The era of the sliding pit is officially over. The Toronto Blue Jays, the last team in baseball to feature an artificial infield with dirt sliding pits around each base, have announced that they will install a real dirt infield before next season.
The Red Sox signed David Price to a massive seven-year, $217 million contract. We soon learned that the Cardinals were in second, more than $30 million behind. And the Blue Jays, who said all the right things about hoping to keep their lefty ace who, acquired at the trade deadline, led the team to a furious surge and…
GM Alex Anthopoulos, under whose six-year tenure the Blue Jays emerged as one of the best teams in the AL, will not return to Toronto, reportedly over philosophical disagreements over how he built a winner, and concerns that his power over baseball operations would be severely curtailed under a new team president.
The umpires needed a replay review to figure out that Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar was hit by a pitch during the second inning of last night’s Royals-Blue Jays game, and Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie immediately thought of what happened the last time the Jays’ home crowd saw their team get screwed by replay:
Here is how ugly things were for the Blue Jays tonight: Cliff Pennington, the Jays’ utility infielder, came in to pitch in the ninth. According to Elias he became the first exclusive position player to pitch in the postseason, and it went about as well as expected. In one-third of an inning Pennington gave up two…
A playoff series is always improved when one team is willing to talk some mess between games, so we thank the Royals for dusting off the old “The Blue Jays steal signs!” conspiracy theory.
MLB is lucky last night’s Royals-Blue Jays game was a victory for the Jays, because if the Royals had pulled ahead late and Troy Tulowitzki hadn’t been there to bat in the bottom of the ninth, all of Canada would be calling for home plate umpire John Hirschbeck’s head.
The Royals traded for Johnny Cueto to be their postseason ace, and in the deciding Game 5 of the ALDS he was exactly that, giving up just two runs across eight innings in the 7-2 victory. The Royals didn’t need Cueto to be that good tonight, but they did need him to avoid pitching putridly. He wasn’t up to the task.
Tonight will be the first game back at the Rogers Centre since Toronto’s bananas Game 5 win over the Rangers, which included a beerstorm interlude after a disputed call. That’s not likely to happen again, and the Blue Jays are going to make extra-sure: they’re banning cans of beer in the cheap seats.
On the first pitch of Game 2 of the ALCS today, Alcides Escobar singled to right field off David Price. It was an inauspicious start for Price, yet after that pitch, he would retire the next 18 batters. It was the best pitching he’d ever done in the playoffs.
Edinson Volquez has a history of struggling in the playoffs. Before last night, the Royals pitcher was 0-3 in three postseason starts with the Reds, Pirates, and Royals, with a Jose Lima-esque 8.67 ERA. The power-hitting Blue Jays are the most offensively talented team left in baseball, yet Volquez shut them down last…
Toronto Mayor John Tory went on camera to talk some good-natured shit about Kansas City and the Royals, and then he dumped a giant bucket of mayonnaise on one of the coolest moments in baseball history.
Fan-shot videos of awesome sports moments are always a good time, particularly the morning after the game, when all you want to do is ignore work and relive what you witnessed as many times as possible. With that in mind, here are bunch of videos of Jose Bautista’s game-winning homer, shot by Blue Jays fans.
I have three thoughts on Russell Martin’s throwing error in the top of the seventh, a baseball play that I’d never before seen in my life.
Blue Jays fans’ brief but furious seventh-inning meltdown reached a low point when someone from the upper deck tossed a beer into the general vicinity of a baby. Toronto police have identified the alleged beer-thrower, and he will be brought to justice.
So much happened in that seventh inning—an inning that took 53 minutes, and even without the glow of morning-after hyperbole, must go down as one of the weirdest, wildest, and most exciting single innings ever played—that its component parts (save The Bat Flip Heard ‘Round The World) may eventually be lost to the box…
Holy shit, man! An inning after one of the wildest moments in playoff history put his team down 3-2, Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista came up and crushed a big-ass motherfuckin’ three-run homer. He then unleashed the greatest bat flip I have ever seen.
Game 5 of the Rangers-Blue Jays ALDS was thrown into chaos by a controversial play in the seventh inning.
Most baseball fans probably don’t know much about Rougned Odor, other than the fact that he has a funny name and comes from a family full of Rougneds. The 21-year-old second baseman had a quietly good regular season, though, and it’s taken him less than a game and a half to make a splash in these playoffs. Odor has…