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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Blue Jays trade: GM Alex Anthopoulos puts his career on the line with blockbuster move: Kelly - thestar.com

The view from up north.

This deal is an enormous step forward for the Toronto Blue Jays. This is big enough to make the Jays relevant in a way they haven’t been for two decades. This was what we’d spent all the time in between frothing at them about. Anthopoulos et al deserve our thanks for making this a baseball town again, rather than a hockey town with a baseball team, which is, let’s be honest, what it was.

But in so doing, Anthopoulos has put his career inside a performance vice, which began closing this morning. If the Jays do not win now, he will lose his position, and may never get another like it.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: alex anthopoulos, blue jays, jeffrey loria sucks, marlins

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   1. John Northey Posted: November 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM (#4302327)
Good point there, that AA has to win or at least be super-close in 2013 or 2014 otherwise he will be shown the door. However, I suspect that was the case regardless as you can only be a 500 team for so long before heads roll. A winner in Toronto will pack the stadium, skyrocket TV ratings and make Rogers a lot of money. This is proven as, even on just hope early on the Jays saw a spike in TV ratings and more fans coming on down. Put a 95 win team here and watch out.
   2. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: November 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM (#4302363)
has put his career inside a performance vice

May I assume that vice a Canadian vise?
   3. Rants Mulliniks Posted: November 14, 2012 at 12:24 PM (#4302374)
May I assume that vice a Canadian vise?


That's not a legitimate English/American difference, the guy just doesn't know any better and neither does his editor.
   4. The District Attorney Posted: November 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM (#4302414)
the guy just doesn't know any better and neither does his editor.
That's quite the dilemna.
   5. drjohnnyfever Posted: November 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM (#4302426)
AA could have fielded .500 teams for as long as Rogers would have him (although not indefinitely as #1 indicated). I think many GMs fall into a trap of "I'm at .500, that's good for my job security, I'm not going to jeopardize my .500 team with a crazy trade". So what impresses me is that AA avoided that trap and realized .500 sucks... .500 is on the way to success, but it's not success.
   6. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: November 14, 2012 at 01:14 PM (#4302442)
May I assume that vice a Canadian vise?


That's not a legitimate English/American difference, the guy just doesn't know any better and neither does his editor.

I disagree, and Wikipedia backs me up. My understanding is that vise (the tool) is generally spelled vice in the UK and Australia. In my experience, this is one of those words where Canadians use both spellings and barely notice the distinction.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say:
Americans and Canadians retain the very old distinction between vise (the tool) and vice (the sin, and also the Latin prefix meaning a "deputy"), both of which are vice in the UK and Australia.
   7. Karl from NY Posted: November 14, 2012 at 03:39 PM (#4302624)
I love the timing. This is Toronto's chance to go for it in the AL East, while the Red Sox are broken, the Rays fading, the Orioles still more likely mirage than monster, and even the Yankees questionable after that playoff dumpout and no big free agents to buy up this winter. And while the Maple Leafs are frozen out.
   8. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 14, 2012 at 03:58 PM (#4302663)
This is Toronto's chance to go for it in the AL East, while the Red Sox are broken, the Rays fading, the Orioles still more likely mirage than monster . .

Only the gritty, gutsy Yankees can save the AL East from the Canadian Colossus.

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