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I'm starting a new Jays dynasty when the jogar Jays faceset is out but I'm going to announce it now along with starting lineups and story.

Jays Fire G.M.


icon_tor.gifIn a largely unexpected move, the Toronto Blue Jays fired General Manager J.P. Ricciardi on the eve of the start of the 2005 season. Management stated that they were not pleased with Ricciardi's inability to sign a strong free agent starting pitcher in the off-season and felt that he was actually slowing the team's progress. A new G.M. was hired almost right away in who is a relative unknown, Long Le. "Long brings us a very aggressive no-nonsense approach and we believe he can take this team over the top." said the team's president.

Koskie and Halladay sidelined to open season with injuries


icon_tor.gifThe Toronto Blue Jays announced this morning that their ace pitcher Roy Halladay and star free agent signing in the off-season Corey Koskie were both injured in spring training.

Halladay was injured on a hard line drive to the mound which struck him in the shin and fractured a bone in his left leg. He is expected to miss the first 4-6 weeks of the season. Koskie on the other hand was injured sliding into second base on a single that he tried to leg out into a double, his right thumb was jammed against the base and broken. He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

The injuries pose questions for their newly hired G.M. as he scrambles to find replacements before the season begins. Halladay will be back around early-to-mid May and Koskie around late May/early June.

The team will announce it's opening day roster tomorrow. The season opens in Tampa Bay where the Devil Rays host the Blue Jays for a 3-game set to open the season on the 4th.

Jays announce opening day roster


icon_tor.gifThe Toronto Blue Jays are pleased to announce their opening day 25-man roster which is sure to change:

Starting rotation:

1. Ted Lilly

2. Dave Bush

3. Josh Towers

4. Gustavo Chacin

5. Chad Gaudin


Long relief:

Pete Walker (available to spot start if needed)

Middle relief:

Vinnie Chulk

Brandon League

Jason Frasor

Set-up men:

Scott Schoeneweis (lefty)

Justin Speier


Miguel Batista

Starting lineup:

1. Alex Rios, RF

2. Frank Catalanotto, LF

3. Vernon Wells, CF

4. Shea Hillenbrand, 3B

5. Eric Hinske, 1B

6. Gregg Zaun, C

7. Orlando Hudson, 2B

8. Aaron Hill, DH

9. Russ Adams, SS


1. Reed Johnson, OF (main pinch-hitter vs. lefties, replaces Catalanotto vs. lefties in lineup, backup to all OF)

2. Frank Menechino, 2B (pinch-hit vs. lefties, can back up all infield positions)

3. John McDonald, SS/2B (will come in games late defensively)

4. Guillermo Quiroz, C (back up catcher)

The biggest surprise is that SS Aaron Hill made the team out of spring training after playing in AA all last season. "He really showed in spring training that he can hit big league pitching and really it was between him and OF Gabe Gross and because we decided to go with 12 pitchers, Gross will start the season at AAA and come up right away if an outfielder is injured." said manager John Gibbons.

The team also officially placed SP Roy Halladay on the 15-day D.L. and 3B Corey Koskie on the 60-day D.L.

Rumors: Rumor has it that the team is looking to unload disgruntled 1B/3B Eric Hinske for a starter or as part of a package for one. He has been steadily declining since his rookie of the year season in 2002 and this year his shotty defense at 3B has moved him 1B. The team may however keep Hinske there until Koskie comes off of the disabled list.

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New G.M. announces plans for upcoming season


icon_tor.gifJust before the season opener versus Tampa Bay, the new Toronto Blue Jays G.M., Long Le held a press conference with the media to outline his plans for the upcoming season:

-Chacin, League, Adams made the team on the strength of strong September performances that continued in spring training

-Gross will be up with the team soon as he really stood out in spring training, there's just no room for him in the outfield right now

-Gaudin, acquired in the off-season from Tampa Bay will be the 5th starter but could see him as a long-man in the 'pen when Halladay returns

-The team is relatively intact from last season aside from some young guys coming in to fill in for free agents who left and the additions of Schoeneweis and Koskie (which is on the DL)

-We will use the same lineup relatively for the first couple weeks and see where we stand, if any moves need to be made

-Hinske could be gone within the first month if he really struggles or an offer comes up for him as the team needs a strong starter to fill the #2 spot between Halladay and Lilly but for the short term be the #1 until Halladay returns

-Hillenbrand will start in the #4 hole but could see himself in the #5 when Koskie returns

-Early on not making many moves as far as trades until we see where the current team is at in the division

-With the Yankees aging and the Orioles, Red Sox free spending in the off-season the division could be wide-open for the taking

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Settings for the dynasty:

Difficulty: All-Star

Roster: Big Shmooz roster with added CAP's for Jays minor leaguers from other roster sets

Fielding: Assisted

Variable stuff: ON

Strike zone: OFF

Hot/cold zones:  FADE

Pitch cursor: FADE

Fair trades: ON

Fantasy Draft: OFF

Datafile: None

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I've changed my mind and have decided I'll play on MVP with non-DL roster so Koskie and Halladay will play.. new starting 25-man roster:








long-man: Walker

middle: Frasor, Chulk, League

set-up: Speier, Schoeneweis

closer: Batista


Rios, RF

Catalanotto, LF

Wells, CF

Koskie, 3B

Hillenbrand, DH

Hinske, 1B

Zaun, C

Adams, SS

Hudson, 2B


Johnson (leads off vs. lefties in LF, pinch-hit vs. lefties)

Hill (is the DH vs. lefties, Hillenbrand will play 1st)

Quiroz (back up catcher)

Menechino (backup infielder.. also available for pinch hitting vs. lefties.. can spell Koskie or Hudson in the field from time to time)

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Harden Dominates Jays

icon_tor.gif 04/11/05 -- The Jays had no answer to Rich Harden tonight as he completely man-handled them. The Canadian right-hander pitched a complete game shutout and allowed just five hits while striking out 10 Jays.

