Elliott: Most influential Canadians in baseball in 2012

From SABR member and Spink Award winner Bob Elliott at the Canadian Baseball Network on January 2, 2013:

Chicken and egg questions give us problems.

Which came first?

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos who did the work to put together the 12-player deal with the Miami Marlins and the seven-player deal with the New York Mets?

Or Jays president Paul Beeston getting approval from Rogers Communications for the extra expenditures?

It was THE question to answer as we tried to decide who was the who was the  most influential Canadian in baseball in 2012 in in our sixth annual poll.

While both Anthopoulos and Beeston had seasons to forget — like their team, the trading of their manager, who told them a year before he didn’t want to stay — they finished strong the year strong.

The Jays made deals with the Miami Marlins and New York Mets, which could mean the opening day starter, Ricky Romero, is No. 5 in the rotation.

Who deserved the most credit?

Read the full article here: http://www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com/articles/2012-most-influential-canadians-in-baseball/

Originally published: January 4, 2013. Last Updated: January 4, 2013.