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TORONTO (AP) — After two straight seasons of decline in Toronto http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-dave-hollins-jersey , it’s time to tear down and start over.The Blue Jays had hoped to coax one more competitive push out of the core players remaining from 2015 and 2016, when Toronto made back-to-back appearances in the AL Championship Series. Things looked promising after a 16-12 start, but it didn’t last.A 9-19 mark in May, and injuries to key players including infielder Josh Donaldson and right-handers Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman, combined to sink Toronto’s season. The Blue Jays finished 73-89, three wins fewer than the year before, and announced manager John Gibbons won’t be back next year.Once out of contention, Toronto traded eight players from its opening day roster, including Donaldson, left-hander J.A. Happ and closer Roberto Osuna.In early September John Kruk Jersey , team president Mark Shapiro acknowledged “there is no longer any gray about where we are” regarding a rebuild. A return to playoff contention, he said, is two to four years away.“The only way to find out about who a player is at the major league level is to commit that opportunity and commit to those players,” Shapiro said. “We’re embarking on that process now.”Toronto’s youth movement will take a big step forward when top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. arrives, likely before the end of next April. The son of the newly enshrined Hall of Famer hit .402 with 14 home runs and 60 RBIs in 61 games at Double-A, and added six more homers in 30 games at Triple-A. Guerrero Jr. is still refining his play at third base, but his bat should help the Blue Jays as soon as he joins the lineup.Other young players to watch in 2019 include infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr., outfielder Billy McKinney and left-hander Ryan Borucki, all of whom made an impact in their Toronto debuts this season.“I like where we’re going,” said outfielder Randal Grichuk http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-greg-luzinski-jersey , who hit a career-high 25 homers. “We’ve gotalot of young guys. We’ve got guys in the minor league system that can impact us up here in the future. We’vegota lot of guys up here that performed well this year but will perform even better.”GOODBYE, GIBBY!Before their final home game, the Blue Jays said Gibbons won’t be back to serve out the final year of his contract. Gibbons went 793-789 in two stints with Toronto.“I appreciate all the guys hanging in there,” Gibbons said. “It’s been a tough season.”Gibbons’ departure gives Shapiro and GM Ross Atkins their first opportunity to hire a Blue Jays manager. A potential in-house candidate is 38-year-old John Schneider, a former catcher whose Double-A New Hampshire team won the 2018 Eastern League title.ROTTEN ROTATIONWith four holdovers from their 2016 playoff team in the rotation, starting pitching was supposed to be Toronto’s strength. Instead, Blue Jays starters posted a 5.14 ERA, third worst in the majors. Happ was an All-Star before being traded to the Yankees, but Stroman struggled with shoulder and blister issues and Sanchez missed more than two months because of an oddball injury suffered when his finger got stuck in a suitcase. Righty Marco Estrada was mostly healthy, but went 7-14 with a 5.64 ERA.DONALDSON DONEIn his final season before free agency Mike Schmidt Jersey , the Blue Jays hoped Donaldson would help them push for the playoffs or deliver a decent return at the trade deadline. Neither option panned out. The 2015 AL MVP missed time early because of a sore shoulder, then went down again with a calf injury. Donaldson was rehabbing in late August when he was traded to Cleveland for a player to be named.THE BIG MONEYToronto may be going young, but it still has a pair of pricey veterans. Catcher Russell Martin has one year at $20 million left before his five-year deal expires. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is owed $20 million in 2019 and $14 million in 2020. There’s a $15 million club option for 2021 with a $4 million buyout. Tulowitzki didn’t play at all this season after surgery in April to repair bone spurs on both heels. He expects to be ready by spring training. The five-time All-Star has missed at least 30 games in seven straight seasons.THE SONS ALSO RISEBesides Guerrero and Gurriel, other ‘Juniors’ in the Blue Jays system include Cavan Biggio, son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, and slugger Bo Bichette, son of four-time All-Star Dante Bichette.__ CHICAGO — When the Chicago Cubs added Cole Hamels to their starting rotation, they didn’t necessarily expect he would play such a pivotal role in helping their postseason chances.But since arriving in Chicago, Hamels has delivered. And then some.Heading into Tuesday’s start against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field, Hamels has yet to lose as a member of the Cubs and is coming off an outing in which he delivered Chicago’s first complete game of the season.Article continues below ...After struggling for much of the year with the Texas Rangers Mitch Williams Jersey , Hamels is 4-0 with a 0.79 ERA in five starts with the Cubs. Hamels was 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA with Texas.“To be a major league pitcher, you’re going to have some tough times,” Hamels told reporters after his win over the Cincinnati Reds, according to the Chicago Tribune. “You can’t give in.”He added: “There are moments you have to earn it.”With the Cubs and Hamels rolling, the veteran left-hander will attempt to keep it going against the Mets. Hamels (9-9, 3.82) will be looking to help the Cubs extend their winning streak to six games after Monday night’s 7-4 victory over the Mets.Hamels is 9-14 with a 3.99 ERA in 32 career starts against the Mets but should have plenty of momentum given the groove he has been in since coming to Chicago. The change of scenery — and playing for a contending team — has worked wonders.“When there’s more at stake, you bring out the big guns. You dig down deep to who you are,” Hamels told USA Today recently. “You don’t hold anything back and you just let it fly. Who you are finally gets exposed out there to the public eye and to your teammates.”The Mets will attempt to bounce back from their second straight loss. A day after suffering a 15-0 setback to the Washington Nationals, the Mets couldn’t hold a 3-1 lead and were done in by a two-run single by pitcher Jon Lester, who gave the Cubs the lead. Ben Zobrist snapped a 4-4 tie in the seventh inning with an RBI double.On Tuesday http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-dave-cash-jersey , the Mets will counter with Jacob DeGrom, whose performance this year has been much better than his 8-8 record suggests. DeGrom touts a major league-best 1.71 ERA in 26 appearances this year and 174 innings pitched. He is coming off a tough-luck loss to the San Francisco Giants in which he allowed two runs (one earned) with 10 strikeouts. DeGrom is 2-2 with a 3.47 ERA in six career starts against the Cubs.Despite often struggling to receive much run support from the Mets’ offense, DeGrom has done his part to keep the team competitive. Between the lack of offensive help and having the bullpen implode after some of DeGrom’s solid starts, he is stuck with the .500 record when his stuff has been good enough to make him a bona fide Cy Young contender if the Mets would have held up their end of the bargain.Rather than getting wrapped up in hypotheticals, DeGrom instead focuses on himself. “If you’re the best you can be, you’re going to help the team win,” DeGrom said earlier this month, according to ESPN.com. “That’s how I take it. I’m going to go out there and be the best that I can be and if I am, it’s going to put us in pretty good position to win.”
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