Oct 12, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher David Price (14) throws against the Texas Rangers during the eighth inning in game four of the ALDS at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays’ President of Baseball Ops is Paul Beeston, and he announced he would be retiring at the end of this season. GM Alex Anthopolous is up for review after this season. Unlike the Dodgers, the Blue Jays front office pretty much HAD to win this season.
They were 53-51 at the trade deadline, six games behind the Yankees. Saying that they went for it is a drastic understatement. They already had a lineup full of mashers (Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Donaldson). They went out and got Troy Tulowitzki. Their pitching was suspect, so they were just planning on outscoring everyone. Then they went out and got David Price. They traded top prospects and pretty much gutted their farm, but they set the new standard for “going for it”.
It paid off nicely, as they won the division and survived a crazy series against the Texas Rangers. They’re lovable. Marcus Stroman is incredible. Munenori Kawasaki is the best kind of drunk. Most importantly, they have Russell Martin. If David Wright is Captain America, Martin is Captain Canada. Dodger fans should have a soft spot for Martin, as he’s seemingly the only former Dodger catcher that doesn’t hate the Dodgers.
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