MLB: Disappointment still runs high with the Blue Jays

Just days after an epic meltdown knocked his team out of the playoffs in Game 2, Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins says the emotions of the loss “were tough” for everyone involved.

The Blue Jays could have been aiming for the World Series, but instead were eliminated without a single win, falling in two straight games to the Seattle Mariners.

“We sat here five days ago and we felt great after a great run and we were confident we had the team to win, but we didn’t,” Atkins said Tuesday during a press briefing at the Rogers Centre.

“So it was a disappointing result for us on Saturday. »

After losing Game 1 on Friday, the Blue Jays took an 8-1 lead after five innings into Game 2. Seattle drove in two four-run innings to tie the game and added a run in the ninth for a stunning 10-9 victory.

The Mariners advanced to the next round and faced the Houston Astros in the American League Division. The Blue Jays themselves are looking for the positive and looking ahead to next season.

“I think the organization is in very good shape,” Atkins added. I haven’t thought about the best way to summarize the whole season, but I’m thinking about the general state of the organization. »

The composition of the team is solid with a young core. Most of the key players are still under contract. The Blue Jays will likely be able to spend the offseason if necessary.

One of the priorities will be to determine whether to remove John Schneider’s interim tag from the manager’s title. The Blue Jays, who had won 92 games, went 46-28 after trading for Charlie Montoya in July.

I think it will be very difficult for us to find a better John Schneider, said Atkins. But out of respect for the organization, out of respect for John Schneider, I want time to work with him on the process. »

Canada’s only Major League Baseball team returned to the playoffs this year after narrowly missing the 2021 playoffs.

Seattle became the third team in Major League Baseball history to come back from a seven-point deficit to win a playoff game.

The Blue Jays have installed some solid building blocks for a franchise that hasn’t reached the American League Division Series since 2016.

Alek Manoah emerged as a rotational ace, and Jordan Romano of Markham, Ont., cemented his spot as a late-game specialist. Young Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette again posted strong numbers to help anchor the team’s offense.

Atkins must decide what he wants to do with free agent Ross Stripling, who solidified the rotation after Hyun-Jin Ryu was lost for the season.

Another left-handed hitter, relief depth and adding depth to the rotation will be priorities this offseason.

“I feel very comfortable with the growth of this group that we have and I’m excited to improve it,” Atkins said.

The Blue Jays have lost eight of their last nine playoff games. Toronto last won the World Cup in 1993.

Atkins also said outfielder George Springer suffered a concussion and strained shoulder on Saturday. He added that Springer is “recovering well” and should be allowed to travel fairly quickly.

Springer was injured when he collided with Bichette as they tried to catch the ball in center field. Bichette was shaken but remained in the game as Springer was wheeled off the course on a golf cart.

Atkins said there is “no long-term cause for concern” about Springer’s injuries. Springer, 33, has four years remaining on his six-year, $150 million contract.

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