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!!!
“I think he has to make some major decisions because this wasn’t a good mix this year. It didn’t work out obviously,” says older guy on a young team, Jason Frasor, according to the Toronto Sun. “If I was back with the Blue Jays, I’d like there to be some older guys. Guys who carry themselves a little more professionally. It makes for a better team out there. The sloppiness off the field carries over to the field.”
Elsewhere in the Sun, Ken Fidlin tries his hand at explaining where it all went wrong for the Jays this year, while Bob Elliott looks to Canada’s WBC roster, where their top pitcher may be… wait for it… Scott Diamond, and Melissa Couto looks to the club’s young players as bright lights in a dismal season.
In the Globe and Mail, Cuban-Canadian novelist José Latour provides some context and background to help us better digest the Yunel Escobar incident, suggesting that “Canadians, and the media, should understand that immigrants need time to learn and adjust. The reaction to Mr. Escobar’s deplorable mistake failed to take into consideration where he comes from and his ignorance, if you will, of how people would be offended. For that reason, the reaction turned excessive and unjust to a certain degree.”
“Ask the scouts who use words such as ‘disgusting’ to describe his daily lack of focus and commitment,” suggests Jayson Stark of ESPN.com of Yunel Escobar, who he names American League LVP in his year-end awards piece. Ricky Romero gets his AL Cy Yuk, too.
In the Toronto Star, Cathal Kelly suggests Rogers prefers to maintain the mediocre status quo among sports properties in this city, which you’ll surely enjoy if you’re into delicious mouthfuls of low-hanging fruit, but I’m pretty sure the whole purpose of the Anthopoulos experiment is to succeed within the in-bad-faith financial framework ownership has created here.
Elsewhere in the Star, Mark Zwolinski goes through his highs and lows of the season, including Omar Vizquel among the former, which… yeah, other than that it makes sense.
In a notebook post at BlueJays.com, Chris Toman relays John Farrell’s thoughts on what the Jays offence needs– the manager says he’d love a high-average line drive hitter who doesn’t strike out a lot, and has a high OBP– and the changes he sees coming to the coaching staff, which… well… he doesn’t.
In a comment on yesterday’s financial-ish piece, @TimInTheFalls, who writes the blog Toronto Boo Jays, fills in some details that are worth noting– as in, other revenue streams I didn’t bother doing the leg work to include in my piece, and a note on the revenue sharing dollars the Jays will lose over the coming years.
Mop Up Duty brings us the top ten moments of the Jays season.
The Tao of Stieb likes the flexibility of Yan Gomes, it’s just… unlike a lot of fans, the ol’ Tao is actually realistic about his, y’know, lack of talent.
At whatever they’re calling Miked Up these days, Wilner looks at the awful drop-off in play from Kelly Johnson this year, who has tied Jose Canseco’s club record for the most strikeouts in a season this year, and may not get a chance to break it with Omar Vizquel scheduled to start tonight.
At Grantland, Jonah Keri looks across baseball at the bad teams, wondering who could be the next Orioles. His enthusiasm to thrust this mantle onto the Jays is certainly not what it would have been in previous years, and who can blame him, really?
Not Jays-related, but so what? Deadspin takes a fantastic dump all over Bleacher Report, via SF Weekly, the Orwellian, Google-raping nature of their content creation process (which isn’t denied in the two responses from the patronizing figurehead hacks BR has hired to attempt to ), and… well… just their general awfulness, and mind-bending, thoroughly depressing success.
Lastly, at Getting Blanked, Parkes excoriates Gregg Zaun for his wrongheadedness on the AL MVP “debate”. (Quotes, of course, because there is very obviously no way there should be a debate.)