George Springer crashes into wall, leaves game

In quite possibly the worst Friday evening news dump ever, George Springer has left the Toronto Blue Jays’ Friday night game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Springer crashed into the wall at center field trying to catch a flyball.  He stayed down on the ground briefly with the Jays’ training staff to check up on him, but he initially stayed in the game.

The play that caused George Springer to leave today’s Blue Jays game vs the Rays https://t.co/priW1JjCkK pic.twitter.com/gVh6gwlA0L
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 14, 2022

After grounding out in the top of the third, Ramiel Tapia took over his spot. It goes without saying but this is far from great news for the Jays. Staying positive is about all we can do, but it’s hard to not think back to his debut season in Toronto last year where he battled with a quad injury for what seemed like forever.
Springer’s been off to a strong start to his season slashing .283/.344/.531 while ripping seven dingers and 18 RBI. On top of that, he’s also been a vocal leader for this club helping to steer the ship.
According to Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae, Springer held a closed door, players only meeting Wednesday after the loss to the Yankees, where he had a general theme of staying positive.
“My main message was to slow down. It’s all good. It’s just baseball.”
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.


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Could Chris Boucher see minutes cut in awful stretch for Raptors?

Could Chris Boucher see minutes cut in awful stretch for Raptors?

The Toronto Raptors went from one of the worst benches in the league to a team that was continuously getting enough production from their second unit to pull off some upsets. While Chris Boucher was a huge reason why the bench turned around, he’s been struggling mightily in the last few days. Ever since a […]
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3 Raptors who have improved the most in 2021-22 season

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The Toronto Raptors had their worst season in a decade last year, as the combination of uncommon injury luck and their homecourt situation made it difficult to sustain any positive momentum. This year, Toronto has seen a much better return on its investment. The Raptors are in a position to potentially escape the play-in tournament […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 gaping holes on the Toronto Raptors roster that must be filled

3 gaping holes on the Toronto Raptors roster that must be filled

After their worst record in over 9 seasons last year in Tampa, expectations for the Toronto Raptors dropped with the departure of Kyle Lowry and the additions of raw talents such as Scottie Barnes and Precious Achiuwa. Even without Lowry leading the charge, a possible return to the playoffs remained a realistic goal, especially once […]
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Author: Matthew Chiu / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 Keys to OG Anunoby winning Most Improved Player

Toronto Raptors: 3 Keys to OG Anunoby winning Most Improved Player

After finishing with one of the worst records in the NBA last season, the Toronto Raptors are looking to climb back up the Eastern Conference standings in 2021-22. That will require a number of players to step forward and assuming a larger role as the post-Kyle Lowry era begins. At the top of that list […]
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Even Before It’s Over, the Lessons From This Blue Jays Season Are Clear

Somehow, despite trying their best worst over the past two weeks, the Blue Jays are still in the playoff race. Entering Monday’s games, they are 5.5 games back of the 2nd wild card spot. Normally that might seem insurmountable with only one month of games remaining, but due to some lucky scheduling, it appears it might not be impossible to overcome with some well-timed wins and fortuitous opponent losses in the next stretch of games. 

Even so, it’s clear to anybody who has watched even a handful of Toronto’s games that there is no need for them to be in this place right now. Their run differential is so much better than those of their wild card competition because, in truth, this Blue Jays team is one of the most talented teams in baseball, yet also one with glaring holes. They’ve outscored their opponents by 114 runs. Clearly this team should have more wins. Yet, they don’t, and even if they manage to sneak into the playoffs in September, it’ll be in spite of a few factors that I believe are easily correctable over the off-season. 
The aforementioned glaring holes are actually a blessing in disguise. …

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Author: Gideon Turk / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs re-sign Spezza to a one year extension

The worst kept secret in hockey is finally revealed, as the Leafs extend Jason Spezza to another one year contract.

Spezza’s staying home!  Jason Spezza has signed a one-year contract extension. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) June 16, 2021

According to Chris Johnston, the deal is once again a league minimum contract, as he’ll be set to make $750,000 next year.
To anyone who follows the Leafs beyond just watching the games, this shouldn’t be a surprise. He’s made it very clear that at this point in his career, he wants to play with his hometown team and try and win a Cup, something that was very obvious when he said he’d retire if another team claimed him on waivers this season. He doesn’t care about the money, he doesn’t care about his role, he just wants to be a part of it.
And the Leafs have definitely found a way to make it work, planting him in a fourth line role for the last two years where he has excelled tremendously. In 112 games with the Leafs, he has 19 goals and 55 points, including a 10 goal, 30 point season this year, which would have been 45 points in a …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: This stat proves Chris Boucher is a contender for Sixth Man of the Year

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The Toronto Raptors are hurdling out of control towards one of the worst records in the league, even despite Chris Boucher and his emergence as one of the best bench players in the NBA irrespective of position. The Raptors might not win a ton of awards this year, but Boucher’s charge for Sixth Man of […]
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Jack Campbell out for weeks, Joseph Woll recalled to the taxi squad

Leafs’ fans worst fears have become a reality as Jack Campbell is going to be missing time due to an injury suffered during Sunday’s win over the Calgary Flames.

Leafs have recalled Joseph Woll to join the taxi squad.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) January 26, 2021

Due to Campbell being out of commission for the time being, Michael Hutchinson is back to being the Leafs’ backup goalie. Joseph Woll was brought up to the taxi squad as a result of the move.
Late in the game against the Flames, Campbell was in discomfort after Matthew Tkachuk appeared to fall on him during a scramble in the crease. Campbell was in serious discomfort but stayed in the game for the final few minutes to close out the win.

Matthew Tkachuk Jack Campbell#hfhits
You be the judge. pic.twitter.com/THJMop3AF5
— hockeyfights (@hockeyfights) January 25, 2021

Campbell has a 2-0-0 record along with a .920 SV% and a 2.00 GAA in his two starts. Hutchinson, who split last season between the Leafs and the Colorado Avalance, posted a 5-9-1 record, a .888 SV%, and a 3.47 GAA in 16 games during the 2019-20 campaign.
It’s times like this where Leafs fans really miss having Aaron Dell …

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This might not be the worst season for the Toronto Raptors to be bad. The 2021 NBA draft is loaded with talent and the Raptors might have to start asking themselves some questions. With our hopes of contention slipping to hopes of a playoff berth and now leaning towards…what?  Being better than the Cavaliers?  The […]
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