Now it’s time for all the stuff I don’t figure on making full posts out of (and that I need to distract myself with in order to keep from arguing with the commenters), with the spiffy graphic by Matt English (aka @mattomic). It’s your Afternoon Snack… er… Afternoon Hangover… er… links!!!
“Nobody knows, yet, whether Anthopoulos will get the choice of a new manager right, but one thing is apparent from a conversation with him on Thursday: The final decision will be his, and he won’t overanalyze it the way he seems to think he did in hiring Farrell,” writes Jeff Blair in an interesting piece for the Globe and Mail. “Anthopoulos is clear: Even today, he does not think there is anything that suggests Farrell won’t be a good manager. But he also admitted that in hiring Farrell two years ago, he was more concerned with ‘checking all the boxes.’ ”
“And Anthopoulos will make some bold personnel moves, via free agency or trade or both, designed both to put the Jays in position to contend ASAP, and to send a message to the fan base that ownership is both committed to the task and willing to invest to achieve it,” writes Stephen Brunt for Sportsnet. “Spending money for the sake of spending money isn’t normally a sound operating philosophy. But the cynicism that crept into the conversation in the latter stages of this season, the rumblings about ownership being “cheap,” could quickly become corrosive, and erase all of those happy thoughts about the Jays’ bright future.”
FanGraphs has the results of their contract crowdsourcing exercise, which are definitely worth a look, as in the past it will have given you a pretty decent idea of what it’s going to take to get any of these guys– though, realistically, you’ll probably want to add a year and/or some dollars to the average annual values there, if you’re thinking about what they might cost the Jays.
Dave Cameron takes the crowdsourced numbers, and pulls out the best 25– and worst five– deals listed, in terms of value for the club.
Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com talks to Jason Frasor, who is stressed about free agency, says the Jays are “on his list” but he’d play anywhere, and that “maybe my two most enjoyable months in the big leagues were with the White Sox.” Well fuck you very much, too.
Might Pete Walker be the next Jays coach to shuffle his way over to the Boston Red Sox? Sure. Whatever. It’s a possibility, says the Boston Globe.
Because he’s clearly insane, Hall of Famer Bob Elliott makes a case in the Toronto Sun for Ernie Whitt to be the next Jays manager– and I think puts him on the ’92 World Series team in order to do so.
At Getting Blanked, Drew throws cold water on the idea of David Ortiz playing for anybody but Boston next year.
Tim Baines of the Ottawa Sun says it’s Blue Jays or bust for the city’s proposed Double-A team: without a Jays affiliation it won’t work, can’t work, and won’t happen, he says. Good luck with that.
At Baseball Prospectus, Sam Miller writes about Darren Oliver, who might really retire this time.
Baseball America has its schedule up for their organizational top ten prospect lists. The Jays one will drop next Wednesday, November 7th.
As you’d entirely expect him to, Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, the former PR man for the Expos, remembers Pascual Perez with some great stories.
And at Grantland, Jonah Keri remembers Perez in a way that entirely hits home for those of us of a certain vintage.
Lastly, it’s even more GIFfery– even more Getting Blanked GIFs of the Year.