So now the Blue Jays have hired Ross Atkins as their new General Manager. New President, Mark Shapiro, who was brought over from the Cleveland Indians, has reached back to the Indians to get Atkins.
So wonderful as a Blue Jays fan. We are raiding the Indians organization. I only hope we can duplicate the Indians level of success.
That's what I have always aspired to: being the next Cleveland Indians.
They are both highly respected in the industry though. So I hear. That means a lot. Generic people making generic statements about them being highly respected in the industry. No one ever makes empty statements about things like that.
Sure. No one has had less success than the Blue Jays over the past 20 years. We'll see how the baseball goes.
I just don't see why he is so arrogant. There are so many really obvious PR gestures he could make - that wouldn't be an ounce more effort - but his attitude and the way he makes statements - it's like he's going out of his way to say he's the smartest guy in the room and he's too important to explain anything to lowly fans.
The latest thing is announcing that putting grass in the Rogers Center is no longer a priority. Okay fine. But we have been told that we would be getting it by 2018. So why has that changed? Like he could explain that research with the U of Guelph developers have shown it is much more of a challenge than they previously thought. That would be understandable.
Like just acknowledge that grass is a nice thing that fans and players want and it's a bummer that they are not standing by that commitment any more - but there is a reason - and say what that reason is - and maybe say sorry bout that but we are going to keep doing everything we can to improve the fan experience.
Like really obvious PR stuff that would cost nothing.
Depends how you measure. The Blue Jays had the longest streak of not making the playoffs heading into last season. And they were never even close. They hadn't had a meaningful game after August since 1993.
That's bad. No one was worse.
In terms of raw wins and losses, I would guess there were worse teams. Blue Jays had a bunch of seasons around .500 while finishing 4th in their division. Shit like that.