Tom Dakers

  • joined Mar 30, 2008
  • last login Apr 16, 2014
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Tom Dakers, long time baseball fan, been through the good and bad with the Jays (seems like mostly bad lately) and the Expos (still sad about them leaving). I've been running and writing for Bluebird Banter for 6 years now (time flies when you are having fun). I'm very proud of the growth of the site in that time.I also write for CBCSports.ca and occasionally you'll see my name in other spots.

Sometimes it seems like all I do is talk about baseball.

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Toronto Blue Jays
  • NHL Calgary Flames
  • Golf Phil Mickelson (lefties stick together)
  • Soccer Newcastle United
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Oakland A's Claim Marcus Walden

The A's claimed Marcus Walden off waivers today. You know the story, the Jays were in such a rush to DFA Jeremy Jeffress that they couldn't wait until 10 days into the season, (really they just...

Today's game postponed, day/night double header to

The headline says it all. It's cold and snowing in Minneapolis today and they are cancelling today. Tomorrow they will play the scheduled game at 1:00 Eastern and then make up today's game a 7:00...

What to do if Adam Lind has to go on the DL?

This doesn't sound good: Lind compared the soreness to what he dealt with in 2011-12. Went on DL both years, hopes to avoid that this time but too early to say. — Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB)...

Brett Lawrie gets 5 RBI, Jays beat Twins

Blue Jays 9 Twins 3 Why do I hate small ball? Gibby has Munenori Kawasaki try to bunt, in the first inning. Kawasaki stands on the plate and is called out. We go on to score 9 runs. Bunting in the...

View from the other side

We start a series with the Minnesota Twins tonight. They sit at 6-6, 3rd in the AL Central. Jesse, from Twinkie Town SB Nations great Twins site, and I exchanged questions about each other's...

Off day question

The Blue Jays played 13 games, sitting at 7-6, in a 3 way tie for first with the Yankees and Rays. Last year we were 6-7 at this point, 2.5 games behind Boston (we'd never be that close again). It...

Blue Jays Moves:

The Blue Jays made some moves after today's win: Maicer Izturis goes onto the DL with the sprained knee. Too bad to Maicer, it looked like he was taking over the second base job. Barry Davis had...

Jays beat Orioles

Blue Jays 11 Orioles 4 It's about time we started hitting. It certainly is more fun watching games when you are hitting. I'm hoping it isn't just that Ubaldo Jimenez was terrible, though he was...

Izturis removed from game with sprained knee

Maicer Izturis was in today's starting lineup and was in the on deck circle in the top of the first but didn't take his position in the bottom of the inning. We didn't know why until: Izturis...

More on last night's game

If we were making a list of things managers do that drive the more sabermetric oriented baseball fan crazy, losing an extra innings game with your best relievers sitting in the bullpen has to be...

Janssen and Reyes start rehab assignments

Jose Reyes and Casey Jansen are flying out to Dunedin to start rehab assignments in the warmth of Florida (how can I convince SB  Nation that I need to rehab in Florida?).  Buffalo misses out on...

Quick Recap: Jays lose to O's in 12 innings

Blue Jays 1 Orioles 2 (12 innings) Where has all the offense gone. Long time passing. Where has all the offense gone. Long time ago. Anyway just a quick recap, we'll add stuff to it later on,...

Jays beat Orioles

Blue Jays 2 Orioles 0 You know, I thought Dustin McGowan was a bit unlucky in his first start. Tonight he was very very lucky. His line looks great, 6.1 innings shutout innings, 5 hits, 1 walk, 2...

Who's Up, Who's Down On the Blue Jays: Batters

The Blue Jays are 5-5 in their first ten games. The offense has been kind of slow to get going, but we have jumped from last in the AL in runs scored per game to 10th in the last 3 days. Playing...

View from the other side: Orioles

Our Blue Jays start a 3 game series in Baltimore against the Orioles. The O's are 4-5, a half game back of the Jays (and Rays and Yankees) in a bunched up AL East. I sent off a few questions to...

No sweep, Jays lose to Astros

Astros 6 Blue Jays 4 So that didn't go the way we hoped it would. I have a Gibby rant all bubbling to get out. I wish Gibby would get that, while R.A. Dickey is a knuckleball pitcher, he's not...

Who's up, Who's down: Blue Jays pitchers

We aren't quite a full two weeks into the season but let's take a look at how the Jays pitchers are doing. At 5-4 things are going pretty good, but the pitching has been up and down. The starters...

Morrow looks great, Jays beat Astros

Astros 3 Blue Jays 7 This was the most runs the Jays scored this year, and all it took was facing a pretty lousy starting pitcher. Lucas Harrell didn't impress, though his defense didn't help him...

GameThread #2 for Game 9

Jays are up, I wouldn't mind seeing more runs though.

Jays recall Neil Wagner, Option Marcus Walden

Sometimes, ok, often, I don't understand the moves the Blue Jays make. They decide they have to get rid of Jeremy Jeffress. They want to get rid of him so badly that they do it too soon to be able...

More on last night's win

Astros 2 Blue Jays 5 Back to .500, I wonder how often I'll be saying that this season? Mark Buehrle got his second win of the season, but it wasn't pretty. He allowed 8 hits and a walk, in his...

Quick Recap: Jays beat Astros

Astros 2 Blue Jays 5 I'm just doing a quick recap for now, I'm busy with something else at the moment. We'll color it in later. The first time the Jays scored 5 runs this season Jose Bautista hit...


Game 8 GameThread: Astros @ Blue Jays

There are little bits of Blue Jays news: They are switching starts for Dustin McGowan and R.A. Dickey. Dickey now starts Thursday, at Rogers Centre with a presumably closed dome. McGowan starts...

Union approved Jays plan to 'borrow' from players

Ken Rosenthal tells us that the plan to ask players for money to pay for Ervin Santana had gone as far as asking the Players Union for permission and getting that approval. "Everyone had signed...

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