The Tuesday Night Notebook.

image courtesy of mlb.com

image courtesy of mlb.com

With the Blue Jays exhibition games against the New York Mets March 28-29th in Montreal a few weeks away, Jon Paul Morosi tweeted out some news on some of the activities planned for the two games.

That news in itself is pretty cool, although I’m not sure how some bitter Expos fans will take it, look at it as a sign of goodwill from the only Canadian team left in Major League Baseball. And lets not forget the fan support for the Expos was there up until the strike year of 1994. Expos fans took the strike as a slap in the face, as the Expos were the best team in Baseball in ’94 and many fans in Montreal believed that they had their World Series Stolen from them. But for a lot of Expos fans seeing Gary Carter and the 1994 team being honoured should bring back a lot of memories from the Expo glory days, It is a shame with the talent that they had that they never did win a World Series, or make more playoff appearances than they had.

Morosi then tweets out one of the worst thought of ideas ever.

It’s a bad idea in so many ways. I get it if it were the Nationals that were playing an exhibition game in Montreal, but another Franchise that has never called Montreal home–that would be more of a slap in the face than anything. Morosi’s next tweet summed up the response that most would have of his idea.

As for attendance for the two-game set in Montreal, Morosi tweets on tickets that have been sold already for the series

Olympic Stadium has a capacity of 45,000 seats, which means that roughly 20,000 seats are available and one would think that there are lots of Blue Jay fans from Quebec and Eastern Canada that would make the trip to see the Blue Jays that other wise wouldn’t make a trip to Toronto to see a game, regardless of the games being an exhibition game.

Tickets for the Blue Jays-Mets series range from 22 dollars to 89 dollars.

BLUE JAYS, CANADIAN JR TEAM FACE OFF IN EXHIBITION GAME

The game wasn’t competitive like one would expect, but to the kids on the Canadian Junior team it was a chance of a lifetime for them to play on the same field as the pros they watch on television. Canadian coach Greg Hamilton told MLB.com Gregor Chisolm , “Every player that we’ve got has a chance to play beyond high school. At minimum, they’re going to go on scholarships and play collegiate baseball. You never know. You extend your playing career and you figure a few things out and there are some here today you think will be for sure potential Major League prospects, and there are others who will sneak up on you, too, just by having the opportunity to continue to play.”

Jose Bautista had an informal chat with the Juniors in the morning, and they had a chance to shag fly balls while the Blue Jays held batting practise.

BOOK LAUNCH
Jay Blue from Blue Jays from Away has announced the launch party for their new book, which is the first of its kind for Blue Jay fans, The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook.

The book is an e-book, which is being distributed by smashwords.com and will be available on Amazon, Kobo and iBooks for pre-order, the pre-order date has not been announced yet but stay tuned to Blue Jays From Away for more details. However, the book will be available online on March 31st and will cost $7.99

Blue did announce that they will be having a book launch on Wednesday, April 2 starting at 7pm at Tallboys Craft Beer House 838 Bloor St. West, in Toronto. They will have trivia and giveaways and everyone that attends will be eligible for a coupon for two dollars off the price of the book.

Blue describes the book as:

The first of it’s kind, the 2014 Handbook examines the entire Toronto Blue Jays’ minor league system in the most detail that it has ever been covered.

Included are:
Histories and profiles of all seven North American Blue Jays affiliates including the Buffalo Bisons, New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Dunedin Blue Jays, Lansing Lugnuts, Vancouver Canadians, Bluefield Blue Jays and Gulf Coast League Blue Jays
Over 250 player profiles including every player anticipated to play in the Blue Jays’ minor league system in 2014
A new essay by current Blue Jays minor league pitcher, John Anderson, a member of the 2013 Dunedin Blue Jays
Ticket, travel and city information to help you plan any trips to see the Baby Jays play
Complete 2014 minor league schedules
Broadcast information to help you follow along with the teams and players from wherever you are
Minor league depth charts
A 2013 draft review
A new foreword by Toronto Sun baseball writer Bob Elliott

There will also be an “All-Star Break” supplement coming in July for only $1.99 that will highlight:
Up-to-date minor league rosters
2014 draft summary
Promotions and demotions
July 2 International Free Agents

Sounds like a good investment for any Blue Jays fan, I wish Blue and the gang at Blue Jays From Far away the best of luck with the book!

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