Following last night’s embarrassing performance, it is safe to say that Derek Fisher should never set foot in the Blue Jays outfield again.
The Blue Jays are currently in a position to make the postseason for the first time since 2016 and at a time where defence and fundamentally sound baseball is a must, outfielder Derek Fisher once again laid a golden egg in right field.
The second-inning adventure began with Fisher missing a ball that StatCast reportedly tabbed as a 95% catch-rate chance. From there, the 27-year old tentatively tracked a catchable fly ball, playing it like a 7-year old praying to the baseball gods for the ball not to be hit to him.
The two defensive miscues in the second inning changed the entire complexion of the game as the Blue Jays went on to get pumped by the Yankees 20-6. The same New York team that Toronto is battling for second place in the always tough AL East.
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This is not the first time Fisher has embarrassed himself in a Blue Jays uniform. Last season, the troubled outfielder took a Trey Mancini flyball off the face on a shallow pop-out to right field. At some point the team needs to cut ties with Fisher, defence aside, he is hitting just .226 in 16 games and will not be missed.
You could question why the brain trust opted to say goodbye to Dwight Smith Jr., Anthony Alford, or even to a lesser extent Billy McKinney over Fisher. At least Alford could be utilized as an elite pinch-runner with his game-changing speed on the base paths late in games.
If the Jays plan on being a contender than Fisher should never touch the outfield grass again. It may sound harsh but it is the right call, move Cavan Biggio to right field, and use Jonathan Davis as the fourth outfielder. Plain and simple.
It is time for Charlie Montoyo to start managing like it is the postseason and doing what is best for the team.