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  1. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 24, 2014, 7:01 AM EDT

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    The Rays stay hot, the Yankees get an assist from Mother Nature and Mike Moustakas showed us how to jar a bar loose from the catcher’s mitt without breaking the home plate collision rules.

  2. Blue Jays field most Dominican lineup in MLB history

    Apr 27, 2014, 3:08 PM EDT

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    Pretty cool note from Sunday’s series finale between the Red Sox and Blue Jays at Toronto’s Rogers Centre …

  3. Umpires uphold call at home plate in Yankees/Blue Jays game

    Apr 5, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Umpires reviewed whether Josh Thole blocked the plate on Francisco Cervelli this afternoon.

  4. Phillies acquire Brad Lincoln from the Blue Jays for Erik Kratz and Rob Rasmussen

    Dec 3, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

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    A minor trade in among all these high-profile deals, via MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki: Phillies have acquired RHP Brad Lincoln from Blue Jays in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and LHP Rob Rasmussen. — Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) December 4, 2013 Lincoln was out of minor league options and the Blue Jays are loaded with relievers. The…

  5. Blue Jays sign Dioner Navarro to two-year deal

    Dec 2, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Dioner Navarro has agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract with the Blue Jays, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Navarro went from 24-year-old All-Star in 2008 to little-used, unproductive backup from 2010-2012, but the switch-hitting catcher put together a big season in a part-time role for the Cubs this year. He hit .300 with…

  6. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 1, 2013, 6:51 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Miami Marlins

    Marlins 6, Padres 2: An improbable walkoff grand slam from Jeff Mathis caps an improbable winning month from the Miami Marlins. 15-10 in June for the worst team in baseball. Not bad. Oh, and Mathis’ homer was the 3,000th in team history. Pirates 2, Brewers 1: A 14th inning walkoff win for the hottest and…

  7. J.P. Arencibia struggles with R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball, Blue Jays drop opener to Indians

    Apr 2, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

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    There’s a buzz about the new-look Blue Jays in Toronto, as evidenced by the high-energy sell-out crowd of 48,857 that packed Rogers Centre for Tuesday night’s opener against the Indians. But what that crowd witness wasn’t very pretty. J.P. Arencibia had a hard time with R.A. Dickey‘s knuckler, allowing three passed balls as the Indians…

  8. Josh Thole sent down to Triple-A

    Mar 25, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Toronto Blue Jays

    I normally wouldn’t do a post about a guy losing a backup catcher competition, but this one is notable because he was supposed to be an extra special backup catcher: the Blue Jays have sent Josh Thole down to the minors. Many thought the whole point of the Mets including Thole in the deal that…

  9. R.A. Dickey’s knuckler in regular season form

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Dickey throws his warm up pitches before facing the Boston Red Sox in Dunedin

    MLB.com’s Matthew Leach posted this video showcasing Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey‘s knuckleball, which just makes you feel sorry for the catcher. Dickey’s knuckler is notoriously difficult to catch, and as a result, the Jays will be assigning their new ace a personal catcher for the 2013 season. They will make the decision soon after…

  10. R.A. Dickey and his knuckleball will have a personal catcher

    Feb 21, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    J.P. Arencibia is Toronto’s starting catcher, but it sounds like he won’t be behind the plate when R.A. Dickey pitches because the Blue Jays want to give the knuckleballer a personal catcher. Last season Josh Thole caught 27 of Dickey’s starts for the Mets and he’s the leading candidate to fill the personal catcher role…

  11. Josh Thole expected to begin season in minors

    Jan 19, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT

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    When the Blue Jays acquired Josh Thole from the Mets in the R.A. Dickey deal last month, the expectation was that he would catch the majority of the knuckleballer’s starts in 2013. However, that won’t be the case if all goes according to plan. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos indicated to Mike Cormack of…

  12. Blue Jays sign catcher Henry Blanco

    Jan 11, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    The Blue Jays announced this evening that they have signed catcher Henry Blanco to a non-guaranteed, one-year, $750,000 contract. Tommy Hottovy was designated for assignment in a corresponding roster move, which means Blanco will occupy a spot on the 40-man roster for the time being. Blanco, 41, batted just .188/.224/.281 with one home run, seven…

  13. Blue Jays, Mets finalize seven-player R.A. Dickey trade

    Dec 17, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey, Travis d'Arnaud

    R.A. Dickey passed his physical, clearing the final hurdle for his trade to Toronto. Here’s the official transaction: Blue Jays acquire RHP R.A. Dickey, C Josh Thole and C Mike Nickeas from the Mets for C Travis d’Arnaud, C John Buck, RHP Noah Syndergaard and OF Wuilmer Becerra. The final two names — those of Nickeas and…

