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 Afternoon Snack…
“They aren’t a secret anymore,” says Alex Rodriguez in a Jays-fluffing piece at the New York Post. “They are knocking on the door. It is undeniable that they are going to win and win for a while. They are reaping the benefits of great scouting, patience and doing things right,” adds Brian Cashman.
Lots of great stuff from Getting Blanked today– as usual– and lots of it Jays-related, like these Jays vanity plates, an awesome home run distance infographic, an appearance from Tiny Tim Collins (in Jonathan Broxton’s pants), and a scouting report on the supposedly-available John Lannan.
“I have no time to experiment,” says today’s starter Dustin McGowan, according to Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail. He also talks prospects, getting in on the new trend of believing Adeiny Hechavarria is totally going to not just be fine, but probably awesome.
At BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm gets on the AA-driven Hechavarria train as well, and in a notebook post tells us that the club thinks their spring record has at least some meaning when it comes to internal depth, he looks at E5′s potential rebirth as E7, and gets a pleasing report from John Farrell on Brett Cecil’s start this week against Minnesota.
John Lott of the National Post goes in depth in a great piece on Adam Lind today, getting all FanGraphs-y with swing rates and talking to Lind himself about overcoming his dislike of workouts.
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun also talks to Lind, who thinks this Jays team is playoff-bound. The Sun also talks to Jays “prospect” and famous name, Koby Clemens (and not long after, they briefly inform us about jury selection at his dad’s trial).
Lastly, does this sound familiar? “If your idea of success is a contending team year after year, I can do that. But it will take 10 years.” Alex Anthopoulos in a parallel universe where he could get away with a 10-year build? Nope. Pat Gillick, in 1977, as quoted in a Sports Illustrated piece after the Jays won the 1992 World Series.