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Enjoyed this read despite the morning hangover from a quiet Blue Jays loss to a quality Cleveland team. The old saw that the game will come back to bite you when you fail to bring early baserunners home came true last night for the BJs. Kudos to Kluber. Though Jays now like to hammer opponents unlike Tito’s platoon-happy bunch, I remember first encountering platoon splits in the early ’80s when the Torontos were just emerging from expansion team status into their early years of contending — with a resulting eleven straight winning seasons thru ’93, which saw them in the playoff hunt through the final weeks of almost every September and early October. Halcyon days, those were… Then BJ manager Bob Cox ran successful platoons at four positions (DH: Cliff Johnson and Jorge Orta; 3rd base: Rance Mulliniks and Garth Iorg; catcher: Ernie Whitt and Buck Martinez; right field: Barry Bonnell and Hosken Powell (this last one more short term than the first three, before rifle-armed Jesse Barfield took over for a half a decade or so)). Jays did it, in part, to maximize talent as GM Pat Gillick built the farm system. If you check yellowed transaction pages for those named players, you’d see that most of them, the Guyers and Crisps of their day, cost little in return from other teams. What goes around comes around.


Stu Royal — Erin, Ontario, Canada

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