2019-02-17

10th Annual 25 Man Roster Challenge

When we think back to how this thing began, and then to what it has come to be now, we are quite proud. In the first year of this blog, we were scrambling every damn day to post something about our beloved Toronto Blue Jays. It totally sucked. But out of desperation comes the occasional hint of brilliance, and the 25 Man Roster Challenge was born. In it's early form, only the four contributors to the site were invited to submit a ballot, and they each had to do an individual post on their ballot. Content is king, baby!

Who can forget the 2013 edition and it's stupid close finish? I mean, 0.001% close. From that challenge the modified tiebreaker was adopted as the gold standard, and it's still in use today.

In the 5th annual challenge, a writer who is in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown tossed in a ballot and we got the feeling this thing had begun to have some reach.

How about the Jay Bruce gong show? I mean, Kenny dropped a bombshell with just over two hours until the deadline. Literally ten minutes after the deadline, the rumour was shot down and the deal was dead.

But enough reminiscing. Onto the fast facts about this year's 25 Man Roster Challenge:

  • 25 ballots were submitted prior to the deadline
  • Only 11 names appear on every ballot
  • A record 46 different players were picked
  • 10 names appear on only 1 ballot
  • Vlad was picked on multiple ballots

MOST IMPORTANTLY: We believe we have actually found a way to roll out this monster challenge in an efficient way.


click here


This is a list of the players that all contestants selected to make the opening day roster:

Ryan Borucki (nobody is buying the "(he) will be competing for the fifth spot" nonsense)
New guy Galvis
100 miles Giles
Grich
Gurriel Jr
Jansen
Mayza (really?)
Morales
Smoaky
Stro
Tepera

Here is a list of the players that only one single contestant selected to make the roster:

Danny Barnes
Neftali Feliz
Gio Gonzalez
Javy Guerra
Dan Jennings
Reese McGuire
Ervin Santana
Dwight Smith Jr
Eric Sogard
Nick Vincent

That's completely rando. We love it! Unfortunately, one guy has already signed with somebody else. It might be over before it has even begun.....



And, finally, the teams and tiebreakers, which is a guess of what the spring training record will end at in late March. Click on the link above to see the full ballots if you're interested.

Many thanks and good luck to all who joined in!

Team Ant
9 - 22 - 1

@1BJW
15-17-1 

@ccharles9900
No tiebreaker
No tiebreaker? Rookie move.
Team Unknown
18-10-1 
If this team wins I don't even know who you are. 

Jays Are My 2nd Favourite Team
10-20

@gosensgo101
14-16-2 

@gregorMLB
15-17
Shout out to the lead beat writer for joining in once again. 

Team Hall of Fame
15-15
What up Scottie C?

Team Last Row 500’s
18-15

@FiZ687
19-14

Jimmy Triggs
16-16

I Like Nuts
18-10-3
Mrs 1BJW is the true brains of the operation.

Team Mr. Defending Champion, Sir 
17-13
Back again to reclaim glory.

Team BJH
20-12
retweet on the eve of the deadline from the Blue Jay Hunter is a powerful thing. Much obliged.

Team Slaycock
12-19

Team Shaw
14-17

Team Middaugh
12-17

The Axford Files:
14-17
 *Submitted their ballot at 6:40pm, then Heyman tweet at 8:44pm. All times approximate, Clint.


Elvis is in the Building
15-16 
Team Jerome
14-17

Team Holmes
19-14

@Minor_Leaguer
17-14-1
Threw a dart with the Jennings selection. Criticize it all you want, but that's how you win this damn thing.
@MLBDepthcharts
19-14
Could be the best website in the history of ever.
@ohkstan
17-15
Very much enjoyed the follow-up chat on the merits of keeping Pompey for a week. 
Team Barss
17-14

2019-02-11

Roster Challenge Reminder



Consider this a friendly reminder that the 10th annual 25 Man Roster Challenge is about to pop off. We have a few ballots already in and Gregor has made it real easy for you by dropping this column yesterday. Some interesting nuggets in there.

We have also been collecting some relevant roster type info and will roll it out in the interest of fair play and sportsmanship.






If you require a refresher on the rules, prizes, tiebreaker etc. click here. 

Good luck to all that join in on the fun!

