Where Are The Big Sticks?

TORONTO (Apr. 16) — As is common in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Maple Leafs–Washington series will likely be determined by goaltending. And, there is virtually nothing to choose from between Frederik Andersen and Braden Holtby after two games —… Read More

Brooms Out, Brooms Away

TORONTO (Oct. 10) — The first sweep in Toronto Blue Jays playoff history resulted from one of the most gripping and entertaining games ever contested by the ball club. Sunday night’s 10–inning thriller at Rogers Centre proved again that the… Read More

Blue Jays Walking a Tightrope

TORONTO (Sep. 12) — As they careen through their most untimely slump in 29 years, the Toronto Blue Jays are saying all the right things and doing all the wrong things. Not since 1987 have the Blue Jays engendered such… 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

Jays Need To Let Jose and Edwin Walk

TORONTO (Feb. 23) — Jose Bautista arrived at spring training in Dunedin, Fla. with a financial chip on his shoulder. Edwin Encarnacion carved his chip over the winter. It smacks of collusion, but the Blue Jays’ veteran sluggers have no… Read More

No Doubt at the Dome

BLUE CRUSH… RED CRUSH TORONTO (Oct. 20) — Forget, if you can, the final score, which was wildly flattering to the visitors. On a night the real Toronto Blue Jays had to show up… they did. With rocket fire. A… Read More

Russell Martin Was Almost Steve Smith

TORONTO (Oct. 15) — I’m not sure we can imagine the coming off–season for Russell Martin were he not part of the most explosive team in Major League Baseball. Perhaps only one man — currently an assistant coach with the… 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

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

Anthopoulos, Blue Jays Are Going For It

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 28) — Good morning, Blue Jays fans. While you slept, the club added to its bulky stable of run–producing bats, acquiring shortstop and five–time all–star Troy Tulowitzki, 30, and soon–to–retire pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, 42, from… Read More

Blue Jays at the Crossroad

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 27) — Four days. Ninety–six hours. That’s all we have left to determine whether the Toronto Blue Jays will maintain a bright future beyond the current Major League season. The earmark for potential calamity is… Read More

Blue Jays Plight Cannot Be Addressed

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 19) — The success or failure of a business enterprise starts at the top. It always starts at the top. And, that’s why the Toronto Blue Jays are beyond salvation right now. The chief decision… Read More

Road Ice Advantage

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 29) — The lone remaining series in the first round of the Stanley Cup will conclude tonight and determine whether Detroit and Montreal will meet in the playoffs for the first time since 1978. If… Read More

Can Leafs Break the Interminable Pattern?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 29) — Our city attained an unseemly hat-trick this past week when the Toronto Blue Jays were inevitably and officially eliminated from the Major League Baseball playoffs for a 20th consecutive season (21st year —… Read More

Leiweke Is Nobody’s Fool

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 15) – The dictionary draws a bold line between the definition of a “fool” and the act of being “foolish.” A fool is a “silly or stupid person.” A foolish individual “shows a lack of… Read More

Leaves Are Turning – Leafs Are Chirping

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 10) – “Can we talk?” The late Joan Rivers would have been darned proud of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The answer to her signature, comedic question is a resounding “Yes!!” No team in the National… Read More

Blue Jays Now a Fantasy

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 18) – Though disheartening for baseball fans across Canada, the plight of the Toronto Blue Jays is not a mystery. When you get hammered by teams ahead of you and cannot beat clubs beneath you,… Read More

Blue Jays Fail to Capitalize

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 3) – The baseball pundits were unanimous in their appraisal of the Blue Jays coming out of the All-Star break. Seventeen games against American League also-ran teams from July 18 to Aug. 3 would determine,… Read More
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