Toronto Raptors: 3 holes to fill at NBA Trade Deadline

Toronto Raptors: 3 holes to fill at NBA Trade Deadline

The Toronto Raptors are currently sitting 4th in the Eastern Conference standings with a .500 record. With impressive wins against the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers over their last few games, it’s no surprise the Raptors faithful are starting to look at this team and thinking “why not?”. The fact that a .500 record can land […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

Raptors rumors: Is Andre Drummond a potential upgrade in the paint?

Raptors rumors: Is Andre Drummond a potential upgrade in the paint?

With the Toronto Raptors currently sitting in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt after a considerably slow start to the season, the momentum has completely shifted. Still. getting complacent with their roster could see them slide down the standings. In an attempt to remedy that, Masai Ujiri appears to be interested in an […]
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Author: Jelani Goodridge-Reid / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 toughest potential matchups in 2020-21 playoffs

Toronto Raptors: 3 toughest potential matchups in 2020-21 playoffs

The Toronto Raptors are currently sitting at an 9-12 record so far this season. While they are not contending for a playoff spot at the moment, the team is 7-4 in their last 11 games and appearing to be moving upward after digging themselves out of the early hole they found themselves in. While the […]
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Author: Ben Zelniker / Raptors HQ

In Rod the Leafs trust

After sitting out the first round of the 2019 draft, the Leafs had a chance on Tuesday night to make significant addition to their prospect pool thanks to a deal in which they acquired Pittsburgh’s 15th overall selection. There was plenty of speculation leading up to the draft that the Leafs would move the pick for immediate help, and it seems they may have been close to doing so after GM Kyle Dubas said they used the entire clock because they were in trade talks for the pick right down to the final second. He made sure to clarify the reasoning for them going down to the wire, stating there was no debate about who they were choosing if they kept the pick.

Kyle Dubas says Leafs went to time limit because trade discussions were ongoing. Leafs were not debating whom to pick at 15.
— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) October 7, 2020

Following an unusual scene where commissioner Gary Bettman stepped to the podium to announce that Toronto’s time had run out and they needed to call a timeout or make the pick, Mitch Marner stepped in front of the camera in the Leafs’ makeshift war room to welcome Russian winger Rodion Amirov …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Daily Duce: MLB and MLBPA working on finding solutions

Daily?!

Tomorrow should be Opening Day.
Rather than sitting here in anticipation for Hyun-Jin Ryu to make his first start as a Blue Jay and for Bo and Vlad and Biggio to take the next step in leading this exciting, young team forward, we’re sitting here in purgatory, wondering not when, but if we’ll get to watch baseball this year.
Right now, Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association are working through an array of difficulties that have come from the COIVD-19 shutdown. Things of note…
The biggest labour-related issue for both sides is service time. Right now, a full season of service time for a player is  172 days. Obviously, if there aren’t 172 days in this season, a player won’t be able to accrue a full year of service time, which is a major issue for the PA. MLB has agreed to alter service time in the event of a shortened season, but there’s no solution yet for the worst-case scenario, which is a cancelled season. MLB and the MLBA have agreed to table the discussion around a worst-case scenario until that actually happens. The …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Zac Rosscup era is over

Apologies to those who are sitting at home waiting for their Zac Rosscup jerseys to arrive in the mail. The veteran reliever cleared through waivers and has elected free agency.

Rosscup made just one appearance for the Blue Jays, surrendering three earned runs over the course of one inning. He was signed, presumably, to fill in for Tim Mayza as the Jays’ top lefty was on the disabled list.
Speaking of Mayza, the Jays have also optioned Justin Shafer to Triple-A Buffalo, opening up a spot on the 25-man roster. As Mike Wilner reports, Mayza will be activated tomorrow in a corresponding roster move.

#Bluejays announced earlier this hour that Justin Shafer has been optioned back to #Bisons and that Zac Rosscup has cleared waivers and elected to become a free agent.
Corresponding move tomorrow, could well be Tim Mayza coming off the IL.
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) June 3, 2019

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

A day in the life of the Lansing Lugnuts with Jesse Goldberg-Strassler

I remember sitting on my balcony last summer listening to baseball. I had my screen door open and the game turned up, so that I could hear it outside.

It was a warm July evening. I imagined each pitch as it was told. I visualized each swing of the bat. And each play. Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, the voice of the Lansing Lugnuts, painted the picture for me, as I took in the summer air on that specific night.
I remember staring out at Toronto and at the black and white ‘tabletop’ structure that stands above OCAD’s main campus off in the distance. The blue sky started to absorb cotton candy colours, as the sun started to set.
The summer city hummed. Streetcars dinged. Cars honked. People shouted. But there was a gentle calm in the air, as I sat there listening to baseball.
I will never forget that night, specifically when Jesse began telling a story about the man responsible for the Oakland Athletics logo – the legendary John McGraw.
It cancelled out the city noise.
Jesse explained that McGraw was the New York Giants Manager back in the early 1900s. The Giants skip wasn’t a big fan of Connie …

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Author: Ryan Di Francesco / Blue Jays Nation