Good Morning Blue Jays fans, or afternoon should you be among the few that were lucky to sleep in on Saturday morning. With Thanksgiving weekend upon us, many of you are taking the time to get some rest and relaxation in, and what better way to do that then to get in some quick Blue Jays links to start off your weekend?
Ahh, here’s a happy one to get us going. Richard Griffin at The Star reminds Blue Jays fans how former manager John Farrell has had the last laugh after Toronto’s media chastised him earlier this year for jumping ship a few months too early. Well, Toronto’s hopes quickly fizzled while Farrell’s success with the Red Sox far exceeded what most pundits were expecting from that collection of bearded scrappers. But was Boston’s condition overblown as Griffin insinuates or did they simply pluck all the right pieces to generate some magic and make Farrell look like the smartest man in the room for making the move.
Speaking of being thankful, there is one person in the world who is apparently not so thankful this (Canadian) Thanksgiving. The New York Daily News is reporting that former Blue Jays slugger Carlos Delgado was recently questioned about possible use of performance enhancing drugs due to his involvement to known PED supplier Anthony Galea. The testimony was part of a lawsuit brought by Delgado to secure funds from a memorabilia dealer who failed to fulfill his end of the sign-for-money deal. In the end, it sounds more like sour grapes than it does shrunken raisins and back acne.
On to some better news for Blue Jays fans. Shi David at Sportsnet put up a piece discussing how Blue Jays top prospect Aaron Sanchez was working on his curve ball in the Arizona Fall League. Sanchez and the Jays are looking to get the curve over the plate a little more often, hoping it will eventually compliment his stellar fastball and reduce his walk totals. As our Michael Wray detailed Friday morning, Sanchez’s first start in the AFL was a bit rocky, but uneventful three innings of work, where control was certainly an issue. We’ll continue to keep an eye on this as the AFL season continues.
In a really fun piece written by Minor Leaguer over at BlueBird Banter, our friend at SB Nation takes a look at the Blue Jays coaching carousel. And he’s doesn’t just stop with the last 10 years, ML looks at the entire history of the Blue Jays and puts together a colorful graph to showcase the work. It’s a fantastic retrospective on just how many coaches have been in and out the door in Toronto.
And finally, Mark Polishuk at MLB Trade Rumors continues with the site’s series on offseason outlooks, this time taking a look at our Toronto Blue Jays. It’s a decent look at everything Toronto has going for themselves and everything they need to get done with this winter, but it also stretches a bit at times. For instance, he grasps at Toronto possibly chasing after Brian McAnn or dipping into the top of the free agent pool for a starting pitcher, neither of which I see happening. Still, it’s a good way to get your Hot Stove urges buzzing.