Also, you can't compare the Raptors to the Blue Jays. The Raptors have 0 success while the Blue Jays have won 2 world series with a couple of penants.
Basketball is a team game where 1 player can have a dramatic difference, the raptors have none of those players.
Baseball is an individual sport, and the Blue Jays have a bunch of Superstar quality players.
Halladay >> Johnson
Burnett = Morrow
Lilly = Buerhle
Chacin < Romero
Towers < Happ and friends
C Zaun = Buck
1b Overbay < Encarnasion
2b Hill = Bonifacio/Isturis
3b Glaus > Lawrie
LF Rios < Bautista
CF Wells > Rasmus
RF Catalanato < Cabrera
DH Johnson = Lind
CL Ryan > Janssen
SU Downs/Frasor/Shoenwise < Oliver/Delabar/Santos
(missing a few relievers)
The 2013 team seems better than the 2006 86 win team but how much?
Opinions will differ but seriously why we talking about 2006? That was a good team and unfortunately was up against even better teams. 2013 squad looks good on paper and I'm hoping they perform. The one bonus for us now is the competition has gotten a lot worse in our division and we have the extra shot at playoffs.
Scratch that, if John gibbons IS our new manager, this is a trip through memory lane.
These are fair questions. Much better than being one more cheerleader and agreeing with everyone when it is most likely that the Jays will continue to struggle. AA did an admirable thing for a few years, trying to build a contender from within. Now he has rolled the dice, and we will have to see. Because that is what you have to do when you roll the dice.
lol now john gibbons is the manager hahahahah
Meanwhile it doesn't negate anything that I said about how a free agent bullpen signing is not going to make your team a contender. It is the most insignificant and overrated spot on the entire roster, unless of course you're counting utility bench players.
I'm not saying bullpens aren't important, but a single member of the bullpen is never going move a team significantly close to being a contender. To think BJ Ryan was going to do that was & is ridiculous.
Hahaha! Now we'll find out for sure which team was better now that Gibby is back.
the difference is the yanks weaker and there is an additional playoff spot and rogers seems posed to spend to win.
Beeston: "we should be able to support a $140-$150 million payroll and that's the direction that we're headed."
You can dismiss an opinion (which you tried to do) - but this isn't an opinion. It's a fact. It's not a matter of agreeing or disagreeing, there's evidence to show all 3 had strong seasons.
Let's start with the fact that Beuhrle hasn't had a bad season in his career and he's pitched in a tougher park than Rogers Centre during his career with Chicago. He's never really had a bad season - his worst season was a 95 ERA+ and the past 3 years he's been at 108.What basis do we have for assuming that they will excel in Toronto?
Josh Johnson is a dominant arm - the question with him is health, not talent.
As for Morrow, he's coming off a breakout season, and the question is how many innings he'll throw. Another talented arm.
There's a fairly long list of reasons and evidence to show the players acquired, be it Reyes, Beuhrle and Johnson - all have a long history of success throughout their career. The question isn't so much about performance here, but health.
They've got 2 elite hitters in EE (assuming the breakout is legit, which on the surface it looks like) and Bautista. They've got a talented 3B in Lawrie, who even with a league average bat is a plus player thanks to his D. They've now added Reyes who is an above average SS with a higher ceiling than Reyes, Cabrera who's coming off several strong seasons (and is now moving to a more favourable hitting environment). The lineup looks fairly strong. We can agree that a Johnson/Beuhrle/Morrow trio at the top is fairly strong, and Romero/Happ are solid guys to have at the 4/5 spot. The bullpen has been improved.What fundamental base does Toronto have to build on (other than hope and some raw talent) to think that this is a team that is going to break through?
There's a fairly solid base to build on.
Agreed, but there's also a way to go about asking that questions that doesn't come across as arrogant or baiting, as you've done in multiple threads.These are fair questions.
While that's your opinion, others have pointed out the risks involved with several of the players and the team itself heading into 2013. There's obvious question marks - Bautista's wrist, Johnson/Morrow's health, the question of Romero's talent, EE's breakthrough, the enigmas of Rogers/Lincoln. But acknowledging those question marks, there's also the chance for this club to have a shot at the playoffs.Much better than being one more cheerleader and agreeing with everyone when it is most likely that the Jays will continue to struggle.