The Daily Duce– all the latest must-read Jays links, fully Rob Ducey-fied…
Outrage! Jim Callis of Baseball America predicts the Jays will finish fourth in the AL East, ahead of only the Orioles. I mean, it could happen, but… come on! How could Callis possibly have resisted the Jays’ sexy sexiness as a pick? Posturing, I say!
Not outrage! Keith Law lists Brett Lawrie among his breakout prospects at ESPN.com (Insider Only), praises the smart way he’s dealt with his latest injury, calls his swing one of the best right-handed ones in the game, and suggests a .290/.350/.470 season. Giddy up!
The Blue Jay Hunter has an excellent season preview piece up, in which he asks Jays-related questions of Ben Lindberg of Baseball Prospectus.
“I felt like this year, and I don’t know why this is and knock on wood, but I feel like I have some pop back in my bat that I haven’t had in the last couple years,” says Mark DeRosa, according to Mike Wilner of Sportsnet.
John Lott of the National Post looks at Adam Lind, who is staring down a pivotal season in his career, and his new yoga regimen.
Lott also looks at what’s being said by the Jays about the mechanical changes Ricky Romero will have in place for tomorrow’s outing at the club’s minor league complex in Dunedin.
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun writes about Tim Raines, the new minor league outfield/baserunning instructor who, according to the paper’s headline writer, is a steal for the Jays. Get it?
Elliott also looks at the fastest working man in the business not employed by NBC Sports, Mark Buehrle.
Gregor Chisholm has a fancy new Inbox post up over at BlueJays.com.
Shermanator91 of Bluebird Banter does some excellent work looking at the Jays’ bullpen, and in particular, their splits.
Elsewhere, Tom Dakers talks to Steve Goldman of Yankees blog Pinstriped Bible, as we get a taste of where folks are at in the Bronx heading into the season.
At FanGraphs, Matt Smith does some interesting stuff in surveying deep into the farm systems of the AL East.
The latest 30-whatever thing from the Tao of Stieb takes a look at Dominican WBC hero-ish Moises Sierra.
Callum Hughson of Mop Up Duty recounts his visit to Phoenix and the WBC games that took place there last week.
High Heat Stats does an excellent little job of making a Hall Of Fame case for Larry Walker.
At Getting Blanked, Drew looks at the ridiculous awesomeness of Joey Votto, and Johnny Mac, who is on the move, having been traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Moving on… up?
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