Five Blue Jays are nominated for Silver Slugger awards

The Toronto Blue Jays have five Silver Slugger nominees, Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Bo Bichette, Marcus Semien, Teoscar Hernandez and Loudres Gurriel Jr. There are two locks, two maybes and one unlikely player. Let’s run through their stats.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr:
Vlad finished the season with a slash line of .311/.401/1.002 and added 48 homers and 111 RBIs. I don’t need to tell you how good he was, just that he’ll likely win it. He is up against Yuli Gurriel and Matt Olson. They are great players, but the aren’t Vlad Jr.
Marcus Semien:
Another lock for the Silver Slugger, Marcus Semien had the best season for a second baseman ever. In fact, it was one of the best seasons from a middle infielder in the history of the MLB. I wrote about this here…
A brief recap: Semien posted a .265/.344/.873 slash line with 45 home runs, the most ever for a second baseman. Without a doubt in my mind, Marcus Semien is the Silver Slugger winner for second base as Jose3 Altuve, DJ LeMahieu and Jorge Polanco don’t stand a chance.
Also, expect him to get nominated for a gold glove award as well.
Teoscar Hernandez:
Remember when we …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: MLSE executive tried to force Masai Ujiri out in Toronto

Raptors: MLSE executive tried to force Masai Ujiri out in Toronto

The Toronto Raptors have been one of the most well-run organizations in the NBA, and having a force like Masai Ujiri in the front office is one of the main reasons why. Unfortunately, some greedy executives like Edward Rogers wanted to shake things up this offseason. While Ujiri’s contract expired after last season, he not […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Stock up, stock down after first 3 games

Toronto Raptors: Stock up, stock down after first 3 games

The Toronto Raptors have been one of the most volatile teams in the league to start the season, as the likes of Scottie Barnes and Precious Achiuwa will lead the team to a dominant win one night while a depleted bench and unusually shooting-deficient roster will let them down in the next game. Friday and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: 2 Nick Nurse adjustments that keyed Celtics win

Raptors: 2 Nick Nurse adjustments that keyed Celtics win

Maybe it’s the fact that 16 of the NBA’s top 75 have played in white and green, but there’s always something satisfying about Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors sticking it to the Boston Celtics. Even as Celtics victories go, Friday night’s win was extremely pleasurable to sit through. For starters, the team was coming […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Dan Shulman predicts Robbie Ray and Marcus Semien will leave and that the Blue Jays will try to trade for Jose Ramirez

The Blue Jays have the likely American League Cy Young winner along with a guy who’s going to finish towards the top of Most Valuable Player voting headed to free agency at the same time.

Can they re-sign both of them? If they could only pick one, which would it be, Robbie Ray or Marcus Semien? Dan Shulman’s guess? It’s going to be neither of them.
Shulman appeared on the Baseball Tonight podcast with Buster Olney on Monday and he spoke about the Blue Jays’ upcoming off-season (the segment starts at about 43 minutes). He figures that the Blue Jays have the financial ability to sign both players, but it would impede their ability to make improvements elsewhere…
OLNEY: Before you go, I wanted to ask you about the Blue Jays. Give me the lay of the land on Marcus Semien and Robbie Ray, who are both hitting the free agent market and what the chances are the Blue Jays keep one or both of these guys.
SHULMAN: The fanbase by in large wants both of these guys re-signed, and how could you not with the kinds of seasons they had? I think they financially could re-sign both …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Mark Shapiro expects payroll to continue to rise despite Blue Jays lagging behind in revenue

The Blue Jays have a big winter ahead of them.

After coming up just short of reaching the playoffs with a 91-71 record, Toronto heads into the off-season with a pair of key contributors, Robbie Ray and Marcus Semien, set to hit free agency.
Mark Shapiro gave an end-of-season press conference on Monday in which he offered some optimism for fans when it comes to how the team is going to operate over the winter. While Shapiro and Co. don’t yet have a payroll figure for the 2022 season, the Blue Jays President and CEO believes that ownership will continue the trend of increasing spending…
“The choreography of our off-season leaves our final payroll meeting with ownership still about one month away, so while I’d like to think I’m making those decisions unilaterally, I’m certainly not. We’ve got to make our proposal.
But every indication I’ve received, and I think every indication that we’ve been shown, which is the demonstration of consistent and strong support, along with us fulfilling our end of the bargain, which is demonstrating that the team continues to improve and we continue to perform on the field. That leads me …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Best and Worst case scenarios for the guards

Toronto Raptors: Best and Worst case scenarios for the guards

The Toronto Raptors have started off the preseason 2-2, as their combination of youth and length has been too much for the Rockets and 76ers to handle. This is going to be a team that lives and dies on the perimeter with their guard play. The Raptors might not have Kyle Lowry on the roster […]
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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs 2021-2022 Player’s Point Projections

Editor’s note: I’m very excited to have a good friend of the blog Clay Collins making his TLN debut today in a guest post. My fingers are crossed that we can make it more of a regular thing. Clay has been developing a player point projection model, and admittedly I’m a sucker for it as I am a sucker for anything that gives me a range to work with rather than an absolute number. I encourage you all to check out Clay’s work, and give him a follow on twitter. Hopefully this will lead to more of his work appearing on The Leafs Nation.
Maple Leafs 2021-2022 Player’s Point Projections
by Clay Collins

DISCLAMER – This model is NOT using best practices when creating and implementing a model. And this was sort of by design. I wanted to put together a very quick and dirty model this season and see my own personal growth through my models as I progress through my schooling and career as a data scientist.  This season is a baseline for me, and as such has some very major issues. There are plenty of much smarter and more experienced modelers and projections …

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Author: TLN Staff / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Pascal Siakam injury update hints he’ll be back in next few weeks

Raptors: Pascal Siakam injury update hints he’ll be back in next few weeks

Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors have put together some very interesting performances in the preseason, but fans all across Canada are still crossing their fingers and hoping for any sort of Pascal Siakam injury update to grace their social media timelines given how important he is to the construction of this roster and their […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Drake’s preseason broadcasting was awesome, as expected

Raptors: Drake’s preseason broadcasting was awesome, as expected

The Toronto Raptors are lucky to have one of the more visible celebrity superfans on their payroll, as “global ambassador” Drake can be seen frequently roaming the courtside seats when the squad is in town for home games. He made his first appearance in over a year during a preseason victory against the Houston Rockets. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