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!!!
Housekeeping: It’s back-to-back Snacks, on account of yesterday’s internal internet problems that also derailed the podcast. We’re considering doing a podcast today to make up for it, but… we’re probably considering just waiting until Thursday even more.
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun files another one from Eastlake, Ohio, this time focusing on another member of the Lansing trio, Noah Syndergaard– aka Nose Snygen.
“In the 10 games [of the most recent home stand], the Jays attracted 299,387 to the Rogers Centre and you have to go back as many as five or six years, into an era when announced attendance figures were … well, let’s just say ‘unreliable’ to find a series when this team averaged 30,000 over an extended homestand,” writes Ken Fidlin of the Sun. “You can only imagine how big the crowds might have been if the real Blue Jays had been playing and not rehabbing injuries in various parts of the continent.”
Elsewhere, Fidlin talks about the rumours of the Jays moving their Triple-A affiliate to Buffalo, which could be made official as soon as September 16th, and “be a shot in the arm for flagging attendance at Coca Cola Field in downtown Buffalo.” There was plenty of debate about this in the post I wrote about the rumour a couple days ago, and I tend to fall on the side that it will help. Jake Marisnick will likely be there at some point next year, Vlad Guerrero was there this summer, Brett Lawrie was there last year, and you could forsee the rehab starts a guy like Brandon Morrow has been making in New Hampshire potentially being moved to Triple-A, all of which are the kinds of things that might boost attendance– as is the geography, and the fact that, despite what a couple blowhards were trying to say, it’s not like plenty of Canadians are reluctant to visit Buffalo for the Sabres or the Bills.
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star concludes that Travis d’Arnaud will be the Jays starting catcher, calling comments from Alex Anthopoulos implying JP Arencibia has some measure of job security, “GM-BS. The fact is there can be no upside to already handing the Jays’ starting catching job to D’Arnaud at this point. However, by maintaining Arencibia, at least in the public eye, as the Jays’ No. 1 catcher for 2013, it only increases his value in trade. Of that there can be no doubt.”
Speaking of building a bullpen by using converted starters, FanGraphs looks at how the Rays have built a terrific bullpen on the cheap, something the Jays appear to want to mimic, albeit also by head-scratchingly dealing some of their prospect capital to make it happen.
Been a while since I’ve seen a Griff Bag, but thankfully, at least Gregor Chisholm is still churning them out at BlueJays.com.
Big time prospect Aaron Sanchez struggle for four starts prior to hitting the DL on July 31st, says MiLB.com, but allowed just one hit over four innings, striking out three, in his second start back, which came last night.
Bluebird Banter looks at some more prospect-y stuff from last night, from all the various Jays’ affiliates who were in action, including performances from Sean Nolin, Marcus Stroman and John Stilson in New Hampshire.
Kenny Ken Ken writes at Fox Sports about the John Farrell situation, suggesting the Jays should lock up their manager, who is only under contract until the end of 2013, while also entertaining the nonsense that anyone potentially wanted by the Boston Red Sox has to really want to go there.
At the Tao of Stieb, the Org Guy wonders about the “scrap heap,” and how the Jays can do better at acquiring players from it this year– like the way the Yankees have done. I don’t know if it’s a great comparison, though, because the Yankees have money, and you know they’re going to be in the playoffs every year, so it’s easier for guys with more left than they’re given credit for to accept a reduced role there than it is elsewhere, I think.
Mop Up Duty gets into that fancy ESPN Stats and Info data to preview the Jays’ series against Detroit that begins tonight.
At Minor League Ball, John Sickels continues updating us on how this year’s draft class has fared so far in pro ball, looking today at second round picks. The Jays’ pick, Chase DeJong, has “1.80 ERA with 11/1 K/BB in 10 innings in Gulf Coast League, six hits, 1.57 GO/AO,” he says. “Small but impressive sample.”
Remember how badly we wanted injured high schooler Lucas Giolito to fall to the Jays in this year’s draft, only to see him get plucked by the Nationals one pick ahead of us? Keith Law reports at ESPN.com that he has re-injured his elbow, and is due an appointment with Dr. Lewis “Heathcliff” Yocum. Y’know… FYI.
Ford C. Frick award voting is on at the Hall of Fame’s Facebook page, so go vote for Tom Cheek already.
Lastly, since I missed posting it yesterday, here’s the Monday edition of Getting Blanked…