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 Late-Afternoon Snack…
House of the Bluebird excellently breaks down what the addition of a Wild Card team for 2012 does and does not mean for the Jays.
“That’s the thing about Toronto, man,” writes Grant Brisbee in his SB Nation preview for the Jays. “I get older, they stay the same Jays.”
Mike Wilner gets the ol’ blog cranking up again for the Fan 590, reviewing today’s news from camp and providing audio of Omar Vizquel on the differences between playing second and short, and John Farrell’s talk with the media.
The Tao of Stieb’s 30 Jays in 30 Days feature takes us to the much-debated Travis Snider.
At the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin talks about Adam Lind’s wonky back, and all the other things– an off-season marriage, a pregnant wife who wasn’t a citizen and couldn’t stay with him in Toronto (or… fuck I can’t wrap my head around this bit)– that we’re supposed to believe made the first baseman’s poor 2011 as bad as his poor 2010. He also has a blog post with a number of little tidbits.
Shi Davidi checks in with Eric Thames at Sportsnet.
Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun tells us how Casey Janssen has his old stuff back. Or is that his “stuff”? His, y’know… his pitching filth.
So it’s not afternoon? So what? Sue me.
Not sure why you’d want to put yourself through it, but Marc Hulet of FanGraphs checks in with his top 15 prospects for the Tampa Bay Rays.
In case you missed it yesterday, I don’t care if he’s the Red Sox manager, Bobby Valentine is the awesome.
On Thursday at Minor League Ball John Sickels will be posting an “All Questions Answered” thread at 10 AM ET. If there’s a question about the Jays prospects you’d like him to dig into, knock yourself out.
Lastly, at Bluebird Banter, Tom Dakers asks readers what they would do with the Jays’ TV broadcast, conceding that he doesn’t really think that the broadcasts are designed to speak to the hardcore fan– they’re more to help along the casual fan. Personally, I don’t think that’s true. But even if it were, we could still expect a whole lot better. I mean, why should we stand for our TV broadcasters and writers to speak so much in a traditionalist language that is laughed at by the people who actually run teams and make decisions. Intelligence please!