The 2019 Blue Jays season will be one of a trying time for the players, front office and fans. This season ahead seems to be a transition year as players such as Kendrys Morales and Justin Smoak head into Free Agency after this season, and young guns like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. begin to make their start on this franchise for years to come. As does new manager Charlie Montoyo who is here for his first of three seasons. As the Rays former bench coach, he provides fresh insight on analytics and will likely experiment with things such as the opener.
This is going to be a tough year for the Blue Jays as they have arguably the toughest
schedule in baseball in 2019. With 86 of their 162 games this season against teams that won
90 or more times in 2018, this young core will be tested early and often. Fans will get to see
19-year-old reliever Elvis Luciano become the Blue Jays’ youngest pitcher to play in
franchise history. As well as other great talents like Billy McKinney, Rowdy Tellez and
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. as they attempt to vie for starting positions in the Blue Jays lineup.
Transition is definitely the theme of this season as we move on from the ALCS runs of the
past and look to the future with our next generation of stars.
There is an exciting core right now in Buffalo this season as many of them were on the 2018
AA Champion New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the 2017 A Champion Dunedin Blue Jays.
So fans in Southern Ontario who want a glimpse of the future can head down the road to
watch them. With exciting players like Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio, they will be quite
entertaining to watch.
Other great things the Blue Jays faithful have to look forward to this season is seeing Roy
Halladay being inducted into Cooperstown on July 21. On August 27, Josh Donaldson
comes back to Toronto for the first time since being traded to Cleveland last season with his
new team the Atlanta Braves. As well as June 5 vs the Yankees being the 30th anniversary
of the first game at Rogers Centre. Overall, 2019 for the Blue Jays will be a season of
patience, transition and optimism. So let’s just have fun for the time being.