J.P’s plans for the future
Oh no! The Blue Jays aren’t a whole lot better since the purge of the coaching staff! Quick! Throw some more bodies from the glory days onto the fire…
The Sun tells us that Mel Queen, former pitching instructor (heavily involved with Hentgen and Halladay) and director of player development, has been hired to do some sort of vague evaluation (even Eliott’s “source” says “I’m not sure what he’s going to do”) of the Jays’ minor league system.
Just as when Cito was brought in, this will no doubt be hailed by the hacks as proof positive that J.P. is gone at the end of this season, has lost control of the clubhouse, whatever. I’m never sure if the media is passing on rumblings that have started in upper management or the press box, but this is as good a place as any to mention the two big sticking points for me on this theory/widely held assumption.
- Frank Thomas
- Adam Lind.
Can the “I’m always looking out for the Jays above all else and have absolutely zero interest in my own job security” routine. I think it’s safe to say that J.P. is more crafty than he is morally uptight. Releasing Frank Thomas was done for the 10 million bucks the Jays will save next season. Nobody in their right mind thought that the garbage cycling through the DH spot in his absence was going to produce better than the Big Hurt would get around to doing eventually, and yeah, it hasn’t even been close.
Same with keeping Lind in AAA beyond any sort of reasonable doubt about his readiness for the majors. It’s entirely possible that Ricciardi is just totally, totally, out to lunch in terms of where he stands with Ted Rogers, but those seem like moves that will make some sort of sense (when you squint at them in a mirror that is being held upside down, shakily) over the next few years, but would never, ever, be made by a G.M. who thinks he needs to win this year or be shown the door.
Whatever the rationale, a second opinion can’t hurt. J.P. recently said “The system is in good shape” after it has been given poor grades from most evaluators for years (although at least this season that was due to college kids having raced to the majors, leaving AAA bare and nobody close). What I would give for a copy of Queen’s report! Oh well, while we’re waiting, here’s an updated top ten of Jays’ minor league prospects (no Scott Campbell?!) from JP Schwartz.
Now for some real fun, read the Post’s summary of this interview with J.P. Proceed to absolutely lose your shit when it comes to the part about Ricciardi looking to Marco Scutaro to play SS through next season. Next, compose an epic, meandering, stat-filled rampage of a post about how Scoot gets a ridiculous amount of credit from all sources (not to mention position in the batting order) for playing a few different positions while being a substantially below average/Eckstein hitter. Then, actually read the interview through rage-blinded eyes and come to the conclusion that J.P. pretty much says the exact opposite about the SS situation when you read between the lines. Delete said post. Good times!
- Update: J.P. just turfed Queen’s reported role entirely. He’s actually here to tinker with little side projects. And Ducey isn’t coming on board either. Hacks! All of you!