The Toronto Blue Jays are now in full rebuild mold; we count down the five individuals who will be most crucial for the franchise during this year.
It’s an understatement to say the previous two season have been tough for Toronto Blue Jays fans to contend with. A combined .460 winning percentage and two fourth place finishes in the American League East have made for a lot of frustrating nights at the ballpark.
Coming after two playoff appearances (which should have arguably included a trip to the World Series in 2015) made matters even tougher to cope with. Unfortunately for everyone connected with the Blue Jays, it’s only going to get worse.
As most people are well aware, the franchise has now gone into full rebuild mode. And while it was the right direction to take, it will still make for further frustration during the next few years.
There are understandable fears about how bad it might get. For example, could the team return to the dark days of 2004, when they only managed to win 67 games?
We’re going to go out on a limb — albeit not much of one — and predict it won’t quite get that bad. Let’s count down the five individuals who will be most important to the Blue Jays’ chances of remaining at least reasonably competitive this year.