These Blue Jays Like None Other

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 24) — It is official. At no point in their 39–season history have the Toronto Blue Jays so thoroughly dismantled an opponent over the course of three games. It happened this weekend in Anaheim against a one–time contender that now plays Little League defense. The Blue Jays sliced up the […]

Leafs to Wear Multiple Jerseys For Centennial

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 19) — Taking a page from their most storied rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs will brandish a number of historic uniforms during their 100th anniversary season in 2016–17. Two licensing sources tell me the Maple Leafs have decided to replicate what the Montreal Canadiens did for their Centennial celebration in […]

Richard Peddie Was Right

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 14) — The words rang hollow from one of our city’s most shrewd and reviled executives — often accompanied by a smirk that people interpreted as wry and disingenuous. Years later, however, the Toronto Blue Jays are proving Richard Peddie a clairvoyant. “Winning is good business,” became a mantra for […]

Blue Jays Need to Win Division

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 6) — The headline to this blog, just more than a week ago, would have been gibberish. I confirmed as much right here — inferring that a mid–July snowstorm in Toronto would happen before the Blue Jays could even think of catching the New York Yankees, then 7½ lengths ahead […]

How Much Can Bernier Prove?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 4) — Moments before a scheduled arbitration hearing this week, the Maple Leafs and No. 1 goalie Jonathan Bernier agreed on a two–year contract extension worth $8.3 million. It was promptly suggested that Bernier would have to “prove himself” over the next couple of seasons. My immediate question was: “Prove […]

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 […]

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