rasmus-gose

For me, a particularly striking thing about the first Prime Time Sports week from Dunedin was how flippant some of the panelists seemed to be about the place that Colby Rasmus holds on this Jays team, and how unlikely it is that they think he’ll last the year here in Toronto.

I mean, I understand the romance of the tools Anthony Gose possesses, and that Rasmus has masked his own over two seasons of grim production, but all the confident talk that Rasmus is on his way out– and there was… maybe not a lot of it, but enough to be noticeable– seemed a bit odd. According to Tom Maloney of the Globe and Mail, however, and the sources he anonymously cites, “in exchange for ‘withholding attribution’,” it’s Rasmus whose presence on this club, and perhaps even in the Majors, that doesn’t fit, which maybe makes questions about how long he’ll last here perfectly natural.

I like Maloney and what he’s done on his return to the baseball beat this spring so far, but I can’t help but raise an eyebrow at this angle, or at the wide swath of moonshine, drawls, cotton and corn that he slathers across the place Rasmus calls home.

No one in the Toronto Blue Jays administration is demanding superstar production from him, yet he carries the weight of surreal expectation as though a sack of corn is strapped permanently to his back. Staring into his locker, he portrays a person in need of sweet relief, a man besieged by the doomsayer notion that his best can never be good enough. Not for his father, not for the media, not for the people back home, not for the scouts, not for his teammates and coaches, and most grievously, not for himself.

Rasmus understands he must appreciate the privilege of what he has and where he is. Yet, like many professional athletes, he yearns for the place he came from, too, those days playing sandlot baseball in shorts and no shirt in a region of the country characterized by moonshine and unending acres of cotton and corn, in an atmosphere far removed from Twitterville.

Like… seriously?

I mean, obviously I don’t know where specifically his house is– maybe it’s as hopelessly rural as it’s suggested (though… where are the other sandlot players coming from, then?)– but Rasmus’s hometown of Phenix City, Alabama, is home to over 30,000 people, directly across the Chattahoochee River from the 194,000 residents of Columbus, Georgia, and part of the Greater Columbus metropolitan area, which is statistically about the same size as London, Ontario– albeit with quite a bit of rural space between the main population centres of the conurbation, Columbus/Phenix City, and Auburn/Opelika, Alabama.

Of course, such facts need not get in the way of taking a glorious shortcut on the road to reinforcing Colby’s supposed otherness in the clubhouse, in the game– shit, in the modern world itself– and one that’s not particularly compelling given the number players who come from that region. Which isn’t to suggest that Rasmus necessarily isn’t wired differently than his teammates, it’s just reading all that, plus the standard stuff about his hatred of baseball during his time in St. Louis and issues with a domineering vicariously-living father help paint a clear picture of a millionaire ballplayer who’d rather be just about anywhere else, and I can’t help but think it’s maybe a little too convenient in establishing an already too convenient narrative.

“He doesn’t really fit with what they are doing,” the anonymous source, a big league manager, dishes. “He looks out of place with the rest of the team, out of his element a little bit.”

Maloney adds that Rasmus brings “a laid back veneer coating a tense interior,” and it’s easy to see elements of truth there, especially given the stories– and Colby’s own admission– of his beating himself up, working too much, acting the part of his father, even in his absence. But the overall impression is that Rasmus now has too much stacked against him– despite Alex Anthopoulos and the sheer force of will by which he’s trying to pull Colby to the other side– to translate his talents to the elite, professional, filthy fucking rich domain of MLB. This is something he can only accomplish, we’re told, if he can “just close his eyes, relax, and imagine the Rogers Centre into an imaginary Alabama sandlot.” Or maybe if he just had the dang ol’ sense to get rid of his “unorthodox batting stance, [in which] the left-handed hitter starts with his hands in front of his chest and over the middle of the plate, moving the hands back behind his ribs as the pitcher gets set to throw.”

