About

Welcome to Jays Journal, the Toronto Blue Jays news and opinions site brought to you by the FanSided Network. Jays Journal is dedicated to providing top-notch Blue Jays news, views and original content. This site also serves as a community for like-minded fans to come together to catch up on the latest news and to discuss their passion.

Editorial Staff

Shaun Doyle, Co-Editor

Shaun (@JaysFromCouch) is a teacher who has decided that those who can should. He has branched out into the writing arena. Shaun is a blogging neophyte. He has a BAR (Blogs Above Replacement) rating of 0.5. He's been a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays for as long as he can remember. He's travelled throughout Asia with his beautiful wife. Together they spend their time with their amazing son. Shaun believes in learning by doing, so his writing is as much for his own edification as it is for your entertainment. *Art by Trevor J Marchand

Kyle Franzoni, MLB Editorial Director

Kyle Franzoni has the unfortunate distinction of having his very first baseball memory be that of Mookie Wilson's slow grounder going through the legs of Bill Buckner. Since then, it has been an up and down love affair with the game, which naturally lead to putting his thoughts to digital paper and trying his hand at writing about the game he loves. A native of Vermont, where he lives with his wife and twin sons, Kyle is editor of Jays Journal and is the Editorial Director for FanSided MLB.

Ryan Mueller, Staff Writer

Long time Toronto Blue Jays fan. Attend 3-5 games per year, but watch every game (thank you PVR). Love talking everything Blue Jays, but I must warn you, I am a homer. My Favorite Blue Jay was Shawn Green and my least liked Blue Jay would have to be Pat Borders (I think it was his obsession with adjusting his gloves).

Keegan Matheson, Staff Writer

Keegan Matheson is a regular contributor to both Jays Journal and NFL Spin Zone within the Fansided Sports Network. Once described by several scouts as a "0-tool" baseball player with the football potential of a Backup Punter, he hung up his cleats, and picked up his pen. Living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he is a passionate Toronto Blue Jays and Green Bay Packers fan with a love for the "glue guys" on the roster. Keegan is also the founder of www.thebackuppunter.com, and can be found on Twitter at @KMatheson12 (General) and @TheBackupPunter (NFL).

Brandon Nickel, Staff Writer

Husband, father, and aspiring writer from Ontario, Canada. I have loved the game of baseball as long as I can remember, but it does not put blinders on me. I record the truth as I see it, even at the most painful of moments. Feel free to comment on anything you agree or disagree with, as I love to debate and grow the game. Let's have fun, but let's be real!

Jeff Morten, Staff Writer

A not-so-recent member of the Toronto sports media on the production side. I have decided it is finally time to throw out my views on our beloved team because...well...my friends are getting sick of it. I need to share with the masses! Get the word out, good or bad, with all you other die-hards out there. I am opinionated, goofy, fun, irreverent and above all a Jays fan from the early days. My perspective will change you, mold you...or might tick you off. As long as you respond and feel the words then my job is done!

Eric Elliott, Staff Writer

Sitting in the left field bleaches of the then Sky Dome watching Shawn Green and Carlos Delgado is where Eric fell in love with the game of baseball . After realizing he couldn't throw the ball over 70 MPH, he decided to find another route into the game: journalism. He's Canadian through and through, living in the nation's capital studying and writing as a staffer for the Jays Journal at FanSided MLB.

Ben Machin, Staff Writer

Ben Machin is a 19 year old baseball and hockey enthusiast who has a passion for Toronto Sports teams, especially the Blue Jays and Maple Leafs. He currently attends Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario studying Sports Administration. When the opportunity arose to become a staff writer for the Jays Journal he immediately applied. I applied not only for the experience, but because he wanted to expand his passion for sports in a way that differs from just tweeting and arguing with friends and family over sports news. Some of his other hobbies either than hockey and baseball are weight training, squash, basketball, as well as fantasy sports. He's hoping to be a part of the Fansided team for years to come and Go Blue Jays Go!

Michael Wray, Staff Writer

I'm a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and all things sports-related representing the Greater Toronto Area. Unfortunately my fastball tops out at about 45 MPH so I'm stuck writing about the Jays instead of playing for them. I used to have these things "hobbies" but managing all of my fantasy sports teams has become a part-time job. Now I just watch as many live sports events as my girlfriend allows. I believe in three things - peace, love and baseball.

Zak Knox, Staff Writer

My life these days can be simply summed up by two words: baseball and books. I was born and raised a Blue Jays fan and have played the game most of my life. But riding the bench can only get you so far so I opted to go to school to realize my dreams. Baseball still remains my strongest passion but it now coincides with my love of studying history. I'm a recent UWO graduate, but currently I am travelling China as an English teacher.

Write for Us

We aren't called FanSided for nothing. Our network of sports, entertainment and lifestyle sites are powered by fans that want to cover their passions! Whether you are just looking to get your start in online media or you want to contribute to your favorite site as a hobby, FanSided wants to hear from you.

Our work is regularly featured on SI.com and Bleacher Report and many FanSided writers have gone on to work full-time in online media. FanSided hired over ten of its own writers in 2013 and there are currently FanSided alums working at other major media outlets and with professional sports teams.

Whatever your goal, FanSided can help your voice be heard. If you are interested in writing for any of our sites, please be sure to check out our openings page and fill out our application.

About FanSided

FanSided was born in 2007, when two brothers felt that their favorite team, the Kansas City Chiefs, was being under-covered by the mainstream media. Taking matters into their own hands, they launched Arrowhead Addict, a move that would spawn a network of over 290 fan-powered unique sports and entertainment sites dedicated to team-specific, sport-specific, genre-specific, and fanbase-specific coverage.

From sports, movies and TV to lifestyle and tech, FanSided has you covered.

Executive Team

Adam BestChief Executive Officer

Best co-founded the FanSided Network in April of 2007 and serves as its current CEO. Best has covered sports and pop culture all over the Internet for over a decade. He's a die-hard Chiefs/Pacers fan who adores the NBA playoffs and thinks MMA is the sport of the future.

[email protected]

Patrick AllenVP, Content & Strategy

Allen is VP, Content & Strategy for the FanSided. He has been with the network since 2009 when he was hired to be the editor Arrowhead Addict. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and is proud to be a tortured fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers.

[email protected]

Advertise/Contact Us

Let's stay in touch. If you'd like to advertise with us, partner with us or have feedback, please fill out our contact form.

Email us: [email protected]

Write us: FanSided, LLC - PO Box 320283, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Disclaimer

This site is strictly for informational and entertainment purposes, and is in no way affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays or Major League Baseball. It also claims no rights to the trademarks of either the Blue Jays or the MLB.