He’s like a kid in a candy shop, and that candy is… success.
Sportsnet will broadcast a tonne of Jays Spring Training games on the radio this season, and also on TV. They gave us all the details in a release this morning.
Late addition: According to a tweet from Jon Morosi, the Jays are among the teams who’ve scouted Cuban 23-year-old second baseman Aledmys Diaz. That doesn’t mean they’re not just doing their due diligence, but if the interest is there, and the opportunity to play in the big leagues is something that may drive Diaz’s decision, uh… you’d have to think there might be a chance. I gathered some additional background on him here.
Bluebird Banter takes a fresh approach to looking at Jays prospects, with writer jays182 giving us the infield portion of their Organizational All-Upside Team.
So, about that pining for A.J. Burnett. According to John Perrotto of the Beaver County Times, there’s more to A.J.’s ending up in Philadelphia than just money. “Everything changed when the Pirates decided not to start Burnett in the decisive Game 5 against the Cardinals in the National League Division Series after he had been rocked for seven runs in two innings in Game 1,” he writes. “Burnett was enraged by the decision and threatened to not fly with the team to St. Louis despite being told he would likely start Game 1 or 2 if the Pirates advanced to the National League Championship Series to face the Dodgers.” Yikes.
Drew has a hot taco on the Burnett stuff over at Getting Blanked. And there’s Moore great stuff at Getting Blanked (see what I just did there?), as Jack Moore’s latest Primary Sources piece looks at Dick Allen, Race, And Repeated Failures in Sport.
Back to Sportsnet, where Ben Nicholson-Smith looks at the weak spots for each team in the AL East, and also catches up with Darren Oliver, who won’t be pitching at a big league camp this spring for the first time since the Jays’ World Series years.
Brett Lawrie tweets that he’ll be on the Canadian cover of a video game this year.
Jonah Keri looks at the worst contracts in baseball over at Grantland, with Jose Reyes getting an honourable mention, and Ricky Romero ending up on the full-on list.
The Jays will once again run their Tournament 12 showcase for Canadian amateur players this year. Gregor Chisholm has the details at BlueJays.com.
Keith Law chatted with readers at ESPN.com today, calling Kevin Pillar a fourth outfielder, and… that’s about it, as far as Jays stuff goes. But it’s always good stuff, regardless, of course.
Interesting stuff from the Canadian Baseball Network, as Alexis Brudnicki looks at the history of Baseball America, and its Canadian roots.
Um… skinny C.C. Sabathia? Skinny C.C. Sabathia.
Finally, former Jays manager Jim Fregosi is in a Miami hospital, recovering after a stroke suffered during an MLB alumni cruise in the Caribbean. MLB.com has the info. Here’s hoping for a speedy and full recovery.