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The Blue Jays lay off workers

Oct 1, 2009, 10:40 AM EDT

Ten months ago, the Blue Jays laid off 40 people in their front office. Yesterday, they laid off more:

Another round of layoffs hit the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, as cuts were made all across the business side of the organization. Interim CEO Paul Beeston, just back in the office after a vacation, said the total number of cuts was less than two dozen although he would not divulge a specific figure.

“The number was significant,” Beeston said from his office. “It’s not a pleasant thing to do but we felt it was necessary to ensure the long-term health of the organization.”

The Jays attendance went down by about 600,000 this year. They’re also  owned by a media company — Rogers Communications — that has been hit particularly hard by the recession, so it’s understandable that they’re in financial trouble. Oh, and staring at a guaranteed $11 million raise for Vernon Wells in 2010 doesn’t help matters.

Given that they’re feeling the need to lay off people who make less than a million bucks combined, you have to figure that they’re going to take every opportunity this offseason to make cuts where it really matters: Finally trading Roy Halladay, for one thing. Getting a new G.M. that makes less money than Ricciardi for another.

No matter what they do, we’re entering a long, dark and depressing period for Blue Jays fans.

  1. You Can Call Me Ray - Oct 1, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Blue Jays fans have been in a “long, dark and depressing period” for some time now. It’s called the entire Ricciardi “era”. While it’s not as bad as the Omar Minaya “era” with the Mets, it’s still bad.
    BTW, how can you go an entire article without once mentioning Derek Jeter? Is that allowed?

  2. Scott Davis - Oct 1, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Ricciardi has done nothing for the Blue Jays since he has been here. He awards big contracts and then gives the players away. (Alex Rios) If this man was going to turn the Blue Jays into a good team he has had more than enough time. Send him back to Yankee land and get someone who know baseball. This guy is a bum.

  3. Tom - Oct 1, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Sadly, it seems baseball is going to continue to have these problems until the owners realize that the Yankees & Red Sox only only valuable if they have the Royals & Blue Jays to play against…

  4. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Oct 1, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Sadly, it seems baseball is going to continue to have these problems until the owners realize that the Yankees & Red Sox only only valuable if they have the Royals & Blue Jays to play against…

    One more time in English please.

  5. Russ Smith - Oct 1, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Jays fans, consider the long blight for Orioles fans. Each year, that team is in the “rebuilding” process and just gets worse. They’re at 98 losses now, with four games left. I’m betting Halladay goes to the Yanks, with Joba Chamberlain and prospects shipped up north.

  6. sandy formick - Oct 1, 2009 at 11:29 PM

    It’s a sad situation; the Jays layoff, as many as, 2 dozen employees and pay a 260 hitter $11 mil.

  7. frank pepe - Oct 4, 2009 at 1:26 AM

    longer and more depressing than the last 16 years?

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