I know how not to let my son run off in robot pants with a fistful of knifes!
Remember when some Jays fans kinda didn’t like Mark Buehrle? Maybe it’s just that as I get older I have more of an affinity for the old guys and the soft-tossers, but holy shit… so good.
According to a tweet from Ben Nicholson-Smith, John Gibbons told the Fan 590 that Adam Lind will be activated from the DL tonight. No corresponding move has been made yet, but I think that rustling sound you hear is Chad Jenkins packing his bags.
MLB and Apple made waves yesterday – mistaken waves, apparently — after a bunch of fan podcasters found that their podcasts had been removed from the iTunes store. Awful Announcing has the details, including (at the bottom) MLB’s statement after the P.R. battle truly got away from them, blaming Apple for mistakenly removing entire podcasts, when all they wanted removed were copyright-infringing logos. Mmm hmm. Ah, but everything is fine as far as we’re concerned: DJF isn’t going anywhere — we missed last week because Drew was on vacation, yes, and have been recording intermittently so far this year because that’s how I roll, it turns out, but actually the aim is to get one done later today (or at the very least tomorrow). Just… y’know… don’t quote me on that.
Wendy Thurm of FanGraphs rather awesomely calls bullshit on MLB regarding this.
At ESPN.com (Insider Olney), Buster Olney wants to talk about whether to talk about Melky Cabrera and PEDs (i.e. is it OK to be a total asshole and openly wonder if he’s cheating again). I could imagine writing a post full of outrage about this if I could actually muster a single solitary fuck. Can’t, though. In fact, I’ll tell ya: I’ll probably be a whole lot more indignant at the Jays fans all whiny about some perceived bias against the club.
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star gets reaction to Olney’s piece from the clubhouse, where Jose Bautista — who knows a thing or two about bogus PED accusations — defends his teammate and friend. ”I think if you did something wrong and you were caught and you pay your dues, that should be it. (Failing once) doesn’t mean that you’re always going to be doing something that’s illegal or not allowed,” Jose said.
Baseball America has their first mock draft of the season up, and in it they speculate that the Jays will go for loud tools, as they often do, and might take a risk with one of their two early picks — like with Jeff Hoffman, who will miss the rest of this season with Tommy John surgery, but who wouldn’t have otherwise been available by the time the Jays were picking. Seems to have worked well for the Nationals and their pick of an injured Lucas Giolito in 2012.
At North of the Border, Gregor Chisholm transcribes the impromptu State of the Franchise session that Alex Anthopoulos had with the media on Tuesday.
Great stuff from the Blue Jay Hunter, as he looks at the ever-changing batting stance of Colby Rasmus.
Whoa! According to Ben Lindbergh’s latest look at pitch framing over at Baseball Prospectus (not paywall’d!), Dioner Navarro was responsible for the best framed pitch of the entire month of April. Could he have shored up a serious deficien– oh, wait. He also had the worst and the fourth-worst framed pitches. Ugh. Though, to be fair, Ben describes his skills thusly: “Navarro’s career framing runs total rests at -33.2, but most of the deficit came in his rookie season; since then, he’s been only a little below average.”
Elsewhere at BP, Jay Jaffe joins the Effectively Wild podcast to talk about “team entropy and the AL East.” I haven’t listened yet, so I’m not sure if those are two separate subjects or not.
Back to pitch framing, where at FanGraphs we look at the strange recent acknowledgement of the phenomenon from one of the people whose opinion on it truly matters most: an umpire. On Tuesday, Paul Nauert, home plate umpire in the Dodgers-Nationals game, told Washington catcher Jose Lobaton that he might get more strikes called on the heavy, sinking fastball of Blake Treinen if he held his glove better and didn’t let it get pulled down by the natural sink. An umpire said that!
Elsewhere at FanGraphs, Wendy Thurm takes a thoughtful look into issues of race, sparked by the Braves’ planned distasteful “white flight,” while Mike Petriello looks at a familiar and fascinating pitcher: Henderson Alvarez.
As I also did yesterday — though he got to it earlier — Nick Ashbourne of Bluebird Banter wrote about the suddenly interesting Juan Francisco. Really the whole walk rate thing that’s key, and Nick notes Francisco’s 2014 zone profile at Brooks Baseball, and shows us that it certainly looks a lot better to his career as a whole. Hmm…
A pair from John Lott of the National Post, as he talks to the versatile Steve Tolleson, and also Marcus Stroman, who expects an orderly transition to the bullpen … for however long that’s going to last.
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun tells us a bit about Casey Janssen’s rehab start — yes, start — yesterday for New Hampshire, and a whole lot about Scott Copeland, who followed Janssen with eight scoreless innings.
Elsewhere at the Sun, Jenny Yuen looks at tensions in the Christie Pits area between Jack Dominico, the owner of the Intercounty League Maple Leafs, and what he calls “heavy-handed” parking enforcement officers. He also calls them “vultures,” so he’s pretty much awesome. Also, those games are a lot of fun on a summer day, I tell you what.
And one more from the Sun, where Terry Davidson talks to 101-year-old Kitty Cohen, who will throw out the first pitch at Rogers Centre on Mother’s Day — which, FYI, is Sunday.
Robert MacLeod of the Globe and Mail figures that the Jays are showing signs of making noise in the AL East. He’s entirely right, and this is an exciting little moment we’re in right now, simply because of how much better the rotation has looked of late. Doesn’t hurt, though, that the rest of the division is largely spinning their wheels, too.
The Jays rotation, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet (or at least whoever wrote his headline… or Drew Hutchison… or Vince Horseman) are lately showing more will than won’t. Uh huh, honey don’t?
Elsewhere at Sportsnet, Ben Nicholson-Smith looks at the history-ish-making day at the plate on Tuesday for Drew Hutchison, while Arden Zwelling talks about the suddenly red-hot Colby Rasmus and streakiness.
Jamie Ross of BlueJays.com brings us a notebook post that includes a short section about R.A. Dickey’s anti-bullying children’s book. Nice.
More from Twitter — but back to last night (because… why waste this gold?) — where Griff points out that Moises Sierra was four-for-four for the White Sox on Tuesday, while Barry Davis informs us that Marcus Stroman got a beer shower in the locker room for picking up his first win, and where I observe, “If somebody isn’t getting Clarence Carter to record a version of “Stroman” right now, something is very, very wrong.” Do it, world. Do it.
Via CBS Sports, a public service announcement that you really need to pay attention at the ballpark. (Seriously, that’s fucked.)
Holy shit this MiLB.com box score: last night in the Midwest League, the Clinton Lumberkings won 20-17 in twelve innings over the Burlington Bees, despite at one point being down sixteen fucking runs.
Footage of the scandalous 1919 World Series uncovered in the Yukon permafrost? Crazy. CBC.ca has the details — and some of the footage.
Getting Blanked theScore, Jack Moore looks at three surprising early-season stats — including the fact that Drew Hutchison has racked up so many strikeouts, and, last week, reflected on when baseball had its Donald Sterling moment.