Let me begin by saying I love Edwin Encarnacion. For 6 of his 8 seasons in Toronto, he provided Blue Jays fans with so many memorable moments.
His game winning homer, against Baltimore in the Wild Card game in 2016, will go down as one of the most impactful plays in franchise history. He’s also very deserving to, one day, have his name on the level of excellence.
Ok, now that I have that out of the way, we all need to get over the fact he is no longer here, and move on. Yes, he should still be with the Jays, but both sides messed up the contract negotiations. Many want to pick sides, but the truth his both are to blame. The 3 year, 60 million dollar deal he signed with Cleveland is less than what the Jays offered, but the Jays were too quick to replace him. I could go on all day about why he’s no longer in Toronto, but the bottom line is, he’s not…
Kendrys Morales is not, and will never be, Edwin. When he goes deep, he rounds the bases without sticking out his arm like a parrot’s wing. His overall numbers aren’t as strong, he is slow and plays 1 or 2 games a month in the field, at most. Rather than continually comparing him to Edwin, let’s look at him for what he does provide. The Jays full-time DH is on pace for 32 homers and 89 RBI. Many of those homers have been game changers. He is also signed for 3 years, but is making significantly less than Edwin. Sadly for him, he’ll never have the same fan appeal.
Then there’s Justin Smoak. His numbers are better than both Morales’ and Encarnacion. Had Edwin stayed in Toronto, it’s doubtful Smoak would be producing like this. He too, has a very team friendly contract.
Is Edwin missed? Of course he is. We all loved that smile and the chicken wing. While he hated doing TV interviews, he was nothing but kind and genuine to me throughout the years.
Things have sure changed over time. In 2010, many fans wanted him run out of town, and gave him the nickname E5. When he moved to 1st he became one of the most beloved Blue Jays in franchise history.
Thank you Edwin Encarnacion, it’s been a blast…but really folks, it’s time for closure.
For some, this is like losing a loved one. It sucks right now, but the great memories will be with you forever.