Jays Thinking Business Over Strategy

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 28) — In the end, there really was no choice. While ferrying the longest playoff drought (21 seasons) of any team in the four major North American sports — and with more than two months remaining in a spotty yet tantalizing season — the Toronto Blue Jays had to go […]

Anthopoulos, Blue Jays Are Going For It

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 28) — Good morning, Blue Jays fans. While you slept, the club added to its bulky stable of run–producing bats, acquiring shortstop and five–time all–star Troy Tulowitzki, 30, and soon–to–retire pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, 42, from the Colorado Rockies for fellow shortstop Jose Reyes, 32, minor–league pitcher Miguel Castro, 20 (he […]

Blue Jays at the Crossroad

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 27) — Four days. Ninety–six hours. That’s all we have left to determine whether the Toronto Blue Jays will maintain a bright future beyond the current Major League season. The earmark for potential calamity is very much in play as we speed toward the July 31 non–waiver trade deadline; for […]

Debunking My Own Myth

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 26) — Perhaps I’ve been caught drinking the Kool Aid. Though it is mid–summer, and thirst can become pervasive, I’ve normally strayed from gulping blue–and–white beverage. But, maybe not this time. In my Friday blog, I began by marveling (gushing?) over the collective experience of the Toronto Maple Leafs front […]

Leafs Motor Along As Usual

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 24) — If you believe that success or failure begins at the top of any company or enterprise, the Toronto Maple Leafs will end the longest Stanley Cup drought at some point in the foreseeable future. At no juncture in their 98–year history have the Leafs been as top–heavy as […]

Lamoriello Will Not “Mentor” Anyone

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 23) — Put your hands up, all of you that anticipated Lou Lamoriello would be named “new” general┬ámanager of the Toronto Maple Leafs (stunned expressions; arms at side). I thought so. Count me vehemently among you. If the Maple Leafs can turn it around on the ice as spectacularly as […]

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