It would appear that the Coronavirus is not only throwing a wrench into the Toronto Blue Jays season but also Reese McGuire’s day in court.
The Blue Jays catcher was scheduled to appear in a Clearwater, Florida court this week to answer to a charge of exposing his sexual organs. The allegations stem from an incident on February 07th where Reese McGuire was arrested in the parking lot of a strip mall where he allegedly exposed himself inside his sports utility vehicle.
McGuire has yet to address the media in relation to the incident, however, it was reported he would address the embarrassing allegations once the matter had been resolved in court. It will now take a little longer to lay the incident to rest as Florida court matters have been delayed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The court date that was originally scheduled to take place on March 16th according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. McGuire was released on his own recognizance following the incident.
There was much debate during spring training if the alleged lapse in judgment would affect McGuire’s good standing with the team. The backstop was tabbed to carry a substantial workload this season along with Danny Jansen.
Surprisingly, the team stood behind their catcher as General Manager Ross Atkins informed the media that McGuire’s legal issues would not impact his role with the team. The backstop saw action in nine Grapefruit League games notching four hits including a homer in 20 spring at-bats.
McGuire and Jansen form one of the better young catching duos in all of baseball. The 25-year old McGuire impressed in his late-season audition hitting .299/.346/.526 with 29 hits and five home runs in 30 games last year.
Jansen struggled in 2019 hitting just .207 with 13 round-trippers, however, he is expected to be a better offensive player than last season’s numbers indicated. This spring Jansen destroyed Grapefruit League pitching going 9 for 17 with four homers and 13 runs batted in before the season was suspended.
Hopefully, McGuire can put his legal troubles behind him sooner than later and get back to concentrating on baseball.