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!!!
The usually not completely-fucking-asinine Jays Journal entertains some serious horseshit ideas about why Yunel Escobar is reportedly on the block. “Either Yunel Escobar isn’t happy in Toronto and wants out, or, he’s not happy with his contract and is sabotaging it so that whatever team has control over the option years doesn’t actually pick them up,” Mat Germain ridiculously writes. “There’s also the possibility that his ego in Toronto has been bruised by the talks surrounding the promotion of Hechavarria. Maybe the Jays have already approached him about moving to 2B and he has been entirely against it, deciding instead to ‘shut down’ both on the field and in the club house. Or, it’s also possible that the fact that many fans are calling for Hechavarria’s promotion has angered the proud Escobar.”
Need another reason to hate both the Olympics and whatever jaw-dropping lack of regulatory oversight allows Bell/TSN and Rogers/Sportsnet to keep crawling into bed together whenever it suits their mutual interests? OK: nine of the Jays’ next ten games are on Sportsnet One.
Dirk Hayhurst makes clear that he’s fully supportive of Ricky Romero and thinks he’ll pull through whatever is troubling him, despite yesterday looking maybe not so hopefully into the dark cloud that currently surrounds the Jays’ nominal ace.
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star throws in his two cents on what to make of Romero’s struggles.
Jeff Zimmerman of FanGraphs suggests we stop comparing Jose Bautista’s historic mid-career breakout to others. Of the 18 players to accumulate 18 WAR or more between ages 29 and 31, for example, Bautista has the lowest WAR over the previous three seasons by more than six wins.
At Getting Blanked, Craig Robinson recalls the day, exactly seven years ago, when he was bitten by the baseball bug.
In other anniversary news, MLB Trade Rumors reminds us that today is the one year anniversary of the Colby Rasmus deal. Still feeling good about that one– and no longer feeling like I have to defend it from braying morons every goddamn day, either.
The Tao of Stieb takes an always-entertaining dip into the ol’ Tweet Bag.
At Grantland, Jonah Keri takes a look at some of the other guys on the trading block, beyond the big names you’ve been hearing. Including, yes, Yunel Escobar.
Instream Sports gets Ellis Valentine to make his infinite playlist– a 10 songs 70s-era party playlist. Preeeeeeeety sure he kills it.
Lastly, it’s Friday, so that mean it’s time for the best GIFfery in the baseball world: the Getting Blanked GIFs of the Week.