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…
Follow our man behind the scenes, @TheScottLewis, for the latest on rumours that MLB might be in the midst of cracking down on animated GIFs of their content. Because, why would MLB want people to share and enjoy their sport, amiright?
MLB Trade Rumors does some rosterbation with the Jays, as they look at what’s going to be a make or break year for Adam Lind.
Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com looks at how Brett Lawrie is creating soaring expectations.
At BlueJays.com, Spencer Fordin reports that the Jays “will pay tribute to military personnel throughout the season.” Um… nothing against the military (though, whatever happened to that peacekeeping stuff we used to think was so important, I have no clue), but… can we just… maybe… not? And fuck off with shoving this kind of stuff down people’s throats at sporting events? For fucking serious?
Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post looks at how the Jays seem to be in the city’s good books, while the Leafs… not so much. Ask Joffrey Lupul.
The Associated Press, by way of CBC Sports, notes Jose Bautista’s struggles as they preview the Jays and Orioles series that begins tonight at SkyDome. They also point out that six of Adam Lind’s 26 home runs last year came against the Orioles, which is some serious damning with faint praise if I’ve ever heard it.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet talks to Edwin Encarnacion and Dwayne Murphy about the changes to Eddie’s swing.
Coolness: Blog TO tells us that the city is getting its very own boutique baseball bat-making company. Just don’t expect to get your hands on one.
Marc Hulet of FanGraphs includes Adeiny Hechavarria in his latest look at the prospect stock market.
Speaking of “Hech,” Todd Dewey of the Las Vegas Review-Journal has a feature on the young Cuban shortstop.
At the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin has feature on the eminently likable Brian Butterfield.
Griffin also has a new mail bag up, so… I guess I know what I’m doing this afternoon. Unless I’m not.
In a similar vein, the Tao of Stieb has his latest Tweet Bag up as well.
High Heat Stats looks at Roger Clemens’ sub-standard 1996 season, which paved the way for his signing with the Jays– and was one of the unluckiest seasons in history.
Lastly, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports takes a look back on the tenth anniversary of the Expos trade for Bartolo Colon. Interesting comment from Alex Anthopoulos when he was speaking with Strombo the other night: the Expos in those days were so cash-strapped that everybody in the front office was stretch ridiculously thin, and handling all kinds of tasks, because they just didn’t have the manpower to do it otherwise, and that, he says, helped him learn a tonne about the business in a very short time.