After a memorable run to the ALCS, it has been one of the most intriguing offseasons in the history of the Toronto Blue Jays. A front-office shakeup, the contract status of two beloved stars, and questions as to where the team stands among the MLB’s best has provided much fuel for discussion. Thankfully for fans, spring training is upon us, and with that, anticipation is building. Leading up to Opening Day 2016, Taylor Noble will be taking a look at some of the most prominent storylines facing this year’s edition of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Like the majority of Blue Jays Nation, I was disappointed to see Ben Revere go this offseason. Defensively, he was easily the best player not named Kevin Pillar to man left field for the Jays last year (this catch during the ALCS still remains criminally underrated). When he got on base, the constant threat of him swiping an extra bag worked its way into opposing pitcher’s heads, keeping them constantly off-balance. Aside from that, he had many of the so-called “intangibles” GMs look for when putting together a championship club. In the brief time that he was here, I came to love and appreciate his attitude, work ethic, and of course, his sense of humour.
Even though Ben was only in Toronto a short while, I truly feel that he loved being a Blue Jay. In fact, there’s a garbage bin hiding somewhere in Kansas City that shows just how much he cared about this team.
This is the crazy thing about baseball: even though I’m a huge fan of Ben Revere and upset he won’t be returning, as a fan, this trade gets me pretty excited. The reason being? Drew Storen is now a Blue Jay. Continue reading