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Friday Bantering: Changes in MLB TV

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays-Workouts Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

The big Blue Jays news isn’t actually about the sport itself. will no longer show Blue Jays games within Canada. It irritates me to no end, because I am a long time subscriber. I like being able to watch a game just whenever I feel like it, but I mostly got the subscription for the Jays games. I’m away from home a fair bit and sometimes I don’t have a TV with Sportsnet, so it comes in handy.

Anyway from their email:

IMPORTANT BLACKOUT UPDATE: We know that in the past you’ve streamed live Toronto Blue Jays games from within Canada in MLB.TV. Starting with the 2020 regular season, live Toronto Blue jays games will be blacked out on MLB.TV within Canada. Live Blue Jays games will now be available for streaming on Sportsnet NOW. To find out more about Sportsnet NOW and what it offers, click here.

Sportsnet Now starts at about $20 a month. That seems high to me. Since all I’d want is the Blue Jays games, I don’t see it as worth the price.

Add in that was how I followed spring games, this is really crappy. I understand that Rogers wants to get every possible dollar from me, but I think it would be smarter to make the games more available to fans, not less.

I hate being pissed off so early in the morning. Every once in awhile baseball tries to push me away. I like the game enough to push back, but one of these times they will try to push me away and it is going to work.

The Jays tell us that Ryan Borucki, who was shut down for elbow tightness, will resume playing catch Tuesday.

And Mike Wilner tells us:

Next Tuesday Nate Pearson and Chad Anderson will make split squad starts.

Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his first spring start next Thursday.