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 wasn’t just Paul Beeston stumping against the federal government’s new legislation that would allow betting on single baseball games, as Steven Chase of the Globe and Mail reports that “two senior Major League Baseball executives appeared before a Senate committee Wednesday to caution parliamentarians they are making a big mistake,” um… only one of whom was Beeston.
Speaking of folks from the Commissioner’s office, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star writes that Bud Selig says that he has heard no complaints of tampering from Paul Beeston or the Jays, regarding the whole John Farrell situation.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet also reports as much, expanding on the quotes from Selig, and also adds some detail on how the managerial search is going, noting that “the Blue Jays are expected to begin their process by speaking with candidates unavailable last time – names such as Manny Acta, Jim Tracy, Brad Ausmus and Tim Wallach are thought to be in the mix – before comparing them to those they’ve already spoken to.” He notes that candidates spoken to last time were DeMarlo Hale, Sandy Alomar, Brian Butterfield, Don Wakamatsu, Sal Fasano, Luis Rivera, Nick Leyva, Dave Martinez, Rob Thomson, Ron Roenicke, Pete Mackanin, Tim Bogar and Rick Renteria.
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun spoke to Paul Molitor, who says his name isn’t among those being considered for the Jays’ managerial vacancy. He also said… um… actually that was about it.
Elliott also writes about the Giants rotation, which was built largely through the draft– something, he notes, the Jays should consider before being too quick to deal away prospects this winter.
At BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm writes that the Jays are currently mulling over the option they hold on Rajai Davis. It’s a $3-million option with a $500K buyout on a fourth outfielder who had a .340 wOBA against left-handers and stole 46 bases– what’s to contemplate?
Sticking with Gregor, he spoke to Carlos Villanueva last week about his uncertain future. I can’t remember if I posted this or not, and what am I gonna do? Look it up?
As per a team release, the Red Sox made it official this morning that Torey Lovullo is their new bench coach. Fucking Massholes.
MLBTR has the details on the Pirates’ pick-up of now ex-Jay Chad Beck, who was removed from the 40-man roster last week, to create room so the Jays could add Bobby Wilson, for some reason.
Scott Ferguson of something called TSN.ca writes about how the San Francisco Giants almost became the Toronto Blue Jays, and notes that he doesn’t think the Jays have much of a shot with free-agent Kyle Lohse, who lives in Arizona and he believes would prefer to stay in the National League. Okay?
Bluebird Banter sizes up one of the Jays’ potential managerial candidates: Tim Wallach.
At FanGraphs, Wendy Thurm looks at how payroll has changed, league-wide, over the last few years, and how it lines up with the rate of inflation.
Elsewhere at FanGraphs, it’s a Q&A with Casey Janssen!
Lastly, do you love the “exception” GIF in each week’s Getting Blanked GIFs of the Week as much as I do? Well then, how about the Getting Blanked Exceptions of the Year!