Apr 28, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole (22) plays catch with a fan prior to a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
The Most Improved member of the Blue Jays is an interesting award. On the one hand, it acknowledges the great strides that a person has made in their chosen career over such a short period of time. On the other hand, it acknowledges that someone may not have been very good at their job the year before and had to work hard to get to the point where facepalms could be avoided. It really is the backhanded compliment of the ceremony.
Nevertheless, for the first time in the award season, there is not an unanimous result! There is debate! There is proof that all the writers of the site weren’t thinking like a hive mind! It is encouraging for the human race. The fact that there was so much growth to talk about from the holdovers of last year’s roster is a sign that the Blue Jays’ surge is not just because of the deadline acquisitions and free agent signings.
If this franchise can continue to develop talent that contributes, it’s more promising of the long-term success of the team on the field.
So which Blue Jays earned the writers’ attentions as being far greater contributors to this season’s success as opposed to last season’s mediocrity? We have three honorees but only one gets to take home the third J.J. YEA (pronounced Jay Jay Yay!) of 2015. Let’s take a look at who significantly cut down on the amount of fan cursing this past year.
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