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Weekend Links Decides To Show Up, Sept 14, 2014

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The weekend links guy had a long miserable August of his own matching in some ways the Jays August.  Finally shows up to post some links as the season winds down.

JAYS LINKS

Should Brandon Morrow and J.A. Happ Be Back in 2015? - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Alex Anthopoulos and the rest of the Blue Jays management have angered a large number of fans in 2014 by using the following terms when talking about play

Toronto Blue Jays’ Dioner Navarro loves animals, soccer and proving critics wrong | National Post
Navarro is having a good year at a grueling position. He is also a man who knows how to relax

The Blue Jay Hunter: Flashback Friday: Kathie Becomes a Blue Jays Booster on "Kids in the Hall"
Flashing back to the "Becoming a Booster" sketch from Kids in the Hall. Featuring AT & Love's biggest Blue Jays fan, Kathie.

The Blue Jay Hunter: Flashback Friday: J.P. Ricciardi's Feud with Adam Dunn
Looking back at J.P. Ricciardi's strange short-lived feud with Adam Dunn - where he claimed Dunn "didn't like baseball all that much."

Joel Sherman classifies Jose Reyes as possible "salary dump" - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Will the Toronto Blue Jays look at Jose Reyes as a possible salary dump in the coming seasons?

Blue Jays Fans Should be Happy with 2014 - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Toronto Blue Jays are making a playoff push in September and fans should be happy.

MLB LINKS

The Truth of Rooting for a Terrible Team – The Hardball Times
Second, and more germane to these pages, I am not a great baseball man. Prime among the reasons—and the reasons are more than a few—is that I am a total homer, a partisan, without apology, of my beloved Rangers.

How Minor League Pitching Changes Across Levels – The Hardball Times
A common refrain when discussing minor league players is speculation about how their abilities will translate to higher levels of competition. We hear phrases like "Oh, Double-A pitchers will eat him alive with a steady diet of breaking stuff" or "His deception won’t fool major league hitters like minor league ones."

Mike Fiers and Pitching Rattled | FanGraphs Baseball
You know what I’m referring to, and it happens with every sport, in particular down the stretch and in the playoffs. Choking. Stepping up. Wilting. Clutch. So many people offer so many psychological explanations, yet, we never know whether there’s actually any truth.

CJ Nitkowski: What happens to a pitcher when they hit a batter in the face | FOX Sports
To the point of near tears, Fiers expressed his sympathy and sorrow for the unintentional pitch that struck Stanton in the face. His concerns were with Stanton and his emotions could not have been any more sincere.

The Most Unheralded Reliever in Baseball | FanGraphs Baseball
The reliever in question is Mark Melancon, the setup guy-come-closer for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Melancon went from being well-traveled to a brief sting in AAA to become the very best of a stout group of relievers holding the Pirates in the playoff race for the second straight season.

Finding Clues to Hitters’ Shoulder Injuries – The Hardball Times
Every year, a number of hitters have to weather injuries to the shoulder, and here I present some introspection into what role swing mechanics play in how hitters deal with these maladies.

Chris Davis drug suspension levels playing field: Griffin | Toronto Star
Orioles slugger’s 25-game ban for Adderall fair, and could help Blue Jays, but raises questions about MLB drug policy.

Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton ‘much better’ day after beanball | Toronto Star
NL MVP favourite recovering after fastball to face vs. Brewers. Pitcher Mike Fiers fined, Anthony DeSclafani suspended.

Positional Versatility and the Zobrist Fallacy – The Hardball Times
This is a story about Ben Zobrist and what it means to be a great player.

When Do Most No-Hitters Get Broken Up?
No-hitters have hit dead ball era rates, and every other week it seems like some random pitcher is staring down a chance at a no-hitter late in a game. So Zachary Levine of Baseball Prospectus did the grunt work of tracking down just how likely a no-hitter is to be broken up on any given out, and how likely you are to see a no-hitter based on when you tune in. Turns out, a no hitter's got a 50-50 shot of happening once it passes into the ninth inning.

TODAY IN BELL RINGING HISTORY

Baseball History September 14th - National Pastime - Baseball History
1987 The Blue Jays blast a major league record of ten home runs in an 18-3 rout of the Orioles at Exhibition Stadium. Ernie Whitt goes deep three times‚ Rance Mulliniks and George Bell each hit a pair and Lloyd Moseby‚ Rob Ducey‚ and Fred McGriff each go deep once with Baltimore's Mike Hart adding one to tie the two-team major league mark of 11. Orioles' manager Cal Ripken Sr. puts Ron Washington at shortstop ending his son's record streak at 8,243 consecutive-innings, a span of 904 games. Kelly Gruber, appearing as a pinch-hitter, makes all three outs by hitting into a double play and then finishing the seven-run frame with a strikeout. In between his at-bats, there are five singles and two home runs.

1991 Baltimore's Juan Bell's tenth inning at-bat against Eric Bell is not a ringing success when he flies out to Albert Belle in left field. The Orioles drop the Memorial Stadium contest to the clangorous Cleveland club in 11 innings, 6-5.

2002 Playing the 148th game on the schedule, the Devil Rays suffer their 100th defeat, losing to the Blue Jays at the SkyDome, 8-4. Tampa Bay (48-100) becomes the first team to lose 100 games in consecutive seasons since Toronto accomplished the dubious mark for three straight years starting 1979.

2003 Homering in his final at-bat, Vladimir Guerrero hits for 'Le Carrousel' at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. Facing Mets' southpaw Tom Glavine, the Expos' right fielder doubled (2nd), singled (3rd) and hit a triple (5th) and completed the sixth cycle in team history going deep off Dan Wheeler (7th).