing that’s pretty much been lost in the excitement of CBA Day is the fact that there won’t be a Rule 5 Draft this year.

The Rule 5 Draft was supposed to happen back on December 9 but that got postponed as Major League Baseball instituted a transaction freeze as the league went into a lockout at the beginning of the month.
So, according to Zach Buchanan of The Athletic, rather than re-scheduling it and shoving it in somewhere amidst all the chaos of free agency and spring training happening at the same time, there just won’t be a Rule 5 Draft for 2021.
This is a nice little win for the Blue Jays, as they had a few interesting prospects who were set to be eligible for the draft.
Back in November, the team added Hagen Danner, Bowden Francis, Zach Logue, and Leo Jimenez to the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 Draft deadline, leaving names such as Samad Taylor, Miguel Hiraldo, and Eric Pardinho available to other teams.
These are middle-of-the-pack prospects that nobody should lose sleep over, but, still, it’s a little extra ammunition for the Blue Jays if they want to trade for, say, Jose Ramirez. …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors must start Precious Achiuwa and bench Khem Birch

Raptors must start Precious Achiuwa and bench Khem Birch

There hasn’t been much to celebrate for the Toronto Raptors over the last few days, as they were demolished by LaMelo Ball’s Hornets and Trae Young’s Atlanta Hawks in consecutive games. Precious Achiuwa did his thing, but role players like Khem Birch were absolutely humiliated. In both of the last two games, Birch has started […]
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Apparently MLB and the players have agreed on a 14-team post-season format

There isn’t much good news to report from Major League Baseball’s ongoing labour negotiations with the Players’ Association.

Thursday’s meeting apparently only lasted for 15 minutes, which obviously indicates that the two sides are nowhere close to reaching a conclusion. If MLB and the Players don’t reach an agreement within the next week, it’s very likely that the start of the regular season could get pushed back and games could get postponed or canceled.

MLB opening day in jeopardy if no CBA in the next week
At least 4 wks needed for spring training. So by March 3rd. And 1 wk needed to ratify CBA / get visas for int’l players / travel staff & gear / set final off-season business in motion. So that’s Feb. 24. A week from today.
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) February 17, 2022

Well, fuck! That isn’t ideal!
Anyways, in more interesting news, the league and the players have apparently agreed on one thing, which is a 14-tear post-season format. The word comes from Craig Carton, who *checks notes* is “an American radio personality best known as the co-host of the Carton and Roberts sports radio program on WFAN in New York City.”
This is a blue checkmark talk-radio guy out of New York, so we can take the news with a grain of salt, but…

MLB playoff format is set fans gonna love it – 7 playoff teams per league – Team with best record gets bye and goes to Div Series – Top remaining Div Winner picks opponent from the 4 wild card teams and plays best of three all games at home – Then the 3rd Div winner does the same
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors’ Justin Champagnie is keeping receipts for all the doubters

Raptors’ Justin Champagnie is keeping receipts for all the doubters

The Toronto Raptors weren’t expecting much out of Pitt forward Justin Champagnie when the 2021-22 season kicked off. After all, the undrafted free agent was signed to a two-way contract and buried behind some established veterans in the Raptors rotation. He looked more like a 905 prize than a prospect the big league club would […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