Friday, September 11, 2009
Light at the end of the tunnel
By Ian Hunter
If you're an eternal optimist like myself, you are looking forward to what next year's possibilities bring for the Toronto Blue Jays. Or if you are more of a realist, you're anticipating to the end of the season just so it will provide six months of relief.
With just over three weeks left to play, it appears that upper management is letting Cito Gaston run wild with the lineup in hopes that some of these September callups will find success and they can start putting the pieces together for next year.
Even the snaffoo about mentioning how Rod Barajas probably won't be back next year could be an indication that Paul Beeston is giving Cito free run for this last little while before the winds of change sweep through Toronto.
The big problem is that this team lacks a vision. It's difficult for Paul Beeston to steer this ship to victory when he doesn't just want to hand over the Blue Jays to somebody else only to have them run it into the ground. Technically, Beeston is in charge but it's not "his team" so why would he put in a yeoman's work when another president will take over and provide a completely new vision?
One thing's for sure - this offseason will be very interesting. If all the pieces remain in place and Paul Beeston, J.P. Ricciardi and Cito Gaston are still with the Blue Jays in 2010, I'm afraid the team might suffer the exact same fate they did this year. On the other hand, if new management takes over and starts rebuilding things from the ground up, the potential for that could be very interesting. At least it would give us something new to look at.