Posted without comment, from an interview with SI reporter John Heyman:
Q: The Rays have turned the corner this year. We’re still waiting on teams that have been awful in recent years, like the Orioles, Nationals, Pirates, Rangers, Royals and Reds. Any of them closer than we might think? And what about a team like Toronto - it spends, but doesn’t outspend the Yanks and Red Sox. Seemingly, there’s always lots of movement in the organization, but nothing has helped the Jays make the leap. What’s it going to take for the Blue Jays to return to the postseason?
If the Rays and Marlins can contend, I don’t believe in making excuses for other teams that don’t. The Blue Jays seemed to have changed their plan a few too many times over the last few years, and maybe their GM is too busy with his radio show. I think the Royals, Pirates, Orioles, Reds and especially Rangers are showing signs of maybe turning the corner soon. The Orioles have stunned me. I saw them a lot in spring training and figured they’d lose 110 games.
The Nationals have some good people but are generally a train wreck. They badly need to change general managers and also to let club president Stan Kasten do his job. I hear they rarely listen to Kasten even though he along with John Schuerholz built the Braves dynasty. Whoever sold them on keeping Jim Bowden as their GM didn’t have their best interests at heart.