Uh… how about we keep Beeston, actually. Beeston has pushed for a “40,000 seat Milwaukee-style stadium,” said Bob McCown on his radio show, in the segment following the one in which he reported that the club president will stay on for another season. “But when they build a new stadium they don’t get anything back from the old stadium” because they don’t own the land,” he continued. “That’s the problem.” (I actually hate the idea of the stadium being in a different location, to be honest, so I’m not crying over this one, personally.)
I get the sense that Jayson Stark of ESPN.com doesn’t think the Jays are going to land James Shields. He writes: “If the price tag is still $110 million or even close, you can bet your copy of the Life and Times of Dave Stieb that Shields won’t be a Blue Jay. They have only $5 million-$6 million left in the budget, and they’ve prioritized bullpen shopping over any other item on the shelves. OK, so it would be accurate to say they’ve kicked around whether they’d be interested if the price tag dropped dramatically. But there’s no indication they’ve even made contact with Shields’ agent. So essentially, the only way this guy will wind up in Toronto is if he comes to the Jays and says, ‘I’ve always wanted to pitch off the same mound where Juan Guzman once pitched.’ Or something like that.” Point taken.
So… remember that Johan Santana thing yesterday? Well, Jon Morosi tweets that Santana will miss his next start due to shoulder tightness. Though he adds that an MRI on Johan’s shoulder revealed no structural damage. So… that’s good?
“There’s no doubt” that getting away from the Rogers Centre’s artificial turf will help him, Colby Rasmus said to reporters in Houston on Wednesday, including Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle. “That turf is rough on your body, especially when you’re playing 50-some games in a row. It can grind on you. I was definitely playing hard, I was diving on that turf. As we know, our pitching staff — I’m not trying to throw no rocks here — our pitching staff struggled at times, so I was on that field a lot running around. Sometimes I don’t think that was credited as much as I feel it should have been.”
If you don’t follow the official @BlueJays Twitter account, now is probably the time to do so, as they’re retweeting all kinds of stuff from the winter tour, which currently has Marcus Stroman, Kevin Pillar, et al, in Banff. Turns out the Jays’ young players are all pretty amazingly likeable.
Speaking of: I so want travel tips from Dan Norris, who once again is making his way to Dunedin from his home in Johnson City, TN, in a Volkswagen van — a trip that, according to an MiLB.com profile, is (mildly) displeasing to Blue Jays. “They’ve kind of said, ‘Well, OK, but we don’t get it,’ and I’m kind of like, ‘I don’t expect you to get it — that’s OK.'” Awesome. I say fuck ‘em, Dan. Do what you do.
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