Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun talks to John McDonald about recent pick-up Henry Blanco, a teammate of his in Arizona last season, and gets glowing reviews. “When Henry starts hitting guys on the chest and asking why they aren’t cheering it’s infectious because you wind up doing it to someone else,” McDonald says. Later he adds that “Henry talks all game long. It doesn’t matter who you are, he talks to anyone, especially if you get quiet in the dugout. He’s a good influence on our Latin players … and me too.” Interesting…
The Sun also tells us that Bob Elliott, already in Cooperstown thanks to last year’s Spink Award, will be inducted into the Kingston Sports Hall of Fame, an honour he shares with his father.
Because there’s so little else to talk about, guess what? Everyone gets an Oliver piece! There’s Shi Davidi and Mike Wilner of Sportsnet. Of course, Bob Elliott of the the Sun. Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star. John Lott of the National Post. And Robert McLeod of the Globe and Mail.
MLB.com’s Cut 4 thing looks at five things invented since Oliver made his big league debut, which is hilarious because he’s old!
Elsewhere, Gregor talks about the Jays who’ll play for the United States in the upcoming World Baseball Classic: R.A. Dickey and Aaron Cibia at BlueJays.com.
And elsewhere in the Post, we’re told about Bill Humber’s course at Seneca College (or is that Bill Seneca’s course at Humber?) called Baseball Spring Training for Fans, which enters its 35th year this semester, and has featured a host of Jays-related guests.
“It’s nice to finally have an elite lineup from top to bottom and an elite pitching staff from top to bottom,” Adam Lind tells his hometown paper, the Herald Bulletin of Anderson Indiana. No, really.
Mop Up Duty dives into the ESPN Stats and Info goodness and declares that Casey Janssen should be the Jays closer next year.
Kyle Franzoni of Jays Journal makes the case for the return of Brandon Lyon, which I’d be for, though I don’t quite get dismissing Matt Lindstrom, Matt Capps and Kyle Farnsworth because they “don’t exactly excite a fan too much,” in favour of… y’know… Brandon Lyon.
At Getting Blanked, Scott Lewis passes along the details of Mike Napoli’s $5-million, one-year deal with the Red Sox, while Drew breaks down the Mariners’ questionable decisioning in today’s URL Weaver, and points out an odd disconnect in Jon Heyman’s recent tweets about David Price and the WBC.
At FanGraphs, Bradley Woodrum looks at “the changing caught-stealing calculus.” Interesting stuff.
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