Bob Nightengale of USA Today profiles the Jays– his pick to win the AL East– and John Gibbons in particular, from Dunedin. And while he maybe doesn’t make it quite clear enough for my liking that Gibbons’ much-publicized altercations with Shea Hillenbrand and Ted Lilly happened two seasons prior to his firing, it’s still entirely a worthwhile read.
Do ya think maybe Spring Training is here? Here’s John Lott of the National Post, Robert MacLeod of the Globe and Mail, and Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star with some burning questions as camp opens.
The CP’s Davidson, again via the Post, writes that Aaron Cibia isn’t ruling himself out of the running to catch R.A. Dickey, even though… I mean… come on.
Ken Fidlin says the same thing in the Toronto Sun (minus my added “come on”), among a flurry of articles from Dunedin. He looks in-depth at (and takes a hell of a picture of) R.A. Dickey, speaks to Brandon Morrow, who’s ready to be part of a winner.
Fidlin’s colleague, Mike Rutsey, expects the Yankees to slide in the AL East this season. Yeah? Well tell that to PECOTA.
At North of the Border, Gregor Chisholm says that full coverage for him starts on Wednesday, and we can expect daily dispatches on bother the blog and, of course, at BlueJays.com. The Post’s CP pieces today also say that John Lott will begin his coverage Wednesday, so keep checking over there for that (but don’t tell Paul Godfrey that I told you– he hates incoming traffic).
Drew Davidson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram talks to Texas boy Noah Syndergaard, who is in camp with the Mets after being traded (along with Travis d’Arnaud) for the reigning NL Cy Young winner.
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that the Jays have hired known hitter and Tampa Bay heckling target Ken Huckaby to be the hitting coach for their Appalachian League squad.
Parkes joined Matthew Kory of Red Sox blog Over The Monster on their most recent podcast, previewing the Jays.
Emma Span includes the Jays among one of the best narratives that will unfold over the coming spring in her latest at Sports On Earth.
Jays Journal takes a look at some of the infielders who are non-roster invitees at the Jays’ camp in Dunedin. Because… why not?
Lastly, Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs reviews how we all did in their contract crowdsourcing project from way back at the start of the off-season, while his colleague Jeff Sullivan gives us a primer on how to read Spring Training stats.
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