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SBD/October 4, 2012/Franchises
Blue Jays GM Anthopoulos Touts Freedom To Increase Payroll Heading Into '13 Season
Published October 4, 2012
KIND OF BLUE: In Toronto, Cathal Kelly wrote Blue Jays employees are "hired to be fired." That is "true everywhere, but nowhere more so than at a ball club without the willingness to overreach." Getting a job with the Blue Jays "must seem like getting hired on at a coal mine, being handed a shovel and told to dig until you hit China." Blue Jays Owner Rogers Communications has "only one role in this process -- to sign cheques." But the company "won't sign the cheques." Rogers has "identified a niche in our market and expertly exploited it." The niche "is not baseball," but "failure." Toronto is "mired in sporting failure, which suits everyone who owns a sports team and no one who roots for one." As long as "no one is succeeding, everyone gets to float along on a profitable raft of mediocrity." Kelly: "If the choice is between rotten vegetables and rancid meat, fans still have to eat" (TORONTOSTAR.com, 10/3).