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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Colby Rasmus says he has been benched in favour of ‘rookies’

Colby Rasmus has been benched.

The signs started last week, when he missed a couple of games with an alleged illness. And on Tuesday, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons called Rasmus into his office and made it official.

“I’ll be playing whenever they think I should play and I’m just going to be sitting around watching these rookies play,” Rasmus said in an interview in the visitors’ clubhouse Wednesday.

Rasmus has been Toronto’s regular centre-fielder for the past three years. After delivering his best season as a Blue Jay last year, he has endured a season-long slump and a long injury layoff in 2014. Entering Wednesday’s action, he was batting .225 with 16 homers, a .726 OPS and 116 strikeouts in 362 plate appearances…

Rasmus, 28, is a free agent after the season. He said Gibbons made it clear his reduced playing time was a front-office decision.

The District Attorney Posted: September 03, 2014 at 06:49 PM | 36 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. madvillain Posted: September 03, 2014 at 07:40 PM (#4784978)
what position is centre-fielder?
   2. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: September 03, 2014 at 07:56 PM (#4784985)
BJ Upton is available.
   3. Batman Posted: September 03, 2014 at 07:58 PM (#4784986)
These "rookies" have taken "his job" because he's "hitting" .225.
   4. frannyzoo Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:04 PM (#4784990)
It's time for "Operation Shutdown II: North of the Border."
   5. Leroy Kincaid Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:10 PM (#4784996)
All cows eat grasse?
   6. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:18 PM (#4785002)
He should be looking on the bright side: he doesn't have to worry about being saddled with a qualifying offer.
   7. Greg K Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:19 PM (#4785003)
So I'm guessing CF is Anthony Gose's job next season? I'm not sure they have the resources to plug a hole at CF and 2B and as unimpressive as Gose has been he's better than any of their internal 2B options.

Pillar as 4th OF?
   8. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:30 PM (#4785009)
BJ Upton once played 2B.
   9. Norcan Posted: September 03, 2014 at 10:12 PM (#4785050)
So I'm guessing CF is Anthony Gose's job next season? I'm not sure they have the resources to plug a hole at CF and 2B and as unimpressive as Gose has been he's better than any of their internal 2B options.


I assume it's going to be Dalton Pompey who has had a fine minor league season. With the way they've hurried Aaron Sanchez, Pompey and Norris to the majors this season, it looks like Anthoupolous is trying to show that no, really, he's brought a talent into the organization under his watch.
   10. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: September 03, 2014 at 10:42 PM (#4785067)
If there really is a baseball player named "Dalton Pompey", it's good that he'll get an opportunitiy with the team that lionizes entities designated "Garth Iorg" and "Rance Mulliniks".
   11. Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: September 03, 2014 at 10:46 PM (#4785072)
   12. The District Attorney Posted: September 03, 2014 at 10:52 PM (#4785076)
Wow, I better say this now before it becomes too late...

These are the first days of Pompey.
   13. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 03, 2014 at 10:53 PM (#4785078)
He's batting .156 with runners in scoring position.
He's just flailing away now, and his contact rate has cratered to around 68%.

His play has cost him a lot of money this off-season, and this outburst is probably going to cost him some more.
   14. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 03, 2014 at 10:56 PM (#4785080)
Dalton Pompey also has the benefit of being Canadian, which gets you a little longer look and a little longer hook on the Blue Jays.
The Butler brothers, Rob Ducey, Dave McKay...

(Brett Lawrie better bounce back soon...)
   15. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: September 04, 2014 at 12:49 AM (#4785129)
I was thinking that Rasmus might be an interesting buy low candidate for the Braves if they succeed in excising Upton The Lesser, but I don't know if they'll went to go down the "talented former uber-prospect with strikeout and attitude issues" route again for center field.
   16. greenback calls it soccer Posted: September 04, 2014 at 01:16 AM (#4785132)
Rasmus's dad wasn't subtle about expressing his desire that Colby play for the Braves. As long as everyone realizes the 450 foot homers and wide range in CF come with a pile of strikeouts and a complete lack of media savvy, then Rasmus will be fine.
   17. bfan Posted: September 04, 2014 at 07:36 AM (#4785150)
While we are dwelling on Rasmus's strike-outs and lack of media grace, please note he does have an OPS+ of 100 this year, and since I assume CF is on the lower scale of hitters in the line-up (1B; LF; RF;3B; 2B maybe ?), that he is this year, because of his XB ability (not just HR's-look at the 2Bs, too), that he is a better than average hitter for his position. So I look at this and wonder-why bench a better than average hitter for the position he plays, who also fields his position well?

He would be, for example, a substantial upgrade in CF for the Braves (but then, probably so would many of the readers on this site).
   18. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: September 04, 2014 at 07:55 AM (#4785154)
I do not understand what Colby Rasmus has to do with Portsmouth.
   19. BDC Posted: September 04, 2014 at 08:09 AM (#4785158)
since I assume CF is on the lower scale of hitters in the line-up (1B; LF; RF;3B; 2B maybe ?), that he is this year, because of his XB ability (not just HR's-look at the 2Bs, too), that he is a better than average hitter for his position

B-Ref oWAR has Rasmus as 24th among major-league CF this year. Possibly bearable on an otherwise strong team, but in the range where you're looking to improve.

Even his OPS+ is only 18th among CF who have played 80 or more games. The problem is that his OBP is just ghastly. (It's 32nd among CF with 80 or more games.) He's made too many outs to expect to keep a job.
   20. Bunny Vincennes Posted: September 04, 2014 at 08:43 AM (#4785167)
I think all we need to know is that this guy was such a jackass he got traded FROM St. Louis. Do you know how much of a jackass you have to be to get traded from St. Louis?
   21. Rusty Priske Posted: September 04, 2014 at 09:00 AM (#4785177)
I am always surprised when players who are really not all that great complain about playing time.

