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Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Posted on: December 3, 2011 4:15 pm

By C. Trent Rosecrans

What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.

The American League East is the biggest, baddest division in baseball -- in large part because of the deep pockets of the Yankees and Red Sox, but also because of the drafting and development from the Rays. Somewhere in the middle is the Blue Jays, a team that could be a giant in maybe any other division in baseball. In our exercise, the Blue Jays have an argument as one of the best teams in baseball, largely because of a stout rotation.


1. Reed Johnson, CF
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Michael Young, 1B
4. Adam Lind, DH
5. Vernon Wells, LF
6. Alex Rios, RF
7. Ryan Roberts 3B
8. J.P. Arencibia, C
9. Cesar Izturis, SS

Starting Rotation

1. Roy Halladay
2. Chris Carpenter
3. Ricky Romero
4. Shaun Marcum
5. Alfredo Aceves


Closer - Brandon League
Set up - Marc Rzepczynski, Tim Collins, Brandon Lyon, Dustin McGowan, Casey Janssen
Long - Jesse Litsch

Notable Bench Players

Orlando Hudson, Felipe Lopez, Casey Blake, Travis Snider, Eric Thames.

What's Good?

That rotation, are you kidding?

What's Not?

There's Rios and Wells -- two of the most overpaid players in the game. Those two are not just overpaid, they're also not very good. Eric Thames could step in for either one. There are some decent players on the bench, but not a lot of pop.

Comparison to real 2011

The 81-81 season was seen as a step forward for the Blue Jays in 2011, but with this lineup the expectations would be much, much higher. The rotation alone makes this team the favorite in the AL East in our hypothetical. The offense lacks the impact of Jose Bautista, but there's enough to support the pitching staff. Not only is this team better than the real Blue Jays, they have a shot at winning it all.

Next: Colorado Rockies

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Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: December 24, 2011 9:14 am

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Jays traded for Lawrie.

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 6:18 pm

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Seriously Red Sux fans, your only claim to fame is living in a town where they spend a lot of money on baseball players.  Ok, nice for you, I get it.  But stop acting as if it has something to do with YOU!!!  It has nothing to do with you, your stupid accent, your racist attitudes and your idiot politicians who get away with murder.  It is because your owner has deep pockets.  Nothing else.  Oh except steroids, forgot your key players love those......... 

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:59 pm

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

So in the last 90 years the Red Suxs have won 2 world series where as the Blue Jays have won 2 world series except the Blue Jays were back to back. Cue Joe Carter

Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:41 pm

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays


Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:40 pm

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Blue Jays went from 85 wins to 81 wins and that's ween as a "step forward"??? THe biggest myth is that Anthopoulos is bringing in GOOD players and not CHEAP players.
The Blue Jays are always mediocre because they don't fix problems, they just swap problems. 

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:10 pm

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

The Red Sox were a total joke this year, and with that rotation it will be the same next year. You are correct, the Red Sox and Cardinals are not in the same class, The Cardinals have won 11 WS titles in the last 90 years, the Red Sox have won 2. You know nothing.

Since: Dec 16, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:44 pm

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Red Sox dominate, he can't be talking about last season cause the Sox choked up a great big fur ball

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:41 pm

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

REDSOX FAN sure does the fan base proud.

Im ashamed for them.

Im ashamed to even be a human being on the same planet, in the same solar system, living in the same reality at this point.......

Since: Oct 13, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:24 pm

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Well C7lee,

since this is HOMEGROWN, meaning drafted not traded for or singed as a FA, then brett lawrie wouldn't be part of the Jays......for an all star rating of 93 you would figure you knew that.

Feel free to check out the Brewers homegrown series, because that is where you will find him

Good talk     

Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:44 pm

Homegrown Team: Toronto Blue Jays

here the hell is Brett LAWWWWWRIE!

get that POS Snider of the list

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