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… er… Afternoon Hangover… er… links!!!
John Lott of the National Post talks to Adam Lind about his time in Las Vegas, his workout routine, and notes that John Farrell says the former cleanup hitter will only face “certain” lefties, and will bat sixth or seventh in the lineup. Sense!!
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reminds readers, through tweet, that the Jays will not lose their draft pick if they don’t sign Marcus Stroman– the still-unsigned #22 pick from Duke. Thanks to the new CBA, the compensation pick for their failure to sign Tyler Beede last year now has a two-year life. Griff also tweets that the Jays are offering slot money, $1.8-million, to the college junior. He won’t have a lot of leverage going back into the draft next year, and is no lock to make more, so… I’d be pretty surprised if he didn’t sign. Stranger things have happened, though.
Marc Hulet includes Jays rookie ball pitcher Joe Musgrove in his latest prospect watch piece for FanGraphs. “The right-hander can fire his heater up into the 95-96 mph range and induces a plethora of ground-ball outs,” he writes. “At 6’5′ 230 lbs, Musgrove has the build to be a durable innings-eater at the big league level and could eventually become a No. 2 or 3 starter.”
It’s part one of a multi-part interview, as Tom Dakers of Bluebird Banter talks to Jays hitting coach Dwayne Murphy.
Jays Prospects provide us with some nice notes on how things have gone for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of late.
Some Hardball Talkin’ at Getting Blanked: Omar Vizquel breaks out some dance moves during last night’s rain delay. And elsewhere over there, the Common Man shows us where “member of the Jays starting rotation” ranks among the most dangerous jobs in North America.
The Toronto Star provides us with some fun facts about Jamie Moyer and Omar Vizquel. Guess what? They’re old!
Elsewhere at the Star, it’s more on Ricky Romero’s Twitter outburst.
The Southpaw wonders– nay, dreams– about trading to get Roy Halladay back.
Jake Simpson of the Atlantic thinks that, with all-year interleague play upon us next year, the NL should maybe switch to the DH full time, in order to avoid the multiple roster moves that come with switching between roster setups depending on which league’s rules are being played.
Heading back to Getting Blanked, Parkes watched the Padres play the Astros. Revel in his misery.
Lastly, speaking of, and because there’s a bunch of Jays rotation talk to be had in there, why wait? Here’s today’s edition of Getting Blanked, which… holy shit, is that… ??? After much too much legal wrangling, the Constantines are back! Fucking yes!!!!
Also, double congratulations to our pal Scott Lewis and his wife on the birth of their twins this morning!