2013-01-11

25 Man Roster Challenge














Alright fellow Blue Jays fanatics, we've blown the dust off our desktop keyboard for this special occasion and it's just about time to get down to business. With spring training rapidly approaching, the 4th annual 25 Man Roster Challenge is a go for launch. At first glance this year should be a little easier than in the past due to the fact that our GM decided to kick some ass and get a rock solid team assembled.

But anyone who has competed in previous challenges really should know better by now.

Here are the rules, you must:

1) Submit a team name.

2) Submit a list of 25 players that you think will be on the Opening Day roster.

3) Do this before the deadline which will be February 12th at the stroke of midnight.

That's it.

We have included a countdown clock on the site to help remind you how much time you have before your ballot is due.

In the event of a tie and you can be damn well sure there will be one, a tiebreaker will be need to be picked as well. This is not a requirement but if you choose not to partake in the tiebreaker portion of the challenge and you tie with someone who did, you lose. The tiebreaker this year will remain the same which is the Blue Jays 2013 spring training record. Meaning, you must predict how you think the team will fair in the silly season. It appears as thought there will be 32 games attempted to be played this spring barring any rain outs. For comparison purposes, here is the teams record from the last seven spring training seasons.

2012 24-7
2011 16-14
2010 12-13
2009 13-17
2008 13-16
2007 12-14
2006 12-18

Up for grabs this year in terms of prizes is the coveted autographed Randy Knorr 8 x 10.


Jason the brains behind MLB Depth Charts and reigning champion, graciously agreed to put the trophy up for this years competition. We are hoping that if you win, you will be willing to do the same. The second prize, which is yours to keep if you are crowned champion, is a beauty. We dug through our old Blue Jays stuff and found a gem. 


Behold! This one is for all you I can't believe we traded a top prospect away for an old knuckeballer folk out there. It's unsigned because, well, Steve Karsay never really amounted to jack shit, other than being traded with a PTBNL for a first ballot Hall of Famer.

That's pretty much it for the rules and prizes, now let's get down to some strategy.

Here are a list of guys that are confirmed to be out of options on the 40 man roster right now. All of these players must make the 25 man roster or risk being lost on waivers.

Brett Cecil
Dustin McGowan
Sergio Santos
Esmil Rogers
Rajai Davis
Adam Lind
Jeremy Jeffress
Luis Perez

I'm sure there might be some others but no one on the bubble so to speak. Does it really matter if a guy like Mark Buehrle is out of options for example?

Pay special attention to the ever growing list of players on minor league deals with an invite to spring training. Click here for that info. No real obvious Omar Vizquel types on the list but that might change.

J.A. Happ has all the potential to be this years X factor. He could be in the starting rotation if there is an injury to one of the top five guys. He could very well end up in the bullpen as the long man and/or extra lefty. He could also easily end up in Buffalo in the rotation there to be kept stretched out. Interesting choices.

The Darren Oliver saga shouldn't really factor into the challenge. We made the deadline to coincide with the reporting date for pitchers and catchers. Hence, this gongshow should be all figured out before your ballot is due.  

There is a possibility that the Blue Jays decide to start the year with a short bench and an extra arm in the bullpen. There is also a strong possibility that the 25th man on the roster is not currently employed with the team and will be added late in the spring via trade after he fails to make another teams roster. AA has been uber active on the waiver wire this winter as well, so that may continue leading up to camp.

That's just about it for now. We sincerely hope you can join us this year. If you wish to submit a ballot feel free to provide as much or as little explanation for your selections as you see fit. Please use the comments section on this or the reminder post or you can send an email to 1bluejaysway(at)gmail.com if you want to keep your ballot private. If you have a blog and want to do up a post about this topic, just fire over the link and we will be sure to include it with your ballot.

And for the love of God please, PLEASE include your tiebreaker. For the record, no one has ever gone 25 for 25 yet. So it's pretty much a guarantee that it will come into play again this year.

Good luck to all that play!

