2021-04-04

We've Got A Outright Winner!



Our boy, Jesse, who it should be noted was participating in his first roster challenge, took it down with a mind-blowing total of 22 out of 26 on his ballot. No one else came close--no other ballot had even 21 correct players selected, considering Springer, Yates and Pearson all started the year on the IL and everyone picked them, and Payamps, Zeuch and Mayza all made the roster and nobody picked them. Jesse navigated the tough terrain and saved us from doing some basic math trying to figure out the quite random tiebreakers. For that, we thank you!


And with that, another 26 Man Roster Challenge is in the books. Hopefully all who answered the call this time around can join us again next year as we continue our search for the perfect ballot.


Let's go Jays! 



2021-02-24

And They're off!

 



Hey socially distanced party people…..we got a Roster Challenge for y’all to chew on. Thank you to the 13 competitors for answering the bell and stepping forward with their ballots. 

 

We can honestly say this challenge is enjoyable to set up and maintain so let’s get right to the roll out. We love seeing what the fellow die hards are thinking.

 

The following 19 names appeared on all ballots. No real surprises here except maybe Rowdy, he seems like the odd man out right now with having 4 legit big league outfielders in the lineup nearly everyday.

 

Behold!

 

Bichette

Biggio

Borucki

Dolis

Grichuck

Gurriel

Hernandez

Jansen

Pearson

Phelps

Ray

Roark

Ryu

Semien

Springer

Stripling

Tellez

Vlad

Yates

 

Some notes and observations:

 

These players appeared on only two ballots. Enter the longshots.

 

Davis

Hatch

Thornton

 

We are just happy Trent found the time this offseason to remove the molar sized bone chips from his elbow. God damn, that sounds like it might affect your ability to launch a projectile multiple times from your hand every few days.

 

How about the longershot that is still live as of posting day? We present the breakfast egg combo Jake Overeasy nee Odorizzi. Any SP on the market just has to be looking for a multi year deal still. If he relents and Rogers ponies up, this wildcard could pay off huge. Isn’t likely but we love competitors that go big or go home.

 

Cult hero Kirk and his 24 career at bats was only selected on three ballots. Guess nobody reads TSN’s baseball coverage. That’s a good thing and we’re proud to call you all friends.

 

The first three ballots are all identical. We will consider this to be the favourite out of the gates.

 

 

Team Gregor

13-11

 

Chatwood

Cole

Liriano

Matz

McGuire

Panik

Romano

 

Bringing the street cred to the challenge once again is Gregor. Be sure to check out his detailed thought process behind his ballot in the Toronto Star.

 

 

Team: Homeless AKA The Wanderers

14-10

 

Chatwood

Cole

Lirinao

Matz

McGuire

Panik

Romano

 

Clint with the added piece of flair on the team name. We do very much appreciate the effort.

 

 

Team Sweden

14-14-2

 

Chatwood

Cole

Liriano

Matz

McGuire

Panik

Romano

 

We believe this is the only rookie in the challenge this year. You’re in good company having the same ballot as Gregor and Clint. No offence but we kinda hope you don’t win so we can avoid the shipping charges to Sweden. 

 

 

Team I Like Nuts

14-11

 

Cole

Espinal

Hatch

Kay

Matz

McGuire

Merryweather

 

Thanks for not taking Romano or Chatwood! We enjoyed typing out their names 12 times instead of just once!

 

 

Team Go Nuts, Lugnuts

16-11-1

 

Chatwood

Davis

Kirk

Matz

Merryweather

Romano

Thornton

 

Jesse Goldberg-Strassler gave us a ballot for old times sake. Can’t begrudge the only Canadian MLB team wanting to keep the only MILB team under their development umbrella but we will miss our Lugnuts and Jesse dearly.

 

 

Team Hall of Fame

14-14

 

Chatwood

Davis

Espinal

Kay

Matz

Merryweather

Romano

 

Shout out to St. Mary’s finest for the ballot again this year. Everyone be sure to support the Hall of Fame if you’re able to. This place is a baseball wonderland.

 

 

Team Last Row 500’s

16-11-1

 

Chatwood

Cole

Kay

Kirk

Matz

Panik

Romano

 

Our boy tried to go old school on us and only submit a 25 man ballot. Good thing the quality control team caught it before the deadline. That’s what happened. For real.

 

 

Team Jaysaremysecondfavouriteteam

17-12

 

Chatwood

Kay

Matz

McGuire

Odorizzi

Panik

Romano

 

Here’s the big games hunter’s ballot in all it’s glory.

 

 

Team Slaycock

14-14

 

Chatwood

Cole

Liriano

Kirk

Matz

Panik

Romano

 

What up Slaycock?

