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!!!
Jack Moore of FanGraphs examines whether or not Josh Johnson is still an ace– and concludes that, without his old 96-97 MPH fastball, he’s probably more a number two. Um… we’ll still totally take that, thanks.
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star talks to Brian Butterfield, whose dream job– it turns out– was with the Jays, and who took it rather hard when, for the umpteenth time, they didn’t come calling.
At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi writes about Casey Janssen’s shoulder procedure, and reiterates the idea that it’s not really anything to worry about.
BlogTO has some awesome old Toronto stadium proposals– including their full pitch to MLB– from when the city attempted to get a 1960 American League expansion team.
Jeff Blair probably wrote a solid article for the Globe and Mail about Marvin Miller, but I can’t read it, because apparently I’ve hit my article limit for the month on their fancy new paywall. Sucks for the Globe. They will be missed.
The Hall of Fame ballot– the big one– is out. Drew has the list of names at Getting Blanked. For those wondering, the correct answers are: Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, McGwire, Piazza, Raines, Trammell and Walker.
Earlier Drew nailed it on the whole damn dispiriting topic (and elsewhere still, he tells us of Jussell Martin, who is insisting he should play shortstop for Team Canada at the World Baseball Classic, which… is kind of awesome).
In the Boston Globe, Peter Abraham gets it: he’s in no position to judge who did what in the steroid era, explaining that “the Hall of Fame is a wing in a museum, a place to go learn about the game. PEDs were part of the game and my ballot will reflect that.”
Kyle Franzoni of Jays Journal wonders if the Ruiz suspension helps the Jays by forcing another club into looking for a catcher.
“Miami pitcher Tom Koehler, a native of New York City, is trying to host a charity baseball camp Saturday at Marlins Park to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy,” writes Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post (via the always-excellent Baseball Think Factory). “But only five people have registered, prompting Koehler to wonder if anti-Marlins backlash over the team’s recent fire sale is to blame.” Ouch.
Not Jays-related, but at WEEI.com, Alex Speier tries to make sense of the recent rumour involving the Red Sox and Royals talking a Jon Lester-Wil Myers swap.
Also not Jays-related: Jon Sickels of Minor League Ball looks at the Orioles’ top prospects. Gulp. And it doesn’t even include Machado!
Baseball Prospectus is looking for “stats stringers” to cover, among other clubs, the Jays in 2013. Go get hired!
Lastly, the Blue Jay Hunter closes out Movember with every Jays moustache in history. Impressive.