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Richard Griffin


Toronto, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Richard:

End of a love affair but we’ll always have baseball

Longtime Blue Jays columnist Richard Griffin is leaving the newspaper business after nearly 25 years. He looks back at some of his favourite memories — and they aren’t all related to baseball. → Read More

Jackie Robinson — A portrait in courage

What Jackie Robinson has meant to baseball and society in general, has been equalled by none, Richard Griffin wrote in 1996. → Read More

Hall of Fame voters are coming around on Larry Walker, and rightly so

The Canadian star went ignored by two-thirds of the voters for eight years, but he’s made significant gains in his penultimate year on the ballot. → Read More

Blue Jays got their money’s worth from Russell Martin

The writing was on the wall for the popular catcher, back where he started with the Dodgers, who helped lead the Jays to back-to-back ALCS appearances. Unlike with Troy Tulowitzki, there were teams willing to part with prospects for Martin’s services, Richard Griffin writes. → Read More

A quick rebuild could be coming into focus for the Blue Jays

Recent history shows us that turnarounds often come quickly for major-league teams. → Read More

Yankees can afford to gamble on Tulowitzki revival

The Blue Jays and Troy Tulowitzki parted ways because it made sense for both sides. This week’s deal with the Bronx Bombers, though, doesn’t mean he’ll be starting in pinstripes on opening day. It also doesn’t close the door on a return to Toronto down the road, Richard Griffin writes. → Read More

My Hall of Fame ballot is bigger thanks to the Harold Baines decision

A veterans’ committee moved the bar, and former Jay Fred McGriff is one player that has benefitted. → Read More

Shoemaker, Richard could fill rotation spots as Blue Jays rebuild

GM Atkins high on latest additions, as long as they stay healthy. → Read More

It was time for the Blue Jays to cut Troy Tulowitzki loose

Make no mistake, Tulowitzki is not done as a major-league player, but it is best for all sides he has moved on. → Read More

Did Blue Jays blow it in their handling of Josh Donaldson? No

The bottom line is that the Bringer of Rain was never going to return to the Jays even if they had made the 2015 AL MVP a qualifying offer. The Jays decided that a 27-year-old minor-league starter was the equivalent of the draft pick they would have received had they made Donaldson that offer, Richard Griffin writes. → Read More

New Jays skipper Charlie Montoyo covers all the bases, for openers

Former Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo — “a blend of old school and analytics” — takes over with an open mind on how to handle the Jays pitching staff, an area where Tampa broke with tradition and found some success, Richard Griffin writes. → Read More

Blue Jays’ new manager Charlie Montoyo an old-school baseball mind with an appreciation for modern analytics

Former Rays bench coach lands his first major-league managing job, as John Gibbons’ successor. → Read More

Some potential World Series matchups are worth cheering for

The storied Los Angeles Dodgers offer up enough storylines to make a Series against (almost) any American League contender compelling to watch, Richard Griffin writes. → Read More

Brewers and Dodgers best bets to advance from NLDS

L.A.’s red-hot rotation likely to get them past Braves, while Brewers have momentum and deep bullpen to beat heavy-hitting Rockies. → Read More

Blue Jays GM Atkins closes the book on an era

Going for it and falling well short in 2018 hurts, but Ross Atkins says the future is so bright that it’s easy to be excitied about the Blue Jays’ chances — after next year, Richard Griffin writes. → Read More

John Gibbons grew more popular as his days with the Jays wound down

Wednesday’s departure from Rogers Centre is likely au revoir and not goodbye. Happy trails, Gibby. → Read More

Super Gurriel Bros. hit long-awaited reunion on a high

Blue Jay Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and brother Yuli of the Astros will square off as major leaguers for the first time starting Monday night at the Rogers Centre — just days after they each hit two homers on the same night. For the first family of Cuban baseball, it’s a time to celebrate, Richard Griffin writes. → Read More

Miracle rally offers snapshot of Blue Jays’ future

Bisons manager Bobby Meacham breaks down Thursday’s head-spinning seven-run rally to beat the Rays and analyzes the progress of the Triple-A call-ups who made it happen, Richard Griffin writes. → Read More

Mr. September Tellez powers Blue Jays past Rays

Call-up Rowdy Tellez hitting .404 with 12 extra-base hits after three-hit performance at Rogers Centre. → Read More

Smoak bomb caps three-homer, seven-run ninth inning as Jays complete stunning comeback against Rays

Danny Jansen’s three-run homer and Lourdes Gurriel Jr.’s two-run shot set up Smoak’s walk-off heroics for Toronto. → Read More