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.
Here’s something I gave credit to Benny Fresh for on the podcast, but was actually Gregor Chisholm over at North Of The Border: the suggestion of making Dustin McGowan the odd man out when Jose Reyes is ready, rather than Munenori Kawasaki. I totally understand the instinct– and I think if the Jays thought McGowan’s contract would be enough to get him through waivers, they’d probably do it. But I’m not sure that’s great asset management, seeing as Kawasaki does about as good for you in the minors as he does on the bench.
In the post I was mistakenly thinking of, over at Sportsnet, Ben Nicholson-Smith writes about how the Kawasaki decision gets more difficult daily for the club.
Elsewhere at North Of The Border, Gregor has a fantastic, lengthy Q&A with not only Jamie Evans, the Jays’ latest hire and the man behind the weighted ball exercises, but also with Steve Delabar, Brett Cecil and Casey Janssen, all of whom have been using the program that the Jays are surely hoping turns out to be– no, really– perhaps kinda revolutionary.
Awesome stuff from Red Sox blog Over The Monster, where Ben Buchanan tells us that “John Farrell does not learn from his mistakes. Instead he embraces them and throws himself headfirst into repeating them.” Which, of course, we already kinda new. Hilarious, though.
In his latest Bullpen post at the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin gets Jays relievers to create Kevin Costner’s Bull Durham speech, in honour of the movie’s 25th anniversary. He also interviews Adam Lind, talks about the Munenori Kawasaki decision, and more!
Elsewhere still in the Star, Mark Zwolinski writes about how Jays players would rather not lose their well-liked teammate, Kawasaki.
The same sentiment is echoed in a piece from Steve Buffery in the Toronto Sun.
Paul Beeston is taking the Jays’ winning streak in stride, according to an interesting piece from Arden Zwelling over at Sportsnet.
At BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm looks at how Jose Bautista is closing in on a starting spot in next month’s All-Star game.
Elsewhere, in a notebook post, Gregor talks about the tough roster decisions upcoming, R.A. Dickey’s search for consistency, and the emergence of Brett Cecil’s crazy fucking awesomeness.
Another one from BlueJays.com, by Teddy Cahill, looks at the returning health of top prospect Aaron Sanchez, who pitched and looked good on Friday.
Meanwhile, Evan Peaslee notes for the official site that the Jays have signed five more of their picks from this year’s draft– none of the top couple yet, though.
Jays Journal notes that Kyle Drabek has begun his rehab assignment, over a year after the second Tommy John surgery of his career.
The Tao Of Stieb offers some reflections on a winning streak, while at Grantland, Jonah Keri doesn’t write much about the Jays, but moves them up to eleventh in his power rankings– they were 19th just a week ago.
Great stuff from Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs, who looks at the Jays and a history of streakers. (No, not that kind of streaker).
Speaking of, Drew talked streak in this morning’s Monday Morning Memo over at Getting Blanked.
Lastly, more great stuff from Charlie Caskey of Your Van C’s, who speaks to Vancouver Canadians catcher Matt Hitt, who was roommates in extended spring with Anthony Alford, and offered all kinds of insight (at the end of the piece) into the high-end two-sport prospect signed over-slot by the Blue Jays last June. Caskey says Hitt calls Alford one of the nicest kids he’s ever met, and explains, “According to Hitt, Alford’s plan is to play football collegiately for three years. If he sees not future professionally then he will switch to baseball full time. That would make him twenty in 2014 when he decides that he’s going to play baseball for a career. He’ll be behind the development curve somewhat, but not so much to make it impossible.”