Open this link for your favourite meme’s, fellow kids!
I, uh, I don't think these are memes. pic.twitter.com/VtzGZWfJ55
— Jays Nation (@thejaysnation) March 13, 2017
What in the fuck? The Blue Jays social media team is trying to relate to the cool, hip, and happening teens, clearly, but holy shit, do they not know what a meme is? What do these people think is relevant internet culture right now? The O RLY owl and Snakes on a Plane?! I pity the 22-year-old communications intern who had to smile and nod through this, my goodness.
Dalton Pompey update: Still experiencing mild concussion systems and under MLB protocol right now. #BlueJays
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) March 12, 2017
Bad news out of the World Baseball Classic, as Dalton Pompey suffered a concussion over the weekend in Canada’s loss to Colombia. It was an ugly, ugly, ugggglllllyyyy tournament overall for the Canadians, but this is much worse than any of their lopsided losses. I wasn’t expecting Pompey to crack the lineup out of spring, personally, but the path for him to play well in the minors and work his way into a starting role a month or two into the season is pretty clear right now, so this would be an unfortunate setback for him.
Strong, but fair. Baseball Canada does so much for all these guys on the way up. Showing up is the LEAST they can do in return. https://t.co/5tLrvSlh9D
— Mike Cormack (@MikeCormack) March 13, 2017
Speaking of Team Canada, Ernie Whitt had some strong words for the guys — Russell Martin, Joey Votto, Michael Saunders, etc — who didn’t show up to play for their country. The point made is fair, to be honest. As Mike Cormack says, the program does a lot for them when they’re growing up as young adults or teenagers playing at the elite level, so it would be a very nice gesture if they supported the program on the biggest stage.
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) March 13, 2017
Again with the Canadians… The Blue Jays aren’t likely to pursue the now-free-agent Brett Lawrie, despite what was reported last week. I think we’ve been over this enough times, but Lawrie isn’t much of an upgrade, even over the options the Jays have in their somewhat-thin infield.
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) March 13, 2017
Mike Wilner put together his best guess at what 25-man team the Blue Jays are going to take north with them to start the season, and, well, there aren’t many surprises.
He has Devon Travis and Glenn Sparkman on the DL to start the season, meaning Ryan Goins makes the team, and the Jays don’t have to yet make a decision on their Rule 5 pickup. Wilner has Bo Schultz making the team with the rationale of him being out of options, which, sure, I guess? I don’t think anybody has been significantly better. He also has Aaron Loup making the team as the second lefty, despite Tim Mayza and Ryan Borucki’s excellent performances.
And, unsurprisingly, Dalton Pompey doesn’t crack the team, and the Jays begin the season with a Melvin Upton/Zeke Carrera platoon in left field, which is something we’re likely going to have to swallow for at least a month this year.
And now, the lineups…
Kevin Pillar (R) CF
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Kendrys Morales (S) DH
Melvin Upton Jr. (R) LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (S) C
Justin Smoak (S) 1B
Darrell Ceciliani (L) RF
Darwin Barney (R) 2B
Ryan Goins (L) 3B
J.A. Happ (L) SP
Brock Holt (L) SS
Josh Rutledge (R) 2B
Andrew Benintendi (L) CF
Allen Craig (R) 1B
Mitch Moreland (L) DH
Bryce Brentz (R) LF
Rusney Castillo (R) RF
Rafael Devers (L) 3B
Christian Vazquez (R) C
Steven Wright (R) SP