July 3, 2017 Mike Shara 2Comment

GAME 81 (15-1 loss vs. Boston) (season record 37-44) Well, I believe we’ve reached the end of the Joe Biagini era as far as his being a member of the Blue Jays’ starting rotation goes. Aaron Sanchez will rejoin the team next week, provided that he doesn’t prefer playing for Buffalo (who could blame him?) which will likely push Biagini back to the bullpen or even all the way to Buffalo, where he could become a part of the Bisons’ rotation, with next season in mind. I’m not sure he’s cut out for starting, though. Lacking a true strikeout pitch and nibbling too much…

July 2, 2017 Mike Shara

GAME 80 (7-1 loss vs. Boston) (season record 37-43) I was going to begin my list of the 10 worst draft picks in Blue Jays history today, but I think that combining that depressing list of terrible decisions with yet another depressing chronicle of a game in which Toronto never even truthfully competed in would be too much for the 8 people who still read this thing, so I think I’ll wait until they actually win a game before we go there. The folks who work at the Rogers Centre had barely finished wrapping up the gigantic Canadian flag from the…

July 1, 2017 Mike Shara

GAME 79 (7-4 loss vs. Boston) (season record 37-42) Before discussing the depressing inevitability of tonight’s game’s outcome, we’ll focus on the pleasant improbability of late round draft picks who went on to become MLB stars. The top two draft pick steals in Toronto Blue Jays history: 2. DAVE STIEB – 5th round, 1978 (106th overall) – The best pitcher in Blue Jays history was selected as an outfielder. Kinda seems about perfect for this team, doesn’t it?  After playing as an outfielder throughout his college career at Southern Illinois University, Stieb showed enough promise on the mound in a…

June 30, 2017 Mike Shara

GAME 78 – (4-0 win vs. Baltimore) (season record 37-40) We continue out list of the Top Ten draft pics in Blue Jays history tonight with numbers 7 through 5. 7. JOHN OLERUD – third round, 1989 (79th overall)  A pitcher and first baseman at Washington State University, “Johnny O” was named the 1988 Baseball America College Player of the Year as a junior, but suffered a brain aneurysm before his senior season and didn’t play much, which is the only possible explanation for how a swing that perfect could have fallen so far in a draft year. Fully recovered…

June 29, 2017 Mike Shara

GAME 77 – (4-0 win vs. Baltimore) (season record 37-40) We continue out list of the Top Ten draft pics in Blue Jays history tonight with numbers 7 through 5. 7. JOHN OLERUD – third round, 1989 (79th overall)  A pitcher and first baseman at Washington State University, “Johnny O” was named the 1988 Baseball America College Player of the Year as a junior, but suffered a brain aneurysm before his senior season and didn’t play much, which is the only possible explanation for how a swing that perfect could have fallen so far in a draft year. Fully recovered…

June 28, 2017 Mike Shara

GAME 76 (3-1 loss vs. Baltimore) (season record 36-40) Tonight begins my list of the best draft picks in Toronto Blue Jays history. For the four of you who haven’t now begun to immediately scroll down the page or go back to liking cat videos on Facebook, let me explain my criteria for this list. -First and second round picks don’t count. Those guys are supposed to turn out to be decent players on your MLB team. As you’ll see when I list the worst picks in Jays history, that doesn’t happen as often as you might think. Certainly not…

June 26, 2017 Mike Shara 1Comment

GAME 75 (8-2 win at Kansas City) (season record 36-39) Now that the MLB Draft has wound down, next week I’ll begin a list of the 10 Best and 10 Worst Draft Picks in Toronto Blue Jays history. That will require a lot of research and some preplanning, so today’s entry will be brief. While obviously a win in the final game of a series is preferable to being swept, it still should give the Blue Jays and their fans some pause that the one win in three games ratio vs. Kansas City and their brand of baseball is still continuing….

June 25, 2017 Mike Shara

GAME 74 (3-2 loss at Kansas City) (season record 35-39) And the hits just keep on comin’. After I spent yesterday’s column praising how preternaturally unflappable and tough Roberto Osuna is for such a young man, it turns out he’s not bulletproof after all. Anxiety disorder is something I know about all too well and there’s nothing more to say about it here except that I’m sure I can speak for everyone who is a Blue Jays fan by telling him we support him 100% and that we’re proud of him for coming clean about it so that he can get himself…

June 24, 2017 Mike Shara

GAME 73  (5-4 loss at Kansas City) (season record 35-38) There are losses that are just losses. Games where your team really didn’t deserve to win, were clearly outplayed and just knew it wasn’t your night. Over the course of 162 games those games are bound to happen and no team can avoid them entirely. They are a recurring part of every single season. Then, there are games like tonight. Games like this one are also part of every team’s season, but they can often carry more of a residual effect on those seasons. Games like tonight’s can become watershed moments…

June 23, 2017 Mike Shara 2Comment

GAME 72  (11-4 loss at Texas) (season record 35-37) What can you say about a team that consistently loses games when they are favoured to win? What do you write about a team whose only serious winning stretch came when it was missing its most expensive players? How is it even possible to lose 9 consecutive games where you have a chance to reach the .500 mark? This Blue Jays team is impossible to define, difficult to like and, frankly, boring to watch. This team doesn’t do anything particularly well, except disappoint. Rather than adding to this roster at the…