What Is It About The Blue Jays?
Sept. 19, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach Bruce Walton (53) visits the mound to talk to catcher J.P. Arencibia (9) and starting pitcher Ricky Romero (24) during the second inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Yanks won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY SportsWhat is it about the Toronto Blue Jays that so many players can’t have more than 1 or 2 great seasons for them? Maybe 3 great seasons if were being generous. There has to be a reason why so many Jays magically go from being great to replacement level or worse. Seriously, if you’ve got the answer clue the Blue Jays fan base and front office into whatever the answer is please.
Because it’s happened to way to many players for it to just be a coincidence. Alex Rios, Lyle Overbay, Vernon Wells, Aaron Hill, Yunel Escobar, Adam Lind and now Ricky Romero.
It might be too early to include Ricky on that list because he’s been too good in the past but that’s what we said about the rest of those players.
Say what you want about most recent ex Jays GM J.P. Richardi not building a team good enough to contend in the AL East but it would be hard for anyone to properly assess a team from offseason to offseason so they can make the right moves when you have different members of your core taking turns falling off a cliff.
Heck even Brett Lawrie wasn’t as good in 2012 as he was in his 2 months of 2011 if you really want to be superstitious.
At this rate the Jays might be better off selling high on Jose Bautista right now.
With the Jays recent history would it really surprise anyone to see Edwin Encarnacion and Brandon Morrow become bad players? Maybe the Blue Jays should just sell high on Encarnacion and Morrow after 2013 or now if you’re not hopeful that they can both be one of the players that can have that rare 2nd straight good Blue Jays season.
Maybe I’m being irrational and this is something that happens on a lot of teams but it’s just more noticeable when it happens to your own?
Either way let’s just hope the 1 or 2 year wonder phase is over with. Let’s also hope that Ricky gets it together or that his demise isn’t a part of a curse that’s just going to continue.