Saturday, December 5

Rogers Centre

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Rogers Plans to Replace Rogers Center with New Stadium and Development: Report

Rogers and Brookfield Asset Management plan to demolish the Rogers Center and build a new stadium in its place. In a report from The balloon and the mail (via 680 News), sources say the massive development project would see a new natural-grass ballpark built at the southern end of the current property, while residential towers, office buildings, shops, and public space would occupy the section north. Additionally, the multi-million dollar plan would be privately funded through Rogers and Brookfield, but the two companies are working with all three levels of government on the project.Tons of regulatory hurdles to overcome this, chief among them being that Rogers owns only the building, not the land, which is rented from Canada Lan...
Blue Jays strike out in bid to have home games played in Toronto
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Blue Jays strike out in bid to have home games played in Toronto

They are Canada’s team no more — at least for Major League Baseball’s 2020 regular season.Citing public safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government made it one strike and you’re out on Saturday, denying the Blue Jays bid to play its 30 home games at the Rogers Centre.“Based on the best-available public health advice, we have concluded the cross-border travel required for MLB regular-season play would not adequately protect Canadians’ health and safety,” federal Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said in announcing the government’s decision. “As a result, Canada will not be issuing a National Interest Exemption for the MLB’s regular season at this time.”A big swing and a miss, it turns out.The federal government ruling came a day after Ontario premier Doug Ford sai...
BACK AT THE BALLPARK: Covering sports after four months inside
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BACK AT THE BALLPARK: Covering sports after four months inside

It was more than four full months ago that I last covered a live sporting event or practice — way back on March 12 in Dunedin.The Blue Jays trounced Canada’s junior baseball team that day and Spring Training was winding down. The team was set to fly north from Florida for exhibition games in Montreal a couple of weeks later ahead of the regular season.You all know what happened next. The COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to sports, forced us all inside for many weeks and left sports fans wondering just when games might be played again.There are still a number of hurdles to be crossed for Major League Baseball, the NBA and NHL, but Major League Soccer is up and running and the Jays are once again close to some exhibition tilts out of town (in Boston against the Red Sox, starting Tuesda...
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Pearson pumped to finally take the mound for Blue Jays … Borucki back in the fight for spot on rotation … Grichuk, Stroman exchange unfriendly words on Twitter

It didn’t matter that there was nary a baseball-starved soul in the Rogers Centre seats on Saturday afternoon, when the Blue Jays top pitching prospect hit the mound for his first time in the big league uniform, it felt like home.The sooner Nate Pearson gets there, the better, of course, but after holding six of the top offensive threats in the Jays lineup hitless, the flame-throwing right hander certainly acknowledged the excitement he felt.“I thought it was going to be a little bit different but I was able to pick up the exact adrenaline that I would have in a regular game,” Pearson said on a Zoom call from just outside the Jays clubhouse. “My first time being here as a guy trying to break in the major leagues it was awesome for me to be out there and get the adrenaline from it...
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Vlad Guerrero Jr. to switch from hot corner to first base

The first thing Charlie Montoyo wanted to make clear in announcing how Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will switch over to first base is that all options remain open.For the media mavens covering the team, Friday’s announcement by the jovial skipper amounted to some seismic event, the same day some grousing could be heard on the team’s self-imposed bubble.Montoyo is in the business of winning and it goes without saying how his stated goal in this coming 60-game sprint of a baseball season is to field the best positional players each and every night.Travis Shaw is the presumptive guy at the hot corner with this year’s fifth overall pick, Austin Martin, a long-term option.“Vladdy is going to focus during this camp at first base,’’ said Montoyo, who patiently and professionally answered every...
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What’s it like to be in the Blue Jays bubble? – CityNews Toronto

“You can’t take me out to the ball game, you can’t take me out with the crowd, nobodies eating peanuts or cracker jacks, all I care is if I ever get back, to let me root, root ,root for the home team.” That is a modified version of the classic song ‘Take Me Out To The Ball Game’ if we were to make it more 2020 appropriate. The Blue Jays are back in Toronto for their training camp and played their first intra-squad game on Thursday night. It’s an eerie feeling being inside the Rogers Centre with no fans, just a handful of media members and Blue Jays staff. Baseball fans know the sound, it’s soothing, the sound of the bat connecting with the ball and the energy that comes after the player and fans watch together the ball float over the wall. Bo Bichette hit the Jays first home ...
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Blue Jays choosing sounds of silence approach to training camp transparency

From Baltimore, there were images of infield drills.From Yankee Stadium, video of a simulated game with starting pitcher J.A. Happ in action on the mound.And there was more video from Boston’s Fenway Park, including some of Jackie Bradley taking batting practice.All around Major League Baseball, in fact, the sights and sounds of what the league is calling summer camp were on display over the past couple of days, at least attempting to build excitement for July 23 opening day, as difficult as that has become given the challenges of playing pro sports in a pandemic.In Toronto, however, it has been a wall of silence from the Blue Jays.We’re told from someone involved directly that the Jays have indeed had workouts each of Monday and Tuesday — the last team to hit their home stadium ...