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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Anyone been around here 10 yrs?
« on: April 18, 2017, 01:23:36 PM »
I started visiting during the Rivals days and remember when it switched over to tmlfans. I haven't been around much in the last couple of years, though, and just happened in today for a visit. Really appreciate all the hard work you put into the site over the years Rick (and Darryl, and Jay...).

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This sort of felt like the way it would go when the dates for making decisions were pushed out so far. In the end, Wideman gets his $$ for the second 10 games, and the officials probably feel somewhat better that Wideman sits for 20 anyway.

I would have thought so too, but apparently not...

Officials Strongly Disagree with Ruling

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
« on: February 22, 2016, 10:41:26 AM »
Anyone know why the FAN was playing US sports talk last night while the Raptors game was on? I was driving home and found myself hearing a bunch of american radio ads and was wondering what was going on.

I know Rogers has cut some staff recently (Brady and Sammut among them) and I immediately wondered if this had anything to do with the lack of programming. I can see having this kind of programming on the overnight slot, but at 7pm on a Sunday? Guess not many people listen at that time.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Anyone been around here 10 yrs?
« on: February 22, 2016, 10:37:38 AM »
More than 10 years. I was definitely back in university (pre-2004), because I also remember meeting some of the group in Waterloo at McGinnis Front Row. I also remember Corn Flake's message board back in the day. Penaltybox.com!

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Edit: 7-0 now, and he gets yanked. Sentimentality costs the Jays 7 runs, and he won't get his 200 innings this year. Looks like Jays will get the West champs in the first round.

So it was sentimentality that started EE at first? There's a reason only one of those runs is earned.

This is exactly the kind of thing I have come to expect from you, Nik. Carry on.

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He is already behind 6-0 having only picked up 2 outs. The errors by Goins and EE didn't help.

Edit: 7-0 now, and he gets yanked. Sentimentality costs the Jays 7 runs, and he won't get his 200 innings this year. Looks like Jays will get the West champs in the first round.

Those two errors and a umpire who was squeezing the strike zone did him in.  His arm is tired and he couldn't locate so when everything just off the plate is called a ball it means he's forced to throw over the middle of the plate to get a strike call.  No runs would have crossed the plate had Goins and Encarnacion not let him down.

Oh look...the strike zone has expanded in the 2nd inning.

Sorry. I'm at work this afternoon and don't get to experience the nuances of the game like that (strike zone) and have to follow on Yahoo / MLB. I agree the errors were the turning point and no runs should have scored. But you are also correct in that his arm is tired and that also contributed to him not being able to overcome the adversity.

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He is already behind 6-0 having only picked up 2 outs. The errors by Goins and EE didn't help.

Edit: 7-0 now, and he gets yanked. Sentimentality costs the Jays 7 runs, and he won't get his 200 innings this year. Looks like Jays will get the West champs in the first round.

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Series 40: Tigers at Jays
« on: August 31, 2015, 08:42:05 AM »
I was wondering about EE and the home run cycle. I read that no one has ever done that at the major league level, but someone did it at AA.

After his solo home run in the first inning yesterday, he had hit one of each type of home run in only 6 at bats - I wonder how that stacks up in the history books...

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Series 34: Jays at Yankees
« on: August 10, 2015, 08:36:57 AM »
And that includes Hutchison's less than stellar numbers.

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays acquire Troy Tulowitzki
« on: July 28, 2015, 06:42:11 AM »
Typical Anthopoulos ambush trade. :)

I like the deal. Hopefully Hawkins will improve the bullpen a bit, or at the very least allow the Jays to send someone less effective out the door.

If Hoffman is gone, what's left to trade for a starter? Phillies in town tonight, though, so let the Hamels / Papelbon speculation continue.

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Series 31: Jays at Mariners
« on: July 27, 2015, 08:54:13 AM »
I would gladly deal Hutchison.

No point in dealing him while his value is this low.

But his splits are really intriguing. He has an ERA of around 2.00 in his home starts (a hitters park) and a joke of an ERA on the road. He's still young and was rushed to the majors before sustaining a long injury; he has so little mileage on that arm. AAA wouldn't be a bad idea.

Sadly with the complete lack of SP depth they don't have anyone who could take his spot should he go on a short trip to AAA.

Yea they are in kind of a bind. I guess that's why Doubront is still in the rotation. Suprising that they a) inserted Sanchez to the bullpen and b) sent down Delabar (who has looked quite good), particularly with their SP weakness.

Yeah don't get me started on the way this team has treated Delabar! I don't care that Loup and Cecil are lefties, they have pitched far worse than Delabar has. Loup coughed up the gopherball in extras today...he should be the one in Buffalo.

Loup has been awful all year. Great, he's a lefty. Except he can't get lefties or righties out. Very useful.

It makes me wonder why anyone thinks that adding one starter is going to make any of a difference at all. The latest victim of the BS game is Bo Schultz. They get one reliever pitching well and use him as much as they can until he inevitably starts to fail. Osuna has come back to earth, and this may be the start for Bo.

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Series 31: Jays at Mariners
« on: July 27, 2015, 08:49:59 AM »
Yeesh: http://screengrabber.deadspin.com/blue-jays-awful-baserunning-turns-grounder-into-triple-1720278375

Wow. That is absolutely embarrassing. Too bad Carrera fell off the base and was tagged out, but why does it seem that when there is a baserunning mess up that Pillar is inevitably involved?

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2015 Toronto Blue Jays thread
« on: June 24, 2015, 03:50:57 PM »
And... gasp.... a Blue Jay reliever gets a SAVE!!! :o

Delabar with the efficient inning to end it for the Jays. Wow! Good win!

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2015 Toronto Blue Jays thread
« on: June 24, 2015, 03:34:35 PM »
This offense is brutal sometimes for being so dominant.

Left the bases loaded in the 6th with 2 outs
Left runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs in the 7th
Left runner on 1st with 2 outs in the 8th
Left runners on 1st and 3rd with 1 out in the 9th

Come on Gibbons.  He's thrown a million pitches but a flare single to the gap and you pull him with 2 outs in the 9th.  And boo to this offense for letting Estrada down.

Well the pitching has let the offense down a few times too.

And that combination is why they are going to have a tough time making the playoffs.

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2015 Toronto Blue Jays thread
« on: June 24, 2015, 11:16:22 AM »
Another disappointing loss last night - Dickey was good through 7, but Archer was great through 8. Delabar gave up a homer in the 8th, which turned out to be the difference in another one run loss.

Tampa seems to have their number this year - Jays are 2-7 against the Rays.

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