Dave Dombrowski’s long run of success as a general manager, especially with the Detroit Tigers from 2002 until leaving the team on August 4, meant he wouldn’t need to wait long before Major League Baseball teams came calling.   

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Blue Jays Contact Dombrowski

Thursday, August 13

According to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, the Toronto Blue Jays ownership group from Rogers Communications contacted Dombrowski about the team presidency. 

Elliott did note there are other teams interested in the 59-year-old, citing the Los Angeles Angels and the Boston Red Sox as having openings in the front office. 

The Blue Jays tried to find a long-term option for the job last offseason, but as Israel Fehr of Yahoo Sports noted last January, they struck out on most of their choices—Baltimore general manager Dan Duquette, Chicago White Sox vice president of baseball operations Kenny Williams, among othersfor various reasons.

As a result of the failed process last year, Paul Beeston signed a one-year deal to return as Blue Jays team president for 2015. 

Dombrowski would certainly fill the role capably, based on his history as a general manager. He helped build the Tigers into one of the American League’s best teams, making four straight playoff appearances and capturing two American League titles. He also won a World Series as general manager of the Florida Marlins in 1997.

Toronto is on the rise, surging to the top of the American League East standings, so the franchise will certainly have appeal to a top-tier front-office executive like Dombrowski. 

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