Debunking Joy Over Lawrie Injury


February 24, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie (13) in the dugout against the New York Yankees during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsIf you’ve kept your ear open to opinions expressed by the Toronto Blue Jays fan base over the course of this offseason you’ve surely heard some crazy things.

That Rogers let Alex Anthopoulos increase the Blue Jays payroll because they were embarrassed by John Farrell wanting out of Toronto. Or that they saw an opportunity to make baseball more popular because of the NHL lockout. Or that the Blue Jays farm system is bankrupt after trading Travis D’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard for R.A. Dickey.

These crazy opinions (sorry that’s what they are) pale in comparison to the latest crazy thought.

That Brett Lawrie getting injured is a good thing because he won’t be able to play in the World Baseball Classic because if he plays in the World Baseball Classic he could get injured. If you haven’t heard any Blue Jays fans say this, a lot of them they really have, I don’t have a strong enough imagination to make this up.

Obviously there’s risk of injury for any player playing in the WBC. Newsflash there’s risk of a player getting injured in any game including spring training and winter ball, which half the league participates in (don’t quote me on the half the league part but you get my point).

This also isn’t a video game or a movie where Lawrie will conveniently just be injured during the WBC and be right back to 100% healthy before or by opening day. Even if Lawrie’s ready by opening day he’s going to miss important playing time and practice before this very big season starts.

Lawrie could very well miss the start of the season or have this injury come up again during the season. In other words the whole reason some Blue Jays fans don’t want Jays players playing in the WBC.

The best case scenario would have been Lawrie playing in the WBC and coming out of it healthy and ready to go for the rest of spring training and the season. That would have been worth getting excited over. Brett Lawrie getting injured for hopefully just 2 to 3 weeks is not.