Bob Elliott, Toronto Sun

Bob Elliott was presented with the J.G. Taylor Spink award for "meritorious contributions to baseball writing" at the 2012 induction ceremonies in Cooperstown. He spends his off nights coaching sandlot baseball.


Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Ryan Goins (17) strikes out leaving a runner on second base against the Houston Astros in the top of the second inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports)

Astros sweep Jays, Buehrle says "we stink"

There were a few snickers before Thursday’s game when Colby Rasmus told reporters the Houston Astros were looking to “sweep” the Toronto Blue Jays.

Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz celebrates a home run against the Detroit Tigers with teammates during Game 1 of their American League Division Series at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Oct. 2, 2014. (TOMMY GILLIGAN/USA Today)

Orioles knock around Tigers in Game 1 of ALDS

Now, if Earl Weaver were still around, or maybe former Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach Gene Tenace, Thursday’s pre-game pep talk to Baltimore Orioles hitters would have gone something like this:

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright, who threw a complete game, celebrates with teammates after the Cardinals beat Pittsburgh 6-1 to win the NL Division Series. (JEFF CURRY/USA Today Sports)

Cardinals reach NLCS

Before Game 5, Adam Wainwright could be lumped in with a number of St. Louis Cardinals stud hoss starters who have carried them into October 10 times since 2000.

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay slides safely past Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin to score a run during Game 1 of their National League Divisional Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Oct. 3, 2013. (JEFF CURRY/USA Today)

Cardinals give Pirates regal butt-kicking

The Pittsburgh Pirates easily dispatched the Cincinnati Reds in the National League wild-card game to get to Busch Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is on the hotseat with his club a long way from playoff contention thanks to poor starting pitching and several injuries. (REUTERS)

Is it time for Jays to fire John Gibbons?

Dan Jennings, assistant general manager of the Miami Marlins, pulled his car over in front of his downtown Toronto hotel Monday afternoon and popped the trunk.