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September 21, 2012

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Effectively Wild Episode 47: Is the Alex Anthopoulos Honeymoon Over?/Why Can't We Figure Out What Works in the Playoffs?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss whether Alex Anthopoulos is taking too long to turn around Toronto, then talk about why we can't find the secret to success in October. Also, Sam drops his wedding ring.

Episode 47: "Is the Alex Anthopoulos Honeymoon Over?/Why Can't We Figure Out What Works in the Playoffs?"

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Ben Lindbergh is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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R.A.Wagman

I would love to hear your thoughts on the WBC qualifiers - especially because the qualifiers feature non-40-man types and nations that are not, by any stretch, baseball-centric nations.
Go Israel!

Sep 21, 2012 06:16 AM
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Sammy30

The issue with AA and the Jays are perceptions have been raised too high at the beginning of the season. AA did himself no favors in the handling of the Darvish situation and the perceived cheapness of the owners in not paying the money for Yu.
Alex does need to make the steps to improve the club this off season. There sould be the money and the prospects to make this happen.

Sep 21, 2012 08:12 AM
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Matthew James Geer

I'd also like to hear what you guys have to say about the WBC

Sep 21, 2012 11:18 AM
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BP staff member Sam Miller
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no

Sep 21, 2012 11:21 AM
 
R.A.Wagman

Just watch the damn games already

Sep 21, 2012 11:44 AM
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Ric Size

Never been a Jays fan, so this opinion is a broad overview, to encourage more discussion about baseball.

For my report card, Alex Anthopoulos has earned an A+ in his first three years as Toronto's GM. His resume':
Unloading Vernon Wells was universally considered impossible, before he did it. In many ways it still seems impossible.
Locking in Jose Bautista was considered very risky at the time of the deal. Brains & courageous leadership, giving the fans some hope.
Edwin Encarcinon, once considered a joke by many statheads;.384 OBP .565 SLG, 40 HR, locked in below market value through 2015 w/ a club option.
The biggest organizational problem is figuring out how to keep their promising young arms healthy, IMO.
Overall he has made one miraculous trade, and more than his share of good ones, like the Yunel Escobar deal.
Team Payroll is about $84 Million. MLB average is $100 Million. He'll probably pass again on the high-end free agent market this winter, and it is probably the smart move.

Sep 21, 2012 18:34 PM
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Sammy30

I think last off season should have been a wake up call for AA. The team had specific needs at closer, 2nd base, and a top 3 starter. He was only able to address the closer role with Santos.
There were starting pitchers available but AA was not willing to pay the cost in terms of prospects or cash. He either over valued his minor league prospects or mis-read the market.
This may be a bit of revisionist history, but if there was a starter brought in, Drew Hutchinson would probably not have been over throwing in the Major Leagues and have blown out his arm.
The next step for Alex is to make those moves when everyone sees you coming. This will tell whether he is a good/great GM.

BTW This season has been so bad, my only ray of hope is how high a draft pick we get next year.

Sep 22, 2012 07:30 AM
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R.A.Wagman

Protected pick!

Sep 22, 2012 08:17 AM
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