Blue Jays insiders reveal what success looks like for this team

Axel Williams
March 27, 2024  (8:09 PM)

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With the Toronto Blue Jays starting their season on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays, there are a ton of questions surrounding the roster. Fans are worried about another disappointment. Meanwhile, analysts have questions about whether or not the team's biggest players will show up.

By now, every Blue Jays fan is well aware of how last season ended. The team got ousted in the Wild Card Round by the Minnesota Twins. Heading into this season, the team wants to go further. However, that is easier said than done. With the season about to begin, Sportsnet's team of Jays writers delivered their predictions and concerns for the upcoming year. For instance, Jeff Blair is worried about Geoff Springer.
"George Springer has escaped a lot of criticism and it worries me that 2023, one of his healthiest seasons, was also one of his worst. But I seem to be alone. I'll bet Vernon Wells wishes he'd received the free pass that Springer gets."

David Singh and Arden Zwelling shared similar concerns about Springer, which is something that should give fans pause. At 35 years old, he is no spring chicken. But that doesn't mean he's finished.
"With a new season approaching, what should we expect from this year's edition of the Blue Jays? Our panel of experts share their thoughts."

Another interesting piece of insight came from Shi Davidi who spoke on Vladimir Guerrero Jr. In Davidi's opinion, the Blue Jays need Guerrero Jr. to perform at an MVP-caliber level if they are to go deep. After all, he is their star player, and the team expects him to perform as such.
"No need to complicate this one — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Everyone has been waiting for a follow-up season to his monster 2021 and the Blue Jays are definitely betting on it arriving this year. His swing looked great during spring training and he's clearly in a good spot physically, so the ingredients are there for some MVP-calibre production."

Needless to say, this is going to be a very interesting season for the Blue Jays. If their window truly is closing, this could be a now-or-never moment for them. Hopefully, for Blue Jays fans everywhere, they are able to deliver.
Source: Blue Jays Roundtable: What does success look like in 2024?
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Blue Jays insiders reveal what success looks like for this team

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