While we were slightly┬ádistracted by something over here back on Friday afternoon, ESPN was trying to slip a bunch of Jays-related content past us. Or… at least that’s how I aim to view it (even if one of the items was most certainly posted on Thursday).

However it went down, I’m pretty sure it behooves me to point out that the Jays showed up in the top 25 of the Worldwide Leader’s Uni Watch Power Rankings, got some play in Keith Law’s weekly chat with readers, and most impressively, ranked fifth in baseball, and second in the AL East, in this year’s version of ESPN’s MLB Future Power Rankings.

Coming in fifth, the Jays top the Red Sox (6th)– pre-insane trade with the Dodgers– as well as the Rays (8), and of course the Orioles (24th), in the ranking of all 30 MLB clubs in terms of quality of Major League roster, farm system, finance, management, and roster flexibility. In the previous iteration of these power rankings, the Jays were sixth.

In their write-up, Buster Olney, Jim Bowden and Keith Law explain that the club has a very strong system from which to build on, and had a solid draft that helped it maintain strength despite injuries and graduations. The key, as we’re all well aware, will be finding pitching, and maintaining health in the organization. Olney thinks this may be troublesome, as a number of other clubs have the exact same need, while Bowden suggests that trading Yunel Escobar or Adeiny Hechavarria may provide the best opportunity for the Jays to find what they’re looking for.

Moving on, Paul Lucas of Uni Watch places the Jays 21st among the 122 major North American pro sports franchises in terms of uniforms, the second highest ranking for a Canadian franchise, behind only the rightly number-one-ranked Montreal Canadiens. (That’s right, Leafs fans.)

Looking beyond the actual ranking, though, there are some glowing words from Lucas, who calls the club’s fashion turn the “biggest before-and-after success story since Jared lost all of that weight eating at Subway. Last year, the Jays were in the running for the worst-dressed team in North America; this year they’re among the best, thanks to an ingenious makeover that provides a snappy updating of the team’s early 1990s look. A textbook case of how a team can acknowledge its past while embracing its future.”

And lastly, there was the KLawChat, in which Keith Law provided the following Jays-related tidbits…

Danny (Batolo’s Colon)
Curious about your take on Moises Sierra. 4th OF?

Justin Sarabia (Houston, TX)
Out of all the young high upside arms the Astros have drafted/traded for in recent years, which one do you like the most? Foltynewicz, Velazquez, Houser, McCullers, Comer, and Musgrove?
Folty and McCullers have the most upside. Comer and Musgrove have both gone backwards since they were drafted.

Shawn L (NYC)
Marcus Stroman. September Call up? Or 2013 debut
I say call him up next week.

JP (Toronto)
Did the Jays bring Gose up WAY too early? He looks completely overmatched at the plate. I’m not sure i’ve seen a player look so overmatched. Has this stunted his growth, or do you think it’s good to let him fail at the big stage, because he’s truly failing….
I don’t know about stunting his growth but I didn’t think he was ready to hit in the majors – a lot of fans pointed to his stat line in Vegas, but that’s a great hitter’s park (and I did say so at the time) that I think obscures a lot of hitters’ flaws.


Image via ESPN.com.

Comments (19)

  1. Additionally in the Klaw chat, admittedly referencing the Jays in a peripheral way:

    Skip Bayless (ESPN)

    Keith, Derek Jeter has a solid batting average, so clearly he’s on the juice, right? I mean, even if he isn’t, we have to ask the question, right? Same goes for Mike Trout, Adam Dunn, Jose Bautista, Felix Hernandez and everyone else who I deem worthy of suspicion!

    Klaw (1:18 PM)

    The “we have to ask the question” argument came up in Toronto with Jose Bautista as well. I’m not in favor of asking this question at all, because once asked, it tends to stick to the player like an incurable infection. It’s comparable to the “when did you stop beating your wife?” question – the target can never answer in a satisfactory way.

    • Awesome answer by KLaw.
      Although a great writer and analyst, I always found him to be sort of condescending and arrogant when I read a lot of what he writes.

      This answer just made me laugh though.

    • As King Skippy knows – there never has been a good baseball player who wasn’t juiced. Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, even Jackie Robinson were all juiced in the years they played well.

      Actually the only good athlete who is not juiced is his crush, Tim Tebow

  2. The real problem with the 2012 Blue Jays is the poor performance by the “Man In White”. He has been slow getting his signs to Blue Jay hitters and his accuracy is pretty poor this year.

  3. plus, david cooper is a jerk

  4. So apparently it’s cheaper for Rogers to pay ESPN than to actually put a decent product on the field.

  5. Not to take too much paywall content from ESPN, but what does “Mobility” stand for in the graphic? I’m obviously not an ESPN insider and the other categories are pretty self explanatory.

      MAJORS (full weight): Quality of current big league roster
      MINORS (full weight): Quality and quantity of prospects in their farm system
      FINANCE (2/3 weight): How much money do they have to spend?
      MANAGEMENT (2/3 weight): Value and stability of ownership, front office and coaching staff
      MOBILITY (1/3 weight): Do they have a lot of young, cheap players, or old, immovable guys?

    • i think it refers to how easily any existing contracts can be moved in a trade as in the Jays don’t have many really bad contracts like say Vernon Wells.

    • Mobility refers to the number of moveable contracts based on age of the player and length/amount of the contract

  6. FWIW, Beeston’s on the Fan again at 5:00PM.

    • Probably to correct himself from last week and start mentioning the payroll parameters again.

      • This would be funny if it wasn’t so true. Just like he quickly backpedalled on the grass thing, now he has to pour some cold water on the “we’re really gonna go be aggressive with free agents in the off season” thing. But he has to do it in a certain way, without making it sound bad.

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