Richard Justice, who joined MLB.com as an executive correspondent in 2011, has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades and offers his insight on MLB.com.
|When Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller took off the Yankees pinstripes and said their goodbyes to one another last summer, they knew this kind of reunion was a possibility.
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|At some point, the Blue Jays will gain some perspective on this season, and they will be proud of what they accomplished.
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|Mark Shapiro choked back tears as he searched for words. He wanted to say this just right, and he didn't want anyone to misconstrue his swirl of emotions.
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|In 35 previous postseason series, the team with a 3-0 lead has won the series 34 times. The Blue Jays could not care less about silly numbers. They've got some hope, maybe just a glimmer, but hope all the same.
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|Opportunities? Yes, the Blue Jays have had a few. That's the thing that still gives them hope. "We don't have any choice," catcher Russell Martin said. "We either win or go home, and I don't want to go home. I don't think anyone in this clubhouse wants to go home."
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|Don't even think of telling Indians manager Terry Francona that this thing is over. He's one of the few men on the planet who can look at the Blue Jays and understand they still have hope.
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|Jose Bautista may have done the smartest thing any of the Toronto Blue Jays could do at this point. Let's at least wait and see how things play out.
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|It's the kind of noise that can rattle nerves and buckle knees. It just might test your poise, if not your resolve. In short, this might be exactly what the Toronto Blue Jays need. If Rogers Centre isn't the rowdiest place in baseball, it's on the short list. It's also a huge reason the Blue Jays love it and thrive in its environment.
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|The Blue Jays rode booming home runs and a dash of swagger into this American League Championship Series. Now they find themselves in an 0-2 hole after Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Indians.
More» Gibbons on being down 2-0 in ALCS|
|The Blue Jays rolled into this American League Championship Series having hit 10 home runs in four straight postseason victories. Say hello to Indians ace Corey Kluber.
More» Gibbons on not capitalizing in the 1st|
|Toronto's roster has been dramatically reshaped over the past 24 months, with as many as 16 of its 25 players arriving in that time. Troy Tulowitzki changed the Blue Jays the moment he stepped onto the field after being acquired at the non-waiver Trade Deadline in 2015. Francisco Lindor helped revitalize the Indians in a similar way.
More»Lindor on Indians being underdogs, having fun|
|They refused to leave their seats until David Ortiz returned for a final curtain call. They could not let him go this easily. They could not grasp that this is how it would end.
More» Ortiz says goodbye to Fenway faithful|
|The Toronto Blue Jays are scary good at this point. Weakness? You'd have to look long and hard to find one. How's that for a scouting report?
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|For Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister, it's about the simplest game he'll ever work. "It's [an] all-hands-on-deck type of deal," he said. "And there's nobody not available to us." In that way, the guy with the other lineup card simply can't have the same urgency. He'll have urgency. He'll see it as a must-win game. But it's different when it really is win or go home.
More»Morris previews Rangers-Blue Jays ALDS Game 3|
|This was playoff baseball at its teeth-grinding best. One team jumps to a lead, and then the other claws back into it, refusing to give in or go away.
More»Tulo discusses his homer, taking two in Texas|
|Sometimes one victory says plenty about a team's makeup, resilience and toughness. Sure, it's just one victory. It's an important one, but still just one. Miles to go, etc. The Toronto Blue Jays said that again and again in their clubhouse after a 10-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Thursday afternoon.
More»Tulo discusses key three-run triple, Estrada's outing|
|There is a time to settle scores. This is not it. That's the bottom line for the Rangers and Blue Jays.
More»Rangers, Blue Jays look to continue heated rivalry|
|The Texas Rangers saw him as their kind of player, a winning player, a team-first player. Ian Desmond would make them better while fitting nicely into the clubhouse culture on which the organization prides itself.
More» Desmond slashes a walk-off single to right|
|At Rogers Centre, they show up early and get right into the spirit of the thing. Which means standing and cheering, screaming and shouting. Loudly. Constantly.
More» Bautista's blast puts Blue Jays ahead|
|Jon Daniels ultimately is likely to be remembered in baseball as the guy who completely changed the way people think of the Texas Rangers. As legacies go, that's about as good as it gets in professional sports.
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|Tim Hudson is a reminder that prices are going up. Baseball teams have money to spend, and with a thin free agent market and at least 20 clubs thinking they’ve got a chance to win the World Series in 2014, it’s a great off-season to be a free agent. Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann are […] More»|
|Revisionist history says the Phillies made terrible decisions in giving all these longterm commitments to Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, etc. This is just silly. What were they supposed to do with these guys? Walk away from them? Allow Ryan Howard to leave via free agency? This group of players has transformed the Phillies from a […] More»|
|Until the moment the World Series was won on Wednesday night, the Red Sox were focused only on the job at hand. One pitch at a time. One inning at a time. Et cetera. “Whatever the task is in front of us, that’s the one we address,” manager John Farrell said earlier in the week. […] More»|
|Maybe the Astros came to town at just the right time to save the Rangers. Speaking of the Astros, this is the two-week anniversary of their last victory. During this little 0-12 run, they’ve been outscored 69-19. The Reds, Indians and Rangers all swept ‘em at a time when all three teams needed victories. The […] More»|
|How crazy is this American League Wild Card race? Donât blink or youâll miss something important, and I speak as one who stayed with the Rays and Orioles for their 6-hour, 54-minute marathon that ended at 2:05 a.m. Saturday. In case you missed it, the Rays won it 5-4 in the bottom of the 18th […] More»|
|Dodgers starters are 21-5 with a 1.91 ERA since July 26. In that time, they’ve had 12 games in which the starter didn’t allow an earned run. The Dodgers are 22-6 in August and 32-8 since the All-Star Break and 49-13 since June 22. 22 wins in August is a Los Angeles record for the […] More»|
|Tom Boswell of The Washington Post has an excellent column about baseball’s recent September surprises. He’s reminding his hometown team that it’s important to play the season out because you just never know. Here are some highlights: In just the past two years, six teams have imploded to lose division titles or a playoff spot. […] More»|
|I’m sure Ryan Braun was told that the reaction to whatever apology he issued would be negative. There’s nothing columnists and talk show nitwits like more than climbing on their soapbox and trashing another man’s ethics. As a matter of fact, I enjoy it myself. Some people were going to be satisfied only if Braun […] More»|
|Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig made the following statement today regarding the discipline issued to players in relation to Major League Baseballâs Biogenesis investigation: âMajor League Baseball has worked diligently with the Players Association for more than a decade to make our Joint Drug Program the best in all of professional sports. I am […] More»|
|It was the spring of 1993 in Fort Lauderdale when Orioles manager Johnny Oates introduced Cal Ripken Jr. to a skinny, 17-year-old kid from Miami. Alex Rodriguez would be the overall No. 1 pick in the draft that summer and had asked to meet with his boyhood idol. Ripken redefined the position of shortstop, proving […] More»|