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bailey blue jays tattoo

…than forever etching the Blue Jays updated logo into your forearm?

That is what some brave soul thought this weekend. So they wandered into Time Will Tell Tattoo and let Bailey put this into their skin forever and ever. Which is awesome? Admirable? Let’s go with somewhere in between.

Thanks to Bailey for letting me share this, follow her on Instagram and hit up their shop if you live in The Steel. (The website seems a little wonky right now.)

Toronto Blue Jays v. Texas Rangers

Let’s all agree on one thing: J.P. Arencibia is a divisive figure among Blue Jays fans. He’s a fan favorite for what some might call the “wrong” reasons. His popularity outstrips his productivity by most measures, but the popularity game is not always won on the field of play.

Arencibia is off to a…strange start to 2013. Hitting for power like never before, currently sitting second in the AL with nine home runs. He’s also making outs like never before – quite an accomplishment for a man who entered 2013 with a .275 on base percentage. More than anything, Arencibia is a frustrating player to watch. The power is nice — using all fields is a welcome offensive adjustment as noted by Mop Up Duty earlier this year — but the approach, the complete inability to draw a walk, is troubling. Two walks against 42 strikeouts? That is downright unpleasant.

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djfpod

And now a little something to kill time on a Wednesday afternoon: it’s the latest episode of the DJF podcast!

Once again Chief– aka ex-Jays clubbie, Darren Kritzer of @extrabasehit– fills in for the hopelessly disinterested Wally Pip and a remotely connecting Andrew Stoeten as we emphasize process, not results in Spring Training. Stoeten joins us from Dunedin to offer his take from watching your 2013 Toronto Blue Jays in the flesh yesterday.

We talk Ricky Romero and the supernova of Spring Lance Zawadzki, among other things.

If you’re more inclined to download today’s podcast, hit up the mp3 link.

The DJF iTunes page remains up and running, so get on over there and subscribe– or update the subscription you already have to find the latest episode (once it’s up). You can also find it via our podcast RSS feed. Follow DJF on Facebook, too, while you’re at it.

We’ll be be back again next damn week, and we still want to hear from you! Call us (hammered) at 1-855-FOUL-TIP, or email us (hammered) at GettingBlanked@theScore.com with whatever is sticking in your craw, and we’ll dissect the best the Monkey Army has to offer!

Mintmusical interludes courtesy Toronto’s own Optical Sounds. Be sure to check them out and buy every single fucking thing you hear at their site.

Goodnight, John Boy

As per an official team release, the coaching staff for your Toronto Fightin’ Gibbers is all but in place, with Demarlo Hale taking a spot as the bench coach as expected, Pete Walker moving up from bullpen coach to the full-on grown up pitching coach, Chad Mottola fulfilling his internet-determined destiny by becoming the Blue Jays new hitting coach. Luis Rivera gets a promotion to third base coach while Dwayne Murphy slips down a few runs to outfield instructor and first base coach. The bullpen coach position remains open – with Pat Hentgen possibly slipping into that role, suggests Mark Zwolinski.

Which means former pitching coach and long-time staffer Bruce Walton joins Don Wakamatsu at Kinkos, printing off copies of his resume and rehearsing answers to “what are you greatest weaknesses?” interview questions. Walton’s tenure as pitching coach was a rocky one, as nearly every pitcher under his watch saw his arm explode or at least randomly catch fire for a few innings.

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Remember the Man in White thing? Amy Nelson sure does. She (co)wrote it and, as she’s in town for Blogs With Balls Five, I tracked her down and talked to her about the story that developed a life all its own.

There is a non-zero chance this will change your mind about the Man in White saga but it is interesting, at the very least, to hear that other teams and players surreptitiously heard similar things about not only Toronto but other ballparks around the league. Nobody has clean has, thus the reluctance to go on the record.

Or whatever. Circumstantial evidence gonna circumstance.

It’s a funny thing, writing and speaking about baseball on the Internet. You aren’t allowed to be wrong even though you often will be. When the Blue Jays acquired Steve Delabar from the Seattle Mariners for Eric Thames, your intrepid DFJ podcasters were nearly unanimous in our scorn for the deal. Our collective distaste for Delabar stemmed from the curiously large number of home runs he surrenders. A problem he miraculously fixed since joining the Blue Jays, making our initial anger seem silly (with the benefit of hindsight, of course.)

It is, I suppose, entirely fair to throw stuff we say or write on the Internet in our collective faces. It is on record, after all. The only problem I personally have with commenter Blob Blaw recounting that fateful podcast in a recent DJF comment section was when s/he mentions the first time we discussed “their [our] Fangraphs/Baseball Reference scouting report on Steve Delabar”

Here’s the thing, if you do go back and re-listen to that podcast, you will note our “scouting report” was quite the opposite, mostly based on actually watching Steve Delabar with the Mariners. A Fangraphs/BR scouting report would quickly note his 3.22 xFIP in Seattle was very good, providing an easy outlet for positively.

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If anybody can make sense of this one (other than the obvious ie: they’re not ready and/or good enough), I’m all ears. In order to make room for Brandon Morrow and Yunel Escobar, the Jays optioned Anthony Gose and Adeiny Hechavarria back down to Triple-A. On August 24th, one week before the rosters expand. While Mike McCoy stays up and Colby Rasmus obviously nurses an injury.

On the same night the Red Sox get a do-over on a quarter billion dollars of seemingly sunk costs. After another loss to the motherfucking playoff-aspirant Baltimore fucking Orioles – a game in which Chris Davis hit three home runs! CHRIS DAVIS!

Anything else happen today? Fuck me, I need a drink.