Toronto's starter Ted Lilly was shaky giving up four runs on 7 hits over his just six innings in the loss. He walked just 1 and struck out 4 in the outing. Reliever Vinnie Chulk held the Jays in there as he pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief but the Jays bats couldn't get anything going off Harden. Alex Rios was the lone Jay to get more than a hit off Harden as he went 2-for-4 on the night. Aaron Hill has the distinction of having the only extra-base hit on the night off Harden, a 2-out double in the 8th.

Pitching lines

Oakland:			IP  H R ER BB K

R.Harden(W,2-0)	 9.0 5 0  0  0 10


T.Lilly(L,1-1)	  6.0 7 4  4  1  4

V.Chulk			 2.0 0 0  0  0  2

Team	1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0

Oakland 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 x 4 7 0
Outlook: The Jays will send Dave Bush (1-0) to the hill against Danny Haren (0-1) in the 2nd game of their three-game set in Oakland.

AL East Standings

Rk Team Rec GB

T1 TOR  4-3 ---

T1 NYY  4-3 ---

 3 BAL  3-3 0.5

 4 BOS  3-4 1.0

 5 TB   1-5 2.5

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Team Leaders for Week One (April 4-10)


HR:  4 (Vernon Wells)

RBI: 6 (Vernon Wells)

AVG: .375 (Vernon Wells)

SB: 0 (All players)

OBP: .375 (Shea Hillenbrand)


W: 1 (4-way tie)

SV: 2 (Miguel Batista)

ERA: 0.00 (5-way tie)

SO: 11 (Roy Halladay)

Note: From now on all updates regarding the dynasty will be posted here only.. no longer on the dynasty manager page as I loathe the interface. Screenshots will be posted from every game from now on as well as I just installed that Fraps program.

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Jays Victorious in Pitcher's Duel Over A's


Above: Hinske dives to double off Byrnes in the 5th. Right: Gross belts a shot off the foul pole to put the Jays up 1-0 in the 6th.

icon_tor.gif 04/12/05 -- Danny Haren and Dave Bush locked horns in what was a complete pitcher's duel with Bush and the Jays being victorious by a count of 2-1. Gabe Gross opened the scoring for the Jays with a solo shot in the 6th and Shea Hillenbrand added another in the 7th for both of the Jays runs in the game. Erubiel Durazo drove in the lone run for the A's in the 7th. Haren went 7 2/3 innings in the loss and struck out 10, allowing 2 runs. Dave Bush went 6 2/3 for the win striking out 4 and allowing just 1 run.

"It's good to get a win under our belt with how flat we came up in the last 2 games. The last one here with Harden on the mound and the game before that at home against Boston.", said manager John Gibbons. "Gross is a guy that is really a big part of our team's future and we hope for him to be on the roster full time before next season. It's good to see him contributing here tonight and he may see more time in the field with Catalanotto struggling at the plate."


A.Rios		RF	3  0 0  0   1 1 .250

G.Gross	   LF	4  1 2  1   0 2 .400

V.Wells	   CF	4  0 1  0   0 0 .313

S.Hillenbrand DH	4  1 1  1   0 3 .323

A.Hill		SS-3B 4  0 1  0   0 0 .207

E.Hinske	  1B	4  0 0  0   0 2 .143

G.Zaun		C	 3  0 0  0   0 1 .125

O.Hudson	  2B	3  0 0  0   0 1 .115

F.Menechino   3B	3  0 1  0   0 1 .222

1-R.Johnson   PR	0  0 0  0   0 0 .333

  R.Adams	 SS	0  0 0  0   0 0 .222

1-R.Johnson ran for F.Menechino in the 8th.

(8th)R.Adams came in to play SS, batting 9th.

(8th)A.Hill moved from SS to 3B.

2B-A.Hill(2), F.Menechino(1)

HR-G.Gross(1), S.Hillenbrand(2)

RBI-G.Gross(1), S.Hillenbrand(3)

Pitching lines

Oakland:			IP  H R ER BB K

D.Haren(L,0-2)	  7.2 6 2  2  1 10

H.Street			1.1 0 0  0  0  1


D.Bush(W,2-0)	   6.2 6 1  1  1  4

S.Schoeneweis	   0.2 0 0  0  0  0

J.Speier			0.2 0 0  0  0  0

M.Batista(SV,3)	 1.0 1 0  0  0  1

Team	1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 6 0

Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 0
Outlook: The Jays will send Gustavo Chacin (0-1) to the hill in the rubber match of the series tomorrow. The A's counter with Joe Blanton (NR). Both are looking for their first wins of the season.

AL East Standings

Rk Team Rec GB

 1 TOR  5-3 ---

 2 NYY  4-3 0.5

 3 BAL  3-4 1.5

 4 BOS  3-4 1.5

 5 TB   2-5 2.5

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Jays Re-structure Contracts of Hinske, Catalanotto

icon_tor.gif 04/13/05 -- The Toronto Blue Jays announced today that they have re-structured the contracts of 1B/3B Eric Hinske and LF Frank Catalanotto. Hinske was due to earn 4.1M for each of the next three years and Catalanotto was due to earned 2.5M for each of the next two years. Both contracts have been changed to be just one year deals of the same amount and they will be free to sign elsewhere in the off-season. "These changes were made because we feel that Hinske and Catalanotto are not long term parts of the team and we'd rather not have them blocking some of our prospects from coming up much longer than we have to. We'd rather let them play elsewhere then be starved for playing time when we start pushing guys like Gross into more regular duty.", said GM Long Le.

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