You want more playing time? Play better.
   22. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: September 04, 2014 at 09:53 AM (#4785218)
Rasmus's dad wasn't subtle about expressing his desire that Colby play for the Braves. As long as everyone realizes the 450 foot homers and wide range in CF come with a pile of strikeouts


He'd fit right in with the Braves
   23. snowles Posted: September 04, 2014 at 10:32 AM (#4785253)
Even his defensive play has been pretty bad, allowing routine singles to go for extra bases and looking generally lost and confused on his routes. Combine that with the strikeouts (which always seem like they're looking) and his need to be platooned and it's just too much to stomach. At least if they're going to have a below-average CF out there (and I think a Gose/Pillar platoon can be much more than that given regular time) they can do it for cheap.
   24. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: September 04, 2014 at 11:36 AM (#4785318)
Not for nothing, but Colby Rasmus and Rusney Castillo should switch first names. Then we'd have Colby Castillo and Rusney Rasmus.

That would be cool.
   25. Paul d mobile Posted: September 04, 2014 at 11:36 AM (#4785319)
His comments here don't sound that bad to me.
   26. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 04, 2014 at 11:53 AM (#4785334)
All cows eat grasse?


No, in Toronto they're still forced to eat turfe.
   27. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 04, 2014 at 11:56 AM (#4785339)
Even his defensive play has been pretty bad


There are at least two different times in the past week where I've watched him take his time to field a routine single up the middle, and the baserunner has kept motoring and gone to second as he was slow to throw it back in.

/Side note: Jose Reyes got absolutely busted not hustling on a ground ball last night. In the 5th inning, he hit it towards first base, and noticeably let up with his running after a few steps. The fielder mishandled the bouncing ball and let him get away from him. Then Reyes turned on the jets and tried to beat out the pitcher/throw to the bag, but lost by less than half a step. Both Toronto announcers called him out on that.
   28. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: September 04, 2014 at 12:21 PM (#4785377)
I still think Rasmus is going to get some absurd free agent contract this winter--like in the 4 year, $40MM range. And I think the team that signs him to it will regret it by about April 7th.
   29. Paul d mobile Posted: September 04, 2014 at 01:36 PM (#4785437)
For all his defensive failings, I find Rasmus a surprisingly smart baserunner. Not in terms of steals, but in terms of knowing when to take the extra base.
   30. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: September 04, 2014 at 01:44 PM (#4785452)
I still think Rasmus is going to get some absurd free agent contract this winter--like in the 4 year, $40MM range.


I don't think much of Rasmus, but that doesn't sound terribly absurd for a 28-year-old centerfielder who had a damn good year as recently as 2013.

   31. Enrico Pallazzo Posted: September 04, 2014 at 02:09 PM (#4785493)
There are at least two different times in the past week where I've watched him take his time to field a routine single up the middle, and the baserunner has kept motoring and gone to second as he was slow to throw it back in.


He did that twice against the Rays. Once was a routine Kevin Kiermaier* single that Rasmus approached as if KK was a fat guy in slo-pitch. The other was a deep fly ball that he approached lackadaisically and allowed a runner to advance from first(!) on the tag.

*That Kiermaier is a fantastic athlete. He had 3 separate hustle doubles in that series (and another in a previous Rays/Jays series) and played fantastic defense; good-looking ballplayer.
   32. snowles Posted: September 04, 2014 at 02:39 PM (#4785537)
I still think Rasmus is going to get some absurd free agent contract this winter--like in the 4 year, $40MM range.

I don't think much of Rasmus, but that doesn't sound terribly absurd for a 28-year-old centerfielder who had a damn good year as recently as 2013.


Boy that makes you realize how much stink Melky Cabrera had on him to sign for 2/16 just 2 years ago at the same age. He's getting paid this off-season!
   33. BDC Posted: September 04, 2014 at 03:20 PM (#4785580)
That Kiermaier is a fantastic athlete

The first time I saw him play this year, Rangers' coach Gary Pettis got the attention of his outfield and waved them to play Kiermaier the other way, then waved them some more and some more. Whereupon Kiermaier pulled the ball into the RF corner for a triple. It was a nice play by Kiermaier and an epitome of the Rangers' whole season :)
   34. Cooper Nielson Posted: September 04, 2014 at 10:20 PM (#4785813)
I blame Obama, not "rookies."
   35. Good cripple hitter Posted: September 04, 2014 at 10:44 PM (#4785829)
I blame Obama, not "rookies."


I feel like the Jays signing Obama and having him start in CF has been an underreported story this year. Maybe if the Jays were in the thick of the Wild Card race it'd get more ink.
   36. cardsfanboy Posted: September 05, 2014 at 05:11 AM (#4785900)
His comments here don't sound that bad to me.


You're not kidding everything he says is pretty not bad, if it wasn't for the writer putting his spin on Rasmus attitude, there would be no issue here.

From the article.


“I’m not down about it. No hard feelings,” he insisted, not very convincingly.


Rasmus acknowledged that he has performed poorly at the plate and has “no leverage” to dispute management’s decision.

“I’m just going to come in and pull for these boys and hope they do good,” he said, nodding to a room packed with new arrivals from the minor leagues.

Meanwhile, Rasmus said he will “just come in and do my thing and look forward to getting home. Go back to the drawing board, try to do it again next year.”


Wow...that is just some over the top whining. /sarcasm off.

A player acknowledging he isn't getting playing time, that he's going to do whatever the team asks him to do, and acknowledges that he doesn't have a leg to stand on to complain and that he needs to try and improve his performance for next year. How dare he have that audacity.

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