Questions remain as Blue Jays try to build bridge to future

TORONTO – Turmoil is suddenly riding shotgun to misery in this lost Toronto Blue Jays season, with a bout of speculation about the relationship between Mark Shapiro and his superiors at club owner Rogers Communications Inc., the latest addition to the recent tumult.

Consider this brief rundown of the dumpster fire:

(*) On July 30, the players held a 40-minute long meeting after a poop-show 10-1 loss at Oakland, a discussion that came amid the pre-trade-deadline selloff which included the jarring and layered Roberto Osuna deal;

(*) On Aug. 2, the Blue Jays started Tyler Clippard in their third bullpen day in 10 games, before passing the ball onto Mike Hauschild, a just-released free agent who only passed a physical an hour before the game and signed his contract 30 minutes prior. While he shoved for six innings that night, it was widely noted that pitching prospect Sean Reid-Foley was passed up for someone outside the organization;

(*) On Monday, Sportsnet colleague Jeff Blair wrote that “if the chatter is true, this could very well be John Gibbons’ final homestand as Blue Jays manager,” which was inauspicious way to begin a homestand featuring the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. General manager Ross Atkins offered only a tepid vote of confidence when he told Ben Nicholson-Smith and myself that his relationship with Gibbons “is great and every day our conversations are about solutions and part of our conversations have to incorporate the future, too. He’s very much a part of those.”

(*) On Thursday, Prime Time Sports radio host Bob McCown of Sportsnet 590 The Fan hinted at problems between Shapiro, the Blue Jays president and CEO, and his superiors, and in response to a caller question Friday, …read more



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