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The Afternoon Snack is now The Daily Duce– all the latest must-read Jays links, fully Rob Ducey-fied…

Tom Maloney of the Globe and Mail continues talking about the Jays’ stadium situation in Dunedin, noting that it’s the small capacity at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium that’s really creating issues for the club.

Drew tweets about an angle on the Dunedin issue that I didn’t really address in my post of this morning, saying– tongue firmly in cheek– that it’s “good to see the Jays trying to squeeze some public money from FLA.” Meanwhile, it’s pointed out by @marklxndr that there’s “already a brand new minor league stadium down there the Jays org’s connected to”– this one. HEYO!

Interesting stuff from Michael Salfino of the Wall Street Journal, who looks at the impact R.A. Dickey had on the guys who pitched after him while he was with the Mets.

Tracy Ringolsby of MLB.com and cowboy hats talks to John Gibbons about the expectations on his team this year, after a transformative off-season.

Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun looks at righty-lefty splits, and whatever else might be wrong with Ricky Romero.

Melissa Couto writes a notebook post for BlueJays.com, in which she covers the second base battle, praise for the laid back stylings of John Gibbons from Colby Rasmus, and Kyle Drabek’s return to the mound, which happens this week (though obviously not nearly in game action just yet– think post All-Star Break).

Elsewhere at BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm has himself a fancy new mail bag.

Jeff Blair of the Globe tells us that the WBC is what it is, and that’s OK.

Tom Dakers of Bluebird Banter breaks down the combatants in the Jays’ second base competition, reviewing how they’ve each looked now that we’re two weeks into spring.

Elsewhere at Bluebird Banter, jays182 looks into who should be the Jays’ closer this year, Janssen, Santos, or whoever is left in the bullpen after the best reliever is deployed in the highest leverage situation. Good luck convincing them of that!

Joe Posnanski does some playing around with the notion that it doesn’t really matter how you handle the ninth inning.

The Tao of Stieb continues looking at 30-odd Jays in 30-odd days by putting Jeremy Jeffress under the microscope.

The Jays have optioned catcher A.J. Jimenez and pitcher Evan Crawford down to the minor league camp and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, according to the club’s official Twitter feed– or, if you’re reading another Jays blog, according to no one at all but them.

With Baseball Tonight gone, Keith Law has a new, weekly podcast at ESPN.com: Behind The Dish. Daily would be better, but, um… nails much?

Meanwhile, Harry Pavlidis is going to be bringing Pitch F/X-y goodness to the Washington Post– which is especially outstanding when you consider that other papers, the Los Angeles Times, for example, partner with the sewage spewed from Bleacher Report.

At Getting Blanked, Drew looks at the ratings the MLB Network has drawn so far for the Global Honkbal Superlative, and they’re pretty damn impressive… for the MLB Network. He also looks closely at the star of the Kingdom of the Netherlands’ WBC entry, Andrelton Simmons of the Barves.

Morosis gonna Morose, and Parkes looks at some of the odd recent WBC-related tweets from Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi, over at Fanatico.

TALLBOYS Craft Beer House at Bloor and Shaw here in Toronto is having another Jays Days night tomorrow, Wednesday, March 13th, where they’ll be showing the Halladay-Burnett game from May of 2009. There’s a number to call to make reservations, and I’d suggest that’s a good idea, because it can get pretty packed in there with Jays fans. (I won’t be there, FYI.)

Lastly, MLB.com’s Chris Toman writes at gamereax about Brett Lawrie’s chat with the media today on his return to Dunedin, and– more importantly– shared this gem of a picture with the world…

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Comments (56)

  1. Harry Pavlidis is doing the Lord’s work.

  2. So if the next day’s starter after a Dickey start, has an even lower ERA (according to that wsj link), Morrow might have a crazy good year.

  3. Hate that damo smug face

  4. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

    Every time i see Damien Cox i wanna offer him a chocolate covered pretzel. They’re a little melty but damn are they exquisite.