If that’s the prevailing sentiment among the reporters around the club (or at least the ones on the airwaves of the Fan 590) then shit, I can understand why there’s this belief that Rasmus will once again come out flat, while Gose– whose tools have been hyped for years, whose Vegas numbers (naturally) looked great, who is spectacular in the field, and who looked like maybe everything had clicked at the plate in September– is destined to be the guy here, and soon. I just have a hard time letting myself believe it when it gets wrapped up in such a cute package, buoyed by the casualness by which it’s spoken over the radio that Rasmus is as good as gone.

It’s very possible he could be– Gose doesn’t need to hit all that much to make Rasmus expendable, given that he does just about everything else better– but it won’t be for Colby’s inability to appear cosmopolitan, or whatever inner tension he supposedly carries. And these sorts of stories don’t ever seem quite able to make any kind of hard link between such implied character flaws and the struggles Rasmus has had in his big league career. Sometimes it reads like we’re supposed to see the correlation and understand what must be the cause. But baseball doesn’t always have answers that come in straight lines, and while the struggles Colby has had may be in part due to something in his head, it’s not like he has been a complete basket case his entire career. He succeeded in 2010 with the Cardinals, and over the six weeks last year when the changes to his stance produced a dramatic spike in results (.973 OPS over 42 games) before the league adjusted to him, and even in the pre-trade part of 2011, when he put up a .330 wOBA over 94 games in St. Louis.

The things it’s implied hamper him now existed during those periods as well, so… maybe there really is no good explanation. In this game, I find that’s probably the case more often than we want to believe. It’s certainly not a very satisfying one for why such a talented player has had such trouble, but like I say, it all just seems a bit too easy.

Whatever the explanation is, it true that Rasmus, who turns 27 in August, doesn’t have an infinite amount of time in which find himself, even if a lot of people– Alex Anthopoulos included, as Maloney makes clear– believe that his talent will eventually carry the day. He makes $4.675-million this season, and is heading towards his last trip through the arbitration process, which will take his salary even higher. It’s not a terrific position to be in, with the younger, cheaper, more dynamic Gose waiting in the wings, and that, too, has surely led to the speculation that he won’t last the year, but for me, Gose’s hit tool is at least as much of a question mark as anything to do with Rasmus.

The path for Gose may also be made difficult by an evolution in the front office. Bruce Arthur explains in today’s National Post that Alex Anthopoulos is forcing himself, and his charges, to be less enchanted by the big potential he sees in his own players, which may be a reason to believe they’ll take a cautious approach with Gose.

It used to be that the Jays would look at the roster and imagine upside, even faintly; they would have a slight bias towards a better outcome, whether they were considering the potential of Adam Lind or Edwin Encarnacion. Last season, the hope resided in Dustin McGowan, who had the best stuff in the organization when he began pitching; McGowan got hurt again, of course, and somehow it was a blow.

Anthopoulos had seen enough trapdoors open, and decided to approach the season differently.

“I remember when I met with our group, I said, we overvalue our own players,” Anthopoulos says. “Nothing wrong with being glass half-full, but I said we’re going to take our team and we’re going to think glass half-empty. The off-season before, you’re more optimistic about all our players. He’s this, he’s this, he’s this, he’s this.

“Not that we’re taking the worst-case scenario, but we looked at our team and said well, if this guy bounces back. Well, what if they don’t? So let’s go into it that way, so we’re prepared. And if they perform to their capabilities, great. But we’re not going to plan on that. So let’s evaluate our team on the low end rather than the high end. After going through that for a few years, we were better to prepare that way.

Of course, Rasmus and his unfulfilled potential could be viewed in much the same way as Gose, in light of those words. And pretty soon, without significant improvement on what we’ve seen since the day his acquisition was heralded as yet another slice of Greek ninja-genius, Colby’s glass is going to start looking awfully empty.

While Colby may be lucky if the club suddenly this winter decided to view Gose as a contingency, rather than a reason to move him along, that sentiment can’t be counted on to last forever. I still think Gose needs to answer huge questions with his bat before we’ll see any kind of switch, but there’s also the possibility of Emilio Bonifacio moving out to centre, should Rasmus struggle badly, so… the talking heads might actually be right on that count– though I hardly think it’s the given they suggest. And the Globe might have reason to openly wonder what makes the enigmatic Rasmus tick, too. I guess I just would have preferred less othering, and less making his mental state or his veneer a discussion point– the discussion point, really– when it’s just so easy and doesn’t really give us anything new or anything tangible that might be at the root of his struggles to counter-adjust after it became clear that the league had figured him out. Like, isn’t that the real question?

