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The Blue Jays in trouble

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Another exciting September for some Major League Baseball teams. Let’s save the Blue Jays for last. We must not declare victory too quickly and believe that John Schneider’s troop is secured a place in the series.

In the world of baseball, nothing is impossible. A few weeks ago, the New York Yankees sat comfortably at the top of the Eastern Division. A losing streak combined with a comeback by the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays has made many pundits stare. But the Bronx Bombers continue to fly with ease over Tampa Bay and Toronto.

It would take a miracle in the manner of his brother André to witness a spectacular comeback that would allow the Blue Jays to overcome the rich Yankees franchise. By the way, Jays’ vice president of communications, a former Montrealer, Richard Griffin, should persuade coach John Schneider to pay a brief visit to Montreal to go up the steps of the oratory on his knees to ask for his brother Andrew’s support.

We recall that in 1993, during the Stanley Cup series, the Canadiens coach Jacques Demers made a pilgrimage to the basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. We know the rest. CH had won the Stanley Cup.

New formula for the series

This year the teams with the two best records among the section champions will enjoy a goodbye in the first round. The other four will play a best of three match series in which team number 6 will face team number 3 and team number 5 will face team number 4. All three games will be played in the stadium of the highest ranked club.

After the disastrous weekend at home where they lost three times to the Los Angeles Angels, the Jays find themselves sixth and last in the playoffs ahead of the surprising Baltimore Orioles.

No depth to the mound

I see there is an obvious weakness among the starting pitchers in Toronto. Unlike September in previous seasons, teams could add 15 players to their roster.

This year, I don’t think adding two players to the roster will be enough to take the team to the playoffs.

Jays fans should burn lanterns or hang rosaries on clothesline to hope for a Baltimore Orioles fall in September.

Congratulations to the Quebec Women’s Baseball Program

Québec’s new top-tier girls baseball program has paid off with some interesting dividends during recent Canadian leagues.

This program is also attracting the attention of baseball authorities in other provinces. Quebec 2 teams can compete as much as Quebec 1 teams. The 21U teams and 16U teams won gold medals and the senior team got a silver medal.

Among the boys, Lanaudière’s peeing reps hung gold around their necks while players from the bantam category, many of whom participated in the provincial finals of the Quebec Games in Laval, stepped onto the second step of the dais.

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