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Take a moment, say your goodbyes

September 24, 2018

Ever watch The Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor In Paradise?

When a contestant is “sent home,” Chris Harrison – the long-time host of the popular reality series – delivers a subtle command:

“Take a moment, say your goodbyes.”

As the Blue Jays prepare for the final week of a tumultuous regular season, perhaps it would be wise for all of us to take a moment and say our goodbyes.

The rebuild is well underway and there’s a strong chance that some familiar faces will not return next year.

By all accounts, John Gibbons will be formally relieved of his duties. Safe to assume the coaching staff will also be dismissed or reassigned.

And it won’t stop there.

Kevin Pillar could be playing for a different team next season. Same could be said about Marcus Stroman, Yangervis Solarte and Justin Smoak. Maybe some team would be willing to take a flyer on Kendrys Morales or Russell Martin and work something out with the Jays’ front office in regards to those contracts. I like Marco Estrada, but I would be surprised if he’s back next season.

That doesn’t mean such departures will actually occur. But with all the minor league talent that debuted this season, along with the talent we’ll see in 2019 (*cough* Vladdy Jr. *cough*), there isn’t enough space for everyone. Otherwise, the team won’t evolve.

It’s impossible to predict exactly who will stay and who will go. But one could certainly expect fewer pieces remaining from the teams of 2015-16 next year.

So if you’re heading to Skydome, Tropicana Field, the Boston Pizza at Front and John (where a lot of fans hang out, apparently) or watching/listening/following the final matches, take a moment and say your goodbyes.

It’s been one hell of a ride, but it’s now time to rebuild for (hopefully) something greater.

ER

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There’s nothing to say about the Blue Jays’ outfield situation that hasn’t already been said. So I wrote an abstract(ish) poem instead

January 22, 2018

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Shit. That outfield is crowded. 

New names
Familiar names
Free agent names
Pick your poison names

Some will lavish in the six
Others will be bound for Buffalo

Shit. That outfield is crowded.

ER


Re. Kevin Pillar’s actions last night

May 18, 2017

Obviously, I don’t know Kevin Pillar personally. But from what I’ve seen and heard, he’s a good person who carries himself well. Sadly, he did something last night that was very stupid and disappointing. 

He needs to be held accountable for his actions. The consequence should be a suspension and fine. I understand how it was “the heat of the moment” and frustration. We – as human beings – know what that feels like. Nevertheless, that is no excuse for a homophobic slur. 

In the meantime, Pillar has issued an apology; so has the team. It is a good step forward. 

What happened last night was regrettable. Fortunately, Pillar has acknowledged his error and owned up to it. I am sure he will accept a suspension, take any sensitive training that’s offered and make amends through charitable and community service endeavours. 

I am still glad he plays for the Blue Jays and hope the success he’s had continues. I also hope Pillar will learn from his poor decision and build from it in a positive manner. 

ER

The Center Fielder’s performance thus far

May 15, 2017

I really like this
new and augmented version
of Kevin Pillar

ER

Playoff Edition 1 (aka Episode 58)

October 8, 2015

The postseason has arrived and for the first time since 1993, the Blue Jays are part of the playoff picture.

Freelance writer Todd Devlin looks back at the 2015 regular season and previews the ALDS against Texas.

Episode 58 Direct MP3 Download

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Episode 52: Halfway Home

July 9, 2015

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.

Episode 52 Direct MP3 Download

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

Episode 46: Youngsters Becoming Young Stars

April 16, 2015

Early on, young players like Devon Travis, Miguel Castro and Roberto Osuna have made a positive impact on the field.

Can they keep it up?

Brendan Panikkar of BaseballHotCorner.com joins DNJT to discuss the rookies on the Blue Jays’ roster and also touches on the new security measures at Skydome.

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The view from my seat

The view from my seat


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