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Blue Jays: Top 5 Reasons to be Excited for Spring Training (eventually)

Evan Gignac
Mar 26, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, USA; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) and outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (13) walk onto the field before the start of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 26, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, USA; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) and outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (13) walk onto the field before the start of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 14, 2020; Dunedin, Florida, USA; A general view of TD Ballpark where the spring training game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays has been canceled do to the COVID-19 virus. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 14, 2020; Dunedin, Florida, USA; A general view of TD Ballpark where the spring training game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays has been canceled do to the COVID-19 virus. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Right around this time every year, baseball fans are theorizing and envisioning what their team is going to do to complete their roster before the end of the offseason. Unfortunately, the ongoing lockout between the MLBPA and the league’s owners has halted the start of Spring Training. The general consensus among baseball fans, including myself, it that this is a major buzzkill. What is supposed to be an exciting and optimistic time for baseball fans, and especially fans of the Toronto Blue Jays, is instead full of anxiety and uncertainty.

The two sides plan to meet daily throughout this week, and an end to this lockout could be on the horizon. If the season is to start on time, the reported deadline to reach an agreement is February 28th. I tend to take an optimistic approach, and doing this allows me to think about watching the Jays in Dunedin in the coming weeks. We could see all of our favourite players report to camp and see our first game on March 5th in Lakeland against the Tigers, on the possibility of things going well this week.

Spring Training 2022 is set to be the most eventful and talent-filled camp we’ve seen in a while, and there are plenty of reasons to get excited. For the first time in a long time, the Blue Jays enter Spring Training as true contenders in the American League East. This spring camp will mark the beginning of what looks to be as fun and competitive season as any.  Today, through a hopeful lens, we will be ranking what exactly those reasons are.

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