Marcus Stroman won't stop tweeting; 2019 Vlad Guerrero Jr/Blue Jays thread

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i'm really starting to hate Stroman. constant humble bragging about his lifestyle to bitching about how unfair the game is to him/players and now this:

Stromans puppy 4 days ago. Stromans puppy 24hrs ago. Apparently HDMH stands for Height Doesnt Measure Humanity. pic.twitter.com/SiMZuYGWF2

— 🕶 (@JaysTrain2Reign) March 11, 2019

which is a shame because i love the intensity and hustle he brings to the field.

anyways. Anthony Alford is having an electric spring and i'd love to see him open as our starting LF or CF. hopefully last year was a fluke. (i hope this comment doesn't age brutally)

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 19:52 (three years ago) link

ugh - didn't realize the pic would display like that... sorry everyone!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 19:52 (three years ago) link

When he's winning and the team's winning, I want all the theatrics from him that I don't want when they're not. (I get the feeling he's really worried about going on the market--another poor season and his value will be comparatively nothing--so he's flailing about trying to do this, that, and the other to get an extension.)

clemenza, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 19:59 (three years ago) link

Why the fuck would you do that to a dog

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 03:46 (three years ago) link

Sorry, I just glided past the dog photos--Stroman did that? I don't get it. When I said theatrics, I meant his on-field theatrics.

clemenza, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 03:57 (three years ago) link

Ya he did that for reasons beyond my understanding. I had to unfollow him on social medi a while back because I couldn’t handle his jeuvenile bs anymore.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 14:10 (three years ago) link

https://www.thedodo.com/ear-cropping-cruel-1212872917.html

na (NA), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 14:11 (three years ago) link

it's a shitty thing that people do to their dogs for aesthetic reasons. when i see it in vancouver it's exclusively rich peoples' dogs. but i think the practice has origins in dog fighting

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 16:07 (three years ago) link

That was my first thought when I saw the ears (not that I thought he was fighting the dog, but it’s the dog fighting “look”.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 16:45 (three years ago) link

So the Jays just gave 50% raises to all their minor leaguers apparently!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 17 March 2019 23:16 (three years ago) link

Bo Bichette this spring: 42 PA, .421/.476/.816. That has to be ideal for a young guy playing in the shadow of someone like Guerrero.

clemenza, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 20:03 (three years ago) link

it's just spring, but ya - certainly beats him going 5/30. he's also looked pretty good in the field. he keeps this up and i think we'll see him up some time after the break (whenever the super-two date passes).

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 20:11 (three years ago) link

with him, Vlad, Jansen and Borucki all (probably) playing this year, i'm going to enjoy watching them this season. when i saw that "faith and hope" thing on mlbtr, all i could think about is how much i'm looking forward to this season and the seasons to come – with Biggio, Smith and Pearson all due to debut over the next couple years. it's going to be fun.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 20:45 (three years ago) link

i'm going to the game at the olympic stadium tonight! no vlad :( but maybe bichette/biggio?

anyone i shd keep an eye out for? man the jays depth chart is one of the most deeply uninteresting rosters i've seen in a while :/

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boo'd Up" (Will M.), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 21:20 (three years ago) link

conversely the brewers depth chart is nice

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boo'd Up" (Will M.), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 21:22 (three years ago) link

I was going to lead with "Please post if you see the ghost of ______________," but I just looked up 15 or 20 Expos from the early '70s, and every last one of them is still alive.

Only spring training, for sure. I was just thinking of how much harder it would be for Bichette if all the focus were on him. He's totally under the radar--if Guerrero had had that kind of spring, he'd probably be a bigger story than the Raptors or Leafs right now.

clemenza, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 22:30 (three years ago) link

not much on display at that game i am afraid! barely anything even hit as far as the outfield for the first six innings. nice little rally to win it though, and the fact that there's a dude named nate orf meant we got to yell ORF SIDE LONG BEACH a few times, so that was fun! also a "bo bichette" chant started and it took me a second to realize they weren't saying "holy shit"

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boo'd Up" (Will M.), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 17:41 (three years ago) link

Bo-ba-fett! Bo-ba-fett! Bo-ba-fett!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 19:02 (three years ago) link

Kendrys traded to the As! it's Rowdy time!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:35 (three years ago) link

Keep getting rid of that dead weight--couple more to go.

clemenza, Thursday, 28 March 2019 03:28 (three years ago) link

48 mil going out to players not on the team!

And looks like they added Alford instead of Tellez.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 28 March 2019 12:26 (three years ago) link

If Stroman were to have a great year on a poor team, I think he could well be unbearable.

clemenza, Friday, 29 March 2019 02:17 (three years ago) link

I'm looking forward to seeing whether the Jays can pull off their first proper rebuild since the 80's. Hopefully Stroman also realizes that the window opens next year?

