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Blue Jays: Setting realistic goals for a wacky season

TORONTO, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 29: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on in a break against the Tampa Bay Rays in the eighth inning during their MLB game at the Rogers Centre on September 29, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 29: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on in a break against the Tampa Bay Rays in the eighth inning during their MLB game at the Rogers Centre on September 29, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 25: Ken Giles #51 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after the final out in the ninth inning during a MLB game against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on September 25, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 25: Ken Giles #51 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after the final out in the ninth inning during a MLB game against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on September 25, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

There are a lot of things out the Blue Jays’ control in 2020, but there are still realistic and attainable goals to achieve. What are they?

As of this writing on Monday evening, the Blue Jays still haven’t confirmed where they will be having their spring training workouts, or where they’ll be playing their regular season games. The government of the province of Ontario has given their approval for the Blue Jays to work out of the Rogers Centre, but the team is still waiting on the Federal government for final approval before they can make concrete plans.

Add that on top of everything else that the 2020 “season” has thrown at the Blue Jays, and it would be understandable if they’re having a hard time focusing on what’s important right now. That said, if all goes according to plan there will be regular season games in a less than a month, and that means the players in particular need to start preparing both mentally and physically.

For a lot of players and even whole organizations, part of preparing means setting goals, even at a time when there are a pile of variables. For the Blue Jays, what kind of realistic goals should they look to attain this year? With the wild card nature of the 60-game schedule anything is possible, and I don’t know that they should limit their imaginations. However, as a former teacher I still think it’s important to focus on some SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely).

What kind of smart goals could the Blue Jays look to achieve in 2020?

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