Blue Jay Accolades From South Of The Border

In the grand scheme of things it doesn’t mean all that much. However, it is nice to see the Blue Jays get some recognition from the American press for the hard work of Alex Anthopoulos. Joel Sherman of the NY Post ranks the Jays as having had the best off season so far in the entire MLB:

If Toronto did nothing except find a sucker to take Vernon Wells’ bloated contract, this would be a triumphant offseason. Its horizon for serious contention is 2013 onward, so having the $42 million owed Wells in 2013-14 to use in other fashions is a blessing. That the Blue Jays also got rid of most of the $44 million owed Wells in 2011-12 is a fringe benefit borne of the Angels ridiculously not demanding that Toronto eat a more significant portion of one of the worst contracts in the majors. Toronto also maximized Shaun Marcum into a potential star infielder in Brett Lawrie, and re-did their pen with interesting pieces: Frank Francisco, Octavio Dotel and Jon Rauch.

Not that it matters, but it does for some reason feel good.



The NY Post article is here

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Chris F.
Chris F.
February 3, 2011 9:08 pm

Yeah it doesn’t matter much in the grand scheme of things but having the Jays talked about favorably (or at all in some cases) does feel good. The Jays either have to something outrageous (good or bad) in order to get any kind of pub in the US it seems.

Hopefully AA keeps up with his magic touch!

February 3, 2011 9:59 pm

The Jay’s are talked about alot on the MLB channel on XM radio. More in depth in a lot of cases than they are with all the hockey pucks at 590. Im not a Jay’s Fan, and I wish them no ill will, but they are truly underserved by the the Toronto Media. The Detroit News yesterday had a story on the Tigers top 50 prospects. Pretty much speculation, but you never see anything like that in a Toronto Newspaper. So if you can’t do do it at home, don’t blame the USA.

February 4, 2011 1:52 am

Jon Heyman from named AA as his #1 star of the winter as well.

Pretty cool! Nice to feel positive about the team.

Chris F.
Chris F.
February 4, 2011 8:05 am

Bob I don’t understand why the Toronto media doesn’t cover this team enough. It’s shocking considering the ownership owns the radio and TV rights as well. I really think back in the day TSN did a great job at covering the Blue Jays and the media attention was akin to that of Chicago or NYC.

Boy do I wish we could have those days again.

February 4, 2011 1:23 pm

I remember back in the heydays some spring training games were actually televised.
I have noticed that it is really hard to find information on Blue Jay prospects in their farm system, but even the Marlies don’t get very much coverage.

Laidan Egoudaire
Laidan Egoudaire
February 4, 2011 2:56 pm

If Toronto is 5 games above .500 by middle of the year, expect a major bat signed by trading away a catcher and some pitching.

February 4, 2011 4:57 pm

Keith Law did an excellent analysis of the Jays’ farm system on PTS (I think last night)…it’s probably on the website if you want to hear..

But yeah, for the best Jays analysis you generally have to look at or

February 5, 2011 10:48 am

All I can say as a long suffering fan, is that I am looking forward to this season.

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