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Blue Jays Morning Brew: Montreal, Encarnacion, Reyes, Stilson


Baseball returns to Montreal today with the Toronto Blue Jays taking on the New York Mets for a two-game spring training set at Olympic Stadium. Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star writes that MLB’s return to the Big O stirs up mixed feelings in Expos Nation.

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Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com confirms that both Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Reyes have been cleared to play in Montreal. It was originally thought that Reyes would DH but it’s expected he’ll take the field at shortstop after Edwin was hit in the forearm with a pitch on Wednesday.

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Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet shares that Blue Jays’ GM Alex Anthopoulos is not entirely comfortable with his current bench options. Currently the bench consists of catcher Josh Thole, outfielder Moises Sierra and utility infielder Maicer Izturis. I’m still scratching my head about why the Jays decided to start the season with Thole instead of Erik Kratz. However Thole still has an option year remaining so will likely be on a short leash with Kratz more than ready to step in if needed.

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Staff writer Charlie Caskey, who also writes for the Vancouver Sun as well as his own blog YourVanCs, was on Dan Russell Sportstalk radio earlier this week to talk everything Blue Jays. Charlie also gives us a preview of the upcoming Minor League Handbook (more on that soon!).

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Jay Blue, who co-authored the Minor League Handbook with Charlie and Jared MacDonald of Jays Prospects, caught up with John Stilson at spring training and posted his interview at Grading on the Curve. I’m sure many of you avid readers and Blue Jays fans have already read this piece (it’s from March 20, late on the link, I know) but it’s great stuff and if you haven’t already go check it out.

Happy Friday everyone – real baseball on Monday!

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  • Quincy-Sam

    Large crowd, regular lineup, starting pitchers going to around 100 pitches, and the regular bullpen pitchers being used will make this feel like a real game. I think they are bringing minor league pitch runners but that’s about it. Unlike last year with the WBC, the team will have a chance to gel before opening day. Too bad they have to go back to Florida and won’t get to Toronto until 4 games into the season, but at least everyone except Navarro has been and lived there before. They also would be familiar with the turf in Toronto.

    Going to Montreal something new for most of them and a good thing. Still would have liked them to have a couple of exhibition games at the Rogers Centre prior to the season starting.

    I would not want the Jays to play regular season games in Montreal, anymore than I liked the Expos playing home games away from Montreal in the past, or the Bills playing in Toronto. Give them a real team not owned by Loria or the league.

    • Erik Trenouth

      I was trying to think of all of the players on the Jays that would have played in Olympic Stadium. Maicer is one of the few remaining former Expos. Reyes would have played there. Buehrle played there at least once. Bautista possibly did. Anyone else?

      • Andrew van Laar

        He’s not on the active roster but Carroll would have played there.

      • Quincy-Sam

        Since the Expos were done in 2004 (wow 10 years already), the following players were the only possibilites based on their having a professional appearance in 2004 or earlier. Buehrle, Dickie, Reyes, Izturis, and Bautista. Interleague play started in 1997 so AL players might have played there.

  • Quincy-Sam

    Without looking it up. Guess where the last Pearson Cup game between the Jays and Expos was. The odds are less than half of you will get it right.