17 comments:

  1. Team Hotbox

    JP Arencibia
    Edwin Encarnacion
    Maicer Izturis
    Brett Lawrie
    Jose Reyes
    Melky Cabrera
    Colby Rasmus
    Jose Bautista
    Adam Lind

    Henry Blanco
    Josh Thole
    Emilio Bonifacio
    Rajai Davis

    RA Dickey
    Josh Johnson
    Brandon Morrow
    Mark Buehrle
    Ricky Romero

    Casey Janssen
    Sergio Santos
    Steve Delabar
    Brad Lincoln
    JA Happ
    Esmil Rogers
    Brett Cecil

    Tiebreaker: 15-15

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  2. Blue Jay Way a la Carolinas
    Hitters:
    Jose Reyes
    Melky Cabrera
    Jose Bautista
    Edwin Encarnacion
    Colby Rasmus
    Brett Lawrie
    Adam Lind
    J.P. Arencibia
    Emilio Bonifacio
    Josh Thole
    Maicer Izturis
    Moises Sierra
    Alex Gonzalez
    Hurlers:
    RHP R.A. Dickey
    RHP Josh Johnson
    LHP Mark Buehrle
    RHP Brandon Morrow
    LHP Ricky Romero
    RHP Casey Janssen
    RHP Steve Delabar
    RHP Justin Germano
    RHP Jeremy Jeffress
    RHP Jair Jurrjens
    RHP Esmil Rogers
    LHP J.A. Happ

    Tiebreaker 20-12

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  3. Sudbury Blue Jays

    Rotation:
    R.A. Dickey
    Josh Johnson
    Mark Buehrle
    Brandon Morrow
    Ricky Romero

    Pen:
    CL - Casey Janssen
    RH - Sergio Santos
    RH - Steve Delabar
    RH - Brad Lincoln
    RH - Esmil Rogers
    LH - Brett Cecil (LOOGY)
    LH - J.A. Happ (Swing man)

    1B - Adam Lind
    2B - Maicer Izturis
    3B - Brett Lawrie
    ss - Jose Reyes
    Ca - J.P. Arencibia
    dh - Edwin Encarnacion
    rf - Jose Bautista
    cf - Colby Rasmus
    lf - Melky Cabrera

    Bench:
    LH - Josh Thole (Ca)
    SH - Emilio Bonifacio (IF/OF)
    RH - Rajai Davis (OF)
    LH - David Cooper (1B) - Keep Lind on his toes/pinch hit.

    DL:
    LH - Luis Perez
    RH - Dustin McGowan
    RH - Drew Hutchison
    RH - Kyle Drabek
    Ca - A.J. Jimenez

    Tie break: 20-12.

    Happytimefunboy

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    1. More Toronto Moves:
      Add: DeRosa (Y? I don't get it)
      Minus: Cooper. (1 more year of AAA)

      Thx Happytimefunboy

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  4. Add Oliver
    Minus Rogers

    happytimefunboy

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  5. TEAMNAME: ALL IN 2013
    R.A. Dickey
    Josh Johnson
    Mark Buehrle
    Brandon Morrow
    Ricky Romero
    Steve Delabar
    Brad Lincoln
    Esmil Rogers
    Aaron Loup
    Luis Perez
    Dustin McGowan
    Darren Oliver
    Sergio Santos
    Casey Janssen
    J.P. Arencibia
    Henry Blanco
    Maicer Izturis
    Brett Lawrie
    Adam Lind
    Jose Reyes
    Jose Bautista
    Emilio Bonifacio
    Melky Cabrera
    Colby Rasmus
    Edwin Encarnacion
    TIEBREAKER: 23-7

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  6. 90+ Wins -- @AndyMc9293

    Reyes
    Cabrera
    Bautista
    Encarnacion
    Lind
    Lawrie
    Rasmus
    Arencibia
    Bonifacio

    Davis
    Blanco
    DeRosa
    Izturis

    Dickey
    Johnson
    Buehrle
    Morrow
    Romero

    Janssen
    Santos
    Oliver
    Delabar
    Rogers
    Cecil
    Jeffress

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    1. Tie breaker 16-16 -- @AndyMc9293

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  7. @gideonturk

    J.P Arencibia
    Edwin Encarnacion
    Emilio Bonifacio
    Brett Lawrie
    Jose Reyes
    Melky Cabrera
    Colby Rasmus
    Jose Bautista
    Adam Lind

    R.A Dickey
    Josh Johnson
    Mark Buehrle
    Brandon Morrow
    Ricky Romero

    Casey Janssen
    Sergio Santos
    Darren Oliver
    Steve Delabar
    Jeremy Jeffress
    Esmil Rogers
    Brett Cecil

    Henry Blanco
    Rajai Davis
    Maicer Izturis
    Mark DeRosa

    Tiebreaker: 17-15

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  8. Here goes nothing!

