Season that promised so much delivers little for Blue Jays

Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:23pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - A season that promised so much and delivered so little for Toronto Blue Jays fans came to a dreary end on Sunday with the city's World Series dreams buried under the rubble of a last place finish.

Labeled championship contenders after a lavish off-season spending spree, the Blue Jays never came close to living up to the hype or expectations heaped on them.

They finished bottom of the American League East, a shocking 23 games behind division champions Boston.

Long before the Rogers Centre dome closed and emptied for the final time this season, the same people who had predicted greatness for the Blue Jays had reversed course and confirmed them as the campaign's biggest disappointment.

As Toronto signed off with a 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays their only parting gift to dejected fans were Blue Jays hats that will help keep them warm through a long, bitter winter.

The season began with only two other teams in all of North American professional sports having gone longer without reaching the playoffs than the Blue Jays, and the Pittsburgh Pirates scratched their name off that dubious list this year.

Only the Kansas City Royals, who last made baseball's playoffs in 1985, have gone longer than the Blue Jays without making it to the postseason.

Two decades after Toronto's last World Series appearance, general manager Alex Anthopoulos pulled out the Blue Jays credit card and flashed the cash.   Continued...