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J.P’s plans for the future

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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.

  1. Frank Thomas
  2. 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!


Written by halejon

July 22, 2008 at 2:22 am

Posted in Seriousness

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  1. JP is safe as long as Godfrey is around, I think–despite the tepid vote of confidence given on the Fan the other day. I think the chances of Godfrey going– and thus JP– are still pretty good.

    Oh, and I had the exact same reaction to the Scutaro thing. And I was just defendin Lott the other day, too. That’s just awful.


    July 22, 2008 at 1:57 pm

  2. Great post. If Rios gets hurt again, there is a very real chance that Scutaro will lead the team in at-bats. You can’t even blame Scutaro, he is giving us what you expect from him, it’s just that what he is giving us is an 89 OPS+. I don’t know what I am missing here – the issue everyone had with Eck is that he was leading off.

    I know Vernon being out messes things up, but I’d really like to see us get Inglett, Rios, Wells, Rolen and Lind a bunch of plate appearances at the top of the order when he returns. Honestly, the other four spots don’t matter with this team. Scutaro has batted first or second 33 times. All that says is “Fuck Anyone Passionate About This Team.” Inglett in right until Vernon gets back is fine, but I’d really like to see Eck/Inglett be the SS/2B combo when things get back to normal. Instead, hey, Scutaro is apparently our shortstop of the future.

    Ice Cream Jonsey

    July 22, 2008 at 2:20 pm

  3. I not so humbly suggest MY prospect list is better than his. Purcey not listed at all but Collins is? Campbell not listed but Tolisino is (hell, Tolisino #3 preseason?!!?)

    Romero, much as I believe in him and hope he’s turned the corner – up to #6 already?

    Head scratchers.


    July 22, 2008 at 5:33 pm

  4. This is pretty much why I’ve never put any stock in farm rankings. Everyone screams and cries that the farm is ranked among the lowest in the league, but that really doesn’t mean a goddamn thing because it’s all dependent on the person evaluating the system and is absolutely not an indication of how the players therein will perform in the future.

    Dougie B

    July 22, 2008 at 7:42 pm

  5. Yeah, there were a few oddities. I guess Purcey is too old to be a prospect for some? Campbell not making it kinda screams that this is just a shuffle of their “sure things”. But then there’s Tim. I dunno…


    July 22, 2008 at 8:25 pm

  6. The zone looked awful tonight. Show us something fancy.


    July 22, 2008 at 11:43 pm

  7. Barajas was setting up on Eutaw street. Marcum did a pretty good job hitting the target.


    July 23, 2008 at 2:14 am

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