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!!!
Kingston’s own Bob Elliott was enshrined in Cooperstown as the winner of the JG Taylor Spink Award– the highest honour given to a BBWAA member– for his years of coverage of the Expos for the Ottawa Citizen and the Jays for the Toronto Sun, and his dedication to, and promotion of, Canadian baseball. The Sun has tributes from Steve Simmons, Bill Lankhoff, coverage of the event, and a re-printing of Elliott’s speech on Saturday afternoon. Congratulations, Bob!
At BlueJays.com, Spencer Fordin writes about the honour as well. While elsewhere at the Sun, Ken Fidlin thinks Alex Anthopoulos should keep on keeping on and neither full-on sell nor full-on buy at the trade deadline.
MLBTR passes on a note from Ken Rosenthal’s latest for Fox Sports, in which we’re told that some rival GMs value Asher Wojciechowski perhaps more than the Jays did, judging by their deal on Friday with the Astros.
As I noted in Saturday’s Game Threat, Jon Hale of the Mockingbird likes the potential he sees in Happ.
At Grantland, Jonah Keri reviews the deal, and concludes that the Jays kinda blew it, not only because it only makes them marginally better and burned off some prospect capital that could be useful elsewhere, but because it undoubtedly wasted a bunch of man-hours to put together– hours that could have been spent working towards something more fruitful.
Jon Morosi of Fox Sports tweets that the Jays are still looking for a starter, which… of course they are.
Jim Callis of Baseball America says that the Jays came within $341 of spending over their draft pool allotment by 5%, which would have resulted in the loss of their first round draft pick next year. Three-hundred-forty-one dollars!
Travis Snider proves again that he’s good at saying the right things in this Q&A with Brendan Kennedy of the Star.
At BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm writes a notebook post that touches on Brandon Morrow’s recovery— he threw a 42 pitch bullpen session over the weekend– as well as Aaron Laffey’s and Carlos Villanueva’s surprising success, and Jose Bautista’s progress, which isn’t great so far, but is better than initially expected when he went down last week at Yankee Stadium.
In another one, Gregor talks to John Farrell about the continuing health struggles of Dustin McGowan.
Ex-Mariners and Astros scout Bernie Pleskoff of MLB.com is encouraged by what he sees of Brett Lawrie, as he provides a bit of a scouting report on him and his progress at the plate and in the field over the last couple seasons.
At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi says that it’s time for Sam Dyson to make some adjustments, as he heads back to New Hampshire. He also believes that the Jays, based on their deal with Houston, are playing for the here and now.
Mat Germain of Jays Journal figures that it’s time for the Jays to go nuts young. Um… not sure on that one just yet.
BlueBird Banter writes about Omar Vizquel’s potentially historic season– he’s not hitting extra base hits. Like… at all.
Richard Griffin touches on Elliott’s honour, as well as the Jays-Astros deal and more in his latest Bullpen post for the Toronto Star.
John Sickels of Minor League Ball passes along a Brew Crew Ball post on how the American League could potentially expose to the core every flaw in the new playoff format this season– unlikely as it may be.
HELLO KEVIN PILLAR!!!! MiLB.com tells us about the 2011 32nd rounder’s impressive debut for Dunedin.