Comments (97)

  1. Good read!

  2. Ditto to the good read comment. Although it does sound like a bit of fence jumping by Stoeten, then landing squarely in the middle and being pained by the realization that no one knows the fuck is going on in Colby’s head, or why it doesn’t seem to come (or stay) together for him.

  3. hey two more weeks tonight it begins

  4. Great article Stoeten.

    I know you have always been big on Colby, and I do hope he suceeds this year, but my money is on Gose becoming the starter by mid-season. Colby looks dazed and confused out there.

  5. Colby Rasmus was hitting .259/.328/.494 at the All-Star break and everybody was THRILLED. He struggles for a couple of months to end the season (it’s likely injury played a role in that), Gose makes a couple of nice catches in spring and all of a sudden everybody is ready to forget Rasmus and move on to the hacktastic Gose. T

    • To that I say – chill the fuck out. When your everyday DH is Adam Lind, Colby Rasmus in CF isn’t even a story.

      Rasmus .240/.314/.427
      Lind .246/.296/.428

      That’s what each has done over the last 3 years. So to everybody who is so desperate to shitcan Rasmus off the Jays – are you sure you’re looking at filling the right hole on the roster?

      • Adam Lind isn’t the everyday DH.

        Gibbons/AA have been pretty clear that Lind will have to earn his ABs against lefties this year. As it should be.

        • Those aren’t the vibes I’ve been getting from Gibby/AA. I hope you’re right.

          Either way, Rasmus can be platooned too, and he plays a premium defensive position and can handle the outfield corners as well. Lind doesn’t, and he can barely play a passable 1B.

        • John Gibbons specifically said that Adam Lind will get the chance to be an every day player and that the choice between platoon/everyday was his bat’s choice to make.

          His bat has made this choice this spring so lets just chill the fuck out on how much he sucks until he sucks again, cool?

  6. Teams should have head doctors just like they have other types of doctors (maybe they already do?). I certainly don’t have the expertise to say whether there’s anything wrong with Colby, but it should would be nice for guys like him to “appear” to be struggling and even admit to it on occasion to have access to some help.

    I am cheering for Rasmus 100% this year. If he goes on a hitting streak to start the season I’m getting his name added to my currently unlabelled Jays jersey.

  7. Wow, great post Stoeten.

    I guess with the glass half empty thinking, the guy with the fullest glass will end up with the job.

  8. People need to stop tugging it over Sept/Spring stats. We’ve been mediocre for long enough to know that strong septembers and springs do not mean big league success.

    I love watching Gose fly around, but people are putting these giant expectations on him based on meaningless games and it makes me nervous. Give him some time in Buffalo where we can get some actual information on whether or not he can hit.

  9. I hopewe’ll be seeing above-average production out of Rasmus now that he’s bumped down the lineup. Less pressure ought to do him well and maybe he’ll have a bit of a chip ion his shoulder when he sees his name penciled as far down as the 8th spot in the lineup.

    • I hope he hits so damned well he ends up batting 5th on a regular basis.

      • That was my thinking. I could see it if he can replicate his first half numbers and Lind continues to prove to be incompetent.

      • While I admire your optimistic perspective (and I think no one should fault happy go lucky fans, aka people who have fun) this article seems to suggest AA is past emotional sentiment as a GM.

        Or perhaps he is able to compartmentalize himself such that he has both his Baseball fan perspective and his value-add GM perspective in their correct places.

        Whatever it may be, I love both baseball and baseball analysis, so go jays go!