  14. Mets and Blue Jays agree “in principle” on seven-player trade involving knuckleballer R.A. Dickey

    Dec 16, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

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    We’re finally nearing the finish line, folks. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Mets and Blue Jays have agreed “in principle” on a seven-player trade that will send knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, catcher Josh Thole and a (non-elite) prospect to Toronto in exchange for catcher Travis d’Arnaud, right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard, catcher John Buck…

  15. Mets on verge of trading R.A. Dickey to Blue Jays

    Dec 15, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

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    SUNDAY, 2:09 PM: The seven-player trade has been agreed to in principle. Bang it HERE for more. ************** SATURDAY, 9:45 PM: Sherman says the trade, as it now stands, will send Dickey, Thole and a non-elite prospect to the Blue Jays for d’Arnaud, Syndergaard, Buck and a non-elite prospect. Sherman guesses that the swap might not be…

  16. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-51

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

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    I would have preferred to have posted this last week, but here’s the remainder of the updated top 111 free agents column. In case you missed it, the top 50 was posted last Friday. Players in the top 111 are ranked based not on how I view them, but more on how I believe teams…

  17. Drew Storen among Super Two qualifiers

    Oct 23, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

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    From the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com: Washington reliever Drew Storen, who failed to hold a ninth-inning lead against St. Louis in Game 5 of the NL division series, is among six extra players eligible for salary arbitration this winter under baseball’s new labor contract. San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, New York Mets catcher Josh Thole,…

  18. Mets acquire catcher Kelly Shoppach from Red Sox

    Aug 14, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    Kelly Shoppach AP

    Based on their records it’s tough to tell which team is the buyer and which team is the seller here, but the 57-59 Red Sox have traded catcher Kelly Shoppach to the 55-60 Mets for a player to be named later. Shoppach is an impending free agent, so the Mets are apparently picking him up…

  19. Mets, Cubs talked Geovany Soto

    Jul 29, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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    It’s no secret that the Mets have been looking for a right-handed complement to Josh Thole behind the plate. That search led to talks with the Cubs regarding Geovany Soto this past week. Andy Martino broke the news today, but he said a deal was unlikely. Following up on it, the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers…

  20. The Mets are back to normal

    Jul 26, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    New York Mets players surround manager Collins after Washington Nationals LaRoche two run home run in MLB game in New York

    For much of the season the Mets played decent baseball. More significantly, though, they played fundamentally sound, team-oriented baseball and there weren’t any typical-for-the-Mets stories of discord and strife. In a decade or so when Mets fans routinely found their palm to their face for some damn reason or another, it has been a remarkably…

  21. Bobby Parnell blows save, Mets lose on wild pitch

    Jul 17, 2012, 11:27 PM EDT

    Bobby Parnell

    Those who believe Bobby Parnell just doesn’t have the mentality to close have gained a little more ammunition over the last week. Parnell blew his second save in four days, and Pedro Beato threw a wild pitch to score the winning run in the 10th as the Mets lost to the Nationals 5-4 on Tuesday.…

  22. Report: Mets considering trade for Kelly Shoppach

    Jul 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    The Mets have reportedly discussed a trade for Rockies’ catcher Ramon Hernandez, but Peter Gammons of MLB Network hears that they are considering alternatives. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported last weekend that the Mets are also interested in Mariners’ catcher Miguel Olivo. If acquired, Shoppach would function as a platoon partner for…

  23. Catcher-hungry Mets targeting Ramon Hernandez, Miguel Olivo, Kelly Shoppach

    Jul 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York and Joel Sherman of the New York Post both report that the Mets are interested in Rockies catcher Ramon Hernandez, and according to Sherman they’re also interested in catchers Miguel Olivo of the Mariners and Kelly Shoppach of the Red Sox. All three veterans are right-handed hitters who could…

  24. What they’re saying about Johan Santana’s no-hitter

    Jun 2, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

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    No, it wasn’t a dream. Johan Santana made a little history last night by tossing the first Mets’ no-hitter as part of an 8-0 win over the Cardinals. Here’s some reaction from around the baseball world: R.A. Dickey, via New York Newsday: “We’re all talking about it,” referencing Mets manager Terry Collins. “What’s he going…

  25. Mets get catcher Josh Thole back after concussion

    Jun 1, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Josh Thole is back from the disabled list, returning to the Mets after missing the past 22 games with a concussion from a home plate collision on May 7. To make room for Thole on the roster the Mets demoted Rob Johnson to Triple-A, choosing to stick with Mike Nickeas as their backup despite his…

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