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 bother to post it). While you’re at it, go ahead and like DJF on Facebook, too.
Dun dun dun… according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, John Gibbons is saying that Edwin Encarnacion will see some time at third base while the team travels to National League parks with Brett Lawrie out.
At ESPN.com (Insider Only), Keith Law has a new mock draft up today, in which he calls the Jays the biggest wild card of the top ten, as they “don’t seem to be enamored with any of what’s likely to be available for them.”
Last week KLaw updated the top end of his top prospects list, moving Aaron Sanchez all the way up to 13th in all of baseball. Sanchez, he says, has started to see his performance catch up to his scouting reports, which presumably is linked to the fact that he’s not walking guys quite so much.
One more KLaw thing, as Aaron Hill appeared on this week’s edition of his Behind The Dish podcast, talking about getting drafted back in 2003.
Sticking with ESPN podcastery, Alex Anthopoulos showed up to chat with Buster Olney on Baseball Tonight back on Tuesday.
At Getting Blanked, Drew takes Jon Trolololosi to task for his pontificating about Brett Lawrie’s out-of-control play, which apparently we’re supposed to believe had something to do with the freak injury he suffered on a routine slide earlier this week. It didn’t.
Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail gave his take on Lawrie, noting that “despite all the fuss Lawrie generates by virtue of his status as the highest-ceilinged Canadian-born player the organization has ever had, it is remarkable how reserved those in the upper echelon of the organization are when it comes to discussing his future.”
In the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin suggested that Lawrie’s disgraceful behaviour of last weekend has been swept under the rug.
Elsewhere in the Star, Scaachi Koul writes looks into the raising of beer prices at the Rogers Centre this year, and how it has dramatically cut into the tips of vendors.
Elsewhere still, Brendan Kennedy looks at the call-up of the flamethrowing Neil Wagner, and at Jose Bautista’s lifetime pass to any ballpark, something all ballplayers receive after eight years of MLB service– aka his two tickets to paradise.
Pivoting off something Dirk Hayhurst has been saying, Bluebird Banter polls its readers about whether Ricky Romero’s future may lie in the bullpen, so that he won’t know when it’s going to be his turn to pitch, and so he can be pulled quickly with minimal damage if things start going tits up.
From gamereax, it’s Jose Bautista crushing one from Paul Maholm that was absolutely put on a tee for him.
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun wonders if Andy LaRoche is a call-up candidate.
At MLBTR, Marc Hulet looks into the progress of some minor league conversion projects, including the Jays’ Justin Jackson, who has moved to the mound after years as a shortstop.
Steal of Home‘s home run damage report for last week shows that the blast from Colby Rasmus off the Rays’ Alex Cobb was the second most “damaging” homer of the 2013 season.
Lastly, FanGraphs mourns the passing of Dr. Lewis Yocum, one of the most important doctors in Major League history.