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!!!
Much in the same way that Parkes did on Wednesday with the Rangers-A’s finale, I’ll be covering today’s Wild Card play-in action between the Barves and Cardinals, starting at 5:00 PM ET, at Getting Blanked. Parkes will take the reins for the eight o’clock game between Texas and Baltimore, and the various writers be doing the same throughout the playoffs. I’ll be covering the Yankees series (with the exception of the first game), so be sure to watch for that and all the outstanding playoff coverage over yonder.
Per a team release, the Jays outrighted three players yesterday– Aaron Laffey, Shawn Hill and Bobby Korecky– leaving them with 37 players on their 40-man roster. MLBTR points out that it also leaves the Jays with only Colby Rasmus, Jesse Litsch, JA Happ, and Rajai Davis (if his option is declined) as arbitration eligibles. Yeah, it’s a young team.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe gives a level-headed assessment of the field of candidates for the Red Sox gig, with a focus on Farrell, but an acknowledgement that the Sox are hopeful they can land him, not necessarily insistent that they must.
In the Boston Herald, Scott Lauber speaks to a source who doesn’t believe the Jays will let Farrell go, and while he “stopped short of saying the Blue Jays would ask for something ‘significant,’ it’s clear they would want ‘a decent player.’ ”
From @James_In_TO– who you may recall from such films as Breaking the Escobar Eye Black Scandal– we have some betting lines on what happens with Farrell, and the money is on him not being back in Toronto.
Given that, Mike Wilner might want to back up a truck of cash to the nearest betting station, because– as Bluebird Banter relays– he went on a New Hampshire radio station yesterday and said that the reports of a rift between Farrell and Anthopoulos (which have been corroborated by Peter Gammons) are “completely made up,” and– according to the host he spoke with, Matt Perrault– that he was “greater than 99% sure” that Farrell would be back in Toronto next year.
At the National Post, John Lott runs down the many dark clouds that hang over the Jays as they head into an off-season of uncertainty.
Elsewhere in the Post, Bruce Arthur casts the AL MVP debate as being a clash between old and new statistics, which I entirely disagree with. I mean, on-base percentage, runs scored, stolen bases and defence aren’t exactly newfangled, and that’s where Trout really outshines Cabrera– though, yes, those things are better taken into account when you look at a well-rounded composite like WAR than some arbitrarily- and anciently-decided trio of what are supposedly the most significant stats.
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun points out that another exhaustive managerial search wouldn’t be necessary for the Jays, as the men who were runners up to John Farrell two years ago– Sandy Alomar and DeMarlo Hale– are still available… for now. And Terry Francona is out there too.
Bernie Pleskoff of MLB.com examines Adeiny Hechavarria’s tools, and thinks that while he’ll always be a defence-first player, “it won’t be long until he becomes a very solid and dependable Major League hitter as well.”
At Jays Journal, David Schecter writes that he’s disappointed with what the Jays have done from a player development perspective, given the way they appear ready to shift away from their philosophy of rushing guys to the Majors (which I suspect was largely due to the desire to have them skip fucking Vegas), while Kyle Franzoni suggests that the club offer some of their blue chip pitching prospects to Texas for Elvis Andrus.
I completely missed it when it first ran, but definitely do yourself a favour and check out the Jays 2012 season concession speech at Big League Stew, as written by our own Drew Fairservice.
The Blue Jay Hunter reflects on the season that was.
Lastly, it’s your Friday stalwart, the always awesome Getting Blanked GIFs of the Week.