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Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Posted on: December 3, 2011 4:15 pm
 


By C. Trent Rosecrans


What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.

The American League East is the biggest, baddest division in baseball -- in large part because of the deep pockets of the Yankees and Red Sox, but also because of the drafting and development from the Rays. Somewhere in the middle is the Blue Jays, a team that could be a giant in maybe any other division in baseball. In our exercise, the Blue Jays have an argument as one of the best teams in baseball, largely because of a stout rotation.

Lineup

1. Reed Johnson, CF
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Michael Young, 1B
4. Adam Lind, DH
5. Vernon Wells, LF
6. Alex Rios, RF
7. Ryan Roberts 3B
8. J.P. Arencibia, C
9. Cesar Izturis, SS

Starting Rotation

1. Roy Halladay
2. Chris Carpenter
3. Ricky Romero
4. Shaun Marcum
5. Alfredo Aceves

Bullpen

Closer - Brandon League
Set up - Marc Rzepczynski, Tim Collins, Brandon Lyon, Dustin McGowan, Casey Janssen
Long - Jesse Litsch

Notable Bench Players

Orlando Hudson, Felipe Lopez, Casey Blake, Travis Snider, Eric Thames.

What's Good?

That rotation, are you kidding?

What's Not?

There's Rios and Wells -- two of the most overpaid players in the game. Those two are not just overpaid, they're also not very good. Eric Thames could step in for either one. There are some decent players on the bench, but not a lot of pop.

Comparison to real 2011

The 81-81 season was seen as a step forward for the Blue Jays in 2011, but with this lineup the expectations would be much, much higher. The rotation alone makes this team the favorite in the AL East in our hypothetical. The offense lacks the impact of Jose Bautista, but there's enough to support the pitching staff. Not only is this team better than the real Blue Jays, they have a shot at winning it all.

Next: Colorado Rockies

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Comments

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:21 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

im pretty sure the NYY and BOS are indeed the best every year. They play in the AL east and both win 90+ every year. The Cardnals arent even in the same category. I would love boston to play in the pathetic NL central. Thats a easy 100+ wins a year. Put St. louis in the al east they wouldnt even of made the playoffs period. and anyone who thinks they wouldve should be in a insane asylum.



Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:13 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Yeah... those Jays are about as good as your Canucks pal. Bruins kicked thier ass just like the sox do to the jays every year. Romero sucks ive seen the sox shell him many times. simple as that. 



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Only reason I quoted the B.R. article is because it was very recent. It's not far off from what most "experts" have them at. 



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

I LOVE WHEN PEOPLE TRY TO MAKE ALTERNATE FANTASIES IN WHERE THE REDSOX AND YANKEE WOULDNT BE DOMINATE... WHICH IN REALITTY THEY STILL WOULD BE THE BEST
The Red Sox, nor the Yankees were "the best". The Red Sox had one of the most epic collapses in sports history, not to mention baseball history. The St. Louis Cardinals were the best, they won the World Series. Funny, I have never saw a Red Sox fan simultaneously stick up for both teams at the same time. Identity crisis maybe?

Ricky Romero is a young pitcher who has gotten better each year. Last season he was 15-11 on a .500 ball team, with a pretty damn good 2.92 ERA. 225 Innings pitched and a 178 K's. You don't think the Yankees would have loved to have him? or The Sox? If the Sox had someone who could actually pitch half way good, they probably would have made the playoffs last year. 

As for Marcum, I could care less what he does. He plays for the Brewers, we traded him straight up for Lawrie who is going to do big things for the Jays.  

So in closing, your reality is a little bit skewed.  



Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:59 am
 

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

I LOVE WHEN PEOPLE TRY TO MAKE ALTERNATE FANTASIES IN WHERE THE REDSOX AND YANKEE WOULDNT BE DOMINATE... WHICH IN REALITTY THEY STILL WOULD BE THE BEST



Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:52 am
 

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

YOUR AN ABSOLUTE MORON!!!! MARCUM- 37W 25L  3.77 ERA IN THE AL EAST AS A BLUE JAY..... and you F' in telling me hes good omfg!!!! u gottta be kidding me... Romero 42-29 3.6 era ....while thats not bad. as a redsox fan hes not scaring me at all versus boston hes 2-2 with a 6.50 ERA hahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahaha

haahahahaha yeah you freakin moron they are good i guess right? MARCUM VERSUS BOSTON 0-0 WITHA 18.00 ERA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAH EVEN ALFREDO ACEVES HES ON THE REDSOX! AND ILL STILL TELL U HE IS WEAK. AND A UNPROVEN STARTER... AND CHRIS CARPENTER SUCKEDDDD IN HIS CAREER AT TORONTO. AND IM SURE VS THE YANKEES THESE GUYS NUMBERS ARE EXACTLY THE SAME CONSIDERING THIER LINEUP IS A LOT BETTER. SO TORONTO BEING THE FAV EVEN IN THIS HOMEGROWN SERIES IS REDICULAS... THEY ARE ONLY TRYING TO MAKE A GOOD STORY. .............PS. UNDONE UR RETARDED




Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:25 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

And you are right, I went back and checked Law before I posted and then forgot to correct it my bad there for sure." Maybe now you see why it's bad for a forum not to have an edit maybe.



Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:24 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays



"This article is based on the MLB. Not the minors. It's  stupid to try to do this with the minor leagues. " It's stupid to this for any level, i said that from the start.



Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:19 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

"Why do you get credit for IFAs? The only reason you got them was because you bid more money. That's not hard when you have the cash." Wrong yet again, most of the ifa currently in the yankees system came pretty cheap, except for gary sanchez, Santanna, man-ban,  and other ifa's prospects in the yankee system cost about 100 grand.



Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Stewart counts in this? This is stupid.

And you are right, I went back and checked Law before I posted and then forgot to correct it my bad there for sure.
And Stewart still wouldn't have counted in this magical world either. Even though the Jays developed him.


This article is based on the MLB. Not the minors. It's  stupid to try to do this with the minor leagues.



BTW, forgot Carlos Perez.      


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