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11-15-2012, 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Langdon Alger View Post
None of that will matter, because this is all about optics for Toronto. Jays fans see their GM making a big move to improve the team now, just like the Yankees and Red Sox do all the time, and they get excited.

What will they think, then, when the Commissioner personally steps in and invalidates the trade that got them so excited?

They'll see a league that allows its big markets to spend as much as they want and make as many trades as they want, but steps in to stop their team from doing the same. They'll look back at the history of the Montreal Expos and wonder why the league never stepped in to stop Jeffrey Loria from doing much, much worse to that franchise than this deal would do to the Marlins. Most importantly, they'll receive the following message from MLB, whether Selig meant to convey it or not:

"Your team doesn't count, your city doesn't count, and you don't count. You are here to be cannon fodder for the big markets, and nothing more."
How can you possibly tell me, a Jays fan, what Jays fans will think?

I understand the black eye that Loria has given MLB, and would understand Selig stepping in stopping a deal like this from happening.

Would he be doing it because its the Blue Jays? Or because of the principal?

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