NoTimeBeforeTime, Friday, 29 March 2019 10:58 (three years ago) link

If anyone was born to berate management and demand a trade via Twitter, Stroman's the guy. So I hope you're right.

clemenza, Friday, 29 March 2019 11:26 (three years ago) link

Between us being the '71 Orioles on the mound or the Tigers being the '68 White Sox with the bat, I'm guessing it's the latter.

clemenza, Saturday, 30 March 2019 20:49 (three years ago) link

Too bad we don't have anyone in the minors who might help jumpstart the offense.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 31 March 2019 05:37 (three years ago) link

Bichette?

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 31 March 2019 19:11 (three years ago) link

http://phildellio.tripod.com/vladimir.jpg

Not bad. The fact that I noticed Cleveland was the beneficiary before I thought "April Fools" tells you how trustworthy I find current management when it comes to possible collusion.

clemenza, Monday, 1 April 2019 23:55 (three years ago) link

pillar to the giants

mookieproof, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 16:01 (three years ago) link

You're next, Stroman.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 17:00 (three years ago) link

I'm liking this DePaula guy we're getting back, btw.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 17:01 (three years ago) link

Down at the game tonight. Until Vlad gets here, that place is officially a morgue. Attendance: 12,110.

clemenza, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 03:29 (three years ago) link

What do we think of Grichuk's extension? I guess the price is right, so why not.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 08:26 (three years ago) link

Through six games, the Jays are 1 for 55 in the first three innings.

clemenza, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 11:57 (three years ago) link

re: Gritch – it's ok i guess. he a good defender, young and can hit some dingers. so there's some value there and they pay looks appropriate. maybe what's more important is the team is signalling (in this small way) that they are interested in keeping *some* guys around.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 18:51 (three years ago) link

Vladisaur Jr. will be activated off the IL for tonight's Dunedin Blue Jays vs. Clearwater Thrashers game.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 4 April 2019 21:06 (three years ago) link

first homer of the minor league season belongs to cavan biggio (off gio gonzalez)

mookieproof, Thursday, 4 April 2019 21:36 (three years ago) link

This season is going to both suck - and be fun as shit.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 5 April 2019 01:52 (three years ago) link

VladJr goes 1-4 with a run scored for High A Dunedin route of the Clearwater Thrashers.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 5 April 2019 03:26 (three years ago) link

Outshined by Cavan Biggio!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 5 April 2019 13:00 (three years ago) link

Looking at the Jays boxscore today (so today's game is included), eight of the nine guys in the starting lineup are hitting between .077-.217; five are sub-Mendoza.

clemenza, Saturday, 6 April 2019 23:43 (three years ago) link

I thought Toronto's .183/.261/.318 slash line might be historically significant, but there are three or four teams right there with us or worse this year.

clemenza, Monday, 8 April 2019 12:01 (three years ago) link

ya, it hasn't been that long. just feels long. gonna be another long two weeks.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 8 April 2019 20:58 (three years ago) link

matty shoes for cy young

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 April 2019 03:04 (three years ago) link

bo bichette, broken hand

mookieproof, Tuesday, 23 April 2019 16:04 (three years ago) link

matty shoes for cy young

the Curse of Mook

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 23 April 2019 16:11 (three years ago) link

Happy Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Day! @BlueJays

— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) April 26, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 26 April 2019 15:17 (three years ago) link

We were trying to guess where he'd be in the order today: 2nd or 5th for me, a co-worker thought 7th.

clemenza, Friday, 26 April 2019 16:13 (three years ago) link

He has arrived. Ya llegó. @vladdyjr27 @VladGuerrero27 #VladDay #VladdyJr pic.twitter.com/pkKroNvshO

— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) April 26, 2019

Andy K, Friday, 26 April 2019 16:36 (three years ago) link

welp

mookieproof, Wednesday, 13 July 2022 16:34 (one month ago) link

i believe cito gaston is available

mookieproof, Wednesday, 13 July 2022 16:37 (one month ago) link

Ha! Guessed what your post meant right away. Wondering if they'll go after Maddon.

clemenza, Wednesday, 13 July 2022 16:37 (one month ago) link

Obviously upper-management monitors the Blue Jays Nation site very closely.

https://bluejaysnation.com/2022/07/10/its-time-to-fire-charlie-montoyo-next-week/

clemenza, Wednesday, 13 July 2022 16:43 (one month ago) link

i feel like the shine is kind of off maddon (although the angels have been drastically worse since firing him)

mookieproof, Wednesday, 13 July 2022 16:54 (one month ago) link

John Schneider, bench coach...okay, I'll admit it, the name didn't register with me at all, even though he's been here for three years.

