Shanaplan Goes Boom!

TORONTO (July 3) — Let me begin by making this unequivocal point: I love Patrick Marleau. Everybody loves Patrick Marleau. He is a first–ballot Hall of Famer; a consummate gentleman, and he comes to the Maple Leafs from what I… Read More

Of Course, Leafs Can Stand Pat

TORONTO (June 29) — On Sunday afternoon in Chicago, moments after the 2017 National Hockey League draft, Lou Lamoriello sat alongside Mark Hunter and did what only he can do to perfection. Engaging and cooperative, the Maple Leafs general manager… Read More

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

October Manna From Heaven

TORONTO (Oct. 13) — In a city that continues to hunger for sports accomplishment, October of 2016 has been quite remarkable. And, we still have 18 days before Halloween. It began for baseball fans, with the Toronto Blue Jays winning… 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

Can It Get Uglier?

TORONTO (Sep. 15) — John Gibbons, manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, believes his club hit “rock–bottom” on Wednesday afternoon while being dismantled by the Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre — a plausible claim given the 8–1 final score… 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

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

Blue Jays A Small Potato at Rogers

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

Blue Jays Clinch — How It Looked on TV

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

Clinching Moments

TORONTO (Sep. 30) — Mother Nature has delayed the Blue Jays division–clinching party in Baltimore… but likely not for long. Though rain is expected to continue through much of Wednesday and Thursday in Maryland, the Jays need but a single… Read More

Blue Jays and Weather Sweltering

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 7) — As my late, Polish–born grandfather used to say after a few hours on the shore at Miami Beach: “Oy, vas it hot!” Sam Berger’s grandson was “Oy–ing” time and again beneath the sun… Read More

Our Birds Were Due

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 5) — Credit the Blue Jays, big time, for reducing their “stinker” ratio from three–a–week in June to one–per–month in August and September. Friday night at Rogers Centre was the first in awhile. A 10–2… Read More

It Won’t Be Long

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 3) — Baseball fans, get ready for some magic. Or, in the case of the Toronto Blue Jays, some more magic. Within two weeks — barring the unforeseen and for the first time in 22… Read More

Blue Jays Finally on U.S. National TV

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 31) — At first, I thought it was a misprint. Then, I checked MLB.com and found it was true. As of now, American networks FOX and TBS are going to risk showing a baseball team… Read More

Can Blue Jays Be Caught?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 27) — It may be early to start looking at Magic Numbers but the runaway train atop the American League East is picking up steam. And, the question now clearly is: Can the Toronto Blue… Read More

Blue Jays Destroying the Angels

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 23) — Utter humiliation. There can be no other way to describe what the Toronto Blue Jays have heaped on the Los Angeles Angels in less than 24 hours this weekend. Consecutive victories at the… Read More
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