The upper management
Finally, if the above changes weren’t significant enough, it may require a big shake-up at the upper management level to get the job done. When GM Ross Atkins took over the Toronto Blue Jays back in December of 2015, he managed to help direct the team to another postseason run in 2016, but subsequently entered the ballclub’s rebuilding phase starting in 2017. During that time, Atkins actually did alright in some of his moves in accelerating the rebuild by making key draft choices (Bichette and Cavan Biggio), international signings (Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Alejandro Kirk) and trades (bringing in Hernández, Randal Grichuk, and Ken Giles). This quickly brought the Jays back into contention status by 2020.
However, despite making several moves in his continued retooling of the Jays’ roster during the past four seasons, Atkins has failed to make any further progression in terms of the organization’s playoff success. For three of the past four seasons, the Jays have bowed out of the playoffs without recording a single postseason win in the process. Not only that, he appeared to put the blame on Schneider as well when things didn’t end up going well this season in the playoffs..
The Boston Red Sox recently dismissed their chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom after a series of underwhelming seasons in recent years. The Chicago White Sox also fired their vice president Ken Williams and general manager Rick Hahn despite making the playoffs in two of the previous four seasons. If the Jays organization remains at status quo heading into the 2024 season, the same flaws and issues could potentially rear its head once again, leading to another potential frustrating season. So in order to prevent that from happening, it may finally be the time for a significant change at the upper management level to provide the organization with a new hope and a new direction for the future. In doing so, it could finally bring a championship home that everyone has been truly waiting for.