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.
Scott Lewis’s oral history of the 1989 Cleveland Indians over at Getting Blanked. Read it.
When you’re done, go back three posts at Getting Blanked and read Drew’s outstanding new entry in the My Approach series: Miguel Cabrera.
Interesting stuff from Richard G. Johnson at Sports Law Blog, as he approaches MLB’s new foray into the PED mess from a legal perspective, considering how the players union may respond.
Ex-Rockie Ryan Spilborghs, currently playing in Japan, weighs in on the complex issue of PED use in a piece at the Denver Post that they actually titled Spillin’ the Beans. Get it? Good post, though.
Sticking with the PED stuff, I updated last night’s Melky Cabrera piece to include an Alex Anthopoulos quote via Richard Griffin. “MLB is handling all comments,” was all that the GM would say yesterday– a decidedly different response from earlier in the year, when he would insist he believed the matter to be closed.
I could have also updated last night’s Brett Lawrie piece, to include another possible reason why the Jays tried Lawrie– who tweeted today that he loves being back there– at second base last night: the fact that it may be necessary to move Melky Cabrera to DH in order to preserve his wonky legs when he returns.
Ben Nicholson-Smith wrote about this latest Lawrie experiment today at Sportsnet, speaking to John Gibbons about it, who says that Lawrie’s days at third base aren’t over, though he likes how Maicer Izturis seems to have settled in at third base. I don’t know about all that. Unless it’s to accommodate Melky or an upgrade at third or in the outfield, why are we moving Lawrie, exactly?
Two excellent ones from Gamereax, as Chris Toman does some rosterbation, wondering what the corresponding moves will be when Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera return (Sergio Santos isn’t far off himself!), while Dan Toman looks at the sometimes-still-dominant Josh Johnson.
The All-Star Game would be Steve Delabar’s Hollywood ending, writes Gregor Chisholm, in a lengthy profile of the Final Vote leader over at BlueJays.com.
Elsewhere at MLB.com, Gregor writes a notebook post, in which he talks about the quietly impressive season Colby Rasmus is putting in, as well as the experiment with Brett Lawrie at second base, and gives us an update on Brandon Morrow (just had a 25-pitch side session but no timeline for beginning the three-starts rehab assignment he’ll require as yet), and Sergio Santos (pitching at Dunedin today for the third time– his fourth rehab appearance overall).
Santos has already thrown for Dunedin, actually, and Chris Toman notes that he allowed one run on one hit.
A trio of gems from John Lott of the National Post, who looks at the second base woes that necessitated the club experimenting with moving Brett Lawrie over there, then looks at the minor rotation shuffle that will see R.A. Dickey finish the Cleveland series, rather than starting in Baltimore. He also takes a look back on last night’s disasterpiece.
Nick Ashbourne of Bluebird Banter looks into one of the Jays glaring areas of weakness: their catching situation. He examines the incumbent, the most plausible internal options to replace him, and offers a couple potential targets from outside the organization as well.
Jim Shonerd of Baseball America writes about Asher Wojciechowski [note: still got it!], who sounds like he’s turning himself back into a prospect in the Astros organization, having been traded there last summer for J.A. Happ.
Lastly, at Chris Creamer’s SportsLogos.net, we can see the Jays record this season based on which uniform they’ve worn. They are 2-13 while wearing road greys, and eight games above .500 wearing every other iteration so far. Burn the damn grey ones already!