Leafs Will Improve… Won’t They?

TORONTO (June 21) — The warnings were in place; unheeded, and verily scoffed at by fans of the record–setting Toronto Maple Leafs. The same warnings that are certain to be ignored later tonight in Las Vegas after what should be… Read More

Shanaplan Worked, But It’s Over

TORONTO (May 19) — I find it intriguing that the majority of Maple Leaf fans are so fervent about “trusting the process” — a virtual slogan as it pertains to the hockey club. The “process”, of course, is a synonym… Read More

Oliver Ekman–“Leafs”son?

TORONTO (Nov. 22) — In their interminable quest to secure a legitimate, No. 1 defenseman, the Maple Leafs could be eyeing Oliver Ekman–Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes. So says one of my Phoenix bird–dogs. “This is for later in the… Read More

Cancer Strikes The Booth — Again

TORONTO (Nov. 17) — God–friggin’ dammit! For the second time in just more than a decade, cancer has reared its despicable head in the Toronto Blue Jays radio booth. Only this time, we’re anticipating a far–better result. Eleven years–and–a–bit since… Read More

Generation 2 Getting Its Fill

TORONTO (Oct. 5) — The moments are beginning to pile up for second–generation fans of the Toronto Blue Jays. Primarily, the Millennials that experienced an initial pennant race and playoff run by the long–dormant club last Autumn. Such first–generation observers… Read More

Perky’s Yarns Are Overdue

TORONTO (Aug. 31) — I remember saying to myself: “Howard, just watch Dave Perkins. Observe the way he comports himself around athletes and you will learn immeasurably.” So, that’s what I did. It was Aug. 17, 1987. At Pearson International… Read More

This Is The Blue Jays Year

TORONTO (July 9) — What better time than the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Major League All–Star Game at SkyDome to make a proclamation about the 2016 Toronto Blue Jays? Here it is (mark it down and remember the date):… Read More

Most Coaches Have Two Left Feet

TORONTO (May 10) — Among the hidden stories of Guy Boucher becoming head coach of the Ottawa Senators this week (replacing Dave Cameron) involved unspoken evidence that Boucher would have been hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs 12 months ago,… Read More

For Baseball Eyes Only

TORONTO (Apr. 8) — Tonight, just after 7 o’clock, the Toronto Blue Jays will begin their 40th home opener — facing the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre. I will be there, as I was 39 years ago yesterday for… Read More

Ranking the Jacks

TORONTO (Oct. 23) — With the Blue Jays still alive in the American League playoffs on the 22nd anniversary of Joe Carter’s “touch–’em–all” home run (God bless you, Tom Cheek), there may be no better time to rank the five… Read More

Ticket Prices Down — But Not For Long

TORONTO (Oct. 19) — Whether the Blue Jays are swept by Kansas City for the American League Championship or go undefeated the rest of the way to win their third World Series, who do you think is going to pay… Read More

Victory Hinges On Blue Jays Lumber

TORONTO (Oct. 13) — In the end, it will come down to the concussion of bat meeting ball — the sweet, unmistakable sound that fans of the Toronto Blue Jays have grown to anticipate this season. A sound ominously scarce… Read More

Blue Jays Party Ruined By Odor

TORONTO (Oct. 9) — Well, that wasn’t exactly the plan. A full 21 years, 11 months and 15 days after Joe Carter’s “touch ’em all” home run, playoff baseball returned to Canada and the Rogers Centre (it was still SkyDome… Read More

I’m Fine With Gibbons/Buehrle Decision

TORONTO (Oct. 5) — It turned out disastrously, but I have no issue at all with John Gibbons allowing Mark Buehrle to start on 1½–days rest in order to extend his career pattern of 200 innings pitched. The reason, to… Read More

October 1993 Like None Other

TORONTO (Oct. 2) — For more than two decades, Toronto baseball fans have been longing for “meaningful games” in September. There was never a request for a “meaningful October.” Until now. Having clinched their sixth American League East title —… Read More

Jays Thinking Business Over Strategy

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 28) — In the end, there really was no choice. While ferrying the longest playoff drought (21 seasons) of any team in the four major North American sports — and with more than two months… Read More

Hoarding the Blue Jays

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 6) — The Toronto Blue Jays began their 39th season Monday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, vying — now infamously — to end the longest playoff drought among teams in the four major professional sports in… Read More

Toronto Ownership Blahs – Part 2

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 6) – To be honest, I could have changed the headline on this blog altogether, or simply removed the word “blahs.” But, since Part 1 included the term, I thought I’d be consistent. In this… Read More
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