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Did the Jays make the right move by releasing Frank Thomas?
Mon, April 21, 2008

The Blue Jays and the Big Hurt parted company on Sunday. The Jays didn't want Frank Thomas to stick around and become The Big Pain.

The not-so-stunning development occurred the morning after the Jays told Thomas that he would not be in the lineup as the designated hitter but would be riding the pine on the bench.

On Saturday, Thomas was incensed.

"I didn't expect this at all," he said. "This is a shocker. It's terrible. Don't tell me I can't help this team win.

Were the Blue Jays right in releasing Thomas? Does Thomas still have some juice left to help out another baseball team? Have your say in our forum.

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I may have mentioned it before, but if I were the Blue Jays, I would trade AJ Burnett for some young talent.

I would also trade Vernon Wells for some young talent.

I think it's time to rebuild and get some younger, hungrier guys in Toronto.

You would still have Halladay and Rios as your leaders.

The Blue Jays also need a catcher who can bat and throw out runners.
gordholio, 2008-04-27 21:05:36

"Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit." Proverbs 26:5.
gordholio, 2008-04-27 20:47:38

bob

Way to add to the thread there you brainiac.

Take your own advice clown and shut your yap.

Yea you have a life eh clown, is that why you made that retarded comment goof ?
Pete, 2008-04-26 16:45:57

You guys are losers. Get a life.

Leave the forums for people who are actually interested in talking about the subject matter.
Bob M., 2008-04-25 23:21:06

duhhhh wayne

yea the season is over already after less than a month into it lmao.

your comments are so lame i cant believe someome like you that claims to work for the city of hamilton can say such garbage.

you are so full of it you have to floss with toilet paper you idiot lol.
pete, 2008-04-25 11:07:33

It was a good idea to dump the Tank,because he's over the hill,can't see the ball anymore, and has an ego to match his shoe size. But they are still on the hook for millions that could have been better spent.Jays have the talent but aren't performing up to their potential.Sound familiar?It's time they got a manager who can inspire the team to perform.When you see Gibbons in the dugout he is always stretched out,layed back and looks like he's ready for a nap.If Gibbons doesn't wake up soon he may be the next to go !They need a manager who will light a fire under the butts of the underachievers.And right now they have a lot of them.

The Red Sox are quickly leaving the Jays in the dust gasping for air.
Johnny, 2008-04-25 10:07:57

Rick, i was responding to pete and kevin who just attack to call people names and have no real intelligence about anything. I was showing some experts have other opinions than there own. I won't make that mistake and i will just ignore them now.

Its looking more like you say, a money dump and possibly the team giving up this year already. I was hoping for a good year. Its still early but the pitching staff is starting really slow. From a payroll point it was correct. From a performance point its questionable. Oakland thinks he can perform still. Right now we need performance. The decision was obviously a future money one not a todays performance one. I thought it was a performance issue but the fox guy was right. Thomas has proved himself in the past and even last year to come on in the clutch at the end. The jays are last in slugging and they got rid of one of their biggest sluggers who had a rair bit of RBI's and HR's already (be it in only a few games). Other jays aren't hitting at all and they are still playing. So it does seem more like money than performance, even though the jays said its all performance.
wayne, 2008-04-25 09:01:05

duh wayne

I guess I was giving you to much credit before or you dont know what the saying bang for your buck means clown.

yea its about money and performance ohh know it all lol

maybe you think 26 home runs and 95 rbis cuts it for a dh that makes 8 million a year but anyone with a brain knows those numbers arent good enough.

yet another dumbass comment duh wayne lol.
pete, 2008-04-24 23:00:21

Anyone know what the Jays and Leafs have in common ?

Both have to overpay to get free agents to sign with them lmao.

I like Thomas but his contract was ridiculous for a dh. AJ Burnett is a 500 pitcher but he got 55 million if I remember correctly.

I see when Ted Rogers increases the team payroll you want to spend it so he wont cut back on it the following year because he will think you dont need more. But JP is just giving it away with insane contracts.

I agree JP needs to go. He will do to the Jays what JFJ did to the Leafs ( except without the no trade, no movement clauses ). Huge contracts for long terms that you wont be able to move if you wanted to.
Scott, 2008-04-24 22:32:56

First off the so called Fox sports experts could probably not find the city of Toronto on a map of Southern Ontario. They go by what they read and see in the standings so those experts for the most part know nothing or care nothing about the Jays.

Releasing Thomas was the right thing to do. Paying 18 mil in the first place was the wrong thing. First off it was a salary dump for 2009 secondly His bat slowed down, it was evident in spring training and once the regular season started it showed even more. I personally would have given him an extra week or so (turns out they lost most of the games during that time any how) or until Rolan got back.

Lets now look at Richardi's moves this winter. Sign Johnny mac to an extention and name him out SS. The sign Eikstien. Sign Reed Johnson (hitting 389 and starting in left field for the cubs now) and proclaim him their every day left fielder, Along comes (and they got this idea of bringing in retreads from the Leafs)Shannon stewart (hitting 200 with a sore groin) bye bye reed. Not such a good choice so far.

JP is handcuffing this team now by panicing (see aboves mistakes) and making moves after already making moves for the same position. Handcuffs for the future by paying Vernon Wells (whom I like) way too much money.

Richardi is the one who should go before he screws this team for years to come. But lets face it folks none of the 25 players have been very good so far this year. The ship ain't sinking (to quote Shea) but it is starting to leak..

Keep saying its early it early and you can still beleive
rick, 2008-04-24 21:19:32

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