Lost in Space
I am probably the last person to realize that this is the Jays’ new AAA name and logo:
First…is this not clearly one of those pop culture icons that seems (kinda) cute at first but then is less and less so every time you see it? But aesthetics aside, let me rip off a quote from Mop Up Duty about how little they they want us there, either:
“It is what it is. We’re going to make the most of it…Obviously there are a lot more Dodgers fans here than Blue Jays fans . . . but we’re going to try to do some more things promotionally, and we want to grow the business.”
Yikes. Tell us how you really feel, 51’s president Don Logan! Don’t hold your distaste back for the franchise that took you as a distant third choice! And what the hell, this is a pretty decent synopsis of the organizational mess that has resulted from the Jays’ leaving the top of their farm system to rot for some years now, so let’s rip that off the Mop Up, too:
As for the Blue Jays, well things will change. Their whole scouting staff will have to be overhauled. Prior to this move the Jays had all of their teams with the exception of Dunedin within a close proximity. Rookie level in Lansing, Michigan, low A in Auburn, New York (near Syracuse), AA in New Hampshire and AAA in Syracuse. Expenses will probably rise as new personnel will have to be hired or moved out to Las Vegas. The Jays will also not be able to rotate scouts from their other minor league teams. The PCL is a hitters league, differing from the pitching oriented International League. The worst case scenario for the Toronto Blue Jays has now come. On the plus side the contract is only for two seasons. If the Jays are serious about improving their chances of re-entry into the International League they will need to focus on fielding winning ballclubs. This can present a problem with developing players however, as this usually requires stocking the AAA club with veterans.
Sounds like there is only going to be a very limted amount of time to fly cheap to Vegas and debauch alongside the young and impressionable future Jays’ stars who should probably not be doing that, or that, or certainly that, for the sake of the franchise…