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Toronto by Newsreel

Posted April 24, 2014 by Jamie Bradburn

Extensive newsreel collection now available on YouTube reveals glimpses of city’s past.

Newsreel and press photographers, Queen's Park, 1911. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 8012.

Before videographers, there were newsreel photographers. Carting their boxy cameras around, they roved the city, covering the top events of the day, racing to disasters, and hunting for oddball human interest stories that would amuse audiences. In their heyday, services like The March of Time, Movietone News, and Pathé News brought the richness of the […]



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The Wire Troll: George Springer Arrives

Posted April 20, 2014 by Tim McLeod

Young has turned his game around nicely, swiping 10 bases in his past 11 games. He has struck out an alarming 22 times in 59 at-bats, but when he does find his way down the line, he’ll be a huge asset in the speed game.

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2014 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit: Top 65 Prospects, Part III

Posted April 19, 2014 by RotoRob

Odorizzi has had trouble against lefties, so bear this in mind when he faces a team that leans in that direction. Originally taken 32nd overall by Milwaukee in 2008, he’s been very durable in his career (and could remain as such thanks to a very smooth, easy delivery) and hasn’t shown any alarming weaknesses, but has periodically had issues with the long ball.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu Seeks Revenge Against Giants

Posted April 17, 2014 by RotoRob

Hyun-Jin Ryu is hoping for better results against the Giants Thursday. (Nostraballus.wordpress.com)
Back in January, when we slotted Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu 20th in our Starting Pitcher Rankings, we wondered what kind of adjustments the league would make against him after his fine “rookie” season (as always, we balk at calling a player that [...]

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Honouring Jackie Robinson

Posted April 16, 2014 by RotoRob

There’s a reason this guy went grey so early and died far too young. He was carrying around a weight from years of ugly abuse, and the film did not leave us with a sense of the true scope of his suffering. The fact that he died at the tender age of 53 (yes, diabetes played a huge role here), was not even mentioned. We find it hard to believe that his ordeal in breaking the colour barrier and the enormous burden he carried was not a factor in his untimely death.

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2014 Relief Pitcher Rankings

Posted April 15, 2014 by Josh Johnson

While it’s true that he is human and will occasionally turn a situation sticky, he remains perfect in save chances early on this year. Okay, so if you want to call his ERA rising two-tenths of a run last year alarming, go ahead. You’re probably also a germaphobe. There aren’t many hurlers that can blow hitters away with such ease as Kimbrel can. Let’s see… 900 hitters have now faced him since he arrived in the majors and he’s struck out 392 of them (44 per cent). What do you think? Kimbrel has been the clear No. 1 on this list for a couple of years now and considering how tough it is to take him yard, we don’t see him going anywhere as long as he’s healthy.

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Review: MLB.TV Premium App (PS4/XB1)

Posted April 14, 2014 by Herija Green

Upon launching, you’re presented with a full-screen grid showing all the games for the current date. By default, these go top left to bottom right in order of start time, though if you identify a favourite team they’ll be moved into the first slot and starred. You can switch days with the shoulder buttons or view a monthly calendar by clicking the left stick. It’s very intuitive, well laid out and makes finding games a breeze.

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The Wire Troll: Mike Leake Flowing Well

Posted April 13, 2014 by Tim McLeod

Leake has very quietly enjoyed a solid start to the season. He was totally dominant against a very good St. Louis Cardinals lineup last week, scattering four hits over eight innings of shutout ball. Coming off a 14-win campaign last year, Leake will provide a lot more value as a fifth/sixth starter in your Fantasy rotation than he’s currently being given credit for. Hell, he’s not a bad golfer, either.

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Podcast: Chicks Dig the Long Ball

Posted April 11, 2014 by RotoRob

RotoRob Fantasy Baseball Weekly Podcast, heard every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST, was back again this week, this time featuring the long-time MIA Tim McLeod, RotoRob.com MLB Editor. Naturally, BTR was its usual uncooperative self to begin the show, but once we shook off that shaky opening, we rocked the airwaves.

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2014 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit: Top 65 Prospects, Part II

Posted April 9, 2014 by RotoRob

Some think Frazier is the Indians’ second best prospect, but we want to see what he does at full-season ball before bumping him up more. Still, he didn’t skip a beat moving to pro ball, and is a serious high end talent in a system that lacks depth. The right-handed hitting Frazier showed no vulnerability against righties, recording an 875 OPS en route to being named an AZL Post-Season All-Star. So far, Frazier has been durable, but like many young hitters, needs to improve his contact rates. There may not have been a better source of power in last year’s draft than this kid, so it will be exciting to see what kind of home run totals he can amass as he moves up the ladder.

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The Wire Troll: The Return of the Closer Carousel

Posted April 6, 2014 by Tim McLeod

He built on that strong performance with a great spring and surprised many by claiming a spot in the Jay’s rotation out of Spring Training. In his debut Tuesday against the Rays he pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings with four punchouts. Hutchison’s Tommy John surgery is now well in the rear-view mirror so cough up a few of those FAAB dollars and enjoy the ride.

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Podcast: Chris Johnson Rips Open Pitcher’s Duel

Posted April 4, 2014 by RotoRob

After a couple of weeks off because of March Madness, we were back in action this week on RotoRob Fantasy Baseball Weekly Podcast, heard every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on Blogtalkradio. This week, MLB Writer Josh Johnson joined RotoRob, and other than some freaky crank calls, things went brilliantly for our first Podcast since the 2014 MLB regular season got underway.

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Appropriately bittersweet

Posted March 27, 2014 by Ted Bird

     The tireless efforts of a dedicated band of volunteers come together this weekend when major league baseball returns to Montreal, however fleetingly.     The 1994 Expos will be honoured at a gala dinner cele…

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