Was the State of the Franchise last night? Hard to tell based on the slew of pieces from it, like from Shi Davidi and Mike Wilner of Sportsnet, Ken Fidlin of the Sun, Chris Toman of BlueJays.com, John Lott of the National Post, Robert MacLeod of the Globe and Mail, Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, and bloggers the Blue Jay Hunter, and Jays Journal.
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun talks with Jerry Howarth’s new partner in the radio booth, Jack Morris.
In the National Post, John Lott writes specifically about the defence of Melky Cabrera that Alex Anthopoulos made last night.
A couple days old, but definitely worth revisiting Brendan Kennedy’s profile in the Toronto Star of Brock grad and Jays’ assistant general manager Andrew Tinnish.
Dirk Hayhurst writes about the task that John Gibbons faces. “Like herding cats,” he says.
At Extra Base Hit, Darren takes a look at the composite fantasy rankings for second basemen, in which the Jays’ Maicer Izturis places 28th of 29.
“Something something conflating outrage from this incident with that facing Ryan Braun grumble grumble double standard apples orange and SCENE,” writes Drew over at Getting Blanked in reference to Todd Helton’s DUI arrest.
Interesting stuff at Fanatico, as Parkes looks at the followers of major sports writers on Twitter, and finds a whole lot of fake an inactive accounts padding their numbers.
According to the Miami Herald, former Florida governor Jeb Bush attempted to buy the Marlins this off-season, but was rebuffed. Which… only has anything to do with the Jays in a tangential way, but is interesting nonetheless.
Kevin Youkilis may be changing his batting stance, says the headline of a post from Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, and Batting Stance Guy isn’t happy about it.
Lastly, RotoGraphs looks at Steve Delabar as a sleeper relief prospect, with some outstanding GIFfery of his four strikeout inning, and praise for the turn he took and the confidence he showed in his outstanding splitter when he came over to Toronto from the Mariners at the trade deadline, in exchange for Eric Thames.