Fascinating stuff from Chris Sherwin at Blue Jays Plus about biomechanics, Brandon Morrow, and the worryingly outdated ways that the Jays may be looking at their pitchers. I don’t know nearly enough about this subject to call bullshit on any of it, or to counter what seems, on the surface, like pretty well-reasoned expertise, which is all the more reason that this sort of stuff needs a bigger place in the conversation — especially, I fear, in the Jays’ front office, where, despite the progressive reputation, you get the sense that a lot of old school thought pervades.
Toronto FC’s “Bloody Big Deal” on Monday was a pretty spectacular thing for the team and the city (unless, perhaps, you’re one of those people who has an incomprehensible knee-jerk hatred of soccer that, more than anything, is about a sad fear of the unknown), and for Jays fans it brought thoughts of the possibilities of a committed ownership that doesn’t push the lie of needing to tie payroll inexorably to shady dreams of revenue we’re, of course, not ever allowed to see the full picture of. Money quote from Tim Leiweke: “Three DPs is financial suicide,” but “in the end they wanted to win and they would do whatever it took.” Isn’t this a company that’s part owned by Rogers???
At Fanatico, Parkes tells the most elaborate version of the DJF origin story published yet, but that’s just the hook for an outstanding piece on the state of sportswriting in the wake of the furores of the last couple weeks. Read it.
Jack Morris is going to return to the Jays booth this season, says Jays Journal, with an impressive exclusive. Apparently the favourite of revisionist historians everywhere was only considering leaving — as reports earlier in the off-season had suggested — if he’d been elected to the Hall Of Fame. Since he wasn’t — which, OK, OK, would have been fine too (who cares!) — he’s going to return. And you know what? I was not keen on the hire when it was first announced, based mostly on a few clips I’d listened too, some poor reviews from Twins fans, and reports that were quick to highlight the negative. But I found him a whole lot more enjoyable to listen to than I gave him credit for. Old school, yes. A little to quick to point to dispelled notions that only aid his legacy, sure. But pretty alright, on the whole.
Chris Crawford of MLB Draft Insider rolls out his top 14 Jays prospects for 2014. A bunch of great scouting reports– he’s really bullish on Osuna, despite the injury, and has Sanchez ahead of Stroman, but likes them both — and definitely worth a read.
Yahoo’s Jeff Passan tweets that the Jays are scrapping their plan to make Jeremy Jeffress a starter. So… there’s that.