Tuesday, June 27, 2017

JITH Smörgåsbord

Good news! There's some partly finished posts as I write this so you'll actually have some meaty posts in the upcoming days. In the meantime, here's a few things to pass the time until the game.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Your Potential 2020 Toronto Blue Jays

Now this post may be controversial, depending on what side of the fence you sit on regarding your 2017 Toronto Blue Jays ballclub, but after Friday's devastating 9th inning collapse to what we can only call Kansas City Royals baseball, there was some debate regarding the potential trades of two of our biggest assets: Josh Donaldson and Roberto Osuna.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

no. 75 2017: Blue Jays (35-39) at Royals (37-36)

Sunday 25 June 2017
 2:15 PM ET / Kauffman Stadium
Francisco Liriano (LHP 3-3, 5.76 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 52 Ks)
v. Jason Hammel (RHP 4-6, 4.83 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 59 Ks)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

no. 74 2017: Blue Jays (35-38) at Royals (36-36)

Saturday 24 June 2017
2:15 PM ET / Kauffman Stadium
Marco Estrada (RHP 4-5, 4.98 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 96 Ks)
v. Jason Vargas (LHP 10-3, 2.27 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 68 Ks)

Friday, June 23, 2017

no. 73 2017: Blue Jays (35-37) at Royals (35-36)

Friday 23 June 2017
8:15 PM ET / Kauffman Stadium
JA Happ (LHP 2-4, 4.26 ERA, 44K)
v. Jake Junis (RHP 2-1 5.56ERA 19K)

Quick Twitter hits

I have too much to do so you're getting a bunch of quick hits.


                                                THE LATE NIGHT RAMBLER

Who hung out all night long?  No I mean with the Jays game...you saw it coming.. I know you did. Do you feel good? I hope so because this team will mess with your head folks. I don't even wan't to talk about .500 ball as that should never be goal in late June.


If Stroman wants to be that guy he better be that guy.


I still have a young daughter and she comes to me for a lot of questions and I am so thankful that she doesn't ask me that question.


Edwin made this team better and I will whine about that forever!

Hey just checking out the show.

In all honesty this team is pretty good, but my biggest fear is they will be just pretty good come July. Be awesome or suck..pick one yo!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

no. 72 2017: Blue Jays (35-36) at Rangers (35-36)

Thursday 22 June 2017
2:05PM EDT / Globe Life Park
Marcus Stroman (RHP 7-3, 3.15 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 71 Ks)
v. Martin Perez (RHP 3-6, 4.72 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 58 Ks)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

no. 71 2017: Blue Jays (34-36) at Rangers (35-35)

Wednesday 21 June 2017
8:05PM EDT / Globe Life Park
Joe Biagini (LHP 1-6, 4.26 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 48 Ks)
v. Tyson Ross (RHP 1-0, 3.18 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 5 Ks)

Hump Day Gratitude

Talk about what you're grateful for.

I'm grateful for the International Speakers Summit, which is giving me a ton of info and things to think about even as it takes up all my baseball time for the next 10 days.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

no. 70 2017: Blue Jays (34-35) at Rangers (34-35)

Tuesday 20 June 2017
8:05PM EDT / Globe Life Park
Francisco Liriano (LHP 3-2, 5.36 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, 49 K)
v. Nick Martinez (RHP 1-3, 4.67 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 29 K)

Vladdy Jr puts on a show

Photo: Tyler Marcotte

Last night was the Midwest League's home run derby and Vladdy put on a show.

Monday, June 19, 2017

no. 69 2017: Blue Jays (33-34) at Rangers (34-34)

Monday 19 June 2017
8:05PM EDT / Globe Life Park
Marco Estrada (RHP 4-5 4.54ERA 92K) v. Austin Bibens-Dirkx (RHP 2-0 3.28ERA 13K)

Monday Poetry

Thanks to not owning a phone, I took the red eye home from Ottawa Sunday morning and my body is zonked. Express your feelings about another poetry post, or about the new banner my cousin whipped up for me while her husband and I were watching Saturday's game, or about recent games, or about the continued ball-washing of the Yankees'/Judge, or about the upcoming games, in poetic form.

*Note - your poem can be freestyle. It doesn't have to rhyme. Have fun playing with sentence shapes.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

no. 68 2017: White Sox (31-36) at Blue Jays (32-34)

Sunday 18 June 2017
1:07PM EDT / Rogers Centre Skydome
James Shields (RHP 1-0 1.62ERA 16K) v. JA Happ (LHP 1-4 4.31 35K)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

no. 67 2017: White Sox (30-36) at Blue Jays (32-34)

Saturday 17 June 2017
1:07PMPM EDT / Rogers Centre Skydome
Mike Pelfrey (RHP 2-5 5.81ERA 30K) v. Marcus Stroman (RHP 7-2 3.09ERA 66K)

Friday, June 16, 2017

no. 66 2017: White Sox (29-36) at Blue Jays (32-33)

Friday 16 June 2017
7:07PM EDT / Rogers Centre Skydome
Jose Quintana (LHP 2-8 5.30ERA 74K) v. Joe Biagini (RHP 1-5 3.38ERA 48K)

Baseball is about to let it's personality show ( this could be fun )

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Some of you may be unaware that of something new will be happening this year at the old ballpark. According to a memo obtained by yahoo sports, players will be allowed to personalize their uniforms.

   "Major League Baseball will relax its uniform rules for a weekend later this season, allowing players to put nicknames on the back of their jerseys, wear fluorescent-colored shoes and personalize a patch paying tribute to someone instrumental in their development"

The event called The Players Weekend, is planned for the August 25-27 weekend and has the blessing of  the MLB and the MLBPA.

  "The jerseys from the weekend will be sold by MLB, which will donate the proceeds to the Youth Development Foundation, an initiative on which the league and MLBPA work together."

Who do we think which Blue Jays players might participate by wearing their nickname on their jersey ( in the interest of charity)? And what should they put on the back of those jerseys?

Obvious ones

Travis- ThickD
Pillar- Superman
Joe Smith-Anonymous

 "Each jersey will feature a patch with space for a player to personalize it by “writing the name of an individual or organization that was instrumental to his development,” according to the memo."


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What are your suggestions to the players for either their nicknames or what to put on their patches?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Meet the Freeze

You may remember this video going viral:
He's the newest MLB sensation - The Freeze. Now the man has been unmasked and his background is pretty cool.
He has his own twitter account. He's totally bought into this cold theme.

Which begs the question - who would have ever associated cold with Atlanta?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

no. 65 2017: Rays (35-32) at Blue Jays (31-33)

Wednesday 14 June 2017
7:07PM EDT / Rogers Centre Skydome
Jake Odorizzi (RHP 4-3 3.59 51K) v. Francisco Liriano (LHP 3-2 5.87 40K)

JITH Smörgåsbord

My mom has a doctor's appointment this morning and I'll need to get my beauty sleep, so this is just a mess of things to talk about.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

no. 64 2017: Rays (34-32) at Blue Jays (31-32)

Tuesday 13 June 2017
7:07PM EDT / Rogers Centre Skydome
Jacob Faria (RHP 1-0 1.42ERA 5K) v. Marco Estrada (RHP 4-4 4.04ERA 90K)

It's that time of year - draft time!

So last night was the first two rounds of the amateur draft. The Jays chose the following:
(links are Stoeten's writeup of each player)

Pick #22: UNC SS Logan Warmoth
Pick #28: Central Florida RHP Nate Pearson
Pick #61: California High School Catcher/RHP Hagen Danner

Members of Team Canada Juniors who got drafted:
(links are from Canadian Baseball Network)

Pick #37: RHP Landon Leach (Pickering, ON) by Minnesota Twins
Pick #60: SS Adam Hall (London, ON) by the Shitbirds

Thoughts? Feel free to update when rounds 3-10 start at 1pm today.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday poetry

This was supposed to be a promised post by Morgan but as of 2:50am I have nothing. So you get another poetry post. Express your feelings about another poetry post, or the recent road trip, or the continued ball-washing of the Yankees/Judge, or the upcoming games, in poetic form.

*Note - your poem can be freestyle. It doesn't have to rhyme. Have fun playing with sentence shapes.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

no. 63 2017: Blue Jays (30-32) at Mariners (31-32)

Sunday 11 June 2017
4:10 PM EDT / Safeco Field
JA Happ (LHP 0-4 5.33ERA 27K) v. James Paxton (LHP 5-0 1.69ERA 55K)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

no. 62 2017: Blue Jays (29-32) at Mariners (31-31)

Saturday 10 June 2017
10:10 PM EDT / Safeco Field
Marcus Stroman (RHP 6-2 3.25ERA 60K) v. Ariel Miranda (LHP 6-2 3.74ERA 61K)

Party weekend!

Every weekend is an open thread to shoot the shit. There will be a challenge each week but don't feel confined by it.

Friday, June 9, 2017

no. 61 2017: Blue Jays (29-31) at Mariners (30-31)

Friday 9 June 2017
10:10 PM EDT / Safeco Field
Joe Biagini (RHP 1-4 3.31ERA 43K) v. Sam Gaviglio (RHP 2-1 3.13ERA 14K)

The annual Seattle invasion

The annual invasion of Seattle by Blue Jays fans in Western Canada is upon us. I'll share a few stories here. Feel free to share your own stories if you've been there.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Link Dump June 8th Edition

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I wish I was smart enough to know what the hell an RSS feed was so I could use one but I ain't, so I peruse the web for stories about the Jays. When I find something interesting. I like to give credit where credit is due, and so MK doesn't get sued. Such is the case with story of the ticket gouging by the Mariners upcoming setto with the Jays. Via Stoeten, in his Daily? Duce, which Links a story from The News Tribune, that says the ticket prices for the Jays series have been dynamically priced over double the price of the previous series against the Twins. Lower bowl for the twinkies-$29-75, for the Jays-$66-175. The Tribune article further links a CBC piece, which says Canadian fans aren't too happy about the ticket gouging. While listening to the Fan590, which I'm not going to link because I'm linked out and my head is spinning ( sorta like the bedspins from my younger years but I digress), it was suggested that the Seattle ball club and their fans were not pleased about their home game becoming a Jays home game. So much so, that it's been alleged that Seattle's front office has been less accommodating to the Sportsnet media types. C'est la vie, you fucking pinheads. I betcha the local economy is just tickled at the thought of less cash in their pocket from their northern neighbours. ( Is this sarcasm font working? )

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

no. 60 2017: Blue Jays (28-31) at Athletics (26-32)

Wednesday 7 June 2017
3:35 PM EDT / Oakland Coliseum
Francisco Liriano (LHP 3-2 5.94ERA 35K) v. Jharel Cotton (RHP 3-6 5.11ERA 44K)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

no. 59 2017: Blue Jays (28-30) at Athletics (25-32)

Tuesday 6 June 2017
10:05 PM EDT / Oakland Coliseum
Marco Estrada (RHP 4-3 3.86ERA 82K) v. Jessie Hahn (RHP 1-4 3.81ERA 41K)

Link Dump

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One of the topics of conversation yesterday was about Grilli and whether it is time to cut bait and bring in somebody else from within the system. In an opinionated post at BBB ( in my opinion), Matt Gross does give food for thought and according to the poll in the same piece, it appears that the majority of voters think that Grilli should be DFA'd.

Monday, June 5, 2017

no. 58 2017: Blue Jays (28-29) at Athletics (24-32)

Monday 5 June 2017
10:05 PM EDT / Oakland Coliseum
JA Happ (LHP 0-3 4.50ERA 23K) v. Sean Manaea (LHP 4-3 3.91ERA 54K)

Monday poetry

A winning homestand and a split with the red-hot Yankees. Express your feelings in poetic form.

*Note - your poem can be freestyle. It doesn't have to rhyme. Have fun playing with sentence shapes.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

no. 57 2017: Yankees (32-21) at Blue Jays (27-29)

Sunday 4 June 2017
1:07 PM EDT / Rogers Centre Skydome
Luis Severino (RHP 4-2  2.93 ERA 69K) v. Marcus Stoman (RHP 6-2  3.28 ERA 56K)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Party weekend!

I'm celebrating a significant birthday tomorrow so I feel like partying tonight! I'll be popping in and out, looking for some fun. So let's do it!

no. 56 2017: Yankees (31-21) at Blue Jays (27-28)

Saturday 3 June 2017
1:07 PM EDT / Rogers Centre Skydome
Jordan Montgomery (LHP 2-4  4.11 ERA 48K) v. Joe Biagini (RHP 1-3  3.64 ERA 37K)

Friday, June 2, 2017

no. 55 2017: Yankees (31-20) at Blue Jays (26-28)

Friday 2 June 2017
7:07 PM EDT / Rogers Centre Skydome
Michael Pineda (RHP 6-2  3.32 ERA 66K) v. Francisco Liriano (LHP 2-2 6.35 ERA 30K)

More JITH links

Here's a few things you may or may not have seen.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

no. 54 2017: Yankees (30-20) at Blue Jays (26-27)

Thursday 1 June 2017
7:07 PM EDT / Rogers Centre Skydome
CC Sabathia (LHP 5-2 4.42 ERA 46K) v. Marco Estrada (RHP 4-2 3.15 ERA 78K)

Jith. Link dump

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Link Dump
Get it?
Man I'm good.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

no. 53 2017: Reds (24-27) at Blue Jays (25-27)

Wednesday 31 May2017
12:37 PM EDT / Skydome
Tim Adleman (RHP 3-2  4.95 ERA  33K) v. Mike Bolsinger (RHP 0-2  5.75 ERA  14K)