  10. Bob McCown will develop some type of negative opinion about some player and then never let it go. He’ll bring guests on and frame a question such that it makes it difficult to disagree with Bob or presents him with an opportunity to voice his opinion again. So if you’re in the dog house of the host for the most popular sports radio in Canada then yeah, you’re going to get a lot of negative coverage and the discussion will be framed to be understood or appreciated by the lowest common denominator.

    So take it with a grain of salt.

    I would argue that Colby, while he may have the lower upside, I believe has the higher downside (or less of a risk) when compared to Gose right now.

    • I dunno about your floor-ceiling comment. It seems as though Gose can provide incredible, out-stealing defence night-in, night-out. At his worst, he’ll K as often as anyone in the game, but those times he does get on base he’s a legitimate threat to turn 1st into 3rd.

      Rasums plays a respectable CF, but I can’t see him stealing outs the way Gose might and he’s prone to occasional lapses on routine plays. Plus when he stunk, he stunk baaaaaad last year.

      There’s a lot to like about Gose’s skillset right now, but I’m glad we have the luxury of leaving him in the minors and letting him develop for another year.

      • I agree with Derrick regards floor/ceiling, if we’re talking offensively. At least we know Colby will probably hit at least something like 220/290/380 or something, and he could do a good deal more than that. Gose, who knows. The guy might hit .175 with a .240 obp. We just don’t know what he is yet.

      • Being able to steal when on base doesn’t make a guy who can’t get on base valuable. It’s the ability to hit that matters for Gose– he can’t make up the gap in value without it, unless Rasmus is brutal.

        • Actually it’s the ability to get on base that will determine how valuable Gose will be.

          He already takes walks which is promising. He doesn’t even need to have that good of an OBP to be better than what Rasmus has been as a Blue Jay.

          • This is true. He has Kelly Johnson syndrome: Good eye, not-so-good hand-eye coordination. His offensive value will depend on getting on base.

            Having spent the last week or so watching the Gose vs Rasmus battle down here in Florida, I completely understand what all the pundits are saying. Sure, Gose looked weak and timid when he first came up during the season last year, but he looked good last spring, improved over the course of his 2012 major league season, and is looking phenomenal this spring. He is making Rasmus look all too expendable, especially considering the contract situation.

            Yet, I still have to agree with a Stoeten sentiment from many articles ago: Rasmus is not playing against Gose, Rasmus is playing against himself and his inevitable raise going into his last year of arbitration. Gose understands his role starting the year in AAA, and seems humble about it.

            It is as good of a problem that you can have, save for having too many SS/C. Is anyone complaining that we have 2 major league (starting) CF?

  11. Saw Gose a couple of times this spring. The kind if impact he makes on d is quite rare. Gunned in guy going 2nd to 3rd on a tag up on a deep fly, later had a guy bluff toward 3rd, threw behind him and almost nailed him.

    • Yeah, it is truly hard to be a skeptic of this guy at this point. This guy is money, and may be on the level of michael bourne in the present tense.

  12. “A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”
    That’s our Cletus.
    However, Carl Jung suggested “often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.”

    Here’s to Colby’s hands winning the day. See the ball; hit the ball. Easy.

  13. I’ve always believed that you want on base guys from 2B, the run producers from 3rd base, corner outfielders, and mostly from DH and 1B.
    You want great defence and run prevention from catcher (game calling and framing like Molina this WBC), SS and centre field. If they can hit, that’s a huge bonus.

    This may be old school pre 1990′s but I think it makes sense. I remember Gillick loved Gary Petis despite the fact he couldn’t hit. He played CF so well I wouldn’t be surprised if he prevented 3 runs a game. Who knows if a pitcher would get shelled in an inning if those balls aren’t caught. Devo was a .220 hitter before Gillick got him.

    For a win now team, I think they’d be better with Gose up with his low avg over Colby with his. However, player development wise, I’d rather have Gose in the minors.
    Best scenario obviously Colby starts mashing and feeling good with the loosey goosey style of Gibby and then Jays trade him at the deadline if Gose shows he can make contact.

    • If Colby starts mashing on a winning team then I think you’ll see him moved in the offseason more likely than midseason, If at all.

