Hi everyone. Well, the world series is still going, but we wanted to share some of our thoughts on the season past. Please continue the discussion in the comments, that's what makes the conversation "dangling" - also, it's a great Simon and Garfunkel song. Without further adeiu:
Tom: Favorite Beatles record? It changes from day to day. For a while I was listening to the early stuff, because I had dismissed it for years and was rediscovering how good it really was, but at the moment I’ve got the White Album playing on iTunes (RIP Steven Jobs). I know it is really 4 (or 3 and a half) solos albums, each guy only interested in his songs, but it is good music.
jessef: The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, though I truly love Arthur (or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) . . . errr . . . since Hugo beat me to Revolver, I’ll go with Abbey Road. Though I’m really more of Kinks guy.
JohnnyG: Who are the Beatles? Kidding Kidding stop booing me now.
Johnny: Aaron Hill and Brett Cecil were the two biggest disappointments for me, Both were favourite Jays of mine going into the season. Everything looked good going into pre-season. We had a lot of hope that Hill would rebound and Cecil would build on his good season from last year. Then the games started and everything went to pot. Seriously. How bad was that? Cecil completely lost his fastball and then his location right after that because of the frustration. Hill seemed to actually regress at the plate much to the surprise of everyone. It was really depressing to watch.
As for surprises? I have to take a cop out answer and say the Front Office. We have been hearing Rasmus come up in trade speculation for awhile now and I was firmly under the belief that there was no way Cardinals would give him up for anything the Jays would offer, even if he was having a down year. Then low and behold AA pulls off a trade picking up the struggling Rasmus for what amounted to a handful of relievers, Patterson and one prospect in Stewart. I really was stunned.
Tom: I didn’t pick a pleasant surprise. Maybe the continued improvement of Ricky Romero. In his first 3 seasons he has had ERAs of 4.30, 3.73 and 2.92. Inning pitched goes up: 178, 210, 225. Hits per 9 innings goes down 9.7, 8.1, 7.0. Walks go down 4.0, 3.5, 3.2. Wouldn’t it be nice if every player had a nice progression like that?
Hugo: Like you, Tom, I was disappointed by the number of plate appearances given to also-rans and equally surprised by how long the Jays stuck with Jo-Jo Reyes while giving more promising players a much shorter leash. You already mentioned Snider, and I totally agree. I was also quite disappointed in Adam Lind’s season, but that’s another question.
In terms of pleasant surprises, it was great to see Colby Rasmus come to the Jays without a huge cost. I was shocked to see the Cardinals part with him so cheaply, but hey, it worked out for them this year. It wasn't quite a surprise to me because I've always thought highly of him, but I also really enjoyed seeing Casey Janssen light it up out of the bullpen.