Archive for the ‘Adam Lind’ Category

Monday was not a particularly eventful first day of the Winter Meetings, though that didn’t seem to have much of an impact on the post count around here, as all kinds of things happened quickly, and all kinds of interesting tidbits came to the fore. Some of them, it turns out, may have gotten a bit lost in translation– or, at the very least, lost when being condensed into 140 characters– as, thanks to the excellent work of Gregor Chisholm at his North of the Border blog, we can see a full transcript of comments Alex Anthopous made when speaking to the media earlier.

Here are a few spots that ought to be noted, given some of the other things posted here over the course of Day One…

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Is it possible that, in the wake of The Trade with the Miami Marlins, and how the rest of the off-season has gone so far, that Alex Anthopoulos actually misses having scorn heaped down his throat? That he misses the infuriated bellowing of fans that we all got so very used to over the summer?

Because there aren’t a whole lot of other explanations for this:

Insanity. But as far as alternate explanations go, here’s the one I’m repeating to myself in order to keep my blood from boiling: he’s posturing.

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I get the feeling that being demoted to the minors after nearly seven hundred games in the Majors, including a Silver Slugger season, passed through waivers, unclaimed, then specifically not mentioned by your General Manager as one of the club’s core pieces, maaaaaybe has a rather dramatic impact on the number of fucks you can possibly give about saying the safe thing when you go on the radio to discuss the upcoming season. Because… Adam Lind, everybody!

Lind spoke on Jeff Blair’s show this morning (audio here)– Sportsnet’s Mike Cormack transcribed it– and… OK, it’s maybe not mind-blowingly salacious or anything, and maybe athletes now are just so media coached to death that a little bit of honesty seems way bigger than it is, but he made couple notable comments, at the very least.

For example, asked whether the presence of a Mark Buehrle will help the club, Lind noted that it would help Ricky Romero in particular.

“I think there’s a bunch of guys in our clubhouse that’ll benefit from that,” he explained. “You put yourself in the situation of our clubhouse last year and Ricky was considered the veteran leader even though he had four years of service time and really, in the grand scheme of things, that’s not a veteran at all. And that’s part of going the young route and we’ve changed that and it’ll probably take some pressure off Ricky, it’ll take some pressure off me.”

Oh, it gets better…

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Adam Lind Hates Walks

Golly gee gosh darn it! Another walk!

John Lott of the National Post filed a story on Adam Lind last night, speaking with the 1B/DH about ending the season with a solid little September– a relatively nifty turnaround after having reached the nadir of his professional career with a demotion to Las Vegas at the end of May. In the piece Lind addresses what he believes was the key to his turnaround, and it’s… um… interesting.

And by “interesting,” I mean positively Cito-esque.

“I think the walk is a little overrated,” he says.

“Sometimes there’s an environment around here that people want us to walk. You just can’t do that with the pitching you’re facing in this league, in this division,” he explains.

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Top Dog: Adam Lind, 29.2%
The Worst: Kelly Johnson, -9.8%
Top Arm: Jason Frasor, 10.7%
Impact AB: Lind 3-run HR, Bot 4th, 26.2%
Impact Pitch: Bourgeois RBI 3B off Cecil, Top 3 -17.9%
Highest Leverage AB: Davis 2-run single, Bot 4, 3.66
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: Bourgeois RBI 3B, Top 3, 2.00
Lineup Contribution: 40.9%
Pitching Contribution: 9.1%
Average Leverage Index: 0.89
Chart explanation

How about a hand for Staff Ace Brett Cecil and Major League First Baseman Adam Lind? It was a great day for second chances.

(WPA data courtesy Baseball Reference)
(Idea for a post game graph courtesy Lookout Landing)

Robert Coell-who?

OK, so Adam Lind is off the clubs 40-man roster, for super cereal this time, as the club has turned the former cleanup hitter’s spot over to… 27-year-old right-hander Robert Coell-who?, formerly of the Red Sox and Cubs organizations– and who pitched in independent ball for the Calgary Vipers and Edmonton Cracker-Cats in 2007 and 2008, for those maple dicks of you out there.

Coell-who? will take the place on the active roster of Aaron Laffey, who was optioned to Vegas following last night’s game. So, yes, this is your mystery corresponding move, and it sure as fuck is a surprise.

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Clearing Up the Lind Mystery

Just a quick update after some confusion last night, as we now know that it’s definitely possible for the Jays to have placed Adam Lind on waivers, while still keeping him on the 40-man, meaning that the reports that the original story was false, premised on the notion that he’d have been removed from the roster on Wednesday, aren’t looking so hot right now.

Back to the guys who originally confirmed that Lind was, indeed, on waivers…

So… there’s that. It seems as though the Jays did put Lind on waivers, just to see if anyone was willing to bite on taking on his contract, but that they’ve kept him on the 40-man, in case he actually gets his shit together in Triple-A– and he isn’t doing so badly, with five hits and three walks in thirteen plate appearances, including a homer and a double. Vegas, baby!


Image from Tom Szczerbowski/Call to the Pen.