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!!!
Sportsnet goes nuts with John Farrell speculation stuff, passing along Buster Olney’s suggestion on ESPN Radio today that the team was very close to losing its manager to the Red Sox last season, before they pulled back, (and that they should offer Farrell for Dan Bard), and Shi Davidi saying that the Jays need to sign their manager “to an extension, announce it, and show other teams that their staff isn’t simply a breeding ground for the needs of others, so a repeat of this situation doesn’t happen again.”
Adam Lind spoke to Gregor Chisholm upon his return to the club after his latest back troubles, and we can see the transcript of their talk at Gregor’s North of the Border blog. Jose Bautista talks to Gregor about his setback, as well. And so did Brandon Morrow.
At the National Post, John Lott talks about Aaron Laffey, and his mental preparation for games. And before he was sent down, Lott had a feature on Anthony Gose, as well, talking about his tough first go-round in the Majors.
It’s a brand new Tweet Bag at the Tao of Stieb, or… at least it was when the post was fresh, back on Friday.
At Minor League Ball, John Sickels asks readers to weigh in on whether the Jays’ system might be wildly overrated. Hmmmm.
Mop Up Duty gets into their fancy ESPN Stats and Info data to preview the Jays’ upcoming series against the Yankees.
At the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin brings it with his latest wide-reaching bullpen post.
Elsewhere there, Kyle Matte looks at what we’ve learned about Chad Jenkins from the brief look we’ve got.
Jays Prospects tells us that the Lansing Lugnuts have set a new (team?) record for shutouts in a season, they look at the Vancouver Canadians’ top performers this season, and look Lugnuts right-hander Anthony DeScalfani.
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun tells us, among other things– like the effort the rehabbing Luis Perez made to make his teammates aware of the situation involving Omar Malave’s granddaughter– about Sandy Alomar (Sr.), and his recent talks with the Lugnuts.
Elsewhere in the Sun, Ken Fidlin tells us that Jose Bautista has gone to Cleveland to have his wrist looked at by Dr. Thomas (Moonlight) Graham. ““Ideally, we would get Jose back in time before the end of the season so that he can test it and then head into the off-season knowing that the injury is fully behind him,” said John Farrell.
Jays Jounal has their weekly prospect hot sheet, which includes, among others, DJ Davis, John Stilson and, once again, Justin Nicolino.
Bluebird Banter wonders what the Jays should do with Carlos Villanueva, who has done very well as a starter this year, is slated to hit free agency, but has yet to ever start in more than 13 consecutive appearances in his career. You could do a whole lot worse, and he likes it here and should come at a palatable cost, but… do you really want to go forward thinking 4/5ths of your rotation is set with Morrow, Romero, Villanueva and Happ? Tough.
Bluebird Banter also asks their readers what they’d expect back from Boston, should John Farrell be allowed to leave for there. Ugh. Do we really need to take this stuff so seriously?
At the Blue Jay Hunter, Ian looks at what the deal between the Red Sox and Dodger might mean for the Jays.
At his Grey Matter blog, Kevin Gray of the New Hampshire Union Leader looks at Jose Bautista’s performance in his brief rehab for the Fisher Cats.
John Lott tweets that Adeiny Hechavarria is the only member of the Las Vegas 51s to have made the PCL All-Star team.
Interesting stuff from the Atlantic, who had a team watch over 200 MLB broadcasts, noting words announcers use to talk about players, analysing the data to find out some curious things about how race is treated. “The analysis reveals that foreign-born players—the vast majority of whom are Latino—are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to receiving praise for intangibles,” Adam Felder and Seth Amitin write. “Latino players are almost 13 percent less likely to be praised for intangibles than their white counterparts. Announcers are nearly 14 percent more likely to praise a US/Canadian-born player for intangibles than they are their international counterparts.”
Lastly, the Onion absolutely slays it with Desperate Angels Deactivate, Reactivate Vernon Wells To See If That Works.