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So much for that: Brett Lawrie is done playing second base

Jul 26, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

Brett Lawrie Reuters

Less than two weeks ago when Brett Lawrie returned from the disabled list the Blue Jays decided to shift him from third base to second base, with manager John Gibbons saying all sorts of stuff about how he envisioned Lawrie and Jose Reyes forming an excellent double-play duo for years to come.

Lawrie hadn’t played second base since 2010 in the minors and apparently he won’t be playing there for the rest of the season, because after six games as a second baseman the Blue Jays have decided to shift him back to third base.

Gibbons indicated that Lawrie playing second base next season remains an option, but explained the quick change of mind to Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun:

I was watching the game last night and hey, I’m dumb but not stupid. We always have a right to change our mind. We’ll see how it plays out. We don’t have all the answers, we never claimed to have all the answers. Maybe it is smarter to leave him there.

“I’m dumb but not stupid” and “we never claimed to have all the answers” aren’t exactly reassuring quotes from a manager, but hey, it was fun while it lasted.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Basically, he made too many errors while playing second base as he had not played there for a while. He needed a lot more repetitions at second base in order to be effective there. He might be tried again at second during spring training.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      That comment would been better that what Gibbons actually said.

  2. drewzducks - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    The rudderless ship continues to sink.

    • nbjays - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      How does that comment refer to this post? Moving Lawrie back to third is a HUGE upgrade in defense at the hot corner. There are others who can play better second base.

  3. esracerx46 - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Fire Gibbons

  4. josemartez - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Every photo of Lawrie in action looks like he’s passing a stone.

  5. paperlions - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    There is a reason he was moved off of 2B. The unexpectedly successful Matt Carpenter experiment will probably result in a few more attempts to maximize player value by moving them up the defensive spectrum….just because an experiment didn’t work, doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth trying….you’ll never know if a guy can do it unless you give him a chance to prove you wrong. If it only works 1 out of 10 times, that is still a big net positive.

  6. tuberippin - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Any time he wants to start hitting, that would help too.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:24 PM

      A home run and a double tonight for your pleasure.

  7. pressytodd - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Just one more ( ex) brewer DIVA , drafted as a cacher told club i don`t want to play cacher after some sucsess at the position , switched to second he makes the futures team after playing in aa then it`s i shoule be starting in milwaukee, and at the end of the year he demands to be traded and he want`s to play in canada so melvin traids him strait up for marcum. talent wise toronto won that trade hands down long term, ? short term brewers traded a diva for a pitcher that helped the team get within one game of the world series. bottom line is lawire made the MLB all star futures game playing secondbase in2009 for the world team…….GIVE THAT DIVA A SNICKERS or send him to aa to cach.

    • steelyd89 - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      @PressyTodd do you know what you’re talking about? Lawrie went into the draft as a catcher to improve his value, not because that was his position. Lawrie played shortstop, outfield and catcher when I watched him play with my buddies. To my knowledge Lawrie never asked for a trade, he was targetted by AA all year long and the Brewers needed pitching help. Lawrie did nothing but what the Brewers asked of him and did pretty okay at it for double-a. He DEFINITELY wasn’t starting in Milwaukee the next season… I think some of you TO fans are just bitter.

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