We’re not even into the real dead zone of the off-season, and already I’m realizing that it’s just not worth it to stash a post-worthy story into a link dump. And let’s be honest, that’s all our little Mid-Afternoon Snacks really are, right? So let’s cut the pseudo-real post bullshit and devour some tasty links!
MLBTR also tells us that
Jays taxi squad Las Vegas 51s players Dewayne Wise, Rommie Lewis and Chris Woodward have elected free agency. Meanwhile, the Jays claimed right-hander Jesse Chavez on waivers from the Royals. Um… OK?
Kenny Ken Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tries to make the ridiculous argument that Albert Pujols’ performance on Saturday night sealed the fact that he’s gonna get paid this winter. Just, y’know, in case the first ballot Hall of Fame-worth numbers didn’t quite do it for you.
FanGraphs gives out their annual Jays-ish Carter-Batista Award, for the player whose RBI totals most exaggerated his offensive contribution this year. Congrats to all the winners.
Our friend, the hilarious Ted Berg, pisses on the notion that we should encourage “broadcasters to make their already irksome broadcast intolerable” by mentioning the fact that Mark McGwire did steroids every fucking time possible– as some, like Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News, apparently would like.
Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com speaks to John Farrell about his first season behind the bench– er… on the bench for the Jays. Y’know, just in case you haven’t heard much about Farrell lately.
Meanwhile, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe goes through incoming Red Sox GM Ben Cherington’s to do list. Y’know, just in case you haven’t heard much about that.
MLBTR looks at the trade and free agent market for first basemen this winter, and– surprise!– it actually goes beyond piling a shitload of cash at the feet of Pujols or Fielder.
And FanGraphs looks at the free agent market for starting pitchers.
Speaking of, Dave Cameron of FanGraphs explains why he wouldn’t want to be a free agent this year– beyond the “big five,” of course (who I suppose are Fielder, Pujols, Reyes, Sabbathia and Wilson).
Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated basically destroys Tim McCarver without actually destroying him. Well played, Poz.
The New York Times tells us that Japan only standardized their baseballs this year– prior to that different teams used different manufacturers, and some used multiple manufacturers and different balls for different times of year and weather conditions. You think pitchers would have done well under the old setup, yet, surprisingly, the standardized balls are well liked by them. Reason to question Darvish at all? Sure, why not?
The Toronto Star relays the news that MLB is considering banning alcohol in clubhouses. I’m sure they’ll send a memo and then never actually bother to police it, because we know how well that works, right?
Big League Stew checks in on the Farrell story, and reviews it nicely, though I get the sense that Ian Castleberry doesn’t quite find the idea that the Jays manager should just jump ship to the Red Sox if the opportunity arises as reprehensible as he probably should. Or maybe I’m just biased.
Be sure to check out today’s Getting Blanked vodcast, for a short-form version of what we’re probably going to talk about during today’s stream. Minus me, though, so at least there’s that.
And lastly, sticking with Getting Blanked, Parkes tells us that baseball is finally better than football in TV ratings. For once. During a disgusting Sunday Night Football blowout. And not by a whole lot. Suck it, degenerate gamblers!