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 (if we remember to post it). While you’re at it, go ahead and like DJF on Facebook, too.
Evan Peaslee of BlueJays.com tells us that Melky Cabrera will get himself a World Series ring when the Junior Varsity Giants come to town for a two-game mini series this week.
At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi talks to R.A. Dickey, who says his back is steadily getting better, which the pitcher hopes will allow him to regain the strength needed to throw at the same velocity he did last year, and to revert to his old, more reliable release point. Uh… you’re not the only one hoping so, R.A.
Elsewhere from Davidi and Sportsnet, Shi talks to Jose Bautista, who is unimpressed with the recent PED allegation bullshit on David Ortiz that dribbled out of Dan Shaughnessy’s mouth. Meanwhile, Ben Nicholson-Smith recaps some of Paul Beeston’s recent appearance on Baseball Central, where the team president insisted that the club won’t panic after its horrendous start. Another one from Benny Fresh, from late last week, looks at how the Jays’ rotation issues have exposed the bullpen.
More on Dickey from Tom Maloney of the Globe and Mail, who writes about the pitcher’s ‘heart for the vulnerable.’
In his latest Bullpen post at the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin looks at Mother’s Day with Dickey, talks about the evolution of Casey Janssen, and more!
Elsewhere in the Star, Brendan Kennedy talks to Dustin McGowan, who is another Jays pitcher having success using the same weighted ball program as Steve Delabar, and looks at Brett Lawrie’s most recent Twitter faux-pas, which– I should note– prompted some interesting nonsense on Prime Time Sports on Friday evening.
Mark Buehrle says it was partly luck, according to John Lott of the National Post, but according to yesterday’s Sportsnet broadcast, a scout who’d seen more than a hundred Sox games at Fenway called it one of, if not the best start by a visiting lefty he’d seen. Uh… sure?
Some loose ends on Ricky Romero, who struggled in his Buffalo debut yesterday, as noted by Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com.
A piece from Shi Davidi of Sportsnet suggests that the Jays are preaching patience with their former Opening Day starter– except, y’know, for the time they rushed him to the Majors to fill a hole in their rotation and promptly saw he wasn’t ready.
Chris Toman writes– and GIFs– at gamereax that Ricky isn’t ready for the Majors, and he never was. Richard Griffin doesn’t count Romero out as a contributor in the future, but writes in the Toronto Star– in a piece complete with a comment from a troll who is probably banned from posting here due to sever stupidity– that Buffalo is exactly where Ricky should be.
Of course, in case you missed it last week, Dirk Hayhurst wrote about it as well, in a piece titled “How To Kill An All-Star,” in which we learn that fragile little snowflake Ricky has probably just been destroyed by the big bad Jays– “a career that, despite all efforts to grind, and fight, and harness the inner bulldog, could be DOA.” No, really.
We’ve got some loose ends on J.A. Happ’s injury, as in the National Post, John Lott looks at comments from Happ and Brandon McCarthy about the difficulty of finding protective headgear for pitchers that wouldn’t upset their delicate mechanics. So… grandfather it in with several years warning, if that’s the best we can do, no?
Paul Hagen of MLB.com looks at the issue of protective headgear as well, and Richard Griffin writes about the scary incident for the Toronto Star, while Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs tries to figure out what should be done on the field, regarding the stoppage of play, after an incident like Happ’s.
Sticking at FanGraphs, David Laurila points us to some really interesting stuff from Mark DeRosa on George Sauer, a Pro Bowl receiver who retired at age 27 because he didn’t care for the sport he was so great at. Sauer’s obituary appeared in the New York Times over the weekend.
Jim Callis of Baseball America has the first version of his 2013 mock draft up, and in it he has the Jays taking
UNC corner infielder Colin Moran Indiana high schoool arm Trey Ball. “No team was more aggressive than Toronto in the 2012 draft, but it has no extra picks to play with this year,” he explains. “Expect the Blue Jays to go all-in here and grab the highest-ceiling player still available. If Stewart and Frazier are off the board, that means Ball or Meadows.”
One from last week, as Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun spoke to Adam Lind, who said that he knows he “started off statistically poor and I’m still really not that great, but I have felt as good as I’ve felt in my entire career this first month and a half.”
At Franchise Mode, Scott Johnson looks into which MLB team has the best Instagram community. Hint: it ain’t us.
At Fanatico, Parkes writes about the death of player quotes and game stories. They will not be missed.
The Blue Jay Hunter looks at some recent high praise for Casey Janssen, and his– dare we say it– Mariano Rivera-like cutter.
Mop Up Duty says that it’s time to say goodbye to Henry Blanco, which… not that he’s anywhere close to the problem, but… yeah.
Great stuff from Jack Moore of Sports On Earth (and the internet at large), as he looks at Edwin Encarnacion’s reinvented swing.
More from Jack, as at Getting Blanked, he gives us his play of the week, featuring Vernon Wells, who apparently can do everything now. Ugh.
And lastly, three absolute gems from Getting Blanked, as Parkes wonders what’s wrong with R.A. Dickey (among other stray thoughts), Scott Lewis gives us his GIFs of the week, and Drew posts the results of his lengthy, outstanding sit-down with Jose Bautista, who talked about his approach at the plate, the work he puts in, and some of his favourite hitters. Seriously, read it. Great stuff.