Some people like pizza. Some like certain brands of pizza better than certain other brands. They used to sell pizza made by Pizza Pizza at the Rogers Centre, and some people liked that, other didn’t. Today the Blue Jays announced that they had signed an Official Pizza Agreement with Pizza Nova, and now they will sell that pizza at the Rogers Centre. Some people like that, others don’t.
And now I’m writing a dreadful post about pizza.
Hey, it beats what I was going to do — writing more fretful pieces about the Jays being horrifically outdated in some of their thinking — right??? Like, all that stuff about Brandon Morrow and biomechanics that came up yesterday, or new hitting coach Kevin Seitzer speaking exclusively in terms of batting average and RBIs in every. fucking. interview. Or a new one from Jeff Zimmerman at FanGraphs showing that over the last few years a player’s BABIP will begin to drop as soon as he reaches the Majors, which wasn’t the case even just a few years ago, with the theory being that it’s based “on the increased knowledge and use of defensive information,” since “teams are doing a better job of tracking players in the majors and minors and know their hit tendencies.” Yet, of course, the Jays plod along with Luis Rivera, who replaced Brian Butterfield last season, still entrenched as the club’s point man on this stuff, despite announcing a year ago that he would be more conservative with shifts, putting that pronouncement into action by becoming one of only two big league clubs to buck the trend and shift less in 2013 than the previous year, and overseeing some atrocious on-field results. (Granted, undoubtedly some — maybe even most — of it comes down to personnel, but in 2013, on ground balls in play, Jays opponents hit 15 points higher than the MLB average (.255 BABIP on ground balls versus a .240 league average), after being 17 and 24 points under the league average in the final two seasons with the uber-shifty Butterfield).
But no. Today let’s pay no attention to the front office’s possible deference to stubborn old school-ness that’s potentially costing the club. Let’s just go with pizza.
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