    Arencibia
    Encarnacion
    Lind
    Bonifacio
    Reyes
    Lawrie
    Cabrera
    Rasmus
    Bautista

    Izturis
    Davis
    Thole
    DeRosa

    Dickey
    Johnson
    Buehrle
    Morrow
    Romero

    Janssen
    Santos
    Oliver
    Delabar
    Rogers
    Cecil
    Loup

    Tiebreaker: 18-14

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  9. @swannsky

    Rotation:
    R.A. Dickey
    Brandon Morrow
    Mark Buehrle
    Josh Johnson
    Ricky Romero

    Pen:
    Casey Janssen
    Darren Oliver
    Sergio Santos
    Steve Delabar
    Esmil Rogers
    Brett Cecil
    Jeffress

    Edwin Encarnacion
    Bonifacio
    Brett Lawrie
    Jose Reyes
    J.P. Arencibia
    Adam Lind
    Jose Bautista
    Colby Rasmus
    Melky Cabrera

    Bench:

    Blanco
    Izturis
    Rajai Davis
    De Rosa

    Tiebreaker 15-17

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  10. @trodge

    Dickey
    Morrow
    Buehrle
    Johnson
    Romero

    Janssen
    Oliver
    Santos
    Delabar
    Rogers
    Cecil
    Jeffress

    Encarnacion
    Izturis
    Lawrie
    Reyes
    Arencibia
    Lind
    Bautista
    Rasmus
    Cabrera

    Blanco
    Bonifacio
    Davis
    De Rosa

    Tiebreaker 12-18

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  11. Dickey
    Morrow
    Buehrle
    Johnson
    Romero

    Santos
    Janssen
    Oliver
    Cecil
    Rogers
    Delabar
    Jefress

    Arencibia
    Lawrie
    Reyes
    Izturis
    Encarnacion
    Cabrera
    Rasmus
    Bautista
    Lind

    Blanco
    De Rosa
    Davis
    Bonifacio

    Tiebreaker 12-20

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  12. Team: PumpedUpJays

    C Arencibia
    1B Encarnacion
    2B Izturis
    SS Reyes
    3B Lawrie
    LF Cabrera
    CF Rasmus
    RF Bautista
    DH Lind

    Bench
    OF Davis
    IF Bonifacio
    C Thole
    IF Mark DeRosa

    SP Dickey
    SP Morrow
    SP Beuhrle
    SP Johnson
    SP Romero

    CL Janssen
    SU Santos
    SU Oliver
    MID Delabar
    MID Cecil
    MID Lincoln
    LR Rogers

    Don't know what these tiebreaker numbers mean?? Anyone?

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  13. Sweaty Bobandy

    JPA
    Edwin
    Lind
    Boni
    Izturis
    Reyes
    Lawrie
    Rasmus
    Bautista
    Melky
    Davis
    Thole
    Derosa

    Dickey
    Romero
    Morrow
    Johnson
    Buehrle

    Santos
    Janssen
    Oliver
    Delabar
    Lincoln
    Rogers
    Jeffress

    20-13

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  14. @gregorMLB

    Reyes
    Cabrera
    Bautista
    Encarnacion
    Lind
    Lawrie
    Rasmus
    Arencibia
    Izturis

    Blanco
    Bonifacio
    Davis
    DeRosa

    Dickey
    Morrow
    Buehrle
    Johnson
    Romero

    Janssen
    Santos
    Oliver
    Rogers
    Delabar
    Cecil
    Jeffress

    Tiebreaker -- 18-14

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  15. Hume's Jays Bullpen
    @AHume92

    Arencibia
    Blanco
    Encarnacion
    Lind
    Izturis
    Reyes
    Cabrera
    Lawrie
    Rasmus
    Bautista
    Bonifacio
    Davis
    DeRosa

    Buehrle
    Johnson
    Dickey
    Morrow
    Romero

    Santos
    Janssen
    Delabar
    Rogers
    Oliver
    Cecil
    Jeffress

    20-12

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