The Afternoon Snack is now The Daily Duce– all the latest must-read Jays links, fully Rob Ducey-fied…
Think these are related? Michael Grange of Sportsnet– or at least his headline– says it’s not too early to worry about Ricky Romero, while Wilner recaps Sunday’s game and the frustrations of J.A. Happ, who continues to pitch well, and continues to be slated for Buffalo, much to his chagrin.
Colby Rasmus explains himself to Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun: “I like to not be really messed with a whole lot, kind of ‘leave me be’, because I already want it bad enough. So outside pressures or people trying to pump me up (doesn’t work) cause I’ve always been real laid back. When I was coming through the minor leagues I was real laid back and just kind of like, ‘whatever goes’ and just enjoyed being there and enjoyed the time. As I got moved up, people always saw that as me not caring or me being lazy and they always tried to put that spark under me and fire me up, which is not what I needed because I’d try to go out there and try to hit the ball 800 feet when all I’ve got to hit it is 338 feet to be a home run or whatever. So, I already had that fire in me. I just kind of needed to be like, left alone. Coming up I wanted to be good at this game, not somebody telling me what to do to make me good. I already had it in me to want to be good so that has always been, I guess you could say, a conflict of interests.”
Jose Bautista doesn’t care if he draws the ire of supporters of the country that his team plays in, as he tells reporters like Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star, that Chris Robinson’s ninth inning bunt against Mexico on Saturday was uncalled for, even if Canada still needed to add runs.
Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com mentions Bautista’s comments as well in a notebook post that also tells us of the bullpen session Sergio Santos had over the weekend, as the club continues to be overly cautious with his arm. Gregor also looks at the frustrations of J.A. Happ, and adds another notebook post looking at the progress of Casey Janssen, Ricky Romero’s thoughts on his struggles, and the return of Colby Rasmus.
Kenny Ken Ken tweets that the Jays have been impressed with Jeremy Jeffress so far, which makes it kinda sound like they’re thinking hard about keeping the big-armed but out-of-options reliever. I could live with that.
Assuming it’s really him, it appears as though Jose Reyes has joined Twitter: @lamelaza_7.
Russell Martin tells Melissa Couto of the Toronto Sun that the Global Honkbal Superlative isn’t what baseball’s all about, because of pitch counts or something. Also: he apparently has a tattoo that reads “World Citizen” on his chest, and has this to say about nationhood: “These borders that we’ve created, they weren’t there eight million years ago. People get all tied up and emotional about where they’re from, but we’re all made of the same stuff. We’re all people, and (baseball) is just a game.” Whoa, man. I think you just blew my frickin’ mind.
“He doesn’t have an ego when he’s in there. He does very simple things and has a plan,” says Chad Mottola of Melky Cabrera, according to Michael Grange of Sportsnet. “A guy like Reyes can do things that amaze you. He can do things that other guys can’t do that he was just born with. But Melky works at it every day and it’s impressive. I don’t see any reason he won’t have solid year.”
Tom Maloney of the Globe and Mail talks team chemistry with some folks with the Jays who need to believe in it for the sake of their roles, and one who doesn’t: Jose Bautista. “Winning definitely comes first. If you’re winning nobody knows if you have chemistry or not because nobody cares,” Bautista explained. “But if you’re losing, they’re going to find 17 reasons why. The first one is the manager; he’s always the one to get blamed. Then you go to team chemistry and discipline. But you never hear people say, ‘bad player performance’ and that, to me, is the No. 1 reason.”
Some other stuff from Sportsnet, too: We go back to Friday, as Wilner talks about Josh Johnson’s dominating performance. Shi Davidi talks to R.A. Dickey, who is unconcerned with the results so far, as he continues working on getting a feel back for his knuckler. Grange talks to pitchers about the huge, thick loads of downtime they’re faced with during the spring.
Marc Hulet of FanGraphs has a top 100 prospects list, featuring a pair of Jays: Aaron Sanchez at 23– ahead of Noah Syndergaard (46)– and Roberto Osuna (81).
Brandon Wile of the Toronto Sun talks to prospect Kellen Sweeney, who is happy to be heading into the season healthy for once.
At BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm looks at returning bullpen coach Pat Hentgen.
At his personal site, GameReax, Chris Toman of MLB.com writes about Ricky Romero’s performance this weekend, and the ghosts of his brutal 2012 it evoked. Also there, his brother Dan GIFs up the ridiculous catch Anthony Gose made over the weekend.
Prior to the weekend, Bluebird Banter sized up the combatants in the battle for spots in the Jays’ bullpen, and how they’ve looked so far this spring.
At The Mockingbird, Jon Hale rants about BABIP and scoffs at the hitting potential of Anthony Gose.
Mop Up Duty looks at Sergio Santos, release point, and fastball location, comparing 2011 to his tiny sample in 2012 and seeing what could be an interesting difference.
The Blue Jay Hunter wonders whether it’s Sergio Santos or Casey Janssen who has a leg up in the race to open the season as the Jays’ closer. Inquiring fantasy players want to know!
Extra Base Hit has the composite fantasy rankings for starting pitchers, and we see three Jays in the top 50: R.A. Dickey (14.5), Brandon Morrow (28.5), and Josh Johnson (30).
The latest 30-odd things thing at the Tao Of Stieb looks at Maicer Izturis.
Lastly, back before the weekend, Parkes touched on some Jays-related topics in his Ten Stray Thoughts On A Friday post for Getting Blanked, including his belief in the rumours about the Jays offering the same package for Jon Niese as R.A. Dickey, and an interesting comparison between Brett Lawrie’s all-out energy and the model of efficiency that is the great Lionel Messi.