Jays In The Basement, Its Time For Gibbons To Go.
I have been doing my best to stay away from writing about the Jays, because frankly—they depress me—a lot. Now, admittedly I don’t know that much about the intricacies of the game, but I do know underachieving when I see it.
Gibbons, how in god’s name does this guy still have a job? Now, I am not blaming him, solely because he is only the manager, and a majority of the blame has to be placed on the shoulders of the players, seeing as they are the ones playing.
Gibbons needs to go simply because that is what happens in professional sports, if the team does not perform than you replace the coach and if that doesn’t work then you begin to dismantle the team. Alex Anthopoulos has done his job; he has loaded the Jays dugout and bullpen with all the talent they could ever need to win the World Series.
From there it is Gibbons responsibility to motivate, come down on and push these guys to play at their full potential. This is clearly not happening. Like I said earlier I do not know much about the intricacies of the game but I do know sports. Now I have struggled through about 15 to 20 Jays games this year, and as of late I have seen things taking place that are just unacceptable.
Losing games is to be expected but these guys seem to just be taking it like whatever no big deal. They are professional athletes getting millions of dollars to perform, and during some games they are losing 11-1, 6-0, 5-0, and they are coming in the dugout after getting shelled in an inning laughing and joking around. If you didn’t watch the game and they just showed you the dugout you would think that the Jays were winning 11-1 and living up to all the potential.
Pitchers are getting rocked and coming into the dugout acting like what ever I am still getting paid either way. This is where Gibbons has to get on these guys and what do I see him doing patting them on the back and smiling like they are 7 and its little league. There seems to be no accountability or responsibility with this team.
There is certainly no control; up until recently Jose Bautista was screaming at umpires every chance he got, Brett Lawrie is acting like a spoiled 10-year-old and you have players speaking out publicly that the team is overrated and not as good as they thought they were…are you serious. The manager needs to get control of this team or Anthopoulos needs to bring in someone who can.
Coaches supporting players after a bad inning, ok, when it is here and there and for the most part they are playing up to the expectations that is fine, but when players are playing so far beneath their potential you need to drop the hammer. When players are behaving as individuals and/or speaking out against the team, as a manager you need to bring an end to that and let them know who is running the show.
The first move needs to be made to get this team on track and that move is the same move it has been through out the entire history of pro sports the coach has got to go. The Jays need to do what is necessary and part ways with John Gibbons.