Mark Shapiro says something big is brewing with Rogers Centre renovations

This past June, Rogers Centre celebrated its 30th anniversary. Unveiled in 1989 as a state-of-the-art multi-use facility, it boasted the largest Jumbotron of its era and encapsulated the “everything to everyone” mantra of professional sports stadiums during the 80s and early 90s.
Skydome also ushered in the end of an era of multi-use stadiums and it’s one of the last of its kind. Four years later, Camden Yards was constructed in 1992 and set forth the new era of retro ballparks; smaller, distinctive and much more conducive to an intimate ballpark experience.
At 27 years old, Camden Yards barely shows its age. The stadium formerly known as Skydome didn’t future proof itself quite as well and it’s very apparent the facility was built during the heyday of Milli Vanilli.
In any other scenario, the merits of building a brand new stadium would be up for debate, but the Blue Jays already have the ideal location on prime real estate near Toronto’s waterfront. In the meantime, the club is working with the concrete bones the Rogers Centre already has.
This year, the Blue Jays made substantial renovations to the 100 and 200 level concourses; the blue and white facings are brighter and …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation

Lowly Blue Jays trounced by Diamondbacks in sluggish fashion

Despite the lovely weather that surrounded Rogers Centre this weekend, the Blue Jays, playing some of the worst baseball of their season, fell humiliatingly to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a dreadful series that ended with a D-Backs sweep.
With a stellar combination of starting pitching (Zack Greinke, looking at you…), clutch hitting, and dependable relief performances, the Diamondbacks were able to outscore the Blue Jays 22-4 to improve to 34-32 on the season.
Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the weird from a forgettable series against the NL West’s Diamondbacks:
The Good
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (5-for-12, HR, 3B, 2B), one of the few plus performers at the plate, had a tremendous set. Danny Jansen (2-for-5, 2 BB, 2B, RBI) was sound at the plate, playing impressive defense to match.
On the mound, Joe Biagini (1.0 IP, 2 SO, 0 H) and Derek Law (3.1 IP, ER, 2 H, 3 SO, 2 BB) were solid, as was Tim Mayza (1.0 IP, H, 0 R). Elvis Luciano (4.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 SO) appeared relatively stable in two appearances, lowering his ERA to 5.93.
The Bad
Clayton Richard (2.2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 2 BB) was destroyed by Arizona hitters, as was Thomas Pannone (1.1 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB). Starters Marcus Stroman (5.2 IP, 7 …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays swept out of Los Angeles after frustrating stretch

Hoping to build off a solid set against Oakland at Rogers Centre, the Blue Jays (14-17) headed west to face off against Mike Trout and the Angels (15-17) in a midweek series in Anaheim. Unfortunately for them, they were embarrassed throughout the majority of the series and left town with a trio of losses.
Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the weird from a disappointing week in California:
The Good
Relievers Daniel Hudson (1.0 IP, 0 ER, H), Elvis Luciano (2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, SO), and Ken Giles (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, SO) were sound on the mound, while Joe Biagini (1.0 IP, SO, 0 H, 0 R) continued to throw the ball well.
On the offensive side of things, Rowdy Tellez (4-for-7, HR, RBI, 2B) contributed valiantly, with Randal Grichuk (3-for-8, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) also getting in on the action
Clay Buchholz (5.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 3 SO) was decent in his outing, though the starting pitchers as a unit were not dependable enough throughout.
The Bad
Teoscar Hernandez (0-for-7, 3 SO, 0 TB) had a dreadful series, as did Brandon Drury (1-for-8, 2B, 5 SO), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (0-for-4, 2 SO), and Freddy Galvis (0-for-9, 4 SO, 0 TB). Billy McKinney (0-for-5, 2 SO, 0 TB) also scuffled in limited …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation

Series Preview: The return of Superman

Cue the music, it’s the return of Superman to the Rogers Centre. Kevin Pillar is making his first return to Toronto since he was shipped off to his home-state of California. Pillar comes into this series with 14 hits through 18 games with the Giants. Those 14 hits include two doubles, four home runs along with 13 RBI. However, while it will likely be an emotional night for Blue Jays fans as well as Pillar. This team has actually performed very well without the Man of Steel.
Since Pillar was traded back on April 2, the Blue Jays have a winning percentage of .500%. They currently own a record of 9-9 since the trade, and sit just four games out of first place. Yes, I just said the Blue Jays are close to first place in their division. I know that seems absurd and some of you might think I’m delusional. But this team has actually been playing very good baseball as of late, as they have won seven of their last ten games. So if you’re not too overwhelmed with the Maple Leafs and Raptors playoff games, then you should definitely tune into this two-game series.
Tuesday at 7:07 ET
Trent Thornton will …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation