Posted tagged ‘All-Star Break’

Short, scribbled thoughts about J.A. Happ

July 17, 2018

I’m thrilled Mr. Happ is representing the Blue Jays at the All-Star Game. In a season that’s been on a steep decline since late April, there have been very few positive story arcs. J.A. Happ is one of those arcs.

As he prepares to stand with the game’s best at Nationals Park, I’ve been reminiscing about his two tenures with the Jays.

I’ve been thinking about the attempt to put him in the bullpen when he first arrived in 2012. Happ put his foot down and argued he was a starter. Ultimately, he was not wrong.

I’ve been thinking about that scary night at Tropicana Field when a line drive struck the side of his head. He recovered, thank goodness.

I’ve been thinking about how some freaked out when he came back to the team as a free agent. Getting Happ instead of resigning David Price was an outrage to certain fans.

I’ve been thinking about Happ’s 20 wins in 2016. Yes, that stat is no longer a sexy accomplishment. However, that 2016 team would not have succeeded without the triple threat of Happ, Aaron Sanchez and Marco Estrada.

I’ve been thinking about milk in a bag. 😁😁😁

The first chapter was noteworthy and the second one – quite successful – will likely conclude before the end of the month. There might even be a third chapter.

Regardless, I sincerely hope he makes a positive contribution wherever he winds up. Fingers are crossed for a World Series ring.

ER

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Episode 69: At the half…

July 7, 2016

Despite a rough start and a few bumps, the Blue Jays have performed well after 81-plus games.

A few days before Marco Estrada was placed on the 15-day DL, Jenn Smith of BP Toronto looked back at the first half of the regular season.

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Mid-Season Awards

July 16, 2015

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

July 14, 2015

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.

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Episode 38: Intermission

July 17, 2014

Going into the second half of the regular season, the Blue Jays are 49-47 and currently sit second in the AL East.

Ian Hunter – aka The Blue Jay Hunter – looks back at an up-and-down first half and shares his thoughts on the major concerns surrounding the Jays.

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Mid-Season Awards

July 14, 2014

American League
Best Hitter – Mike Trout, LAA
Best Pitcher – Felix Hernandez, Seattle
Best Manager – Bob Melvin, Oakland

National League
Best Hitter – Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado
Best Pitcher – Adam Wainwright, St. Louis
Best Manager – Ron Roenicke, Milwaukee

Blue Jays
Best Hitter – Edwin Encarnacion
Best Starter – Mark Buehrle
Best Reliever – Casey Janssen

Episode 23: Break Time

July 18, 2013

2013 has been mostly frustrating and disappointing so far. Coming out of the All-Star break, the Blue Jays are 45-49 and sitting last in the AL East.

Joanna Cornish of HumandChuck.com shares her thoughts on what the Jays need to do in the second half.

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