A Look Back in Time
It’s February 15th, 2010. The Toronto Blue Jays have entered a stage of rebuilding. Roy Halladay, the face of the franchise for years, has been traded to Philadelphia and J.P. Ricciardi, the man largely responsible for the Jay’s strong farm system, is no longer the club’s GM. A losing season seemed inevitable. The future of veterans like Lyle Overbay and Vernon Wells were filled with uncertainty while the expectations for guys like Adam Lind and Aaron Hill were sky high. The rotation was young and inexperienced and the bullpen was deep but aging.
…It’s now July 31st and no one saw a season like this coming.
Who would have guessed that Bautista, a guy who had never eclipsed the 20 home run mark in a season, would lead the majors with 31 home runs at the end of July. Its been a thrill getting to watch this guy blossom into one of the most versatile players in the major leagues. He’s got a cannon arm and a knack for driving in runs.
Many believed he was finished. After 2 seasons full of injuries and slumps Wells’s abilities were in question. But for the first time in a long time Wells was 100 percent healthy. After a great first half, Wells was selected as an all star, something he hadn’t been in 4 long years. He has been at the heart of the Jay’s lineup and is putting up the numbers Jay’s fans are so used to seeing.
John Buck had never been a starting catcher in his career. I think all of us are left wondering why. I’ll let the numbers and the accolades do the talking.
.279 batting average…5th among cathers
14 home Runs….2nd among catchers
47 rbi’s…3rd among catchers
American League All Star
Aaron Hill and Adam Lind
These two guys were at the center of the Jay’s future plans. Let’s just hope this year was a fluke. After both Lind and Hill had career years in 2009, they have struggled mightily in 2010. Both carry batting averages under .250 into August and neither have been able to even come close to matching their power outputs of 09. We can only hope they will be able to put this year behind them.
Fred Lewis has become an integral part of the jays offense while Yunel Escobar has found new life at the top of Toronto’s lineup.
The Season So Far
It’s the end of July and the Jays are four games over .500. They had three players selected to the A.L. All Star team and have boasted a solid pitching rotation despite the loss of Cy Young winner Roy Halladay. Their young core of players show much promise and with the expansion of Toronto’s global scouting one can only expect that core to improve. Even in the midst of much uncertainty Toronto has managed to build on the positives and address the negatives. That in and of itself should bring hope to Blue Jays fans across the world.
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Written by Trent Sconnely