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Troy Tulowitzki was the turning point and worth every penny, gosh darn it!

December 11, 2018

So I wasn’t surprised Tulo was released. Mark Shapiro and Russ Atkins are forging their own path, even if it means scorched earth and paying a 34-year-old $38 million over the next few seasons to not show up to Dunedin.

Whatever. I’d still pull the trigger on that trade.

Tulo’s arrival midway through 2015 – along with David Price’s arrival a few days later – was the turning point. His mere presence gave the Jays an incredible boost. Before the trade, the team was hanging by a thread. Tulo put on the uniform and that Jays team took off like a rocket!

Not going to get into his numbers or the injuries. I’m perfectly content with the 2015-16 playoff banners and the memories.

If you’re into the whole “what has he done latley” argument, that’s cool. You’re entitled to feel that way. I just prefer to put more heart and emotion into my fandom.

Thank you, Tulo.

ER

An ugly reality, but it is what it is

August 20, 2018

Struggling with writer’s block lately. So….some random thoughts:

  • Several times this season, I’ve found myself saying, “Oh, yeah. I forgot about Tulo.”
  • Josh Donaldson and Aaron Sanchez have both missed a signficant amount of time. If this was 2015-16, we’d freak out. Today, such a fact is met with a shrug. It is what it is.
  • Really? Just six games for Jose Urena?
  • I like Ryan Borucki because he models himself after Mark Buehrle. The kid starts his windup as soon as he gets the sign. He’s going to be a treat (hopefully).
  • There (probably) isn’t a single Jays fan who actually thinks Gibby will be back for 2019.
  • Remember, the Blue Jays are a team in transition. That means – if I can borrow the expression – things will get worse before it gets better. Hang in there. It’s going to be okay.

    And now…..back to my battle with writer’s block.

    ER

    Episode 64: Things could/should be better

    April 28, 2016

    The first month of the 2016 regular season has seen its fair share of good, bad and ugly moments.

    Chris Okrainetz of TipoftheTower.com looks back at the Blue Jays’ April performance and shares his thoughts on Chris Colabello’s suspension.

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    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.

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    Episode 57: Home Stretch

    September 17, 2015

    We are heading towards an exciting finish!

    @Minor_Leaguer of BluebirdBanter.com looks back at the Jays’ recent series at Yankee Stadium and what the future holds for Tory Tulowitzki and Marcus Stroman.

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    Programming Note: The next DNJT episode will be released on October 8.

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                    That’s one packed Skydome!

    Episode 55: Awesome August

    August 20, 2015

    The Jays are having one hell of an August! The whole country is excited and eagerly catching “Blue Jays Fever.”

    Just before Drew Hutchison was optioned to Buffalo, former Jays blogger Doug Plourd joined DNJT to chat about the team’s performance this month and how Americans are viewing the club’s success.

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    Pretty much sums up how everyone is feeling.

    Re. Tulo/Reyes

    July 28, 2015

    So I woke up this morning and discovered the Blue Jays acquired five-time all-star and two-time gold glove winner, Troy Tulowitzki. Once again, AA throws a breaking ball that no one saw coming. Here’s my two cents on the trade:

    Tulo – Definitely an upgrade at the shortstop position. We all know what he’s capable of at the plate. In 87 games with the Rockies this season, Tulo is batting .300 and has an OPS of .818. Yes, his health concerns me, but Tulo’s production drowns out that fear.

    LeTroy Hawkins – He’s a serviceable reliever. His career numbers are decent and his output the last few seasons was pretty good. His veteran presence will be very helpful for Aaron Sanchez and Roberto Osuna.

    Jose Reyes –  There were things I liked about Reyes and there were things that rubbed me the wrong way. I loved his persona and speed; a good fit for the leadoff spot. His defense was becoming a concern and I always cringed when he swung at the first pitch.  He also lost a chuck of time due to injuries.

    Reyes was a great player, who wasn’t as great as he was with the New York Mets. Sadly, he may fall into the same category as Phil Kessel: Put up good numbers, but not good enough to satisfy high expectations and the salary he was earning.

    Hoffman, Castro, Tinoco – They’ll either become all-stars or complete busts. There’s no way of knowing for sure.

    Overall, it’s a good trade. I love the addition of Tulo! However, they still need a starter. Here’s hoping AA makes another move before Friday’s deadline.

    ER


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