Rob Longley, SudburyStar

Rob Longley

SudburyStar

Toronto, ON, Canada

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Recent:
  • SudburyStar
  • Toronto Sun
  • Edmonton Sun
  • Canoe
Past:
  • The Montreal Gazette
  • The Vancouver Sun
  • Winnipeg Sun
  • Ottawa Citizen
  • National Post
  • Calgary Sun
  • Edmonton Journal
  • The Standard
  • London Free Press
  • TheStarPhoenix.com
  • and more…

Recent articles by Rob:

Yankees put another blowout beating on the Blue Jays to stall playoff pursuit

BUFFALO — The playoff preparations are well under way. Now it’s just a matter of the Blue Jays taking care of the business of getting there. There wasn’t much they could do to help that cause on the first day of fall at a chilly Sahlen Field — not with New York Yankees ace Gerrit […] → Read More

Alejandro the Great is more than catching on with terrific start to his Blue Jays career

BUFFALO — He is listed at 5-foot-8 and 265 pounds and both of those measurements may be skewed to the flattering side for catcher Alejandro Kirk. Yes, the Blue Jays rookie catcher and emerging cult hero may look more beer leaguer than big leaguer. But throw in the boyish smile and the sizzling bat and […] → Read More

Even without clinching, Blue Jays have transitioned into playoff bubble mode

BUFFALO — There is still enough business to take place on the diamond here at Sahlen Field before the Blue Jays can go all in on their post-season plans. And a socially distanced celebration, of course. But behind the scenes, the Jays’ front office has the wheels in motion for a playoff opener that as […] → Read More

Blue Jays bats boom to get them on the right end of a blowout with the Bronx Bombers

BUFFALO – On a six-day trip through Philadelphia and the Bronx the past week, the Blue Jays seemingly were treating the magic number for playoff participation like a crushable fastball easing over the plate. Hanging. Back home (away from home) at Sahlen Field on Monday night, however, the Toronto bats heated up in a hurry […] → Read More

With post-season looming, Blue Jays need to sharpen up their baseball basics

BUFFALO — Many a wise baseball manager has subscribed to the two-out-of-three-ain’t-bad theory. In other words, if any combination of hitting, pitching and defence is working for you, you’ve got a chance for success just about every day. The Blue Jays that we saw for most of the past week were essentially 0-for-3 in the […] → Read More

With playoffs looming Blue Jays are hoping there is more relief in sight

BUFFALO — The search for relief was wide-ranging and getting serious by the time the Blue Jays showed up to face the Phillies on Saturday afternoon. Relief from a five-game losing streak. Relief from blunders and sloppiness at a time of year such shortcomings can be as costly as they are frustrating. And with ace […] → Read More

Armed and unsteady, Blue Jays looking for pitching solutions as postseason nears

BUFFALO – Given what we’ve already seen from the resilient Blue Jays, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they swat aside the stench of back-to-back-to-back blowout losses in the Bronx. Likewise, it wouldn’t be a stunner if the young team finds its stride on offence again as swell, especially with Teoscar Hernandez back in the […] → Read More

LONGLEY: Life in Buffalo bubble may boost Blue Jays' playoff fortunes

BUFFALO — Pity the Tim Hortons not far from the Blue Jays’ downtown hotel, their home away from home for the 2020 baseball season. As far as we can surmise, anyway, the bustling location of the popular coffee-and-doughnut chain on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border here may take the biggest hit of Major League […] → Read More

Blue Jays thriving and up for the challenge of meaningful September baseball

BUFFALO — How does it feel to be a Blue Jays fan and an avid daily observer of the Major League Baseball standings? It has been a while, but it’s a thing. With their final off-day of the 60-game season spent here in Buffalo on Monday and then on an afternoon flight to New York […] → Read More

Ace is sly: Blue Jays starter Ryu hones in on post-season form with win over Mets

BUFFALO — On a windy afternoon in Western New York, the unofficial post-season preparations began for Blue Jays ace starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. The extra day’s rest prior to his latest outing was by design from manager Charlie Montoyo and pitching coach Pete Walker. Ryu’s velocity had dipped a touch when he was beat up by […] → Read More

Bichette returns and Kirk debuts as Blue Jays even series against Mets

BUFFALO – Missing 27 games due to a knee injury was achingly long and frustrating enough for Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette. → Read More

Mets mash as Blue Jays blown out in worst loss of season

BUFFALO — The Blue Jays can see the playoffs now, with just 16 regular-season games remaining and in solid position to finish well within the top eight teams of the American League. They could feel it a little on Friday night as well as there was a definite chill in the air at Sahlen Field, […] → Read More

Gurriel's hot bat takes on even more importance for banged-up Jays

BUFFALO — He may not be the last man standing, but for a prolific Blue Jays offence ravaged by injury, it might just feel that way. And as the weary but dogged team prepares to embark on the final quarter of a 60-game season with a playoff spot firmly in its grasp, the spotlight burns […] → Read More

Yankees win and Blue Jays likely to lose injured Rowdy Tellez for rest of season

BUFFALO — The crutches were the first clue that the injury to Rowdy Tellez is one of the most serious of the many suffered by a Blue Jays player so far this season. And then there was the forlorn image of the big first baseman/designated hitter hobbling around a Sahlen Field concourse on Wednesday night […] → Read More

Jonathan Davis answers call up, leading Blue Jays to narrow win over Yankees

BUFFALO — He didn’t leap out of the chair — what with the injured oblique and all — but Teoscar Hernandez led the celebration from afar at the latest unlikely Blue Jays hero. This time it was Jonathan Davis, taking his first competitive at-bat in six months after being sideline with COVID-19 in the spring. […] → Read More

YANKEE BOO HOOS? Bronx Bombers gripe about lighting, tipped pitches after getting rocked by Blue Jays

BUFFALO — The vaunted but struggling New York Yankees came here for the first time on Monday night and didn’t like what they saw, apparently. → Read More

Blue Jays aren't expecting quick return from oblique injury for Teoscar Hernandez

BUFFALO — The moment the Blue Jays heard that something wasn’t right in the tender rib area of their leading hitter Teoscar Hernandez, they knew it wasn’t going to be a quick fix. They hoped that an MRI on Sunday afternoon in Boston might allay their fears. Instead it did the opposite, when swelling in […] → Read More

Blue Jays star Teoscar Hernandez headed to injury list

BOSTON — The injury woes that have plagued the Blue Jays in this crammed 2020 season has claimed another of its star players, the Toronto Sun has learned. → Read More

Jays' errors cost them win to lowly Red Sox

BOSTON – The errors of their ways are finally making the Blue Jays pay. For the second time in as many nights, the young team literally tossed away a win against the lowly Red Sox and in the process losing out on an opportunity to take sole possession of second place in the American League […] → Read More

Blue Jays manage split with Bosox in Twilight Zone-style doubleheader at Fenway

BOSTON — You know when they play “Ok Blue Jays” during the fifth inning stretch at Fenway Park, everything is upside down in the baseball world. → Read More