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!!!
Richard Griffin tweets, “First game off suspension and
#yunelescobar back in #bluejays lineup.”
John Lott of the National Post looks at the comments made by John Farrell last night, about his upcoming talk with Yunel Escobar not being the first time the two have chatted, and that the previous ones have been about “baseball issues.” n the same talk Farrell praised Adeiny Hechavarria and hinted that the younger Cuban may see more time over the season’s final two weeks.
“There are always conversations that take place,” Alex Anthopoulos said, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. “I have had tons of conversations with players over the three years now, things that I have observed. John has done the same as well … we just don’t broadcast it to the media.” Davidi adds that “only this time Farrell did, and from Anthopoulos’s perspective that certainly won’t help if he looks to move Escobar this off-season.”
“Someone was saying there’s a conspiracy theory that I hung up the phone on ‘Prime Time’,” Anthopoulos told reporters regarding some of the more interesting fallout from the Escobar stuff, according to Chris Toman of BlueJays.com. “I was in my hotel room. I don’t hang up phones on anybody. The phone died. I called right back. I was told they were on a break, and I had a 6:40 set up with TSN.”
In Toman’s piece, Anthopoulos also responded to Gregg Zaun’s comments, explaining, “That’s someone’s opinion, and I’m definitely not going to get in a war of words with the media. There’s a lot of managers and general managers that have been very successful in this game that have not played, so people can take from that what they want.”
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star talks to James Greenhalgh– aka @james_in_to– about having published the Yunel Ecobar photograph, after sitting on it for more than a day, hoping someone else would have noticed.
Turning to last night’s game, in the Post, John Lott looks at one key play that may have turned it– Anthony Gose, on his own, trying to steal third base and getting thrown out with a 1-0 lead in the third inning– and John Farrell’s tepid, typical, frustrating defence of it. “He’s trying to be aggressive there,” the manager said. “We’re trying to put some pressure on them. As difficult a time as we’ve had to score runs in the first two games of this, we’re looking to make some things happen. With Colby at the plate and Eddie to follow, it’s easy to second-guess that right now.” Uh… yeah. Like it has been all season when your club’s aggressiveness has cost them outs.
Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Insider Olney) says it’s only a matter of when not if the Rays decide to trade David Price, and lumps the Jays in among possible suitors, due to the Rays lack of young catching. Hmmm.
Parkes takes on Olney’s work at Getting Blanked, quoting Alex Anthopoulos from Drew’s interview earlier in the week, who says that there just isn’t value in dealing guys with only a year or two left before free agency anymore. “Meanwhile,” he says, “the Rays blogosphere isn’t even considering the idea that Price would be moved.”
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun talks to Jason Frasor, who says this season has been “the worst.” Yuh think?
“No matter how you color it, combined with the eye black incident [Farrell's comment] does paint a picture of a player who is a malcontent in the locker room and on the field,” Jays Journal writes, doing their best hack journalist ca. 2003 impression. “Escobar has become known as a divisive presence in the locker room and with our without Farrell’s comment, it has not been a secret to fans either.
“Not only will the Blue Jays no longer permit Yunel Escobar to write messages on his eye-black, it appears the black patches will soon be considered equipment and fall under Major League Baseball rules preventing any markings whatsoever, said GM Alex Anthopoulos,” writes Shi Davidi in a separate piece at Sportsnet. How was it possibly not before?
Bluebird Banter looks at what precisely goes into a Player Development Contract (PDC), like the one the Jays just signed with Buffalo.
Looks like there won’t be a Getting Blanked Podcast today, but this should be an excellent substitute: in the daily podcast at Baseball Prospectus, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller wonder if Alex Anthopoulos should have turned the damn Jays around by now.
Lastly, it’s your favourite Friday feature, the Getting Blanked GIFs of the Week!