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Blue Jays Morning Brew: Podcast Ep. 71, Colabello, Carrera

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Apr 17, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello (15) walks to first base after getting hit in the head by a pitch during the fourth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 17, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello (15) walks to first base after getting hit in the head by a pitch during the fourth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /
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Tuesday’s edition of the Blue Jays Morning Brew features the latest Jays Nest Podcast with some reading material from the weekend that was

Jays Nest Podcast Ep. 71  –  Jays From the Couch founder Shaun Doyle and I are back with another episode of The Jays Nest Podcast, available for your downloading and listening pleasure this morning. It’s been a busy week both on and of the field for the Blue Jays.

Chris Colabello‘s suspension is the unfortunate lead topic on this episode, and we discuss the potential fallout of his absence on the Toronto roster. We also break down the huge weekend from Ezequiel Carrera, along with what that could mean for Michael Bourn and Toronto’s wealth of outfield depth at the triple-A level.

Free of charge, you’ll also get my “social situation tip of the week”. This week: How to make your Uber drive awkward thanks to dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. The show has cracked the top-25 Sports podcasts on iTunes Canada over the past couple weeks, so hop aboard the bandwagon!

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Navarro back in town  –  Few members of the 2015 Blue Jays playoff team were easier for fans to root for than Dioner Navarro. Unseated from the starter’s role by the Russell Martin signing, Navarro was professional about a situation that could have been anything but, keeping his preference for a trade largely out of the media and keeping the team as his primary focus.

He spoke with Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith yesterday after his return to Toronto with the White Sox. “Obviously with Russell being here and having the year he had last year — a great year — I knew my playing time was going to be limited (if I returned),” he said. “I love the city, I love the team, I love everything about it, but I’ve got three kids myself, so I’ve got to look out for my family, too. When this opportunity showed up, I knew it was going to be the best.”

Old Exhibition Stadium  –  A fantastic read from Andrew Hendriks here at the Canadian Baseball Network, detailing the early days of the Blue Jays first home at Exhibition Stadium. I highly recommend this, especially for those younger fans who have only known the SkyDome or Rogers Centre.

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One fun takeaway? At the Blue Jays first home game, Anne Murray sang the national anthems. This goes to show that even 40 years ago, the rule held true: if you need something done right, find yourself a Nova Scotian.

Bobblehead Day lines  –  How valuable do you consider a bobblehead of Josh Donaldson to be? Is it worth an extra hour of your time ahead of game day? An extra three or four? On a chilly Sunday morning in Toronto? Andrew Joseph of USA Today’s FTW rounds up the scenes outside the Rogers Centre on that day.

All-Star voting  –  Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com rounds up the 2016 All-Star ballot and the Blue Jays that are available for your votes. Third baseman Josh Donaldson set an all-time votes record last year, and should be joined on the American League squad by some teammates this season.

Glove talk  –  Over at The Star, Brendan Kennedy talks to several Blue Jays about their weapon of choice defensively. Glove talk has been at an all-time high since Troy Tulowitzki arrived in Toronto with his old faithful leather.

“Your glove has got to kind of be an extension of your hand,” said Kevin Pillar, who has switched to a Rawlings. “I want to win a Gold Glove, so I switched to the company that gives out Gold Gloves.”

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