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Old 02-23-2021, 11:43 AM   #1
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Spring Training has begun so it's time for the 2021 thread.

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Old 02-23-2021, 12:09 PM   #2
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Awesome. So happy to get spring training going! Should be a fun season.

Red Sox are going to be a mess. Orioles too. Yankees are obviously stacked and the Rays are gonna Ray and frustrate the hell out of the Jays.

Looking forward to a competitive Jays season.
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Old 02-23-2021, 06:28 PM   #3
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I wish I could collect Chris Davis' pay cheque for one day. I think he would strike out one a game in Slow Pitch if he was sobre...he'd hit fingers every other time. Stupid Orioles.

Jay's should be fun to watch. Starting pitching is the question. Maybe 3 starters and two teams of 3 inning guys can get you thru the season.
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Old 02-23-2021, 07:08 PM   #5
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Old 02-23-2021, 07:17 PM   #6
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Let's play a game:
1) How many games are the Jays going to play this year?
136

2) Win percentage (as opposed to wins b/c of covid)?
.588

3) Best player?
Bichette

4) Most disappointing player?
Vlad (because his expectations are high)
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Old 02-23-2021, 09:14 PM   #7
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Harris is a late-bloomer who only first touched 90 mph while in junior college, and at best sat 90-94 while he was later at Pitt. His velo didnít really pop until later in pro ball, and Harris sat 92-96 in 2019. The Yankees have been pretty good at developing pitchers for a while, so they lose several of them every year during the Rule 5 draft. Harris was a 2019 minor league phase pick by Toronto. His delivery has changed a bit and he showed up at instructs with a different one, one that better utilizes his lower half. Heís now parked at 96-98 and has been up to 101 out of the bullpen. Harris will still need to find a secondary pitch and his splitter, which he first learned as he entered pro ball, might also blossom late as heís only recently begun to use it against both-handed hitters rather than try to get righties to swing over his curve. Heís got a shot to earn a bullpen spot at some point in 2021 if he can throw enough strikes in the minors. (Fall Instructional League)
Power arm indeed.

Zululeta is also a potential power arm for the bullpen eventually.

Love it. Something about a guy coming out of the pen throwing fricken smoke that is appealing. Especially if he's got some sort of wipe out secondary, like a slider or splitter, and can throw strikes.
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Old 02-24-2021, 09:28 AM   #8
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I really enjoyed last season and hope for some more growing pains/improvements.
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Old 02-24-2021, 12:38 PM   #9
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Woohooo, Vladdy dropped 42 lbs this off season.
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That's phenomenal. 42ibs in 5 months is pretty darn impressive. I really hope he sees dividends so he continues to stay motivated. I'm sure that Tatis contract has given him 340 million reasons to aswell.
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Old 02-24-2021, 01:22 PM   #11
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I just saw an interview with him. He looks much thinner. Good for him.
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Old 02-25-2021, 02:24 PM   #13
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Hopefully the improved fitness and weight loss translate to a much lower percentage of worm burners.

Just say no to Vladimir Groundballo Jr.
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Hopefully the improved fitness and weight loss translate to a much lower percentage of worm burners.
Doubt dropping the weight will do that. Having strength without the weight will obviously be an asset to almost everything an athlete does but I don't see how it will get him a better launch angle.

I think he just needs to adjust to the vertical drop of major league pitches... and I think he'll get there.
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Old 02-25-2021, 05:16 PM   #15
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Just wanted to post a little Spring Training primer:

Key additions/re-signings/club option exercised/picked up off waivers:

George Springer
Marcus Semien
Kirby Yates
Steven Matz
David Phelps
Tyler Chatwood
Robbie Ray
Rafael Dolis
Teoscar Hernandez (one year deal avoided arb)
Ross Stripling (one year deal avoided arb)
Anthony Castro

Minor league signings:

Joe Panik
Francisco Liriano
Tyler White
Richard Urena
Forrest Wall

Notable Non Roster Invites:

A.J Cole

Released/traded/Non-tendered/club option declined:

Shun Yamaguchi
Derek Fisher (traded to Milwaukee for cash)
Tavis Shaw
Jonathan Villar
Anthony Bass
Ken Giles
Matt Shoemaker
Taijuan Walker
Chase Anderson
Ryan Noda
Josh Winckowski
Yennsy Diaz
Hector Perez
Sean Reid-Foley
Wilmer Font

GO JAYS
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Looking forward to seeing this guy on the Jays one day.
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Looking forward to seeing this guy on the Jays one day.
In that short clip he reminded me of Pedro Martinez. Short with a nice delivery. Cool!
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he just looks like a pitcher
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News: simulcast tv play by play on radio this year


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