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…