The promotion of Davis Schneider
Finally, who could forget Davis Schneider among the entire group of standouts. Basically he is a phenom that came out of nowhere to help the Jays during their most critical stretch of the season. Back in early August, after losing three of four to the division-leading Baltimore Orioles and having just recently lost Bo Bichette to injury, the Blue Jays called up Schneider prior to the start of the weekend series against the Boston Red Sox and the rest was history, literally.
“Babe” Schneider would go on to make history by becoming the first ever player to collect nine hits and hit two home runs in their first three games of their MLB career. He would end up maintaining his stay on the big league roster as he continued to provide valuable offensive contributions to the ballclub down the stretch. At the same time, the Jays' faithful became endeared to his superb play and the "stache" in the process.
For the season, he has hit .268 with a .986 OPS, 30 runs scored, eight home runs and 20 RBI in his short tenure with the big league club. Schneider may be slowing down quite a bit in recent times, but what he did to help the ballclub when they needed it the most sure made a huge difference in keeping the Jays contenders than becoming pretenders over the past month and a half. Hopefully, he has done enough to remain a part of the Jays’ lineup going forward for now and the near future.
Overall, no matter how far the Blue Jays make it in the end, the 2023 season wouldn’t have been a success without the implementation of these moves for sure.