The Brewers and Jason Alexander can have their Seinfeld-related jokes; we get The Dukes of Hazzard.

clemenza, Wednesday, 13 July 2022 17:18 (one month ago) link

Have already heard everyone's favourite--"You can't fire the players"--two or three times.

True. But you could start by firing Bradley Zimmer, who now sports an OPS+ of 32.

(Yes, I realize that's a tiny piece of the puzzle, and that I'm fixated on this. But honestly, even as a decent defensive sub, is it that hard to find a guy who can catch the baseball and provide something approaching replacement-level offense?)

clemenza, Wednesday, 13 July 2022 17:34 (one month ago) link

would normally complain that you can't actually expect any real change simply by elevating the bench coach, but the experience of phil nevin instigating brawls at least suggests the possibility

mookieproof, Wednesday, 13 July 2022 17:54 (one month ago) link

it's weird when you think about it, that they decided that "ahh, whoever we got lying around... Schneider, i guess" > Montoyo for the remainder of the season.
i don't think anyone is surprised. after that skid, something had to change.
and re: Zimmer, is his WAR still better than Tapia's?!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 13 July 2022 19:41 (one month ago) link

It is--0.0 to -0.8.

Tapia's offensive numbers, though far from spectacular, are much better than Zimmer's. (So are Charlie Brown's.) You watch much more than I do--is Tapia that awful on defense?

clemenza, Wednesday, 13 July 2022 20:07 (one month ago) link

I'm sure this was a story when he got hired, but I never realized till today that Charlie Montoyo was a career .400 hitter in the big leagues.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/montoch01.shtml

Seriously, though, why didn't he get more of a chance in the majors? He had a .404 career OBA across 4,000+ PA.

clemenza, Wednesday, 13 July 2022 21:14 (one month ago) link

(Minor-league PA, that is.)

clemenza, Wednesday, 13 July 2022 21:41 (one month ago) link

Oh wow. He was an OBP god about a decade before anyone cared!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 14 July 2022 17:31 (one month ago) link

Embarrassing that they lost this one

Save some for the rest of the season, guys.

Andy K, Saturday, 23 July 2022 01:38 (three weeks ago) link

I switched over to something else when I took a nap: it was 3-0 at the time. Woke up, 17-3. Just went out for coffee, 27-3 when I got back.

clemenza, Saturday, 23 July 2022 02:00 (three weeks ago) link

i opened with a nap too, but my gf got me after the inside the park grand slam.
so i've seen them score a few so far!

will the modern record fall tonight?!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 23 July 2022 02:03 (three weeks ago) link

also: do you not plan on sleeping tonight?!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 23 July 2022 02:03 (three weeks ago) link

Wow that Tapia inside the park home run—haven’t seen a CF dramatically misjudge a fly ball like that in a long time

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 23 July 2022 02:22 (three weeks ago) link

Retirement: "naps," "sleep," "tonight," these words lose all meaning.

clemenza, Saturday, 23 July 2022 02:25 (three weeks ago) link

I’m at the @RedSox @BlueJays game.
Between innings, a guy proposed to his girlfriend, she said yes, and the stadium dj played, “We Fell in Love in a Hopeless Place.”

— Marc Evan Jackson (@MarcEvanJackson) July 23, 2022

Andy K, Saturday, 23 July 2022 02:52 (three weeks ago) link

Every Jays starter had at least two hits and one run. First time for the franchise--probably been done before.

clemenza, Saturday, 23 July 2022 03:05 (three weeks ago) link

getting flashbacks to my softball league rn

(we were the Red Sox, always the fuckin Red Sox)

frogbs, Saturday, 23 July 2022 03:09 (three weeks ago) link

Jays are now a game under their Pythagorean projection.

clemenza, Saturday, 23 July 2022 04:53 (three weeks ago) link

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. making fruit cocktails during last night’s 28-5 win over the Red Sox 😂

(📸: @ArashMadani) pic.twitter.com/sf3OP57Tte

— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 23, 2022

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Saturday, 23 July 2022 17:07 (three weeks ago) link

Get the feeling that photo might be on Boston's locker-room wall today.

clemenza, Saturday, 23 July 2022 17:46 (three weeks ago) link

(I don't know--maybe my mind's still on 1978 time.)

clemenza, Saturday, 23 July 2022 17:47 (three weeks ago) link

Toronto's secret weapon this season: COVID vaccination laws. Arenado and Goldschmidt won't play in the series this week.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Monday, 25 July 2022 11:14 (three weeks ago) link

Maybe this is the year all these covid restrictions wind up as a net positive.
It still sucks that all these amateur virologists are limiting what players they can sign/trade for.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 25 July 2022 14:34 (three weeks ago) link

I was never his biggest fan - but it’s great to have buck back in the booth.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 01:38 (three weeks ago) link

Not sure if there's a gap or two in there, but he's been with the franchise as a player/manager/broadcaster for four decades.

clemenza, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 02:26 (three weeks ago) link

(Schneider) is the first manager to have a run differential of +50 or better over his first nine career games since Jim Price posted a +63 for the New York Gothams in 1884.

