Pride And Prejudice Sunday March 9, 2014 Links

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

For a guy who is desperate for an MLB contract, Ervin Santana has an odd way of showing it. He's decided to play the baseball equivalent of a female character from a Jane Austen novel and play off the O's and Jays till someone breaks down in tears. On the bright side (not really), the day is one hour shorter which means one less hour of waiting.

JAYS LINKS

Reyes's ankle is better, and he's ready to run - Sportsnet.ca
Jose Reyes had a disappointing first season with the Jays, missing 66 games thanks to an ankle sprain. But heading into 2014, Reyes is back up to speed, zipping around the bases with ease.

Toronto Blue Jays’ Canadian prospects Robson and Reeves already have earned their rings — in Vancouver | National Post
The team was called the Canadians, or C’s for short. The starting pitcher and the catcher were Canadian

Jays' Ryan Goins preparing for his time in the spotlight: DiManno | Toronto Star
His defensive instincts made him a valuable replacement last season, but he’ll likely have a bigger role to play in 2014.

Toronto Blue Jays' GM Alex Anthopoulos: Safe at Home? - Jays Journal
After the Toronto Blue Jays’ heart breaking 2013 season and an even more disappointing off season, there have been a large number of fans calling for the GM’s job.

The Blue Jay Hunter: Is Brandon Morrow the Next Dustin McGowan?
Injury problems have plagued Brandon Morrow the past few years. Could he very well be the next Dustin McGowan?

Santana could lift Jays’ chances to “conceivable” | FOX Sports on MSN
Last year, the Toronto Blue Jays were a popular pick to finish first in the American League East. This year, they're a popular pick to finish last. One lousy season was all it took to change the perception of essentially the same group of players.

The Blue Jay Hunter: There's No Excuse Not to Sign Ervin Santana
Ervin Santana has reportedly agreed to take a one-year deal. There's no excuse for the Blue Jays not to sign him now.

Colby Rasmus Trade Revisited - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Yesterday I was reading a piece by Kyle Franzoni about Toronto Blue Jays' outfielder Colby Rasmus and there was one line that really caught my attention.

The Blue Jay Hunter: The Wildly Underwhelming J.A. Happ
J.A. Happ is having a horrible Spring Training, but his spot is all but secure in the Blue Jays starting rotation.

MLB LINKS

Finding the Toughest and Weakest Divisions | FanGraphs Baseball
A little bit of a surprise, the AL Beast is still the toughest in the MLB

2014 Strengths of Schedule, Projected | FanGraphs Baseball
Who got screwed? O's, 'stros and Jays have the three toughest schedules based on 2014 projections.

Frank Jobe, father of Tommy John surgery, dead at 88 | Toronto Star
Groundbreaking operation saved countless baseball pitching careers.

Class, Race, Weather, and Getting Ahead in Major League Baseball
Opportunity has been a hot topic lately in economics, and it is important in major league baseball, as well. The rest of the world has been able to escape poverty at rates unobserved in human history, and foreigners have been able to play in the majors at record rates.

Rays' Cameron Seitzer homers vs. dad, Blue Jays coach Kevin Seitzer | bluejays.com: News
A nice father-son moment took place Friday afternoon when Rays Minor Leaguer Cameron Seitzer homered in front of his father, Kevin, the former Major Leaguer as well as the new Blue Jays hitting coach.

Hank the Brewers’ dog and unofficial spring mascot finds a new permanent home | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports
While top free agents like Ervin Santana and Stephen Drew have struggled to find new homes during the offseason, Hank the Dog has had no such trouble. After walking into Milwaukee Brewers camp as a stray two weeks ago.

Red Sox owner John Henry says Marlins ‘should apologize for regular season lineup’ | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports
Oh Snap.

The Physics of the Curveball – A Short History
The charm of the National Pastime is in part due to the myths it inspires, from the creation story of Abner Doubleday, to the beginnings of the curveball and William Cummings.

NON BASEBALL LINKS

This Might Be The Greatest Sports GIF Ever
Earlier this week, college volleyball player Trey Biggs took an absolutely vicious spike to the face and the result was an instant classic. He looks like a storm trooper getting blown away. But there's so much more.

TODAY IN BASEOW HISTORY

Baseball History - March 9th - National Pastime - Baseball History
1994 After being hit in the groin by an errant pickoff throw from teammate Mitch Williams that breaks his protective cup, John Kruk will be diagnosed with testicular cancer. The Phillies first baseman/outfielder will make a full recovery after surgery.

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