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Thursday Bantering: Jays Notes

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Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

Happy Thursday. I need something new to stream, I’ve been watching way too much TV lately, but then there isn’t all that much happening. It isn’t like Sportsnet is giving me baseball to watch.

The Blue Jays play the Tigers today, and if you have MLB.tv or audio, the game is being broadcast by the Tigers radio team. I will listen in to the first few innings.

We have a pretty good infield playing today:

Biggio, 3B

Semien, 2B

Bichette, SS

Guerrero, 1B

Kirk, C

Davis, CF

Wall, LF

Lopez, RF

And T.J. Zeuch gets the start.


Yesterday’s game was a loss to the Yankees. The fun part was that they played the bottom of the 7th even though the Yankees had already won. Charlie wanted Anthony Castro to pitch.

Simeon Woods Richardson threw two good innings, allowing just a walk, with a strikeout. He didn’t throw all that hard, mostly low 90s (the fastest fastball via GameDay was 94.6 but was usually in the 92-93 range.

Alek Manoah also threw two good innings, allowing a single, hitting a batter, and striking out 4. His fastball topped out at 97.8.

Nick Allgeyer had the bad inning, giving up 3 runs.

On offense, we only managed 3 hits. One each by Espinal, Palacios and Valera.


There is some worrisome news:

Nate Pearson has a grade one strain to his ‘right groin’. They are hopeful that it won’t keep him out long.

And Bryan Baker has an ‘elbow issue.’


Mark Shapiro is busy doing damage control over being GM for Cleveland when Ross Atkins (farm director) hired Mickey Callaway. Callaway, as I’m sure you know, has been in the news for, what’s the best term (I can’t use the best term here), persuing several women, sending pictures to them that are best left unseen.

Personally, guys like this should be punched, hard and often.

From Shi Davidi’s story:

Shapiro and Atkins were in Cleveland with Callaway for six years. At minimum, there are fair questions about whether a more rigorous vetting process is now in place for new Blue Jays hires as a safeguard for current team employees.

Apparently, this stuff was an open secret. Anyone vetting Callaway for a job should have learned of it.

Shapiro is talking to the media right now:

At least it is a real apology.


Jackie Bradley Jr. has been signed by the Brewers, two years, $24 million, with an opt-out after the first year.


Some of you aren’t pulling your weight:


MLB will make June 2 Lou Gehrig Day to ‘celebrate the Hall of Famer who continues to inspire the movement to end ALS.’