Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com is following the story of Mark Buehrle, who has decided to live in Toronto alone, rather than separate his family from their pit bulls, who are banned in Ontario. “We’re not trying to make people feel sorry for us,” said Buehrle. “Obviously they’re going to say, ‘You make a lot of money. Boo hoo.’ I know it’s a part of baseball and every person deals with it, but this is our first time being away from each other all season…those nights when we have a Sunday day game and I can go home and have dinner with the family and give the kids a bath and put them to bed, that’s what I’m going to miss.”
At FanGraphs, Dave Cameron looks at the ten best transactions of the winter, which includes a lot of Jays content: the acquisition of R.A. Dickey at number 10, the Mets’ acquisition of Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard at number five, the Jays’ side of The Trade at number three, and their signing of Melky Cabrera at number two. Apparently none of the clubs moves were quite as good as the Nationals’ pick-up of Denard Span, which… actually was a pretty good deal.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet goes through several burning questions as the Jays inch closer to maybe finally embarking on the 2013 season, while at BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm has a season preview post up as well.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail talks to the Jays’ new radio analyst, Jack Morris, about… whatever.
At Getting Blanked, Drew breaks down the three-year, $35-million extension that the Diamondbacks have reportedly signed Aaron Hill to. I’d say something like “good luck with that,” but these are the ridiculous Diamonbacks we’re talking about, so fuck ‘em.
John Lott of the National Post looks at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2013 class, made up of Tom Cheek, Tim Raines, George Bell, Nat Bailey and Rob Ducey, which was released yesterday.
Dave Perkins of the Toronto Star has won the Ontario Sports Hall Of Fame’s Sandy Hawley Award for dedication to the community, thanks to his work with the Star’s Santa Claus Fund, which he’s been running since the passing of Jim Proudfoot in 2001. Nice.
Jays Journal, in two parts, looks at whether the Jays might have another splash still in them, either in the form of Kyle Lohse (as a swingman??) or Michael Bourn. Given the draft implications and the current low ebb of the farm system, I’m going to go ahead and say no.
The Hardest Working Man In Show Business, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, writes about ol’ Rusty Canz, and how the player the Jays briefly held has been passed around this winter, finally seeming to be settled in Baltimore.
Baseball Prospectus jumps in the wayback machine and looks at what PECOTA was saying about the American League heading into 2003. I’m thinking they might want a mulligan on the 190 innings and 4.33 ERA for Roy Halladay– though Nate Silver at least acknowledged it was “about the nastiest projection for him that you’re likely to see.”
Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs wonders whether James Shields might be breaking down, because… the Rays dealt him, so of course he is. Meanwhile, Bradley Woodrum thinks about how to predict stolen base talent.
Elsewhere still, our friend Craig Robinson, along with Eric Nusbaum, has been at the Caribbean Series in Hermosillo, Mexico, covering the event for Sports On Earth, and the pair shows up with Carson Cistulli on the FanGraphs Audio podcast.
Lastly, the Baseball Today Podcast went out in about as good a way as possible, as far as I’m concerned: with Keith Law, near the end of the show, ripping the “Toronto reporter” who decided he had to “ask the question” when it came to Jose Bautista and PEDs.
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