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Wednesday Bantering: The Vlad Jr hype skyrockets, more on Grichuk and Granderson

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Grichuk and Granderson speak to the press for the first time since becoming Toronto Blue Jays

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Dodgers left fielder Curtis Granderson celebrates scoring during the fifth inning in game two of the 2017 NLDS against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium
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Things are finally moving and shaking in Blue Jays land, and we are so grateful to have things to talk about.

Here’s a fun bit of history on the Blue Jays newest outfielder:

When the Toronto Blue Jays were mashing in September of 2015, the St. Louis Cardinals were so desperate to get an injured Grichuk’s bat in the line-up that they played in him centre field, even though he couldn’t throw. Grichuk had been out since August 17th with a right elbow injury, so manager Mike Matheny and crew devised a plan for Grichuk to only lightly toss the ball to his teammates on either side. The plan was not a great one, as many Chicago Cubs took advantage of the recovering centre fielder - even Jon Lester managed to score easily from second on a single to centre. (h/t to a Redditor for finding this gem)


Grichuk joined the now-official new Blue Jay Curtis Granderson in a press conference call yesterday, and there were some fairly interesting tidbits. Grichuk appears to be well aware of his strikeout-to-walk ratio issues, and is actively trying to improve during this off-season:


Grichuk mentioned he would also like the opportunity to steal more bases in 2018:


Considering Ezequiel Carrera, Kevin Pillar and Devon Travis were the only three Blue Jays with above average speed last year, Grichuk should add some value there.


Curtis Granderson posted the loveliest video announcing his official signing with the team, and then proceeded to say this in the aforementioned conference call:

Could he be any more likable?


In other news, MLB Network is alluding to a Jose Bautista bounceback next year due to his corrected vision:

Bautista’s agent, Jay Alou, did what a good agent should do and also claimed back during the Winter Meetings that the slugger had “found the issue with his swing last season”. Godspeed, Jose.


Just in case the hype over Vladdy Jr wasn’t through the roof as it is, MLBPipeline handed him their first ever “80” hit evaluation. I mean...

Glorious.


Both Jordan Romano (from Markham, Ontario) and Sean Reid-Foley received their official invites to Spring Training.


Pitchers and catchers report in three weeks. Hopefully the Blue Jays will have signed at least one other pitcher before then.