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Search for Jays’ president ends in Beeston’s mirror

Paul (The) BeestonCall me crazy, but I’m pretty happy that Paul Beeston has signed on as president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays for the next three years.

A quick look through Jays blogs seems to show a general lack of enthusiasm for Beeston’s no-longer-interim position. The main arguments against him appear to be that he didn’t do enough to help the team this year and that this all but guarantees the return of Beeston’s good buddy, The Cito Gaston, as team manager next season.

Personally, I’m willing to give Beeston the benefit of the doubt on what happened with the team this season. I’m going to assume that he really was searching for a new president and that all questionable moves he may have made ($80-million payroll instead of $100 million?) were in an attempt to get affairs in order for the new person whenever he started.

The Cito thing does scare me. The Cito, as is well established at this point, is not a man who can hack it in today’s game. He can’t communicate with the players. He can’t manage lineups or make in-game decisions — unless you count doing nothing as a decision. But maybe Cito staying isn’t as set in stone as it might seem to be.

Jerry Howarth was just on the Bullpen with Mike Hogan (where’d the Tother go? Could it be??) and was asked what Beeston’s appointment means for Cito. The audio’s not up yet, so I can’t give you his exact quote, but it was along the lines of “Cito’s future is far from decided. That’s got to be the toughest decision that Paul and Alex Anthopoulos have to make this off-season, especially after what happened with the players at the end of the season.”

Not that Howarth knows exactly what’s going on in the Jays’ offices, but I’m willing to bet he has a better idea than I do — not that that’s a hard feat to accomplish.

But back to giving Beeston a pass on this season. Or, more accurately, why I’m willing to. When I look at Beeston, I see a guy who’s dedicated to winning (or at least gives the impression that he is), a guy who, of anybody, seems most likely to convince Rogers to loosen the purse strings in terms of payroll and, possibly most importantly, I see a guy who might be able to bring Pat Gillick back to Toronto.

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It’s the economy, stupid

You know how the Blue Jays’ whole “retool or rebuild” debate is based almost entirely around whether Rogers is willing to loosen the purse strings a little? Well, there’s a good sign on that front.

I don’t much care for economics (I understand there’s a recession, and I understand the sub-prime crap and all that, but did the money really just disappear? How can that happen?) but I do know that when the Canadian dollar goes up in value, it means good things for sports teams that are based in Canada. Well, the dollar’s gone up in value, and Reuters is going on about how great this is for Canadian sports teams!

“If there’s a 10 percent move upward in the Canadian dollar versus the U.S. dollar then that effectively reduces their payrolls by the same percentage,” said Marc Ganis, president of Sportscorp Ltd, a Chicago-based sports consulting firm.

Experts say a prolonged rally means teams not bumping up against league salary caps can offer lucrative contracts to big name players. The NHL and NBA have salary caps, while baseball does not.

I just hope that the bump from the dollar is not the only bump the team’s payroll gets. If the article’s right and a 10 per cent increase is in order, I don’t think an $88-million payroll is going to do much. Now if we assume the payroll is allowed to go to $100 million, as Beeston suggested before this season, then $110 million looks quite a bit better. But for real pie in the sky stuff, let’s hope Rogers has already agreed to a $120-million payroll and is now willing to go to $132 million.

Hello? Is this Jason Bay? Have I got a deal for you…

Worst call ever?

How can only one of these guys be called out?

How can only one of these guys be called out?

Hot on the heels of Phil Cuzzi’s unbelievable favouritism being on display for the Yankees, Tim McClelland has made a call so unbelievably awful that Big League Stew is calling it the worst call ever. I’m no fan of instant replay, but if the umps are going to keep on blowing calling like this in the playoffs — and especially if they’re going to keep doing it in favour of the Yankees, a team honestly doesn’t need the help — I’ll accept instant replay to get it right.

Let’s just hope that Bud Selig uses some common sense and doesn’t put McClelland on the World Series crew.

Bringing back my childhood

Jr Jays MagazineBack in the 90s, the Blue Jays were awesome. Not only were they fun to watch on the field, they did awesome things like produce Jr. Jays Magazine.

I remember one day this magazine showed up in the mail with my name on it. Up to that point I had no idea it existed. My parents didn’t order it for me (or at least said they didn’t) and no one ever claimed responsibility. So thank you, random person, for a subscription to a really fun read when I was a kid. And thank you, Torontoist, for telling the story of a great magazine.

This is news?

The Star just published an “article” consisting of nothing but Leafs jokes. this one caught my eye:

What do the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Argonauts and the Toronto Blue Jays all have in common besides being based in Toronto ?

None of them can play hockey.

When did the Star become the Sun?


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