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!!!
MLB.com makes it official, letting us know that Tom Cheek has made it onto the final ballot for the Ford C. Frick award, as well as Jacques Doucet– quite rightly. It’s a shame it didn’t happen before the Hall of Fame moralized itself into complete and utter fucking irrelevance, as they’re scheduled to do this December,
Mike Wilner weighs in on the ballot at whatever they’re calling Miked Up these days, thanking the many who participated in the fan balloting that made it all possible.
At Jays Journal, Kyle Franzoni wonders if Melky Cabrera could be on the Jays’ roster this year. I certainly wouldn’t be scared off by the PED stuff– I’ve still never heard it properly explained how he took something that improved his BABIP and not his power.
Per a team release, the Blue Jays have outrighted Robert Coell-who? off of their 40-man roster.
Robert MacLeod of the Globe and Mail keeps us up to date on whatever’s happening with the Farrell nonsense.
Sox blog Over the Monster tells fans not to worry so much about the fact that John Farrell hasn’t had much success in Toronto.
In the Toronto Sun, Ken Fidlin figures that GMs might actually be dumb enough to let whether they offer a shit-tonne of money to Nick Swisher or not.
Bluebird Banter is going player-by-player through the season that was, stopping first– or perhaps just most recently– on Edwin Encarnacion.
At Minor League Ball, John Sickels lists Jake Marisnick among the prospects to watch on the AFL’s Salt River Rafters, noting that “scouts favor his athleticism, speed, and defense, but his hitting is inconsistent and he needs more polish.”
At FanGraphs, Eno Sarris looks at Detroit’s Game Three starter, Anibal Sanchez, who pitched well in a losing cause, and– more importantly to us– will be a free agent this winter.
Speaking of guys who might be available this winter, at Getting Blanked, Parkes looks at Jamie Garcia of the Cardinals, who upset some of his teammates by pitching with a shoulder injury– though apparently the Cardinals brass had been skeptical of the severity of the injury that plagued him all summer in the first place. With prospects Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal with the team in the playoffs, Joe Kelly apparently a capable fill-in, and Adam Wainwright, Jake Westbrook, Lance Lynn (if he keeps a starting spot), and Big Carp in place, maybe they’d be interested in finding a taker for Garcia and his relatively team-friendly, option-laden contract. *COUGH*
Elsewhere at Getting Blanked, Parkes looks at the results of a recent poll of MLB players and finds that they’re a rather socially conservative lot. Puke!
Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston writes that contract talks between the Red Sox and free-agent-to-be/Jays fan wet dream David Ortiz will begin next week.
Meanwhile, ESPN Dallas pulls some awesome quotes from a Nolan Ryan radio appearance, in which the Rangers president all but tells Josh Hamilton not to let the door hit him in the ass on the way out, as he says that he has no reason to think the ex-MVP quit on the club, but that “his timing on quitting smokeless tobacco couldn’t have been worse. You would’ve liked to have thought that if he was going to do that that he would’ve done it in the offseason or waited until this offseason to do it. So the drastic effect that it had on him and the year that he was having up to that point in time when he did quit, you’d have liked that he would’ve taken a different approach to that. So those issues that are created that caused unrest, and it’s unfortunate that it happened and the timing was such as it was.” Amazing.
“For the fourth consecutive season, regular season Major League Baseball coverage on broadcast failed to average even 2% of U.S. television homes,” writes Sports Media Watch. “FOX averaged a 1.7 rating and 2.5 million viewers for 24 regular season MLB telecast windows during the 2012 season, Sports Business Daily reported Tuesday, down 6% in ratings and 7% in viewership from a 1.8 and 2.7 million viewers in each of the past three seasons.”