Last year, I lamented the selection of players for the Blue Jays Official 2019 wall calendar. The players chosen were curious at best, and appear to be selected by someone who does not have any knowledge of the Toronto Blue Jays. Let’s see how that calendar shook out by the end of 2019:
Blue Jays 2019 Calendar final:— Kate Stanwick (@OhKStan) December 3, 2019
Jan: No longer in MLB
Feb: Teoscar Hernandez ✅
Apr: No longer in MLB
May: Lourdes Gurriel Jr ✅
June: Free Agent
Oct: No longer in MLB
Nov: Randal Grichuk ✅
Dec: Traded/now a Free Agent https://t.co/tWciBFKZWl
To be fair, it was a rebuilding year and players were bound to get traded, but only having 3 out of 12 active players by the end of the year is something.
When I was home at Christmas, I spotted the 2020 Calendar, and I’m sad to report we are not off to a good start:
The players are a little hard to make out, so here’s a list:
January: Devon Travis
February: Kevin Pillar
March: Marcus Stroman
April: Randal Grichuk
May: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
June: Brandon Drury
July: Danny Jansen
August: Ken Giles
September: Billy McKinney
October: Ryan Borucki
November: Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
December: Teoscar Hernandez
Let’s dig into these selections a bit. First of all, the players from the first three months are no longer Blue Jays, and furthermore, Kevin Pillar hasn’t been a Blue Jay since the end of March.
This year’s calendar included both Danny Jansen and Ryan Borucki, so it’s already significantly better than last year. It also includes Vlad Jr, so props awarded there as well.
Brandon Drury will likely be on the team until he retires, so that seems like a slam dunk. Similarly, Randal Grichuk has a large multi-year contract that will ensure a long tenure for him.
Evidently the final selections were made prior to the end of July, so Bo Bichette didn’t make the cut. Nor did Cavan Biggio. Trent Thornton was on the team the entire year and he didn’t make it either, but Devon Travis, who didn’t play at all, did.
Now that the Jays are (hopefully) moving out of the rebuild phase, there will surely be more than 3 out of 12 players still on the roster come December. Let’s have a poll:
How many Blue Jays in the 2020 Calendar will still be on the 40 man roster at the end of December 2020?
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5 or fewer
Who was the most notable omission from the Blue Jays 2020 calendar?
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Which 12 players would you have picked to put on the Blue Jays 2020 Calendar?