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SBD/November 15, 2012/Franchises
Timing Of Blue Jays' Trade Calculated With MLB Media Rights Deals, Improved Attendance
Published November 15, 2012
GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR: The GLOBE & MAIL’s Bruce Dowbiggin writes the “collapse of management’s Youth Will Be Served plan chastened the Blue Jays.” While the '12 season attendance and TV ratings were improved from '11, the Blue Jays "finished 22nd in MLB attendance with an average crowd of 25,921 -- 52.2 per cent of capacity.” TV ratings “surged early but levelled off late.” Former manager John Farrell’s departure to the Red Sox “did nothing for credibility, either” (GLOBE & MAIL, 11/15). The GLOBE & MAIL’s Robert MacLeod writes, “The belief here is that the 35-year-old general manager still has another move or two up his sleeve.” The Blue Jays are “suddenly considered a desirable landing spot for free agents now that Anthopoulos has proven he is willing to spend some dough to upgrade the roster” (GLOBE & MAIL, 11/15).