The State Of The Bautista! At North Of The Border, Gregor Chisholm has a full transcript of Jose Bautista’s recent, lengthy chat with media.
Elsewhere, Gregor tweets that Dustin McGowan “won’t be ready for quite some time.” Because… of course he won’t. Which completely sucks for him, but just makes us keep thinking back to the silly contract the club signed him to last spring, when he was already under their control for the year, and injured. Oh, wait, but it wasn’t a ridiculous signing, it was some kind of an attempt to buy the goodwill of players dumb enough to not notice things like free agent Jesse Litsch ending up a free agent facing experimental surgery, the contract for the services of someone like Mike McCoy being exploited to the fullest degree, or any number of other decisions that show the whole notion to be a fantasy, right?
Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com talks about Brett Lawrie, his burgeoning relationship with babysitter Mark DeRosa, and expectations placed on a supremely talented 23-year-old. He has a few other dispatches from Dunedin, too. There’s one on J.P. Arencibia and R.A. Dickey, who likely won’t be batterymates much this year, but who won’t be strangers either– and, indeed, Dickey will pitch to JPA against the Red Sox on Monday. Another talks about the Jays’ light schedule at this point in the spring, and another still looks at ol’ Gibbers.
“Let there be no mistake: The Toronto Blue Jays manager is well aware about the soft, white underbelly of the 2012 team,” writes Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail. “He has ‘heard some things,’ he said Wednesday, about the Blue Jays’ misadventures on the basepaths last year under his predecessor, John Farrell.”
In the National Post, John Lott has a notebook post, also talking about Dickey getting a personal catcher, plus Casey Janssen being on track for Opening Day (according to his pitching coach), and reporters finding it curious that Brandon Morrow is only scheduled to pitch one inning on Saturday, as opposed to the club’s other starters, who will pitch two. “No big deal, said pitching coach Pete Walker. Morrow pitched only one inning in his spring debut last year and is comfortable doing so again.”
In another piece, Lott talks to Pete Walker, who raves about Josh Johnson, as the former fireballer continues to learn to “pitch.” Let’s hope that works for him. Elsewhere, Lott talks to Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas about their adventures catching the knuckleball.
Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press, via the Globe, looks at one of the few position battles happening at the Jays’ camp: for the spot as J.P. Arencibia’s backup. In another piece, Davidson looks at the Jays’ Australian spring invitee: pitcher Rich Thompson.
“I don’t think they’re a playoff team,” says one rival GM to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, referring to the New York Yankees.
Dirk Hayhurst checks in with some excellent notes from camp.
At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi talks to people who only have MLB roster spots because of “chemistry” about why chemistry is so super important.
Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs looks at the starters in all the televised spring games this weekend: including Brandon Morrow and Anibal Sanchez on Saturday, and J.A. Happ and David Phelps the following day.
John Lott has put all of his excellent Spring Training photos up on Flickr.
Steve Paikin of TVO’s always excellent The Agenda talks to Paul Beeston.
A press release from Rogers informs us that the Jays will have spring games broadcast on FX Canada… for some reason.
And another press release from Rogers tells us that Sportsnet will be broadcasting the 1993 World Series in its entirety during the month of March. Hey, but why link to the source, right?
The Tao of Stieb takes a look at J.A. Happ.
Mop Up Duty looks at how the Jays’ new starters might handle moving into the league of the DH.
At Bluebird Banter, Emily G talks about the expectations placed on these 2013 Jays
Lastly, at Getting Blanked, Drew looks at the close to make-or-break season the Jays have set themselves up for.
Image via @LtTomBozco, random run-ins at Dunedin liquor stores.