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John Gibbons rips Jose Bautista for getting ejected in yesterday’s game

Aug 25, 2014, 8:23 AM EDT

Jose Bautista AP

It’s not often you hear a manager mention the absence of one of his players who got ejected in his postgame comments. And when it does happen, it’s usually the manger standing up for his player. Following yesterday’s Blue Jays-Rays game, however, John Gibbons let Jose Bautista have it.

Bautista was ejected in the sixth inning for arguing balls and strikes. Nolan Reimold took his place. Reimold dropped a fly ball in the tenth inning which set up the Rays winning run and he struck out to end the game. Gibbons not only said that Bautista should’ve been in those spots, he took issue with Bautista’s taking issue with the strike zone:

“The bottom line is we needed him in the game,” Gibbons said of Bautista. “Say your piece and get the hell out of there. We’re trying to get in the playoffs, we need you on the field. He’s a marked man in this game. (Plate ump) Bill Welke? I thought he had a pretty good (strike) zone today. It was steady, he was calling strikes. He was looking to call strikes. But we need you in the game.”

Lotsa frustration in T.O. these days.

  1. Jackofallsports - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Trade him while he still has good value. This team is going nowhere this year or next. Bautista has proven time and time again he’s not a leader. Restock the farm from the recent head scratchers…see Dickey, R.A.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      It’s not that easy to replace a great hitter. Why does he need to be a “leader” anyway? The team can just have 1 leader, then some good hitter and pitchers. Right? Wishing they would trade a good player and rebuild, just like that, seems hasty to me.

      • bobdira - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        Would NEVER call Bautista a “Great” hitter. He’s had some nice runs and some good (probably aided) home run years but not great by any stretch.

      • dillongeeescapeplan - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:06 AM

        Bautista has certainly been a great hitter over the last few years. His wRC+ over the last five seasons is 155. The only ones ahead of him are Might, Trout and Votto. HEven with all the time he missed over that stretch, he still has the most home runs (176, Might has 173 and hr played 103 more games).

      • dillongeeescapeplan - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        Even*

  2. miguelcairo - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Bautista does seem to be one of the top whiners in the game when it comes to balls and strikes.

    • Jack Glasscock's Cup - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      As an Indians fan, I only get to see him a handful of times each year, but I agree with you. The radio announcers mention it during each of his at-bats.

      • spezzdispenser - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        As a Jays fan I can confirm it. And it’s especially annoying because this isn’t the first time it’s cost a win.

  3. silversun60 - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    As a Jays fan, Bautista has been better this year with the whining…. but it was like he was trying to get ejected here…. turned around… complained…. was told to go away after saying his piece…. and just continued… then when he was thrown out did the mystified “What did I do?!?!” look.

    It’s getting old and tired. What does he think the ump is going to do? “You know what… you’re right Jose!! Thanks!!! Please change that last call to a Ball and take your base fine sir!”

    • josemartez - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      I agree. Last year was unbearable, but he has gotten better. Still, just go back to the dugout and shut up. The call wasn’t /that/ bad.

      It’ll be a miracle if they actually turn this around, and instances like this are not helping.

  4. jaysfan64 - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    As a Jays fan since day 1 (1977) I can honestly say I’ve never seen them melt down like this..’85 they basically had that series in their grasp but they plain got beat by George Brett – you can live with that. ’87 they lost all those close games at the end of the season – a heartbreaker but any of those games could have gone either way (Jays were hard hit by injuries then as well). ’89 they got schooled by the Oakland dynasty – you can accept that. ’91 ALCS was very close too but Twins won – you can accept that. This season’s historic collapse should not be accepted by the front office or the fan base…the frustration is clearly starting to show on Bautista as he got rung up on worse pitches than that earlier this season and just walked away – the team was doing so well…it wouldn’t shock me to see Bautista quietly ask for a trade in the offseason and if that happens – I sure hope it’s granted, cause it could get as toxic as the Alomar situation was here if it isn’t…

  5. tmohr - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    The Jays have lost 14 of 20, and Gibbons is criticizing his best player in the press? Looks like the wheels are completely off.

  6. bowltr - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    piece? Spell check please!

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Nobody expects the spelling police, but here you are.

      • dluxxx - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!!!

    • sophiethegreatdane - Aug 25, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      Should be “peace”, right?

    • sabatimus - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      That’s funny, because “piece” is correct.

  7. jimeejohnson - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    I love the Latin people’ I speak Spanish, but chalk this incident up to the curse of “machismo”.

  8. rcali - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Bautista has been pretty bad since the start of July. Maybe he needs a few mental days off. He’s not helping the team batting .179 in the past two weeks.

  9. drewzducks - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Stick a fork in them. Actually have to side with Gibbons on this one. When your team is on an epic collapse over the last 2+ months there’s no room for selfish displays like Jose showed yesterday. At least they get the “playing out the stretch” Sox for the next 3 games.

  10. sabatimus - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:03 PM

  11. canadatude - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Bautista went off on the GM at the trade deadline for not trading the future for a band aid fix. After that, he pouted all August. Terrible hitting, lousy defence and a cancer in the clubhouse. Time to move him out.

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