With the 2020 baseball season on the horizon, it’s time to take a look at some of the more exciting aspects of this Toronto Blue Jays team.
The last three seasons have been difficult for Toronto Blue Jays fans to stomach. After so much excitement, positivity and hope in 2015 and 2016 after back to back ALCS appearances that included an AL East title, a couple star-studded rosters and attendance records, there hasn’t been much to write home about since.
In 2015, the Blue Jays won 93 games followed up by a 2016 campaign that saw them win 89 games. Since then, it’s been a continuous regression for the Jays as they won 76, 73 and 67 games in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Attendance at the Rogers Centre has followed suit. On the back of an AL East title, 2016 saw the most tickets sold since the World Series era of the early ’90s, with nearly 3.4 million. 2017 delivered similar results, but after a losing season, 2018’s attendance was down nearly 1 million. In 2019, attendance dipped even further to approximately 1.75 million, the lowest since 2010. This is something that would irk both ownership and management.
Nobody should really be surprised with these results, however. The Jays were an older, injury-riddled team by the end of 2016 and the writing was on the wall that a rebuild was needed. Over the last three seasons, Blue Jays ownership and management have committed to a full rebuild that saw big names leave town and young players such as Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Bo Bichette take the city by storm.
Looking ahead to 2020, there are many reasons for fans to be hopeful about this team being able to compete. From big free agent acquisitions to the young players taking steps, here are three things for Blue Jays fans to be optimistic about in 2020.