Daily? Also: This is your Game Threat. What of it?
Sadly (I think), according to Tom Maloney back in last Friday’s Globe and Mail, the Jays’ tenure in Dunedin seems to be nearing an end, as he writes that the club is determined to ditch their long time digs (which frustratingly span two facilities a ten minute drive apart), and sharing a space with the Houston Astros in Palm Beach Gardens, north of Miami on Florida’s Atlantic coast.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t go a bit deeper into Mike Harrington’s Buffalo News piece on Jim Negrych that I linked in the Romero post– wherein he somehow tries to cast the wholly expected regression of a career minor leaguer as some kind of response to his not getting called up, and suggests that by repeatedly taking Munenori Kawasaki ahead of him, the Jays “pandered to their Asian fan base in Toronto,” as though anyone from that continent is part of some homogeneous group, and that it wasn’t just fans in general, of all backgrounds, who found Kawasaki so endearing. Um… no.
A trio of good ones from Ben Nicholson-Smith at Sportsnet, as he looks at Brett Lawrie’s defence, which we can safely call elite. He also notes a tweet from Marcus Stroman, who says he’s upset at being overlooked for a big league promotion– in a positive way.
Ben also relays some comments from a Sal Fasano radio hit, as the club’s roving catching instructor spoke about the plan for J.P. Arencibia. “We can just get caught doing all of the other things. Media stuff every day. You’re trying to be a good guy, going out to the community,” he said. “The bottom line is if you don’t perform on the field, you’re probably not going to be around. So we have to really get him to buy in to what it’s supposed to be. We have to work hard. We have to work hard on a daily basis and, really, to his credit, he does work.” Uhh… how about that not being around thing?
Speaking of Arencibia, a notebook post from Evan Peaslee of BlueJays.com also looks at some interesting comments from Fasano about the progress Arencibia has made– in addition to telling us about Steve Delabar’s return, and Dustin McGowan’s continued insistence that he’s going to try to make it as a starting pitcher next season. Good luck to him on that. Honestly– no sarcasm.
Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail, before stoking more fucking nonsense about trading Jose Bautista in the midst of a piece about where the Jays go from here (and, ostensibly, about last weekend’s Royals series), did probably hit the nail on the head in his lede: “J.A. Happ reminded all of us on Sunday why it won’t be a positive sign if he is in the Toronto Blue Jays rotation in 2014.”
A pair from the Toronto Sun, as Ken Fidlin talks to a wiser– and hopefully, y’know, better– Kyle Drabek, while back on Thursday Mike Rutsey got Mark Buehrle to give him an update on his dogs.
From last week, but well worth bringing up– which I haven’t yet– John Lott of the National Post profiles R.A. Dickey, as he shared his story with young victims of abuse.
Elsewhere in the Post, and also from last week, Bruce Arthur takes a tour through the season that was, trying to make sense of all the lost coin flips the Jays seemed to poised to win back in March and April.
Another one from last week that hasn’t lost a hint of its power over the last few days, as Chris Toman of Gamereax writes that Ryan Goins isn’t the answer to the Jays’ problems at second base. I mean… right???
Interesting stuff from FanGraphs, who take a look at the best and worst battery mates at preventing the running game– and, interestingly, J.P. Arencibia appears on each list. He and Mark Buehrle were among the best in 2013. With Josh Johnson, he was among the worst.
Lastly, an infographic from Team Marketing Report showing the price of beer at all the big league stadiums has been making the digital rounds over the last week or so, but Beergraphs seems to think something might be fishy. I concur, but not for the same reasons. My issue is, the list shows the Jays’ average beer price as being 0.52 cents per ounce, which is less than the per ounce price on their domestic tall cans (16 oz * .52 = $8.32), but I’m not sure of the size of their large draught cups, so maybe it’s not so far off– especially with things being murky regarding tax, exchange rate, the difference between American and imperial ounces, etc. Actually, maybe it’s about right. The Jays’ prices are, after all, third highest in baseball, according to the chart. Kudos, Aramark, and kudos to the Jays for letting them gouge us!