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Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: September 19, 10:01 AM ET
No. 100: Toronto Blue Jays

By Hallie Grossman
ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 79
Title track: 63
Ownership: 76
Coaching: 109
Players: 96
Fan relations: 96
Affordability: 93
Stadium experience: 111
Bang for the buck: 94

You win some, you lose a lot. Such is life as a Toronto Blue Jay. A blockbuster offseason trade netted Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes -- a move that had execs declaring it's "not your father's AL East anymore" and experts fawning over Toronto as the division's best lineup. Then 2013 happened. When Johnson wasn't on the DL (two separate stints) he was putrid: He posted a 6.20 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 16 starts. And Reyes, injured for practically all of April, May and June, was out just long enough to ensure Toronto's usual lot in the AL East: the basement. To absolutely no one's surprise, the team's rankings followed suit. In seven of the eight main categories, Toronto tumbled by an average of 24 spots.

Lest Blue Birds fans despair, Toronto did make some strides. The Rogers Centre stadium experience leaped from a ghastly 112 in 2012 ... to 111 in this year's poll. Hey, when your manager bolts for an interdivision rival, a franchise-tying 11-game winning streak still only lands you in last place, and an injury-plagued 2012 season begets an equally injury-ridden follow-up, well, you'll take what you can get.