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Blue Jays hold "meet the Jays" event, set lofty goals for 2018

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In 2017, the Bluefield Blue Jays posted the best record in the Appalachian League, but their season was ended in the divisional round of the playoffs by the Pulaski Yankees. 

But this is a new season, and with that, comes new hope. 

"I think that with the team that has been assembled in Toronto and sent here to Bluefield, we're going to be very competitive," said Rocky Malamisura, the Blue Jays GM. 

But even though this is a new team, there are a few familiar faces that have played for the squad in Bluefield before. 

"It's a great town. They treat you really well here. It's a good league to just concentrate on baseball for the two and a half months that you're here," said Joshua Almonte, a returning player from the 2014 ball club. 

"There's no distractions. It's just baseball. You show up to the field with a good group of guys and you get your stuff done," said Joe Dibenedetto, a returning player from 2017. 

For the returning players, there is a burning desire to take the Blue Jays to new heights, and to make sure that the team remains a threat to the rest of the Appalachian League. 

"You want to make it to the playoffs. You want to win the whole entire "Appy" League. But it comes down to just game-by-game. You can't look at it in the big picture. It has to be more of 'how can I get better tomorrow'," Dibenedetto said. 

The Blue Jays will start the season on Tuesday at home against Johnson City. 

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