Ben Nicholson-Smith
Covering the MLB and Toronto Blue Jays for Sportsnet since 2013, Ben Nicholson-Smith has established himself as one of the network’s leading baseball writers. Currently the baseball editor for sportsnet.ca, he also co-hosts the At the Letters podcast and regularly appears on Sportsnet’s television and radio properties.
Five MLB numbers to watch closely in 2017 from milestones to mph
Ben Nicholson-Smith
From upcoming milestones to the ever-increasing velocity, here are five MLB numbers to watch closely in 2017.
Sanchez salary disagreement shows Blue Jays could use policy change
Ben Nicholson-Smith
MLB 30 in 30: Directionless Athletics aren't close to contending
Ben Nicholson-Smith
The Athletics seem to be in no-man’s land. They don’t have as much big-league talent as contending teams, yet they aren’t committing to a full-scale rebuild, either.
Spring performance suggests Jose Bautista's in for big year
Ben Nicholson-Smith
At the risk of reading too much into games no one will remember a few months from now, here are some observations on the Toronto Blue Jays after spending two weeks covering the team in Florida.
Blue Jays spring takeaways: Gurriel Jr. homers in return from injury
Ben Nicholson-Smith
Blue Jays flame-thrower Greene hoping to continue ascent in 2017
Ben Nicholson-Smith
Conner Greene, the Blue Jays' fourth-ranked prospect according to Baseball America, is hoping for a big year. The flame-thrower can touch 100 m.p.h. and believes he can make the big leagues at some point in 2017.
Blue Jays' Devon Travis not close to game action
Ben Nicholson-Smith
The Toronto Blue Jays don’t yet have target dates for the spring debuts of Josh Donaldson and Devon Travis, but while one recovering infielder has progressed rapidly toward game readiness, the other faces continued uncertainty.
Saltalamacchia, Martin working together with Blue Jays pitchers in mind
Ben Nicholson-Smith
Tulowitzki, Gibbons impressed by Bautista's spring performance
Ben Nicholson-Smith
Members of the Toronto Blue Jays are impressed by what they've seen from Jose Bautista at the plate this spring. Perhaps the lone person who seems unimpressed is Bautista himself.