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!!!
Baseball America has the rosters for the clubs in the Arizona Fall League, and while a number of Jays have yet to be announced, we know that Jake Marisnick, Ryan Goins and Kevin Pillar will be there. Ryan Tepera tweets that he’s been invited, as well, leaving spots for three more pitchers from the organization, and one catcher. If healthy enough to participate, we’ve been led to believe that Travis d’Arnaud will be there, but there’s no official word of that yet.
A much needed bit of hope for this dreary season: Bob Elliott brings a long feature on the Lansing Three for the Toronto Sun.
Elsewhere in the Sun, Ken Fidlin quotes John Farrell on JA Happ and Mike McCoy, both of whom have impressed the manager of late.
Elsewhere still, Fidlin looks at the bad news on Jose Bautista’s wrist from this week, and suggests it’s probably for the best that he’s able now to just get it fixed.
At the Toronto Star, Liam Casey gives us some background on methylhexaneamine, the banned substance Marcus Stroman was suspended for taking.
Speaking of Stroman, Dirk Hayhurst writes that there’s really no excuse for a ballplayer to have unwittingly ingested something he shouldn’t have, given all the repeated warnings about just such a situation.
Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com echoes the stuff from the Sun on McCoy in a notebook post that also mentions how the manager has been impressed with Moises Sierra.
More McCoy stuff, as Bluebird Banter looks to the future– specifically the future of the Jays’ bench.
At Getting Blanked, Parkes fills us in on the details of the broadcast rights contract signed between MLB and ESPN, which should net each club $13-million more than they were making from the previous deal, beginning in 2014– and they’d damn well better spend it.
Elsewhere at Getting Blanked, Drew and GIFman Lewis bring us a spectacular GIF of ex-Jays catcher Rod Barajas.
HELLO KEVIN PILLAR!!!! The Lansing Lugnut has been named the Midwest League’s MVP, according to The Midwest League Traveller.
Jays Journal looks at the curious case of Jesse Hernandez, who looked good at Dunedin when promoted from Lansing as injury cover for Sean Nolin, but was demoted back to low-A anyway.
Over at the Blue Jay Hunter, Ian looks at the difference between the Jays and the Dodgers.
At Minor League Ball, John Sickels continues to go round-by-round through this year’s draft and looking at how players are doing in their first taste of pro ball. Pretty funny to see how the Jays’ picks from the sixth, seventh, and eighth round are doing, seeing as they were all super cheap college seniors selected to increase the club’s bonus pool for players they actually, y’know, wanted.
MLB.com tells us that three Jays games in September will be simulcast with descriptive video, for the blind and visually impaired. So… there’s that? Should be more entertaining than Buck and Tabby, amiright?
In case you missed it yesterday, I finally posted my NL trade market for pitching piece, a companion to last week’s AL trade market piece, and an earlier look at which arms will be available in free agency.
One guy who was mentioned in the NL trade market piece is Wade Miley of the Diamondbacks, whose surprising success with less-than-dominant stuff was examined by FanGraphs yesterday. And elsewhere at FanGraphs, they look at a potential free agent I didn’t include in the above piece, asking whether the Angels should pick up Dan Haren’s option.
Lastly, those who may be interested are running out of time to get in on the earlybird ticket deal for Blogs With Balls 5, the sports media conference that’s coming to the TIFF Lightbox in Toronto in early October, and is co-presented by the Score.