2019-01-20

The 25 Man Roster Challenge 2019 Edition


This will be the 10th annual contest in which a bunch of random people make a guess a month and a half before a deadline and then a bunch of shit happens and in the end somebody wins stuff.

The 25 Man Roster Challenge. Just mentioning the name sends contestants minds to a previous year in which one of these scrubs fucked them out of a possible glorious victory.



  • Jo-Jo Reyes
  • Jayson Nix
  • Dana Eveland
  • Jay Bruce (unicorn)
  • Hank White
  • Ben Francisco

For the record, it is a super simple game that has but one requirement: Name the 25 baseball players within the Blue Jays organization who will crack the opening day roster.

Sounds easy right?

Well, it isn’t. No one has ever gone 25-for-25 in all the years we’ve been running this challenge, and we would be very happy if that streak was broken this time around.

If you decide to play, there are 4 ways to submit your ballot:

1) Send us an email: 1bluejaysway(at)gmail.com
2) Make a post on your blog, if you have one, and send us a link.

3) Add your ballot to the comments section of this post or the reminders we post later.
4) Twitter ballots will be accepted. @1BJW

In the event of a tie—and it's pretty much a given at this point that there will be a tie—we ask that you also give us a prediction of what you think the spring training record will be. From what we can see, it appears as though the boys of summer will attempt to play 33 spring training games this year. That total includes the 2 exhibition games against the Brew Crew at the Big O but not the split-squad game against the Canadian Junior National Team on March 23.

Try not to forget that sometimes it rains in Florida and the games don't generally get made up if they are cancelled. There is also a chance that if a game goes to extra innings and one team runs out of pitchers, both teams agree the game ends in a tie. 

It is not a requirement that you select a tie breaker, all ballots containing 25 names will be considered valid, but it is a really good idea that you do include one. Over the years we have had numerous stupid close finishes and we actually had to break it right down to winning percentage. We have only had one outright winner in 9 years.

Some things to consider:

The pride of Mississauga Dalton Pompey is mercifully out of options, meaning he makes the big league club or is potentially lost on waivers. Still just 26 years old, the 16th rounder from 2010 has had his chances to impact the roster before. This could be his last go at it for the home side.


We got a rule 5 pick to spice it up! Soon to be 19 year old Elvis Luciano was selected from the Royals and needs to be on the big league roster *cough lengthy DL stint cough* all season or has to be offered back. Certainly a wild card to break camp with the club due to his age and inexperience but the braintrust knew all this prior to selecting him so you have to believe that they believe he has a shot. No doubt he throws hard, has a "feel for spin" and is working on a third offering.


Eric Sogard AKA Nerd Power and his career .623 OPS will try to crack the infield rotation on a minor league deal. Doubtful he makes an impact but likely has on out clause in his contract that the team might have to think about.

Prizes:

We are emptying the clip this year. Most of this stuff has been just collecting dust in various basements across the GTA for some time. All of it will go to the winner. Behold!






The ticket is from Vlad Jr. second game in AAA in which he collected his first hit. You can pretend you were there now!




Good luck to all that decide to join in on the fun this year. We already have our first ballot and it is not predicted to do well. They forgot the damn tiebreaker. Do NOT forget the tiebreaker. Deadline is February 13th @ 11:59PM EST.




2018-07-15

An interview with Cavan Biggio


Here's a scrum for our boy Jay at the all star game. Not much groundbreaking stuff but enjoy!




2018-03-30

25 Man Roster Challenge: Over



Apologies off the hop for the late declaration of a champion this year. Your Toronto Blue Jays waited until just a few hours prior to opening day to announce that Tulo can't play baseball until June. At that point we were well into our pregame warmup routine.

 

We also didn't get around to doing an update on the challenge this year and for that we are truly sorry.

This year's challenge was decided shortly after it began with @PATSandJAYS making the only selection of then free agent Jamie Garcia to round out the rotation. Based on that ballsy pick he has been crowned the only outright winner in the history of the 25 Man Roster Challenge. No need to go to the tiebreakers. 

Remarkable.

Congrats are in order for nailing 22 out of the 25 players to break camp with the club. We will be in touch soon to make the arrangements to get the prizes to you.

Thanks again to all that joined in on the fun and we hope to see you again next year as we wait for the coveted perfect ballot to reveal itself.