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The smell of a fresh season

MLB: Spring Training-Milwaukee Brewers at Toronto Blue Jays
Finally we see the back of Morales
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Hello again friends, its been a while...

The last 6 months have been a bit crappy for me due to ill health. So i’ve been visiting numerous cardiologists and hospitals and having endless tests. Eventually they have decided its not heart related or serious which im thankful for.

On the plus side, i was also finally well enough 2 weeks to go to Samoa on holiday with my wife for our anniversary. It was hot, beautiful and full of wonderful people. I highly recommend it.

It’s opening day!

Real baseball again!

Historically the Jays are 26-16 in their opening day games.

However, we have lost our opener for the last 7 years straight which is depressing. Our last opening day win was 13-3 over the Twins back in 2011.

Our worst opening day defeat? A 15-4 hammering by the Brewers in 1982.

Our biggest win was against the evil Empire as we shellacked the Yankees 17-9 in 1988.

Today’s opener sees RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2018: 7-8, 4.52 ERA) vs. RHP Marcus Stroman (2018: 4-9, 5.54 ERA).

For more info, have a look at the Opening Day FAQs.

And as we embark on the new season, there are a few questions to be asked:

10 burning questions as Blue Jays rebuild looks to get off the ground

Charlie Montoyo hopes the kids are going to be alright this season (fingers crossed).

No more Slo Mo!

The big news of yesterday was of course the trading of Kendrys Morales to the A’s for a minor leaguer:

So we wave goodbye to Molasses/Slo-mo, his .760 OPS, his 0.9 WAR, his base ‘running’ as well as his veteran presence. Oh and we paid the A’s $10m towards his salary.

Morales moves means what?

Dan Shulman sums it up nicely:

And it sounds like Anthony Alford will be seeing some more action:

We have also agreed to acquire outfielder/first baseman Jordan Patterson from the Reds pending a physical.

Patterson, a left-handed hitter spent last year with the Rockies’ triple-A Albuquerque affiliate. Over 118 games in the Pacific Coast League, he hit .271/.367/.525 with 26 home runs while playing first base and right field. He should be a solid addition to the Buffalo roster.

MLB morsels

For a full preview of all the Opening Day games, go here.

Here are some surprising players set for opening day rosters

Opening Day optimism: One hope for every team. (Ours is Vlad related naturally).

New season means new food

And i’ll just leave you with this. There are no words: