My ex-Toronto Blue Jays 2020 postseason team

UPDATE – *Literally minutes after I hit publish on this blog entry, the Minnesota Twins unveiled their Wild Card roster. It does not have Josh Donaldson on it. He will miss the series with a calf injury. I have adjusted my team accordingly.

By Kevin Glew

Cooperstowners in Canada

Most Canadian baseball fans will focus their attention on the current crop of Toronto Blue Jays who will begin their best-of-three Wild Card Series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field this afternoon.

But this is a Canadian baseball history site and I like to follow former Blue Jays. So I’ve put together a team of ex-Blue Jays players that are on the 40-man rosters of clubs competing in this year’s postseason. I’ve also assembled a coaching staff of ex-Blue Jays.

When you review my team, you’ll notice that the starting rotation and outfield (two utility players and a player not likely to be on his team’s playoff roster) are particular weaknesses, and there is no positional player bench depth. But hey, no team is perfect. And this team was constructed in fun.

So without further ado:

Starting Rotation

LHP J.A. Happ – New York Yankees

LHP Brett Anderson – Milwaukee Brewers

RHP Anthony DeSclafani – Cincinnati Reds – Blue Jays’ sixth-round pick in 2011

RHP Chase De Jong – Houston Astros – Blue Jays’ second-round pick in 2012

Relief Pitchers

Middle Relief

RHP Tyler Clippard – Minnesota Twins

RHP Joe Biagini – Houston Astros – minors*

LHP Aaron Loup – Tampa Bay Rays

RHP Oliver Drake – Tampa Bay Rays

RHP-LHP Pat Venditte – Miami Marlins

RHP Jason Adam – Chicago Cubs

RHP Jeremy Jeffress – Chicago Cubs

RHP Ryan Tepera – Chicago Cubs

Closer

RHP Liam Hendriks – Oakland A’s

Catcher

Travis d’Arnaud – Atlanta Braves (parts of three seasons in Blue Jays’ minors 2010-12)

Erik Kratz – New York Yankees

First Base

Daniel Vogelbach – Milwaukee Brewers

Second Base

Eric Sogard – Milwaukee Brewers

Shortstop

Aledmys Diaz – Houston Astros

Third Base

Gio Urshela – New York Yankees

Outfield

OF Lane Thomas – St. Louis Cardinals – minors* – Blue Jays’ fifth-round pick in 2014

CF Jon Berti – Miami Marlins

RF Billy McKinney – OF – Milwaukee Brewers – minors*

DH

Edwin Encarnacion – Chicago White Sox

Injured List

RHP Roberto Osuna – Houston Astros – 60-day DL

LHP Brian Moran – Miami Marlins – 60-day IL

OF Harold Ramirez – Miami Marlins – 60-day IL (parts of three seasons in Blue Jays’ minors 2016-18)

Josh Donaldson – Minnesota Twins – calf injury

*Indicates on major league team’s 40-man roster, but listed as a minor leaguer

Coaching Staff

Manager: Kevin Cash – Tampa Bay Rays

Bench coach: DeMarlo Hale – Atlanta Braves (current Braves first base coach and former Blue Jays bench coach)

Pitching coach: Steve Karsay – Milwaukee Brewers (current Brewers’ bullpen coach) – (1990 Blue Jays’ first-round pick traded for Rickey Henderson at deadline in 1993)

Hitting coach: Kevin Seitzer – Atlanta Braves (former Blue Jays hitting coach)

Assistant hitting coaches: Frank Menechino – Chicago White Sox hitting coach, Chad Mottola – Tampa Bay Rays hitting coach

Infield/Fielding instructor: John McDonald – Cleveland Indians (current field coordinator with the Indians)

Catching coach: Sal Fasano – Atlanta Braves

Trainer: George Poulis – Atlanta Braves

Published by cooperstownersincanada

Kevin Glew is a professional writer based in London, Ontario. His work has been featured on CBC Sports, Sportsnet.ca, MLB.com and Sympatico.ca. He has also written articles for Baseball Digest, Baseball America, The Hockey News, Sports Market Report and the Canadian Baseball Network. He has been involved with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for more than 16 years, including a two-year stint as the museum's acting curator.

4 thoughts on “My ex-Toronto Blue Jays 2020 postseason team

  1. Thanks for reading. Yes, it was a lot of work. Unfortunately a few minutes after I posted it, the Twins announced that Josh Donaldson was not on their Wild Card roster. Then an hour or so after that, the Astros designated Joe Biagini for assignment. So my team kind of blew up. Oh well.

  2. Thanks, Scott. it was a lot of work. Unfortunately a few minutes after I posted it, the Twins announced that Josh Donaldson was not on their Wild Card roster. Then an hour or so after that, the Astros designated Joe Biagini for assignment. So my team kind of blew up. Oh well.

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