I really wish I wasn’t so lazy that I’m now deciding that, instead of having a separate post, I’ll just drop a couple Jays-related links into the podcast post here. But fuck it. I had other shit to do today. Some of this stuff is a little stale, but… whatever…
The fact the Jays would allow Halladay’s best friend in the clubhouse, pitching coach Brad Arnsberg, to seek the same job with another team solidifies the belief the Jays plan to trade their ace.
While Anthopoulos claimed Friday he did not tell Arnsberg to look for a job, that the Astros called him asking for permission to talk, Houston’s GM Ed Wade had a different view on how the Arnsberg deal came about.
"We were really excited when we found out he was available," Wade said. "There were some unresolved issues, and they gave him a chance to go out and look around, and he very quickly moved up to the top of our list."
Jeff Blair, far less hysterical than yours truly, makes a good point about this Gaston nonsense, I guess. “I can’t believe that Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is all that thrilled to have Cito Gaston back managing the club in 2010. But I do believe he’s smart enough to know he’ll have to carefully pick his fights with president and chief executive officer Paul Beeston and that he’s also smart enough to know Gaston’s future is a battle he can’t win,” he says, adding: “If Anthopoulos is as smart as I think he is, he’ll use this year to get the best available managerial candidate.”
Not sure why you’d need a whole year for that—maybe he’s really studied Beeston’s methods well—but… OK.
“This deal makes it possible to replace Gaston at any time without unduly embarrassing him or costing him a nickel in the longer term,” says the Star’s Garth Woolsey. “Those players unhappy with him now, at least, have a deadline within which to operate. But they also must understand that he has significant input in the organization for at least five years. He’ll still be around after many of them are long gone. If it feels like a compromise, so be it. There are worse strategies.”
Stephanie Myles of the Montreal Gazette takes a long look at the employment history of Alex Anthopoulos.
According to Shi Davidi of the Canadian Press, “Alex Anthopoulos is putting the final touches on a long-term plan for the Toronto Blue Jays and expects to share some of the details before next week’s general managers meetings in Chicago.”
As you probably have already heard, Cito had a thing or two to say about Roy Halladay probably being gone during his bullshit retirement gift press conference. Meh. However, in the same CP article noted above, Alex Anthopoulos says, “Roy’s goals are the same as ours but his timeline might not be the same as ours and what I’m working through right now is how soon, in this off-season, can we turn this entire thing around, that we can be a team that really makes a run at the playoffs.”
“I’m sure going to miss Toronto,” said forced-out coach Gene Tenace, according to Bob Elliott in the Toronto Sun. “I lived downtown and would walk to the park. People would yell hello at me on the street or talk ball. I never heard one negative response all those years. My family loved the city. I won’t miss the game, but I’ll miss Toronto.”
He also added, “If a player had a problem with Cito or me, why didn’t they come to us instead of going to the papers? But some players you can’t please. They make all the money and now they want to make all the decisions.”
Oh yes, and I couldn’t resist reusing my little A-Rod As A Centaur photoshop, which comes from my post at TheScore.Com Blog about how an A-Rod supposedly seriously fucking has a painting of himself as a centaur over his bed.
Aaaaand… the Podcast
Mintmusical interludes: Tom Petty The Waiting, Faith No More Digging The Grave, New Order Run, Mum The Smell of Today Is Like Sweet Breastmilk in the Wind, XTC Life Begins at the Hop