Posted tagged ‘Tigers’

Quick Thoughts on The Gose/Travis Trade

November 13, 2014

Woke up this morning and realized I will never hear Montell Jordan at the Skydome again.

And so, the Anthony Gose era has come to an end. He had promise and certainly had his moments, but he never achieved his full potential.

From all accounts, Devon Travis is the “second baseman of the future.” As many have pointed out, Baseball America listed him as Detroit’s top prospect. I looked over his numbers on Baseball-Reference.com last night. His Single-A and Double-A stats are quite nice.

Essentially, the Blue Jays gave up an inconsistent player for a player who has potential. Regardless of how Devon Travis turns out, it’s not like the Jays gave up a lot or too much to get him.

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Anthony Gose during a 2013 Bisons game

LDS Predictions

October 1, 2014

American League

Angels over Royals in four games
Orioles over Tigers in five games

National League

Dodgers over Cardinals in five games
Nationals over Giants in five games

ER

Retro Blue Jays – Inspired by Terry Gilliam

June 23, 2014

Posted by Retrontario’s YouTube page.

1987 was an infamous year for the Blue Jays.

I’m sure you know what happened. Therefore, there’s no need to bring it up. However, if you really want to rip that band-aid off, I will provide you with this recap.

There were some good moments too: George Bell was named American League MVP and the Jays hit 10 home runs in a game against Baltimore.

The ’87 season also provided a unique animated advertisement that’s displayed above. It promotes the first home series of the season; but what makes it noteworthy is the presentation.

The ad shows a blue flash (which later turns out be an actual blue jay) wreaking havoc on a group of nouns that represent the Jays’ division rivals at the time: Orioles, Yankees, Red Sox, Brewers, Indians and Tigers. The cartoon images – by today’s standards – are sub par, but would’ve likely garnered a few entertained laughs. The animation also pays a small homage to Terry Gilliam, which is illustrated through the character representing the Yankees.

The so-called nouns are stereotypical, which isn’t bad until you come to the character representing the Cleveland Indians. Even by 1987 standards, it’s borderline racist.

Though a quick Google search yields nothing, I would be very surprised if the CRTC or CBSC didn’t receive at least one complaint about it. These days, an advertisement such as the one above would never have seen the light of the day. Even if it was made, there’s no way Rogers would release it.

Episode 24: Tear ’em Up, Tigers!

August 1, 2013

It’s been 20 years since the London Tigers played their final game. However, an upcoming documentary is bringing the team back into the spotlight.

Curtain Call: The Tale of London’s Tigers chronicles the club’s short, but memorable history. Producer and Director Craig Chambers talks about the film and the impact the Tigers had in the London area.

Episode 24 Direct MP3 Download

Catching Up

February 23, 2013

Welcome back!

Yes, that was one “hek” of an off-season for the Toronto Blue Jays. This afternoon, they begin their spring training schedule against Detroit. There really is nothing like baseball in February. It helps me forget about the weather here in Toronto.

As things get underway in Florida, here are a few bullet points:

– I know it’s very late, but I like the trade the Jays made to acquire R.A. Dickey. Prospects are hit and miss. They also make great trade bait. All trades are gambles. However, it’s better to give up someone who has potential (d’Arnaud) for someone who’s proven (Dickey) than the opposite.

– During the off-season, I wrote a few baseball pieces for TheGoodPoint.com. I reviewed Kelly Gruber’s autobiographypaid homage to Tom Cheek, posted my favourite baseball videos on YouTube and shared some spring training thoughts.

A new season of DNJT will begin on March 28. Mark it down on your calanders…..please.

– Finally, saw this video on Big League Stew and had to post it. It’s well-worth your time.

The Hek

If I had a vote…

November 10, 2012

First off, I was right about San Francisco, but it certainly wasn’t a perfect prediction. If you’re interested, check out my thoughts on the 2012 World Series.

Time to hand out some “awards.”

American League

– AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit

– AL Cy Young: Jered Weaver, LAA

– AL Manager of the year: Bob Melvin, Oakland

National League

– NL MVP: Ryan Braun, Milwaukee

– NL Cy Young: R.A. Dickey, New York

– NL Manager of the year: Davey Johnson, Washington

Blue Jays

– Best hitter: Edwin Encarnacion

– Best starter: Brandon Morrow

– Best reliever: Casey Janssen (honourable mention to Darren Oliver)

Feel free to agree/disagree. You can also applaud or yell 😉

MLB Playoff Predictions – World Series

October 24, 2012

Well, I was right about the Tigers and wrong about the Cardinals.

For the record, Detroit wasn’t a perfect prediction. Didn’t see that sweep coming.

Anyway…

2012 World Series: San Francisco over Detroit in six games

Remember, predicting is just a fancy way of taking a guess.

– The Hek


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