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A link dump that’s (mostly) about being unhappy with Cito

Fire Cito

Playing .500 ball over the course of two series against the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees is nothing to sneeze at, but it is frustrating to watch the Jays put up a 3-3 record over those games because they probably should have won at least 5 of the 6. Cito needs to go. Mismanagement of the bullpen costing the team games against those they’re chasing in the A.L. East is one thing, but refusing to help develop players (in a year that was meant to be about developing players) is a whole other level of incompetence.

“I can see sometimes that he needs some work here or there, but I think that’s something that whoever’s here next year will address,” Gaston said. “The only thing we’ve told Fred is that when the ball’s hit right at you, just make sure you go to your strong side.”

Cito is a fine hitting coach, but he’s not a good manager.

Dwayne Murphy is not a good hitting coach

This is a little old, but still warrant mentioning. Speaking to Yahoo’s Tim Brown, Toronto hitting coach Dwayne Murphy dropped this doozy:

“I think on-base percentage is an overrated stat,” Murphy said flatly. “Those guys getting on base, most of them aren’t getting them in. Give me somebody who drives them in after that. I need guys who can drive the ball.”

What I want to know is, if nobody’s getting on base, who are the sluggers going to drive in?

Oh right: Themselves.

And nobody else.

Kevin Gregg is not a good closer

Since (and including) May 12, Gregg’s pitched in 10 games for the Torontos. Over that stretch, he’s been absolutely horrendous.

An ERA of 10, an opponent’s OPS of 1.088, a WPA of -1.106 and that’s just scratching the surface.

The man couldn’t keep a closer’s job in the N.L. Central and is struggling in the A.L., but Cito refuses to take the job from him. Can explain this?

On questioning Cito’s use of the pen

I’m not even going to get into Mike Wilner’s suspension from the FAN for the duration of the Yankees series. Stoeten (here) and Drew (here) have pretty much said everything I’d say about it. Jeremy Sandler’s got a good take on the situation as well.

The Draft

The MLB draft goes tonight. If you’re the type who gets worked up about kids who will probably never amount to anything and, if they do, won’t do so for at least a few years, the draft is for you! Personally, the only thing that interests me about the draft is the approach the team is taking to.

Approach and philosophy is everything — that’s why I get geeked about international free agents when the Jays are involved. If you care about the approach, then Shi Davidi’s got a good piece on the Jays’ strategy you might enjoy.

Into the players? Check out the Drunks or Mop Up Duty. They’re on that ball.

Remembering the GBOAT (via Walkoff Walk)

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Putting the scouts to the test

Whatever you think of Rod Barajas stats-wise, you can’t argue that he seems like a good guy (unless you actually know him, I guess. I do not know him.) That’s why I’m happy to see that he’s finally caught on with another big league team. Like most who struggled a bit in the American League, I think he’ll do pretty well in the National.

For Jays fans, a happy consequence of the Barajas signing is that Toronto will get yet another pick in the 2010. In fact, the Jays are set to get a quite a few picks early on in said draft. According to the YES Network’s official blog, Toronto gets 10 of the first 126 picks. Those are picks are as follows:

11. Blue Jays

34. Blue Jays (for Type-A Marco Scutaro)

38. Blue Jays (for failure to sign ‘09 sandwich rounder James Paxton)

41. Blue Jays (for Type-B Rod Barajas)

61. Blue Jays

69. Blue Jays (for failure to sign ‘09 second rounder Jake Eliopoulos)

80. Blue Jays (from Red Sox for Type-A Marco Scutaro)

93. Blue Jays

113. Blue Jays (for failure to sign ‘09 third rounder Jake Barrett)

126. Blue Jays

I know we’re looking at a few years down the road before the success of this draft can even begin to be determined, but Anthopoulos’ scouts have their work cut out for them right off the bat.

Pepper (Does that work here?)

In a move that should surprise no one, J.P. Ricciardi is joining ESPN.

In news that may surprise some, no Toronto prospects — not even the ones the team got in return for Doc — managed to crack Baseball America’s Top 20.

On the team’s depth chart, Bluejays.com has already anointed Kevin Gregg as the team’s closer.

Oh my gawd! That’s Brad Wilkerson’s music! Thankfully, it’s coming from Philadelphia, not Toronto.

Some joker at NESN implies that losing “valuable clubhouse influence” Kevin Millar somehow hurts the Jays this year.

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Jays Talk callers and salary-cap advocates

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Last week at work, I was having a good conversation about the Jays, Travis Snider and Randy Ruiz. It was a nice change to have a conversation about baseball in Toronto without dwelling on the negatives. Unfortunately, one of my colleagues (who tends to fit the stereotype of a Jays Talk caller) overheard and barged in on the conversation.

He started telling us about Griffin’s latest mail bag. So some negativity had entered the conversation. Unwelcome, but at least our Jays Talk Co-worker (JTC) was showing that he knows Griffin is a dumbass. Maybe he was learning. Never mind the fact he was telling us the Griff was pushing a Halladay-for-Chone-Figgins trade — which Griff didn’t actually do and Figgins is a free agent after this season anyway, we were going to give JTC a chance.

Then he started bitching about baseball in general and how much the Jays suck and how they’ll never make the playoffs and how evil the system is and how the Yankees and Red Sox are guaranteed to make the playoffs every year and how Kansas City has a “literally 0% chance of ever making the playoffs again” and he’ll never give MLB any of his money again (apparently he thinks they don’t get a cut of video game sales) until and unless a salary cap is brought in.

I didn’t even bother talking to him about the salary cap, because he’s a bit slow and is unwilling to budge on any of his other points. Also, he’s a pretty big EPL fan and thinks there are no similarities at all in the payroll structure of MLB and the EPL.

This guy pissed me off quite a bit, but he also made me think about how to introduce a little more parity to the league. A salary cap would be nice, but it will never happen — the Yankees and the union won’t allow it.

The solution, to me anyway, is a simple one. I know I’m not the first to bring it up — hell, Bud Selig’s even talked about it — make the draft worldwide and put hard caps on bonuses, maybe even salaries, for rookies.

JTC, when the Rays were mentioned as an example of just how wrong he is, said something to the effect of “yeah, but they sucked for a long time and they won’t make the playoffs again.” He’s right about the first point and may be right about the second, but at the very least, Tampa Bay is in the thick of a playoff hunt right now and, while PLAYOFFS!!1 would be nice, I think any Toronto fan would be happy with meaningful games this late in the season.

And so what if they had to suck for a while to get where they are? If JTCs everywhere are so concerned about the Jays sucking and never improving, shouldn’t they embrace a reformed draft — one in which a team is truly free to select the best player available and not have to worry about being able to sign him? Once a player’s in a team’s system, he’s under control for six years of major league service, so with a reformed draft in place, teams that suffer prolonged shittiness are basically guaranteed to later enjoy prolonged greatness (unless their scouts suck, but that’s another story).

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