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!!!
At his North of the Border blog, Gregor Chisholm gives us the transcript of AA’s talk with the media yesterday.
Damien Cox of the Toronto Star actually wrote a piece about baseball that didn’t make me want to punch things, reminding us all that spending on free agents isn’t necessarily the answer.
Ahh, but that doesn’t mean the Star is short on awful baseball commentary today, as Doug Smith is dumbfounded that people don’t take the leadership in three arbitrarily-decided and fucking full-of-random-variance stat categories as the ultimate measure of player value, while making the asinine claim that Mike Trout’s MVP case is only understandable through esoteric newfangled calculations, and not, y’know, his on-base percentage, runs, stolen bases, defense, and still excellent average and power numbers. No, there is one thing and one thing only that matters in this MVP debate, and it’s that some asshole in nineteen-fucking-twelve decided that RBIs and not, say, runs scored, would make up what he called the Triple Crown. Ugh.
Richard Griffin of the Star, Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail, John Lott of the National Post, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com, and Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun all reflect on AA’s comments, particularly about payroll.
Elsewhere at the Post, Guy Spurrier gives us a stat-heavy grading of the seasons each of the Jays’ individual pitchers had. And he also does the same for the the hitters, while Lott looks back at Omar Vizquel’s last game, and gives us a rundown of the club’s reported leadership issues.
At Getting Blanked, Parkes takes a fuckhammer to Steve Simmons as well, while Matt Klaassen gives us some catcher defence rankings, where Jeff Mathis did quite well (12th of 118), while JP Arencibia did not (83rd).
Elsewhere at BlueJays.com, Gregor looks at what went right and what went wrong for the Jays, pointing a lot to the injury troubles that plagued them.
Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLBTR talks to Jason Frasor, who is– finally– on the cusp of no-strings-attached free agency.
In the Sun, Steve Buffery talks to Ricky Romero, who is confident he’ll get his swagger back, while Mellisa Couto looks back on the gradual, insufferable slipping away of the season, and Bob Elliott, in a wide-ranging piece, looks at what went so spectacularly wrong, including the at-bat the did the whole season in: when Jose Bautista went down.
Jays Journal looks at some recent comments on developing players from Alex Anthopoulos, and wonders if Roberto Osuna should be treated like a teenager– the way that Aaron Sanchez and the Lansing Three have.
Lastly, there were only two Jays-related tidbits in today’s Keith Law chat at ESPN.com, and here they are…
Geoff (A. (Toronto))
The Jays’ big three arms in Lansing (Sanchez, Syndergaard, Nicolino) and other top pitching prospects are at least a couple of years away, while the major-league rotation is thin. Should AA aggressively add pitching through free agency or trades (knowing that the price will be steep), or bide his time and build more gradually from within?
Adding one pitcher would make sense, but adding a slew with several guys coming back from injury would not.
Was Hechavarria as terrible with the bat as you were expecting?
All those Vegas guys who posted inflated numbers there fell flat in Toronto. It’s a warning to Mets fans – don’t get too excited about players who rake in Vegas next year.