American Sports Outlets Reporting On Blue Jays Paul Beeston


Happy Sunday night.

USA sports media outlets are a buzz that Rogers, owners of the Toronto Blue Jays are searching to replace CEO Paul Beeston who’s apparent contract apparently ends this year.

From ESPN’s Buster Olney:

The Toronto Blue Jays’ ownership is actively seeking a replacement for Paul Beeston, the team’s longtime president and chief executive officer, and sources say their search has progressed to the point where it is identifying possible replacements and reaching out to other teams in cases where they need permission to talk to targets.

Bruce Levine in Chicago is already putting two and two together:

White Sox Executive Kenny Williams confirmed a report that among different options, resigning from his present position as Executive VP of the team is one of them.
A story by Buster Olney said that the Blue Jays were interested in Williams for their top executive position. Later, Ken Rosenthal reported that Williams was considering resigning his position with the White Sox.

Fox Sports has a couple of points as well:

Meanwhile, Rosenthal reports the White Sox are balking at giving Williams, the team’s longtime GM before being promoted to his VP role, permission to speak to Toronto about the position. As a result, Williams could resign.

Here’s the view from Baltimore:

“In an interview with The Sun, Orioles managing partner Peter Angelos said that he does not foresee Duquette leaving the Orioles.

“We not only want him to [honor his contract], but we expect him to. We don’t want him to go away and we don’t expect him to go away, and he’s give non indication he wants to go away,” Angelos told The Sun.”

With baseball’s winter meetings about to kick off, things could be interesting around here.

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December 7, 2014 7:10 pm

Duquette is from Montreal, i think, and once was Expos GM, for those that didnt know.

December 7, 2014 8:13 pm

It brings me great pleasure when US media outlets break Jays news and the Sportsnet guys look like idiots.

December 7, 2014 9:52 pm

With the type of ownership the Jays have, I think they will target someone that understands the media business and how it intertwines with the sport. One name that would have been great if he were free would have been Stan Kasten, Kasten for years worked for the former media mogul Ted Turner, Over seeing The Atlanta Hawks, Braves And Thrashers, Kasten is now part owner of one of the biggest franchises on the planet. Would Gord Ash be a possible Answer? Ash has shown over the years in Milwaukee that he has learned how to develop from within. When he was here under Labbat’s ownership who provided the Jays with endless resources Ash spent like a drunken sailor, Nontheless he did Draft Carpenter and Halladay. I think possibly a second go round in a president’s capacity, with more of an understanding of how to develop from within and how to operate under a limited budget will lead to success, Not to mention Ash understands the landscape of corporate ownership as he spent sometime here in Toronto under Rogers and the majority of his tenure with the jays was under Labbats.

Sam in Scarb
Sam in Scarb
December 7, 2014 10:40 pm

@ Steve If memory serves me correct the last 2 trades AA made were reported first by FOX & ESPN and now this Beeston story.
Sooo,how connected are the baseball/experts at sportsnet??
More and more looking like sportsnet baseball insiders are just Blue Jay cheerleaders.

John in Bolton
John in Bolton
December 7, 2014 11:11 pm

Marty Janzen, Robert Person, Mike Sirotka, Joey Hamilton, Esteban Loaiza… please do not EVER say Gord Ash’s name in connection with the Jays again!

Devin Stobart
December 8, 2014 1:30 am

TheScore is reporting ( that PB will remain president for 2015.

I wonder how much of this is Rogers not being able to find a suitable replacement – sounds like there is opposition from the league when it comes to plucking a new pres/CEO.

Anybody have any outside the box ideas?

December 8, 2014 1:03 pm

@John in Bolton

Despite the names you’ve mentioned, Ash is also responsible For drafting Roy Halladay,Chris Carpenter and Vernon weills. Signing Roger Clemens, re-aquiring David Wells through trade, aquiring jose Cruz Jr through trade. So I would have to say there was some really Good that he did and some really bad.

December 8, 2014 1:41 pm

Until the Jays get a new manager the results will be the same. They may as well have a computer on the bench telling them when to make moves. Left hand batter must be time for a lefty pitching— sixth inning time to pull the starter and so on — too predictable for opposing managers. The organization loves him because he is cheap.

December 8, 2014 7:43 pm

There’s little evidence behind the conspiracy theories that filled Cathal Kelly’s childish column, first posted last night and then updated today. Paul Beeston moving on has been a constant storyline for years now; that it is happening is probably not even earth-shattering news, never mind a Grassy Knoll moment.

I know he’s got his believers, but Cathal Kelly borders on the ridiculous most of the time.

R.M. Taylor
R.M. Taylor
December 8, 2014 10:10 pm

It would appear that Beeston has become cranky in his advancing years. Rumour has it that the reason the Blue Jays are stepping up the search for a replacement is Rogers difficulty in dealing with him and his antagonistic role in MLB’s selection of a new commissioner. (Beeston aligned himself with noted hawk Jerry Reinsdorf in supporting the polarizing Tom Werner over eventual victor Rob Manfred.)

John in Bolton
John in Bolton
December 9, 2014 12:05 am

@Neil. Gordo also drafted — then traded — Michael Young. Others have called that the worst trade in team history. Surely we can do better than having his fat ass back in Toronto.

Steve Jones
Steve Jones
December 9, 2014 12:09 pm

Given that the Fan is the official cheerleader for the Jays it wouldn’t surprise me if the SN guys were told to stay away from the story. It’s all about the cross promotion and positive spin. Which is why I listen to TSN way more than I previously did.

December 9, 2014 2:11 pm

Blair mentioned that one reasons beeston voted against Manfred is that one item on his agenda is a closer scrutiny on teams owned by media entities and left pocket/right pocket economics.

December 10, 2014 8:24 am

If Manfreds agenda is to break down media ownership in baseball. Im all in, in terms of support for this guy. I think media companies that own teams provide such a smoke screen on reality. Integrity on reporting goes out the window. It’s just all together mass manipulation. The left pocket right pocket economics speaks more to conglomerates. not all media companies are conglomerates, but if your dealing with Rogers communications without question these guys are a major conglomerate. Check out this scam, sportsnet pays the blue jays for broadcasting rights, typically case of right pocket left pocket economics.

Darren K Johnston
Darren K Johnston
December 10, 2014 8:56 pm

Sorry for the language but FUCK I HATE KEN REID!!! I don’t think I have ever made it a point of not watching PTS because of the Co-Host (yes, even Cox & Shannon) but I am going to be doing just that from now on, anytime I hear or see he is a Co-Host or even just a guest on the Round table I am out, otherwise I may incur a stroke of some sort.

December 13, 2014 4:00 pm

Did anybody hear the first caller on Fridays McCown open lines. It was amazing the caller pretty much called McCown/Rogers spin that the BlueJays have lost money as a total lie and BS. McCown really didn’t have a respond to it.

The caller reference PTS guest Jonah Keri who said that EVERY team in the MLB made money, even the horribly supportive, lame duck franchise like Tampa made some some money. How can McCown/Rogers claim that they lost money when everybody else made money? The caller mention he thinks it is done to make Beeston look bad (I don’t buy that conspiracy theory) or the team just wants to cry poor (much more realistic)

If they Jays are losing money, it’s one of two things. They are either completely incompetent to lose money on an industry (MLB) that has 9 BILLION dollars in revenue. Or what I suspect, Rogers is doing a complete and total shell game with the Jays. By rearranging the profits around to make it seem like the Jays aren’t making money.

Simple question. Rogers Jays cheerleaders keep bragging how great ratings are for TV and radio. So the question right now is how much is Sportsnet and Fan590 paying the Jays for their broadcast right. Every other team is getting a huge regional broadcast rights for live summer sport event. Even the biggest of market doesn’t have as many regional viewers as Jays potential “regional” viewers (which is the entire country of Canada) So are they Jays team getting value or is Rogers giving them pennies to the dollar and pocketing the rest for hockey or media interest. I think we know the answer to that.

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