Monthly Archives: February 2015

2014 Blue Jays: Juan Francisco and Danny Valencia

Fun fact: did you know that both Juan Francisco and Edwin Encarnacion played third base for the Cincinnati Reds in 2009? At first, Francisco seemed like a steal. He crushed baseballs a long way. He more or less played third … Continue reading

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2014 Blue Jays: Aaron Loup

A late-inning reliever’s job isn’t always easy. Consider Aaron Loup: he pitched in 71 games last year, which is a lot. He gave up 24 earned runs, which isn’t too bad. But he gave up 10¬†of those 24 earned runs … Continue reading

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2014 Blue Jays: Brett Cecil

In 2012, Brett Cecil’s major league career was on the brink of extinction. After winning 15 games in 2010, Cecil fell to 4-11 in 2011, and slipped even further the next year: his ERA climbed to 5.72, and he started … Continue reading

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2014 Blue Jays: R. A. Dickey

It’s safe to say that most Jays fans are disappointed in R. A. Dickey. When Toronto traded for him, fans were expecting a repeat of his Cy Young season. When he regressed to roughly the level he pitched at in … Continue reading

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2014 Blue Jays: Drew Hutchison

This time last year, Drew Hutchison wasn’t projected to be in the starting rotation. He showed up in spring training and forced himself into the picture, impressing observers with his command and his competitiveness. He had a few ups and … Continue reading

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2014 Blue Jays: Marcus Stroman

To be a successful major league starter, a pitcher needs three things: Stuff: the ability to throw pitches that are good enough that major league hitters cannot hit them. It sounds simple, but most humans on the planet cannot do … Continue reading

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11 cover songs by early punk/new wave artists

Every band starts off by playing cover versions of other people’s songs – the punk and new wave bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s were no different. Here’s a bunch of songs recorded by artists from that time … Continue reading

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