Leading off, as always (or usual), it’s today’s edition of the Getting Blanked Podcast– which for the duration of the season will be coming at you daily! We’re not double posting this year, but I’ll be sure to include the link in the first Daily Duce or Game Threat that follows the post going up over at Getting Blanked. Otherwise, you can find the podcast at Getting Blanked on iTunes, get it via the RSS feed we have setup, or like Getting Blanked on Facebook in order to get each day’s podcast straight into your news feed (and while you’re at it, go ahead and like DJF on Facebook, too).
Hired goons? Lots of stuff about Yankee-paid security guys pointing out fans to be tossed from the Rogers Centre because of their conduct near the visiting bullpen, which originated from this post at Sportto Network. We discussed it on today’s DJF Podcast, and Brendan Kennedy followed-up with some actual journalistic leg work over at the Toronto Star. It’s all very… unsurprising, isn’t it?
Elsewhere at the Star, Curtis Rush talks to Gregg Zaun about the unruly behaviour of Jays fans. The catcher-turned-broadcaster says that the Jays are getting a reputation for it, and that it seems to get worse every year, with this year being more prominent because more younger fans are coming out. Asked to comment, Jays vice president of communications, Jay Stenhouse, told the Star in an email, “We are not going to respond to a blog post about our fans in relation to all other fans based upon a blog site. I have not seen any reliable survey that documents fan conduct around baseball.” The Jays also didn’t respond, in Kennedy’s piece, “to a request to clarify what is considered ejectable behaviour.”
Elsewhere still at the Star, Richard Griffin has his new Bullpen post up, in which he looks at Casey Janssen’s leadership, the Jays’ shoddy-so-far defence, and more.
The Casper Wells era officially ended today for the Jays, as he was dealt to the Oakland A’s for cash. MLBTR has the details. I half-wrote a post about this before realizing that I’d pretty much already said the same stuff, back when he was originally designated for assignment last week.
MLBTR has a deeper exploration of the how the Jays are exploiting the waiver wire, and wondering whether that might be a problem.
The issue is also addressed at Baseball Prospectus, on today’s Effectively Wild podcast.
Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet looks at Brett Cecil, who has, so far, made an excellent transition to the bullpen.
Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun has some great stuff for the Chicken Little crowd.
In a notebook post at BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm and Evan Peaslee write about John Gibbons’ belief in his club’s defence, the good fit Munenori Kawasaki has been at the top of the lineup so far, and the fact that the manager insists his players aren’t feeling the pressure of heavy expectations.
Jeff Reese of
the Doug Gilmour trade Bullpen Banter watched Roberto Osuna’s first start of the year, and walked away very impressed, not just with his pitching, but with some apparent weight loss and increased athleticism, calling him potentially “a future number two starter.” He includes an 11 minute video of Osuna as well.
Dirk Hayhurst has a problem with Gregg Zaun’s characterization of J.P. Arencibia as a “base clogger,” and writes about that and JPA’s need to take more walks– as opposed to Zaun’s advice, which is for him to just swing freely.
Speaking of Arencibia, Mop Up Duty looks at some spray charts and comes away impressed that he’s been hitting home runs to all fields so far.
Jeff Blair’s new book on the Jays’ history is out. You can get yourself a copy via Indigo.ca.
Lastly, at Getting Blanked, Drew writes about Great Moments In Tenuous Connections, in which the head of Robinson Cano’s charitable foundation appears in the records of Biogenesis. Dun dun dunnn!