Big Leaguers Wanted

It’s our right as fans to become sentimental about the teams we cheer for.

Rowdy Tellez is, by all accounts, a person to become sentimental about.
We all know his story — losing his mother to cancer only weeks before his big league debut. There might not have been a dry eye in the fanbase, watching his father celebrate his major league firsts. Through that, we developed a bond with Rowdy the person as much as Rowdy the player. That’s fine. There is nothing wrong with that.

Rowdy, the player, earned favour with the fans with a path through the minors of promising power potential and some mammoth home runs when he arrived on the scene in Toronto. Over the course of his 219 game tenure in Toronto, he had several extended periods where he appeared as though he might have turned the corner and become a serviceable left-handed power threat in the Blue Jays lineup, but each time, an even longer streak of poor discipline and ugly plate appearances was sure to follow.
The legacy Rowdy leaves behind in Toronto is one of a replacement-level offensive player with below-average defence. But that doesn’t mean that’s all he’ …

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Author: DeuceDoucette / Blue Jays Nation

Tyler Chatwood has been placed on the 10-day Injured List

It appears to be a case of Right Arm Shittyness!

The Blue Jays are officially calling it a neck strain, but, regardless, Tyler Chatwood is getting a trip to the 10-day Injured List to slam the rest button.
After an excellent start to the season, Chatwood has been a mess for over a month now. His first really bad meltdown came on May 23 against the Rays in which he allowed four runs while recording just two outs. From that outing until yesterday’s implosion, Chatwood has allowed 16 earned runs on 12 hits and 15 walks over the course of 11 innings. Yikes!
Also, Patrick Murphy, another struggling member of Toronto’s ‘pen, has been optioned to Triple-A.
Murphy was activated from the 60-day Injured List in mid-June and has been all over the grid in six outings. He’s had a few good showings, such as his five-out performance in a win against Baltimore last week, but he’s also had a couple of meltdowns, such as his three-runs-while-recording-one-out showing against Seattle on Wednesday.
All told, Murphy has allowed five earned runs in seven innings of work on eight hits and three walks with only four strikeouts. Getting him to sort himself out …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors should keep Malachi Flynn even if they draft a point guard

Toronto Raptors should keep Malachi Flynn even if they draft a point guard

The Toronto Raptors vaulted right into the No. 4 spot in the 2021 NBA Draft order, giving them a chance to potentially draft a new franchise point guard like Jalen Suggs. This would be the second consecutive year that they go in that direction, as they added Malachi Flynn with the 29th pick in last […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Dermott could be moved before the expansion draft, and other trade insights from Frank Seravalli

In his new feature column, right here on the Nation Network over on Daily Faceoff (not so humblebrag) Frank Seravalli assembled a list of 20 players who are very much the topic of trade conversation this summer. And while our little corner of the internet likes to focus on potential Rielly or Marner moves, the one that Frank suggests is a far more likely one for the Leafs, and that is trading Travis Dermott in advance of the Seattle expansion draft.
Seravalli on Dermott (who was 16th on his list):
Scoop: The Leafs are prepared for the possibility to lose a player like Dermott in the Expansion Draft. But they may also explore the trade market for him in the meantime. The question Toronto and so many other teams will be asking between now and July 21: Does it just make sense to cut our losses clean at one player? Or does making a side transaction compound the problem and make it two?
The thing about Dermott is that even if the Leafs went with a protect four defensemen and four forward model, Dermott absolutely falls on the outside of the four. (I don’t think it’s crazy to assume that …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Assessing the bullpen, realistic June trade targets, and some names still around in free agency

Yes, Vladdy is apparently the best hitter in baseball right now, and yes George Springer seems on the cusp of finally coming back from injury, but all that Jays fandom can really talk about right now boils down to “The Bullpen – WTF?!”

