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The Blue Jays tell Adam Lind to stop badmouthing the old boss

Feb 19, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

Adam Lind AP

We’ve had a number of instances of players saying bad things about old managers or teammates lately. The last one was the Blue Jays’ Adam Lind, who over the weekend blamed ex-Jays manager John Farrell for sending him mixed signals about hitting last year:

“You guys (the media) were around last year,” Lind said Saturday at spring training. “The manager telling you one thing was a problem, it was tough. He was from Boston where they were selective (on hitting pitches) but coming up through this organization we were taught to be aggressive, so sometimes you get confused who you want to please.”

I’m sure this had nothing to do whatsoever with Farrell calling out Lind for being out of shape last year and sending him to Las Vegas for a while. Nope.

Anyway, Jays’ GM Alex Anthopoulos heard these comments and said that, if there was a problem, it was Lind’s fault:

“He has been in the league long enough now and it’s up to him to say I’m a little confused, I need a little help and what not … I always try to stress, if you’re confused, if you’re not sure, it’s on you to say something. We can’t do anything to help you if you don’t express how you’re feeling.”

Always a good rule to not air your grievances publicly.

  1. js20011041 - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Aside from the fact that is, like Craig said, about Farrell calling him out and the team sending him down last year, his point seems nonsensical to me. He came up under one regime that taught him to hit one way. When Farrell got there, he taught the team to hit another way. I’m pretty sure that if you have a new boss, you probably should do what he wants, and not what your old boss would have wanted.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Lind is just practicing excuses for when the season is over and the jays are still in 4th place. I tip my cap to him actually, he knows the boat is sinking and he’s not drinking the same kool aid AA is drinking.

    • js20011041 - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Yankees fans are a lot like high school girls. Whenever they see another girl that is just as attractive, if not more so, than they are, they start trashing the girl unmercifully.

      • cur68 - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        I have never seen a high school girl fling their own poo. Thus, they are unlike ole ‘harry here. Other than that, your comparison works in every way.

    • ramrene - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      It sounds like not only does he have a valid point but he’s exposed a pholosophical rift throughout the organization.

      If the organization is teaching a certain type hitting philosophy up the chain throughout the minors then switches to an entirely different hitting philosophy (Boston’s) when you finally get to the majors it appears not everyone is on the same page up & down throughout the organization and that’s something they need to fix.

      Boston’s hitting philosophy preaches more plate discipline… take more pitches, run up the pitcher’s count, get past the starter, get into the bullpen, etc. If the kid was taught to “hit away” and now he’s being asked to take pitches it’s not that easy. It takes guys hundreds of minor league AB’s before they feel comfortable doing it and some guys never adapt.

      The boss is the boss so if he wants you to piss on a spark plug you do, but the kid did expose what appears to be an organization not on the same page throughout.

      • Old Gator - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        No, he exposed an organization that had a bad year last year and a manager who was a poor enough fit that when he wanted to leave town, they were happy to let him. Aside from exposing himself as a whiner, it’s hard to see what heuristic value Lind’s simpering has for looking at this year’s team.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        Lind was close to his previous manager, Cito Gaston, and had his best years following Gaston’s advice of see ball, hit ball. Gaston felt that you usually got the best pitch to hit early in the count. Gaston’s approach worked best for Lind, while Farrell’s approach was a bad fit for Lind.

      • cur68 - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        PC has it right. Farrell was fixing something that wasn’t broken. That being said, Lind needs to live in the present and move on to doing what Gibbons wants and seeing to it that Gibbons is aware of what Adam’s strengths are.

        I find the AA comment a bit baffling, though. Usually he keeps this stuff out of the media. Its no way to manage a team.

  3. craigmaitland - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Lind talking smack is unreal.. Doesn’t he realize that HE is the weakest link in the lineup?

  4. jaybird22seven - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Your exactly right Js !!!! Yankee fans and Redsox fans will get a lot more quiet as the season goes on and they find their team at the bottom of the standings. Right Dirtyhater?

  5. paperlions - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    This makes Lind sound like he doesn’t understand what a sound hitting approach is….most teams want hitters to be selective, but aggressive in the zone. In short, they want hitters to be selective enough to make pitchers throw strikes and then for the hitters to be aggressive when they see a pitch they can drive. Being aggressive for the sake of being aggressive is a horrible approach at the plate and a fantastic way to get yourself out without ever seeing a pitch you can do anything with.

    FWIW, over the last 4 years, the Red Sox have walked one more time than the Blue Jays every 142 PAs (about 1 walk every 4 games).

  6. Mark - Feb 19, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    “Always a good rule to not air your grievances publicly.”

    I agree. I mean, it’s not even Festivus! So no airing of grievances.

    Seriously though, the only person Lind has to blame for his lack of success the past 3 years is himself. And he can criticize the guy who told him to be patient last year all he wants, but the irony is that he had his best BB% and his lowest swing % during his career year of 09.

    Keep thinking your problem is that you’re being too aggressive, Lind. And while you think that’s your problem, I’ll sit back and watch you flail away and end up with another replacement level season.

  7. carlos1212 - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    The title makes it sound as if “The Blue Jays (told) Adam Lind to stop badmouthing the old boss.”

    Sure, Anthopoulos called him on the specific remarks, but that headline is inaccurate at best, and really, completely misleading. I clicked it because I thought “The Blue Jays (told) Adam Lind to stop badmouthing the old boss,” but no. Give the headline writer a promotion, I’m sure it added some page views as this wasn’t in the news anywhere else, because, you know, it didn’t happen.

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