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!!!
Parkes absolutely nails it at Getting Blanked on the Night the Dome Broke, but he misses one crucial thing: the potential of a future where, due to continued breakage and difficulty of getting parts for the ultra-specialized 20-year-old structure, it becomes necessary to close the dome permanently. I don’t throw such words around lightly, but that very well might kill baseball in Toronto, I fear. Hahahaha, and you thought things couldn’t get any more bleak!
At the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin begins a ridiculous blowjob for ex-Expos GM Dan Duquette of the Orioles by citing the Jays’ dismal crowd on what’s traditionally the worst- or second worst-attended day of the year– the day after labour day. So… it’s kinda hard to take this one seriously.
Like many Jays fans, many Orioles fans just can’t seem to be able to wrap their heads around the fact that the O’s record tells us how many games they’ve won, not how good they are. Baseball Think Factory points us to Baltimore Sports Report, who take issue with Keith Law of ESPN, insisting that “there’s literally nothing that the Orioles can do to convince me that they are a good team.” I couldn’t agree more, and I’m pretty sure if you played out the 2012 season 1000 different times, Baltimore wouldn’t make the playoffs in the vast majority of outcomes. But… good on them, I guess. I hate it for very obvious reasons, but it must be fun as fuck, and it’s not like those fans don’t also deserve it.
Good news, if you’re inclined to take it at face value: Shi Davidi tweets that “Jose Bautista underwent his wrist surgery today in Cleveland. Blue Jays say procedure was a success.”
More shovelling of the John Farrell to Boston horseshit, this time from Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.
At Sportsnet, Davidi talks to Brian Butterfield and Buck Showalter about the O’s success, while being careful not to tread into “Buck Showalter manages teams up” nonsense territory.
In a notebook at BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm quotes John Farrell on Brett Cecil’s new role out of the bullpen, and how the manager is going to have to… er… manage the buzz about him when the club heads to Boston this weekend.
More attendance stuff from FanGraphs, where Carson Cistulli posts a table of the best attendance in the Majors this year by percentage of capacity. The Jays are fifth-last– they also have fifth highest capacity stadium in MLB– though they are better than 11 teams in terms of average attendance per game, at least for now.
Elsewhere at FanGraphs, Jeff Sullivan looks at the division race in the AL East, which– ugh– apparently isn’t over.
Jays Prospects looks at flamethrower Nose Snygen, a key to the Lansing Lugnuts’ hopes as they enter the Midwest League playoffs tonight.
Think sports reporting is the only area where the base knowledge of the legacy media fell hopelessly behind the people they cover? Nope, it’s happening in politics too. Andrew Sullivan aggregates some recent work on the missing coverage of the sophisticated data operations now employed by political campaigns, which starts to sound awfully familiar.
Lastly, at Baseball Prospectus, Russell A. Carelton takes an interesting into the topic of racism (or nativism) in the broadcast booth– something we talked about at length on our most recent Getting Blanked Podcast.