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Well here’s a fun way to make the last month of the year go by even slower:

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Breaking: Jose Bautista

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As some moron on JaysTalk bleats on about dismantling the team, according to the twitterings of those who would know, Jose Bautista, who had to be pulled from this afternoon’s game after aggravating a hip issue that originated with a slide during last week’s homestand, has been placed on the DL with a hip bone bruise.

Because… of course he has.

A corresponding move has yet to be announced, but it won’t be that Thad Weber is staying, as today’s 26th man was optioned back to Buffalo. It will, in fact, likely be outfielder, according to a Barry Davis tweet, as the Sportsnet reporter says John Gibbons told him as much– which makes sense, with Kevin Pillar, Anthony Gose, and Rajai Davis currently the only outfielders on the roster.

So… yeah. Do you want me to pretend it’s going to be fun to see whatever scrub/kid they bring up in his place? Ugh. But hey, at least that was a lovely eight hours of baseball today, right?

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No, you’re mailing in a post.

Here we have Jose Bautista appearing on Intentional Talk with Kevin Millar and Chris Rose on the MLB Network, talking about lil’ Bautista, dunking our old friend Cabbie into a vat of eggs, wearing McCutchen dreads, and answering questions about hidden talents and ugliest teammates, among other things.

It’s Friday, what of it? Check out the clip after the jump…

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Back for another week of highlighting the best in unofficial Blue Jays merchandise. Not sure how long I’ll keep doing this, but if (good) shirts keep flowing in, I’ll keep it up. Let’s take a look see at some great Jays shirts that y’all have been sending us.

The Colby Rasmus ‘MURICA Bald Eagle Shirt: Of all the shirts that we’ve received from r/TorontoBlueJays, this is the best one so far. Not to mention the description: Celebrate the patriotic season with this shirt, featuring Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus, a bald eagle, stars, and some motherfucking fighter jets. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s really surprising how much the Jays could be making off of player t-shirts, but maybe it’s a good thing that they are left in the fans’ hands, because some of these are gold. Ever since the debut of TWIJM a couple weeks ago, y’all have been sending us links a ton of shirts. It also helps that the Blue Jays subreddit is a goldmine for these types of things (amongst actual good baseball discussion). Here are the ones that myself, Stoeten and Zubes have found to be the best. As usual, if you see any cool Jays merch, send it to me on Twitter.

JAYS WIN! shirt: My favorite so far. This is from the same guy who made the Kawasaki shirts. Also good that he left out the face of the 3rd outfielder, because that carousel wouldn’t make for a consistent shirt.

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Jose vs. The Umps

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Jose Bautista: whiner or victim? Obviously it looks bad when he’s constantly complaining, especially when he gets one wrong and melts down on national TV. But he’s got a pretty good eye and doesn’t seem like a delusional egomaniac, so in the long run is he right more often than not, or has his rise to stardom blinded him to the fact that he gets good and bad calls just like everyone else?

An article was written in the Star a while back where they used some  umpire data and came to the conclusion that Bautista had gotten “20 more incorrect strike calls” since 2010, but there are some problems with such a surface analysis:

a) If you go by the rulebook strike zone, everyone gets a ton of “incorrect” strikes because the zone bulges out at the belt. As a power hitter, Bautista takes more pitches than the average hitter, and as a good one he is going to see a lot more pitches on the fringe of the strike zone. If you don’t adjust for how the zone is actually called, it will appear as if a quality power hitter is getting more bad calls than he actually is.

b) Extra strikes are only part of the picture. What if he also had 40 more incorrect ball calls over that time? It would be a sign of particularly erratic umpiring, not a bias against or in his favour.

c) The zone shrinks and expands by the count, so if a hitter is pitched carefully and winds up in a lot of 3-0, 3-1 counts, he will see a larger zone, but not any worse than other players when in those counts.

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Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

Jose Bautista is on Vine, it turns out, and apparently that means he now has the capability of posting an oddly lewd and lascivious, yet hypnotic, montage of pre-game routine moves in the Jays’ clubhouse, featuring him and shortstop Munenori Kawasaki. Because that’s what he did last night.

It’s… uh… it’s somethin’ else.

Check the clip after the jump.

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