Not so Great Xpectations

April 9, 2009

The 2009 Toronto Blue Jays aren’t expected to contend. Cito Gaston and J.P. Ricciardi have even come out publicly to state that 2010 is their focus and not 2009. So what is a diehard fan to think of 2009? Are we to just carry on, left much to our own devices? To find hope or find whatever we feel we need to support the 2009 version of the Jays on our own? If those in charge of the team are saying to wait for 2010, what can we see in this year’s team to give us a reason to support them?

With that in mind, we thought about what we would like to see in a contender. What we’d like to see in the 2010 Jays that we don’t see now. Something we’d like to look forward to having. What key ingredients our successful Jays of the future would contain. Of course, solid pitching, hitting and fielding are all important and more or less go without saying. We thought of the on field performance of the team but with an eye for not only the physical part of the game but also with the mental.

Here’s what we came up with:
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Jays pick up option on Barajas

October 31, 2008

The Toronto Blue Jays have picked up the 2009 option on catcher Rod Barajas. The 33 year old will earn 2.5 million 2009 and likely see the lions share of work behind the plate. Barajas surpassed Gregg Zaun as the Blue Jays number 1 catcher during the 2008 season and compiled a .249 BA with 11HRs and 49RBI in 349 at bats.