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!!!
Looking to figure out what the hell happened in the playoffs over the weekend? Getting Blanked has a special playoff weekend edition URL Weaver post to get you up to date. And stick with Getting Blanked all October for coverage of every single damn game.
At CBS Sports, Jon Heyman weighs in on the Farrell nonsense, citing Jim Duquette as saying he’s heard there’s a “disconnect” between the GM and manager (um… from the Boston media, perhaps?), while noting that “it’s possible things are more copacetic than you hear in Toronto, but of course, it isn’t worth asking: there’s no way any Jays person could ever publicly admit there’s any sort of issue, especially if there’s any hope of obtaining a haul from Boston.” Whatever.
Alex Speier of Boston’s WEEI.com looks at past compensation for managers, and tries to figure out what the Red Sox could offer the Jays for John Farrell that would be in line with prior deals. Jeff Sullivan does some similar examining at FanGraphs.
Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald looks at Jays first base coach– and former Pawtucket manager– Torey Lovullo as a potential option for the Sox, should their strange infatuation with John Farrell prove futile.
In the Toronto Sun, Hall of Famer Bob Elliott says that the Jays need to make a decision with their manager quickly, and ridiculously, ridiculously points out that “Jays pitchers had a 4.22 ERA in 2010, Cito Gaston’s final year managing. Under Farrell it climbed to 4.32 in 2011 and to 4.64 this season, a year marred by losing Brandon Morrow, Drew Hutchison and Kyle Drabek for a total of 51 starts, plus relievers Sergio Santos and Luis Perez.” So… ditch him, then? Good lord.
Damien Cox of the Toronto Star flipped past Oakland’s win over Texas last week, presumably in search of anything possibly hockey-related, and decided to shit out an article vaguely about it.
As you probably caught wind of last week, Jose Bautista spoke extensively with the media during the Jays’ year-end assessment press conference prior to the penultimate game of the season, and at his North of the Border blog, Gregor Chisholm has a mostly-full transcript.
Dave Cameron of FanGraphs asks if Josh Hamilton is the most confusing free agent ever, and looks into the market for the plate discipline-averse slugger, wondering if he’ll be an Andruw Jones case (signed for 2/40 after 2007 despite coming off a fantastic ten-year run that kinda went sour in his last go-round), or if someone will pony up to snag the best hitter on the market, simply because the opportunity is there. Not sure us Jays fans need to worry about this, but I suppose you never know.
On a similar-ish note, elsewhere at FanGraphs, Bill Petti looks at hitter aging curves when it comes to plate discipline. It’s… um… interesting. Or at the very least confounding.
MLBTR mercifully gives us the Readers’ Digset version of the latest from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, who says the Jays shouldn’t be ruled out on acquiring Hamilton, or Josh Johnson of the Marlins– though he says that of any number of teams.
Elsewhere at MLBTR, we’re given notice of several minor leaguers who’ve elected free agency– including Jays farmhand Scott Richmond.
Jays Journal goes baiting me into giving them a link, and it worked! They suggest that one way to improve the atmosphere at the Rogers Centre would be to prohibit the wave.
At Baseball Prospectus, Matthew Kory looks at why managers get fired, which leads to a well-timed lecture on “ the team-dependent nature of managerial success.” Meanwhile, Brent S. Gambill writes about the sanctity of the 162 game schedule, and suggests that baseball needs something like the NHL’s presidents trophy. I’d get behind that, sure.
Amazin’ Avenue looks at the absolutely miserable season just put in by one-time Canadian Jesus Jason Bay, who had the eighth-worst season by batting average– of 4,480– since 2000 among those with 200 or more plate appearances. Yikes.
Mop Up Duty takes a look back at the season that was for Travis Snider, and concludes– rightly– that Jays fans shouldn’t lose any sleep over how he finished up with Pittsburgh. Would have been virtually impossible for the Jays to do right by him next spring– i.e. keep getting him regular at-bats– without losing him on waivers.
Lastly, in case you missed it, our friend and GIFMaster, Scott Lewis, nailed the MLB playoff teams as bands over at Getting Blanked– with some delicious bonus commentary from the chattering classes over at Baseball Think Factory.