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…

On Thursday night at the Ossington bar in Toronto, Parkes and I will be winging some kind of baseball-related talk for a few minutes as part of The Little Red Umbrella’s Variety Spectacular. 10% of bar sales go to support the AIDS Committee of Toronto, so let’s get drunk. Hit up the Facebook invite and all that.

At the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin points out that the Rays and Jays share a lot of similarities, while his colleague Mark Zwolinski looks at the encouraging start to the season for Kelly Johnson.

John Lott of the National Post tells us that the Jays are continuing to tell us that they’re not concerned about Jose Bautista. Nor should they be. Lott also talks about the relationship between Colby Rasmus and Evan Crawford, who are apparently friends back home.

As part of their Jackie Robinson day coverage over the weekend, tells us about Anthony Gose and his experience in the league’s Urban Youth Academy.

Satchel Price of MLB Daily Dish talks about the Jays’ options for Travis Snider in a lengthy Snider v. Thames piece.

Chris St. John of Steal of Home makes the ridiculously sensible case for abolishing the at-bat.

FanGraphs notices that Roy Halladay is kinda awesome, transforming himself on the mound mid-game to get out of the closest thing to a jam you’ll probably see the Doc in.

Jared MacDonald of Jays Journal gives his impressions of Noah Syndergaard’s start last night.

Lastly, I’m not big on heartstring-tugging plays for emotional resonance– and I find the wave even more pukeworthy– but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to post more of the fine work from @Kathsport, who tweets, “In their commercial, the @BlueJays ask us if we’re ready. Here’s our response.”

Comments (12)

  1. I definitely find that video pretty corny, but it’s fun to see people being so enthusiastic about the team.

  2. David Cooper and Donald Trump have both, clearly, accomplished less with their lives than Andrew Stoeten.

  3. I see thje value of the at-bat stat. It seems you’re issue should be more with batting average in general. But if you consider BA to be an important stat (in other words, how good a player is a pure hitter, as opposed to how effective he is at the plate, in which case you should use OBP) then you need to have the AB stat. We all know walks matter, and that walking is a skill, and that’s why we all know OBP is more relevent then BA these days. But I think BA is still relevent on some level, and if we accept that, then it makes sense for a walk to not be considered an AB, as it would lower a players BA, and therefore the player would be “penalized” for taking a walk. Remove the AB, and watch walks drop across the board, because why would a player want to walk if it will lower their BA?

    Also, the author wonders why a sac bunt isn’t an AB, even though a slow dribbler that achieves “THE EXACTG SAME THING” IS an AB. To me, that makes perfect sense, in that again, the difference is, in one scenario, the batter is TRYING to gert himself out, and in the other, he isn’t. It makes perfect sense to me that a player should not be penalized (in the form of a lower BA) merely by doing what his coach tells him to do (bunt, to sacrifice himself and advance the runner). If he’s at the plate, and TRIES to hit it, but gets a dribbler back to the mound, I totally get why that WOULD be counted as an AB, and therefore, the player be penalized for it.

    I’m as open to the new saber stats as everyone, and I fully understand that OBO is more relevent then BA alone. But I also don’t think we should get rid of BA completely, and if we keep BA, then we need AB. To argue against BA is to argue against BA, IMO.

    • lots of typos there, but you get the jist lol. Proof reading was probably a good idea.

    • On that note, I never understood why a sac fly that advanced a runner from 1st to 2nd or 2nd to 3rd was still considered an at bat.

      Some people are terrible bunters. Some people have enough power that it’s worthwhile to swing for the fences, and if it goes over great, if it doesn’t at least it advances the runner. Sac flys that advance runners should not count as ABs.

    • I think this sounds logical to me. I do think there are minor issues with what constitutes an AB, for instance:
      - why is it not an at bat if it is a sacrifice bunt, but if the sacrifice bunt leads to a hit, it counts an AB and hit? Should this not be an all or nothing situation?
      - I think sacrifice flies should be counted as an AB, because in this situation the hitter is still most likely trying to get a hit. Otherwise why would a ground ball scoring a runner not also count as a sacrifice? For that matter why wouldn’t anytime a ball is put in play and moves the runner over count as a sacrifice? I say everything put in play other than a sacrifice bunt attempt should count as an AB.

  4. Its still more comprehensible than most posts.
    However just looking at the jays lineup their BA looks a bit scary. but i agree with the post.

  5. …good piece on Jose Bautista’s early season “slump”

    anybody know what the Jays are going to do with Carreno/Laffey’s spot?

  6. Game threat?

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