Now it’s time for all the stuff I don’t figure on making full posts out of, with the spiffy graphic by Matt English (aka @mattomic). It’s your Early-Afternoon Snack…
“Baseball is played in so many countries around the world—so many beautiful countries with fabulous cultures. True, America may have the most competitive league with the most glorious venues, but baseball is more than competition and expensive stadiums. It’s a reflection of the cultures that plays it. It’s a measure of history. It’s a tool, a release, a distraction and a refinery. And for me, it’s now a passport. I don’t just want to play the game in other countries, I want to experience other countries through baseball, and I can think of few better places to start than fabulous Italy,” writes Dirk Hayhurst, who indeed will play in the Italian league next year, rather than trying his hand “at filling out someone’s Triple-A roster on the hope that if enough guys above me get hurt I could sneak back onto a big league roster.” Best of luck, Dirk!
Extra Base Hit takes what they call a sobering look at what, in January 2008, was projected by Baseball America to be the Blue Jays 2012 lineup. KevinAhrensSaysWhat?
Since there isn’t a whole lot of other Jays-related stuff to get to– apart from yet another new Richard Griffin mail bag at the Toronto Star, which makes for two I have yet to hijack– I might as well remind you that you’re missing out if you’re not following me on Twitter– @AndrewStoeten– or my Getting Blanked cohorts @DustinParkes and @DrewGROF. And you should also like DJF on Facebook, and watch our posts magically show up in your news feed in a timely-ish manner.
Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times spells out why he figures the Mariners don’t intend on making the playoffs until 2015. If he’s right, please start queuing up for Felix starting… now.
At Getting Blanked. Drew makes ground chuck of sacred cows, as he puts it, commending the Cardinals for not taking the Giants route and trying to repeat a championship team with the exact same roster– even though they certainly really wanted Albert back. Jays fans who remember the roster turnover between 1992 and 1993. He also looks at Mark Teixeira and his quest to be the worlds best paid bunter.
Elsewhere over at Getting Blanked, Chris Creamer of SportsLogos.net checks in with a look back at some of baseball’s nickname changes, in the wake of the announcement that Houston won’t be changing theirs for 2013, as was being discussed.
In a move that surprisingly hasn’t happened in more ballparks, according to an AP report, the Milwaukee Brewers will set aside peanut-free zones for three home games next year. Just a small step towards the peanut free universe that, at this point, is pretty much inevitable… eventually.
And another one from the “good decision” file: the Kansas City Royals have added 120 solar panels to Kauffman Stadium, according to the Kansas City Star. It’s not enough to power the entire stadium, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great step.
Lastly, the Onion hilariously fills us in on Joel Zumaya’s new one-pitch contract with the Twins.