For the past 18 years, the Toronto Blue Jays have been a reluctant member of an unenviable club in Major League Baseball. Since the wild-card era began in 1995, only three teams – the Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, and Pittsburgh Pirates – have failed to reach baseball’s expanded playoffs.
Over that span, and indeed since Joe Carter touched ‘em all in 1993, there have been glimmers of hope but no real breakthrough in the uber-competitive American League East.
General manager Alex Anthopoulos set out to change that following a dismal 73-win season in 2012. Recognizing that traditional powers New York and Boston are currently in a transitional phase, Anthopoulos oversaw a remarkable, rigorous overhaul of the Blue Jays roster.
A blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins brought in shortstop Jose Reyes, and pitchers Mark Buerhle and Josh Johnson and brought on comparisons between Anthopoulos and Pat Gillick, the architect of the great Blue Jays clubs in the early 1990s. Anthopoulos thenRead More »from 2013 preview: What the Blue Jays have to do to win the AL East