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!!!
Alex Anthopoulos spoke to the media on Saturday in Tampa, and at his North of the Border blog, Gregor Chisholm provides an excellent transcript. Lots of nuggets here, which fuelled a number of subsequent media reports, which I haven’t bothered linking in this post. Read it!
At Bluebird Banter, Tom Dakers goes all Dear John… in skewering the immensely skewerable decision to intentionally walk Ben Zobrist to face Evan Longoria yesterday. I mean… fucking seriously.
Per an official release from the club, the Jays have promoted Shawn Hill and Bobby Korecky to the big club, moving JA Happ to the 60-day DL in order to clear room on the 40-man. Whoopty fuck. Both pitchers are available for today’s doubleheader. It’s gonna be a long one.
Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun asks around and finds a bunch of people dancing around the notion that Baltimore’s success this year is due to anything but luck. “They have baseball players,” says John
Madden Farrell. Analysis!
“In the case of our schedule this month, almost everybody we’ve played this month has been a contender so it’s not like we’re seeing guys out of double-A starting against our hitters,” says Farrell, in a separate piece in the Sun from Fidlin, claiming that this September’s stats are maybe a little more meaningful than usual. “We’re seeing their regulars in the rotation. We’re seeing playoff intensity thrown at us. So (Gose and Hechavarria) have done a solid job competing.”
Sticking with the Sun, Mike Rutsey likes the fact that Jake Peavy won’t have his option picked up by the White Sox, and thinks that the Jays should make him a target. While Bob Elliott checks in with team physician Dr. Ron Taylor, a Canadian and a World Series winner with the 1964 Cardinals and 1969 Mets, who had a pair of toes removed earlier this month.
Richard Griffin has a new, massive-as-always Bullpen post up for the Toronto Star.
Elsewhere at the Star, Raju Mudhar looks back at the Escobar incident, the handling of it, and in his groping around for a positive, at least finds comfort in the fact that the Rogers-owned media folks in this city were quick to skewer the team. Personally, I wonder if there’s a reflex from some there to be a little too over-the-top in order to show off their objectivity, but there’s no way to answer that. I agreed with some and less with others. So it goes.
Elsewhere still, Griffin takes us through what happened on Friday, as Yunel Escobar was first included, then excluded from the Jays’ lineup on the day that his suspension was lifted.
Related to the Escobar flap, ESPN.com reported this weekend that “Kevin McClatchy, the owner and CEO of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1996 to 2007, has acknowledged he is gay to The New York Times, saying frequent homophobic slurs he heard in baseball circles had convinced him to keep his sexual orientation a secret.”
In a notebook post at BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm quotes Farrell similarly, as he says, “We’re seeing playoff intensity thrown at us.” Gregor also tells us that Drew Hutchison isn’t yet ready to put a timetable on his return from Tommy John. The right-hander can’t throw until January, at the earliest.
And in a separate notebook post, Gregor passes on the news that Carlos Villanueva has been suffering from arm soreness, which the club says is common this time of year, but also acknowledge contributed to his struggles on Friday. Ruh-roh.
At whatever they’re calling Miked Up these days, Wilner looks at a rare bright spot for the Jays: the debut start of Chad Jenkins over the weekend.
Via Zach Links of MLBTR and making delicious beef jerky, we’re pointed to a Boston Globe piece from Nick Cafardo, in which he continues with the suggestion that the Red Sox may look to poach Tony La Cava– though admitting it would take some creative titling in order to do so, thanks to the Jays’ no permission without promotion interview policy.
At FanGraphs we’re told that Rajai Davis and Anthony Gose are one-two in stolen base attempts per opportunity. They’re both in the top ten in stolen base runs per hundred opportunities, so I guess that’s OK.
It’s been twenty years since the Jays were marching towards their first World Series in 1992, and the Blue Jay Hunter misses the playoffs– kind of like the Jays… EVERY FUCKING YEAR.
At the Tao of Stieb, the Org Guy worries about future angst– as in this winter, when Anthopoulos inevitably deals someone fans and/or prospect porn obsessives have become rather attached to.
Someone at NESN thinks that not only is Omar Vizquel a Hall of Famer, but that he’s a first ballot one at that. Hooookay. Omar may get there, but there’s a very, very good argument he probably shouldn’t– which is not at all to argue that he’s had a tremendous career. Clearly he has. It’s just… y’know…
Lastly, Jays Journal tries to tie the evaluation of Carlos Villanueva to the probation period when you work at McDonalds… or something. They also trot out the old insufferable canard about Zack Greinke’s fragile little head somehow giving the Jays an advantage in trying to sign him. I mean… fucking seriously.