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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.

Overreacting to Game 1 of 162

There’s no better way to take the wind out of your sails like a deflating 6-1 loss on Opening Day. A five run loss isn’t quite a complete demolition job by any means. But the fact that the Jays only mustered two hits while the Yankees wracked up 11 hits and 24 total bases makes me feel fortunate that they only lost by five runs.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m no stranger to a Blue Jays Opening Day loss, so this game should just be another drop in the bucket. But after watching how Toronto lost game, this is easily the most worried that I’ve been after game # 1 on the schedule.

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Bench Talk 06/03/2017

In The News

 Josh Donaldson leads AL 3B in All Star Ballot despite only playing 15 games. Should fans be able to vote/should we care that fans are able to vote?

Cameron Burgess (CB): Not at all. All Stars should be determined by their play and by stats, not a popularity contest. Sure, Donaldson has been one of the best 3B in the MLB in recent years, but 14 games is not enough to be considered for an All Star appearance in my opinion. Somebody who has been playing all season long deserves this spot more. Read more

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

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

Shapiro is here to stay, so get over it

In the 2014 MLB off season, the Toronto Blue Jays and Alex Anthopoulos were making headlines as one of the MLB’s busiest teams. They traded for eventual MVP Josh Donaldson and signed Canadian Russell Martin to the largest contract the Jays had ever given to a position player. But at the time, fans and media were irate. The Jays were coming off of a 2014 where they had missed the playoffs for the 20th straight season despite scoring the fourth most runs in the American League. Bottom line is that the Jays “needed” pitching, yet committed big money to two positions that weren’t identified as problems (although I certainly don’t miss Lawrie or Navarro). Media and fans demanded the firing of Alex and Gibby and the two of them entered the 2015 with a very short leash.

What a difference a year can make. One David Price trade and a magical playoff run later, and you will be hard pressed to find a bar in Canada that would make Alex pay for a drink. Mark Shapiro on the other hand, might be challenged to find one that will serve him. Read more