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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: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:05 pm
 

Blue Jays president optimistic on near future

If you meant to say 11 years, instead of a few, then yes...they have been on the cusp.

Organization went to mediocre through two ownership changes..one forced, the other lacklustre, like their play.

When Labatt's ceased to exist, the zeal with which they operated the team went with them. Executives were left with zero direction, and now, they are part of a corporation that is at best, scum.

Sad.

Giving them, or Beeston, waste of priint for any number of great stories out there. Beeston did not, contrary to popular myth, build the team. Gillick did with Ash.

 



Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:42 pm
 

Blue Jays president optimistic on near future

That is what eliminated them in the sweepstakes
Sweepstakes?? Are you kidding me? I, for one, am very happy the Jays did not get Fielder. The Jays are wise in their team policy of no more than 5 years. Do you remember the Vernon Wells contract?? Alex found a way to unload it. The Jays had such a policy during the 80s and 90s and managed to win 5 divisions and 2 world series championships. Generally speaking, I would not fork out huge money over many years to a player, but I would especially refuse to do so to a 275 lb blimp.
 



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:15 pm
 

Blue Jays president optimistic on near future

The Jays have been a team on the cusp of 90 wins over the past few years. If they get some good quality play out of their starters this team can very well make the playoffs especially with the extra wild card.


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