Tao of Stieb: 5 observations from Blue Jays spring training

Regardless of the fine-tuning done on the roster in the coming weeks, this will be a markedly different Toronto Blue Jays team this season.

While the Blue Jays didn’t play at the deep end of the free agent pool – and who did, really? – the additions to the team are meaningful. This is a deeper roster, with a multitude of possibilities.

Throughout my week at spring training, there a number of lineups that you could certainly imagine playing in a regular-season contest. One of those that didn’t was the already legendary game in Sarasota against the Baltimore Orioles, which had its own other level of intrigue.

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Here are a few observations from my week with the Blue Jays in Florida.

The Sarasota game

It’s hard to tell from Florida to what extent the excitement has travelled north from the game on March 8 where Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette had the first of many coming-out parties.

I had passed on checking the lineup in the Dunedin clubhouse in favour of getting on the road earlier for Sarasota. As I sat at the light just before the ramp entering Highway 19 South, an exclamatory text message popped up on my watch: “Vlad and Bo today!”

By the time the Blue Jays bus arrived at Ed Smith Stadium, the buzz was contagious around the stadium. Around the dugout, the media stopped to take in the view of the newcomers. Time stood still for their batting practice sessions. And each at-bat was received with rapt attention.

By the game’s end, the strong performances of …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca – Sport


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