It’s been a rough weather weekend for MLB, with six games postponed yesterday and two more today. That list might grow to three, because not even a climate-controlled dome is safe.
The Blue Jays struck a blow for the little guy Saturday and snatched a game from their series against the Yankees, 5-3. That alone is worth a fist pump, but get a load of this truly badass sequence from Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar, from the bottom of the 8th inning, with the Jays up a run:
I would like for you to bear in mind that what you are about to see is a defensive highlight—it shows Josh Donaldson, Toronto’s third baseman, making a nice diving stab to his left, then rising to make a throw across the diamond. It’s the throw you’ll want to watch, in particular—it jumps out at you, despite the pay…
You could tell me that this walk-off dong is from now-Hall of Famer Vlad Guerrero’s big-league career, and my only question would probably be, “When did he play for the Blue Jays?”
Spring training is for trying your absolute hardest—up to but not inclusive of any effort that might land you on the DL for Opening Day. Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin very nearly tried too hard today.
Gregg Zaun has been fired from his position as a television analyst for Blue Jays games with Sportsnet after complaints of “inappropriate behavior and comments” from female colleagues.
It’s now been a week since Roy Halladay was killed flying a small plane over the Gulf of Mexico. Most of the public eulogizing that’s come pouring out over the last several days has centered on his incredible talent—and how can it not, when someone could pitch like that—but today offered some more intimate testimony,…
Watching Roy Halladay pitch made me feel like a child, even though I wasn’t. That is, watching him pitch gave me the sense of uncontextualized awe that I had otherwise left behind in sports. So many years did I watch him as a Blue Jay mow down my favorite team—he was unhittable, even though, logically, I saw them get…
Former major league pitcher Roy Halladay has died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico today; the Pasco sheriff’s department confirmed the death. He was the only person on board. Halladay was 40.
Blue Jays infielder Ryan Goins is almost certainly never going to have a better day as a professional baseball player than the one he had Friday night, at the expense of the Yankees.
It was a pretty good night for Nick Pivetta. Despite giving up back-to-back homers to open last night’s game against the Dodgers, the pitcher with an ERA approaching 7 didn’t allow any more runs and ended up getting the win against Clayton Kershaw, thanks to an Aaron Altherr hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth.
If the Orioles had been playing coherent defense here, Blue Jays third baseman Darwin Barney wouldn’t have even had the chance to execute this messy excuse for a slide. But the Orioles were not playing coherent defense here—with the cutoff man throwing to home, rather than just keeping Barney at second base—and so we…
There was a point tonight—this morning, actually—when the Red Sox made a mid-17th-inning pitching change so that Ezequiel Carrera could face Fernando Abad instead of Blaine Boyer. That is what this Boston-Toronto game was. That, and the Blue Jays’ franchise-record 23 strikeouts. That’s it.
Chris Sale pitched against the Toronto Blue Jays last night, and he struck out 11 batters in seven innings in a 3-0 win. “Struck out 11 batters” doesn’t quite describe what happened on that field, though. It’s more accurate to say that Sale demoralized 11 batters.
The most captivating defensive wizards tend to have a signature move: Javy Baez has his tags, Manny Machado has his rocket throws from foul territory, Andrelton Simmons has, uh, everything. Last night, Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar dusted off his signature defensive highlight, a full-speed, full-extension,…
Last Thursday, the Toronto Blue Jays completed a sweep of the Oakland A’s when Steve Pearce hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th for an 8-4 win. It was a great moment for Pearce!
The Blue Jays ran into one hell of an Ump Show during their game against the Oakland A’s yesterday. Over the course of a few pitches, home plate umpire Will Little managed to eject manager John Gibbons, pitcher Marcus Stroman, and catcher Russell Martin.
The Blue Jays’ lack of rotation depth has forced them to be, uh, resourceful at times with their starting pitchers—29-year-old rookie Casey Lawrence, middle reliever Joe Biagini, a washed-up and struggling Mat Latos. Tonight gave them one more to add to that list: 32-year-old minor league journeyman César Valdez, back…
Blue Jays shortstop Ryan Goins had a plate appearance in today’s fifth inning that combined the fright of nearly being hit in the head with the disappointment of an ordinary groundout. Fun!