Both presidential candidates lost in a…duck bog? They must be.

First, before the links, here are some awesome things you should do:

First up, on Thursday at 7 PM we’re having a little DJF shindig (read: getting drunk and watching baseball) at Opera Bob’s here in Toronto. Hit up the Facebook event page, if that’s your thing, for all the pertinents.

Secondly, our old friend Bergkamp makes awesome Dutch comfort food at The Ossington on Sundays, and he’ll be kicking that enterprise into high gear for all of the Netherlands’ matches during the World Cup. You know… all three of them. Ugh. But don’t get down just yet! He makes great stuff and the bar and everyone there is super cool, so if you’re into watching the Oranje’s World Cup dream begin to go up in flames, put on your finest orange shirt and head over there on Friday for the 3 PM rematch of the 2010 Final, as the Dutch take on Spain. In the meantime, check out Borrel at the Ossington for a taste (see what I just did there?) of what you can expect. Hup Holland!

Next, PITCH #4 is fast approaching — it takes place Thursday, June 19th — and for those of you who missed the announcement, I’ll be one of the panelists, along with a much more talented group, featuring Jonah Keri, Michael Grange, and Morgan Campbell. Tickets are still available, so grab yourself some here, and be sure to follow @PitchTalks for all the info you need.

And one more: another non-baseball item, but my good friend Davy’s new pub and curry house, The Bristol, just opened this week at Queen and Dovercourt, and if you were a fan of his old brunch place north of Christie Pits, The Bristol Yard – or even if you hadn’t been there – I’m definitely going to recommend checking out his new digs, expanded menu, and the many, many beers available. And if you know do know Davy, you won’t need me to assure you that the jukebox will be ridiculously good, too. Check out a brief Toronto Life piece on the place.

And now… baseball…

Keith Law wasn’t the only one who liked the Jays’ draft last week, as Jim Callis of MLB.com ranks their haul number one — an easy thing to do when they’ve got two high picks, granted — and suggests that they “stole” second-rounder Sean Reid-Foley, praising the club for being the only one to have taken three of the top 20 players that MLB.com had ranked heading into last Thursday.

And according to his Twitter feed, Reid-Foley appears to have already signed. He tweets: “Start my job tomorrow in Clearwater tomorrow. It’s exciting. Leaving a lot of family and friends in jax. Thanks for all the support. ✊⚾️” (Note: I might have preferred an emoji of a two-thumbed fist holding a peyote button, but this works too.)

Aaron Sanchez last night for New Hampshire: 6.2 innings, four hits, one walk, one earned run, seven strikeouts. So… that’s more like it. Speaking of, it’s paywalled, and now a week old, but here’s an excellent update on how Sanchez has fared this season from Baseball Prospectus.

Shi Davidi tweets that the newly-signed Kendrys Morales will be in the lineup tonight for the Twins. So there’s that.

Davidi also tweets that the tentative plan for Colby Rasmus is to have him go to Buffalo for a rehab assignment at some point this week. Meanwhile, Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun tells us that Sergio Santos has headed to New Hampshire to begin his own rehab assignment.

Elsewhere in the Sun, Steve Buffery complains about the traffic chaos that has engulfed the downtown core, and how it has impacted the Jays’ attendance.

Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star talks to the Jays’ just-selected second first-rounder, Max Pentecost, who can’t wait to get his pro career started and get to the show. Whoa camel! Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com also has a lengthy profile of Pentecost, which is especially great for us, since apparently I couldn’t be arsed to write one back on Thursday.

Elsewhere at BlueJays.com, Gregor looks at how the Jays are faring in All-Star Game balloting (Bautista and Cabrera are currently in line to start on either side of Mike Trout in the AL outfield), while Jamie Ross looks at the risks the Jays took in the draft, and passes along the announcement that the club has already signed a couple of its picks.

At Sportsnet, Mike Wilner wonders if fans really need to see red flags in the recent performances of Drew Hutchison, and sort of concludes that they don’t, though admitting that it’s possible that what he’s being asked to do is too much too soon for Hutchison, and that it would serve the club and the pitcher well “if the Blue Jays can figure out a way to give Hutchison more of a break in June and July.” Which is good, because… to question about red flags being raised, the answer is obviously yes.

ICYMI, Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post speaks with Jose Bautista, who says he “can’t blame” the kid who interfered with him in the ninth inning of Friday’s win — and ICYMI, as a tweet from Matt English points out, the piece led to some clown getting called a clown in the comments. And it was glorious.

