I received a copy of the new Davidi/Lott book this week from the publisher for review. I read it in three days, in part because it is not a very lengthy read, the book is 180 page of print plus 16 pages of photographs, and in part because it is an easy read.
When I first heard that this book was on its way I wondered what kind of book would it be? There are those books that are essentially diaries of the season, a day by day or week by week summary of the season that was. Then there are the books that are about the team, the players and staff, more than they are about the season. These books rely on interesting characters to provide the backbone of the book. Finally there are the insider exposes, a tell-all of sorts, as in here is what really happened behind the scenes.
I also wondered whether the authors were able to breach the secretive world of the Anthopoulos front office, would he open up for the sake of history?
The Fisher Cats have won two Eastern League titles since becoming a Blue Jays affiliate in 2004.
The World Series could end as soon as tonight, and the WS is closely followed by the hot stove season. The general managers of the teams who have been eliminated have been talking and ideas are being floated.
One of those ideas hit the internets today when it was reported the Jays were interested in Gordon Beckham of the White Sox.
We hope you enjoyed this top 30 and the hope it brings to the future of the Blue Jays organization.
Welcome to the Batters Box top 30 Blue Jay prospects for 2013. Five of your trusted minor league correspondents pooled their votes to come up with the list. The same trusty five shared the task of writing the prospect descriptions you see below.
The system has seen a lot of movement since 2012. Travis d'Arnuad, Noah Syndergaard, Jake Marisnick, Adeiny Hechavarria, Justin Nicolino and Sam Dyson were traded. Five of last years top six prospects were moved to get that extra win from the major league team.
In total, forty prospects received at least one vote. Twenty three of the top thirty were named on all five ballots. There was plenty of agreement over who the top twenty prospects were, in name at least. After those top 20 there are a mixture of players at AAA who might or might not get more than a cup of coffee in the major leagues and on the other side there are a ton of kids in the lower levels who haven't shown much yet. Do you value Deck McGuire or Ryan Goins higher than Jacob Brentz or LB Dantzler? The former will probably play a limited role in the major leagues, the latter could develop into all-stars or they could flame out.
As usual we have split the top 30 into three installments, running Monday through Wednesday.
We hope you enjoy the list and the discussion.
Me, ten days ago. That worked out well.
With all but two teams eliminated the chatter among general managers is picking up. Most GM's say that after the season they take a few weeks to work through their needs and then identify possible trade matches with other teams. The resulting discussions are being kicked off now to be continued at the general manager meetings to be held November 11-13 in Orlando. And followed by the winter meetings, December 9-12.
Today Bob Elliott kicks off the rumour mill with catching news.