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…
House of the Bluebird wonders what to make of Travis Snider, who “has the third least number of plate appearances in the first three years of the player’s career of any top 20 outfield prospects in the past decade,” and for whom the time to give playing time “was the past three years when the Jays really didn’t look like they were contending and could have milked out everything Snider had to offer.” Thanks, Cito!
At Getting Blanked, Drew wonders just what the hell Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune was doing in his Jays preview piece, where he insisted that Joey Votto’s eventual move to Toronto is inevitable, a done deal, a slam dunk. Seriously?
While his colleague Jeff Passan goes off, ridiculously telling us that addicts relapse because they just don’t care, and arguing with a ghost, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports gets all sad-eyed about the state of the Jays.
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star checks in with Dustin McGowan, who today will throw off a mound for the first time since September. I think it’s fair to say he was more pleased with the Jays’ inability to acquire rotation help this winter than you were.
Jays Prospects catches up with Gabe Jacobo, an ex-Angels first base prospect who was picked up by the Jays in the Triple-A phase of December’s Rule 5 draft.
Lastly, the Toronto Sun, in a piece with the byline crediting “The Sports Xchange,” tells us more is expected of Brandon Morrow in 2012– which isn’t untrue, but… do we really still need his record and ERA held up as indicators of that? What year is this???