Re. David Price

Posted July 31, 2015 by The Hek
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I don’t need to put out a long-winded post about Thursday’s blockbuster trade. You’ve probably read plenty of those already. So I will just say the following:

I badly wanted the Blue Jays to get David Price last year at this time. I badly wanted the Blue Jays to get David Price this year. And now, my prayers have been answered!

Price became a success while pitching in the AL East. That’s what separates him from the other options.

Rental or not, this trade was worth making and worth giving up Norris, Boyd and Labourt.

If you’re concerned the Jays gave up too much for a possible rental, then look up Tom Candiotti, David Cone and Ricky Henderson. Hopefully, that calms your fears.

ER

Re. Tulo/Reyes

Posted July 28, 2015 by The Hek
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So I woke up this morning and discovered the Blue Jays acquired five-time all-star and two-time gold glove winner, Troy Tulowitzki. Once again, AA throws a breaking ball that no one saw coming. Here’s my two cents on the trade:

Tulo – Definitely an upgrade at the shortstop position. We all know what he’s capable of at the plate. In 87 games with the Rockies this season, Tulo is batting .300 and has an OPS of .818. Yes, his health concerns me, but Tulo’s production drowns out that fear.

LeTroy Hawkins – He’s a serviceable reliever. His career numbers are decent and his output the last few seasons was pretty good. His veteran presence will be very helpful for Aaron Sanchez and Roberto Osuna.

Jose Reyes – ┬áThere were things I liked about Reyes and there were things that rubbed me the wrong way. I loved his persona and speed; a good fit for the leadoff spot. His defense was becoming a concern and I always cringed when he swung at the first pitch. ┬áHe also lost a chuck of time due to injuries.

Reyes was a great player, who wasn’t as great as he was with the New York Mets. Sadly, he may fall into the same category as Phil Kessel: Put up good numbers, but not good enough to satisfy high expectations and the salary he was earning.

Hoffman, Castro, Tinoco – They’ll either become all-stars or complete busts. There’s no way of knowing for sure.

Overall, it’s a good trade. I love the addition of Tulo! However, they still need a starter. Here’s hoping AA makes another move before Friday’s deadline.

ER

Episode 53: The Magic Tonic

Posted July 23, 2015 by The Hek
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There’s no denying the Blue Jays have one of the best – if not the best – batting lineups in the league.

But for the team to make the playoffs, they will need consistent performances from the pitching staff.

Michael Wray of JaysJournal.com joins DNJT to discuss Aaron Sanchez’s move to the bullpen and what could potentially happen as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

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Hutch, mid-catch. (Instagram.com/the_hek)

Mid-Season Awards

Posted July 16, 2015 by The Hek
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Just one person’s opinion. Let’s begin…

American League
Best Hitter: Mike Trout, LAA
Best Pitcher: Chris Sale, Chicago
Best Manager: Ned Yost, KC

National League
Best Hitter: Bryce Harper, Washington
Best Pitcher: Max Scherzer, Washington
Best Manager: Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh

Blue Jays
Best Hitter: Josh Donaldson
Best Starter: Mark Buehrle
Best Reliever: Roberto Osuna

ER

Retro Blue Jays – All-Star Game Edition

Posted July 14, 2015 by The Hek
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Posted by MLB, Baseball History Shorts, Maxcareyhof and Ian Ward.

In honour of tonight’s Midsummer Classic, here are four ASG-related videos I recently found on YouTube.

Please rise for Meat Loaf’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

A “far out” opening to the 1971 game.

Is it too late to get a copy of the program from the 1982 game (played at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal)?

Cal Ripken Jr.’s blast from the 1991 game, held at Skydome. Toronto shows some love to baseball’s (soon-to-be) Iron Man.

ER

Episode 52: Halfway Home

Posted July 9, 2015 by The Hek
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The all-star break is just around the corner. It’s a perfect time to assess all the highs and lows the Blue Jays have given us thus far.

April Whitzman joins DNJT to look back at the Jays’ first half.

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Why, yes. It is a good time for a break.

A short observation about the AL East

Posted July 2, 2015 by The Hek
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I look at the current AL East standings and chuckle.

Not too long ago – say 5-10 years ago – there were those who argued that it was impossible to successfully compete in a division that included the Red Sox and Yankees.

Safe to say that theory has been disproven.

ER

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