LOST Without Answers

Whether I like it or not, being a rabid (and bordering on somewhat obsessive) fan of the television show “Lost” and the Toronto Blue Jays is a very similar experience.

Often tortured and teased, we receive very few answers and more often than not, once we actually do receive an answer, they just end up unearthing even more questions.

You’re probably wondering how in the hell all if this relates to the Toronto Blue Jays. Well, just as J.J. Abrams has yet to answer many unanswered questions on the final season Lost, the Blue Jays have yet to make the final decisions on quite a few key areas before Opening Day.


Who is the closer?

Neither Alex Anthopoulos or Cito Gaston have given us a concrete answer on whether it will be Scott Downs or Jason as the official closer for this team. Both have indicated that the position is up for grabs, and Cito even mentioned that Jeremy Accardo could be a dark horse candidate to reclaim the job he held down back in 2007.

To add another layer of complication to the issue, apparently MLBTR has reported that the Blue Jays have stated that Scott Downs and Jason Frasor will be available, as the Chicago Cubs have already kicked the tires on both relievers.

Who will hold down the corner outfield spots?

As of now, the only player who’s spot is guaranteed in the outfield is Vernon Wells. It sounds like left and right field are entirely up for grabs, with as many as seven players vying for both positions (Lind, Snider, Bautista, Gathright, Reed, Lubanski, Padilla).

I’m guessing that either left/right field goes to Snider, and the remaining spot is platooned between Bautista and Gathright. Cito would be mad to play Bautista as the everyday leadoff man/corner infielder, but we have already assumed that’s exactly what he’s going to do. Hopefully management can talk him out of it.

Who will be the ace?

Obviously whomever steps into the number one starter’s role in the rotation will have some big shoes to fill after the departure of Roy Halladay. In late December, I threw in my vote for Shaun Marcum to be the new ace for the Blue Jays, but that title could just as easily go to Ricky Romero, Marc Rzepczynski, or even Dustin McGowan. When it comes to the starting five, there are so many question marks that it’s incredibly difficult to gauge who will come out on top.

Some would argue that at this point, the Blue Jays don’t have a true “ace” and are more so comprised of number two and number three starters. I would tend to agree with that statement, but anybody could come out of nowhere and surprise us all – as Marc Rzepczynski did last season. 


Who will manage this team after 2010?

Speaking of everyone’s favourite manager (who happens to confuse his relievers and lobby for players to be signed), who is going to replace Cito Gaston? Alex Anthopoulos said he would prefer someone who has at least some coaching experience at the major league level.

I’m not completely sure if that means all the current members of the Blue Jays coaching staff are up for consideration, but Nick Leyva and Brian Butterfield seem like a couple of possibilities. And even though he ended his tenure with the Blue Jays on a bad note, don’t rule out a return by Ernie Whitt.

One would also have to assume that any mid-season firings will automatically be at the top of the list for candidates to replace Cito. It’s not like a Mike Scoscia falls into your lap every day, so after 2010, the Blue Jays may have to survive on another team’s leftovers in the interim.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

12 thoughts on “LOST Without Answers

  • February 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    You should've used the white title card with the black LOST from the season finale. That they showed the title card in negative means (I think) that EVERYTHING changed in the Lost world, just like everything changed in the Jays world this year.

    Juliette whacking the bomb with a rock = AA trading Roy Halladay.


  • February 1, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I didn't see the first few episodes of lost so I made the decision to wait until the show was finished then get the DVD's and watch the entire thing without having to wait week to week.

    As for the Jays, here are the answers:

    1. Right now Jason Frasor is the closer, however as you mentioned, he could be dealt, thus the reason I think the Jays brass have been hesitent to name someone.

    2. Unless a Johnny Damon signing or someone of that nature, LF will be split between Snider and Lind, CF will go to Vernon and RF will be as you mentioned, a Gathright Bautista platoon.

    3. It really doesn't matter who the ace is, but if you want an answer, there will be no ace. Anyone could surprise but I wouldn't put my money on Romero. Bill James projections for him result in a 7-14 record, I think this is about right.

    4. I think it will be a no name guy (up and comer), but to be honest, I don't lose any sleep at night worrying about who the managers is. I'm a big believer that the manager has little inpact on a teams success/failures.

  • February 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Good point Drew, I should have switched it up because like you mentioned, EVERYTHING has changed in both worlds.

    Peter, that's the best way to watch it (on DVD) because it's excruciating having to wait week by week for new episodes.

    Out of all those questions, I think the outfield is the biggest question mark. Theoretically, Lind might not field a game all season.

  • February 1, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Juliet did not succeed with that nuclear bomb, it did not explode and take out the island. Come on people, aren't you seasoned LOST watchers yet?!

  • February 1, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Gil, your guess is as good as mine as to who will replace Gaston. There are a multitude of candidates out there (many of which I'm sure aren't even on our radars).

    Ari, I thought she smacked the H-Bomb with a rock and that "reset" the time line, right?

  • February 1, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    No offence to Butter and Leyva, but please let us have a 'real' manager for 2011…

  • February 2, 2010 at 5:41 am

    I'm a little disappointed this post wasn't actually about LOST 🙁 It's back tomorrow, ah!

  • February 2, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Steve, I considered doing a full on Lost rant, but I figured most folks would prefer not to hear it since this is a Jays blog and all. But it is the dead of the off-season, so I could get away with it …

    Yes, the end begins soon – thank God! I can't wait for the torture to finally be over.

  • February 2, 2010 at 5:48 am

    Ditto! I was going to liveblog it tomorrow, but I don't think I'll be home in time after covering a town council meeting. Sigh!

  • February 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I didn't say she detonated the bomb and blew up the island, but she hit the reset switch. WHITE TO BLACK.

    I've ignored the spoilers for 8 months – LET IT BEGIN

  • February 2, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Steve, that sucks that you'll end up missing it – but it will always be online for you to watch after. Personally, I am cutting off all communication with the outside world from 9-11pm tonight. Nothing would stop me from watching!

    Drew, I couldn't go 8 months without at least trying to find some sort of tidbit or spoiler. I was tempted to watch the cam season premiere, but resisted. You are a stronger man than I.

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