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17 is Enough Weekend Links July 27, 2014

No pics from yesterday's game so here is one from the last win in NYC
No pics from yesterday's game so here is one from the last win in NYC
Jeff Zelevansky

Jays win!  Jays win!  In New York.  The Jays current 1-4 record in the Bronx looks a bit better than last year's 0-10.  So in honor of breaking that horrible streak, here are some links for your reading pleasure.

BLUE JAYS LINKS

Toronto Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion suffers setback as he rehabs a quad injury | National Post
"It was a little bit tender so we’ll back him off for a few days,’ manager John Gibbons said.

The Blue Jay Hunter: 3 Up 3 Down: AA on Trades, Colby's Bunt and Artificial Turf
Alex Anthopoulos talks trade deadline, Colby Lewis doesn't like Colby Rasmus' bunt, and the turf looks bad.

The Blue Jay Hunter: Flashback Friday: David Wells Posts the Worst Start in Blue Jays History
With 13 runs on 11 hits, David Wells has the distinction of having the worst start in Blue Jays history.

Blue Birds of a Feather – The Hardball Times
The Toronto Blue Jays announced the move shortly before 3 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2008. The Jays, read the short press release, had acquired third baseman-outfielder Jose Bautista in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bautista passed through waivers first, with other GMs reacting the same way Jays fans did when they heard the news. With a yawn.

Canadian Content: A look at Toronto Blue Jays Canadian Prospects Pt.1 - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
I came across a really good article (2014 Canadians in the Minors) at Canadian Baseball Network from George Farelli and decided to take a look at how the Toronto Blue Jays Canadian Content are doing in 2014.

Brandon Morrow: A Man Forgotten - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Brandon Morrow once appeared poised for dominance, but injuries and poor performance have got in the way. Can Morrow begin again?

Bautista silently carrying Blue Jays' hopes - Sportsnet.ca
Still, in terms of big-picture importance, nothing trumps Jose Bautista’s continued awakening from a lengthy down period, a development that is critical for the club’s hopes in the months ahead.

MLB LINKS

MLB executives expect many August trades - Sportsnet.ca
Lost in the flurry of activity sure to unfold between now and July 31 is the fact that MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline isn’t a hard deadline at all.

The Rockies Misspelled Troy Tulowitzki's Name On Jersey Giveaway Night
It's Free Troy Tulowizki Shirt Day at Coors Field, guys!  Note:  He's the WIZ!  THE WIZZZZ!!  Seriously kids, avoiding mockery is one reason why spallyng spelling is important.

A Recent History of the Lawn Dart | FanGraphs Baseball
I don’t know how possible it is to get a whole -1 UZR on one play, but Raburn at least explored beyond the frontiers.

Nights of the Pitcher | FanGraphs Baseball
We’re going to talk about the five pitchers who posted a Game Score of 75 or better last night — Corey Kluber, Marcus Stroman, Danny Duffy, Matt Garza and Cole Hamels.

Major league pitchers slow to warm to protective caps | Toronto Star
Torres wears a baseball cap, size 7 1/8, that is unlike any in the major leagues. His is lined with a seven-ounce protective band wrapping from ear to ear that shields the most vulnerable part of his skull in the event he is struck by a line drive. It also stretches the lightweight fabric so that it appears as if there is a salad bowl beneath his cap

Baseball Hall of Fame shortens eligibility to 10 years | Toronto Star
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.—Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire will have less time to remain eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot under changes made Saturday.

Independent Baseball League Adopts New Rules To Speed Up Games
The Atlantic League, and eight-team professional independent baseball league, has decided to get a little creative and institute some new rules that will help speed up the pace of play.

Don’t Call It a Lincecomeback "
After two terrible seasons, erstwhile Giants ace Tim Lincecum seems to have emerged anew. But is he really back? And was he ever really gone?

PitchCraft: Corey Kluber, the Cleveland Not-So-Plain Dealer "
Corey Kluber, the 28-year-old Indians ace whose last name really wants to be spelled "Kubler," is a relative newcomer in the world of elite pitching, but that elite status is not in question.

After the Hype – The Hardball Times
Your club’s top prospect—-that teenager you had been pinning your favorite team’s hopes upon—-finally arrives in the majors. The present at last catches up with the future, and all you need to do is sit back and watch the kid rake for the next decade just like he always has.

Finding Clues to Hitters’ Wrist Injuries – The Hardball Times
Wrist injuries are fairly prevalent among baseball players, and hitters are the most likely to be afflicted and limited by them. Often, fans and writers blame wrist injuries for sapping a hitter’s ability to drive the ball. For some hitters, the wrists and hands are placed under a lot of stress during their swings; others have far less strain and are less likely to be drastically affected.

The 1973 Cubs: Swan Song of a Dynasty That Never Was – The Hardball Times
The history of the Chicago Cubs is pockmarked with underachievement and disappointment, but if you had to pick an era that crystallized their frustrations, the 1967-1973 era is quite instructive.

TODAY IN EXPOS AND JAYS HISTORY

Baseball History - July 27th - National Pastime - Baseball History
1979 On his first day back in a home uniform, eight years after leaving the Expos, Rusty Staub receives the longest standing ovation in franchise history when he pinch hits for Elias Sosa in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh. The first-place Montreal club re-acquired the Le Grand Orange from the Tigers to come off the bench as an experienced pinch-hitter and to fill in at first base.

1984 Pete Rose passes Ty Cobb as the all-time single leader when he collects his 3,053rd off Steve Carlton in a 6-1 Expo victory over the Phillies. The Montreal switch-hitter, who will also pass the 'Georgia Peach' to become the all-time hit leader, ends his 24-year career with 3215 one-base hits.

2000 Jim Fregosi wins his 1,000th game as a big league skipper when the Blue Jays beat the Mariners, 7-2. The former major league infielder has also managed the Angels, White Sox, and Phillies.