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!!!
Plan the parade, because it looks like Yorvit Torrealba is coming! At least that’s what Drew Davidson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweets. At Getting Blanked, Parkes shrugs his shoulders and points to the fact that at least this means Yan Gomes can shift his focus to third base, rather than asking Omar Vizquel to attempt to lily-arm throws across the diamond. Out in the vastness of the interweb, fans wonder if this means Arencibia is done for the year, or whether Yorvit is any better than Jeff Mathis or Gomes. Meh.
And speaking of Rasmus, Shi Davidi tweets that young Colby will make his return to the Jays’ lineup this evening.
Two major Jays-related items at Baseball Prospectus today (both paywall’d), the first being an Anthony Gose piece by Ben Lindbergh, which begins by talking about the notorious struggling draftee, Shaq Green-Thompson– not a good sign. The gist: Gose has looked awful, doesn’t appear ready, and is struguggling in the precise area (making contact) that was the major knock on his game– also not a good sign. “A place where breaking balls don’t bite, and where groundballs skip off a dried-out infield, is Anthony Gose’s idea of heaven,” Lindberg writes, referring to environment in Las Vegas, where Gose had modest success this year. Being 21 in the AL East? Not quite the same.
Elsewhere, in Jason Parks’s Prospects Will Break Your Heart feature, he rehashes the long, sad prospect history of the projected perennial All-Star and occasional MVP candidate, Travis Snider. Ugh.
Late addition: this stuff from Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports about the Red Sox clubhouse turmoil is fun.
Tyler Harper of the Canadian Press, via the Globe and Mail, looks at the suitcase-livin’ lifestyle of Mike McCoy, who again finds himself with the Jays– though with the Torrealba news, he might already be on a flight back to the desert.
Our old friend the Tao of Stieb looks at the Jays’ route out of the Pacific Coast League– something they really need to accomplish this winter, perhaps above all else. (Or… well… no, but they really do need to get the fuck out of that league.)
Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun notes that John Farrell had a talk with his team out on the field prior to yesterday’s game– one that he really doesn’t want to talk about, for some reason. Hmmm.
Richard Griffin has a new “bullpen” post at the Toronto Star, in which he talks Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, and puts those bipolar folks who wanted to see the Jays call up the farm two months ago, and now are losing their minds over seeing exactly what they once wanted.
Omar Vizquel tells Jon Morosi of Fox Sports that he wants to manage in the Majors next year, banking on his experience this season as the Jays’ glorified bench coach.
MLBTR notes that the Jays have released Tim Redding, who was apparently in the organization, pitching for Las Vegas.
MLB.com’s Cut 4 has a guy from Toronto watching the game in Miami, comparing the Rogers Centre to the Marlins’ new park… or something.
Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com talks about Steve Delabar’s historic night on Monday, becoming the first pitcher to throw four strikeouts in one frame during and extra inning.
Speaking of, and lastly, if you’ve been following me on Twitter lately– and if you haven’t, what the hell is wrong with you?– you’ll have noticed I’ve been pretty heavy-handed in my questioning of Delabar, the pitcher the Jays received in exchange for Eric Thames. Delabar has a lot of good peripherals, but a really high home run rate at the big league level against right-handed batters, which appears in my mind to come down more to limitations of his arsenal than the kind of bad luck that might allow us to simply normalize his home run rate to league average and assume all will eventually right itself. But while that kind of stuff may be fair game to question, you certainly can’t question Delabar’s determination. In a post a couple weeks back, The Recruiting Cycle gives us some background on his story before showing this clip of Delabar’s interview this year with Bryant Gumbel on HBO’s Real Sports…