Nope, still not a whole lot going on…
“Team officials say they are sensitive to the pent-up demands of the fans and have every intention of eventually laying down sod,” writes Robert MacLeod of the Globe and Mail. “But the organization is now saying it will likely be at least five years before grass will replace artificial turf.” Ugh. Then again, what else can they say until they get the Argos the hell out of there?
At Getting Blanked, Scott tells us all we need, or could possibly care, to know about the newest Tampa Bay Ray, one-time six win player, Kelly Johnson. Jeff Zimmerman wrote an interesting take, looking ahead to Johnson’s 2013, for RotoGraphs back in October.
Speaking of the Rays, at Grantland, Jonah Keri looks at the club’s recent threats about the lack of viability in their market, and MLB’s supposed lost belief in the franchise, and says it’s just more of the same– and that relocation isn’t really on the horizon. “The Expos remain the only team to move to a new region in more than 40 years, and that move required years of feckless ownership, massive erosion of corporate, political, and fan support, endemic financial and civic issues unique to Montreal, and the league to finally buy the team itself before finding a new buyer three years later,” he explains. “The Rays might be struggling to draw fans, but they’re not even in the same universe of hurt that demolished the Expos and forced their eviction.”
Buster Olney features Colby Rasmus among his players facing make-or-break seasons in his latest at ESPN.com (Insider Olney). Yep.
Similarly-ish, at Baseball Prospectus, Jason Martinez looks at potential impact rookies in the AL East for 2013.
At Bluebird Banter, Minor Leauger is none too pleased that the Orioles are hosting a WBC exhibition game against Spain, while the Jays can’t get Team Canada to come into Dunedin for a visit.
The fellows at Back In Blue, via Bluebird Banter, have some sort of Google Hangout video you can watch, and… what’s this? A 2013 Jays mashup video set to a song by that Serena Ryder girl I went to high school with? Yeah…OK.
Blue Jays Way reviews the week that just ended.
At FanGraphs, Dave Cameron defends the sorts of gritty players the Arizona Diamondbacks appear to be building their team around… sort of.
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