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!!!
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star tweets some interesting comments from a conference call with John Gibbons, regarding the club’s new coaching staff. Gibbons, who made the selections himself, explained that he goes “a way back” with DeMarlo Hale, calling him a natural fit, and said that not hiring Bruce Walton was one of the hardest things that he’s had to do.
Brendan’s Star collegue, Richard Griffin, writes about the new staff, explaining that “in the second half of the season, the normally outgoing Walton at times appeared stunned by the failure of his staff to respond to any and all fixes, either mental or mechanical. In truth, there may have been too many voices trying to correct the pitching issues, with Farrell and Walton both having strong opinions on what may have been causing the struggles.”
John Lott of the National Post talks to Chad Mottola, newly appointed as the Jays’ hitting coach, about getting the gig, and having his predecessor– new first base coach Dwayne Murphy– still on staff.
Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com looks into the possibility of the Jays moving a catcher, noting that the Rangers won’t be moving Derek Holland or Alexei Ogando to make it happen– so stop asking– and suggesting that the Jays may actually find the most suitors for John Buck, given the low asking price.
Jays Journal puts on their biggest, most formal maple boner and… something something Justin Morneau.
At The Mockingbird, Jon Hale reacts enthusiastically to the arrival of a namesake– new bench coach DeMarlo.
In his post, Jon points us towards a glowing review of DeMarlo Hale from Lou Merloni at WEEI.com.
Bluebird Banter examines what the Jays’ bullpen would look like if the season started today.
Extra Base Hit notices that Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News listed Ricky Romero and JP Arencibia among players he was spitballing as next year’s Texas Rangers. Not on the list: Ian Kinsler. Hmmm…
Steve Melewski of MASN tries to talk Orioles fans into being OK with the club standing pat over the winter. Perfect.
Nathan Rode of Baseball America passes along word from a Jays press release about the club’s creation of a new twelve team tournament at Rogers Centre, taking place next September and featuring the top college-eligible players from Canada.
KKOB of Alburquerque, New Mexico, passes along (for some reason) results of a recent poll of Marlins fans, who– it turns out– aren’t too pleased with recent events involving their club.
Lastly, at Getting Blanked, Drew looks at the mess in Miami left in the wake of their deal with the Jays, and the possibility of the fish dealing Giancarlo Stanton next, while Scott Lewis has a sneak peak of Jose Bautista in the as-yet-unreleased MLB ’13: The Show.
Double lastly: thanks to the Jays and Rogers and their excitement-infusing past couple of weeks, we’ve had all sorts of new likes on the DJF Facebook page– where all of our posts are delivered straight to your news feed in a timely manner, with a few extra graphical goodies occasionally added in for good measure.
And even though the Jays have already done so much of their heavy lifting, that doesn’t mean we didn’t long ago get a bunch of Winter Meetings goodness prepared– so stay tuned for all that, including a Google Hangout Drew will be moderating on Thursday, with Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors and Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com set to join us.