As we approach a new year, Jays From the Couch offers up some 2017 New Year’s Resolutions for members of the Toronto Blue Jays
It’s that time of year; the time of year where we all set ourselves up for disappointment and lie to ourselves, yet again, about how we’re going to be or do better in the coming year. While the amount of time we hold up this fake promise varies from person to person, we all share the common goal of trying to improve at least one aspect of our lives.
Here at Jays From the Couch, we put our heads together to come up with some resolutions for the Toronto Blue Jays. Some of them are tongue in cheek, others are actually serious and need to happen. At the end, we ask you to chime in with some of your own in the comment section. Let’s go:
*Kevin Pillar has to institute a resolution to lay off anything on the outer half. We are not even going to be picky and say outside and away for him. He should just lay off everything away from him. Take a look at the number of offerings he sees and the number of swings and misses for his career.
Much like all of us, it is one thing to proclaim your New Year’s resolution, and another to follow through with it. And, we can safely assume that Kevin Pillar is not about to set his 2017 goals on what he reads here. Instead, we can reasonably expect more of the same from him this coming season. He has actually done rather well over the start to his career considering his free swinging approach. In 2 full seasons at the big league level, he’s put up 4.3 and 3.2 wins. That is mostly based on his defense, obviously. But, following through on the resolution stated here could allow him to have a season more like 2015 than 2016.
*It is our hope that the Blue Jays resolve to trust their farm system and give guys like Dalton Pompey and Danny Barnes a shot. Now, this can be quite the challenge in a year where they are trying to win and capitalize on that storied window presented by some of the older, more expensive contracts. However, sliding Pompey into the outfield may not be such a challenge given the lineup he’d be surrounded by. The same could be said for a guy like Barnes, who does present value as long as they are not dependent on him being dominant. That said, if teams are going to be successful, they need to get contributions from their youngsters. So, why not give them a chance?
*Blue Jays fans resolve to not throw things on the field. It happened two years in a row. We hadn’t witnessed playoff baseball in over 20 yrs and the larger major league audience will remember beer cans and cups being thrown out of frustration, babies being hit (?) by suds and people trying to distract Orioles outfielders. It doesn’t look good for the fan base. Of course, the larger major league audience will conveniently forget the myriad of other times when fans in other cities went crazy and tossed a number of different items onto the field of play.
*Gibby resolves to start managing at the beginning of the season. One of the more accurate criticisms of John Gibbons is the laid back approach he takes at the beginning of the season. He is able to turn on the decision making at the end of the season, during those “important” games. But, if this 2017 team is going to compete, they’re going to need post-season Gibby right out of the gate. Games lost in April and May impact how you finish in September.
*Blue Jays resolve to throw the first punch when they play the Rangers. This one is a joke…sort of. While there was distinct pleasure beating the Texas Rangers in the ALDS – again!- and doing so off an error from Rougned Odor was certainly all the payback Toronto fans needed for weak schoolyard behaviour, it kind of would be nice to see a bit more go the Blue Jays way in 2017. We don’t condone violence, but beating that team every chance they get would definitely feel so good.
*Devon Travis resolves to stay healthy for 162. This just might be one of the most impactful resolutions the 2017 Blue Jays need. On the defensive side of things, it is not imperative that Travis play everyday with the likes of Ryan Goins available to step in. But, the offense will depend on his presence more this year than last. And, ever since the trade of Anthony Gose, we’re still looking for a full season from him. His total games played sits at 163 over the last 2 seasons. Obviously, “staying healthy” ranks pretty high on any athlete’s list, but the team might need this even more than he does.
*Blue Jays resolve to not use a 6 man rotation or even think about Aaron Sanchez in the bullpen in ’17. If anything, the Blue Jays should feel very confident heading into next season with the rotation as it is right now. Sanchez just might be ready to turn into a very dominant starter in the American League. As well, the rest of the staff offers quite a competitive rotation. It is a rare time in Toronto when we can say there is a solid 5 ready to start the year. A by-product of this is not having to even approach the gong show that finding a starter can be. Whether through trades or free agency, starting pitching is always an elusive beast to chase. This year, though, the Blue Jays look to be in great shape.
*The Blue Jays seem to have resolved to make their Twitter better. Recently, they put out a call for some creative folks to apply for a position tweeting for them.
So, if you think you would make a good addition to the team’s online footprint, you can APPLY HERE. The fact that they are looking for someone acknowledges that they are lagging behind other teams in this area. Sometimes, their Twitter account can be quite lame, if we’re being honest. It could use a sprucing up in 2017.
There you have it. Some New Year’s resolutions for the 2017 Blue Jays. We would love it if you have some of your own for the boys in blue. Go ahead and fire them into the comment section below! Let’s have some fun with this!
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