Blue Jays' playoff drought looks like it will extend to 21 years, just like the Royals experienced in 2006

There are a lot of similarities between the 2014 Toronto Blue Jays and 2006 Kansas City Royals....

There are a lot of similarities between the 2014 Toronto Blue Jays and 2006 Kansas City Royals. (USA Today)

Bob Elliott, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:12 PM ET

Does the 2014 edition of Toronto Blue Jays remind you of any other teams?

Like maybe the 2006 Kansas City Royals?

The Royals had Mark Redman lead the staff in innings and he was K.C.’s selection to the all-star game in Pittsburgh, despite going 5-4 with a 5.59 ERA in 13 starts.

This year’s Jays have reliever Todd Redmond.

The 2006 Royals had a barrel-chested Canadian, who resembled an aging middle linebacker, in Matt Stairs.

This year’s Jays have a barrel-chested Canadian, who could do punt coverage on special teams — either the NFL or CFL — in Brett Lawrie.

The Royals had a likeable manager in Buddy Bell and the Jays have a likeable manager in John Gibbons.

The Royals had reliever Danny Bautista, while the Jays have slugger Jose Bautista.

The Royals had a former World Series winner in Doug Mientkiewicz at first and the Jays have one in left in Melky Cabrera.

Anything else?


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