Jays Jots: Paul Beeston, Marc Rzepczynski, Tony LaCava, Yu Darvish


Here are some Jays-related links to help you get through this Monday morning until later today, when we kick off a great week here at Jays Journal, chock-full of original content.

If links aren’t your thing, at least check out the four-minute Yu Darvish video clip embedded below.

Should the Blue Jays Buy or Trade for Franchise Players? | The Blue Jay Hunter
Ian over at BJH offers an awesome take on how buying or trading for franchise players usually isn’t the answer; inspired by a neat post over at Some Thoughts About Baseball.

Marc Rzepczynski joins Cardinals at perfect time | The Good Point
This one is a bit old, but it’s an interesting interview with former Jay Marc Rzepczynski, who talks about his time in Toronto and playing for a playoff team in St. Louis.

Building and the Beest | Drunk Jays Fans
Stoeten over at DJF breaks down the chat that took place between Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star and Blue Jays President and CEO Paul Beeston early last week. I’d highly recommend reading the chat transcript and if you haven’t, you can find it here.

Why Not Us? | 500 Level Fan
Jeremy at 500 Level Fan had a hard time watching the Tigers in the postseason, as he feel the Jays would have made it as well if they played in the AL Central.

Alex Anthopoulos and the Quest to Build a Baseball Champion | Sympatico.ca Sports
A look at Alex Anthopoulos’ quest to turn the Jays into a contender and champions, eventually.

Free as a Bird | Sportsnet
Shi Davidi talks about how it would be a huge loss if current Blue Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava became the Baltimore Orioles’ new GM.

Q&A with Matt Fields | Jays Prospects
A brief interview with Jays prospect Matt Fields, who was limited to just four innings this season but pitched 100 for the Lansing Lugnuts in 2010.

The Year in Review II – Snakes and Ladders | Batter’s Box
This isn’t exactly Jays related, but Da Box has an interesting post on the teams around baseball that were very different this year from 2010.

Adding up the numbers from the 2011 Blue Jays season | TSN.ca
An interesting summary, to say the least, of the Jays’ 2011 campaign, where the author feels that the Jays will have a hard time “making up ground” in their 72 contests against AL East opponents next season, so the team should focus on their other 90 games…

And finally, this great four-minute clip that consists solely of Yu Darvish fanning batters. According to the video, this was Darvish five years ago. Imagine what he looks like now!


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