Friday's Burnt Links for July 6, 2012

Painful Reminders of Last Night's Game

Pitching woes continue as Kansas City Royals thump Toronto Blue Jays | MLB | Sports | National Post
Recap of last night's loss from the National Post.

Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays - July 5, 2012 | MLB.com TOR Recap
MLB Toronto Recap of Last Night's Bullpen and Defensive Implosion

Royals’ bats prevail in 9-6 victory over Blue Jays - KansasCity.com
Summary of Last Night's game from the opposition's happier point of view.


Jays News (Mostly Jose, Marcus and Sam)

The newest Toronto Blue Jay: Sam Dyson makes his pro debut in April and hits the majors in July | MLB | Sports | National Post
More about the Jays Career leader in K/9 and BB/9 from the National Post's John Lott.

Davidi on Jays: Toronto showcasing Dyson? - sportsnet.ca
More on Sam Dyson from Shi. Showcase him? Really? The Jays need pitching and any help from the farm will be greatly appreciated. Who doesn't like hard throwing relievers with amazing groundball numbers?

Blue Jays first-round pick Marcus Stroman could pitch for Toronto this season | MLB | Sports | National Post
A story from the National Post on the signing of the last Jays major draft pick of 2012, Marcus Stroman. I'm sure some of the fan base would love him to replace a certain reliever like last week.

Blue Jays may part ways with golden oldie Jamie Moyer as they welcome first-round pick Marcus Stroman - thestar.com
Out with the old, in with the new. I thought Jamie Moyer would make a compelling story, but he didn't do well at all in Las Vegas (what pitchers do?) but a good story is not the best reason to call up a 49 year old starting pitcher with a high 70s fastball into the meatgrinder of the AL Beast.

The Genius, Risk Of The Blue Jays And Jose Bautista - Baseball Nation
Grant Brisbee's analysis of Jose's contract through the use of Black Licorice.

Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista on the playoffs, Ricky Romero's struggles and baring it all | MLB | Sports | National Post
Excerpts from Jose Joey Bats/Jedi Bautista interview with the, um, greatest sports news organization in the history of mankind, ESPN.com courtesy of the National Post.

Toronto Blue Jays at Chicago White Sox: Series preview - thestar.com
The Toronto Star previews the Jays next opponents, the Texas Rangers sweeping White Sox as they play in Toronto... wait wut?!!?... Chicago. The Jays were just there a month ago. /scratches head at the peculiarities of MLB's scheduling./

Blue Jays pitching a mess at halfway point - The Globe and Mail
For those who want to read Jeff Blair's article on why he thinks the Jays need to do something about getting more pitching.

MLB Links

Better Know An Umpire: Ed Hickox
From Deadspin (sometimes NSFW) profile on last night's ump. What city hates him the most? Hint: It starts with T.

Yu Darvish, David Freese winners in MLB All-Star Game Final Vote | MLB.com: News
Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish and Cardinals third baseman David Freese are each headed to their first All-Star Game, thanks to a 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Firestone in which fans smashed online voting records and put a giant exclamation point on an unprecedented Major League Baseball balloting campaign.

White Sox Rumors: Chicago Targeting Relievers - MLB Daily Dish
Say, isn't this how the Rasmus trade started? This sounds pretty good until you realize the ChiSox don't have much worth trading for down in their farm system. I doubt Kenny W would trade Chris Sale for Francisco Cordero although it wouldn't hurt to ask.

Video: Dancing with the Broadcasters | NotGraphs Baseball
Will Buck and Pat throw down the next time the Jays see the Red Sox? We'll have to wait and see.

R.A. Dickey on "Letting the Butterfly Loose" | FanGraphs Baseball
If being a subject of more study, research and incredulity than perhaps any other pitcher in baseball is a burden to R.A. Dickey, the down-to-earth New York Met doesn’t show it. Perhaps it’s because he’s studied, researched and been baffled by the knuckleball more than anyone in the game these days.

Today in Baseball History

July 6, 1933 All-Star Game Play-By-Play and Box Score - Baseball-Reference.com
The first ever All-Star Game was played 79 years ago today at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois. The AL beat the NL 4-2 with Lefty "Goofy" Gomez getting the win while Lefty "No Relation to Gomez"* Grove earned the save and Bill Hallahan getting the loss.

*not really his nickname

July 06, 1974: Dick Allen's mammoth HR | TODAYinBASEBALL.com
Allen was facing the Detroit Tigers' (and future Blue Jay) Dave Lemanczyk in the 5th inning when he hit a mammoth fly ball that struck the façade of the roof in left-center field at Tiger Stadium. Players and fans who witnessed the shot said it was still rising when it hit the roof, not likely, but still estimated to have traveled over 500 feet. The façade was 415 from home plate, 85 feet in the air.

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