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…
Apologies in advance, but over the next week we’re going to be hitting you over the head with reminders about our Opera Bob’s Opening Day Live Stream Event. Like this one.
Marc Normandin of Sox blog Over the Monster previews the Jays for the 2012 season, suggesting that “they are close enough to contention that a breakout or two, injuries to their competitors, or a well-timed impact trade could change the landscape of the division.”
“I never saw anybody steal second, third and home in the same inning in my career,” said Blue Jays manager John Farrell of Anthony Gose’s feat last night, according to BlueJays.com. “He is obviously exciting. He can take over on the basepaths. He has a combination of pure speed, plus the ability to read some things. You just turn him lose. He’s a pure basestealer.
Ryan Campbell of FanGraphs looks at the troubling decline in velocity from Brett Cecil.
House of the Bluebird projects the 2012 performance of the Jays infielders.
John Sickels of Minor League Ball didn’t include any Jays among his Favourite Young Pitchers Under 25, but Henderson Alvarez did make he supplementary list, because “you have to love his command and the terrific K/BB ratio. Sabermetrically-speaking his K/IP ratio isn’t terrific, but he picks up a lot of ground balls. Some regression to the mean seems possible but I don’t see any reason to believe that he won’t sustain at least above-average performance.”
John Lott of the National Post talks to Eric Thames, who is relieved, but not complacent, now that the battle for his job is over. Lott also looks at Henderson Alvarez, who is having success this spring with a cutter… or a slider, depending on whether you talk to him or pitching coach Bruce Walton.
At the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin insists that next winter the Jays need to go all-in. Or something. While, elsewhere at the Star, we hear about the different paths to stardom taken by Brandon Morrow and Ricky Romero, and a feature on Sergio Santos.
MLBTR passes along a pair of Shi Davidi tweets that the Jays have acquired some minor league depth in the form of Ryoto Igarashi from the Pirates in exchange for cash. He’ll likely be assigned to Las Vegas.
An MSNBC report suggests that the Jays are a club who are rumoured to be possibly looking into a move to the Cactus League. What? Something wrong with beautiful Dunedin?
Both the Sun and the Star talk about Brett Lawrie and his magnificent awesomeness– with the Star throwing in some stuff about that Bautista guy, and the strength of the lineup overall, for good measure.
Lastly, Travis Snider tells Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, “ have to keep working on refining my swing, becoming that complete player who can change a game is my goal.” His attitude certainly seems to be in the right place. “I’m a fan of other sports,” he adds. “I’ve seen young guys come up and have struggles and deal with adversity. I’m thankful for all the people in my life who root me on. I’m going to make them all proud of me.”