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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What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional?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.


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


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.

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Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:31 am

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Haha does anyone here actually remember when Chris Carpenter pitched for he Jays? He was absolutely horrendous. I still remember Opening Day 2002 when all of the Toronto media (I live in Toronto) were talking about how set the Jays were for the next ten years with Halladay and Carpenter, then CC didn't make it past the 3rd inning and they just let him walk after that season. Nice job, Jays. That lineup pretty much says it all, despite the constant whinning from Jays fans about the Yankees and Red Sox. That has to be the worst starting lineup so far, by far. They have been totally unable to produce high quality talent other than pitching for the last twenty years or just let them walk for nothing (Casey Blake, Michael Young, Jeff Kent, etc etc.)

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2011 11:25 pm

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

The saddest thing about the list is with the Bluejays owned by the second richest owners in MLB (next to Nintendo), they could have easily afforded to keep every pitcher if they chose to. Unfortunately the payroll is still the same as it was in 1993 when we won the World Series. No wonder we haven't been to the playoffs since. 

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:38 pm

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

RedSox fan, they've won 2 World Series already in your very short lifetime. 

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:34 pm

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Could be the best team fielded so far. Rotation a lock to win 73 by themselves. The lineup solid, let's not forget Rios AND Wells were averaging all-star numbers when they signed those deals.

I am not a Jays fan but giving the hypothetical team these guys are stacked. i would put them up against the BIG BAD AL EAST any day. I like Boston but that staff kills a Red Sox staff homegrown.

Also i would find a way to get Orlando Hudson in the lineup. He is always a spark plug to an offense.    &nb

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2011 9:53 pm

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

As the Giants proved, good pitching beats good hitting, just need to score 3 and its all over! and as the 2011 giants proved?

Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: December 3, 2011 9:19 pm

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

HEY REDSOX FAN..............newsflash.........

.......the Jays have already won in your lifetime, in fact they've won it all twice......any more snide comments?

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 9:03 pm

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

As the Giants proved, good pitching beats good hitting, just need to score 3 and its all over!

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2011 8:23 pm

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

I dunno, this would be a very frustrating team to watch. I can see Romero pitching a 1-run game and the offense leaving a lot of men on base. Too many players on this team who are hit or miss.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2011 8:08 pm

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

If anyone is bored out of their mind and got some time to waste they can just take these rosters and program it into any MLB2K game and simulate it to see how it comes out. My bet is on this Blue Jays team being the best in the AL East because of the pitching depth and while the hitting is weak it is still good enough to win games.

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2011 7:58 pm

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

To sum up my previous two points the yankees have a much better lineup and defense while in this same series it was written that their offense and defense leave alot to be desired which shows up no where in this piece. The yankees have a much better bp as well, and a better system so i'm not sure this team would be better off than the yankees, truth be told it kind of looks like the mariners team last year a great 1-2 nice number 3, but absolutly nothing else.  AQfter the one and two starter the differences in the rotation is minimal. I can't see how this team would be able to win consistentlyw ith this lineup. As for the best in the east i'd say its close but the redsox have a lineup so good that it help guys like lester, and bucholz beat halladay. I have no idea who their number 5 pitchers is but a 1-4 of masterson, lester, clay and sanchez is pretty good.

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