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Brett Lawrie wasn’t thrilled about playing second base last night

May 3, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided to start Juan Francisco at third base in last night’s interleague matchup against the Pirates while moving Brett Lawrie over to second base. It’s not an ideal alignment from a defensive perspective, but he’s trying to keep Francisco’s bat in the lineup with the designated hitter unavailable.

While Gibbons’ reasoning is understandable, Lawrie didn’t sound thrilled about the temporary position switch when talking with John Lott of the National Post:

“I’m a third baseman,” he said. “I’m not a third base/second base type of guy. I’m a third baseman and that’s my position.

“I’m not necessarily going over thinking I’m going to be Chase Utley tonight. I’m going to try to make the routine play and try to roll a double play if we can. It’s for the team and if we can get an extra bat in there and it gives us a chance to win, then that’s what it has to be.”

Of course, Lawrie originally began his pro career as a second baseman in the Brewers minor league system before making the move over to the hot corner. He played six games at second base last season after the Blue Jays were hit hard with injuries.

The Pirates will send left-hander Francisco Liriano to the hill later today, so Francisco should sit while Lawrie will be back at third base. However, we’ll likely see Lawrie at second base again on Sunday with right-hander Edinson Volquez slated to pitch in the series finale.

  1. jerze2387 - May 3, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Nice to see Lawrie is a team player.

    Career high 11 Hrs in a season, .264 career average…He says hes a 3rd Baseman, his bat says hes a 2nd baseman

    • tfbuckfutter - May 3, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      Yeah but what position does his father say plays?

    • proudlycanadian - May 3, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Last season, the Jays did experiment with him at second base, a move that was questioned by the team’s short stop Jose Reyes. On the field, Lawrie has become a superb third baseman with great range. Pitchers such as Buehrle love having the combination of Lawrie and Reyes on the left side of the infield.

      • jerze2387 - May 3, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        Im sure they also like run support. If they can improve 2 positions on offense by shifting a guy on defense, why not? especially if he CAN play the position. And most 2nd basemen have better range than 3rd basemen, so it stands to reason he’d have better range at 3B.

        And the 2b experiment probably didnt go well last year because he didnt want to and heart wasnt into it, as he has made clear now. Hence my “team player” comment.

    • nbjays - May 3, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      His defense at 3rd says he’s a good 3rd baseman.

      • jerze2387 - May 3, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        Most 2nd Basemen would make exceptional 3rd Basemen as far as defense due to the range in going to both sides factor. Doesnt mean his bat profiles for the position. Thats like starting an outfield of Ben revere, peter bourjos, and Aaron hicks. Sure, the defense would be great, but 2 of them dont belong as corner outfielders because they cant hit.

      • nbjays - May 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        Range at 3rd is nice but if you don’t have the arm, you might as well stay at 2nd. It isn’t just range and what his bat profiles for.

  2. renaado - May 3, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Chase Utley!?

  3. Gordon - May 3, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Would he like some cheese and crackers with that whine?

  4. proudlycanadian - May 3, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    He played quite well at second base yesterday; however, his glove, quick reflexes and throwing arm are more suited for third base. By the way, he was actually a catcher when he was drafted.

  5. tonyc920 - May 3, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    That’s why Lawrie was expendable in Milwaukee. Not the “Team” orientated guy you want in the clubhouse. Great skills, Lame brain !

    • ezthinking - May 3, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      ^ this.

  6. tonyc920 - May 3, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    ProudCan, you are correct. The Brewers had him as a backup catcher and he was decent.

    • brewcrewfan54 - May 3, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      He was drafted as a catcher. He moved to 2B because he thought he had a chance to get to the majors faster but then Rickie Weeks signed an extension so he wanted to move to 3B because the Brewers were weak there at the time.

  7. 1harrypairatesties - May 3, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Just shut up and play where your manager tells you to play you loser.

  8. shawnuel - May 3, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    The move was odd but if it isn’t a regular thing, its nothing to get worked up over. Hitting above the Mendoza line would give him a little more credibility.

    • Mark - May 3, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      He had an awful start to the season but he’s been on fire lately. His past 2 weeks he’s hit 350/395/625. He couldn’t hit anything until around April 15th.

      Regardless, it’s disappointing that he’s complaining about this. What’s the alternative, to leave Lawrie at 3B and have Diaz or Getz play 2B against a RHP? Fransisco isn’t going to be this good, but while he’s crushing everything the Jays have to get his bat in the lineup. If it was a fulltime switch then complain, but over 1-2 games? Ugh.

  9. 700levelvet - May 3, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Hands down…. Willie Mays is the greatest 5 tool player who ever lived ..,

  10. brimab - May 3, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Yeah and I’m not thrilled about hearing a player bitch about playing Major League Baseball. Shut your fool mouth and get out there and ball ya jerk.

  11. garybrian - May 3, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    As. Usual Gibson doesn’t know what he’s doing. You’ve got a minor league manager managing (?) a major league team!

    • jerze2387 - May 3, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      yeah, he should know that in the majors the spoiled divas get to run the show and decide wheer they play, not the manager. Stupid Gibson. Gibbons too.

    • nbjays - May 3, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      Neither do you, Gary, seeing as the Jays’ manager is names Gibbons, not Gibson.

  12. kylewo - May 3, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Why do players allow themselves to be goaded into saying things that there is a 100% chance of a negative reaction to? I guess a lot of them have never had to talk to a traditional boss.

  13. zdravit - May 3, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    You’re allowed to have a sh!tty attitude when you’re a future hall of famer.

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