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!!!
“It all depends whether or not Paul Beeston will allow a Blue Jays employee to go to a divisional rival and whether or not he sees Farrell as part of the Blue Jays future,” says ESPN’s Buster Olney, as quoted from a Wednesday Boston radio appearance by Sportsnet. At the time Olney said that John Farrell’s potential move to Boston could happen in “24-to-48 hours,” if the Jays are willing to let him.
The Red Sox may be moving on from Farrell– or just posturing, or covering their asses– as the Boston Herald reports that the Sox have got Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach, and former big leaguer Brad Ausmus on their radar. At the very least Wallach will interview, as his contract is expiring, and even if not, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times tweets that the Dodgers have granted him permission to speak with Boston.
Hey, look! It’s a clown from something called the Dorchester Reporter talking out his ass! “Yes, there were injury issues,” says Clark Booth, as he wonders why John Farrell is such a great candidate to manage the Red Sox, “although no greater than has become the norm all over the game in these fragile times, nor as grave as the Yankees endured, yet still survived. More relevant are Farrell’s personality clashes with players and uneven moments with the press. In a notably harsh indictment, the team’s most respected veteran – Hall of Fame-bound Omar Vizquel – complained that the Jay’s promising core nucleus of young talent has learned ‘nothing’ under Farrell. The team has been called, ‘the dumbest in the league.’ ” The fuck?
More sanely, Firebrand of the American League wonders why the Sox are so fixated on the Jays manager.
Sportsnet chronicles the frustrated responses from Ricky Romero on Twitter yesterday, as he was being trolled by a some clueless person who suggested he wasn’t worthy of the Roberto Clemente award (which isn’t performance based) because he had a bad year, and who then got all defensive when the pitcher shot back, lobbing the worst kind of horseshit, like suggesting that “a TRUE professional would have just ignored it
#justsaying” and “kudos for giving to the community… I like most Jays fans wish we saw the same dedication on the field. #yoursupposedtobetheace.” Well, no, you’re very obviously not “just saying,” and I can’t even begin to explain how fucking ridiculous that second statement is– oh, but at least we’re no longer talking about the first dumb thing you said, so I guess that’s mission accomplished.
Something good did come from this turd of an opinion being unleashed on the world, though. These David Ortiz tweets!
At BlueJays.com, Chris Toman quotes Jose Bautista and Ricky Romero, both of whom don’t see the leadership void in the Blue Jays clubhouse that was so talked about during the club’s listless, awful second half. Gee, can’t imagine why the two presumed leaders of the club would say that there was plenty of leadership going on. That said, I do tend to be sympathetic to the notion that this stuff, especially in a season like this one, was seriously overblown.
Anderson, Indiana’s Herald Bulletin writes about local boy Adam Lind, whose back is feeling better now than it did most of the season. “We adjusted my workout plan and increased my flexibility,” he explains of a mid-season change. “My back felt a lot better the last month of the season. I was swinging the bat with force again.” They add that “Lind said there were many reasons for his strong final month, not the least of which was the presence of Chad Mottola.”
MLBTR looks at the transactions page from CBS Sports, and spots that Jim Hoey and Robert Coell-who?, both of whom spent the majority of the year in Las Vegas, are now free agents. Devastating blows, I know.
The newest writer at Bluebird Banter introduces herself.
A stretch of Faillon Street bordering the former site of Jarry Park in Montreal– now Uniprix Stadium, which hosts Rogers Cup tennis– will be named after the late Expos great Gary Carter, according to a Canadian Press story via the Globe and Mail.
At Baseball Prospectus, Ben Lindbergh looks back on some predictions gone wrong from across baseball, including one from Alex Anthopoulos, who said back in February that he expected the club’s offence to be better in 2012 than it was the year before. Big whiff there, though injuries were the main reason. Lindbergh’s honourable mention predictions– which, like the first ones, come from a National Post piece– are far more damning: Anthopoulos said he expected a big year from Brett Cecil, and that Dustin McGowan was the player who excited him the most. Ugh.
Lastly, non-Jays related, but seriously, yesterday was a fucking incredible day of baseball, and today promises more of the same. Parkes recaps what you may have missed over at Getting Blanked.