As you can see in the picture, via Twitter, above, the Jays have been honoured by MLB with the Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence, which is apparently a thing. Good on them and the folks at @JaysCare.
It’s paywall’d, but that’s OK, because you probably don’t want to read the whole thing anyway: Hudson Belinsky of Baseball Prospectus lavishes praise on our old friend Young Beedah, who he calls “a guy who has a chance to explode as one of the best players in college baseball this season,” and says that he “could see him becoming something like the academic, super-fun personality that Brandon McCarthy has assumed.”
Joshua Menzies of Jays Journal asks an interesting question: what if last winter the Jays had signed Prince Fielder, Yu Darvish and traded for Gio Gonzalez. The Jays would have had a much better 2012 and the farm system would be more intact, but that’s over $325-million committed to just Fielder and Darvish, compared to the $203-million the Jays will ultimately spend on Reyes, Johnson, Buehrle, Cabrera and Dickey.
Elsewhere at Jays Journal we get a rundown of some potential positional sleeper prospects for the Jays.
In the Toronto Sun, Bob Elliott insists that the Hall of Fame voting system isn’t broken, pointing out that there are “52 players (14 by the writers) on the last three shut out ballots who would up being elected.” Yeah, most of the deserving guys will probably eventually get in, but it’s not quite the same. By 2017 there will be, by my count, 26 guys on the ballot who deserve either election or damn serious consideration, assuming no one gets in between now and then. And even if few of them do, with only ten names per ballot, it’s going to be a long strange few years for the candidacies of Bonds, Clemens, Bagwell, Schilling, Walker, Raines, Edgar, Palmeiro, Biggio, McGwire, Sosa, Piazza, Maddux, Mussina, Glavine, Thomas, Kent, Randy Johnson, Pedro, Smoltz, Sheffield, Griffey, Edmonds, Manny, Pudge, and Vlad.
At FanGraphs, Mike Axisa wonders why the market for Shaun Marcum has been so quiet this winter. Meanwhile, Dave Cameron offers a thoughtful take on whether the Mariners were overpaying for Justin Upton before he used his no-trade clause to block the deal.
It’s satire, people: at Bluebird Banter, an exclusive look at some new Jays caps for 2013 *WINK*.
At Getting Blanked, Scott Lewis informs us of Kelvim Escobar informing us of Kelvin Escobar having signed with Milwaukee. Remember him! Elsewhere, Drew takes a look at the trade market for Michael Morse, which doesn’t include the Jays, in his estimation, although…
Jonah Keri of Grantland excellently breaks down some of the Hall of Fame ballot’s smaller stories.
At Flip Flop Flying, our good friend Craig Robinson notices some very curious similarities between his pixellated Bryce Harper art, and the pixellated Bryce Harper used in a new ad for MLB: The Show uploaded to YouTube by the official PlayStation account.
Lastly, be sure to check out Parkes’s new, excellent, but difficult to succinctly describe, venture for theScore.com, Fanatico.