Buster Olney continues to provoke the ire of extra-sensitive Jays fans, ranking the club’s lineup as eighth-best in baseball in his latest at ESPN.com (Insider Olney), behind the Brewers, Red Sox and Napoli- and Hamilton-less Rangers, among others. Where’s bias cat when you need him?
Jon Heyman tweets that Jason Frasor’s deal with the Rangers is for one year and $1.5-million. I couldn’t have complained if the Jays retained him at a price like that, though if that helps set the market for a guy like Brandon Lyon, giddy up.
In the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin lauds the Jays’ decision to hire Tim Raines as an outfield and baserunning coach for a number of reasons, including Raines’ similar… er… profile to two of the Jays’ most highly regarded prospects, DJ Davis and Anthony Alford– the troubled latter of whom has transferred to Ole Miss with the hope of playing football next year, but, y’know, probably shouldn’t have bothered. Baseball, Anthony!
Sticking with coaches, one of the many things that slipped through the cracks here over the holidays was this: MLBTR passed along a Ken Davidoff tweet indicating that Don Wakamatsu has joined the pro scouting staff of the Yankees. Seems to be a well-respected guy, and I’m sure he’ll be back in the Majors before long.
Not had enough year-in-review-type stuff yet? Well Parkes has got you covered, with Getting Blanked’s best of the best for 2012, beginning with an always-delightful bit on “‘roids taint.”
Elsewhere, Scott Lewis has the trailer for MLB ’13: The Show over at Getting Blanked, and rumour has it there’s some Joey Bats action in there. What am I going to do, watch it? SLewis also has a piece up on the returns of Javy Vazquez and Brandon Webb, while Drew has some non-Jays-related gold, telling us of Sergio Romo’s bust today at the Las Vegas airport.
Huh? Baseball Think Factory links to a Deadspin post on the Hall of Fame exit poll counter at Baseball Think Factory? Sure. OK. Long story short: based on the totals of those who have self-published their ballots, it looks like nobody’s slated to get into the Hall this year. But how much do you want to bet that there’s a shit-tonne of guys who haven’t covered the game for years, and don’t know what the internet is, yet still have a vote, and will be putting it in for the likes of Jack Morris, Craig Biggio and no-one else.
Don’t forget that the Bluebird Banter guys will be screening Knuckleball at Tall Boys on Bloor St. this evening. Details here.
Lastly, the two Jays-related tidbits from today’s Keith Law chat at ESPN.com.
Is Sean Nolin a legit prospect? If so, what’s his ceiling? Seemed to handle the late season jump to AA just fine, SSS obviously though.
A prospect, yes. An elite one, no.
Not saying either belongs, but doesn’t Stieb have a better HOF case than Morris?