Daily Archives: December 22, 2015

Could Blue Jays Try 4-Man Rotation? They’ve Done it Before!

Could the Toronto Blue Jays consider using a 4 man rotation in 2016? It’s not as crazy as it sounds. They’ve done it before.

Would it be inconceivable for the Blue Jays to break away from recent tradition, and move to a four man starting rotation? Teams stray away from the idea of a four man starting rotation because of the workload, and the risk someone says the ‘TJ’ word. It wouldn’t be the first time it had been implemented, and not even the first time the Blue Jays have used the four man system.

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Blue Jays: 7 Reasons Why I Like Mark Shapiro

Mark Shapiro might turn out to the the best thing that has happened to the Blue Jays – and to their fans – in decades

The latest game in the Toronto Blue Jays media and blogosphere is Shapiro-bashing.  It is funny-sad that the same writers who were calling for Alex Anthopoulos’ firing less than 12 months ago, and who complained incessantly about Paul Beeston’s non-answer answers, are now describing both as candidates for sainthood.   While Shapiro and Atkins are candidates for impeachment.

Well, let me tell you my deep, dark secret.  I like Shapiro.

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Jays’ Nest Podcast #52: Blue Jays Holiday Edition

Jays Journal brings you Ep 52 of the Jays’ Nest Podcast. This week we discuss the Toronto Blue Jays recent roster moves and news and have some holiday fun!

Episode 52 of the Jays’ Nest Podcast features some great discussion about recent (not very exciting) roster moves from the Toronto Blue Jays. The moves are more about providing depth in the organization and fielding a team at the AAA level. We had some holiday fun with a look in at players’ holiday fun and what they’d ask Santa for. We also create a game called “Guess the Alias”. This week’s reader questions look at the possibility of trading some big bats a possible target and our wish list.

We want to thank you for making the Jays’ Nest Podcast one of the higher ranking podcasts in iTunes! Enjoy your holidays!

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Milwaukee Brewers State Of The Union For 2016

New Milwaukee GM David Kearns has his hands full trying to compete in the NL Central for the next several seasons. Really the club should be starting a full scale rebuild that includes trading Ryan Braun. Jonathan Lucroy and potentially Wily Peralta. With dealing with the Cubs, Cards and Bucs all in the NL Central, expect a 100 loss season coming forth for the club.

New Milwaukee GM David Stearns has his hands full trying to compete in the NL Central for the next several seasons. Really the club should be starting a full scale rebuild that includes trading Ryan Braun. Jonathan Lucroy and potentially Wily Peralta. With dealing with the Cubs, Cards and Bucs all in the NL Central, expect a 100 loss season coming forth for the club.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer) 

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The Milwaukee Brewers owner just sent out an open letter to all of the fans explaining to them his gratitude, and promised that the organization is committed to winning long term.  I liked his candor, but it will be some time before this team has many victory laps.

The NL Central has turned into a fierce 3 club race, with the Reds and Brewers being left in the dust.  Cincinnati has already thrown the white flag this week in trading Todd Frazier and now potentially Brandon Phillips.  They would have already traded Aroldis Chapman as well if it weren’t for a domestic dispute.

The time to rebuild for the club is now.  I would think the club should also entertain trade talks with Ryan Braun and Jonathon Lucroy over the next 6 – 8 months. Read the rest of this entry

Great Payroll And MLB Preview Links For 2016

Updated for all as we post them..

A page for 2016 MLB Team Salary Links in this page. 2016 MLB Teams State Of The Unions (SOTU) Links in this page.

MLB In General

MLB Top Free Agent Predictions (Picks 1 – 25)

MLB Top Free Agent Predictions (Picks 26 – 50)

30 MLB Teams Needs/Notes And Financials For The Offseason

2015 Final MLB Attendances + Analysis

All 2430 MLB Games In 2016 On One Page Post

Ranking The MLB Divisions For 2016

MLB’s Flawed 2 – 3 – 2 Format Exposed Again In 2015 World Series

MLB Power Rankings: Early Predictions For 2016

Teams That Should Take Advantage Of A Weak Penalty For The Luxury Tax In 2016

MLB Baseball Clubs Should Make Single Game Tickets Available Before Christmas

American League

AL EAST

Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY  (New York Yankees)

New York Yankees State Of The Union For 2016

New York Yankees Payroll In 2016 + Contracts Going Forward

Fenway Park, Boston, MA (Boston Red Sox)

Its Time For Boston To Break From Philosophy + Sign An Ace: Red Sox State Of The Union 2016

Boston Red Sox Payroll In 2016 + Contracts Going Forward

Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON (Toronto Blue Jays)

Toronto Should Sign A Free Agent Slugger/Leadoff Guy Then Flip Encarnacion: Blue Jays State Of The Union 2016

