Alex, just pick a damn position for me and stick with it, bro!
As mentioned in the previous post, John Gibbons was on Sirius XM radio this morning, and apparently he had an interesting tidbit to offer about the Jays second– er… third baseman.
John Gibbons mgr of Tor told us the Brett Lawrie experiment at 2nd is over, will play 3rd for the remainder of season @MLBNetworkRadio
— Jim Duquette (@Jim_Duquette) July 25, 2013
I guess that’s one less thing for Jeff Blair– who has been banging the Lawrie-to-second drum all year– to pat himself on the back for. (Don’t worry, he still has not picking the Jays to win the division to cling to.)
But yeah… so there’s that.
And it’s another what the fuck? moment for the organization, because here’s Alex Anthopoulos last night, via Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star:
“Should we leave him at one position and stability,” Anthopoulos asked, rhetorically. “How’s it going to impact things? That’s fair. I can definitely see the school of thought where stability is important. People believe in a lineup, a set lineup day in and day out. There’s a lot of successful players in this league, Zobrist being one. He’s an all-star that can play multiple positions. (Jose) Bautista was one early on. You have a lot of good players that bounce around.”
. . .
“It opens up things from my end,” Anthopoulos explained. “If a third baseman becomes available in trade, if a second baseman comes available. A lot of people that have seen Brett play second base at the minor-league level really believe that he will be a plus-defender and a Gold Glover there. My whole point is: What’s the down side? We all know that Brett can be very good at third.”
Yeah… about that.
Now, in Griff’s piece he notes that John Gibbons had said at the time of the switch that he’d prefer it if Lawrie settled into one position or the other, so I guess you could say that this is all part of the plan. It’s just… y’know… Anthopoulos… last night… still talking about trade flexibility.
Ultimately, though, I think Griffin makes a compelling point that may hint at the very reason Gibbons is saying he’s now being returned to third base for the rest of the year.
“Stop the experiment now,” he implores the club. “The Jays now already know he could play second base next year if needed. He would have a full spring to work on that fine-tuning. But on this night, back at his best position, he made difficult plays look easy. For now, the decision should be made to leave Lawrie at third. This team needs stability.”
The cynic in me can’t help but wonder if maybe Griff saw this coming and decided to get on board early, but whatever the case, unless something like a Chase Headley trade materializes out of nowhere in the next week, he’s right. And even if it does, I guess the Jays just move Lawrie back. It’s not like they haven’t gone back on their word when it comes to him before.
2013, you guys!
Hey, but at least Lawrie appears to be tinkering with his stance a little bit, looking a little more upright than he was earlier in the season:
Here he is, thanks to @chrisjlund being much less lazy than I, hitting his first career home run. “Looks much more upright, like now,” Lund says, and I’d have to agree.
Hitting the ball hard lately, too. Not all is lost with Brett, it’s just… for fuck sakes figure your shit out, Jays.