“It’s time to gear up for another forgettable season of Blue Jays Baseball!”
In the past I’ve written various articles about how my beloved Toronto Maple Leafs are a horrid franchise, but this week my focus is going to shift to another franchise within the 905 area code: the boys of summer, The Toronto Blue Jays, who are one of baseball’s most underachieving teams.
Since winning consecutive World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993, the Blue Jays have been a sub-par to mediocre franchise at best. As free agent Blue Jays literally walk to greener pastures, and young prospects fail to develop into useful assets, the last 15 years have been quite dismal for Blue Jays fans.
Since joining the squad in 2001, GM J.P. Riccardi has often managed to compose a respectable baseball club on paper; however, the team always found a way to fail to live up to expectations. It also doesn’t help that the Jays have strong and direct competition for that elusive American League Eastern Division playoff spot, with the Yankees and Red Sox, and now the Tampa Bay Rays who have finally found their stride.
As the Jays quickly approach opening day, the 2009 40-man roster frighteningly resembles the 2008 Jays roster. With all-star pitching ace Roy Halladay still at the helm, ‘Blown Save’ Ryan, ‘Double Play’ Overbay, ‘no hit’ MacDonald, and several other underachieving veterans will attempt to claw their way through another gruelling 162 game schedule.
While the Blue Jays managed to finish off their 2008 campaign with a respectable 86-76 record, J.P. Riccardi failed to do anything this off season to address the team’s weaknesses and immediate needs. Riccardi knew full well that they had major holes to fill in their starting pitching rotation due to injuries, and the fact the team can’t drive in a run to save their lives. But did J.P. make any significant trades or signings to improve the rotation or bats? Not a chance.
It seems that every year the Jays have high hopes of finally cracking the playoffs, but the team’s efforts already appear to be futile. I give J.P. Riccardi two months into the 2009 campaign before he’s fired by the Jays, which will be a direct correlation to the amount of vacation time J.P. took during the offseason. Quite frankly, I don’t need the aggravation and heartache provided by another forgettable season of Blue Jays baseball. Besides, I already have booked a mid April tee-time to hit links along with the Maple Leafs.