Mission ’13: Former Jays Flock to the Playoffs

It’s playoff time in Major League Baseball. Personally, I’m enjoying watching former Blue Jays excel or at the very least, help their teams try to get to the next level. I harbour no ill-will toward the player for leaving or the GM who, perhaps, let them get away. The return hasn’t help the Jays in their playoff quest…yet. I do, however, confess to being a little envious.

I think it’s appropriate to recognize them as they helped their respective teams chase the grail. Here are the former Jays who made the playoffs, including those on TEX:

  1. Jason Frasor, RP, TEX;
  2. Alex Rios, OF, TEX;
  3. Mike Aviles, SS/UT, CLE;
  4. Yan Gomes, C, CLE;
  5. Marc Rzepczynski, RP, CLE;
  6. Yunel Escobar, SS, TBR;
  7. Kelly Johnson, 2B/OF, TBR;
  8. Jose Molina, C, TBR;
  9. Mike Napoli, C/1B/DH, BOS;
  10. John Farrell, Mgr., BOS;
  11. John McDonald, UT, BOS;
  12. Jesse Chavez, RP, OAK;
  13. Octavio Dotel, RP, DET (60-day DL);
  14. Mike Matheny, Mgr., STL;
  15. Chris Carpenter, SP, STL (60-day DL);
  16. Travis Snider, OF, PIT;
  17. AJ Burnett, SP, PIT;
  18. John Buck, C, PIT;
  19. Reed Johnson, OF, ATL;
  20. David Carpenter, RP, ATL;
  21. Michael Young, UT, LAD;
  22. Ted Lilly, SP, LAD;
  23. Brandon League, RP, LAD; and finally
  24. Cesar Izturis, UT, CIN.

It’s tempting to fall into the trap of believing that the Jays would be good if they’d kept some/most/all of these guys.  Although I admit that a bench tandem of Mike Matheny and John Farrell and a catching duo of Molina and Buck seems pretty strong, an OF consisting of Alex Rios, Kelly Johnson, Reed Johnson and Travis Snider doesn’t.  They’d be pretty weak on the mound, too.  Don’t let yourself fall into the trap.

Some of these guys are inactive because of injuries, others spent the bulk of their careers elsewhere, while others merely breezed through Toronto. Undoubtedly I’ve overlooked some players, too. Texas played Tampa Bay for the right to play the wild card play-in game against Cleveland. That meant that although officially only 6 teams made the playoffs—as MLB planned—there were, unofficially, 7 playoff teams. Perhaps you agree that it’s been a great September/October already.

A special nod goes to former Jay utility infielder John McDonald who, though he started the year with the Phillies, played at least a little time for 3 teams that made the playoffs (PIT, CLE, BOS). It almost didn’t matter where he ended his season, Johnny Mac was destined to make the playoffs.

Enjoy the race to crown the 2013 World Series champ.  Here’s to hoping that in 2014 we can watch current Toronto Blue Jays in the playoffs.

Wes Kepstro


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