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!!!
“”On Saturday, Escobar made his horrible lapse in judgment. Then just one day later, as is the custom every year with every team, it was time for rookie initiation,which is an annual event staged on the travel day of the final road trip for every team. The point is to make the first-year players wear ballet dancer outfits, Wizard of Oz garb, cowboys, sugar-plum fairies, super-heroes, anything that would tend to embarrass, humiliate and make the kid feel less than a real man,” says Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star in his thoughtful column on the Escobar situation. “What’s the difference between that homophobia and what Escobar did?”
According to a chat with Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, Paul Beeston is “pissed off” about this whole damn year, including the fact that the Orioles are– still– on track for the playoffs.
Elsewhere in the Sun, Bob Elliott takes an unconventional look at the Jays’ top prospects, asking an astrologer about the Lansing Three, and getting Marc Hulet of FanGraphs to rank the best prospects in the system, with mini scouting reports and everything! He has Roberto Osuna way up in third, behind only Travis d’Arnaud and Aaron Sanchez.
Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com says that the Red Sox might be looking to add Tony LaCava to their front office, because… fuck those guys. It had better be a damn promotion.
Danny Knobler goes a-knobblin’ at CBS Sports, saying that the Jays should– and most likely will– make Escobar available in trade this winter, and that even despite this incident, someone will want him.
Three gems from the Mockingbird: he spots a slight arm angle/release point change for Henderson Alvarez that spurred his success once he settled down against the Yankees (and makes a good case for teams getting pitch F/X guys in the damn dugout already), then notices that the Jays had noticed the same thing he did about JA Happ’s overused curveball when he arrived from Houston, and lastly, he offers an exquisite takedown of that Joe Warmington dickbag.
At FanGraphs, Carson Cistulli also looks at yesterday’s start from Alvarez, and notices as well that he appears to be abandoning his changeup, and having more success– i.e. giving up fewer home runs– in the process.
Back to Marc Hulet, as elsewhere at FanGraphs he writes about some of the Vancouver Canadians he saw when taking in their playoff series against the Boise Hawks a couple weeks back.
John Lott of the National Post talks to Ricky Romero about his decent outing against the Yankees yesterday afternoon. Romero says that, for one of the first times this year, he felt he had a good delivery. Hoooookay.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet discusses both Romero and Henderson Alvarez, both of whom were relatively solid in yesterday’s losses.
Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun reacts to the Escobar suspension by letting us all know that he is a piece of shit. Warmington, that is. Not Escobar.
Charles Pascal, “a professor of human development at OISE/University of Toronto and a former Ontario deputy minister,” lays it on thick in the Toronto Star in the wake of the Escobar suspension, questioning Alex Anthopoulos in particular, for giving out such a light suspension, and wondering if perhaps the GM was more concerned about his shortstop’s trade value. Not entirely unfair questions, I guess, but I’m just not buying the heavy-handedness.
Elsewhere still in the Star, Dave Perkins bemoans the dumb mistakes the Jays have been making this season, and incoherently tries to shit on them for a) not being able to bunt, b) not manufacturing enough runs, and c) constantly taking the bat out of their best hitters’ hands. HUH??? No word on his thoughts on some spotty work from the official scorer this year.
At his North of the Border blog, Gregor Chisholm provides a hefty amount of fallout from the Escobar suspension, from Yunel himself, Edwin Encarnacion, Ricky Romero, Omar Vizquel and others.
Dirk Hayhurst weighs in on the Escobar thing, saying that he doesn’t think you should be offended by it, because that was not its intent.
Jays Jounal breaks down the Arizona Fall League players from the Jays organization.
At Minor League Ball, John Sickels looks at Tim Brechbuehler, a non-drafted free agent now in the Jays’ system, who “has a lot of potential. About as much as you will find in a NDFA that isn’t a prep player.”
Lastly, in case you missed it during the Escobar flap, don’t forget to check out Drew’s wide-ranging talk with Alex Anthopoulos, over at Getting Blanked.