My last day down here, which… the weather is really awesome and nice back home, right? Right????
Windowless Windows Restaurant update: @roofthatpeach gives us an angle on the latest progress. Interesting!
With Leather seems to have found themselves a video clip of the botched national anthem situation that went on at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium yesterday. Or two days ago. Or… whenever that massive news story happened.
The Jays show up way down at 13th in the latest Future Power Rankings post at ESPN.com (Insider only), not just because of the fact that they’ve cleared out their farm system in order to compete for 2013, but because “they won’t be able to do that in the future thanks to the spending limit in the new CBA. Therefore, they will have to be a bit more creative and really nail their top draft picks in order to replenish the farm.”
You know how Jonah Keri is writing a book on the Expos? Well, at Grantland he gives the readers digest version of the Jays’ last decade or so. Read it.
Today in things I wish I’d written, Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun looks at ten under-the-radar players who could be difference-makers for the Jays.
Elsewhere in the Sun, Bob Elliott reminds us of the role that non-roster invitee Andy LaRoche had in Jose Bautista being moved to the Jays. Uh… go Pirates!
A Canadian Press piece, via the Hamilton Spectator, talks about Henry Blanco, who is the frontrunner to land the backup catcher job, and is leading teammates through an as seen on TV workout tape… or something.
From BlueJays.com: Gregor Chisholm recaps today’s win with some quotes from Brandon Morrow. He also has a notebook post detailing the shoulder trouble that kept Colby Rasmus out of today’s game, as well as John Gibbons’ comments about changing the way MLB deals with home plate collisions, which he’s against, and another piece about the Jays and defensive shifts of the past two years, which appear to be on their way out, with Brian Butterfield now in Boston.
Gregor also has a post at North of the Border, detailing the pitchers upcoming for the Jays over the next three days. And an earlier one at BlueJays.com, in which he tells us about Justin Germano, who is happy with his role as a Buffalo-bound starter, even though he signed on with the Jays early in the winter, when he thought he possibly would get a shot at a rotation spot.
Elsewhere at MLB.com, Matty Leachbomb writes about the AL East, and how much it’s changed over the winter.
Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun is in Florida for Spring Training– I know this, I saw him– and looks at how Alex Anthopoulos spends his days. He also looks at the pressure supposedly on John Gibbons.
In the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin gives us some notes on today’s Jays win against the Yankees.
John Perrotto writes about the Jays for Baseball Prospectus (Paywall’d).
The Tao of Stieb‘s latest 30-odd in 30something takes a look at the Loup Garou.
The latest prospect retrospective at Minor League Ball looks at Vernon Wells, which you can do too… if you dare.
And lastly, John Sickels also gives a prospect note on Noah Syndergaard, who he’s really high on– largely because “the Blue Jays taught him a slider last summer. But it wasn’t just adding another arsenal option that made a difference: Noah says that working on the slider had the side effect of adding power to his curveball, dramatically improving the pitch. That fits the reports I had from the Midwest League late in the year.” The Jays didn’t necessarily feel the same way, I don’t think. Or… y’know… maybe they did and just thought R.A. Dickey was worth it.