Archive for the ‘Cito Gaston’ Category

Quite understandably, lots of folks were pretty excited by some of the words that came out of the mouths of new Jays Josh Johnson and, especially, John Buck, after they heard them on the radio, or read the transcriptions I provided yesterday.

Buck, in particular, earned a lot of new fans thanks to a glowing review of his previous stint with the Jays, and what he described as a full-on, straight-out-of-the-marketing-literature selling of the club to perhaps-reluctant teammates Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle.

“To play for the Blue Jays– I wouldn’t have said this beforehand, but now that I got to experience and live it– it’s a cool experience,” he told Jeff Blair of the Fan 590. “I said, ‘You know how you’ve got the aura of the Yankees here in the States? Put that with the Blue Jays and times it by a whole country. I’m telling you, it’s pretty cool to have the fan base that the Blue Jays have.”

As fans who fear too many players take the opposite view, it’s a tremendously refreshing thing to hear. And I don’t doubt that he’s entirely sincere, either– though, as a cynic, I can’t not point out that he’s certainly keen enough to know who his audience was.

Unfortunately for the right-thinking among us (or at least those who read the comments here), certain fuckfaces have gotten hold of these comments, and are attempting to hold them up as some kind of validation of Cito Gaston’s insistence on letting Buck play out the string as he headed for free agency in 2010, supposedly hoping to get him to 20 home runs and a better contract in the process.

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In a must read piece at Sportsnet, Shi Davidi talks to Travis Snider, Cito Gaston, and Gene Tenace for part one of a three part series on how Snider, now a Pirate– and struggling, with a .246/.321/.331 line in Pittsburgh, and only six starts in the month of September– went from being a wildly hyped prospect to not just expendable, but expendable enough to deal for Brad fucking Lincoln.

It’s a fascinating piece, which reinforces a lot of what we probably already felt about that part of Snider’s saga, but that fills in a lot of the gaps for us, and adds some crucial new information– the fact, explored in one of the next installments, that he turned down a long-term deal with the club, for example.

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Richard Griffin had a feature on Adam Lind at the Toronto Star over the weekend, focusing mostly on the transition from the approach preached by Cito Gaston to the one preferred by John Farrell and Alex Anthopoulos.

I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry money quote:

“Just to show the staff that I’m trying to have long at-bats. Coming from the Cito Gaston era, where it’s like, ‘What’re you doing?’ if you have 10-pitch at-bats, to this staff,” Lind said. “The expression that they’ve used with me is ‘controlled aggression.’ “

That’s our Cito!

Aaaand, that’s really all I’ve got. Though, I supposed, since we’re talking about it anyway, I should note that there were few more interesting, and less gloat-worthy, tidbits in the piece. For example:

- Dwayne Murphy, the holdover hitting coach from Gaston’s staff– with a .356 OBP– who Griffin suggests has changed his lesson plan as the organization’s philosophy has shifted.

- Griffin says that “Lind needs to respond to his critics, many of them within the organization,” and tells us that the Jays are contemplating only having him hit cleanup against right-handed pitching.

- “We might also have the ability against a tough left-hander if that’s a day that we have Adam on the bench, to be able to pinch-hit him late in the game,” John Farrell adds. “We’re certainly not running from him by any means, but we have a lot more flexibility.”

- Lind has finally now started to come around with the bat, it seems, with Griffin focusing on a ten-pitch at-bat that resulted in a home run, and Lind preferring the walk he took Saturday on a back leg slider.

- “When he swings at balls inside the strike zone, he’s a very dangerous hitter,” says John Farrell, getting a bit FanGraphs-y.

As much as I was all for dumping on him last week, Lind is certainly not hopeless. It’ll be interesting to see how the club handles him over the course of the season. Maybe not fun, per se, but interesting…

 

Pic of Cito art via @Score_Tomlinson

I feel I must preface this post by saying that I haven’t heard the source material myself, and am simply relaying second-hand information being tweeted by @GSJays. Which isn’t to say I think he’s making it up, I just want to be clear about that, and the fact that any interpretation of the tone of the comments (I’m thinking of words like “hated” and “horribly” when I say this) is his and not mine.

Now, with that out of the way, Matt Stairs, everybody!

So… there’s that.

It all kind of makes sense, of course. I mean, it’s not an entirely surprising sentiment for a Jays player from that era to have, though it’s a little surprising to hear it supposedly expressed. And Stairs is pretty much exactly bang on when it comes to the approach the Jays should finally take with their once ridiculously-elite prospect. It’s just… at the same time, I kinda really want to hear the XM radio interview clip for myself before getting too worked up about it. (Anybody? Li’l help?)

Even then, it’s kinda old news. Cito got away with a lot of absolute ridiculousness, because he’s Cito. We know.

 

Update: Tom Dakers of Bluebird Banter caught the segment as well, and relays the information as well, in a slightly less incendiary way.