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

Blue Jays Aren’t Remotely The Same

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

More Lessons Learned

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

Anthopoulos Exit Began Last Winter

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

Rogers Has The Final Say

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

Blue Jays Can’t Be Satisfied

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

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

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

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

These Blue Jays Like None Other

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 24) — It is official. At no point in their 39–season history have the Toronto Blue Jays so thoroughly dismantled an opponent over the course of three games. It happened this weekend in Anaheim against… Read More

Blue Jays Roll Another 11

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (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

Looking Ahead at the Blue Jays Rotation

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

Friday Flashback Like None Other

By HOWARD BERGER CLEVELAND (May 2) — A 5½–hour journey here by car from Toronto on Friday quickly turned into a quarter–century–old deja vu. Hanging around the batting cage and the Blue Jays dugout two hours before a Major League… 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

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

Toronto Ownership Blahs – Part 1

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 4) – The tale of professional sporting woe in this city has continued unabated through the winter, spring and summer months of 2014 with a few different twists and turns, but the same result: Mediocrity… Read More
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