Douglas Fox

Douglas Fox

Doug Fox has played, watched, studied, and generally obsessed about baseball for decades, and once played in the Toronto Star Pee-Wee Baseball tournament. He writes about Blue Jays prospects and minor league baseball at Follow him on Twitter @Clutchlings77.

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By Douglas Fox On Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Two Overlooked Plays from Last Night’s Blue Jays Game

The Blue Jays topped the Yankees 4-1 in the opener of the three game series between the American League East frontrunners at the Rogers Centre last night. The Blue Jays tagged Yankees starter Adam Warren three More...

Russell Martin
By Douglas Fox On Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Whither Russell Martin? Hardly

Much has been made by some members of the Toronto media about the struggles C Russell Martin has had at the plate in the past month.  They point to the month of August, when he hit all of .138, and his second More...

Anthony Alford
By Douglas Fox On Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Clutchlings Blue Jays MiLB Awards

The 2015 season promised to be one very much like previous seasons:  there would be some prospects whose stock would rise, while others would fall, but the system would continue its upward trend as one of the More...

By Douglas Fox On Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Matt Harvey And Innings Limits: An Arbitrary History

New York Mets Pitcher Matt Harvey probably got far more than he bargained for when his agent Scott Boras leaked to the media that his start client has a “soft” Innings Pitched limit of 180 in his More...

By Douglas Fox On Monday, September 7th, 2015

Book Review: Big Data Baseball Simplifies Analytics

Hey, baseball fans (and I’m talking to the thousands of you bandwagon-jumping, wave-participating Blue Jays fans):  confused by all the new and varied statistics?  Are you, in the words of author and Pittsburgh More...

By Douglas Fox On Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

1987 Blue Jays: A Cautionary Tale?

  1987 was an unusually warm year in Eastern Canada, particularly in Ontario.  After a warm spring and relatively hot summer, temperatures continued to stay above seasonal norms into September.     1987 More...

By Douglas Fox On Monday, August 31st, 2015

Clutchlings Blue Jays Minor League Notebook – Wind Down Edition

As the summer of 2015 draws inexorably toward its close, we will take a look at Blue Jays affiliates with play off aspirations, the Top Six Pack (a new feature – I’ll explain), examine Matt Smoral‘s More...

By Douglas Fox On Friday, August 28th, 2015
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Should Ben Revere Hit Leadoff For The Blue Jays?

An intense debate has developed over the course of the past few weeks among Toronto Blue Jays fans?  Should Ben Revere, acquired in the trade deadline frenzy along with fellow tradee Troy Tulowitzki, replace More...

Mark Shapiro
By Douglas Fox On Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Indians Mark Shapiro to be Blue Jays Next President?

Word comes via the uber-connected Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports that Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro may be in line for the Toronto Blue Jays Presidency once incumbent Paul Beeston, an original Jays employee, More...

By Douglas Fox On Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Clutchlings Blue Jays Minor League Notebook

Sean Reid-Foley Kyle Castle/ photo If you’re a regular reader of this feature, thanks – and you have permission to skip down to the next section. It’s come to my attention that I have acquired More...

By Douglas Fox On Friday, August 14th, 2015

Mark Buehrle And Pitching On The Edge

Toronto Star photo Julio Franco, the ageless wonder who won a batting title, made three trips to the All Star Game, and is still active, serving as a player-manager for a semi-pro team in Japan after banging out More...

By Douglas Fox On Monday, August 10th, 2015

Phil Marchildon – The Best Canadian Pitcher You’ve Never Heard Of

The town of Penetanguishene, Ontario, sits at the end of a long fjord off of Georgian Bay, which itself is a backpack-like extension of the fur trader-shaped Lake Huron.  The name of the town supposedly derives More...

Tulowitzki and Donaldson
By Douglas Fox On Saturday, August 8th, 2015

A Guide For Returning Blue Jays Fans

Hey, Blue Jays fans who’ve been away from the game for a while – welcome back! The flurry of deadline deals that the club made will no doubt bring many of you former fans back into the fold – More...

By Douglas Fox On Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
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Clutchlings Blue Jays Minor League Notebook

I’ve finally caught my breath after a stirring weekend of Blue Jays baseball and a whirlwind few days prior to the trade deadline. The Blue Jays have significantly upgraded their roster, and while they gave More...

By Douglas Fox On Monday, August 3rd, 2015

On Cans Of Corn And The Origin Of Baseball Terms

Having been around since pre-Civil War times, baseball has developed a language all its own to describe various things that can happen in a game.  Former MLB pitcher and current pitching instructor Jim Parque got More...

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