Monthly Archives: February 2016

Blue Jays 2015: John Gibbons

Some people may disagree with me, but I think that John Gibbons is actually a very good manager. He doesn’t look like a smart guy because of his accent and his appearance – he looks like the guy who changes the … Continue reading

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Blue Jays 2015: Edwin Encarnacion

For the second straight year, Edwin Encarnacion had a stretch in which he was hitting home runs like crazy: In 2014, he hit 16 home runs in a 23-game burst from May 6 to 29. In 2015, he hit 11 home … Continue reading

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It used to be summer

Here’s a photo from last summer, to remind everybody that warmer weather used to exist. Taken at the Toronto Islands boardwalk, July 2015.

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Blue Jays 2015: Mark Buehrle

In the first half of 2015, Mark Buehrle was extremely effective: he won 10 games with an ERA of 3.34. However, there was one warning sign: his strikeouts per 9 innings dropped from 2014’s 5.3 to 4.5, which meant that … Continue reading

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Blue Jays 2015: Dioner Navarro

When the Jays signed Russell Martin to a free agent contract before the 2015 season, the incumbent catcher, Dioner Navarro, was quoted as saying that he wanted a trade. And you can’t really blame him – he’s a good enough … Continue reading

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Random Toronto weather stuff

I have a confession to make: I am a huge weather nerd. Thanks to Environment Canada’s historical climate data site, I now have a spreadsheet containing Toronto temperature and rainfall data going back as far as 1910. It’s not completely scientifically … Continue reading

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Blue Jays 2015: Ben Revere

Ben Revere reminds me a lot of Shannon Stewart. Stewart had more power, was a little taller, and batted right, but they have several similarities: They’re both exceptionally fast. They both had enough speed to play center field, but have … Continue reading

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Blue Jays 2015: Jose Reyes

When the Blue Jays acquired Troy Tulowitzki, it was immediately obvious from watching him that he was a much better shortstop than Jose Reyes. Looking up their range factors (RF/G, which is plays per game, and RF/9, which is plays … Continue reading

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Blue Jays 2015: Dalton Pompey

Looking over Pompey’s 2015, I had forgotten that he actually had a good stretch in between slumps. After starting the season 3 for 26 (.115), Pompey went 11 for 29 (.379) from April 12 to April 22, raising his average … Continue reading

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Blue Jays 2015: Russell Martin

Some random notes on a player you probably already know quite well: Martin’s home run total went up in 2015, from 11 to 23. It wasn’t just because the Rogers Centre is home run friendly, either: his hitting stats were … Continue reading

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