More follow-up on today’s Melky stuff, as Jayson Stark of ESPN.com examines the confidence of Alex Anthopoulos about the matter, from a disciplinary perspective, being closed. However, a Dallas Morning News blog post from the end of last month notes that there are ways for MLB to suspend a player without a positive test, so if more information comes to light, I wouldn’t entirely rule out the possibility that it’s not– though, as I said in the post below, the MLBPA sure would put up a fight.
Jose Bautista needs to be your favourite Blue Jay– and not just because of Brett Lawrie’s unbecoming Twitter activity, as mentioned in yesterday’s link dump (which, incidentally, seems to get people who I suspect would otherwise want to shit down my throat for not taking team chemistry seriously as a concept at the elite, professional level of baseball, into the non-believers camp pretty effing quick). No, I say that because Jose is the fucking awesome, as evidenced by his #realtalk about PEDs with Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. “Everybody knows what’s going on,” Jose told him, referring to MLB’s list of banned substances. “Nobody can plead ignorance. I don’t think a lack of education or language barriers has anything to do with it. MLB and the Players Association have done a great job making sure that everybody knows.”
Parkes kicks off today’s Ten Stray Thoughts On A Friday at Getting Blanked with some Jays content– a fantastic questioning of the line in the sand drawn on PEDs, and then he wades into the subject of Rosie DiManno’s recent piece on Josh Johnson for the Toronto Star. I’m more offended by her flagrantly atrocious purple prose than whatever stuff about objectification Parkes is on about, personally, but yeah…
From Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs, here’s a little-appreciated fact from last season’s pitcher pace data: we’ve long known that Mark Buehrle was one of the fastest working pitchers in the game, so it’s no surprise that he had the quickest time per plate appearance in the Majors last season. More surprising, perhaps? R.A. Dickey was fourth in all of baseball, and first when you adjust it to a per inning rate. So Buehrle’s not the only Jays starter you can feel safe taking your fidgety hellions to watch.
The now-departed Jason Frasor, by the way, was among the ten slowest working pitchers in baseball. Which… totally.
Elsewhere at FanGraphs, Dave Cameron looks at the overs-and-unders that were just released by the folks collectively termed “Vegas,” and chooses a few bets he’d make, were he a betting man. One of them is taking the over on the Jays, who for the time being are set at 86.5 wins. It’s not that outrageous a number though, as he cautions that it’s unlikely anybody runs away with the AL East– rather, they’ll probably all end up beating each other off, to a large extent. Er… up.
Lots of gold from the National Post and John Lott, who talks about a forward-looking Sergio “It’s so nice just to be able to throw … where I don’t have to worry about anything but just looking at where I need to throw it” Santos, plus Dustin McGowan, who is determined to not give up on his baseball career (for as long as the Jays are still paying him, I’m sure), Mark Buehrle and the dog issue, Ricky Romero and the elbow pain he pitched through last season, and media darling R.A. Dickey, who was being followed by 60 Minutes earlier in camp (and, apparently, on his recent trip to India), as well as SI, the New York Times, and more.
Meanwhile, in the Toronto Sun, we’ve got Ken Fidlin on the spotlight on Dickey, as well, plus a piece about J.A. Happ. Then there’s Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press, via the Globe, on Janssen and Romero and their early-winter surgeries, plus Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com with more about McGowan, who says he’s not terribly worried about the latest setback for his shredded shoulder.
A couple things from the Garfoose, as Dirk Hayhurst writes an interesting take on reputed know-it-all Trevor Bauer, and plugs the work that his wife does, raising money for a free musical camp for special needs kids that she puts on every summer– which sounds like a terrific cause.
Lastly, Bob Nightengale tweets that the Jays currently have no players on the team with no-trade clauses. Not that anybody’s going anywhere, but that’s certainly an asset– or, y’know, in other cases, an effect of guys with no-trades usually not wanting to accept deals to come here.