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Friday, March 15, 2019

Ken Giles throws accountability bomb at Blue Jays camp - Sportsnet.ca

It was in one of general manager Ross Atkins’ media availabilities at the winter meetings that the topic turned to the importance of veteran leadership, which is normally a sign the serious sports questions have stopped and we’re into bad amateur sports reporter psycho-babble. I mean, you know when you’ve stepped into that puddle that the dreaded ‘chemistry’ pit is beckoning.

But Atkins’ answer was interesting. Veteran leadership can be a factor, he said, when a team is going into the post-season and can rely on somebody who has been there. But in the regular season, for where the Blue Jays are now, performance and the ability to contribute on the field is more of a separator. For this re-tooling to work, the Blue Jays need to create an environment much like the one created by the 2018 Tampa Bay Rays, where a young core was allowed to impose some of its will on a collective, within the confines created by smart, attentive coaching and veterans such as Kevin Kiermaier to hold people accountable.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2019 at 07:27 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: blue jays, ken giles, team chemistry

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: March 15, 2019 at 04:35 PM (#5823080)
1. I had missed the whole Giles to Toronto thing. (Part of Osuna to Houston which was the controversial bit.)
2. So far this spring, he's like Giles-squared with 7 Ks and 5 BBs in 2 2/3 innings -- so 7 of 8 outs by K.
3. This is about him confronting David Paulino for dogging it ... he and Paulino were in the same trade.

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