      Might see some shifting around of the outfield to put Colby in a corner, Gose in CF, and someone else DHing in Lind’s spot.

      • True. I guess it depends on how the team is doing and if there is a position needed where a Colby trade would bring in reinforcements. If Colby is good, or an average CF, then that is a premium position and may net more than the harm caused by trading a good Colby and being replaced by Gose.

      • you think if the jays are winning and colby is mashing he’s going to get moved?
        you’re fuckin crazy

        • Definitely, if it can help us fill a hole like #1 Pitcher (in the hypotheticaly situation where our pitchers were not looking dominant or were simply injured).

          Especially if Gose is waiting in the wings to help that pitcher prevent runs better than Rasmus.

    • “He played CF so well I wouldn’t be surprised if he prevented 3 runs a game. ”

      He should have won the MVP every year then, because that woudl be 450 defensive runs saved a year, over 150 games. Michael Bourn led all outfielders last year with 24 DRS.

      If Pettis prevented one run every three games he’d be the best CF of all time.

  14. I hate these stereotypes we have to rehash at every mention of these guys.

    If he was black and they said things like “He yearns to be home with a big ol’ watermelon in hand and the smell of cotton fields mixed with Aunt Mamie’s grits cooking on the grill…” we would all call it irrelevant and racist.

    But instead, just because race doesn’t happen to be part of it, we’re supposed to accept this as hard hitting journalism.

    “He looks out of place with the rest of the team”. Whoop de doo. Yeah we should only hire white guys with short hair and Dominican players. No wonder we didn’t go after Yu Darvish!

    • Excellent point.

    • I agree, I don’t get really get this. Getting to the ballpark early fairly often, I found that he’s actually one of the more social players on the team. During BP, it seems like he’s always talking to someone on the team and yukking it up. I’ve seen what seems like entire BPs where he’s standing in the outfield to shag flies and doesn’t appear to catch a single ball because he’s busy bullshitting with Rajai Davis or something. Just because he doesn’t have a 1000 watt personality that hams it up at the sight of the nearest notepad or camera like Arencibia doesn’t mean that he’s not fitting in on the team, or is some sort of social pariah.

      People thought Roberto Luongo was some straight-laced, intense, no-fun drone because of his dead-serious game face and borderline surly interactions with the media, until his twitter account decisively debunked this conception of him. Rasmus strikes me as a similar type of misunderstood guy.

    • Yes. I agree 100%. Why bring where he was born into it? It’s ridiculous.
      That G&M article is garbage and says much more about the state of Downtown Toronto insular thinking than it does about Colby Rasmus’ mental state.

      Thanks for pointing it out Stoeten although I think you should have took your gloves off a bit more than you did.

  15. You know if this was hockey I might care if Rasmus was an oddball who didn’t quite fit in with everyone else (unless he was the goalie.) But one of the beauties of baseball is that for most of the time everyone is a goalie. You don’t have to play beautifully with everyone else you just need to get your job done and have basic common sense about playing with your teammates. Colby’s been my favourite Jay and as a fan I think his glass is still got lots more room for water. I bet with the pressure off he has a great year. Call me not worried about it.

  16. “anonymous big league manager” = John Farrell

  17. People have to understand that just because he has accent doesn’t mean that he’s totally fucked up in the head. We have lots of customer down south and I’ll take a guy from Alabama or Georgia over a fucking douche bag from northern California or New Jersey any day.

  18. My guess is that neither Gose nor Rasmus is ultimately the answer as an everday CF in the big leagues all though both are valuable assets to a roster.

    • i would like to put money on both Gose and Rasmus remaining starting CF in the MLB for the next 3 years, at least, depending on your terms.

      Rasmus plays competent CF defense and hits 20 HR a year while not embarrassing himself in other categories.

      Gose doesn’t have the hype of “insert-your-favorite-prospect-here,” but certainly passes the eye test, has a solid track record, is one of the top 10 fastest players in the sport while having the ability to get on base, and I would even be willing to put money on Gose being the Toronto Blue Jays (not just any MLB starting CF) starting CF for the 4-5 years after Rasmus.

