Blue Jays game time on July 8 returns to 1:07 PM. pic.twitter.com/osL4y7ufTz— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 5, 2018
Chris Berman joked in the now infamous codeine video that you always have to get at least 1 Toronto Blue Jays game a year. ESPN carried 0 Toronto Blue Jays games in 2018, even though MLB requires that every team get at least a single telecast.
We do have information that can't be officially corroborated that says the scheduled Toronto Blue Jays game against the New York Yankees counted as the Blue Jays appearance on ESPN for 2018. George Orwell would have been proud of that logic.
MLB had to approve that move by ESPN so shame on both of them.
You could easily argue that the Toronto Blue Jays were a very bad baseball team in 2018. Then again, the Baltimore Orioles, losers of 115 games, found their way onto the U.S. channel. The Blue Jays finished with a 73-89 record, 35 games out in 4th place in the AL East.
Blue Jays players who did start the season with the club did find their way to the playoffs, including Roberto Osuna (Houston) and Josh Donaldson (Cleveland). Neither player made much of a contribution to the Blue Jays because of a domestic violence allegation (Osuna) or a boatload of injuries (Donaldson). They still played more than Troy Tulowitzki who didn't appear at all.
John Gibbons: Man of the people. pic.twitter.com/gzzU1hIaLE— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 26, 2018
John Gibbons will not be back as the Toronto Blue Jays manager. Gibbons recorded a 793-789 mark in 2 stints as manager. He ranks second to Cito Gaston for managerial wins and games managed in franchise history.
The team handled the Gibbons matter as best as can be expected. They gave the crowd a chance to send Gibbons out in style for the last home game at Rogers Centre.
Gibbons let Russell Martin take over managing duties for the season finale. The long-time catcher also played some 3rd base, shortstop, and even left field.
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