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…
Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Insider Olney) gives five early impressions from the spring, and one of them is that the Jays keep getting better. “There is a good vibe around the Blue Jays, who could be a contender if they get production from the rotation behind Ricky Romero,” he writes. “This is an eye-popping number from the most recent start of Brandon Morrow, who is looking to use his curveball more and more as his primary off-speed pitch: He threw 27 strikes in 33 pitches in his most recent start.”
Larry Millson of the Canadian Press, by way of the Globe, talks E5 and his hopefully-no-longer-wonky wrist.
Bluebird Banter passes along a Gregor Chisholm tweet that informs us that Tony LaCava has said that Mike McDade and David Cooper will split first base and DH at Las Vegas this season. Of course, Bluebird Banter didn’t actually provide a link this for some reason, so I’ve gone and dug up the original above.
Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail has a nice feature on Omar Vizquel, who by all accounts is not finished at age 44, and looks like a pretty good bet to make the team.
Lastly, from the Toronto Sun, Jays’ Dutch invitee Rick VandenHurk knows how to find his way into my heart, and out of Bob Elliott’s. Speaking on the game that the Jays played today with the Canadian Junior National Team, Dutch clutch supposedly told JP Arencibia “not to hit the ball so hard that you hurt anyone, I saw them play Holland the other night and they’re kids.” The Jays probably won, but it’s spring, so what am I gonna do, look up the final score?