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!!!
Here’s something: Evan Drellich of MLB.com writes that John Farrell is a proponent of biomechanical analysis of pitchers, and that he wanted to incorporate more of it than the Jays did during his time here. Not that it’s the be-all end-all, I’m not sure what the harm in having as much data on a subject as possible is, or why this would be an area where the club breaks from it’s purported philosophy. John Lott recently had a two part series on the topic in the National Post, detailing the league’s love-hate relationship with the science.
Elsewhere from MLBAM, at BlueJays.com Gregor Chisholm tells us that Brett Lawrie has won the first ever Jays-edition of the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award– a new, yearly award won by one player per team, “determined by statistical metrics, using the same ‘shredder system’ seen on the sabermetrics-heavy show ‘Clubhouse Confidential,’ along with input from MLB Network analysts.” Even better news? “Lawrie could also be in the mix for the Defensive Player of the Year in the 2012 Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards (GIBBYs).” Are you shitting me?!??!? GIBBYs!!??!
The Common Man checks in at Bluebird Banter (?), wondering openly how much experience is worth when hiring a manager.
Something called MLB Reports has a thing on the Farrell trade which says in the title that the Jays won, but totally doesn’t come off like it in the piece. Whatever. But it did remind me of an interesting comment on the subject from one of the post I wrote yesterday: “If the Jays had very little interest in Aviles, then what’s the harm in dealing him after this deal was mostly done by Beeston anyways. He wasn’t an AA guy and he may have even shown his displeasure by immediately dealing him- I didn’t get what I really wanted. It also helps because fans aren’t going to stare at Aviles and compare the manager trade for two whole fucking years long. It’s over already and the team can move on.” Hmmm.
At Sportsnet, they’ve got some video of Jonah Keri talking Jays off-season stuff with Bob McCown and John Shannon on Prime Time Sports today.
As of the time of this writing, two thirds of the people who made it through Bob Elliott’s piece in the Toronto Sun on the wonders of Art Howe, who is now apparently openly stumping for the Jays managerial job, think he should get it. Pretty sure, though, if they wanted him, it would have happened by now.
Elsewhere in the Sun, a wire story tells us that El Presidente– Dennis Martinez– will join the Houston Astros as a bullpen coach next year– and as they’re now in the American League, I guess that means there will be a few opportunities for clowns sitting behind the wall in right field to heckle him not knowing who the fuck he is.
Another wire story from the Sun, though not Jays-related, is worth passing along if only for the money quote from David Ortiz on Bobby Valentine, referring to a message he received after Valentine made the suggestion that Ortiz quit on the season: “I did not respond to the message and I said to myself, this guy must have some mental issues or needs medicine or something. I said, I am dealing with someone crazy and I am not going to drive myself crazy, so it is better if I leave it alone.” Gold.
If you truly hate yourself, the Toronto Star provides a slideshow of free agent pitchers the Jays might target and miss on this winter.
Mike Axisa of FanGraphs goes value hunting, hitting on four guys who might work out on cheap one-year deals.
Similarly, at Getting Blanked, prepare for a flashback, as Drew looks at the potential roster-filler to be had by way of the minor league free agents available.
And lastly, elsewhere at Getting Blanked, Parkes takes us on an epic journey through the Top Ten Stories of the 2012 Baseball Season.