Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Where to go from here?

So it looks 85-90 wins for this season and another third or even fourth place finish in the American League East. Although some teams would kill to finish with a 87 wins, it just isn't enough to get into the post-season. This begs the question: where will the Jays go from here?

In his seven year tenure at the helm of the Jays J.P. Ricciardi has yet to produce one playoff team or really even a good run at a playoff berth. There seems to be a lot of talk surrounding whether or not he'll be returning as the GM next season. Although they haven't seen the post-season in the past seven years, there have been some decent developments with respect to the team.

When J.P. took over this team the farm system was one of the worst in the Majors. They had little talent and very few blue chip prospects. Since that time we've seen several players develop from within that include Adam Lind, Travis Snider, Shaun Marcum, Aaron Hill among others. All were picks made by the JP administration. Have there been bad moves? Sure, but the same can be said for basically every major league team. I believe some of the moves that were made were good moves at the time, that didn't really work out the way they should have. There isn't much you can do about that. The only thing you can do is try and make deals that you believe will make your team better. I believe for the most part, this is what JP has done.

With all that being said there comes a point where it's probably worth it to try something else, or give someone else a chance. This isn't me saying that JP has done a bad job or a good job, just that maybe we give someone else a chance to build a team that can reach the promised land. I for one don't wanna to feel like a Leaf fan come 30 more years.

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