The crew chief’s explanation on why Yimi Garcia was booted from Tuesday’s game makes no sense

We’ve seen our fair share of bad umpiring this season, such as the absurd strike zone against the Oakland A’s and the missed tag call last week against the Yankees, but Tuesday’s events in The Bronx absolutely take the cake.

Yimi Garcia came into the game in relief of Yusei Kikuchi in the sixth inning and allowed a game-tying home run to Giancarlo Stanton. The next guy up was Josh Donaldson, who got plunked in the back by a fastball from Garcia. The umpires had a meeting and then opted to kick Garica out of the game.

Yimi Garcia ejected for hitting Josh Donaldson in a tie game. Pete Walker also tossed.
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After the game, crew chief Alfonso Marquez said the reason that Garcia was booted was because catcher Tyler Heineman and Donaldson were jawing back and forth earlier and they deemed the plunk to be intentional because of that…
“Earlier in the game, there were some words exchanged between Donaldson and Toronto’s catcher, so that definitely played into it. There were pretty strong words.
Then you have a game-tying home run and the second pitch, which we deemed intentional, which was the reason for the ejection. All that really played into it. It had nothing to do with (Donaldson’s) reaction. It had everything to do with the game situations that led up to that specific incident.
Given all the situations up to that specific moment, we just deemed it intentional. And when that happens, we have to eject and/or (give) warnings, but we felt ejection was the way to go.”
Meanwhile, the crew didn’t believe that this 97-mile-per-hour fastball from up high from Jonathan Loaisiga to Bo Bichette the following inning was intentional at all…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The hype for the 2022 Blue Jays is nothing like the hype before the 2013 debacle

I’ve seen a lot of people comparing the hype that the 2022 Blue Jays are getting to that of the 2013 Jays, worrying that this team might also fall flat and not live up to expectations. 

I have to disagree with that assessment.
Firstly, we’ll look at the trades that created the hype, then we’ll move on to what the 2013 Jays excelled at and what eventually sunk their season. Lastly, we’ll compare them to the 2022 Jays, and why you should buy into the hype.
The pre-2013 off-season, beginning of the hype:
I won’t lie, I only really started getting into baseball in 2014. Between 2008-2013, I would watch games somewhat often, but I didn’t really care about the results. In fact, I would have called myself a Phillies fan for quite some time before really attaching to the Jays.
I don’t really remember a lot about the Jays prior to 2014, but I know that they were immersed in a playoff drought that spanned over 20 years until this point. I do remember owning a Sportsnet magazine that mentioned the first blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins.

A twelve player blockbuster:
The Jays received:
Pitcher Mark Buehrle
Shortstop Jose Reyes
Pitcher Josh Johnson
Catcher John Buck
Second baseman Emilio Bonifacio.
The Marlins received:
Pitcher Henderson Alvarez
Utility infielder Adeiny Hechavarria
Shortstop Yunel Escobar
Outfielder Jake Marisnick
Pitcher Anthony DeSclafani
Pitcher Justin Nicolino
Catcher Jeff Mathis.
Looking at what the Jays gave up, Alvarez, Hechavarria, Escobar, Nicolino, and Mathis are all out of the league, with some even retiring. 
Marisnick is currently on the Pirates, but has only two seasons with at wRC+ of 100 or higher. Desclafani is currently on the Giants and registered a career year in 2021, posting a 317 ERA and 3.62 FIP.
As for the return, Mark Buehrle retired in 2015, but was a successful backend rotation pitcher with the Jays. He registered a 4.15 ERA in 2013, which was slightly above his career ERA of 3.81. The Jays got a backend of the rotation starter in Buehrle. If he were te …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

The 2022 Blue Jays hype is nothing like the 2013 hype

I’ve seen a lot of people comparing the hype that the 2022 Blue Jays are getting to that of the 2013 Jays.

I have to disagree with that assessment. Firstly, we’ll look at the trades that created the hype, then we’ll move on to what the 2013 Jays excelled at and what eventually sunk their season. Lastly, we’ll compare them to the 2022 Jays, and why you should buy into the hype.
2012-2013 offseason, beginning of the hype:
I won’t lie, I only really started getting into baseball in 2014. Between 2008-2013, I would watch games somewhat often, but I didn’t really care about the results. In fact, I would have called myself a Phillies fan for quite sometime before really attaching to the Jays.
I don’t really remember a lot about the Jays prior to 2014, but I know that they were immersed in a playoff drought that spanned over 20 years until this point. I do remember owning a Sportsnet magazine that mentioned the first blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins.
A twelve player blockbuster:
The Jays received:
Pitcher Mark Buehrle
Shortstop Jose Reyes
Pitcher Josh Johnson
Catcher John Buck
Second baseman Emilio Bonifacio.
The Marlins received:
Pitcher Henderson Alvarez
Utility infielder Adeiny Hechavarria
Shortstop Yunel Escobar
Outfielder Jake Marisnick
Pitcher Anthony DeSclafani
Pitcher Justin Nicolino
Catcher Jeff Mathis.
Looking at what the Jays gave up, Alvarez, Hechavarria, Escobar, Nicolino, and Mathis are all out of the league, with some even retiring. 
Marisnick is currently on the Pirates, but has only two seasons with at wRC+ of 100 or higher. …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Ranking all 4 potential Raptors first round playoff opponents

Ranking all 4 potential Raptors first round playoff opponents

It remains to be seen if the Toronto Raptors will escape the clutches of the play-in tournament or how they will perform should they end up in that four-team mini-competition. No matter who they face in mid-April, they will be scheduled to take on a legitimate title contender from what has become a very deep […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Pre-2022 Blue Jays Top Prospects Countdown – No. 19: Vinny Capra

In what could be seen as the first “off the board” pick for my prospect list, the #19 best Blue Jay prospect is Vinny Capra.

