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!!!
Fantastic stuff from Getting Blanked, as Parkes remembers back 20 years, to the first of the Jays’ two World Series victories, while Scott Lewis hilariously switches up hair cuts for positional counterparts on the two league champions set to go at it tonight in Game One of the World Series, and Craig Robinson looks at A-Rod in the latest installment of his fortnightly infographic series.
Speaking of the anniversary, the cover story this week in The Grid features Kelly Gruber, Duane Ward, Paul Beeston, Rod Black and more, reminiscing their way through an oral history of the 1992 victory.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports on how John Farrell and Alex Anthopoulos just never quite had the right fit, which… y’know, might have been nice to find out about sometime before the messy breakup.
John Lott of the National Post has a fantastic two-part look at the biomechanical analysis of pitchers and the divide among MLB clubs on how effective it is– especially with a view to the Jays’ multitude of arm injuries this year. (Part 1, Part 2).
At Minor League Ball, John Sickels looks at Shohei Otani, a Japanese 19-year-old, who Dodgers assistant GM Logan White, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America, “told the Japanese press that Otani had the talent to be the top overall choice in the MLB draft.” Callis also notes that “a team that blows past its international pool by 15 percent or more would pay a 100-percent tax on the overage and be forbidden to pay an international amateur more than $250,000 during next year’s signing period,” but suggests that would be little deterrent. So where the hell are Rogers or the Jays on this??? Apparently the Red Sox, Rangers and Dodgers are already in on him, as Otani has said he’d sign with one of the three.
NPB Tracker has even more low-down on Otani.
Our own little Kenny Powers is no more. MLBTR has the details, as the Jays have D’d Tyson Brummet FA in order to claim David Herndon on waivers from the Phillies. Though recovering from Tommy John, Herndon looked decent in far-too-small a sample size to put any stock into this year (5 G, 9.39 K/9, 1.17 BB/9, 2.17 xFIP), and a had a not bad year in 2010 as well.
In the wake of the Farrell nonsense, Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star took a look at “the three pillars of managerial wisdom,” which totally sounds like a great idea, until you hear that he did so with the help of Zaun Cherry.
Jays Journal continues their trip through the Jays’ minor league ranks, giving us a primer on how the organization looks in centre, starting, of course, with Jake Marisnick.
Bluebird Banter passes along a report of the arrest of Anthony Alford’s mother during a recent Southern Miss game. Alford, of course, was the Jays third rounder who they managed to sign, while letting him maintain his commitment to QB in Hattiesburg.
FanGraphs chats with Mike Aviles, in the wake of his being dealt to the Jays in exchange for pitcher David Carpenter, and some other guy.
Elsewhere at FanGraphs, Matt Klaassen looks at Yunel Escobar as a potential test case for the notion of trading a guy with a reputation that precedes him negatively, as he wonders just how much that kind of stuff will limit his value.
On that subject, back on Sunday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted that the Jays will look to deal Escobar– noting that it won’t be easy, but their aided by the fact that the shortstop market is thin. He suggests that the A’s are a possibility– and indeed, Oakland now has a glut of pitcher and outfielders who could certainly help us.
At Inseam Sports, Gene Tenace remembers the 1972 playoffs… um… awesomely. At least, I think it’s really him.
Jim Gintonio of MLB.com writes about Jays prospect Sam Dyson, who is looking for a third pitch while working in the Arizona Fall League, while also looking at the other Jays prospects hanging around the AFL.
Meanwhile, Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com talks to Carlos Villanueva, who heads towards free agency after a rocky end of the season.
Lastly, to help get you set for the World Series, it the Getting Blanked GIFs of the 2012 Post-Season!