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).
Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun looks at how Pinellas County politicians are attempting to keep the Jays’ spring home in the Dunedin area– including a plan that may expand the Phillies’ complex in very nearby Clearwater.
Elsewhere in the Sun, Mike Rutsey suggests that this week’s series with the Red Sox probably isn’t the time when victories are going to start coming for the Jays, given how the two clubs have played thus far. But that’s kinda the thing, isn’t it? Both teams are long overdue to start looking more like the clubs we thought they were in the off-season– and for the Jays’ sake, they’d fucking better.
Via MLBTR, it seems that there’s no love lost between Mike Napoli and the Jays, as he was forced to cut a Mexican cruise short back in January of 2011 in order to rush to Florida to take a physical after he’d been acquired by Toronto in the Vernon Wells deal. ”It sucked, I’ll tell you that,” Napoli told the red and white pom poms of Alex Speier of WEEI.com, as he recounted the odd scenario– as we saw with Jose Reyes this winter, players usually get to finish their vacations before taking trade-related physicals (though I can understand why Alex Anthopoulos felt some sense of urgency to make the fleecing of Anaheim official)– and how nobody from the Jays’ front office contact him until he’d been dealt again, this time to the Rangers a few days later.
Great stuff from Chris Toman at gamereax, as he looks at what J.P. Arencibia still needs to do as a hitter, which is currently being masked a bit by his gaudy power numbers. Toman also makes the case for Josh Thole to replace Henry Blanco on the Jays’ roster, and while I have no lack of fondness for ol’ Machete, uh… yeah. Totally. It was the right time to do this, basically, in March. Maybe one day Alex will learn that giving valuable roster spots to unplayable veterans is kinda fucking stupid. Maybe…
The Globe and Mail goes a-trollin’, with Robert MacLeod looking at the Jays’ playoff odds (which… at this time of year are kind of the worst things to look at ever), while Tom Maloney dreams of what might have been for the Jays… an outfield featuring Alex Rios and Vernon Wells, who are going better than the Jays’ current outfielders, which, of course, means fuck all after 26 games.
Callum Hughson of Mop Up Duty gives us an interesting take on what’s gone wrong with the Jays so far.
At Jays Journal, Michael Beraskow looks at the role John Gibbons has had in the Jays’ lack of success so far, which– unsurprisingly– isn’t a big one. Sorry, pisspantses.
Speaking of pisspantses, also at Jays Journal, Travis Bateman takes a look, tongue firmly in cheek, at all the very reasonable reasons why John Gibbons should be fired.
At Bluebird Banter, Shermanator91 tries to construct an optimal lineup for the Jays, and comes up with some interesting ideas– like Adam Lind leading off against right-handers, followed by Jose Bautista. I’d do it.
Via Baseball Think Factory, it’s a slideshow of the top ten MLB stadiums when it comes to craft beer. I don’t do slideshows, so I haven’t looked, but I can already assure you that Rogers Centre isn’t on there.
Awesome stuff as always from Craig Robinson at Getting Blanked, as he brings us a spiffy infographic on the job histories of all the current big league managers.
Lastly, Sportsnet announces that the CRTC has approved the sale of The Score to Rogers, and that the channel we be rebranded on July 1st, which will hopefully, finally, stop all the damn confusion people have about me supposedly working for Rogers. I do not. This blog, and all the others on our roster, as well as theScore.com, and our mobile app operate as an independent company.