Category Archives: MLB

The Midseason MLB Awards

As Major League Baseball reaches its All-Star break and unofficial midway point of its season, this also marks one of the quietest times of the year for sports fans when it comes to on field/court/ice entertainment. That being the case, I figured I’d give an update on where the MLB awards races stand at this point in the season to try and take your mind off of that. If the awards were handed out today, here’s how it should look:

Cy Young:

American League (AL) – Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox

Honourable Mention: Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians

National League (NL) – Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

Honourable Mention: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers Read more

Bench Talk 17/06/2017

 

“It’s like the bottom of the ninth and I’m never gonna win. This life hasn’t turned out, quite the way I want it to be.” — Chad Kroeger

Losing can be tough. Losing while riding the pine is downright insufferable. Reach into the styrofoam cooler, crack a cold one and let’s talk some sports.

In the News

Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather: Is this the greatest examples of cross-sport performances or are boxing and MMA too similar?

Cameron Burgess (CB): I’m just hoping this ends up being more entertaining than the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight. That fight was supposed to be the fight of the century, yet fans witnessed Mayweather run in circles, land a jab, and then back out and keep running. This tactic isn’t just a one-time thing for Mayweather, and I’m expecting much of the same when he faces off against McGregor. I’d love to see 49-0 become 49-1, but I don’t know how realistic that might be. McGregor has become the biggest star in the UFC, but boxing is a completely different sport. The UFC has a ground game, and obviously many different fighting styles, while boxing is just one style that fighters may specialize in. McGregor is a better all around fighter, I don’t doubt that at all, but Mayweather has been one of the best boxers throughout his whole career and has been training and improving his skills since he was a kid. My heart says McGregor, but my head says Mayweather. Read more

Justin Smoak: The All Star?

Now I’ve taken some heat for my old Justin Smoak bashing ways.

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I’m not going to sugar-coat it. I was wrong. But as a Jays fan first, and a former Justin Smoak hater second, I’m glad I was wrong. So far this season, Justin Smoak has gone and hit his way into the All Star conversation. His emergence as a lethal bat has been especially important for a Jays team that has been riddled with injuries and overall terrible play, yet somehow find themselves 3 games back of a wild card spot.

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Blue Jays Time Capsule: The 2012 Mets and Marlins Blockbusters Trades

This week the Jays have been getting slugged in a four game home-and-home series against the woeful Atlanta Braves. One storyline that was not lost on fans and media alike was RA Dickey’s return to Toronto. The now-42 year-old Dickey continues to float knuckleballs south of the border and his return has unearthed some feelings in Jays nation.

Coincidentally, the last time the Jays were this disappointing this early in the season, the 2013 Blue Jays team had just acquired RA Dickey off of an NL Cy Young winning season and made a blockbuster trade with the Marlins where  they pretty much acquired Miami’s team for the Jays’ farm. Vegas had them as the odds on favourite to win the World Series that year and… they finished last in the AL East with a 74-88 record.

So in the spirit of depressing Blue Jays baseball, let’s take a look back at those two trades made in November of  2012! Read more

2017 Toronto Blue Jays Season Primer

Last year’s installment of my Blue Jays season primer was done through a “Plus Minus Predictions” feature. While the concept gave me good talking points to express my thoughts on the core of the Blue Jays roster, the conservative Steamer Fangraphs projections that I used left me making some pretty lame “cold takes” with every prediction given the “barring injury” caveat. “Josh Donaldson is awesome.” Yikes you’ll need an ice bath after that hot take. Read more

Edwin is a Cleveland Indian… This sucks

Well this sucks.

My initial reaction to the news was one of doom and gloom. “Who are these clowns running the team?!” “Why doesn’t Edwin realize that no one will love him like Toronto?!” “NBA playoffs, MLB playoffs, MLB free agency. Can Cleveland not just leave me alone?!” “So much for the playoffs…”

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In all seriousness I find it hard to blame either side in these negotiations. It essentially boils down to Edwin overestimating the market and assuming that the Jays would wait for his market to materialize. Read more

Blue Jays at the All-Star Break

Superlatives

MVP: Josh Donaldson

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No surprise here. Donaldson has been the team’s MVP since he first stepped on the Rogers Center’s tire-rubber turf at the beginning of last season. He was the American League MVP in 2015 and has not missed a single beat this season. Josh has been the second-most valuable batter in the MLB based on Fangraphs’ Wins Above Replacement with 5.4 (Mike Trout is first with 5.5). Coming off of a career high with 41 home runs last season, Donaldson is doing his best to prove that the power surge was no fluke. Right now he is tied for fourth in the MLB with 23 home runs entering the break. Josh isn’t starting in this year’s All Star Game, because as awesome as he has been so far, Manny Machado has been just as spectacular. Just like what Machado is to the Orioles, the Toronto Blue Jays would not be in a playoff spot going into the All Star break without Donaldson’s otherworldly contributions.

Runner-Up: Michael Saunders

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