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Playoffs? Beeston sees Jays as a fixture

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08:15 AM ET 01.31 | Optimism ruled the day Monday north of the border. It turns out [Paul Beeston] envisions the Toronto Blue Jays in the playoffs two or three times in the next five years. Boom, as the kids say. Again, Beeston, the president of the Blue Jays, actually said to a gathering of some 900 season-ticket holders: "I would expect that in the next five years, we would be in [the playoffs] two to three times." This is important, considering his blue-sky musing about a $120-million payroll as far back as April, 2010, turned into some kind of article of faith with Blue Jays fans without the caveat he attached then: Revenues would need to be sufficient to sustain a payroll at that level.

The Globe and Mail

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January 31, 2012  09:30 AM ET

I don't see how they expect that level of success with Tampa, NY and Boston as strong as they are.

January 31, 2012  09:31 AM ET
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Adding extra wildcard teams is a MISTAKE BUD SELIG

Call me a half-witted, monkey-**** fruitcake, but I like it.

Wild Card teams should not be on equal footing in the playoffs with teams that actually won their division. The second Wild Card team puts both of them at a disadvantage.

January 31, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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I don't see how they expect that level of success with Tampa, NY and Boston as strong as they are.

They grow amazing dope in Canada.

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January 31, 2012  09:40 AM ET
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Note to self: Do NOT consult Mr. Slinky on new ideas for creatures, he is full of bad ideas and intentions.

Correction: bad ideas and worse intentions.

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January 31, 2012  09:50 AM ET

The AL East is crowded with contenders. Can Toronto be one of them?

January 31, 2012  09:50 AM ET
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I agree with slink on the one game wild card playin. That will force the wild card teams to use a top pitcher to get into the divisional series. Plus - one less day off. I think it will assist the division winners.

LOU!!!! Morning sir!

January 31, 2012  09:53 AM ET
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Call me a half-witted, monkey-**** fruitcake, but I like it. Wild Card teams should not be on equal footing in the playoffs with teams that actually won their division. The second Wild Card team puts both of them at a disadvantage.

If you have wild cards this is the best scenerio. Puts the premium on winning the division.

January 31, 2012  09:54 AM ET
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Slinky, after re-reading your post can you clarify what you mean? Because it sounds like your statements are contradicting

Sure.

The plan is that the two wild card teams will have a one-game "play in" to see which team goes into the Division Series to face the division winner with the best record. They won't have a day off because the play in game will be on the day in between the last day of the regular season and the start of the playoffs. Also, they'll presumably have to throw their ace (or their best available pitcher) in the play in game, so they won't have him for game one (and possibly for all) of the Division Series.

So, the two wild card teams will be at a fairly substatial disadvantage to the division winners. I like it.

Why don't you like it?

January 31, 2012  09:54 AM ET
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If you have wild cards this is the best scenerio. Puts the premium on winning the division.

Yes.

January 31, 2012  09:56 AM ET

Come on, kids, let's get this to page two. The refreshing is annoying.

January 31, 2012  09:56 AM ET

Eighteen days. Eighteen comments.

January 31, 2012  09:56 AM ET

Almost there now.

 
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