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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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Episode 68: The Great Sanchez Debate

June 23, 2016

Gibby says it’s “gonna happen;” but is moving Aaron Sanchez to the bullpen the right thing to do?

Joanna Cornish of HumandChuck.com shares her thoughts on this hot-button topic.

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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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Re. Melky, Happ & Saunders

December 4, 2014

Can’t say I’m surprised the Blue Jays are no longer competing for Melky Cabrera’s services. AA never seemed optimistic about bringing him back.

After a PED suspension in 2012 and surgery to remove a tumour from his spine in 2013, Melky had a banner year and proved he was still a valuable asset. He lined himself up for a big pay day and the Jays just couldn’t come up with an agreeable figure.

As for the trade, I have mixed feelings.

During the 2013 World Baseball Classic, I remember a commentator predicting a big season for Michael Saunders. It didn’t happen and he hasn’t reached his potential yet. Mike Wilner suggested that’s due to playing in not-so hitter-friendly Safeco Field.

Saunders’ career numbers are far from spectacular and he’s had trouble staying healthy. Perhaps a change of scenery and playing in hitter-friendly Skydome will turn things around for him.

J.A. Happ was a serviceable fifth starter. I don’t mind that the Jays sent him to Seattle. However, this trade was addition by subtraction. AA added a leftfielder by subtracting from the rotation.

Yes, Aaron Sanchez or Daniel Norris could fill Happ’s spot; but a starting rotation featuring three pitchers (Stro, Hutch and Sanchez/Norris) who haven’t pitched more than three big league seasons each is unsettling.

Then again, you don’t need experience to be talented. And of course, AA is likely not finished.

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Bright days ahead?


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