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Troy Tulowitzki is a Toronto Blue Jay

Troy Tulowitzki is having a down year.

The shortstop is hitting .300/.348/.471 with 12 home runs and 53 RBI through 87 games. By wRC+, a park-adjusted catch-all measure of a player’s offensive ability, Tulowitzki is the fourth best offensive shortstop in baseball this season.

Troy Tulowitzki is so good at baseball that numbers such as those above lead people to say he is having a down year.

Troy Tulowitzki is now a Toronto Blue Jay.

With Friday’s trade deadline approaching, Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos pulled off a truly shocking trade in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. With the entire baseball world expect him to shore up his pitching staff — something he did, adding reliever LaTroy Hawkins along with Tulowitzki and, in all likelihood, is still trying to do — Anthopoulos made a major upgrade at shortstop.

Jose Reyes, despite some high-profile defensive lapses this season, is a premiere major league talent and he is paid accordingly. Reyes is owed $22 million in each of the next three seasons, though the third season can be bought out for $4 million. Nobody expected him to be traded. And yet Reyes is now with the Colorado Rockies.

To pry Tulowitzki and Hawkins from the Rockies, Toronto sent Reyes and minor-league pitching prospects Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco to the Mile High City. Reyes was much loved by teammates and fans, but a good shortstop and three prospects is a small price to pay for a potential Hall of Fame shortstop and a solid reliever.

The blockbuster trade further strengthens a lineup that is already the most dangerous in baseball by a large margin. While pitching remains a concern, it is less of a concern when the offence is even more dangerous.

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Housekeeping

Hello! How are you? That’s good to hear. Me? Oh, I’m doing fine. What’s new? Well, two things, I guess.

First of all, and you probably know this already, I’ve changed the layout here. The old one seemed to be showing its age a bit so I’d spruce things up a bit.

But that’s almost entirely cosmetic.

The other change, that’s not so much cosmetic as it is qualitative: The blog’s got a new contributor.

Yes, I know he’s kind of already introduced himself, but I feel like a formal welcome is in order, so please, say “hi” to Cole, or, as he seems to be calling himself at the moment, chobs4.

He’s a good writer (he actually does it for a living) and he knows his baseball (plays and coaches) so I guess you can say I’m pretty lucky he’s here. He’s got a few interesting things planned, so I hope you enjoy his work.

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Happy birthday to me

One year ago today, I threw up (imagery!) the first post on this blog. I didn’t start the blog with a mission or a goal of any sort. There’s no untapped niche of Blue Jays coverage in the blogosphere that I was hoping to fill.

At the time, I hadn’t really thought at all about why I was starting a blog, but looking back, the reason is pretty obvious.

Surrounded in real life by people who don’t really care about baseball (but are nice enough to humour me most times) and by people obsessed with soccer, I just wanted a place where I could unleash my baseball thoughts.

So that’s what I did. And while I didn’t make any explicit attempt to get the blog noticed, people started finding the site. While I admit to getting a little thrill out of it whenever I have a spike in traffic, I’ve come to realize that I don’t really care about that. All I wanted was a place to talk about baseball and the Blue Jays, and now I’ve got it.

I don’t want to go into making a big list of thank yous, because I know I’ll forget someone, so I’ll just say this: If you’ve ever looked at this blog, commented on it, linked to it or posted on it (Squizz!), thank you.

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