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