Did’ja miss me all day?
As they did last week with John Gibbons, this week Sportsnet had an “Up Close” feature on R.A. Dickey. Definitely worth a watch. DickeyTheBest.
Speaking of… Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun actually takes the time and column inches to say he’s concerned about R.A. Dickey’s trip to India, because of the potential that he’ll come down with a disease or something. No, really. OK, Mel Lastman.
“Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg, angling for a new stadium, said Thursday he wants to keep his team in the region,” writes Stephen Nohlgren of the Tampa Bay Times. “But ‘Major League Baseball at this point no longer believes in the Tampa Bay area.’ ” Yikes. You’re not going to find a better run organization.
CSN New England transcribes a Q&A with new Red Sox manager John Farrell, and… thank fuck I no longer have to keep trying to convince myself that this guy’s verbal diarrhea is some kind of indication that he’s intelligent. Gibby forever.
Jays Journal looks at how the bullpen might shake down by the time Opening Day rolls around.
In… uh… job news, FanGraphs points out a listing from the New York Yankees, who are looking for a web developer, while Shi Davidi tweets about the Canadian Press looking for a national hockey writer. Do it!
Elsewhere at FanGraphs, Jeff Sullivan looks at the Mets acquisition of some property north of Steeles, while Mike Axisa uses Baltimore’s signing of Jair Jurrjens to point out how hopelessly content the O’s have been this winter. This isn’t going to end well. Meaning, of course, it’s going to end hilariously.
Bluebird Banter gets even deeper into the whole optional waivers thing than I did over here earlier in the week.
At Grantland, Jonah Keri looks at why nobody, except perhaps Kirk Gibson, likes what the Arizona Diamondbacks are doing. [Hint: It's because they're idiots who believe in nonsense about chemistry and unicorns.]
The Tao of Stieb answers your questions (or… well.. not your questions, per se, but questions from internet folk not unlike yourself) in his Friday tweet bag.
Lately Buster Olney has been going through the top ten lineups, bullpens, rotations, and et ceteras, in MLB history, not once mentioning the Toronto Blue Jays… until today, as the 1993 version of the club checks in as his tenth best of all time, at ESPN.com (Insider Olney).
Lastly, Parkes talks about the Jays outfield in his latest Ten Stray Thoughts On A Friday post at Getting Blanked, and isn’t bullish on Colby Rasmus– which is great news, because he’s usually pretty much wrong about everything. HEYO! Meanwhile, Drew looks at the taxpayer-funded debacle that is Marlins Park and the Mets’ attempt to circumvent the new CBA in order to sign Anthony Gose light.