Saturday, March 21, 2009

Jason Lane: The Odd Man Out


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Reason would dictate that your strongest hitter in spring training would naturally be a shoe-in to make the final 25-man opening day roster. But unfortunately for Jason Lane, he looks to be the odd man out.

Although Lane leads the club in HR’s (5) and RBI’s (12), the Blue Jays will have a tough time trying to find a spot for him on the team. Looking back at last year’s spring training numbers, the Jays’ top hitter was Vernon Wells who had 1 HR and 6 RBI’s.

Right now the big question is which of Joe Inglett, Jose Bautista, and Kevin Millar will make the squad. Most experts figure Jason Lane to be a long shot, but I think he should be right there with Millista and Inglett, and be up for equal consideration just like everyone else.

It really is a shame if Jason Lane doesn’t make the team. Just because he doesn’t provide any “clubhouse antics” or “often quoted catchphrases”, doesn’t mean he should be overlooked. Lane has power, and he certainly has talent. But here Mike Wilner's counterpoint about Jason Lane from Thursday night's Jays Talk:
"1000 plate appearances over the last 3 years is going to carry a lot more weight than 50 in March".
Touche. But I'm just saying that Jason Lane has hit 5 times as many home runs and almost just as many RBI's in spring training as John McDonald hit all season in 2008. It could just be the balmy Florida weather, but Jason Lane has played phenomenally for the Blue Jays so far. But would his success continue with Toronto during the regular season? That I’m not so sure of - but if he never gets a chance, then we’ll never know.

9 comments:

  1. It pains me to say this, but should we take Lane north, and leave J-Mac behind...?

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  2. If it were up to me ... yes. But J.P. likes J-Mac, and they need a backup SS (either McDonald or Bautista). Lane will probably stick behind in Vegas until someone gets hurt.

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  3. I don't think Cito is a fan of the Prime Minister of Defence, so I wonder if he has any say over the matter.

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  4. It was never the General Manager's decision anymore, not since Gaston took over the reigns.

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  5. I know Cito has a lot of weight in determining the final roster, but does J.P. have the ultimate say?

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  6. If the idea of seeing Bautista at short doesn't make you want to throw up then you're not human.

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  7. Dave, maybe we should come up with another player hybrid. Shall we combine Bautista and McDonald to create an offensive and defensively acceptable SS? McTista or Baucdonald?

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  8. It wouldn't be a horrible idea to ask Bart Given, on his Inside the Majors blog to speculate on who's decision it actually is, given his experience as assistant GM

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  9. Good idea Dan, I'll ask Bart and see what he says.

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