Fear not, Blue Jays fans, The 2020 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook is coming soon! I’m sure some of you out there had no worries that the Handbook would eventually arrive and you could scan the depths of its many pages for any interesting facts about the minor leaguers in the Toronto Blue Jays’ system. Others have hardly given the Handbook a thought but, if you want to get the most out of following the Toronto Blue Jays’ minor league system, it may be your best bet to go further and deeper than ever before.
In the 2020 edition, we’ll once again bring you our usual formats. On our site here, you’ll be able to pair the handbook with our Premium Content section or purchase a digital edition of the book in PDF format on its own. You’ll also be able to get a physical copy of the book from Amazon.com.
The 2020 edition will feature the profiles of all the players we expect to play in the Blue Jays minor league system (at the time of publication). It will feature summaries of all the Toronto Blue Jays’ minor league teams for 2019 and look at stadiums, broadcast teams, schedules, and more for every team. We’ll have reflections by Blue Jays’ minor leaguers from their 2019 seasons and a review of the 2019 draft and international free agent signings. We’ll start the new decade off right with the seventh edition of the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook!
So let’s get real. This handbook is THE most comprehensive look at the minor league system of the Toronto Blue Jays. I do try to get you the most value for your money.
But the fact is that the only way I can get to the ballparks and visit Florida every year, taking time off my work, is with your support. There’s no donation button on Blue Jays from Away. I don’t have a Patreon site (although we’ve looked into it and don’t rule it out in the future). The premium content section and the Handbook are the only ways I subsidize my trips to all of the ballparks in the Blue Jays’ system. Yes, we have ads on the site and the revenue covers our server hosting. But all of the other costs of traveling, whether it’s gas, airfare, car rental, hotel/Airbnb (ask me sometime what happened at the Airbnb I stayed at in Erie, PA), that’s all out of pocket. Your help in purchasing the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook goes a long way to enabling me to cover the Blue Jays minor league system in greater depth.
So the 2020 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook is coming in about a month. We’ve normally tried to get the book out for MLB Opening Day. This year, I’m shooting for the end of February/beginning of March. If you purchase the 2020 membership to the Premium Content section (which is not on sale yet), you will also get an update to the Handbook after the minor league season opens and another one after the trade deadline (if changes, signings, trades, merit).
One difference in coverage that you will notice in 2020 is that I won’t be going to Florida during spring training. Why? Well there are a number of factors this year. First of all, the dates that I get off my teaching for March Break coincide with a number other work that I have that I can’t leave town for. Secondly, the way the MLB and MiLB schedules work out this year mean that meaningful minor league spring training games won’t be happening until around March 18, when I need to be in Toronto. Then, with the Blue Jays heading to Montreal for March 23 and 24 and the MLB season starting on March 26, the big league team will be coming north just when I’m getting to Florida.
Instead, I’m going to Florida for Easter Weekend. There, I’ll see the Dunedin Blue Jays in the newly renovated stadium and I’ll also watch some extended spring training action in the Dunedin/Tampa area. I’m definitely excited for a different perspective and the ability to see some of the players who may be a little further down on the depth charts in extended.
So it’s coming, folks. Earlier than in past years but with just as much great content. Feel free to write with requests or contributions, especially if you’re interested in writing for the site! Bluejaysfromaway@gmail.com is where you’ll find me!
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