And the absence of NBA jerseys Halladay has also left a leadership void. Early indications are that Vernon Wells, the longest-tenured, home-grown Blue Jay in camp and Aaron Hill have stepped up and are the most vocal players in camp.
It always troubled me that, going back to the Carlos Delgado/Shawn Green days, no one wanted to be called "the leader," including Halladay. Hopefully those days are now ancient history.
Every good team always has visible leader. Maybe Wells and Hill are the ones to lead the Jays back into contention.
It’s interesting to hear that during his time with the Blue Jays, Roy Halladay cast quite an intimidating shadow over the rest of the pitching staff, especially the young starters. It seems things are a lot looser this spring with Halladay now plying his trade five minutes away by car in Clearwater. Not that anyone is glad that their former ace is no longer around, it’s just that they have moved on, and with what they received from the Phillies in return, it seems like the Jays may be better off in the long run, if losing a perennial Cy Young Award contender makes that at all possible.