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…

“When he came up, he had the talent. He had the ability. But it’s tough for a pitcher at this level. You have to have the success. The last two years, he’s really believing in his stuff. He’s really believing in himself,” says Roy Halladay of Ricky Romero, according to Steve Kornacki of the Globe and Mail. “To me, he was always different.”

Romero wants to lead by example, writes Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com.

A lot of media members have already headed north, but not John Lott of the National Post, who saw the Jays put a sloppy end to a magnificent (if meaningless) spring. On the good (read: non-pitching) side of the ledger, he reports that “Adam Lind had a double and single for Toronto. Left-fielder Eric Thames collected two hits and threw out Prince Fielder at the plate.”

Adam Berry of MLB.com was also there, and he spoke to a mostly-pleased Kyle Drabek. ”Today I walked three, but I thought I did good making sure I was still going home instead of toward first,” he said, referring to a tendency to fall off the mound towards first base, which has been indicative of his mechanical troubles.

Lott also was around to hear from Brett Cecil on his demotion. “I really gave them no choice,” the newest New Hampshire Fisher Cat said.

And elsewhere at the Post, Bruce Arthur takes a long look at how the 2012 season may take shape for the Blue Jays.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet takes John Farrell’s quote about the club wanting more power from its starting rotation to mean “an unspoken end to the days of underwhelming stop-gaps like Dana Eveland and Jo-Jo Reyes, of hoping command and control guys can tip-toe their way through five or six innings and limit the damage, and the humble beginnings of a staff designed to make their opponents uncomfortable.”

Our old friend Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that Henderson Alvarez has switched agent. He is now represented by Proformance– the agency who also represents teammates Francisco Cordero, Luis Perez, and Jose Bautista, according to MLBTR’s database.

Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun talks about buoyancy in the Jays’ clubhouse– on that thinks its poised for a breakthrough season.

Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star identifies the ways in which the Jays can add nine wins to last year’s record, taking them to the “magical” 90-win mark for 2012. It won’t be easy…

Elsewhere at the Star, Richard Griffin points to the Votto contract, and MLB’s changing salary landscape, as a reason that the Jays need to re-think their probably-fake-to-begin-with five-year-max policy for free agents. Getting Brett Lawrie locked up for longer than that is one reason, as he quite rightly raises. The spectre of Jose Bautista demanding a trade or an extension, though? He’s rode that horse before and it still smells funny.

Oh, OriLOLes. Oh…

Rogers Cup tennis goes from something like August 4th to the 12th this year– so I get that– but can anyone tell me why the Jays have an entire week of games just before that scheduled for Sportsnet One? Seems a little late in the year for them to be pre-empted by some junior boys hockey tournament, no?

1 Blue Jays Way rambles with conviction through some blogs vs. MSM stuff, then drops a weird thing about Lance Broadway.

Get your Jays fix from your local alt-weekly and/or hip city livin’ blog: the Grid takes us back to the Jays first ever game, while Torontoist fixates on year two.

Lastly, as if we needed to be told up here, Deadspin reminds us that Jeffrey Loria is a spectacular douche.

Comments (13)

  1. The August games on Sportsnet One are probably due to the Olympics.

    • Unless there’s another junior hockey tournament that I’m not aware of.

      • Ivan Hlinka is usually in August. Its another U18 tournament. However Olympics is a better bet.

        • But the Olympics are in London, right? So I can understand the 1 PM games getting replaced by Olympics, but the 7 and 10 PM games? The Jays are getting shafted by Olympics re-runs?

          • The shear amount of events in the summer olympics makes it so they need 12 hours a day to even show each event once

  2. According to the Star’s 90 win projection some of the goals are realistic. The bullpen is far superior, the defense is significantly better, and the inter league games should at least be .500. That may not add up to 9 more wins but it will be a start. The over/under should be placed at 85.5. That is a realistic goal for this team for sure.

  3. THE JAYS SHOULD MAKE A STRONG PUSH FOR CONTENTION THIS YEAR. IF NOT WITH A KEY STARTER BEING PICKUP UP IN THE OFFSEASON AND ADDING ONE MORE POTENT BAT TO THE OFFENSE THEY ARE ONE OR TWO YEARS AWAY FROM PLAYOFFS. tHEY JUST NEED TO KEEP EVERYONE HEALTHY. LIND IS THE KEY PIECE IN THE LINEUP THIS YEAR. IF HE CAN PRODUCE AND BAUTISTA, LAWRIE, AND ESCOBAR STAY HEALTHY THEY WILL BE LIGHTS OUT. AND REMOERO AND MORROW COULD HAVE HUGE YEARS. THEY HAVE THE BEST PEN IN THE LEAGUE BY FAR SO THAT IS GOING TO BE KEY FOR THE STARTERS AS THEY CAN BE MORE AGGRESSIVE IN THEIR APPROACH TO HITTERS. ESPECIALLY MORROW.

  4. I honestly think that the jays can win 90 games. We won 81 games last year with the likes of juan rivera,, jojo, corey paterson, jason nix, and mke mccoy getting much more at bats than he ever should have, Do i have to mention the bullpen? This team is much better than they were last year and with hits to other AL east teams coming left right and center at the moment I really think we have a good chance. Who knows what kind of trades we can be making at the deadline also. Maybe its just the fan boy in me.

  5. I like Shi’s point, but Jo-Jo was hardly a command and control guy – just the opposite, he throws hard but without the command.

  6. I could see the Jays going more than 5 years with Lawrie purely because some of those years will be years he would’ve been under team control anyways. A 7-10 year contract might make more sense if you are buying out a player’s prime years but avoiding the decline years. Whereas, Detroit and LAA both now own Fielder’s and Pujols’ decline years without getting all of their prime years.

    Downside risk is obviously that a younger player’s track record is a lot shorter.

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