AL Eastbound Turns One!

Last year right around this same time I wanted to write a piece defending the Toronto Blue Jays against what seemed like an onslaught of negativity as the team was being bashed, beaten and mostly written off by a good majority of the fan base.

It was a “State of the Union” story that took a contrarian view to what the populist view towards the team was.  I didn’t see a failing or regressing franchise because we couldn’t sign Yu Darvish and I certainly wasn’t disappointed that we weren’t the team lucky enough to sign Prince Fielder for a decade and $200+MM.

I saw a robust and booming farm system considered by sources I trust as among the game’s best.  We had an intelligent, driven and hard working front office led by one of baseball’s best young general manager’s in Alex Anthopoulos.  I had a cautious optimism that our ownership was indeed willing to spend the type of money needed to compete in the AL East.

I also saw a renewed presence in Latin America and an increased focus on the things that truly turn a franchise around – scouting, player development and the draft.  We were signing the best international prospects, spending incredible amounts of money (over-slot) on high end talent and starting to actually churn out a young big leaguer or two.

We had recently signed one of baseball’s best hitters to an extremely club friendly contract and if healthy (2011) had a chance to be a wild-card contender. 

“It was a mission statement”.  –Jerry Maguire.

What was supposed to be only a one time story morphed into an entire blog! 

It’s been a great year, filled with an up and down baseball season and trial and error here at AL Eastbound.  We have taken an active interest in bringing all of the latest Blue Jays news, rumours, stats and prospect news on almost a daily basis.

One of our most active readers and participants turned into the second writer and the best move made all season was the addition of “Wes Kepstro” to the site.  Like the Blue Jays this blog is definitely ready for the 2013 season and we hope we can continue to inform, enlighten and entertain one of the most knowledgeable fan bases in baseball.

Some of our regular features include a daily prospect report highlighting the top prospects as they grind out a minor league season, top prospect of the month, monthly minor league system recap, latest trade and free agency rumours, statistical analysis and more. 

Thanks for making this a great year!

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5 Responses to “AL Eastbound Turns One!”

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  3. 3 Idiot Fan November 23, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Only one year huh? Guess I didn’t check, wasn’t aware. This site is a hidden gem…keep up the good work boys!!!

  4. 4 GordieDougie November 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Quoting Jerry Maguire makes this post so full of win.

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