  5. Huh so nobody’s talking about Lind? Good news then

  6. Damian Cox seems really pissed that his remote isn’t working. “THIS ISN’T THE TENNIS CHANNEL FUCK”

  7. No link to the Tom Dakers article?

  8. I’ve done the Dunedin trip 3 years in a row to visit the Jays in Spring Training, and I personally like the Florida Auto Exchange park. Yes, you can’t watch the games when going to the concessions but the stadium does have it’s charm being in a really nice small town that’s within walking distance.

    Going to Brighthouse field for the first time was a treat, but it’s right off of the highway, and it’s just all parking lots outside. All you see after that is the chain restaurants etc.

  9. So the Astros do spring training in Florida rather than Arizona because of the NASA Houston/ Florida connection? Guess so since they spent 21 seasons in Cocoa Beach right beside Cape Canaveral, and another 30 years relatively nearby in Kissimmee.

  10. Watching the leafs and jets from Winnipeg tonight and the crowd just spent a couple of minutes chanting, “lets go blue Jays.”
    It’s so freaking cool how behind this team our country is..

  11. Greetings! I’ve been reading your site for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Vegas. Just wanted to tell you keep up the great work!

  12. So Cox had a column yesterday. It’s not much of a read (surprised?) but one comment left there was simply amazing:

    “Toronto just loves the flashy trades, huh? No wonder Colangelo & Anthopoulos thrive here. God forbid the coaches, managers, scouts and development personnel are the quality required for sustained competitiveness in the big leagues…Anthopoulos has been a scout with the Blue Jays since 2003. What does he have to show for it? Romero? Cecil? What? Which of his “big” trades have resulted in a BETTER TEAM ON THE FIELD? Or more wins? You can tell the fans in Toronto Rasmus is a star and they believe he’s a star…Bullpen? who needs one. Pitching coach? Ha…scouts? We can keep drafting the “BIG” prospects that never quite make a difference, can’t we?”

    • ah…no one creates something out of nothing quite like damo. if there’s a member of the TO media that needs to get over themselves more than cox, i’m not sure who it is.

      i don’t count mccown as media. he’s more a circus sideshow, turning tricks for the short bus crowd.

    • The problem with that comment is that it was on Cox’s column. I wouldn’t be surprised if he comments on his own pieces under a pseudonym. The guy is a joke, and not worth reading imo.

  13. “If I couldn’t do [the WBC] healthy, it was time for me to take a step back and get ready for 162 games and get ready for my teammates, the Toronto Blue Jays,” Lawrie said.

    Bravo Brett, your growing up right before our eyes.

  14. Anyone want Brennan boesch?

  15. Per Jon Heyman, the Jays have released David Cooper. Interesting, I think.

    • Given the irrational devotion to McGowan, it probably means Cooper’s back injury is a career-ender. Sad to see.

      • Weird tweet from Joel Sherman:

        “Hear Cooper may rehab back all ’13 and #BlueJays may try to re- sign to minor lge deal with eye on ’14 return”

        And Heyman writes the same:

        “#jays, who pay 1/6h of minors deal w/ release, have interest in re-signing him tho cooper may miss much of ’13″

        I don’t quite understand… couldn’t they just put him on the 60-day DL, where he doesn’t block a 40-man roster spot? What kind of costs savings are we really talking about here? I guess a benefit is that if they bring him back on a minor league deal, he won’t accrue service time while he rehabs, but, it’s not like we’re talking about a superstar here.

  16. Jays release cooper per heyman on twitter

    • I’m going to miss that no-chin bastard lumbering around the basepaths. Hope he recovers from the injury and latches on somewhere.

  17. What an odd situation. Cant think of any first round draft picks who put up great Milb numbers across the board (including winning the batting title in his league) and decent MLB numbers and then getsbreleased.

    Like, if it took more then what he gave in he minors to earn a real shot at the big club, why was he drafted at all? Did he have to hit 30+ HR too?

  18. nvm forgot about the back injury. It might end his career? Holy crap. whats wrong with him?

  19. Love the “Let’s go blue jays” chant at jets game.Suck it leafs and farrell.

  20. I’m thinking degenerative disc disease….or sumpin like it.

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