Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blue Jays Wrap Up Disappointing Season Filled with Peaks and Valleys

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blue Jays Wrap Up Disappointing Season Filled with Peaks and Valleys

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Blue Jays wrap up disappointing season


TORONTO - Frustrating. Entertaining. Disappointing.

The Toronto Blue Jays wrapped up yet another roller-coaster season Sunday rife with emotion.

"We were an entertaining team," manager John Gibbons said before the season-ending 1-0 loss to Baltimore. "A frustrating team but very entertaining. I think we gave our fans some pretty good entertainment along the way. But in saying that too we're all disappointed."

Toronto finished the season at 83-79 record, falling into third in the American League East on the last day as the Yankees (84-78) moved ahead with a win. The Jays finished 13 game behind the Orioles.

The Jays were 38-24, six games atop the division, on June 6 -- fuelled in large part by a 21-9 May (a .700 record for the month).

If May was the peak, August was the valley. The team slumped to a 9-17 record (.346) with Adam Lind, Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie missing chunks of action through injury.

Pitcher R.A. Dickey talked of the need for consistency.

"We need to figure out how we can consistently be better," he said. "How can we have the May that we did in multiple months and how do we eliminate the August that we had?"

General manager Alex Anthopoulos also said the team fell short.

"We didn't achieve our goals. That goes without saying," he said.

"It's more disheartening this season, I felt like we were close. Obviously we were there the bulk of the year," he added.

But he repeated his confidence in Gibbons, who has a rolling contract that kicks in every Jan. 1.

Anthopoulos said he was excited about the off-season, given the team has some roster flexibility in terms of options and expiring contracts.

But he said it was too early to talk about the 2015 payroll. It was reportedly around US$137 million this season.

The GM did repeat Toronto's stance that it won't offer contacts longer than five years. …

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