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Has the Jays’ Yankee Stadium graveyard claimed yet another soul?

At least for the night is has, as Brett Lawrie left tonight’s Jays-Yankees game after taking a Chase Whitley pitch off the left hand — the same one he broke, in much the same fashion, while in the minors in 2011. He was replaced by Steve Tolleson at third base, but not immediately! Lawrie stayed in the game as a baserunner after the HBP, scoring the Jays’ second run of the game on a Colby Rasmus single, and played defence in the bottom of the fourth, as well.

So… it at least wasn’t such a nasty injury that it was immediately apparent. Which… is good? I don’t know, but evidently young Brett was in enough pain that he regretted his meat head comment about a World Cup player being stretchered off couldn’t continue. I’ve heard better news than that, in other words.

We’ll keep our eyes on it for when an official diagnosis is made… meaning I’ll keep my eye on it. Which… I actually might just go back to the bar, to be honest. So I’ll update it at some point, I’m sure. In the meantime, just don’t assume the worst like you’re a fucking negative moron — can we at least agree to that?


On the broadcast Buck says that the x-rays on Lawrie’s hand came back negative! So… that’s good. Because as underwhelming as Lawrie’s bat can be, I don’t even want to think about what the hell this team is going to have to do if they’re without him for an extended period, if that’s what it actually comes to. Which, of course, nobody should yet believe that it will.




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In the top of the fourth inning tonight Brett Lawrie bounced a 1-2 pitch up the middle to Phillies shorstop Freddy Galvis, and though it looked like the kind of play he would normally make close, Lawrie didn’t cross first base like he was blasting across the alkali flats in a jet-powered, monkey-navigated… [consults notecards] … and it goes on like this.

Replays showed Lawrie grimace and slow down while running down the line. He gingerly walked off, and when the club returned to the field for the bottom half of the inning it was Chris Getz who was manning second base (with Juan Francisco at third, of course).

The club has since officially listed the hot-hitting Lawrie — who hasn’t been nearly as abysmal as his totals look since around mid-April, having batted a tasty .319/.359/.569 over 18 games stretching back to April 13th – as day-to-day with right hamstring tightness.

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Great catch from Dan Toman, who was quick to throw the following Vine out into the digital ether, while the Blue Jay Hunter’s Tumblr had another part of the… um… festivities?

I don’t even want to know.

Hard to fault young Brett for feeling good on a night when he broke a 3-3 tie with a three-run bomb — or any of the Jays, really, after what looked like it might be yet another disaster for R.A. Dickey, who cruised through five innings before a Steve Lombardozzi pop up double (not taken by either Melky Cabrera or Jose Reyes) was followed by a Nick Markakis walk and a Nelson Cruz blast to open the scoring. Shit, it looked like it might get worse when Dickey managed to walk (and HBP) the bases loaded before getting out of that inning. Or when a single and a ground rule double from Markakis created a gigantic jam as Dickey finally, mercifully was pulled in the seventh — a jam that nearly erased all the good of Edwin Encarnacion’s game-tying three-run blast in the bottom of the sixth, but was spectacularly worked out of by Neil Wagner and (mostly) Brett Cecil, setting the stage for Lawrie’s eighth-inning heroics (and another three-run blast off the bat of Melky Cabrera, to boot).

Or, at least, so I heard from Twitter while watching the basketball game.

Anyway… yeah… you be you, Brett Lawrie. You be you. Whatever the hell you are.

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This one’s been around for a few days now, and has over 20,000 views, but it’s certainly new to me, um… save for having shown up in an email from awesomely-named commenter Macho Man Randy Travis a few days ago, which I just got around to opening now. But enough about my utter laziness, it’s Brett Lawrie interacting with kids, everybody!

He’s doing so, as you’ll see, because as the cover boy for this year’s Canadian version of MLB The Show, evidently he gets his own commercial He even kind of nailed some of the lines.

Actually… you know what? The whole damn thing might be a little bit endearing, even, what with the playing up of the whole Brett Lawrie stereotype thing. Now all he has to do is stop hitting everything into the damn ground and maybe he’ll get a chance to make another one of these next year.

I’m sure you all know how to use Google and can figure out how to read more about the latest incarnation of MLB The Show, so I won’t bother linking to that noise. Let’s just check out the video — after the jump (at least for those of you reading on the home page, I mean)…

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Far be it from me to interrupt the love-in for Marcus Stroman today– and now also Aaron Sanchez (except when he’s out of the stretch)– and also that fact that Brandon Morrow apparently feels good!– but… uh… Brett Lawrie’s Viddy page?

Brett Lawrie’s Viddy page.

I won’t even try to describe it. Just check out some ridiculously ridiculous highlights after the jump. #Getttittttttt.

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To say that Brett Lawrie’s 2013 was a tale of two halves somehow doesn’t even do it justice. There was certainly a point where it looked like that was going to be the case– much to our delight. Back in late August, we passed along a comment from a scout who had spoken to Baseball Prospectus and said, unequivocally, “I am comfortable saying that he is going to be a superstar third baseman, and it’s more likely to happen sooner than later.”

At that moment Lawrie was healthy for the first time in basically a calendar year. His swing was quieter, and he was finishing up his best month at the plate since he burst onto the scene in August of 2011.

Taken as a whole, the difference between his first- and second-half splits is encouraging, with the second-half ones being pretty close to what you’d expect of a player who missed Spring Training, rushed himself back into the lineup, went down with an ankle injury, and then came back as healthy as he’d been since the first half of 2012. In the second half of this season his walk rate ticked up by two percent over the first half, and his strikeout rate dropped by 12%, thanks largely to a month of August in which he made crazy contact, combining to walk and strikeout in just 12% of his plate appearances.

His second half slash line of .283/.346/.417 looks very nice for a third baseman who plays outstanding defence (despite not being nearly as well liked by the advanced metrics– perhaps because of the lack of shifting– in 2013 as compared to 2012), and still might have some additional home run power in his bat, considering that he’s still going to be just 23 years old for another three months.

But, while we really don’t want to put too much stock into a single month of data, his September wasn’t so hot, and it would be much easier to salivate over the possibilities of a Jays lineup fully healthy and running on all cylinders, with Lawrie fulfilling his supposed superstar potential, if not for it.

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Everything old is new again, huh? Dreaming on the Jays’ prospects. Cursing Rogers for the possibility they won’t spend. Finding new and exciting ways to convince ourselves that meaningless August and September games are worth watching.

It’s like last off-season never even happened!

And now this! Ridiculous praise for Brett Lawrie in the latest What Scouts Are Saying piece at Baseball Prospectus!

“His detractors will tell you that his makeup makes him a risk or prone to streakiness, but I think that line of thinking is just caddywhompus. He plays at level 10 with an extra shot of espresso at all times, but he is still under control. He has impressive forearm strength that lets him snap the bat head through the zone, but he does a good job of staying back on balls and driving them the other way, whereas he was just looking to yank everything when he first came up. I think he is among the five best defenders at his position in the game, and he is only going to improve. He is very quick and has more than enough arm strength to make the toughest plays to his right. I am comfortable saying that he is going to be a superstar third baseman, and it’s more likely to happen sooner than later.”

Boner town.