TORONTO (Oct. 3) — In my last blog, I wrote that the Maple Leafs are “deep and talented enough” to play in the Stanley Cup semifinals next spring. What I didn’t write is that Round 2 could be their biggest… Read More
TORONTO (July 31) — With Leafs Nation ominously assuring itself that all draft components will remain in place beyond 2019, and media wondering if the addition of Patrick Marleau indicates the club is “going for it” now, here’s a question… Read More
TORONTO (May 19) — Baseball fans, it isn’t “early” anymore.
Roughly one–fourth of the Major League season is in the books and the biggest disappointment at the quarter–pole — given buildup and expectation — is again the Toronto Blue Jays.… Read More
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
Rogers is pretty big — it’s a multi–billion–dollar cable and cellphone company that just happens to dabble in sports. That can be hard to accept as you sit there in your official jersey while wearing your giant foam finger, but … Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 2) — Given that he was a man considered villainous and diabolical before uttering his first word as president of the Toronto Blue Jays, Mark Shapiro did rather well this afternoon during his introductory media conference. You wouldn’t… Read More
Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man;That he didn’t, didn’t already have.— AMERICA (Dewey Bunnell) 1974.
TORONTO (Oct. 31) — Many believe the Toronto Blue Jays lost their brain when general manager Alex Anthopoulos turned down… Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 29) — It began when I was 10 years old… on a Sunday night in April 1969.
I had just attended Game 4 of the Stanley Cup quarterfinal series between Toronto and Boston at Maple Leaf Gardens with… Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 29) — The departure today of Alex Anthopoulos as general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays will come as a shocking development to many across the country. But, the footprints were made last winter, when team owner Rogers … Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 27) — Many in the local media have launched a preemptive strike against Rogers Communications in the event Alex Anthopoulos does not return as general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. This is understandable given the widespread popularity… Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 24) — Parting is such sweet sorrow, particularly if you’ve gone steady for three months — as have people in this city with the Toronto Blue Jays. In the blink of an eye, an every–day relationship ends, only… Read More
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
TORONTO (Sep. 30) — Appropriately enough, the Toronto Blue Jays chose to avoid sneaking in through the back–door of the American League East. The highest–scoring team in Major League Baseball laid some whup–ass on the Baltimore Orioles in a 15–2… Read More
TORONTO (Sep. 28) — It was the greatest moment by the greatest player of the greatest Toronto Blue Jays team in nearly a quarter–century. Otherwise, it wouldn’t have mattered.
The bottom–of–the–ninth, walk–off home run by Josh Donaldson on Sunday that… Read More
TORONTO (Sep. 27) — Well, not exactly 22 years. More like 21 years and 364 days. From Sep. 27, 1993 to late Saturday afternoon. The longest playoff drought in any of the four major North American pro sports.
Finally, it… Read More
By HOWARD BERGER
TORONTO (Aug. 14) — The words rang hollow from one of our city’s most shrewd and reviled executives — often accompanied by a smirk that people interpreted as wry and disingenuous. Years later, however, the Toronto Blue… Read More
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (Aug. 13) —
What is it about the Toronto Blue Jays and eleven–game win streaks? On five occasions in the past 28 years, the ball club has strung together 11 victories. Not once, has it captured… Read More
By HOWARD BERGER
TORONTO (Aug. 11) — In the short term, the Toronto Blue Jays are marvelously equipped to compete in a best–of–five or best–of–seven playoff series. To obtain that privilege, Alex Anthopoulos shredded the farm system he developed as… Read More
Hockey/baseball reporter at THE FAN-590 for 23 years (1988-2011), and original from September 1992 launch of Canada’s first all-sports radio station. Covered Toronto Blue Jays 1992 and 1993 World Series victories. Started with Leafs full time in 1994. Enjoying life with my family (kids Shane and Lauren).