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!!!
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun tells us of a silent plea from ex-Jays first base coach, and current manager of the GCL Jays, Omar Malave, over his 17 month old granddaughter who needs a life-saving operation, and the race to raise funds to help her.
John Lott of the National Post writes about how Ricky Romero was upset at getting the hook in last night’s loss to Chicago. Um… suck it the fuck up, Romero.
At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi wonders if Carlos Villanueva will be the next Jays player to receive an extension. “My main thing is I really want to be here if the Blue Jays want me to be here,” the player says. Of course, he also says, “the first thing right now is I’d want to be viewed as a starter, but you never know, if a team is going to give me a two- or three-year contract and told me (being a swingman) is a possibility that might happen, then it’s OK, but you’re paying me as a starter.”
In a notebook post at BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm gives us news of good progress for Jason Frasor, the shutting back down of Adam Lind, an update on Colby Rasmus, and an indication of the plans for Yorvit Torrealba, once he joins the club.
At Minor League Ball, John Sickels evidently hasn’t changed his tune on Kevin Comer as much as Keith Law (who we’ll hear from again below).
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star updates us on even more guys recovering from injury, including Brandon Morrow, who threw 4.2 scoreless innings in a rehab start last night for New Hampshire.
Elsewhere at the Star, Mark Zwolinski checks in with Joe Carter and Mitch Williams, both of whom were in town this week for Carter’s celebrity charity golf tournament.
The Globe and Mail hits the streets of Montreal and finds more Expos caps now than in the last days of that sad, doomed franchise.
Lastly, Keith Law chatted with readers this afternoon at ESPN.com, and offered these Jays-related tidbits (and maybe more– the chat’s still going as I publish this):
Why in the world would the Jays send Kevin Comer to the Astros as the PTBNL? Hes the best pitcher out of the entire package, what an awful, awful trade.
Because his velocity backed up this year to the mid- to upper 80s. Unfortunately he’s not the pitcher we thought he was (myself included) a year ago.
Andy (St. Louis)
Thoughts on Travis Snider in Pittsburgh? Think he can be a .276 hitter with 20+ homeruns next season?
No, more of a .275 hitter.
(Serious answer: Too much trouble making contact to see him coming close to that.)
what do you think of Daniel Norris?
Good arm, trouble repeating the delivery, more of a long-term project with upside – the opposite end of the spectrum from a guy like Berrios.