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…
At Getting Blanked, they’ve got some too-clever link dump action for you, as they debut URL Weaver.
Sports Column previews the AL, suggesting that the Jays will be in tough because of the way the back-end of their rotation matches up with the back-ends (what is this, an ass measuring contest?) of the, y’know, really good teams in the league. “The Blue Jays remain a few moves away,” they write, “barring superlative seasons from Brandon Morrow and Henderson Alvarez, or the DIPS gods smiling down upon Brett Cecil.” Not impossible, I say!
Beyond the Boxscore also previews the Jays’ upcoming season.
The Globe and Mail tells us that [deep breath] the club is feeling good about Carlos Villanueva, despite the cold hand, that Kelly Johnson aims to rebound in 2012, that John Farrell hopes to be better, and Adam Lind is already cranking up the ol’ injury excuse train.
The National Post tells us that John Farrell wants his starters going deeper, that Henderson Alvarez was hit in the foot when Luis Perez threw him a breaking ball during a game of catch (but he’ll be fine), and that Eric Thames got animated over the weekend (HEYO!).
At MLB.com we’re told that the Jays might be interested in bringing Kelly Johnson back on a multi-year deal, that minor injuries are part of life, and the Jays’ starters are beginning to face live hitters this week, and that Alex Anthopoulos is confident because of the club’s increased depth.
At the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin talks to JP Arencibia about the Leafs.
Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area reports that ex-Jay Bengie Molina has retired.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet talks Darren Oliver, and in particular, the legend of his bee-attracting hair. Wait, what?
It’s gonna be a loooooong summer for John Lackey, Josh Beckett, et al. New Sox manager Bobby Valentine has banned alcohol in the clubhouse, according to MLB.com.
“I didn’t want to suck at baseball anymore,” says your new favourite player, Brandon McCarthy, of his sabermetric awakening in a piece for ESPN The Magazine.
Mop Up Duty informs us that Yunel Escobar is still representin’– y’know, like the kids say– for Havana’s Industriales.
FanGraphs begin revealing their crowdsourced broadcaster rankings from the bottom up, revealing the unsurprising last-place White Sox team of Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone. I don’t expect it will be long before they get to Pat and Buck. *COUGH*
Lastly, Steal of Home compares of a bunch of pre-season Top 100 Prospects lists, picking out players that are liked and disliked by the various analysts, relative to the combined overall. Interesting stuff, and lots of Jays mentioned.