Aug 31, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays players Mark Buehrie (56) and Jose Bautista (19) preset a New York Yankees Derek Jeter (2) check for $10,000 for charity before game at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays Morning Brew: Jeter, AA and Priorities


Good Morning. Wipe the sleep from your eyes because we’ve brewed up a fresh pot of Blue Jay goodness to start your day. Here’s your Blue Jays Morning Brew.


Over at TheStar, Josh Rubin discusses the memories Derek Jeter will have of playing in Toronto including dislocating his shoulder in 2003. Considering he holds a career .313/.385/.439 line against the Blue Jays (coming into the weekends series) with 331 hits including 23 home runs and 107 RBI and has the most hits and runs of any opponent, I’d say that “The Captain” has enjoyed playing against the Jays just fine. Personally, I will miss Jeter. He’s one of those players who come along so rarely that combine talent, clutch performance, humility and provide the perfect example for young kids to emulate.


On that note, the Traveling Derek Jeter Retirement Show made its stop in Toronto this weekend. Here’s what the Blue Jays gave to Jeter as their retirement gift. Check it out:

A trip to Banff? Huh. Anyway, IF you’re interested in seeing the whole ceremony, CLICK HERE.


John Lott at the National Post discusses how (once unknown) Kendall Graveman skyrocketed through the Blue Jays system by discovering a new pitch…by accident. The new pitch? A cutter that he threw without realizing and then kept duplicating all the way to AAA Buffalo…and possibly beyond. A while ago, Kyle Franzoni gave us this interview of Graveman. And, just 3 weeks ago, Ryan Mueller wondered why the Blue Jays were rushing him through the system.


There has been some debate recently as to whether Blue Jays GM, Alex Anthopoulos is right for the job. Over at, Jeff Blair looks at the trend in baseball that provides GMs with security unlike in other sports and in times past. Back before the season began, I also made the argument that AA has nothing to worry about as far as his job goes.


If Anthopoulos is going to turn this team around, he will have some heavy decisions to make this off season. Mohammad Arshad at BleacherReport gives us a preview of what he sees as the Blue Jays’ off season priorities. Re-signing Melky Cabrera may not be as easy as we’d all like to think, though. As well, trading away some heavy contractually obligated starters will be even more difficult.


I’d like to suggest a change in philosophy for the Blue Jays this off season. Maybe they could take a lesson from two of the best, Ty Cobb and Pete Rose:

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