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!!!
Toronto Standard tells us that Brett Lawrie is “a burgeoning gay icon” in the city, albeit inadvertently. “While Lawrie’s position as Church Street’s favourite 3rd baseman may be unintentional,” we’re told, “his support is rock hard.” Ha! Get it?
Jays Journal picks up on what Jon Hale wrote about Ricky Romero’s changeup last week, noting that the pitch has been over two miles per hour slow this season than last, with the extra break Hale told us about. They agree, it may simply be too good, identified too easily, not generating the same kind of swing-and-miss, and remedied by throwing it more firmly. Get on it, Jays!
In a notebook post at BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm tells us about the flu bug that’s hit the Jays, the fact that the club insists games aren’t meaningless, as jobs for next year are on the line right now, and about a mechanical hitch in Anthony Gose’s throwing mechanics– a crow hop– that is preventing him from unleashing his powerful throws from the outfield on time.
Everybody’s talking about Buffalo, after Alex Anthopoulos, while still saying all the right things, made it clear to reporters this weekend that the club is interested in the Queen City– as they should be, and as has been expeceted for… well… years. John Lott of the National Post and Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com have particularly good pieces on the potential transition.
Our old friend the Tao of Stieb muses on what he saw at the Rogers Centre this weekend, as he was up from the Nation’s Capital for a visit, and points us to the audio of yesterday’s JaysTalk, where he and Wilner jammed on a version of the Beatles’ I Want Choo (She’s So Heavy).
In an article I– or someone with a vaguely similar name– make and appearance in, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star wonders what can be done to improve the fan experience at the former SkyDome Hotel– and finds out that it’s probably not a lot, since playing up the Jays connection doesn’t suit Marriott, the current owners, or their business model.
Elsewhere at the Star, we’re told that Connor Stevenson, the 13-year-old who was shot in the head in this summer’s incident in the Eaton’s Centre food court, threw out the first pitch yesterday afternoon.
And in Richard Griffin’s latest bullpen piece at the the Star, he examines the AL’s surprising A’s and O’s, and rightly criticizes the Jays– Brett Lawrie and Rajai Davis in particular– for their baserunning woes.
Mike Rutsey of the Sun also looks at Lawrie’s mental mishaps over the weekend. So does Shi David of Sportsnet, while at BlueJays.com, Gregor relays John Farrell’s insistence that he has no plans to stop running the bases aggressively.
Tom Dakers of Bluebird Banter isn’t so much upset about the mistakes, as he is the fact that Lawrie, again, doesn’t seem to own up to them. Right on.
Back to Sportsnet, Davidi looks at Omar Vizquel, who is closing in on Babe Ruth as he moves up the list of most hits all-time. So… there’s that.
Davidi also writes that first base coach Torey Lovullo is on the Red Sox radar. In fact, ”Lovullo interviewed with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington and his staff last fall, and impressed them enough that he was brought back again after Bobby Valentine was hired, to discuss moving over as bench coach.” And… hang on a second. That had to be after the Farrell directive came down, right? So… bench coach is considered a promotion from first base coach? I guess it is– which, I guess, makes sense– because otherwise it would sound like the Jays let someone interview for a lateral move.
At ESPN.com (Insider Olney), Buster Olney looks at the potential market for Josh Hamilton, which is rather limited– and, thank fuck, according to his estimation, doesn’t include the Jays.
Alexis Brudnicki writes for BlueJays.com that the Jays and Baseball Canada have strengthened their relationship somehow– the specifics of which I’m not sure of, because… y’know… I don’t read articles about Baseball Canada. But you probably do! So there’s one for ya!
The Blue Jay Hunter looks at who may comprise the Jays’ bullpen next season.
Lastly, Baseball Think Factory passes on a book excerpt that informs us that Tony La Russa’s last moments as manager of the Cardinals were spent choking on his own rage, one year after the fact, over Keith Law’s Cy Young ballot that kept Adam Wainwright from winning the award in 2010.