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!!!
According to MLBTR, the Jays now have a full 40-man roster, having picked up reliever Tyson Brummett on waivers from the Phillies. Brummett had some nice enough numbers in 2012, as a 27-year-old in Double- and Triple-A. In his 0.2 innings of Major League work, he used a fastball (90.8), slider and change, per FanGraphs, giving up two hits and striking out two.
Over on our Facebook page we’ve got a picture of Brummett, and the man looks powerfull– Kenny Powerful. HEYO!
Free-agent-to-be Shaun Marcum spoke with Jeff Sammut of the Fan 590 the other day, and Sportsnet reports that he said that the Jays are on his list of potential destinations. Not sure what else he’d say while on a Toronto radio station, but I’d totally have no problem with the return of North of Steeles.
Jeff Zimmerman of FanGraphs charts out some DL data, which shows that the Jays were behind both the Yankees and Red Sox in games lost to injury this season, and behind the Yankees when it came to pitchers. They’re also neck-and-neck with the Yankees in terms of pitcher time lost on the DL over the last three years– not exactly the kind of trend you want to be setting. The database he’s linking keeps crashing for me– I’m curious as to whose DL time counts in these calculations, precisely.
Rob Neyer of Baseball Nation calls Colby Rasmus the player who most symbolizes the 2012 Toronto Blue Jays, noting that, “to this point, Blue Jays management, led by general manager Alex Anthopoulos, simply hasn’t demonstrated any real ability to identify hitters who can play championship-quality baseball.” Ugh.
At Getting Blanked, Parkes rounds up the latest Boston media stuff in much the same way I did here earlier, noting astutely that “by entering negotiations, the Blue Jays aren’t committing to anything other than learning what Boston would be willing to give up. Baseball remains a business, even if it is a strange one. I’d suggest that if Farrell’s feelings were hurt by discussions between the two teams, he’s more than likely not all that appropriate as the manager of a Major League Baseball team going forward anyway.”
The competition is tough, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today just might be the fucking worst. And, for some insane reason, yesterday the Toronto Star published some of his “thoughts” on players who could end up as managers one day, including this beehive-sized turd on Omar Vizquel: “He was a week away from retirement, and he ridiculed the Toronto Blue Jays’ lack of leadership, and took on the coaching staff for being too lenient. We love it. He had nothing to gain by speaking his mind, and plenty to lose, but his passion for the game prevented him from keeping his mouth shut. That type of bravado can make great managers.
Elsewhere in the Star, Richard Griffin calls out Hunter Pence of the Giants, because… sure, why not?
Hello Kevin Pillar! MLB.com reports that the Jays prospect went 3-for-5 (or “three out of five,” if you’re Ernie Johnson) in the AFL the other day, which means… I don’t know what. Not a lot of clubs sending off a shit-tonne of their best pitchers to get in extra work at the end of a season, so…
Joshua Menezes of Jays Journal points out that there’d be some risk to the Jays going after David Ortiz, should he enter the free agent market this winter, but does so while (rightly) noting his late-season injury, and (bizarrely) pointing to the recent performance of three 37-year-olds– Vlad Guererro, A-Rod, and Johnny Damon. I mean, yeah, Papi’s getting older, but not all players decline the same way, so you really have to look deeper to find a compelling worry– which I wouldn’t doubt exists, it’s just… it ain’t here.
Bluebird Banter looks back at the career path of Adam Lind, wondering what the fuck the Jays are going to do with him this winter– y’know, again.
More from Getting Blanked, as Bill Parker looks at free-agent-to-be Kyle Lohse, who– after a long, strange journey– turns out to be kinda really good, while Parkes explains– much like he did on today’s podcast– how A-Rod isn’t going anywhere. Meawhile, Drew awesomely derides Jack Morris’s lack of self awareness.
That’s news to Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail, who points out: “Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is an art dealer and a former Yankees season-ticket holder. He has a view of the game and contractual value that is unique among owners. Second, he has a new ballpark that was seldom filled to overflowing to see the under-achieving, 2012 version of the team. Third, at one point, Mike Hampton had the worst contract in baseball: an eight-year, $121-million contract signed with the Colorado Rockies. The Marlins brokered a deal with the Atlanta Braves that ended up spreading the damage around three teams, effectively splitting the six years and $84.5- million three ways and shuffling prospects around.”
Speaking of free agents, FanGraphs continues with their crowdsourcing project, asking readers today to give their take on the contracts the available third basemen will get this winter.
Deadspin notices that the Nationals and Orioles aren’t refunding the service charge fans paid for buying playoff tickets to games that didn’t end up happening. Dirty pool.
Time Magazine writes about the importance of logos to a sports team’s branding, and uses the Jays’ changes this year among their examples.
Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus takes us back to the day of Hal McRae’s infamously fucking awesome rant while managing the Royals in 1993, and awesomely asks… was McRae right?
Lastly, Beyond the Box Score looks at the most maddeningly inconsistent players in history, with an eye toward ex-Jay Alex Rios. Wait… what? Rios inconsistent?