Thursday Bantering

March 8, 2012; Dunedin, FL, USA; A general view of the field before a spring training game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Grab a coffee. Read. Discuss.




The Globe and Mail

Brittany Ghiroli (

- A whole lotta links after the jump -


Pat Borders memories of Jays' 1992 World Series
Borders shares his memories of each 1992 WS game. I found this one to be really interesting.

Blue Jay position battles continue with 15 days to opener
Griffin breaks down the four positional battles.

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero ‘right where I want to be’

He was very good in 2011, posting an ERA of 2.92 over 225 innings, and was the undisputed leader of the Jays’ rotation. But he will have to be even better for the team to contend in the American League East.

Anyone expecting Romero to be better than last year is probably going to be disappointed.

The Mind-Blowing Awfulness of Adam Lind
Stoeten at the Drunks reminds us just how bad Lind has been the past 2 years. Skip this one if you don't want to ruin your morning.

30 Jays in 30 Days - On the Velocity and Mass of Brett Cecil
The Tao points out that Cecil's 2011 and 2010 seasons weren't really all that different.

Decision to ditch soccer paying off for Blue Jays prospect Noah Syndergaard
What the heck is ditch soccer Gregor? Okay...I get what he's saying now. Syndergaard played soccer when he was a kid and he didn't want to play ball, and then he did, and then he was really good at it. And he has high hopes that he can finish the year in AA.

Blue Jays Thoughts

Matthias at Mop-Up Duty talks about base-running, Snider's opposite field 'power' and wonders if JPA could move to 1B.

Top 50 Blue Jays Prospects: No. 33: Mike McDade
Jays Journal does a fantastic job with the amount of information they provide regarding Jays prospects. At number 33 on their list is Mike McDade.


Jered Weaver's Real Home-Field Advantage
Jeff Sullivan looks at allegations that Weaver is tougher to hit off during the day at the Angels stadium. Interesting.

Prisoner's Dilemma - The connection between fan and inmate behavior
A good read from Bill James.

Canada faces tough WCB climb
Team Canada has to compete against Germany, Britain and the Czech Republic in a play in tournament for the next World Baseball Classic. Shi Davidi outlines why this might be tough.

Conversion Projects
Marc Hulet looks at fielders hoping to convert to pitchers. Former Jays minor league outfielder, Jason Lane (at 36 years old) is hoping to make a living as a pitcher.

AL Central Preview 2012
Batter's Box previews the central. This pretty much sums it up:

It will take a minor act of God for the Tigers to not win the division this year, and 10 games is probably a reasonable handicap. The Royals and the Clevelands could push to finish above .500, though I think neither team is quiiiite there yet.

Stephen Strasburg Will Start Against Cubs On Opening Day
He'll get the first start, but will reportedly be limited to 160 innings this season.

Who Is Left Standing at Second in Philly?
The injury bug hits Utley again - starting the season with Freddy Galvis and John Mayberry / Jim Thome manning the right side of the infield is a whole lot different than Utley and Ryan Howard.

Carpenter Hooked by Bulging Disc
Eno Sarris at Fangraphs wonders how Carpenter will recover from this latest injury.

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