By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
The Major League Baseball Playoffs commence this week.
The National League Wild Card Game is tomorrow & the American League Wild Card Game is Wednesday
After those elimination games we move to a sequence of playoff series which leads to The World Series, which, if it goes the distance, will conclude with Game 7 October 30th.
Truthfully, I miss the 70's...but we'll save that for another day.
The Toronto Blue Jays won't appear in the post season this year having finished 4th in the American League East, hopelessly out of contention for both the Division title or a berth in the Wild Card Game.
That's not unexpected.
Call it a rebuild, retooling, reorganization, whatever, expectations for the Blue Jays were not high this year, and to a certain extent it's an accomplishment that they didn't lose 100 games for the first time since the late 70's when they were in their infancy.
But the accomplishment is dimmed when you consider this Blue Jay entry lost more games than any Toronto team since 1979.
There is hope, there always is at this time of the year, but I'm among those who believe bigger and brighter days are ahead for the Jays with their emerging group of youngsters who set a Major League record for the most rookies with 10 or more homers in a season.
But the swing won't be rapid, not in my opinion.
Pitching gets fingered as the biggest culprit that will restrict the Jays going forward.
But you can't overlook overall team inexperience, sloppy defence on an almost nightly basis and the 90+ losses this year as hurdles that have to be overcome IF the Jays are to make progress.
So while the Major League Baseball Playoffs commence tomorrow, next year for the Toronto Blue Jays is underway now.
I'm Fred Wallace