Now it’s time for all the stuff I don’t figure on making full posts out of, with the spiffy ALTERNATE graphic by Matt English (aka @mattomic) that I just couldn’t keep letting stay dormant. It’s your Afternoon Snack… er… Afternoon Hangover… er… links!!!
At Getting Blanked, Parkes throws in his two cents on the Adam Lind demotion, noting that Lind’s production has been truly, spectacularly ugly. Speaking of ugly, in his URL Weaver post this morning, Parkes has a fucked up story for those of you (us) of the mind that Toronto fans are bad.
Elsewhere at Getting Blanked, Craig Robinson takes a look at offensive production by position in his latest bit of fortnightly infographic gold.
And the end might be nigh for ex-Jay Orlando Hudson, who was D’d FA by the Padres… except… he’s probably a better option for the Giants than whatever chaff they’ve been running out there.
Grant Brisbee of Baseball Nation and having a name that sounds Australian takes a deep breath in the midst of Lawrie-mania to point out that young Brett is really, really good. “There’s a decent chance that Lawrie can be one of the more valuable third basemen in baseball when he has a .325 OBP and isn’t slugging over .400,” he writes. “Imagine what he’ll look like when he’s hitting.”
Deadspin has a Brett Lawrie helmet smash GIF from a different camera angle than most. It doesn’t look any less indefensible.
As usual, John Lott of the National Post has a great wrap-up on last night’s victory, with particular attention paid to the higher target JP Arencibia was giving Kyle Drabek.
Before today’s news came down, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet nailed it, wondering if the Jays may have been postponing Brett Lawrie’s suspension, rather than intending on actually appealing it.
Elsewhere, Davidi looks at the unlikely path to the Majors for Yan Gomes.
The Toronto Sun tells us that the Jays much overlooked defensive bungling on Tuesday against the Rays led to a team meeting. And elsewhere at the Sun, Steve Buffery tries his hand at baiting my with some drivel about how the Jays dropped the ball during an easy part of the schedule. Elsewhere still, the Sun continues pretending anyone would ever give a shit what Steve Simmons thinks about anything.
Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail tells us that the Jays have deeper problems than Brett Lawrie… or something.
Mop Up Duty looks into what it might take to boost Jose Bautista’s ISO.
The Tater Trot Tracker at Baseball Prospectus shows that Edwin Encarnacion had the quickest home run trot of the night on Wednesday, which was just outside of the top ten fastest trots of the year.
At Steal of Home we hear more about last night’s dingers, as Jose Bautista damaged the fuck out of a baseball last night, with the eleventh-highest Home Run Damage rank of the season so far, with a ball that came off the bat at 117.5 mph.
A quickmeme picture makes a decent point about JP Arencibia’s turnaround, and how it coincided with his getting called out by some loud-mouth radio show host. Passion!
Bill James Online looks at MLB’s new-found love of the shift, noting that the Jays have already shifted 71 times, compared to just 79 in all of 2010.
Apparently there is a Brett Lawrie helmet throw Hitler parody video thing. Because, y’know, it’s the internet, and of course there is.
Lastly, Geddy Lee of Rush was at the game last night, as MLB.com’s odd Cut 4 thing shows us. I was going to tweet that it looked like he might be there at one point during the game– before they actually had identified him on the broadcast– but I thought to myself, “nah, that guy’s too old to be him!” You’ll always be in a cottage/studio singing Tom Sawyer in my mind, Ged.