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Sluggish restart clouds Saunders’ Blue Jays quest

July 15th, 2017 at 7:03 PM
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BUFFALO√Ę??Michael Saunders knows better than most what it’s like for a childhood dream to come true.

The Canadian didn’t just spend two years wearing the uniform of the Blue Jays team he idolized growing up. His stint included some unforgettable accomplishments, including a trip to the 2016 all-star game before a second straight run to the American League Championship Series.

“It was one of those seasons, it was kind of magical for me, to be honest with you,” the Victoria-born outfielder said Friday, one year after making the AL all-stars via fan voting. At the time, he was slashing an impressive .298/.372/.551 with 16 home runs and 42 RBIs on his way to career highs in both categories.

Fast forward and things aren’t so hot for Saunders.

After hitting .178 the rest of the way last season and striking out in contract talks with the Jays, the 30-year-old signed a one-year, $8-million free-agent deal with the Philadelphia Phillies in January, nowhere near the return he was expected to command.

Even less expected? Being designated for assignment with a .205 average after just 61 games with the Phillies this season, then returning to the Jays on a minor-league deal. His struggles have continued with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, where he’d gone 5-for-42 through Friday, a dismal .119 clip.

Getting back to The Show will take some …

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