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The Biz of Baseball:
Once upon a time, the Toronto Blue Jays won back-to-back World Series (92 & 93) and led MLB in player payroll (93 & 95) and attendance (89-93). Since the introduction of the expanded playoffs in 94, they are one of only 4 franchises (the others are the Royals, Pirates and Nationals) to not qualify for the postseason. What the hell happened?
The decline in the on and off field fortunes of the Blue Jays coincides with the '94 acquisition of - then franchise owner Labatts Breweries - by Belgian brewer Interbrew (now InBev). Interbrew proved to be a disinterested and neglectful owner of the baseball club. In 00, media conglomerate Rogers Communications Inc., (RCI) purchased the Blue Jays. It is widely believed that, although decidedly not a sports fan, the late Ted Rogers (former President & CEO) insisted that RCI purchase the Blue Jays out of loyalty to his native Toronto, rather than to bolster his company’s bottom line. During RCI’s decade plus ownership of the Blu...
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The golden boy, Alex Anthoplous, didn’t make in ground shaking moves at the Winter Meetings, but he quietly made his team better. The Athletics and Mariners are finding out about how you survive in the same division is two heavyweights. Anthopolous (and Andrew Friedman) already have that experience.
He flushed out the bad contracts and now is prepared to spend some...
When Alex Anthopoulos and the Toronto Blue Jays acquired center fielder Colby Rasmus for Edwin Jackson, Octavio Dotel, and Marc Rzepczynski just before the Trade Deadline last summer, the blogosphere and Twitterverse were exploding with praise for Toronto.
Anthopoulos parted with relatively little to acquire a young center fielder who was worth 4.3 WAR in the previous season at only...
The Toronto Blue Jays have announced in a press release that they acquired outfielder Ben Francisco from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for left-handed pitcher Frank Gailey. To make room on their roster, the Blue Jays designated right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez for assignment.
The 30-year-old Francisco hit .244 with six home runs and drove in 34 runs over 100 games with...
The Blue Jays avoided arbitration with right-handers Jesse Litsch and Dustin McGowan on Monday night by signing both pitchers to one-year contracts.
Ben Francisco has been traded to the North Pole. Okay, not really, just Toronto. The Blue Jays sent a 26 year old left-handed reliever to the Phillies in exchange. Francisco batted .259/.732 in 3 seasons in Philly. If you recall, he was the "throw-in" on the Cliff Lee/Indians trade. Interesting note- his closest comparison according to Baseball-Reference is Wes Chamberlain...
The Blue Jays claimed right-hander Jim Hoey off
waivers from the Twins on Monday afternoon. Toronto also outrighted catcher Brian Jeroloman and right-hander Drew Carpenter to Triple-A Las Vegas. The moves mean the club now has 40 players on its 40-man roster.
The Toronto Blue Jays avoided arbitration with pitchers Dustin McGowan and Jesse Litsch on Monday, signing both to one- year contracts.