In their own Monday morning link dump, Bluebird Banter writes, “You heard it here first: there will be a big announcement from Sportsnet tomorrow regarding an expansion in the number of spring training games they will be broadcasting.” Outstanding.
Meanwhile, in other broadcast news, Bob Elliott tweets this: “People in high places telling Rogers Communications and The Fan that Jack Morris the right man to replace Alan Ashby in broadcast booth.” He later clarifies that Morris isn’t necessarily the frontrunner, but that “people are telling higher ups he’d be a good choice.” So… uh… by “people,” he means himself, right? No Jack Morris, please.
Baseball Think Factory links one of many stories on Melky Cabrera’s withdrawal from the World Baseball Classic with one of the few mentions of an interesting point: “Insert mention that the WBC has Olympic-level drug testing here.” Per a 2009 piece in the New York Times, it’s definitely true that the WBC has more stringent testing than MLB, but it’s still only a piss test, not a blood test. Take from that what you will, but let’s not act like Melky and his people didn’t already know this when he originally signed on to play. Seems more to me like he’s ducking the added scrutiny in the wake of the Biogenesis stuff.
Back to Bluebird Banter for a second, where Tom Dakers looks at something Gregor Chisholm wrote in his latest Inbox at BlueJays.com, which is that he thinks it looks like Maicer Izturis was given some kind of promise of a starting second base job when he signed here early in the off-season, given the way Alex Anthopoulos has insisted he’s the frontrunner, despite Emilio Bonifacio being just as qualified. “I trust Alex not to outright lie to the press,” Dakers writes, which is… y’know… ridiculous.
Elsewhere in Gregor’s… er.. box, he writes that he thinks the Jays have reached their payroll limit, and thus will not be able to re-sign Brandon Lyon– hence the deal that seems to be coming with the Mets, as noted above.
Jays Journal looks at some of the non-roster left-handed pitchers who will be joining the Jays in camp this spring.
John Lott of the National Post notes that Esmil Rogers has joined Melky Cabrera in declining to participate in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Understandable, in that Rogers kinda has a place in the Jays’ bullpen to win– one that’s certainly not locked down at this point.
There’s still a chance for the Jays (OK, the Bisons) to get their hands on ol’ Rusty Canz, as according to MLBTR, the Yankees D’d him FA late last week.
At Fox Sports, Ken Rosenthal has a big feature up on Marlins manager Mike Redmond, who managed in the Jays’ system at Dunedin last year, and Lansing the year before that.
Lastly, in an interesting piece for the New York Post, Ken Davidoff quibbles with the notion that baseball, and its statistics, were the Garden of Eden before Jose Canseco came along.