Charlie Caskey of Your Van C’s continues his series looking back on the first rounds of the draft since Alex Anthopoulos assumed the Jays’ GM’s chair, and starts a new venture: the Your Van C’s Weekly Podcast. Friendly advice: don’t tie yourself to doing it weekly! Some weeks you might not give a fuck! Not, y’know, that I know anything about that. (We’ll do a DJF podcast this week, by the way.)(I think.)

Over at Sports On Earth, Dirk Hayhurst assesses the Manny Machado situation through the prism of baseball’s unwritten rules. Interesting stuff.

Marc Hulet of FanGraphs looks at some AL East prospects, including a pair from the Jays, who… well… who are basically org guys. The Jays’ org though!

The Jays move up a spot in the latest set of power rankings from Jonah Keri of Grantland. They’re now fourth! In his first rankings of the season they were 21st! Meanwhile, Jonah Birenbaum of theScore has himself some outstanding MLB Power Rankings too, and the Jays are even higher!

Lastly, GROF tweets that Eric Thames is killing the KBO, and Minor Leaguer adds that NC Dinos fans have really taken a shine to the former Blue Jay. To wit:

Comments (32)

  1. Good for Thames, always liked that guy!

  2. Korean baseball seems awesome. Just a crazy singing festival of baseball. A friend of mine lives there and has been to a few games and says they’re always great.

    • Yeah, I go to games when I can and it is a totally different experience than a Jays game. For 9 innings, fans are chanting non-stop. Many(maybe I should say most) players have their own fan songs.

    • I didn’t see any baseball games in Korea, but their soccer matches are terrific too. Singing theme songs all the time.

  3. Sean Reid-Foley is apparently heading to Dunedin to sign. Great news


  5. Looking forward, it will be interesting to see if the Jays need to “add a piece” down the stretch. I’m happy with Stroman so far, but I wouldn’t mind adding a quality starter who could eat up innings. Maybe someone who is a better option than Ervin Santana will surface and we’ll all be glad we didn’t add him. You have to start to wonder about the Phillies and Rays. The Phillies need to dump players, but I believe they’ll ask too much in return, especially given some of those horrible contracts their obligated to. Rollins has vesting options on his contract (yes, I know, we don’t need him) and Howard and his bad Achilles isn’t worth the $20 million he’s getting. Cliff Lee would be interesting, but he’s hurt. Then you look at the underperforming Rays and begin to wonder when they’ll raise the white flag and deal David Price. Longoria has hit only 4 home runs and driven in 13 since April 25th, and if that offence doesn’t wake up soon Price will have to be dealt. while I know some of the players I have mentioned are not players we would need and would have no interest in playing in Toronto either long term or short term, I do have concerns as to where those players might be sent as Baltimore, Boston and New York will always be potential destinations. Any thoughts?

    • They’re not getting anyone from the Rays, but I’m sure they’ll add something. I’d guess smaller adds than these kinds of big splashes, though, mostly because they don’t have a whole lot to offer.

      • I never really figured they’d be out to add someone from the Rays. If they have anything left, Cliff lee or Chase Utley would have been nice, but as you stated the resources to add probably aren’t there. My concern would be Baltimore adding significant pieces as the O’s seem to be going all out this year . I know it’s still early, but having players, especially pitchers, who can dominate in the post season (should the Jays make it there) is always nice.

    • I’ve always like Brandon McCarthy and I can’t imagine he’s not on the block given the D-Backs season and probably pretty reasonable considering he’s a FA. Also, he’s probably not as bad as his stats indicate: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2014/06/05/brandon-mccarthy-is-1-7-so-why-are-mlb-teams-interested-in-trading-for-him.

  6. Will you be having any of these Opera Bob get togethers in September?

    • Hey someone actually posted that yesterday in the game threat.
      Guy sounds like a major asshole.

  7. There seems to have been a change in draft approach this year under Brian Parker (Lalonde was ‘promoted’ internally). Seems to have been well-received by the pundits anyways.


  8. Karen: See youat the park on WED ( wel, maybe not, but in spirit). The Jays will win as I have perfect 2-0 record this year.
    Forward Soviet!

  9. Dutch comfort food? Don’t tell Drew’s dad.

  10. is Bautista quietly on his way to winning mvp at the 1/3 of the season mark?

    • Long way to go, but he’d get my completely biased vote. Maybe even an unbiased one, too!

  11. #freesanchez

    too soon?

  12. I may have missed or not very good at acronyms but what the fuck does GROF stand for?

    No disrespect intended

    • “Ghost Runner on First” — Likely my vote for the best-named baseball blog ever. Fortunately, that endeavor turned into a “paying job” (scare quotes because, while I’ve heard rumors, I’ve yet to encounter such a thing in the wild) for the gentleman author, and the blog is no longer maintained.

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