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!!!
Well, that was fast. John Lott tweets that Anthony Alford has finished his first season for the GCL Blue Jays… after five games. He’s back in Mississippi, getting set for the upcoming NCAA football season, where he’ll be the quarterback for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.
His Baseball Reference page informs us that Alford finishes his first pro year with three hits, one of them a home run, in 20 plate appearances. He struck out four times, took two walks, and stole four bases without having been caught.
“When the mind interrupts the movement of body parts and a consistent delivery, that’s where you get inconsistent release points and inconsistent stuff overall,” says John Farrell of Ricky Romero’s season, according to Lott’s wrap up of yesterday’s game for the Post. Romero, according to FanGraphs, is third last among qualified pitchers in terms of first-pitch strike percentage.
Surely you’ve seen it a few times already, but I don’t think it’s ever going to get old: via the Score Buzz here’s Jose Bautista hitting a bomb that dents a car parked in a $40 lot outside of Fenway Park.
Jesus, is John Lott the only reporter working this week? He also profiles Scott Richmond, who has shown great perseverance in making it back to the Majors– as, y’know, the Jays’ 20-somethingth option– and elsewhere still he provides a nice profile of the efficient and, perhaps surprisingly, awesome Casey Janssen.
In a small digest article, Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun gets more words of disappointment from John Farrell about the slow progress of Sergio Santos’s recovery– he’s back playing catch on flat ground, after having been pitching off a mound and suffering a setback in May– and thoughts of disappointment from me, as he points out that the Jays’ scheduled starters against Anaheim are Cecil, Villanueva, Alvarez and Laffey. Yikes.
Bluebird Banter takes a mid-season peek at how the top five prospects in the Jays system have been doing.
Danny Farquhar continues to get passed around like a thing that gets passed around a lot at a thing-passing competition. The Yankees have picked him up off waivers from the A’s, says MLBTR, less than a month after they claimed him from the Jays. Meh.
In a video for Sportsnet, Arash Madani sits down with Jose Bautista and David Ortiz to talk about the latter’s influence on the former.
The Blue Jay Hunter swoons over Bautista’s June.
At Sports Illustrated, Jay Jaffe looks at Omar Vizquel’s Hall of Fame case, and concludes– astutely– that despite a very good career, he’s just not quite worthy.
Lastly, more from the Mockingbird, as Jon Hale rails at the prominent false choice being past around the Jays-o-sphere– that the Jays must either gut the farm system to trade for pitching help, or do nothing– and the tightwads in charge of Rogers Baseball Operations. Throw us a bone and take on some damn salary, he says, even if it’s not good value. “It’s only a ‘waste’ if you don’t consider any of the intangibles.”