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!

Comments (40)

  1. Just read the sportsnet write up on Aviles.
    I don’t care if he is a replacement player according to “statistics”.
    That is a winning attitude and hopefully guys like him will change the clubhouse culture.
    People who argue that clubhouse culture doesn’t matter haven’t worked in a dysfunctional environment before. Despite the fact it can’t be geekily measured, culture matters.
    This guy has no feelings of entitlement and will work hard. He seems accountable. Hope that rubs off on a lot of these young guys, especially Escobar.

    • It doesn’t matter.

      • Can you quantify that it doesn’t matter?

      • Bullshit. It matters.

      • Is The Score a good workplace? If you went in there and it wasn’t, would you be as productive?

        Bullshit, it doesn’t matter. I know it matters, cuz lately my workplace stinks. I’m not nearly as productive cuz I don’t fucking care.

        As much as you can quantify much of baseball, it is still played by humans. Last time I checked, they have emotions which affect, y’know, almost everything humans do.

        • We have learned a lot from Stoeten, hopefully he too cam learn some from his readers.

          • RBI’s don’t matter, BA doesn”t matter, Pitchers Wins don’t matter, only the new cybermetects or what ever they are called will bring us to the truth. Lets reduce baseball to a boardgame sall we

          • no fucking kidding…on both points that you make KGBS, well stated good sir.

        • Who the fuck knows if it matters or not. Comparing your shittly job to that of a professional athlete is beyond ridiculous. When it comes down to it, these narratives about players having “winning attitudes” or being “club house cancers” are so overblown by you idiots that keep on lapping it up as if there is actual content to their reports are just bullshit.

          • The original argument was “People who argue that clubhouse culture doesn’t matter haven’t worked in a dysfunctional environment before.”

            I’m pretty sure a dysfunctional work environments a dysfunctional work environment whether it is a professional athlete or professional lawyer or professional accounting firm.

            We are all people and to put athletes up on some kind of fucking pedestal like they are inhuman or better than everything elseis beyond fucking ridiculous.

            Holy fuck.

            • Nah this is baseball. Men are men. Players never bring a dysfunctional atmosphere with them when they take the field. Look at the 2011 Sux. That clubhouse was as dysfunctional as hell and the manager had completely lost control but they won the World Series!

              Wait, what?

              • Yeah but the got along really well outside of Manny Being John Malkovic. The gelled and bought into the program.

            • + a lot

          • That is absolutely not what I am talking about (that baseball players are not human). If anything, they are more childish and coddled then anyone else in the world. My point is that there is a huge difference between a club house consisting of the top 0.0001% in their given field (i.e. baseball players), and the random smattering of people with completely different roles and responsibilities at your (or my) job. Also, I call bullshit on these page click driving stories that somehow have a deep understanding of the interpersonal relationships between players because of a few events that have happened on the field and rumors, or overarching characteristic of the environment. Losing teams always have a bad club house culture, winning teams always professional and free spirited. Well guess what, losing fucking sucks and winning is fun, so of course the mood in the club house will be different in those 2 situations.

            And fuck this bullshit about the reason the Sox lost in 2011 being “clubhouse culture”. They lost because their team just wasn’t as good as people thought, particularly their starting pitching which was highly over rated. And despite all that, this wouldn’t even be a topic of conversation if the extremely unlikely events of the last night had gone down a bit differently. Oh no! Some players that weren’t playing that day were fucking around, let’s make a huge story about that and point to that as the reason why the team lost. That’ll distract ‘em!

            • No. You.Don’t. Get. It.

              Culture is big. Look at how far the Giants and As came this year on it. There have been lots of better test that never made it as far. I call Bullshit on your Bullshit.

          • Look, Escobar is the perfect example of the bullshit of these media reports. 4 years ago, he was a young energetic shortstop (during a good year). 3 years ago a club house cancer (a bad year). 2 years ago he has a fresh start, is getting along with everyone on the team, enjoying baseball, and is generally great for the team (good year). This past year, even before the “eye black” scandal, he is a hot-shot over flashy hot dogger (bad year). Throw in the eye black and he is bringing the club house down from the inside. How much do you want to bet he is a positive for the clubhouse if he puts up another ~.370 OBP with above average defense?

            • I am more of the mind that people and teammates are simply willing to put up with guys like Escobar when they are playing well. That’s all.

      • Like your opinion.

    • Pat Gillick believes that great talent and a winning attitude is more important to a team sport than a superstar talent.
      If you were a player, not a fan but a player, who would you rather have on your team. A great talent in Derek Jeter, or a superstar talent like Alex Rodriguez or Barry Bonds?
      Anyone who followed the Jays teams of the 80′s saw that those teams had great talent.
      Gillick recognized a missing piece. A winning at all cost attitude.
      He went on to acquire veterans Dave Winfield and Jack Morris to bring that mentality of winning to finally get us over the hump. He never said we got them because they’re good. There were plenty of other good players or even better players not past their prime that he could have brought in. He got them because they only cared about winning. In all the interviews the rational behind bringing them in was their no nonsense approach to winning and how they approach the game.
      I’m not going to question Gillick. Culture and the character of players matter for a team sport.

  2. Why do people care so much about Yunel? Baseball is an individual sport. You mostly field on your own. You bat on your own. You pitch on your own. It’s not like hockey or football. So Yunel will scab the odd popup. And he has some immaturity (newsflash: he didn’t grow up here). So what? As long as he shows up and is mostly sober…

  3. Extra, Extra, Read All-A-Muthfukin-Bout-It:

    Ernie Whitt should be a candidate for manager and here is why:

    –He hit jacks off his knee at Old Exhibition Stadium. Money. Adrian Beltre does it too, but not in tight baby blue pants .

    –He is an ex Jay, and rock solid guy.

    –He was bench coach for the Jays, and coaches Team Canada. He knows baseball, he knows baseball in Canada, and he understands what a double, double is.

    –He is from Michigan, so he is really virtually a Canadian, where men are men and the seals are cute and just lay there.

    –He is respected by the players , I know this, and is not going to sell out and have to return home to coach for the Tigers.

    Put that in your crack pipes and smoke it.

  4. Im sure Alex will make the most out of this opportunity for a do over. It’s good to clean house after this skank season.

  5. I missed the Buffery piece you put up, but I’ll say this:

    What transpired with Farrell and AA in 2011 makes me wonder if Farrell spent 2012 managing with one eye on the Blue Jays and one eye on the Red Sox, given the question to leave, the guy the Red Sox ultimately hired (and his history), and the fact Valentine’s contract ended at the same time Farrell’s did.

    That’s not to say that Farrell didn’t manage in game to the 100% that he could have, but I wonder how much of the “other stuff” he shied away from addressing, especially when he saw how the Red Sox season was taking an immediate dump (Lawrie on various fronts, Escobar, etc).

    This quote by Gregor Chisholm kinda points to this:

    “But for me, the clear sign that there was something to this Farrell speculation came on Aug. 25 when the Dodgers and Red Sox reached an agreement on a blockbuster trade. I was sitting in the Blue Jays dugout watching batting practice when I saw the breaking news on my phone.

    I turned to Farrell and relayed the news and as is somewhat custom on the road we discussed the day’s events with a handful of other Toronto beat reporters. At the time, I made an off-handed remark about how that has to be the most salary being traded to one team in the history of baseball.

    Farrell thought about it for a few seconds and then began running down the list of players I just mentioned were in the deal. Within a minute, Farrell had the total amount the Red Sox would be shedding in the trade. I remember being somewhat taken aback by this because — despite public opinions to the contrary — this is not the type of information most managers would know off the top of their head.

    Sure, a lot of managers could ballpark the total figure but when I got back up to the pressbox I checked Farrell’s math. He was within a few million of the total amount going to Los Angeles, which is no small feat when you’re talking about a deal worth more than $250-million.

    Now, I’m not relaying this story because I think Farrell had any knowledge of the deal prior to it actually taking place. Nor am I insinuating that there was blatant tampering on the part of the Red Sox and that Farrell knew with absolute certainty the job would be his at the end of the year.

    Instead I’m using it as an example that Farrell never really let go of the past when the Blue Jays gave him his first managerial opportunity just two years ago. There’s very little doubt in my mind that Farrell would not have been able to immediately crunch of the numbers of any other team in baseball the way he could with Boston.

    It became evident that he was still monitoring the Red Sox’s state of affairs. ”

    I don’t blam him for asking if it WAS his dream job. But I begin to wonder how much time he spent throughout the year actually developing some of the key players on this team going forward, and how much the organization may have been hurt by this (long term) if this may have been the case.

    • That and the fact that he didnt bother discussing player selection with AA. (Or, in his words, he needed to be more “aggressive”.) Wtf??? The players AA selects are crucial to the success of the Jays and Farrell. I’m beginning to think we’re going to love this move for the next 2 years or so.

  6. FJF, let’s start dreaming about available starting pitchers.

    Let’s just hope we skip the Atlanta ones. They don’t seem to work out so well when changing organizations- they seem to know who to keep and who to trade.

    You can get quality shit from Oakland, but you know you are paying full price for it.

    I just hope Rogers is willing to take on the salary needed to get guys in by absorbing large one year left on their contracts guys or free agents while maybe only trading prospect capital for one. This will move the organization forward without handicapping the minors side.

  7. I wonder how long Anthony Alford will continue with on with football. If he is done after this season, then it will be a tremendous sign by the Jays. He really would have missed hardly any development time.

  8. Well, his mom got arrested and his team is 0-7 and he just had a pretty bad game. He’ll probably evaluate at the end of the season. Let’s hope he chooses to switch then rather than find out later it was a bad choice.

  9. The Gene Tenace link is well worth the read, thanks for finding that. Picturing the Joe Morgan all pissed off transaction after being thrown out was priceless.

    “I cracked open a beer, sat back on my recliner and enjoyed my new hifi, just the three of us. Elvis, The King. Frank, The Chairman. Most importantly, the memory of my 1972 Oakland A’s teammates.”

    Great stuff!

  10. Nice to hear Farrell used the Jays as a learning tool. I have a sneaking suspicion AA was 50% responsible for the comminications failure but I do have to say that that (communications) has to be 1 of the prime strengths of a manager, if not THE prime strength of a manager. If Farrell says he needs to be more aggressive (or assertive) in voicing concerns over player selection WTF is he doing as a manager? And how bad is he going to be in Boston? It looks to me like he just sat in on player selection meetings and said nothing, and watched Lawrie run into out after out on the bases without saying a thing. Could it be that he was thinking about Boston for more than just a little of the time he ws here?

  11. Hire Ernie Whitt for manager!

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