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The Jersday Blog December 20th, 2018

The Round Up

I thought I would change it up a bit this week. With Christmas 5 days away I called for the jerseys of Christmas time: the ugly sweater. Now despite its name, there is nothing ugly about these sweaters.

This is a classic pom-pom look. This sweater brings the Christmas spirit in all three dimension. Of all of the Christmas characters Rudolph is my fourth favourite behind Ralphie from Christmas Story, Buddy the Elf and Yukon Cornelius.

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A couple of years ago Fresh Brewed Tees made these Blue Jays crewnecks along with a “Frosty the Stro-Man.” These brought some serious heat. Merry flippin Christmas.

Respect the dedication to Christmas and a crappy hockey team. Sure they’re “in a playoff spot” for now but how high of a ceiling can a team that has Robin Lehner AND Tomas Greiss in net really be? The Islanders better hope that Santa brings a goalie.

I just checked the stats in real-time and saw that the Islanders are fourth in the league with an 2.73 GAA. A lesser man would’ve deleted that previous paragraph where I was misinformed and ragged on Islanders. I will eat crow and admit that the Islanders are actually kind of good.

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I didn’t get the overwhelming response with the sweaters this week so next week I’ll get back to the classic jersey round up. Sometimes you have to take risks.

Jersey Dump

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Tom Dundon has been an absolute loose cannon with how he runs this team.

The Islanders have rotated through some interesting looks but their current colour scheme is easily the best.

These pictures are as 90’s as it gets.

Classic.

#8 Kobe was a little before my time. Anyone my age wore #24 Black Mamba jerseys. I wore a Jose Calderon. Good times.

Forget Kobe… THIS is the jersey retirement we’ve all been waiting for.

It’d be cool to be able to throw money around like this. If I’m win the lottery I can guarantee I would be in every game-used jersey bid possible.

ECHL teams seem to be pumping out a different gimmick jersey every week. I’m all for it. Let’s get weird.

2017 Toronto Blue Jays Season Primer

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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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2016 Toronto Blue Jays Batting Over-Under Predictions

The 2016 season is coming in hot! I’ve already dusted off the old glove (and subsequently already thrown my arm out), read as much Blue Jays content as I can, and  acquired a couple of tickets for April. The only thing keeping me from total baseball mode are those pesky 50-win Raptors.  I am ready for a summer of Pillar web gems, Donaldson bombs, Stroman fist pumps and Bautista bat flips. But until then I may as well fill my time with writing predictions and ignoring school work.

I’m not that big into gambling, but I feel that the Over-Under concept is a great starting point for some of my Blue Jays opinions and predictions. Essentially I take a look at various projected stats for Toronto Blue Jays players and predict whether their real numbers at year’s end is over or under the projection. For the sake of this piece, I will use FanGraphs’ Steamer Projections. At this point most people bet money on the outcome of their over-under guesses. But taking into account my aversion to taking risks (some call this “being a coward”) and my limited funds, gambling just doesn’t seem meant for me. Read more

Jose’s Last Ride

I’m going to start this off with a not-that-hot of a take: the 2016 season will be Jose Bautista’s last as a Blue Jay. Too many people are too skittish to actually say it out loud and many live in a dream world where David Price is still on the Jays. I just don’t see a match for a contract extension between Bautista and the Jays beyond 2016.

Over the past couple of days Bautista has been making headlines from Dunedin with some of his comments on his upcoming free agency.  His first comment was a sound bite that Tim and Sid type shock jockeys have been milking. Jose told the media that he doesn’t believe in a “hometown discount” because he argues that he has “given this organization a 5-year hometown discount already”. In other comments he shifted the extension focus from the Jays’ front office and took aim at the Rogers ownership:

“It’s no secret that in a publicly traded company, everybody can track their performance fairly easy. It’s not a secret, it’s out in the public. Stock prices are monitored very closely by the whole financial world and I think there’s a direct correlation with the success of their earnings per share after we started experiencing success. Are they going to put it out in the media and say because of the Jays we made all of this money? No. But everybody can read between the lines. Nobody has a way to measure how much money the team makes when we win because of the way that we’re structured. It’s really unfair to talk about revenue, payroll and all of that stuff to me, for this organization, are non-existent.”

*The quote was from a Gregor Chisholm article that I’m having trouble tracking down but I was able to find in an Andrew Stoeten Daily Duce. Read more