 

 

Team The Ant Farm

15-12

 

Chatwood

Cole

Hatch

McGuire

Panik

Romano

Thornton

 

No Matz? No problem!

 

 

Team MLBDepthCharts

16-12

 

Chatwood

Kay

Matz

McGuire

Merryweather

Panik

Romano

 

Jason does this type of work for Fangraphs and does it very well.

 

 

Team @1BJW

15-10-1

 

Chatwood

Cole

Matz

McGuire

Merryweather

Panik

Romano

 

You’re looking at the winner right there. Book it.

 


Team Jimmy Triggs

14-14

 

Chatwood

Cole

Espinal

Liriano

Matz

McGuire

Romano

 

Friend of the site Jimmy Triggs sent his ballot over in an interesting format.

 

 

 


 

 

Apologies for the confusion on the tiebreaker, that being the spring training game totals. This year they’re all over the map. Blame the league, not us.

 

Good luck to all those that took the time to submit a ballot!

2021-02-14

Update: 26 Man Roster Challenge


We just wanted to take a moment and provide a few updates: 

MLB has gone with the east coast / west coast set up for the Grapefruit league as previously reported. As such, your Toronto Blue Jays will "attempt" to play 28 official spring games this year, with no split squad games mixed in. Please adjust your tiebreaker accordingly! 

Expect to see a lot of the Skankees, Tigers, Phillies, Pirates and Orioles in March. Within those five clubs you have possibly three of the worst teams in baseball; thankfully, spring training games are generally decided by the depth of a roster and not just their MLB-level talent, so let's all look forward to some crazy town beyond the 5th inning. Some interesting names wearing some very high jersey numbers right there! Joe Panik is back on an MILB deal again. He just has to make the squad again, doesn't he? David Phelps is back again too, but he gets an MLB deal and will surely round out a sneaky good bullpen. The Fisher Cat finally (thank fuck) ran out of 40 man roster lives. Poor Shun. He never really got a chance to right the ship after a terrible start to a shortened season.  When a Hall of Fame type broadcaster weights in on the player/pitcher split, you should probably take note. 

We have already received our first ballot and hope more of you join in on the fun this year!

2021-02-09

26 Man Roster Challenge - Take 2

We have been putting off this challenge for a few weeks in hopes that the Players Association and MLB got their shit together with regards to the basic rules of play for the upcoming, fast-approaching season. Heck, we finally just got an official reporting date for players. Super great planning, team! We really should have known better.

At this point, it appears that MLB has decided to go been forced to go with 26-man rosters again this season. There does not appear to be a number limit on how many pitchers can be carried on a staff, so we could see a three-man bench to open the season.

For those who don’t know, The 26-Man Roster Challenge is a super simple game that has but one requirement: Name the 26 baseball players within the Blue Jays organization who will crack the opening day roster.

Sounds easy, right? Well, it really isn’t. If you decide to play, there are 4 ways to submit your ballot: 

  1. Send us an email: 1bluejaysway(at)gmail.com
  2. Make a post on your blog, if you have one, and send us a link.
  3. Add your ballot to the comments section of this post, or the reminder(s) we post later.
  4. Twitter ballots will be accepted @1BJW

In the event of a tie—and, at this point, it's pretty much a given that there will be a tie—we ask that you also give us a prediction of what you think the spring training record will be for the boys in baby blue. From what we can see, it appears as though your Toronto Blue Jays will attempt to play 32 spring training games this year. Guess the annual test match/face fucking of the Canadian Junior National Team got COVID’d. We can’t have the best and brightest young stars of this great nation having to take two weeks off baseball activities to quarantine upon their return. We should mention there has also been talk of a "modified" East/West coast Grapefruit league schedule in the mix. Tupac and Biggie would be so impressed! If the spring schedule does get changed after the deadline, we will allow contestants who have entered a valid ballot to change their tiebreaker, if they so choose.

  

Try not to forget that sometimes it rains actual water, not just the virus from the sky in Florida, and the games don't generally get made up if they are cancelled. There is also a chance that if a game goes to extra innings and one team runs out of pitchers, both teams agree that the game ends in a tie.


It is not a requirement that you select a tie breaker—all ballots containing 26 names on it will be considered valid—but it is a very good idea that you do include one. Over the years, we have had numerous stupid-close finishes, and we actually had to break it right down to winning percentage. We have only had one outright winner in 11 years.

  

Some things to consider:

Finally we have a legit MLB roster! Position battles might actually be decided by who can best help the team win baseball games instead of all the other behind-the-scenes stuff involved in roster construction.

