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The Mitchell Report: With three weeks to go, Jays brush aside approaching 100-loss mark

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The fact it was no secret that the Toronto Blue Jays would struggle during a rebuilding year helps at this time of year when the losses are piling up. TSN Baseball Reporter Scott Mitchell checks in with news and notes on the Jays.

TORONTO — There is no difference between losing 99 games and losing 100 games in a baseball season.

Either way, it’s a year that can only be described as disastrous, even if it was partially expected and comes as no shock.

But the Toronto Blue Jays do not want to add their name to the list of 26 teams — a group that already includes this year’s Detroit Tigers, with the Baltimore Orioles, Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals all threatening to join them over the next 19 days — that have suffered through a 100-loss season since 2000.

It’s been much longer than that for the Jays.

Forty years, in fact.

You have to go all the way back to the 1979 campaign when they lost a franchise record 109 games, their third 100-loss season in a row to begin the club’s existence.

Since then, they’ve lost 90-plus games just twice — 1980 and 2004 — let alone hit the century mark.

As the Jays have transitioned away from a group sprinkled with veterans in spring training to extreme youth over the past six months, you can understand why a 100-loss season isn’t really on the radar.

Most of them are just happy to be in the big leagues.

With the Blue Jays currently on pace for a 100 losses for the first time since 1979, Scott Mitchell explains why the players aren't too concerned with where their record will finish and points to a pair teams that are a silver lining.

“I haven’t heard anybody really bring that up,” catcher Danny Jansen said. “At this point, everybody is just........