Sports Tao of Stieb: How does Leafs’ success impact perception of Blue Jays?

22:31  21 april  2017
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Tao of Stieb takes a closer look at how the Leafs ' success impacts the Jays . %2Fbaseball%2Fmlb%2Ftao- stieb - leafs - success - impact - perception - blue - jays %2F. Join the Conversation.

Which need would you address? Tao of Stieb weighs in. Given those three options, which would be most beneficial for the short-term success of the Blue Jays ? Are any of them feasible? How would you prioritize?

As though only so many positive things can happen simultaneously for Toronto sports teams, it has been 24 years since the Blue Jays and the Maple Leafs have both reached the playoffs in the same season.

Without getting too far ahead of ourselves, that trend seems likely to hold for another year.

As those trend lines for the two franchises converge and perhaps begin to diverge, the question arises as to whether the success of one of the teams can either assuage the anxieties around the struggles of the other, or whether there is any way that fans of both teams can have their experience with one franchise influence their feelings towards the other.

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Tao of Stieb writes that Toronto must draft and develop young arms to succeed. This is the game you play when your success is heavily dependent on signing and trading your way into a rotation. Put another way: How much better off are the Blue Jays in the next few years with a rotation that

Tao of Stieb November 3, 2017, 11:55 AM. As this year’s extraordinary World Series concluded, one couldn’t help but consider how out of place the Toronto Blue Jays would have looked compared to the other teams playing October baseball.

Put more bluntly, is the relative success of the Leafs good or bad for the Jays?

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It could be tempting to think that the hockey team’s recent, deliberate turnaround phase could prepare fans for what could be in the offing if the baseball team’s early season funk becomes something more lasting.

Without question, the Leafs appear as measured and wise as they have at any point in the memory of most fans, and their current success looks as though it could be sustainable in the near future. Moreover, Leafs fans have been rewarded for their recent patience, and may be more amenable to a situation where the Blue Jays need to regroup over several years.

It’s a neat and tidy theory, and it might even be relevant to some, but there are some fundamental problems with it.

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Firstly, the assumption that Leafs fans and Jays fans are essentially the same group is dubious at best. There is certainly significant overlap, but the Jays’ national footprint means that the baseball fanbase includes fans of the Canucks, Oilers, Flames, Jets, Senators and Canadiens, and even a few oddball Bruins fans in the Maritimes. Not to mention the number of fans who are baseball and Blue Jays-focused with little interest in games played on frozen ponds.

There are also fundamental differences in how a team can rebuild in baseball versus hockey. While tanking for the sake of high draft picks can produce immediate dividends in hockey, with teenagers moving directly into impact roles, the path to the big-leagues in baseball is far more deliberate. Very few players make an impact in their initial years after being drafted or signed, and the degree to which a team needs to project talent means that there are fewer sure things in the early picks of the draft.

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Posted by Tao of Stieb at 11:43 AM 63 comments: Email This BlogThis! They highlight a few of the more notable Blue Jays - or at least the most talkative ones - digging back into their origin stories, how they made their way to Toronto and eventually through to what their impact on the ill-fated 2013

It's dangerous to read too much into a few games, but the Toronto Blue Jays are looking sharper now than they did in 2013, as Tao of Stieb explains among these early-season observations. 409 COMMENTS. Mitch Marner's second-half surge has Maple Leafs soaring.

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