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Canada denies plan to let Blue Jays play in Toronto for MLB season

The Canadian federal government has denied a plan to let the Toronto Blue Jays play at the Rogers Centre, their home field in Toronto throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada on Saturday. »

International, Society, Sports

‘Take me out to the ballgame?’ um, not at the moment

The way things normally work for sports fans in Canada in the spring is this: As–slowly but surely–the Canadian-based National Hockey League teams are eliminated from Stanley Cup contention, fancies and fantasies–just as slowly but just as surely–make their annual »

International, Society

Whither the 2019 Blue Jays? Pondering the possibilities…

The Blue Jays open their 2019 season Thursday afternoon in Toronto. Hopes are high, of course. That’s the nature of the game. Everybody’s even on Opening Day, they say (forgetting, as we must this year, that two games have already »

Economy, International, Politics, Society

Montreal Baseball Faithful set to deliver their passionate message…again

They’ve been coming out since the spring of 2014, the Montreal Baseball Faithful. They’ll be there again Monday and Tuesday nights at Olympic Stadium to watch a pair of exhibition games between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Milwaukee Brewers. »

Economy, International, Society

A bus tragedy in Saskatchewan profoundly clouds the year in Canadian sports

Sadly, a look back at sports in Canada in 2018 begins at a wind-swept, icy intersection in the eastern part of the prairie province of Saskatchewan. On April 6, a northbound passenger bus carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos junior »

International, Society

New Blue Jays manager has his hands full but says he’s ready

Baseball, it sometimes appears, never sleeps. The World Series ended Sunday night in Los Angles. Less than a day later, the Toronto Blue Jays were introducing their new manager, Charlie Montoyo, to the media. Montoyo takes over field management of »

International, Society

Talking baseball–the good, the bad and the ugly–during a summer to forget

For Canadians who love Major League Baseball, it’s been a summer to forget. The Toronto Blue Jays have been terrible. And since the Montreal Expos departed for Washington D.C. in 2005, the Jays are the only big league game in »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, International, Society

Blue Jays bomb in their 2018 season opener

Hopefully, for Canadian baseball fans, the highlight of the 2018 Toronto Blue Jays season didn’t occur Tuesday night in Montreal when Vladimir Guerrero Jr., son of long-time Expos superstar and freshly-minted Hall of Famer, Vlad Sr., hit a dramatic ninth-inning »

Economy, International, Politics, Society

Hope springs eternal for Montreal’s baseball fans

This is the time of year when baseball fans in Montreal get their hopes up and let go–at least for a little while–the long-lingering pain they have felt since the Expos left for Washington, D.C. following the 2004 season. For »

International

An early report from Jays’ spring training–a little bit of good, a little bit of bad

The Toronto Blue Jays opened their Grapefruit League schedule Friday in Florida. In most years, that might prompt some poetic waxing about the joys of spring training that will lead to pennant fever. This year: not so much. Looking back »