BJN Radio – Ep. 28: Burn down The Trop, Robbie Ray’s next contract, the Nelson Cruz rumour, and more!

As usual, times at The Top weren’t the best.

The Blue Jays’ bats went limp on Friday and Saturday but they managed to avoid being swept by the Rays thanks to Robbie Ray throwing a seven-inning one-hitter on Sunday. The team is now heading into the All-Star break with a good-not-great 45-42 record, so there’s plenty of work to be done in the second half.
We talked on this episode about Ray’s excellent season and what it means for his next contract, the interesting rumour that the Blue Jays have ticked tired on slugger Nelson Cruz, the early returns from the couple of bullpen trades the front office has made over the past few weeks, and what to expect from the upcoming draft.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Did the Wizards ditch Scott Brooks to land Masai Ujiri?

Toronto Raptors: Did the Wizards ditch Scott Brooks to land Masai Ujiri?

While the Toronto Raptors weren’t directly involved in any of the big stories that broke on what was a very busy day in the NBA, but they could end up seeing their front office make a major downgrade. Masai Ujiri returning still hasn’t confirmed that he’ll be back, and a potential landing spot in the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / 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

Toronto Raptors: Chris Boucher rips NBA on Instagram for Sixth Man snub

Toronto Raptors: Chris Boucher rips NBA on Instagram for Sixth Man snub

The Toronto Raptors weren’t exactly expected to sweep the awards this season due to their poor record, but Chris Boucher could’ve at least given the raptors a puncher’s chance at taking home the Sixth Man of the Year award. Boucher, who has improved dramatically since arriving in Toronto following some G League stints, averaged 13.6 […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Toronto Six add to win column with a 4-2 victory against the Buffalo Beauts

On a night where they weren’t even supposed to play, the Toronto Six pull off a magnificent win over the Buffalo Beauts.
This team keeps making history, and it is a beautiful thing.

FIRST EVER WIN STREAK IN FRANCHISE HISTORY pic.twitter.com/5WSODnmfI4
— Toronto Six (@TheTorontoSix) January 28, 2021

Let’s dive into the things that made this game what it is.
A FULL PLAY BY PLAY RECAP AVAILABLE HERE
The Good and The Great
Right from the get-go, it is evident that there was an improvement from yesterday’s game. They came out of the gate with powerful energy and got right to work. As this game progressed we saw the team get creative not only with plays but with their goals as well. The Toronto Six put in the work to tie the game after they lost their lead to the Beauts and eventually took back the lead. With each game that passes their ability to read plays as a team develops. They did a great job with this throughout, and it allowed them to take amazing shots. 
Yet again the SOG were high and very much in favor of the Six 49-26. That offensive power is so …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

Blue Jays sign Ruben Tejada to minor-league deal

I told you they weren’t done! I also told you not to expect anything interesting! So here you go: the Blue jays gave inked infielder Ruben Tejada to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training.

Ruben Tejada has minors deal with Blue Jays. Includes MLB spring camp invite.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 17, 2020

Tejada is a name you might recognize from his time with the New York Mets in the first half of the 2010s. Known mostly for his glove rather than his bat, Tejada played 580 games with the Mets between 2010 and 2015, slashing a .255/.330/.323 line while playing shortstop, second, and third base.
The Jays don’t really have a true backup shortstop on the roster right now, so Tejada could be that guy. Santiago Espinal is probably the best true backup shortstop they have on the 40-man, but he only has 28 games of experience at Triple-A. The other two options are Brandon Drury and Breyvic Valera, neither of whom are, well, ideal.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation