Saturday, December 31, 2016
So here it is. The final post of 2016.
Nine months ago this site came into being . Since then there's been so much that's happened, mostly good. (All communities have their bumpy times and we've weathered those quite well.) I didn't know what would become of this when I started. I only knew that I wanted to have a place for the community to hang out when our site for all intents and purposes disappeared.
It turned out to be a wonderful gamble.
I am so grateful for all of you and for your contributions that make this such a great place to hang out (even you, lurkers!).
Happy new year! May 2017 be even better.
Friday, December 30, 2016
Thursday, December 29, 2016
So there's been a lot of celebrity deaths this year. There will probably be more before Sunday. But since the last few days have had a lot and there's nothing baseball-related to talk about, share the losses that rocked you the most and why. It can be from anytime this year.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Monday, December 26, 2016
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Friday, December 23, 2016
Ho fucking ho.
You procrastinated again this year. You're permanently hung over from being festive too many times and way too hard. Tis the season.
What's a person to do? Start shopping for the baseball friends you know and I'm here to help.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
The baseball off season is a time of angst and speculation. Worry about roster construction, payroll parameters, budgets, who is out of options, depth signings, organizational changes is enough to drive a fan to the point of drink,drank,drunk.So while we get concerned over the current state of affairs, as we consider the future of our beloved Blue Jays, let's remember what happened last off season leading up to opening day. It's about to happen all over again.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Monday, December 19, 2016
Back in March, Smasher talked about how the new sliding rule could be beneficial:
Well, it certainly wasn't at first. We were screwed a few times by it. But did we benefit as well? Discuss.With the new rule in place, middle infielders like Tulo and Goins will have more time and space to turn the majestic DP's that we all know, love, and have become accustomed to. Happ, Dickey and Estrada were all among the top 77 pitchers in baseball in inducing ground-balls. Double plays aside, this bodes well when your team is one of the most talented defensively up the middle in all of baseball. Factor in the new dirt infield that will slow up ground balls that much more, thus increasing the range of Tulo/Goins and you can see why I am excited about the prospect of an improved team defense.Who stands to benefit the most? Well arguably that would be your team Ace Marcus Stroman who pitched to a cool 4.17 Ground ball to Fly ball rate. Now obviously his 2015 is a small sample size but we can all agree that he's the best pitcher on the staff. So add in that he seems to be getting more ground ball outs, now has a slower dirt infield and the team has improved the defense of its middle infielders? It seems to bode well for the Blue Jays.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Friday, December 16, 2016
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Let's shake things up a bit. What do you think the National League is going to look like next year? Who are going to be the teams to beat? Will the Diamondbacks be relevant again? Will the Rockies finally be competitive again? Will the Padres be relevant?
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Monday, December 12, 2016
With it being cold and snowy across most of the country, I think it's time to bring up this idea suggested by Warren with additions from Karen. Warren suggested talking about the experiences of travelling to see the Jays in other ballparks (something I don't get to do because I'm a girl). Karen expanded the idea to wondering about your favourite stadium and best/ worst road experience.
Food, beer, fanbases!
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Friday, December 9, 2016
Thursday, December 8, 2016
So no big Jays signings yesterday. Chi Sox get the Nats prospects anyway by trading Adam Eaton. Royals trade pain in the ass Wade Davis to the Cubs. Yankees get domestic abuser Chapman back. Lots of speculation around what's going to happen with JB and EE.
Ross still needs sleep.
Shapiro is stuck having to talk to the troll on the right.
Hazel has yet another dress I covet.
It's the final day of the Winter Meetings!
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Monday, December 5, 2016
It seems that there was a meeting, between the brain trust of the Blue Jays and the local media. Which provided some insights into the direction the Jays may be taking in the future. Scheduled ahead of the winter meetings and shortened by an MLB conference call to update Shapiro and Atkins on the new CBA.