Here we go again, for one last time. This season, anyway.
Yes, stuff this memory in your pockets and keep it for those nasty cold mid-January, sun-setting-at-five-o’clock, brown slush and rock salt-covered days when you’re dying for pitchers and catchers to report and willing to do anything– anything– to contort your mind into forgetting just how awful these last few weeks have been and how relieved we now are that it’s over. Y’know, just on the off chance that it gets better.
Will it? We’re about to spend several months adrift at sea, aching to find out.
But first, the Minnesota Twins.
“Farrell talked a LOT about leadership in clubhouse, certain players need to take bigger role whether they want to or not,” tweets Wilner. “Players can show leadership daily. ‘There needs to be an acceptance of that and a willingness to demonstrate that,’ ” he adds, via Davidi.
Davidi tweets that “Ricky Romero agrees: “This year should probably be a wakeup call for everybody. Just because we talk that talk, it’s not going to happen.”
To this point, according to Lott, Anthopoulos said that the team’s problems were “‘a combination of things,’ but indicates leadership was one of those things.”
Jose Bautista also faced the media, saying– according to Wilner– that while he respects Omar Vizquel a lot, he “can’t agree with his comments. I see mistakes being corrected every day.” He doesn’t agree, Wilner relays, with the idea that the club needs more leadership, and that he doesn’t understand why such a big deal has been made of it.
Speaking of Vizquel, he played the role of good soldier on his last day as a Major League player, saying, according to Wilner, that the Jays “are ‘very close’, that Lawrie is a “once in a lifetime player.”
“AA expects coaches to be retained,” tweets Lott, but it’s “not finalized yet. Still considering adding second hitting coach, will decide soon.”
Lott also tells us that Anthopoulos “hemmed and hawed” when asked if Escobar is “still an ‘entrenched’ player for next year.” However, Jose Bautista defended his teammate, insisting via Wilner that “knowing who he is and knowing his lifestyle and the people he knows, he meant nothing derogatory.”
To the big question, payroll, Davidi tweets that “AA says payroll will go up: ‘It will. It will definitely go up. … It’s not a bottomless pit … But it’s definitely more to work with.’ ” He adds that the GM explained “revenues have gone up,” and those “revenues will be plowed into payroll.”
This will enable the Jays “to pursue FAs they wouldn’t have considered in past,” Anthopoulos adds, via Lott.
Lastly, for your between-inning viewing pleasure, here’s today’s edition of Getting Blanked…
As it’s the last Game Threat of the year, I just want to take a moment to thank everybody who has been along for the ride, who has participated in the comments, and those who’ve been lurking. You’re all what makes the site great, and what’s going to continue to make it great in the coming years. We’re not going anywhere, and it’s going to be a blast of an off-season, in all of what’s sure to be its frustration and (hopefully) elation.
That said, I sure as fuck won’t miss having to write these damn things over the next six months. I’ll keep on providing a place for everyone to discuss the playoff games each night, but those posts will mostly just direct you over to Getting Blanked, which is where the action will be– and has already started, as Parkes is following the humdinger of a game between the A’s and Rangers in the sort of format we intend to follow for each game over the course of the playoff over there.
Toronto Blue Jays
R. Davis LF
A. Hechavarria 2B
B. Lawrie 3B
A. Lind DH
Y. Gomes 1B
J. Arencibia C
O. Vizquel SS
M. Sierra RF
A. Gose CF
B. Morrow RHP
D. Span CF
B. Revere RF
J. Mauer DH
C. Parmelee 1B
T. Plouffe 3B
M. Carson LF
E. Escobar 2B
D. Butera C
P. Florimon SS
S. Diamond LHP
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