I don't understand where this idea comes from that the Jays can't ever make the playoffs. Their 3rd order record is quite good(http://www.baseballprospectus.com/stati ... ndings.php
), and that's with significant injuries as well.
As for whether JP is a horrid GM...well I've always maintained he's quite average compared to the rest of the league. He just says a lot of stuff without thinking at times (Adam Dunn doesn't like baseball...
The idea that the Jays can't ever make the playoffs probably comes from the fact that they don't
ever make the playoffs. And they're never even in the running for it when it matters. Tell me when honestly the last time was the Blue Jays played a meaningful game in September (for them, not the other team) that would have a big impact on them having a shot at the playoffs or not. I can tell you it was before the JP era. And that was a LONG time ago.
The injuries are used too much as an excuse by this team. Other teams get injuries too and still play better. The Red Sox had a ton of injuries in '06, the Yankees have had a ton of injuries both of the last two years. Where have the Jays been to take advantage of this? Nowhere. Instead they've even been passed by the Devil Rays. Actually, funny thing is this team often seems to play better when it's fighting through injuries.. *cough*Wells*cough*
The fact is NO other GM in the league has been around as long as Ricciardi and failed to make the playoffs. The entire JP era is a giant series of lies and excuses for failure, and hyperbole about "the great team JP has put together" that really isn't so great, since every year you can set your clock to the team finishing around 79-86 wins, which doesn't get it done. At some point that kind of team isn't 'underachieving', they just simply aren't good enough. If I wanted to I could easily rattle off about a dozen games from this year alone that the Jays should have won and found a way to lose (i.e. not 'could' have won, should
have). Whereas the Jays have only 'stolen' about 1 or 2 games the opposite way. Good teams find a way to win those kinds of games more often than not, bad teams do the opposite. The fact that the Jays "could" have had a better record is irrelevant at this point because they don't (and they never do), honestly a team that had the kind of starting pitching the Jays got in the 1st half should have near a .650-.700 record, yet the Jays are a virtual non-factor in the race and had a losing record until this week.. that is how bad the rest of the roster is.
mweir145 wrote:With a bit better luck this season, they would be right there with New York (only 5 games back of them right now I believe anyway
I don't believe that at all.. I've seen a lot of their games this year, and I don't think it has anything to do with luck at all.. this team just simply isn't good enough. The fact that they've lost so many games in similar fashion is evidence of that.
As for Halladay, I respect him a lot for wanting to stay here, but I honestly am often amazed why a player of his calibre would be satisfied playing on such an ordinary franchise as JP's Blue Jays. It is always just the same sort of thing with this team (which is in fact what Halladay basically said). I think he's definitely the best pitcher in team history, so he'll always be welcome here, but at some point you wonder if he'd get the respect around the league he deserved if he pitched for a team with a clue.