The Jays may have a late blooming prospect on their hands. The utility infielder who mainly played third base, had a successful college career, but with a shaky start to his professional career, many thought of him as a non-prospect.
However, 2021 was a breakout season for the 25-year-old.
Capra’s college years:
Chosen in the 20th round of the 2018 draft, the 25-year-old utility infielder signed for a bonus of a measly $1,000. The college drafted player had a successful college career playing for the Richmond Spiders as he slashed .356/.420/.908 with four home runs in 243 plate appearances.
Capra followed up his freshman season with a solid sophomore season, where he posted a .327/.435/.920 slash line in 248 plate appearances, including five home runs. In his two college seasons, the utility infielder struck out 54 times in a combined 491 plate appearances, for a K% of 11%. His walk rate in college was a slightly better 11.4%.
You could see why the Blue Jays took a shot on Capra, as he had impressive college numbers.
A tough start to his pro career:
Capra started his professional career with the Short A Vancouver Canadians, where he slashed .235/.344/.715 with two home runs. His strikeout rate inflated to 20.2% in his 163 plate appearances with the team, his highest until 2021. Unt …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays Top Prospects Countdown – No. 19: Vinny Capra

In what could be seen as the first “off the board” pick for my prospect list, the #19 best Blue Jay prospect is Vinny Capra.

The Jays may have a late blooming prospect on their hands. The utility infielder who mainly played third base, had a successful college career, but with a shaky start to his professional career, many thought of him as a non-prospect.
However, 2021 was a breakout season for the 25-year-old.
Capra’s college years:
Chosen in the 20th round of the 2018 draft, the 25-year-old utility infielder signed for a bonus of a measly $1,000. The college drafted player had a successful college career playing for the Richmond Spiders as he slashed .356/.420/.908 with four home runs in 243 plate appearances.
Capra followed up his freshman season with a solid sophomore season, where he posted a .327/.435/.920 slash line in 248 plate appearances, including five home runs. In his two college seasons, the utility infielder struck out 54 times in a combined 491 plate appearances, for a K% of 11%. His walk rate in college was a slightly better 11.4%.
You could see why the Blue Jays took a shot on Capra, as he had impressive college numbers.
A tough start to his pro career:
Capra started his professional career with the Short A Vancouver Canadians, where he slashed .235/.344/.715 with two home runs. His strikeout rate inflated to 20.2% in his 163 plate appearances with the team, his highest until 2021. Unt …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors’ Malachi Flynn is looking like a rare Masai Ujiri draft misstep

Raptors’ Malachi Flynn is looking like a rare Masai Ujiri draft misstep

To put things mildly, the Toronto Raptors haven’t seen Malachi Flynn provide them with a ton of production this season. While he has been given a nice diet of minutes this season, that’s only because Toronto is struggling with depth issues due to injuries. The San Diego State product is looking more like a miss […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

NBA Rookie Ladder: Is Scottie Barnes or Evan Mobley ranked No. 1?

NBA Rookie Ladder: Is Scottie Barnes or Evan Mobley ranked No. 1?

The Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers have seen their lottery picks in Scottie Barnes and Evan Mobley emerge as Rookie of the Year contenders. They continue to fend off challenges from players drafted above them and are once again high up on the NBA Rookie Ladder. While a few lottery players that went to winning […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Calling the rulebook will result in a hellish short term spike in powerplays, but it will be worth it in the long run

One of the weirdest arguments I’ve ever seen against calling the rulebook is that it will result in more powerplays, as if it’s a bad thing that teams will be on the man advantage more. Sure, nothing beats high octane, back and forth chances at even strength, but it’s not like watching one team’s five best players go up against another team’s four best defensive players is a terrible situation. If the team has a good powerplay unit that can create a ton of scoring chances, it’s another incredibly entertaining form of hockey.
There’s been talk for many years about NHL referees calling the rulebook, a conversation that reached it’s peak last season when now “retired” referee Tim Peel had a hot mic when he said that he intentionally called a weak penalty on the Nashville Predators to even up the penalties with the Detroit Red Wings, and it’s started to spike up again with Connor McDavid recently talking about how he should be drawing more penalties.
That said, unless there is a drastic overhaul in the league, from the refs to the league head offices, it’s really hard to …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam is not at fault for losing streak

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam is not at fault for losing streak

While the Toronto Raptors have finally seen Pascal Siakam return to action after a lengthy absence, his return hasn’t coincided with victories. Siakam has played in just four games this year, and Toronto has lost all four. When Siakam sat out against Philadelphia to rest, Toronto took home the win. While it took some time […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