Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Teoscar Hernandez, and Marcus Semien win Silver Slugger Awards

Despite not making the playoffs, Blue Jays’ players continue to win awards for what is the biggest “what-if” season.  After Marcus Semien won the Gold Glove, Vlad Jr. won the Hank Aaron and a bunch of players got nominated for either the MVP, All-MLB, and Cy Young, there are three new award winners.

It was announced that the Jays have three Silver Sluggers: Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Marcus Semien, and Teoscar Hernandez.
This is Teoscar Hernandez’s second straight Silver Slugger award and wow, has he ever developed into a key part of a contending team. Teoscar will become a UFA in 2024, but the Jays should look to sign him well before then.
Vlad was a given. Not much has to be said here except for the fact that the 22-year-old will win an MVP award within the next three years. Vlad is fantastic.
It’s looking as if Semien taking the short-term deal will pay off massively for him. Not only did he win the Silver Slugger, but he also won a Gold Glove, finished third in MVP voting, and had one of the best seasons for a middle infielder in history. The Jays may not be able to re-sign …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Should Steven Matz receive a qualifying offer this off-season?

After narrowly missing the playoffs this past season, there’s no question the Toronto Blue Jays have a very interesting off-season ahead of them, beginning with deciding which players should receive a qualifying offer.

In total, the Blue Jays are slated to have 12 players hit free agency once it opens, although only three of them (Robbie Ray, Marcus Semien and Steven Matz) are potential candidates to warrant this type of offer. Once the 2021 World Series concludes, the front office will possess just five full days to submit these offers, afterwards, any player who receives one will have 10 days to accept or decline.
Though an official amount hasn’t been set just yet, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported this year’s qualifying offer is expected to be valued at $18.4 million, down from last season’s $18.9 million figure.
On the surface, both Ray and Semien are obvious choices to be tied to qualifying offers this winter, however, they’ll each likely decline and opt to enter the free-agent market instead. Beyond this duo, Matz is the only other player on the roster who belongs in this conversation, but there’s some debate about whether he’s worthy enough to command such a …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

Getting to know Hagen Danner, a catcher the Blue Jays have converted into a pitching prospect

The Blue Jays may not make the playoffs this season. In fact, with each passing day, Blue Jays fans are getting the Julius Caesar treatment. All these winnable games that have turned into losses are the equivalent to Caesar getting poked 23 times at the steps of the Pompey Theatre. It’s been a slow and painful season to watch a team underperform.

It’s not all bad, however, as the one thing I find enjoyable with the Blue Jays at the moment is writing articles about current prospects, which is what this article will be about.
With the 61st pick in the 2017 draft:
I’ve mentioned this player before in an article. In fact, Hagen Danner’s name came up in my last article about Chavez Young.  The Toronto Blue Jays drafted a 18-year-old catcher/pitcher Hagen Danner out of Hunting Beach High School. According to Pipeline’s top 200 draft picks, these are Hagen Danner’s grades and there are a lot of them as a 2-way player.
Grades:
As a hitter:
Hit: 50
Power: 45
Run: 30
Arm: 60
Field: 55
Overall: 50
As a pitcher:
Fastball: 60
Curveball: 50
Changeup: 50
Control: 55
Overall: 50
Hagen Danner ranked as the 41st best draftable prospect in 2017, so how did he …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 positive takeaways as we look forward to 2021-22

Toronto Raptors: 3 positive takeaways as we look forward to 2021-22

The NBA Playoffs are in full swing with just four teams left, but for the first time in eight years, the Toronto Raptors will not figure into the equation as to who is the best team in the Eastern Conference or the NBA. On the surface, it appears to be a lost season and a […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Auston Matthews a finalist for the Hart (unfortunately so is Connor McDavid)

If we weren’t still licking our wounds from the playoffs this would be a pretty exciting moment in Leafs history, as Auston Matthews was today announced as one of the Hart Finalists.

Nathan MacKinnon (@Avalanche), Auston Matthews (@MapleLeafs) and Connor McDavid (@EdmontonOilers) are the finalists for the 2020-21 Hart Memorial Trophy. https://t.co/78c6pDAmtm #NHLAwards #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/K9UFGAWw01
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 10, 2021

We’ll start by saying this award is probably going to Connor McDavid on the strength of his 100 point season, but perhaps Matthews’ 41 goals is enough to make him the first runner up ahead of Nathan MacKinnon, who is also (obviously) very deserving of this honour, but lacked a signature stat, instead relied on actually winning games in the playoffs to stand out (voting took place before the playoffs.)

Auston Matthews scored an NHL-leading 41 goals in 52 games (41-25—66) to help the @MapleLeafs earn the top seed in its division for the sixth time in franchise history and first time since 1999-00. #NHLAwards #NHLStats: https://t.co/78c6pDRXkU pic.twitter.com/EW5XKKxfEK
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 10, 2021

So yeah, no Hart winners since 1955. Only the third in history. …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Lakers and Heat struggles prove Kyle Lowry was the missing piece

Raptors: Lakers and Heat struggles prove Kyle Lowry was the missing piece

The first round of the 2020-21 NBA playoffs is almost complete with the Mavericks and Clippers as the last remaining series to be decided. The biggest surprise, however, has been the poor performance by last year’s finalists in the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Miami Heat. Perhaps Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry might’ve helped […]
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Author: Alaa Alarashi / Raptors HQ

Norman Powell thinks Trail Blazers can emulate 2019 Toronto Raptors

Norman Powell thinks Trail Blazers can emulate 2019 Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors might not be in the playoffs, but plenty of fans across North America have adopted the Portland Trail Blazers as the team they’re rooting for in the playoffs. Norman Powell will never have to buy a drink in Toronto again thanks to his stellar career with the Raptors, but fans had to […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Khem Birch could earn role on Canadian national team

Toronto Raptors: Khem Birch could earn role on Canadian national team

Although the Toronto Raptors missed the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons, it looks as though at least two members of the organization may have a busy summer ahead. With the announcement of 21 players invited to Canada Basketball’s mid-June training camp, we know that center Khem Birch will join head coach Nick […]
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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ

Page 6ix Wednesday, May 26th: Deep in playoff mode

How we doing drama fans? Enjoying the playoffs? Did you hear the Jets swept the Oilers and Connor McDavid is big mad? Oh you didn’t? Well, we’ll talk about that and more today. We are deep into the playoffs now, with some teams having already secured their round 2 spot, and many others knocking on the door. For the teams whose seasons have ended, we’re getting a glimpse at some of the drama to come.
Let’s dive in.
Leafs land
We start, as always, with our Buds. This time last week they had not yet started their playoff run, but they are now four games in and lead the series 3-1. Obviously we all know what happened during the first game, and we won’t share any images or video of the injury here. We will share the following:

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— John Tavares (@91Tavares) May 21, 2021

An update on @MapleLeafs captain John Tavares. pic.twitter.com/sV0dlfpdI8
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) May 21, 2021

The Leafs have been without captain John Tavares since 10 minutes into game 1, but they’ve certainly taken “win it for Johnny” to heart:

For Johnny.
The Leaf: Blueprint Moment presented by @Molson_Canadian. #LeafsForever …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 2021-2022 starting lineup prediction with Bradley Beal

Toronto Raptors: 2021-2022 starting lineup prediction with Bradley Beal

The Toronto Raptors are on the outside looking in of the playoffs for the first time in a long time. It’s going to be a long, yet exciting offseason for the Raptors as they try and make the necessary moves to bring this group back to contention. Could Bradley Beal be included in that ambitious plan? This […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