Since this will almost certainly be the last post I make before the Mad Men season premiere (I'll actually be doing another team preview, but that doesn't count), I may as well include Jon Hamm in this one as a "Hey, watch Mad Men on Sunday" kind of reminder. Or at least download it and tweet about how awesome it was or something.
I don't really have any idea where I'm planning on going with this post other than the slathering of random baseball-related links after I write a few paragraphs explaining that I don't know where I'm going with this, but as long as everybody knows that Mad Men is back this Sunday night at some point, I feel like I'll have done my job.
This is an interactive Mad Men youtube game in 8-bit.
This is a hastily written, contrived comparison between baseball teams and Mad Men characters.
If you don't watch this show, I hate you and you should start immediately.
Anyway, before I start ranting...
Paul Beeston spoke with Stephen Brunt yesterday, and told us the same old stuff that we already knew. He touches on why they didn't sign Darvish or Fielder, and speaks about money. Over it.
Shi Davidi has a spot about Jays' catchers and the coaches wanting them to emphasize to pitchers to keep the ball low in the zone, or something like that.
Ben Nicholson-Smith from MLBTR tweeted earlier today:
Two names for MIL, PHI to consider in search for IF depth: Burriss & Valbuena. Both out of options, play 2B/SS, may not make 25-man rosters.
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@mlbtrben) March 23, 2012
Valbuena, of course, is a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, and I'm sure he could be available if Omar Vizquel makes the big league roster. Conversely, maybe Mike Mccoy could get a shot with another organization?
The Phillies, already without lefties Ryan Howard and Chase Utley to start the season, have sent Domonic Brown back to their AAA camp, removing any and all left-handed pop from their lineup. Meanwhile, it looks like one of Juan Pierre or Scott Podsednik is going to make that team. Shaking my head.
Not that he really had much of a career going for himself anyway, but Joba Chamberlain dislocated his ankle yesterday while playing with his son, and it may be career threatening.
Finally, here's a link to Part 1 of "Jays: Up Close" with Snider, Lawrie and Arencibia. Parts 2 and 3 are on the side in the related videos section. Jose Bautista and Ricky Romero go fishing on next week's episode.
By the way, the week 6 recap of Survivor should be up in like half an hour on Nowhere Plans. There have also been team-by-team MLB previews, and a Big Ass Spring Training Blog going on for the last little while.