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West Coast Weekend Pain July 6, 2014 Links

Not been a good couple of weeks since the last links post. At least I have the excuse of work for missing out on some of the cruddiest baseball of the season.

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Jose Bautista: Force of Nature | FanGraphs Baseball
But the core membership is fairly predictable. What might happen in any given year, though, is one of these elite players taking a temporary step up in class‚ reaching an even more rarified air than before. Over the past two weeks, we’ve taken a deeper look at the 2014 performances of some of the game’s elite and determined whether they have taken things to the next level. Today: Jose Bautista.

Prospect Watch: Dalton Pompey and the Jays’ Dilemma | FanGraphs Baseball
Pompey is one of the fastest-rising prospects not only in the Jays system but minor-league baseball, in general. He’s also likely to be a hot commodity during trade talks at the July deadline approaches.

Blue Jays’ Adam Lind, flawed but formidable | Toronto Star
Jays DH and first baseman is hitting right-handed pitchers better than anyone in the majors this season.

The Blue Jay Hunter: Jose Bautista and the Question of Leadership
Has Jose Bautista finally grabbed the reins this year and developed into a true leader on the Blue Jays?

The Blue Jay Hunter: Flashback Friday: Travis Snider Snaps His Bat Like a Twig
Looking back at Travis Snider's sheer power to snap a baseball bat like a twig.

The Blue Jay Hunter: The Colby Rasmus/Perfect Strangers Mashup
Taking the now famous "chicken hot dog" Colby Rasmus video and mixing it with the Perfect Strangers theme song.

The Blue Jay Hunter: Flashback Friday: Jim Clancy Starts 40 Games in 1982
Looking back at Jim Clancy's 1982 season in which he started a franchise record 40 games.


A Primer on Tommy John Surgery: Part One – The Hardball Times
Tommy John surgery (TJS) interest was all the rage earlier this season, when everyone’s favorite pitcher, Stephen Strasburg Matt Harvey Jose Fernandez, found out that he needed the surgery. Besides Fernandez, 51 other pitchers have needed to go under the knife for the same procedure this year alone. Since Fernandez was lost for the season, quite a bit of additional research has become available to help fill in some of the blanks.

A Primer on Tommy John Surgery: Part Two – The Hardball Times
Yesterday, we looked at the explosion of Tommy John surgeries (TJS) in the major leagues, particularly the time it takes for pitchers to return from the surgery and how they perform once they return. Today, we’ll looks at the various causes and prevention methods of TJS. These areas overlap a bit, because if known causes of the injury can be determined, stopping these causes would serve as a form of prevention. As I did yesterday, I have highlighted areas for further study in italicized paragraphs labeled “Help Out.” At the end, I will give my opinion on where we stand today.

So, this A-Rod thing.
So, this A-Rod thing. Lotta questions. Is getting a therapeutic use exemption to take extra testosterone purely based on hormone levels, and MLB doesn't care what sort of chemical abuse led to that deficit?

The Worst of the Best: The Month’s Wildest Swings | FanGraphs Baseball
Hey there everybody, and welcome to the second part of the year’s third edition of The Worst Of The Best.

Young players' struggles disrupt Red Sox game plan | Red Sox - Complete analysis & insight | The Providence Journal
BOSTON — This isn’t how it was supposed to go.After winning the World Series last season, the Red Sox were the envy of baseball — not just because of that title, but because of how Boston achieved it....

In year of gay athletes, baseball still waiting for its Jason Collins or Michael Sam | Toronto Star
While there are currently no openly gay players playing professional baseball, R.A. Dickey, Jose Bautista and Adam Lind say it’s only a matter of time.

Leaked: 10 Months Of The Houston Astros' Internal Trade Talks
Two years ago, the Houston Astros constructed "Ground Control"--a built-from-scratch online database for the private use of the Astros front office. It is by all accounts a marvel, an easy-to-use interface giving executives instant access to player statistics, video, and communications with other front offices around baseball. All it needs, apparently, is a little better password protection.

Today in Better Blue Jays History

Baseball History July 6th - National Pastime - Baseball History
1983 On the 50th anniversary of the Midsummer Classic, Fred Lynn hits the first grand slam in All-Star competition during a record seven-run third inning en route to the American League setting a record for runs scored by one team in a game in their 13-3 victory at Chicago's Comiskey Park, the site of the first All-Star game in 1933. The Junior Circuit's victory halts the National League's 11-game winning streak. Note: Winning pitcher is Dave Stieb