Toronto Blue Jays Payroll In 2016 + Contracts Going Forward

Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL (Tampa Bay Rays)

Tampa Bay Rays Payroll In 2016 + Contracts Going Forward

Oriole Park, Baltimore, MD  (Baltimore Orioles)

Baltimore Orioles State Of The Union For 2016

AL CENTRAL

Comerica Park, Detroit, MI (Detroit Tigers)

Detroit Tigers Payroll In 2016 + Contracts Going Forward

U.S. Cellular, Chicago, IL (Chicago White Sox)

Chicago White Sox State Of The Union For 2016

Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH (Cleveland Indians)

Cleveland Indians State Of The Union For 2016

Target Field, Minneapolis, MN (Minnesota Twins)

Minnesota Twins State Of The Union: Looking For The Playoffs In 2016

Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO (Kansas City Royals)

Kansas City Royals State Of The Union For 2016

AL WEST

Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA (Los Angeles Angels)

Los Angeles Angels Payroll in 2016 + Contracts Going Forward

Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, TX (Texas Rangers)

Texas Rangers Payroll In 2016 + Contracts Going Forward

Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX (Houston Astros)

Houston Astros State Of The Union For 2016

Safeco Field, Seattle, WA (Seattle Mariners)

Seattle Mariners State Of The Union For 2016

O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA (Oakland Athletics)

The Oakland A’s State Of The Union For 2016: Beane Counting Or Picking?

National League

NL EAST

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia Phillies)

Philadelphia Phillies Payroll In 2016 + Contracts Going Forward

Nationals Park, Washington, DC (Washington Nationals)

Washington Nationals State Of The Union For 2016

Marlins Park, Miami, FL (Miami Marlins)

Miami Marlins State Of The Union For 2016

Citi Field, Flushing, NY (New York Mets)

NY Mets Payroll In 2016 + Going Forward

Turner Field, Atlanta, GA (Atlanta Braves)

Atlanta Braves State Of The Union For 2016

NL CENTRAL

Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH (Cincinnati Reds)

Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI (Milwaukee Brewers)

Milwaukee Brewers State Of The Union For 2016

Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL  (Chicago Cubs)

Chicago Cubs State Of The Union For 2016

PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Pittsburgh Pirates State Of The Union For 2016: All Hands On Deck To At Least Start 2016!

Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO (St. Louis Cardinals)

St. Louis Cardinals State Of The Union For 2016

NL WEST

AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA (San Francisco Giants)

San Francisco Giants Payroll In 2016 + Contracts Going Forward

Petco Park, San Diego, CA (San Diego Padres)

San Diego Padres State Of The Union For 2016

Chase Field, Phoenix, AR (Arizona Diamondbacks)

Arizona Diamondbacks Payroll In 2016 + Contracts Going Forward

Coors Field, Denver, CO (Colorado Rockies)

Colorado Rockies State Of The Union For 2016

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA (LA Dodgers)

LA Dodgers Payroll in 2016 + Contracts Going Forward

Los Angeles Dodgers State Of The Union For 2016

Players With Potentially Expiring Contracts In 2016: Trade Bait, CBA + Payroll Implications

In the last year of the current CBA, there is potentially only one more year to take advantage of a feeble penalty as a first time abuser in 2016. With Boston set to join the Dodgers and Yankees as abusers, I took a look at other teams who should consider the 2016 campaign as a rare gamble to dole out some cash in seeking a World Series trophy before the new CBA is authored in prior to the 2017 season.

In the last year of the current CBA, there is potentially only one more year to take advantage of a feeble penalty as a first time abuser in 2016. With Boston set to join the Dodgers and Yankees as abusers, I took a look at other teams who should consider the 2016 campaign as a rare gamble to dole out some cash in seeking a World Series trophy before the new CBA is authored in prior to the 2017 season.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part-Owner) 

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The Boston Red Sox might just be on to something.  They will be penalized for the 1st year of going over the new $189 MIL limit in 2016, but it is also the last year the CBA may have the percentages.

Currently right now, there is a 17.5% penalty for spending dollars over $189 MIL.  The Dodgers and Yankees are the only other teams that are budgeted over the mark in addition to Boston.

On the cusp are the Detroit Tigers, sitting at around $177 MIL – while the Giants and Angels are nearly at $170 MIL.  The Cubs are also near the $165 MIL area.

Why not spend like crazy in 2016 – and take advantage of the system as it is presented towards you? (more…)

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 21, 2015

MLB Reports

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Today’s podcast is a message to Cornelius NC Mayor Chuck Travis and the board of commissioners to honor Hoyt Wilhelm and preserve the baseball diamond where he began his Hall of Fame journey.

It is a call to action episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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