Author: Craig Calcaterra

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Adam Lind thinks “there might be a few more smiles with Colby gone”


Adam Lind isn’t even on the Blue Jays anymore — he plays for the Brewers now — but he suspects that the Blue Jays’ clubhouse will be a happier place next season. Specifically because Colby Rasmus is gone:

“They haven’t changed the culture of the clubhouse,” said Adam Lind — traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in November. “They’re my friends, but the guys who still run it are still there. Jose Bautista is the voice among position players and Mark Buehrle runs the starting pitchers.

“There might be a few more smiles with Colby gone.”


You know, Adam: if there are more smiles in Toronto, do you have any guarantee that it’s not because you’re gone?

Well, probably not. Rasmus has been a pretty unpopular guy in two different clubhouses now, so perhaps there’s a legit point here.

(Thanks to Rik for the heads up)

You’ll be shocked to learn that David Ortiz thinks the new pace-of-play rules are “bulls**t”

David Ortiz

If you had asked me to bet the lives of my children on which big league hitter would be the first one to complain about the new rule requiring that a batter keep his foot in the box after each pitch, I would have said “David Ortiz.”

Mookie and Carlo, you live to see another day:

That comment came in a presser that just happened down in Fort Myers. They were followed up by Ortiz saying that he uses the time after each pitch to contemplate the next pitch.

Which, sure. But that’s a habit, not a necessity, as batters didn’t start doing that after each pitch until relatively recently. I assume that, unless he enjoys paying out $500 fines on the regular, Ortiz will change his habits in this regard.

Some designated hitters are allowed to take grounders. Others aren’t.

David Ortiz Getty

The other day Alex Rodriguez was criticized by some for doing what is almost always lauded: showing up for camp early. He was also chided by at least one Yankees writer for having the audacity to take ground balls when he’s not expected to be a starting defensive player:

This followed on comments from Bob Klapisch in January about how pictures of Rodriguez taking grounders at his old high school field constituted evidence that A-Rod was going to try to cause trouble and make Joe Girardi uncomfortable at camp.

I guess David Ortiz “Didn’t Get The Memo” either, and is trying to “cause trouble” too: 

I really hope major league teams get their memo distribution system figured out soon or else we’ll have pitchers taking batting practice and managers running the bases soon.