I guess you really can program a computer to figure out anything.

https://www.mlb.com/news/george-springer-vladimir-guerrero-jr-lead-blue-jays-to-win

clemenza, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 13:28 (three weeks ago) link

Obviously the Jays don't "have to" do anything against Detroit--it's still July. But I'll be very disappointed if they don't win at least three out of four. Their starting pitching is so iffy these days, it feels like they have to open up a cushion for the wild-card.

clemenza, Thursday, 28 July 2022 23:24 (three weeks ago) link

Opening the series with Kikuchi makes this less easy than one might think.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 28 July 2022 23:56 (three weeks ago) link

Good start...but yeah, my last post was kind of tautological: the very reason they might not win three out of four is their starting pitching is so iffy these days.

clemenza, Friday, 29 July 2022 04:10 (two weeks ago) link

was a good ball game, tigers kept it close!

Hey, we got some new bodies! Bass and Pop--we're starting a new indie label or something.

https://www.mlb.com/news/blue-jays-anthony-bass-zach-pop-trade

clemenza, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 18:03 (two weeks ago) link

ha ha! glad they did *something*
Bass didn't blow me away his first stint here and Pop looks very interesting. shame we gave up on Groshans tho, but he really wasn't looking good at all in AAA.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 2 August 2022 19:37 (two weeks ago) link

man - we didn't even talk about the other nutty trades the jays made!

anyways - the play at the plate today. i watched the replay and though sanchez was indeed blocking the plate the way he threw his leg down... but looks like a lot of people thought the replay office got it wrong?!

Seemed to be blocking the path to me, but I don't know the exact wording of the rule.

Second great start in a row from Gausman. I don't know if my 35-year-old memory can be trusted, but he reminds me of Stieb: compact motion, keeps it low, ball darts all over the place.

clemenza, Monday, 8 August 2022 02:46 (one week ago) link

I thought the catcher can block the plate if he needs to make a play on the ball? He can't exactly move out of the path of the ball if he needs to make a catch. And the knee only went down after he had the ball. I thought the Twins were robbed but OTOH who cares Jays win!!

NoTimeBeforeTime, Monday, 8 August 2022 06:53 (one week ago) link

Jays are actually within 10 of the Yankees, first time since June 15.

clemenza, Monday, 8 August 2022 13:24 (one week ago) link

man, i just spent a while looking at diagrams and rules etc.

this call, either way, is definitely in a grey area where it could go either way.

Whit admitted he decided to go straight into Sanchez instead of sliding around because he felt Sanchez was getting overly cute with the rules and had, in this case, violated it.
Sanchez had apparently admitted in the past, he intentionally pushed the limits of where he could plant his feet.

Baldelli was upset because the play had often gone the other way. not like the umps could have done anything about it. tho, i guess a review of a similar play in Pittsburg had also ruled the same.

what looks clear to me was that the ball was coming to sanchez in fair territory, he'd set-up in fair territory – but he had actually started moving to block Merrifield before he caught the ball and had no need to move in that direction to make the catch.

i honestly don't know if I should give Whit credit for knowing he was, technically, on the right side of the rules here and possibly also knowing sanchez like to push the limits of where and when he could move to block the plate – of if he just got incredibly fucking lucky expecting the review office in new york to rule in his favour.

john schneider looks like alejandro kirk's dad

, Wednesday, 10 August 2022 00:25 (one week ago) link

and then there's manoah. dear god the big portly boys i'm looking at

, Wednesday, 10 August 2022 00:25 (one week ago) link

Not sure if I should be excited about Jackie Bradley Jr. or not. Good defender, obviously, but geez, some of those batting averages...OPS+ of 85 for his career.

clemenza, Wednesday, 10 August 2022 01:26 (one week ago) link

very much a lateral move out there vs Zimmer

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 10 August 2022 03:26 (one week ago) link

there's a decent chance you guys are about to get TJ McFarland'd. DFA'd yesterday, and he's been awful this year. But he was decent last year, and the blue jays do not have a left handed reliever. Neither do the Mariners, so...good luck

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Thursday, 11 August 2022 16:42 (one week ago) link

What do you do after you've exercised the fire-the-manager option?

clemenza, Tuesday, 16 August 2022 01:28 (two days ago) link

If they lose this afternoon, they will be looking up at the Orioles in the standings. Maybe that'd jolt them out of this.

clemenza, Wednesday, 17 August 2022 15:11 (yesterday) link


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