Mats Sundin, Mr. Hanky Strikes Again….Jays on the rise?

“However, a source of mine in Sweden who has been very spot on, told me that he was told last night that it “has been decided and it was Montreal.” The source said that the Canadiens have “led pole to pole here.”

What a load of crap. No one has been spot on with respect to Mats. No one predicted that as of August 18th we still wouldn’t have resolution in the Sundin saga. How can Hanky write that a source has been spot on???????

Damien said it best, Sundin has never been known as a liar, therefore, when he says he hasn’t decided, I believe he hasn’t decided.

“So I can see all the comments now… Everyone is bored by the Sundin situation. Well so am I, but I do admit that it gets more and more interesting in some ways when you start to talk to people “off-the-record.” There will be a great story to tell about all of this as soon as a conclusion is come to and people lift the “off-the-record.” aspects to all of this.”

Does this even make sense???? Hanky is saying that it gets more interesting when you speak to “insiders” off the record. How???? If know one knows anything, how interesting can it be???? So even if he had insiders, what would they be saying? Hello Insider from Montreal what is new? “Nothing, i don’t know anything. Wow- how interesting…. Hello Insider from Philly, what is new “Nothing, I don’t know anything”…Wholly crap is that interesting!

And yes, what a great story when the sources agree to go on the record. What are they going to say that is interesting on the record. The guy is tired and beaten up and he couldn’t decide if he wanted to play again. That is clearly the stuff of Pulitzer prize winners isn’t it?

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I have to ask the question, by the way….. IF J.P. Ricciardi did what should have been done and fired John Gibbons after last season and a new manager (Cito or otherwise) brought in a proper hitting coach (Tenace or otherwise) where would the blue jays be today? Yes I know hindsight is 20-20…but still…..

I am a huge Ken Rosenthal fan, but not sure his logic here when he says that J.P. may keep his job:

The Jays: A 2009 surprise?

Speculation persists that Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi will be dismissed at the end of the season, yet the Jays could finish above .500 for the third straight year, no small feat when contending in the AL East. If enough things go right — and granted, we say this every year about Toronto — the team might even contend in 2009.

The Jays should be deep enough in their rotation to withstand the loss of right-hander A.J. Burnett, who is almost certain to opt out of his contract. Their bullpen, which leads the majors in ERA, might be even stronger next season if right-handers Casey Janssen and Jeremy Accardo make successful returns from injuries.

The additional pitching depth could enable the Jays to trade for a hitter, and the team also could find offense in the free-agent market. Such a perspective, if taken by ownership, might not be enough to save Ricciardi, who has failed to build a strong farm system, made a number of questionable decisions and rankled many with his personality. But the Jays’ foundation of pitching could be a springboard to a better future.

Just so we are clear, but if J.P. has “has failed to build a strong farm system, made a number of questionable decisions and rankled many with his personality” how in hell does he keep his job?

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Guy Trottier
Guy Trottier
August 20, 2008 5:39 pm

Everything JP touches turns to poo,Eckstien? yeah,we really needed a light hitting defensive specialist,(see Johnny Mac)and how about the Thomas fiasco,the idiotic Stewart signing,the Johnson release,(have you seen his Cub stats?)The moronic Dunn comment………..anyone who’s impressed with JP probably has some of his dna,cuz he’s a joke around MLB

August 19, 2008 8:46 am

Your right hindsight is easy. However, it doesn’t matter 2 cents what you, I or anyone thinks of anyone move. We don’t get paid to make these decisions , and a GM is not supposed to make moves that appease fans. His job is to be right. He gets paid to make the team better. So if a trade doesn’t work out, he is to blame. To his credit JP as said the same thing.

August 19, 2008 1:07 am

the Glaus trade was supported across the board when it went down. Rolen passed his physical and was declared 100% healthy. it was a my problem for your problem trade, and turns out Rolen couldn’t stay healthy after all, so how can JP be roasted for that trade after the fact?

Glaus’s job is also made a lot easier when he’s batting in a lineup with Albert Pujols and Rick Ankiel. and, hey, he’s healthy. and when he’s healthy, the guy performs. but he asked to be traded out of Toronto, and JP had to oblige. hindsight’s easy as a mother fucker.

i really hope JP stays around. just to make sure all the haters continue to hate.

Guy Trottier
Guy Trottier
August 18, 2008 8:46 pm

JP is gone,the Glaus trade is just the icing on the cake.

August 18, 2008 9:27 pm

I think JP is gone too. I am not sure how he keeps his job unless Godfrey stays too.

August 18, 2008 3:13 pm

he keeps his job because, as Rosenthal says, the jays will finish above .500 for the third straight year in the ultra-competitive AL East (this year, even Tampa, fucking Tampa!, is a contender)…considering all the injuries, and the flaccidity of the offence, it’s def an accomplishment.

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