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At Fanatico, Parkes examines the pressures of child-athletes, and in a particularly Jays-related twist, speaks to Tony Rasmus about the baseball and workout regimen his sons, including Colby, were on at a very young age. Interesting, illuminating, and terrific stuff.
Ricky Romero’s start in Dunedin, scheduled for today, has been pushed back until tomorrow– ostensibly to accomodate for Aaron Sanchez’s latest turn getting rained out, though Bluebird Banter wonders if it’s actually to have him as insurance in case Josh Johnson can’t go on Friday.
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun talks to Phillies scout, and former Jim Fregosi stooge, Dave Hollins, who says he never would have done a thing like Mark DeRosa did, calling a team meeting so soon after joining a club full of established veterans. “”Yeah, right. I’m going to come in, tell Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green how to do things.” Sure, OK.
Elliott adds that, in addition to DeRosa, Jose Bautista, R.A. Dickey and Darren Oliver spoke during the closed-door meeting on Sunday.
According to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, John Gibbons spins it to suggest that it was both DeRosa and Jose Bautista who called Sunday’s meeting, which– shock!– “has not seemed to have any lasting effect,” according to Griff.
Griffin’s piece also rounds up last night’s baseball-like activity for the Jays, as he notes, among other things that, if Mark Buehrle’s “streak of 12 straight seasons with 200-plus innings were to continue, at his current pace the former White Sox and Marlins pitcher would allow an outrageous 51 homers.” The record, by the way, for most home runs allowed in a season is 50, set by Bert Blyleven in 1986. He pitched 276 innings that year.
Elsewhere in the Star, Mark Zwolinski notes looks to Buffalo, where things are absolutely peachy. Well… at least when it comes to the Bisons, who set a franchise record for wins in April with 17.
“Location’s the biggest thing — keeping the ball down,” Buehrle said according to John Lott’s wrap-up for the National Post. “I’m not overpowering guys, I’m not going to go out there and strike guys out. I’m hoping they put the ball in play the first couple pitches. When I’m throwing pitches and fastballs away, I need to keep them down.”
In a notebook post for BlueJays.com, Chris Toman talks about John Farrell’s interest in the weighted ball program used by Steve Delabar, and now Brett Cecil, to great effect for the Jays. He also talks to John Gibbons about R.A. Dickey and Josh Johnson, who are both still on track to start this week. Of Dickey, the manager explains, “The doctors indicated that it’s just a matter of time before it goes away. But you keep irritating it when you throw it, but we need him out there and he wants to be out there. Plus, they looked at it and there’s nothing serious at all.”
Chris’s partner in crime at gamereax, Dan Toman, writes about Clay Buchholz, who mesmerized the Jays for however many innings he stayed in last night (I actually left that steaming turd of a game– a serious rarity for me– after the Sox went up 8-0).
Jack Moore of FanGraphs also looks at the excellent work Buchholz– who may be the best pitcher going in all of baseball right now– has done this season, in a post that really drives home the point that, y’know, it’s still early May.
But that won’t stop Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe from having the same sentiment come pouring from his red and white pom poms onto your screens– y’know, should you choose to actually click that link.
At MLB Trade Rumors, Marc Hulet reviews how the transition to new organizations has gone for the prospects traded away by the Blue Jays in their big, splashy, distant fucking memory of an off-season.
Tom Maloney of the Globe and Mail looks at the Sox’ Canadian pitcher, Ryan Dempster, and focuses, in particular, on the great charitable work he does off the field.
And one more Sox-related item, because… who doesn’t love that, right? Actually this is a good one for us, as Matthew Kory of Baseball Prospectus (paywall’d) compares Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks to Kevin Maas. KEVIN MAAS!!!
Lastly, at Getting Blanked, Scott Lewis looks at the report this week that the Red Sox also explored a trade for Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes this winter, but didn’t pursue it after the Marlins asked for top prospect Xander “Crews” Bogaerts. Oh, and free-agent-to-be Johnson like him some Boston– hint, hint. Ugh.