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How to calculate a successful Blue Jays season

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TSN Baseball Insider


Of course, wins and losses are part of the equation when you’re talking about what constitutes a successful Major League Baseball season. Revenues generated are part of the calculation as well.

But what, exactly, makes for a successful season when it comes to a rebuilding club like the Toronto Blue Jays? They clearly have no chance to win this season and will likely generate far less revenue in 2019 than they have in the last several years. Is it doomed to be a failure?

Not necessarily.

Success is calculated based upon the expectations going into a given season. There are extremely low expectations about the success on the field for the Jays in the tough American League East this year. The club has accepted that everything from attendance numbers and suite sales to ad sales and sponsorship deals will decline during a rebuilding process.

So in 2019 the Jays will be graded on growth and progress. Ultimately, the “process” will be judged. Most of the improvements will be determined by individual player growth. The front office needs to determine which players are part of the problem and which players are part of the solution for the long term.

At the end of the season, general manager Ross Atkins, president Mark Shapiro and manager Charlie Montoyo need a better understanding if their young pitchers (Ryan Borucki, Sean Reid-Foley, Thomas Pannone, etc.) have what it takes to be part of a championship rotation in the future. They want to find out if Lourdes........