It’s State of the French Fries night tonight, as the Jays will hold their annual season ticket holders event, complete with mountains less animosity than has been experienced in previous years. You can watch the stream of it over at Sportsnet, though for some reason the Toronto Star also is suggesting they’ll stream it, and are showing a UStream player on the page. So… maybe if it’s publicly available I can steam it here, as well. We’ll see!
Michael Grange previews tonight’s event for Sportsnet, saying that the club has 1,600 attendees confirmed, as compared to 700 last year. Meanwhile, the Toronto Sun appears as though they’ll be live blogging the event. I’ll be in attendance, and I haven’t quite decided how I’ll be covering it while it’s ongoing.
Elsewhere at Sportsnet, Mike Cormack talks to Dirk Hayhurst about his just-released eBook, Wild Pitches.
Shitty news: Big Carp is an endangered species, as Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals has been ruled out for the 2013 season. At Getting Blanked, Drew breaks down what it all means for the former Jays workhorse.
Even after all the trades, the Jays system is still full of prospects, says a piece from Paul Casella of MLB.com, taking a look at some of the top twenty prospects in the Jays organization. Hmm… looks like another full on prospecting post is in the cards based on this stuff.
Ben Shapiro of Mass Live looks around the AL East and wonders whether the Jays are the division’s most improved team. (Hint: with apologies to Shane fucking Victorino, obviously they are.)
Out in Vancouver, Simon Druker of Sports Up Front looks at how Canadian baseball is helping the Jays.
Slightly mind-blowing comment from Joshua Menezies of Jays Journal, who looks at the stars on the Jays’ roster and notes that “if someone told you [when he was hired in 2009] that on Opening Day 2013 that the Blue Jays opening day starting pitcher would be R.A. Dickey and that the Blue Jays 2-3-4 hitters were Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion you would have thought AA was the worst GM of all time.” So true.
At FanGraphs it’s new projections, as they unleash a big, coiling steamer on their player pages.
Lastly, interesting post at ESPN.com, as Anna McDonald looks at how the St. Louis Cardinals employ sabermetrics.