In some ways, the situation the Blue Jays find themselves in exiting this decade is the same as when they entered it.
On Dec. 16, 2009, Alex Anthopolous pulled the trigger on a deal that would send Roy Halladay to the Philadelphia Phillies for a collection of prospects.
It was a really unfortunate situation for Anthopolous to inherit. He took over from J.P. Riccardi in October and his first matter of business was finding a new home on a contending team for a franchise legend. Halladay had just one year left on his contract, was getting into his mid-30s, and had never seen the playoffs before in his career. Justifiably so, Halladay wanted to be moved to a contender as the Blue Jays were nowhere close to contending.
With Doc gone, the Blue Jays became faceless.
Though the team had missed the playoffs in every single season since winning back-to-back World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993, there was always star power associated with the Blue Jays. There was Carlos Delgado, there was Roger Clemens, then there was Halladay. Sure, there were well-known names like Vernon Wells and Scott Rolen and young faces like Ricky Romero and Adam Lind, but these …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation