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 Mid-Afternoon Snack…
Getting Blanked has the latest installment of Craig Robinson’s fortnightly infographic extravaganza, which this week examines the (on-field) awesomeness of Pete Rose.
Matthew Leach of MLB.com has a nice feature on Colby Rasmus, where he talks to the player, and his manager, about fixing his swing mechanics. “I think the thing we’re most excited to see are the mechanics adjustments that he’s made with his lower half are being maintained,” John Farrell says.
Similarly, Kevin Gray talks to Travis Snider about his swing at Gray Matter.
Gregor Chisholm talks to Brandon Morrow about the upcoming season, and the off-speed pitch that’s going to be the key to it for him, at BlueJays.com. He also talks to Eric Thames about his changed workouts, and he has a notebook post, with stuff on Drabek’s cool, Snider’s outfield defense, and the Dominican prospect the Jays just signed.
Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star calls us “the city’s best sports blog” at the bottom of his latest blog post. Given my um… treatment of a couple of his recent Jays pieces, it’s all the more impressive. Thanks!
Elsewhere at the Star… new Griff bag alert!
John Lott of the National Post catches up with prospect Casey Lawrence.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet talks Baseball Canada and the possibility that they’ll have to qualify for the next WBC without their MLB player.
Extra Base Hit gives us some photo day snaps of this year’s crop of ex-Jays.
FanGraphs goes back to the positional power rankings well, this time for DHs, where the Jays and E5 rank sixth. And LF, where they’re *COUGH* twenty-seventh. They also wonder if anyone– the Jays being one of only three potential fits– should sign Derrek Lee. I’m gonna go with a no on that one. He’s not a huge improvement on Lind at his absolute worst– and Lind could still have a rather favourable contract if he ever regains anything close to his 2009 form. And who does he squeeze off the bench?
Kevin Glew at the Cheap Seats wonders if Jesse Litsch has thrown his last pitch for the Jays. Um… really?
Lastly, for some reason, at the Toronto Star, Damian Cox talks Bobby Valentine, and the epic challenge that the Red Sox new manager faces in taking over a club that was the best in baseball for five months last year.