Tuesday BBB Links: Rest Day Recap Edition

This time next year you will not remember Dave Bush pitching for the Blue Jays in 2013 - Tom Szczerbowski

Yesterday's rest day was a big improvement on Sunday's complete massacre. Seems like things are looking up. Today's links include a look at the Jays farm system, the return of Big Papi and the incorrectly-labelled fish epidemic sweeping through this country. Enjoy!

Week One: Not so good. Week Two: Starting off with a series at Detroit. It could be a bumpy ride for now. Prepare yourself for the difficult road ahead with a serving of piping hot breakfast links.

JAYS LINKS

Looking Forward To Seeing Real Jays Lineup - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

It will be nice to see the complete lineup we've all been dreaming on for so long

Toronto Blue Jays maintain depth in farm system after blockbuster offseason trades | bluejays.com: News

"The Blue Jays' farm system isn't quite what it used to be, but that doesn't mean there aren't any top prospects capable of making their way to the Major Leagues."

The Toronto field-stormers, who ushered in a brand-new year of diamond trespassing - SBNation.com

A deep look into one of the last remaining under analyzed aspects of baseball

Blue Jays’ R.A. Dickey not worried about team’s 2-4 start: Griffin | Toronto Star

The Blue Jays have a disappointing 2-4 record and should be alarmed about the defence, Richard Griffin writes in his weekly web-only Bullpen, a feature-length look at the franchise and news from around the league.

Blue Jays Claim First Baseman Mauro Gomez Off Waivers - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

If you are a minor league depth junkie this signing is for you

AL EAST LINKS

Missing Nick Swisher, but not missing him too terribly much - Pinstriped Bible

"Yes, Nick Swisher's an Indian, but that just means he declines in Cleveland instead of the Bronx."

Behind the Seams: MLB's first week tells us plenty - MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN

'Baseball people often say it is "too early" to draw conclusions in April. That is true. But at some point – usually when teams begin firing managers – "too early" becomes "too late." The changeover arrives abruptly, particularly if you are the newly deposed skipper.'

David Ortiz (finally) playing - Over the Monster

"The Red Sox are winning without him, but getting Ortiz back is obviously important for their season". File under "bad news"

Robinson Chirinos, Stephen Vogt designated for assignment - DRaysBay

Rays pick up the kind of cash and a PTBNLs you need for the long season.

REST OF THE BASEBALL UNIVERSE LINKS

The rise and fall of strikeout-to-walk ratios - Baseball Nation

An examination of how a league wide rise in strikeouts makes evaluating pitchers by K/BB ratios a little bit more difficult.

Ferguson: Astros could prove to be historically bad

No one expected the Houston Astros to be contenders in their first year in the American League. Fourth or fifth place in the American League West would have been a pretty safe bet. But if the first week of the season is any indication, the Astros could be in for an historically bad season. Scott Ferguson of TSN Radio 1050 Toronto explains.

Nicholson-Smith: Five lessons from opening week - Sportsnet.ca

It’s dangerous to read too much into early-season games, but some results are instructive. Ben Nicholson-Smith passes along five lessons from the season’s first week.

Indians manager Terry Francona gets lost on his way to ballpark | MLB | Sports | National Post

"Terry Francona has 80 more games to find his way to Progressive Field. His first trip was an adventure"

Explain a Strike | FanGraphs Baseball

If you think you are going to get a more in depth analysis of a single pitch thrown in a 0-0 count when the game was an 11-0 blowout, you're wrong.

NON-BASEBALL LINK OF THE DAY

Think you're eating tuna? Think again - Technology & Science - CBC News

I just can't resist a good alarmist headline when I see one.

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