This infographic baffles me in its sparseness. According to the Environics Analytics website, the graphic was created in light of the Toronto Blue Jays’ first playoff appearance in 22 years (going on to lose the 2015 ALCS to the Kansas City Royals). Compared to what appears to be less than 20% Canadian interest in the sport, a 2006 Gallup poll found that 47% of the U.S. public considers themselves to be baseball fans.
I haven’t been able to find a statistic revealing how many Canadians took the time to watch any of the 2015 playoffs, though attendance at the Rogers Centre was just under 50,000 for each of Games 3-5. Of course, Canadian attendance at Blue Jay games in 2020 was pretty much zero thanks to the pandemic and the Blue Jays getting kicked out of their own country for the season.
After collapsing on January 11th following a workout, John Olerud underwent brain surgery for the removal of an aneurysm on February 27, 1989. Olerud, a left-handed first baseman at Washington State University, went on to be the Blue Jays’ third round pick in the June Amateur Draft.
I stumbled across this graphic in my random internet wanderings depicting a history of the logos and uniforms for the teams in the American League East. I love how this graphic also gives an idea of just how long these teams have been around, relative to one another.
It looks tiny here, but click on the image to get to a larger version.
On October 21, 1993, Curt Schilling became the first Phillies pitcher to throw a shutout in a World Series game. Schilling shut down the Blue Jays, 2-0, giving up only five hits.
What I like about this infographic is that it’s a great depiction of how many different looks can come out of a team that employs the defensive shift. It’s also a reflection on how much thinking and studying goes into a baseball game. At this level, especially, a team can’t just show up and play, there’s a considerable amount of pre-planning involved.
I’ve posted a handful of Craig Robinson infographics here, and I found this quite clever. An infographic without the graphic. It’s a few years old, but still very fun to read. And it involves quite a bit of beer.
Here’s an infographic that includes an eclectic collection of numbers from 2011 surrounding the game of baseball. I particularly dig the 2 million kids playing ball in the bottom left. Gotta start ’em off right!
On October 1, 2005, the Kansas City Royals established a dubious team record when they recorded their 105th loss for the season, losing 10-1 to the Toronto Blue Jays. It was one of three out of four seasons during this time period that the Royals lost one hundred games or more.
Nine years later, on September 30, 2014, Kansas City defeated Oakland 9-8 in twelve innings to win the AL Wild Card game, their first postseason win in almost thirty years.
Here’s something fun from Sportsnet Canada, featuring some of the grips of select pitches thrown by the Toronto Blue Jays pitching staff. The lineup is a little out of date, but the mechanics and physics of throwing all the various pitches never fail to fascinate. My own half-hearted attempts at throwing a curve ball as a kid never proved fruitful, but then, I was never that committed to becoming a pitcher.
To continue our journey through Terry Cashman’s “Talkin’ Baseball” variations, here is the version that celebrates today’s only Canadian team, the Toronto Blue Jays.
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