Jays’ McGuire leaving the hype behind

Deck McGuire talks about why he’s happy to leave 2012 behind. SCOTTSDALE, Az. — There’s something calming about being in the desert. The sky is clearer. The noise from a widespread city disappears into the rugged landscape that is dotted with cactus and brush within its limits. “I’m relaxed,” Deck McGuire says, sitting in the […]

Coach Coles remembers Blue Jays winning experience

SURPRISE, Ariz. — “The fans were absolutely electric. Every night we had 40,000-50,000 people,” Darnell Coles said about his time in Toronto. Toronto? “Obviously with the team we were putting on the field, we ended up winning our second World Championship in a row.” Ah. That Toronto. Coles left the Cincinnati Reds as a free agent […]

Searching for Blue Jays prospect Sam Dyson

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Last year, on the first day of November, Sam Dyson started throwing. “I haven’t stopped throwing yet. I’m gassed,” the right-hander said three weeks into action in the Arizona Fall League. “I’m giving you what’s left at the bottom of my sock.” A vivid image, but no one had the clairvoyance to […]

Relief for Rasmus after solid 2012 campaign

Cory Rasmus talks about growing up surrounded by pro ball players. SURPRISE, Az. — Seven years after he was drafted in the first round by the Atlanta Braves, pitcher Cory Rasmus still has a lot of questions about the game. He’s surrounded by some of the best prospects in baseball on the Phoenix Desert Dogs […]

Jays’ Goins thinking about Toronto at Arizona Fall League

Ryan Goins talks about what it means to be invited to Arizona Fall League SCOTTSDALE, Az. — Ryan Goins is hungry for Toronto, and it’s not because he had Cora’s for breakfast on his last trip to the city. The Blue Jays invited Goins to Toronto in September to be presented with the Webster Award […]