      Those that doubt Gose in the present tense have not watched him play enough.

  19. Excellent perspective Stoeten. One of the things that bothers me about the armchair Rasmus critics is the idea that he’s not playing all out in the outfield (a Vernon Wells coaster type.) IMO Rasmus is one of the smartest outfielders playing right now. He takes such good routes that diving is often unnecessary and also runs through alot of sinking liners that again many would dive for. He also plays balls of the wall and in the gap incredibly well limiting that extra base that can really make a difference in a close game. He doesnt have the flashy arm or insane closing speed that Gose has but he does the little things exceptionally well and that’s very hard for alot of casual fans to see IMHO.

  20. Fuck Farrell

  21. This should be Colby’s best year yet. The acquisition of new talent will keep the spotlight off him, so the big-city scribes will focus on the Jays high-priced talent and not our home-boy

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  22. Dont get all the love for gose. The guy cant hit. He doesnt have power, yet he strikes out at a rate close to adam dunn. Until he proves he can hit, rasmus is a better overall player, period.

    • Y’know, as long as Rasmus hits better than he did in the second half of each of the last two years.

      • Definitely. I have to say though with the current composition of the lineup, rasmus is a much better fit. The jays have plenty of speed guys with little power now. Rasmus has much more power than gose and he does it from the left handed side which is valuable in this current lineup.

    • Yes, because you should always evaluate players based on their 200 Major League PA’s.

      While Gose has a decently high k% he also has a respectable bb%. Combine that with a left handed bat, top ten MLB speed, elite level fielding, acceptable contact skills, bunting ability, and (like rasmus) the ability to consistently hit the ball to the right side, you have yourself Michael Bourne V2.

      He might even be able to surprise everyone and hit 10 HR’s a year while hitting 10+ 3B per year.

      While I don’t get the Rasmus hate, I also don’t get the Gose hate.

      I don’t think people realize how special it is to have these two players on one single team.

  23. According to Colby, from last year,he lives at the end of a long dirt road with his daughter and her mother. Nobody comes down the driveway without due notice.Between the end of 2011,when he was playing out the year ( his words),he told his dad he loves him but back the fuck off and let him do what he needs to do to be a ballplayer.

    • RADAR you seem to know a lot about the area Colby hails from…is there any truth to the rumour that if a couple divorces in ‘bama they can still remain brother and sister?

  24. Another great read! Your point about the narrative becoming too easy is well-taken.

  25. I have to say, I listen to prime time sports almost every night if im at my computer or in my car, but I’ve had about enough of Bob McCowan drooling all over Rasmus, Romero and the WBC for about the next 2 or 3 years.

    McCowan’s incessant whining about these three topics, over and over again, to whomever will listen, is seriously beginning to piss me off. Maybe Gose is already a superior player than Rasmus, but what the fuck does he think the Jays should do – give Rasmus away for nothing just so they can have a player who posted a .620 OPS in his first 60~ MLB games run around in the outfield and steal some bases?

    I’m a big fan of Gose, and I think it looks almost inevitable that he will supplant Rasmus, perhaps sooner than later – but not right now, Gose has to prove he belongs in the MLB by performing better in AAA first, hitting spring fastballs can turn anyone into a pleasant mirage.

    Rasmus was around an 850 OPS with I believe 17 HR at the allstarbreak, that’s not the type of player you simply discard in the dumpster because he’s not a streaming fountain of emotional slobbery as McCowan would have us all be.

    And what the fuck is with this guy asking every single ball player or front office-type about playing the WBC in October? He must be delirious if he thinks the best of the best are more likely to play after being beaten, bruised and worn down by a 162 game season + playoffs. I love hearing them all shoot down that idea, it even sounds like some of them are fighting to not piss all over the idea by tip-toeing around pointing out how silly it is.

  26. TLDRBAH! Seriously, wtf did Colby do to rub these guys the wrong way.. sure he has played fairly blah, but honestly who do they think they are impressing by riding on Colby. Lind on the other hand could use a riding the likes has never been seen before.