Derek Fisher, Julian Merryweather and Reese ‘The Parking Lot Prowler” McGuire are all out of options and need to head north with the team or risk being lost on waivers. That’s a nice three pack of players to consider. The Fisher Cat has got to be down to just a life or two left on his nine lives with this club. The fact that he hasn’t been cut yet means he probably has naked pics of Atkins and that he heads north as the little-used back up to the back up OF. He does have great handedness, so there’s that. McGuire can’t hit at all, and the pudgy Mexican can—a lot. You’d have to think it’s best that Kirk plays every day somewhere at this point in his development curve, but, if we are going to play for wins this year, the ones in April count the same as the ones in September. Merryweather has been stretching out as a starter this offseason for some reason, but you just have to think there’s a spot in the pen as a leverage arm or maybe a multi-inning piggyback type role pairing up with Ray or Matz. Shit, he could be a sensational opener, for that matter. Point being, he certainly gets a spot if he’s healthy.

What happens to Rowdy? If we are truly “all in,” that lefty power bat will be mighty useful late in a close ball game, even if it’s just as a deterrent. There are a few impact free agents still available on the market, so selecting a player for your ballot that currently isn’t in the organization is a viable strategy. There is the Marwin Gonzalez rumour that just won't seem to die. He would be a versatile piece that could allow for a short bench to be used right out of the gates. And, hey, why not add another cheater to the roster? Too soon?

As always, the dreaded minor-league-deal-with-an-invite-to-spring-training needs to be mentioned and considered. A.J. Cole and Francisco Liriano probably have a shot at the bullpen, but the rest are pretty yuck, except maybe old friend Richard Urena. He could be the back up INF for this team if the brain trust chooses to keep down Santiago Espinal as depth.   

 

Prizes:


 


  


Good luck to all who decide to join in on the fun this year. We’re still searching for the elusive perfect ballot. It would be swell if this is the year!

Please include a team name and a tiebreaker. Do NOT forget the tiebreaker. The deadline to submit ballots is February 17th @ 11:59PM EST.

2020-07-04

1BJW Interview: RHP Jacob Waguespack

Waguespack in 2016, image- Jay Floyd
Hello, Jays fans.  It's been a long time...I shouldn't have left you...without a dope post to step to.  Think of how many weak blogs you've slept through.  Time's up.  Sorry I've kept you.

It's Jay and I'm back on 1BJW with an exclusive interview.  This time around, I talked with righty hurler Jacob Waguespack about how he kept the rust off during the Coronavirus hiatus, his time with the Blue Jays to date and more.

The 26-year-old was acquired in a deal at the 2018 trading deadline that sent Aaron Loup to the Phillies.

Last year "Wagz" made his big league debut for Toronto, posting a 5-5 record with a 4.38 ERA, a .249 batting average against along with a 7.3 K/9 mark.  He was off to a strong start during the spring exhibition season this year, prior to the sport being halted.  In five appearances, Waguespack did not allow an earned run.

Read ahead for the full interview...

-Can you share some feedback on your strong efforts this spring before the pandemic hiatus and can you still come back with momentum following the long break?

Overall, I think we as team created a good vibe in the clubhouse so we as team were feeling good coming out of spring, and I think that'll be the same this time around.

-How were you staying in shape and keeping the rust off during the hiatus? Who were you able to work with, if anyone?

Luckily, my next door neighbor is a catcher at my old high school, and him and I would throw, work out, do bullpens, etcetera. His name is Payton.

-That sounds awesome. What did it mean to him to be able to catch bullpens with a big leaguer? Or have you guys known one another so long that he doesn't see you that way?

We actually are recent neighbors so it hasn't been too long. But he's a pretty even keel guy, so it was normal from the start.

-Does throwing with a young guy like that bring back any of that younger, hungrier mindset for you?

Nah, it more so just made me appreciate the journey because I could see myself in him.

-How did you spend your down time during the break? Where you watching TV, playing games?

I watched a few shows like most did, and played video games as well. Enjoyed cutting my grass a lot.

-Has there been anyone in the Jays systems that's been a big help to you or that you've learned a lot from so far?

Not anyone in particular, but the Jays as a whole have incredible people in the organization who've helped me a good bit.

-Your MLB rookie card is out in this year's Topps Series 1 collection. Is that a big deal to you and your family and have you gotten any of them?

I have a couple that were given to me. My family and I were pretty excited about it. Something you dream of as a kid.

-What do you like most about Toronto?

Toronto is a big city with some of the nicest people. There's a good feel to it.

-Playing for the Blue Jays now, have you become a full-fledged Toronto sports fan, rooting for the Leafs and the Raptors as well?

I was pretty fired up when the Raptors won it all. The city of Toronto was buzzing big time. I'll definitely root for those teams.

-With the shortened season, do you think it can be more any team's year as opposed to the longer, more traditional season?

I think it'll provide some opportunities to a lot of teams. Like most, I think the short season is a sprint and any team can have success.