Let’s see here… Roxanne, the Real Roxanne, Roxanne Shanté, and Salman Rushdie.
The Jays picked up minor league infielder Steve Tolleson, who you may remember as a bit player on the 2012 Orioles. MLBTR has the details.
Awesome stuff from the latest Getting Blanked Podcast, as Drew chats with Boston Red Sox advanced video scout and bullpen catcher– and former holder of the same duties with the Jays (and who threw to Jose Bautista in the 2012 Home Run Derby!).
Matt English waxes poetic about Roy Halladay on that Kinja thing I don’t really understand. #old
So did Dirk Hayhurst– at his personal blog, which… that I totally get! This Kinja thing though.
According to this tweet, Baseball Reference’s Play Index doesn’t have the right algorithm to compute the fact that black is slimming.
I’m not going to shut down outside-the-box thinking, but in a Fanpost at Bluebird Banter, “MjwW” makes the case for the Jays going to a four-man rotation in 2014, and… well… not sure I’m crazy about the whole 100-125 innings to three of Jeffress, McGowan, Rogers, or Redmond aspect of it. Not that it’s a tenable plan anyway because of how open it would leave the club for severe criticism– both in terms of the media and, presumably, within the industry– at the first hint of any sort of trouble. Let’s maybe see about getting rid of the closer orthodoxy bullshit before we go down this road– walk before you run, eh?
Over at Sportsnet we have an audio clip of Bob Elliott and Dave Perkins filling out their Hall Of Fame ballots live on air, and… uh… I didn’t hate this segment. That, however, is probably more of an indictment of how useless the Hall has made itself than it is of anything else, because I’m sure there are things in there to get upset at, it’s just… meh. Good on them for being inclusive about PED guys, at least.
Elsewhere at Sportsnet, Ben Nicholson-Smith takes a look at some of the Jays’ remaining starting pitching options.
Buster Olney, in his latest at ESPN.com (Insider Olney), wonders if Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana may just end back with their old teams– on those teams’ terms– because their market has so badly cratered because of the draft pick compensation tied to them. I can think of at least one team that ought to be able to beat those offers.
Baseball Hot Corner has a chat with Ryan Goins that makes it slightly harder to root against him– which I’m totally not, by the way. I mean, I’d love to see him succeed, I just think it’s a ridiculous idea to crown him a big league regular without a safety net. Or to expect him to, y’know, hit enough to even justify the great glove being there.
More stuff from Blue Jays Plus on John Gibbons, as Isaac Boloten has chatted with two more players from the 2012 San Antonio Missions, who were managed by Gibbers. Like the other items in this series, Hayden Beard and Dustin Pease have nothing but good to share about their former manager.
Elsewhere at Blue Jays Plus, it’s their latest podcast, featuring a great talk about pitching mechanics with Doug Thorburn.
David Laurila of FanGraphs has an interesting chat with Jays prospect Andy Burns.
A couple from earlier in the month, Nick Ashbourne of Bluebird Banter wonders if Dioner Navarro’s 2013 meant anything, while Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun looks at how Navarro can maybe relate to J.P. Arencibia, given his years in baseballing purgatory.
Another one from Nick at Bluebird Banter looks at Esmil Rogers, who he suggests needs to feature his sinker– especially if he’s pressed into duty as a starter.
Craig Dunham writes for BlueJays.com about farmhand Jack Murphy, who has achieved cult hero status in Australian baseball circles.
Maury Brown of Forbes writes that MLB’s revenues exceeded $8-billion in 2013. With a “b.” Holy shit.
Oh and there’s a tonne more from BlueJays.com: Jim Callis takes a brief look at next year’s draft class. Bernie Pleskoff does some scouting on Marcus Stroman, saying that he likes him as a starter, explaining that “his fall statistics were outstanding, but it was his mechanics and mound demeanor that helped confirm my belief in his ability as a quality pitcher.” Meanwhile, Gregor Chisholm looks at how Jays catcher will benefit from working with Tomo Ohka, who has returned to the organization as a knuckleballer.
Lastly, Jeff Blair writes about former Jay Ryan Freel for the Globe and Mail, tying in the announcement that it was discovered that he has been posthumously diagnosed with CTE with issues of player security the league’s decision to ban collisions at the plate.