One managerial vacancy remains in the major leagues, and it just so happens to be in the dugout of the franchise that pulled off one of the biggest blockbusters in baseball history. Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck are about to join the Blue Jays, and Canadian baseball fans can speak credibly about October aspirations once again.
Reyes and Buehrle led the procession of free agents to Miami last winter, as owner Jeffrey Loria (fleetingly) fulfilled his dream of putting a star-studded team in Little Havana. One last-place finish — and one managerial firing — later, they have traded South Beach for Southern Ontario.
Toronto is one of the world’s best cities — welcoming, cultured, diverse, and, yes, starved for winning sports teams. But it hasn’t been viewed as a destination city for baseball in roughly two decades, since the Blue Jays’ most recent postseason appearance in 1993. Now the Blue Jays have turned into a veteran team overnight. Reyes and Buehrle — who hail from the Dominican Republic and Missouri, respectively — may need to be convinced that Toronto is a place where they can win and be merry.
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