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Blue Jays president optimistic on near future

Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:46 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The Blue Jays held their "State of the Franchise" event with fans Monday night in Toronto. It was the opportunity for fans to ask questions of -- or yell at -- team president Paul Beeston, general manager Alex Anthopolous and/or manager John Farrell.

A variety of topics were discussed, obviously, but the money quote came courtesy of Beeston (pictured right), when he said he expects the Jays to make the playoffs "two to three times in the next five years." (Mike Cormack via Twitter)

"Could start this year, could start next year," Beeston said (Mike Cormack via Twitter).

Now, there is nothing wrong with confidence, but this is a bit ambitious. The Jays went 81-81 last season, which was good for fourth place in baseball's toughest division. In 2010, they won 85 games and still came in fourth. In 2008, the win total was 86. And, again, the Jays finished fourth. That wins other divisions some seasons. In the AL East, it makes you an afterthought.

Further clouding matters is the front office's refusal to dole out big-time contracts. Both Beeston and Anthopolous said the club would not give out a contract of longer than five years. That is what eliminated them in the Prince Fielder sweepstakes, for example, as Beeston specifically told fans money wasn't the issue and they were interested in Fielder on a deal from one through five years.

The Blue Jays do have a good amount of young talent and I fully expect them to be better in 2012 than they were in 2011. With the playoffs expanding to allow two wild cards, that helps, too. But making the playoffs three times in the next five years is pretty tough for anyone, let alone a team competing against the Yankees, Rays and Red Sox in the AL East. 

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Comments

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:58 am
 

Blue Jays president optimistic on near future

Unless the Jays get a new owner or moved from the AL east, I do not see this team winning 2-3 times in the next 5 years. 



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:55 am
 

Blue Jays president optimistic on near future

Wasn't Brian Burke quoted as saying the same thing about the Maple Leafs.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:53 am
 

Blue Jays president optimistic on near future

This is a theme in Toronto. Wasn't Brian Burke quotes as saying the same thing about the Maple Leafs.



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:40 am
 

Blue Jays president optimistic on near future

The only way the Blue Jays make the playoffs 2 or 3 times in 5 years is if they put more teams in the playoffs.     The Yankees and the Red Sox are not going to let that happen and they have the extra 100M sitting around waiting for it to happen.    I do no see both of those teams not making the playoffs for multple years,  last season's Boston swoon was an aboration and they fired the front office, the manager and added a few players.   PS the Rays are still really good as well and the Blue Jays only get to play the Orioles so often.     It is sad the Blue Jays play in the tougest division against with a schedule waited for intra division games.  



Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:11 am
 

Blue Jays president optimistic on near future

 They are afraid to dole out a huge long term contract because of the Vernon Wells / Alex Rios stinker deals. I get that. But with anything in life you have to take a chance sometimes to be succesful. I hope they heed this advice. I really hope what Paul is saying comes true. I would love to see them back in the playoffs. Go Jays!



Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: January 31, 2012 6:47 am
 

Blue Jays president optimistic on near future

I am not so sure.  The Yankees have major question marks in their starting rotation.  Toronto could be the big surprise this year in the American League East.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:23 am
 

Blue Jays president optimistic on near future

Wow, two times in the next five years. It DEFINITELY won't be this year since a 4th place team in the AL East would seem to have a hard time making such a jump after doing close to nothing to improve the team in the off-season. Beeston is a turd, AA is a corporate puppet, and the billionaire ownership group sucks. Farrell is the only one I respect as he's did a little better than expected with what he was given and the coach can't sign players.
There a small chance that Blue Jay could make a big jump this year, it don't matter that Blue Jays finish in 4th place. I think that Blue Jays will be a better team if the Pitching staff does an lot better next season, it won't hurt they hit for a higher average.


Keep in mind that the Rays finish dead last in 2007 and follow year they won division, Rays made minor changes from 2007. They change their name to the Rays, hired a new manager and change the roster an little.  The best move they made was making Longoria their starting 3B, the funny part is that Rays offense was worse in 2008 then year before, what help them finish first was their Pitching staff. In 2007 they had the worse Pitching staff in AL, a year later they change one SP and the finish the3rd best Pitching staff in AL.





Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:29 pm
 

Blue Jays president optimistic on near future

Personally I'm proud of the Jays brass for their offseason. They didn't do anything stupid in order to please the fans. Reports were that they put in an incredibly competitive bid on Darvish, but unfortunately the Rangers beat them out. We'll never know the confirmed numbers on that one, but I beiieve the Jays were real players, and could still be on Cepedes as well. 

They are absolutely on the right track, and all the naysayers will be surprised in the by the end of the season what these youngsters can do. I know people are tired of hearing "one more year", but the Jays really are that close to being a ridiculously competitive team. The AL East will always be tough, but the Jays are already good enough to compete in the other divisions (at least until this year) 



Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:24 pm
 

Blue Jays president optimistic on near future

Wow, two times in the next five years. It DEFINITELY won't be this year since a 4th place team in the AL East would seem to have a hard time making such a jump after doing close to nothing to improve the team in the off-season. Beeston is a turd, AA is a corporate puppet, and the billionaire ownership group sucks. Farrell is the only one I respect as he's did a little better than expected with what he was given and the coach can't sign players. 



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:22 pm
 

Blue Jays president optimistic on near future

These guys have to say these kind of things before and at the onset of the season.  Probably won't happen, but got to say it for the sake of the fan base. 


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