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Top-rated prospect

May 22, 2019

Electricity; produced by thousands

The young messiah has finally arrived;
with heavy expectations, a legendary pedigree and a high pedestal

We stand when he comes out to stretch,
when a ground ball comes his way and for every at-bat

This is history

The moment of moments

Whip out your phone to capture it

It’s a playoff atmosphere for a late-april match

Cheers rain down for balls; anger for called strikes

One pitch flies high and tight

In our minds, we grab our pitchforks and torches

Line drive down the first base line

An eruption that’s prolonged as he’s removed for a pinch runner

And in true baseball fashion, his teammate with a .179 average hits a walkoff homerun


The Blue Jays were awful in May…..and we all need to hug it out.

June 3, 2018

It’s going to be okay.

Things have been bleak since they swept the Royals in April. The rotation is struggling, the bullpen has fallen apart, the lineup is underperforming and injuries are affecting their peformance.

But it’s going to be okay.

At best, this team could’ve contended for the second wild card spot. For that to happen, many factors would’ve had to work in their favour. Currently, that’s not happening and – barring a miracle; they do occur – it will likely stay that way.

But it’s going to be okay.

Since it’ll likely stay this way, there will probably be changes. Big changes that will be tough to accept. Fan favourites are going to be traded.

But it’s going to be okay.

We are witnessing evolution in real time. The Blue Jays are a team in transition; and it’s a transition that is u-shaped.

There’s a lot of excitement for the young talent developing in the minors. Many fans want Vladimir Guerrero Jr. called up yesterday. It’ll happen eventually; (try to) be patient.

Meanwhile, there will be more aggravation, long losing streaks and low attendance. It’s going to suck.

But it’s going to be okay.

As a wise – yet deranged – fictional character once said, “It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”

Don’t fret because the Blue Jays are in a steep nosedive. Hang in there.

If all that young minor league talent lives up to its full potential, the rewards will be endless. They will develop and blossom. However, it will take an undefined amount of time. Again – and I can’t stress this enough – (try to) be patient.

If it doesn’t happen, at least you took the risk. If it does, pat yourself on the back for making the investment. You could’ve walked away, like some fans; but you didn’t.

May was awful an month.

But it’s going to be okay.


Episode 73: Farm Report

September 1, 2016

The Blue Jays’ minor league system has undergone some changes over the last few weeks.

Doug Fox of Clutchlings joins DNJT to share his thoughts on Mark Shapiro’s reorganization and also provides updates on some future Jays.

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Episode 56: Flags Fly Forever

September 3, 2015

Several minor league “prospects” were used in order to acquire players such as Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki and David Price.

Doug Fox of Clutchlings explains how this affects the Blue Jays and also points out players in the farm system to watch out for.

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Keep your eye on the Berti!

Episode 42: Farm Report!

September 11, 2014

Several minor league prospects made their MLB debuts with the Blue Jays this season.

Doug Fox of Clutchlings discusses the recent call-ups and provides an update on the Jays’ farm system.

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Buffalo’s Coca-Cola Field – Home of the AAA Bisons.


About Everything That’s Happened So Far

November 21, 2012

There have been moments in previous off-seasons that make you stand up and take notice. I was on cloud nine when the Blue Jays signed Roger Clemens in the fall of 1996. I was speechless 10 years later when Frank Thomas joined the team.

But what happened over the last week is on a higher level. Just thinking about it makes my knees weak.

Instead of analyzing everything – that’s already been done by several writers and broadcasters – here are some point-form notes:

Re. The Trade with Miami

– Not crazy about losing Adeiny Hechavarria and Henderson Alvarez. These two had potential. Hech is a great fielder who could hit every now and then. Alvarez, if given a little more rope, will become a good pitcher. However, there was no way the Marlins would let the Jays walk away without giving up something. It was a “spend money to make money” scenario.

– Jeff Mathis is a good guy, but his departure will not hurt nor affect the Jays.

– Yunel Escobar clearly needed a change of scenery.

– Not shedding any tears over the “prospects.” Prospects are crap-shoots. They either make it, make it and have productive careers or don’t make it at all. It could go either way.

– 14 months ago, I thought Mark Buehrle would look great in a Jays uniform. Wish granted, albeit late. He’s never had an ERA above 5.00 and his career WHIP is 1.17. I see him in the 4th or 5th spot.

– Really like Josh Johnson’s numbers. Career ERA of 3.15; 8.2 K/9. He’s had some injuries over his career, but hasn’t been plagued with them (knock on wood). I see him in the 2nd or 3rd spot.

– Yes, Emilo Bonifacio only played 64 games in 2012. But if stays healthy, the results will be very positive. In 2011, his OBP was .360. He’s a versatile fielder who will likely play second.

– Jose Reyes will make a great lead off hitter. Had an OBP of .347 and led the NL in plate appearances. He’s got speed and can swipe a base. Never imagined he would play in Toronto. Interested to see how he will handle AL pitching. His interleague numbers are good: .295/.333/.436/.770

– John Buck’s best season was with the Jays in 2010. He hit 20 HRs and picked up 66 RBIs; even made the AL All-Star team. I’m not expecting that same kind of production. He’ll back up JP Arencibia and can be used a pinch hitter. He’s got a little pop in his bat.

– On paper, this is the biggest trade in Blue Jays history. Of course, trades can’t be fully judged until some time has passed. Everything depends on what actually happens on the field. For now, this trade improves the starting rotation and the middle infield; two issues that surrounded the roster.

Re. Melky Cabrera

– I was content with Anthony Gose starting in LF in 2013. But Cabrera is a better option. He collects a lot of hits. He also has a terrific fielding percentage. If he can at hit at least .275, I will be happy.

– The failed drug test and suspension have certainly stained Cabrera’s career. But at 16 million over two years, it’s a low-risk gamble.

– A year in Buffalo cannot hurt Anthony Gose. It will help his development. Besides, if Colby Rasmus were to get traded, Gose would likely take over in CF.

Re. John Gibbons

– I didn’t see it coming. Neither did anyone else. Gibby wasn’t a phenomenal manager, but he wasn’t an awful one either. In fact, his MLB managerial record is an even 305-305.

– Managers get too much credit when they win; too much criticsm when they lose. As long as he makes good choices, while inspiring and helping the players, I’m happy.

If there’s anything to take away from yesterday’s press conference, it would be that AA is not done. He wants to add depth, especially to the pitching staff. Looks like AA is far from finished.

-The Hek

Episode 2 – Those Talented Minor Leaguers

April 19, 2012

From Rookie Ball to AAA, the Blue Jays’ farm system is full of players that are making fans salivate.

Players like Travis d’Arnaud and Drew Hutchison are already well-known, but who are the players quietly standing out?

April Whitzman of shines a spotlight on Toronto’s minor league talent.

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