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  27. Assuming his drop off in the second half was related to his groin injury, I’d like to see what Colby can do injury free and with Mottola working with him. He didn’t look physically comfortable in the field or at the dish in the second half last year.

  28. The thing that a lot of people didn’t anticipate or even contemplate over the winter was that Travis D’Arnaud would be traded. As the Jays number 1 prospect he was cleary the most sought after player in any trade conversation. The same can now be said of Gose and Sanchez. If the Jays are contenders at the deadline and looking to upgrade then Anthony Gose will come up in discussion. The Jays will listen. AA has made it clear that he is more amenable to moving prospects now so i have no doubt Gose would be moved in the right deal. Whether people like it or not Colby may be here this year and beyond.

    As much as i loved the trade and like Rasmus as a player there are some nagging doubts starting to creep in. We’ve heard a lot this winter about his discontent with the manager from last year and how he is working on a the swing that will be more consistently successful. We heard much the same last spring with regards to LaRussa and Dwane Murphy spending time at Colby’s home over the winter working on his swing. I want to hear less from Colby about what others didn’t do right by him in the past.

    I hate people shitting on him, if he had a big cheery smile for the media and walked around stroking a hockey stick he wouldn’t get half the crap he gets. But that’s just not him and he is always going to be a target for the “hustle and heart” crowd. I’ve already talked myself into a huge season from Rasmus despite my logical side screaming no. Its part of being a fan. In saying that i wouldn’t be in the least bit surprised if we end up reading a where are they now article in 10 years time talking about how baseball never made him happy and that it was only after leaving the game that he found peace.

    I hope I’m wrong.

  29. Stoetens post was about Rasmus and without any judgment on Gose. So I say this without any prejudice to Rasmus: Those of you on here wondering what is the big deal about Gose will look foolish sooner or later. He’s a rare player who could hit .240/.330 but still make a huge impact. He can play MLB already due to glove, arm, and legs. The question about the bat is only whether he’ll hit at the very bottom or very top of the order. All you sceptics will have your aha moment.

  30. Strange, I’ve spent my entire life in Columbus, GA and I’ve never seen these “unending acres of cotton and corn” in the areas that Rasmus grew up in. Unfortunately I’ve never known any moonshiners either.

  31. To put the first part of this to rest: I live in the South, I’ve been to the area near Rasmus’s hometown, and honestly, it’s a pretty accurate description (people are still moonshining and farming cotton, yes, actually). I’m sure many residents of the area would also agree.

  32. As soon as I saw the title, I was expecting the shortest article ever. Nothing to see here, move along.

    Getting sick of the “potential”, and want to see consistency.

  33. No homo Colby Rasmus will be my favorite blue jay ever even if he sucks this year. Hes just oddly likeable in a travis snider kind of way. I think hes gonna be good though. Last year he “got worn out” by the 2nd half of the season. This year he isnt trying in spring training so that doesnt happen. I trust him.

  34. All thing equal i tend to like players we trade for better than anyone else. Especially “undervalued” guys. See: brandon morrow, yunel escobar until he reached his cancer potential, colby rasmus, jeremy jeffress. From the past: jose cruz jr, that australian pitcher from dodgers who ended up being bad, eric hinske before i realized he had no upside etc

  35. melky as DH, Gose or Rasmus move to left

  36. Will Colby (finally) cash-in on his potential?

    Gose without saying…It’s tough to be a big league bannerman.

  37. Colby is easy for reporters to pick on. His performance has been bad, plus he is asoft-spoken, humble and surprisingly candid in the media interviews I have seen. This is a huge contrast to Anthony Gose who oozes confidence with the media. I recall him saying in an interview back when he was slated for AA he claimed that he was going to be an mlb superstar. Colby Rasmus would never say something like this. Media loves arrogance and confidence, they do not know how to report on people who are humble and use caveats when they talk.

    • Yum! Fun and simple, my famliy will enjoy these. Thanks for the great idea, something similar will be on the dinner menu next week. I remember Mexican Pizzas from Taco Bell, I have been there in years but when I was a little girl they were my favorite! Fun memory!

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