J.P. is getting too much credit
This comment came from eyebleaf. I’m not trying to call him out, he’s got a great site over at sportsandthecity.com that you should bookmark/rss. This comment was in response to yesterday’s Romero demotion article (more like rant).
We’re in first place. Don’t shit on J.P., give the man some props.
My response to this:
I think many give JP too much respect. He’s had since 2002. The only AL teams not to make the playoffs in that time have been the Royals, Orioles, Mariners and Jays. Over in the NL the only teams not to make the playoffs have been the Expos/Nationals, Reds and Pirates. Seven teams haven’t got the job done while twenty-three have. Due to his handle on the media, JP is the only GM left standing from 2002-present on the non playoff teams. Also, of the teams on the list the Jays have probably had the highest payroll over that span (as the O’s & M’s cut back at various times). I’m not ready to enshrine JP in cooperstown just yet.
It’s taken some time for things to get rolling but I will give credit where it is due. The Jays should have a strong core going forward positionally (Hill, Rios, Lind, Snider, Cooper, Arencibia) and Romero & Cecil are looking like legitimate front-half rotation pitchers. The cynic in me wished for the current success to have arrived sooner, with the $100 million payrolls and all. But that’s nit-picking and revisionist history, monday morning quarterbacking, leaving BJ Ryan in the bullpen, etc.
Right now the Jays have to be considered a favorite for a playoff spot. And that’s really all that matters. This will be my last J.P. revisionist rant of the season. I have to face reality and admit to myself that its bullshit and makes me sound like a whinny bitch. Let’s enjoy the ride to perhaps our first post-season appearance since 1993.
Next Time: Project Cecil (how to maximize his IP ceiling)