Three reasons Blue Jays fans should be excited for the 2023 season

League Championship - Tampa Bay Rays v Houston Astros - Game Three
League Championship - Tampa Bay Rays v Houston Astros - Game Three / Ezra Shaw/GettyImages

January in Canada. Blue Jays fans can only dream and wait for the real action of 2023, Spring Training and Opening Day. In the meantime, there are some things that we should be seriously looking forward to, maybe even get excited for.

Who would have thought a 13th round pick for the Blue Jays in the 2002 draft would be a major force for the Jays in 2023? But it is so. A winner at every stop, a 46–28 MLB win-loss record, and a part of championship teams in three different levels of the minors.

Yes, we are talking about John Schneider. A baseball man through and through, even though he never made the majors, he used his apprenticeship to observe and learn and it has paid off.

We as Blue Jays fans can be excited to observe his managing skills from spring training to the postseason in 2023. He won't rule with an iron hand, but he will rule. We will see him fine tune and focus a talented young team on winning, with an eye to discipline but still allowing the boys to have fun.

Springer, Varsho, Kiermaier. The outfield defense is to be excited about.

Daulton Varsho. He's young and he's ours. He didn't come cheap but we have to be excited about his fielding and bat.

Springer will be Springer, bringing leadership, fielding ability and a reliable bat. We should be excited many times by his plays. The kicker will be if he can stay healthy.

Kevin Kiermaier. A proven glove should excite us for his abilities to chase down hard hit balls and climb the fence as required. His presence in center should mean George has a little less work and stay healthier.

The outfielders will provide many exciting moments for Blue Jays fans this season. And that is only in the field with run prevention.

A dimension the Jays have not had for years is power from both sides. Vladdy, Bo, Springer, Kirk, Chapman and Jansen from the right and lefties Varsho, Kiermaier and Brandon Belt give a more exciting diversified batting lineup than we have had in some time.

With Schneider in the driver's seat and the outfield defensive improvements and some new bats, we are heading for a really interesting and exciting 2023 season. Can't start soon enough.

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