Opinions run the gamut from “This happens in baseball, calm down” to “these guys suck” to “What was Charlie thinking?” to “Ross DO SOMETHING!!” To be frank, there’s some truth in all of those, some less so than others. I could spend the next 500 words just linking you to the various published opinions (there are MANY, not least on this very site) but I trust that if you’re reading this you’ve seen or passed on all of that. In order to bring something different to this discussion, it’s my intention to first get a relatively objective take on the extent of the problem before discussing what that implies for solutions. Of necessity (given the subject matter and my tendency towards verbosity) this will be fairly long.
The hinge point is coincidentally 30 days ago. On the morning of May 19, the Blue Jays had played basically a quarter of their season and were 23-17, on pace …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Grading Pascal Siakam’s 2020-21 season

Toronto Raptors: Grading Pascal Siakam’s 2020-21 season

Very little went right for Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors this season, as the COVID-19 pandemic forced them out of their country and took a huge chunk out of their squad depth, Much like the team as a whole, Siakam’s performance this season was all over the place, especially early in the year. Siakam […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Alek Manoah will start in Triple-A, Simeon Woods Richardson, Jordan Groshans, and Austin Martin to Double-A

The Minor League Baseball season is right around the corner!

It’s been quite some time since we had Bisons or Fishers Cats or D-Jays or Canadians box scores to fawn over as the past year-and-a-bit has seen all minor-league ball streamlined into Alternate Training Sites.
This year will be a little different for the minor leagues. The Bisons will be playing in Trenton, the Fisher Cats will remain the same in New Hampshire, the Dunedin Blue Jays are now a Low-A team, and the Vancouver Canadians, who are playing in Oregon, are the new High-A team. There also isn’t Rookie League anymore and the Bluefield Blue Jays no longer exist.
We don’t yet know the full rosters that the Blue Jays farm teams will be operating with, but we learned yesterday about where a few key names will start their seasons.
Simeon Woods Richardson and Jordan Groshans will start with the Fisher Cats in Double-A. The last time Groshans played was all the way back in May of 2019 with the Low-A Lansing Lugnuts while Woods Richardson made six starts for High-A Dunedin after being acquired from the Mets in the Marcus Stroman trade.
And then there’s …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Alek Manoah will start in Triple-A, Simeon Woods Richardson and Jordan Groshans to Double-A, no word yet on Austin Martin

The Minor League Baseball season is right around the corner!

It’s been quite some time since we had Bisons or Fishers Cats or D-Jays or Canadians box scores to fawn over as the past year-and-a-bit has seen all minor-league ball streamlined into Alternate Training Sites.
This year will be a little different for the minor leagues. The Bisons will be playing in Trenton, the Fisher Cats will remain the same in New Hampshire, the Dunedin Blue Jays are now a Low-A team, and the Vancouver Canadians, who are playing in Oregon, are the new High-A team. There also isn’t Rookie League anymore and the Bluefield Blue Jays no longer exist.
We don’t yet know the full rosters that the Blue Jays farm teams will be operating with, but we learned yesterday about where a few key names will start their seasons.
Simeon Woods Richardson and Jordan Groshans will start with the Fisher Cats in Double-A. The last time Groshans played was all the way back in May of 2019 with the Low-A Lansing Lugnuts while Woods Richardson made six starts for High-A Dunedin after being acquired from the Mets in the Marcus Stroman trade.
And then there’s …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Alek Manoah will start in Triple-A, Simeon Woods Richardson and Jordan Groshans to Double-A

The Minor League Baseball season is right around the corner!

It’s been quite some time since we had Bisons or Fishers Cats or D-Jays or Canadians box scores to fawn over as the past year-and-a-bit has seen all minor-league ball streamlined into Alternate Training Sites.
This year will be a little different for the minor leagues. The Bisons will be playing in Trenton, the Fisher Cats will remain the same in New Hampshire, the Dunedin Blue Jays are now a Low-A team, and the Vancouver Canadians, who are playing in Oregon, are the new High-A team. There also isn’t Rookie League anymore and the Bluefield Blue Jays no longer exist.
We don’t yet know the full rosters that the Blue Jays farm teams will be operating with, but we learned yesterday about where a few key names will start their seasons.
Simeon Woods Richardson and Jordan Groshans will start with the Fisher Cats in Double-A. The last time Groshans played was all the way back in May of 2019 with the Low-A Lansing Lugnuts while Woods Richardson made six starts for High-A Dunedin after being acquired from the Mets in the Marcus Stroman trade.
And then there’s …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Balanced offense should be the style going forward

Toronto Raptors: Balanced offense should be the style going forward

The Toronto Raptors got back on the right track last night, pulling out a 112-96 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers that saw them dominate the fourth quarter after an uneven performance against the New York Knicks. Pascal Siakam and Malachi Flynn led the squad to a win, and di so did so by switching up […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