Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. saying all the right things
The debate surrounding Vladimir Guerrero Jr’s. service time constraints have been the talk of the town since the Toronto Blue Jays camp broke earlier this week in Dunedin.
Through it all, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has taken the high road and said all the right things when peppered by the media. This time around was no exception as Vladdy opined through an interpreter.
"“I know that I need to focus on controlling what I can control and working hard every day to make the best out of it. Trying to get better every day, working hard and giving the best of me.”"
It is probably safe to assume that growing up around the game and being counseled by his Hall of Fame father has assisted in the growth and maturity of the young superstar.
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Vladdy in all likelihood will begin the 2019 campaign in Triple-A regardless of what he does during Grapefruit League action. Three weeks in the minors will ensure Vladdy the Blue Jays prolong his free agency for an additional year.
Whether you agree with it or not, the move makes sense from a management point of view and is completely legal from a collective bargaining agreement standpoint.
Last October, Vladdy had a great quote in regards to the topic proving just how level headed the teenager really is.
"“I’ve waited 19 years to play in the big-leagues, what’s another three weeks?”"
On a lighter note, outfielder Randal Grichuk joked around the cage yesterday that he did not want to go after Vladdy crushed a round of batting practice. Grichuk rather told Lourdes Gurriel Jr. he could follow the young phenom in the cage.
Don’t take this for granted folks, we are witnessing something very special unfold before our eyes. Vladdy Guerrero is a generational talent who looks to have it figured out on both ends of the spectrum. Way to stay grounded, kid.