Blue Jays Morning Brew: PED’s, AFL Finals, Ebay & More

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 08: Former MLB star Joe Carter attends the 2012 Taco Bell All-Star Legends
KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 08: Former MLB star Joe Carter attends the 2012 Taco Bell All-Star Legends /

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Nov, 18th, 2017- Blue Jays Morning Brew

Three MiLB players suspended for use of PED use

Some of the Blue Jays’ minor leaguers got caught up in baseball law on Friday, when Hugo Cardona, Yhon Perez, and Leonicio Venture all tested positive for a banned substance by the name of Boldenone.

While none of the three are blue-chip prospects, it’s never a good look for an organization when something like this happens. The trio are just 20,18, and 17 at the moment though, so there is plenty of time for them to turn their reputations, and maybe even their careers around.

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All three players will receive 72 game suspensions, which will start at the beginning of next year’s regular season.

AFL Finals on Saturday Afternoon- Blue Jays represented well

The Arizona Fall League has almost come to it’s conclusion, and it’s gone pretty well for a few Blue Jays’ prospects. In Saturday’s league finale, T.J. Zeuch will get the start, Lourdes Gurriel will be playing second base, and D.J. Davis will lead off and play in centre field.

The AFL is a great opportunity for youngsters to extend their season, and to further prove where their development is at before the next season begins. The Blue Jays have been excited by what they’ve seen from Zeuch this year, and Gurriel figures to eventually factor into the big league roster, though 2018 could be another full year in the minors.

Tempting Items on Ebay

Okay, this one may be a little more personal, but there have been some great memorabilia items up for auction lately. The one that caught my eye on Friday evening? This autographed bat from 1993, signed by the World Champion Toronto Blue Jays. For those who can’t remember, that would include the likes of Roberto Alomar, Paul Molitor, Rickey Henderson, John Olerud, and my favourite player of all-time, Joe Carter.

I say it’s a little more personal because my wife and I moved into a much bigger house a few months back, and she’s given me the go ahead to start working on my section of the basement. “Man-cave” isn’t quite accurate… I’m aiming for “Field of Dreams” eventually here.

Of course, this bat has a “Buy Now” price of $2000, so perhaps I’ll keep my eyes open for another bargain.

Next: Remember, the Jays need pitching depth too

That’s all for your Toronto Blue Jays news and notes for November 18th, but keep your eyes and ears open, as the hot stove should start producing some movement sooner or later. The Blue Jays were among the early active clubs last year and have several needs to fill this offseason, so it won’t be quiet forever.