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Bautista's temper hurting Toronto?

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07:09 AM ET 06.10 | On Sunday, the Blue Jays blew a four-run lead, and then Jose Bautista blew his cool -- then, after the game, Bautista chose not to talk to reporters. Earlier, it fell upon manager John Gibbons to interpret Bautista's actions, which was not the first time -- and probably won't be the last -- that he has had run-ins with umps regarding balls and strikes. He has had to explain past transgressions, but not this time. It brings back the question of how much do Bautista's outbursts hurt both himself and the team? "We've talked about that many times, you guys and myself," Gibbons said. "It doesn't help him, that's for sure. But over the season, it hasn't been an issue and we'll move on." Unfortunately, that's not the way it works.

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June 10, 2013  07:59 AM ET

Temper tantrums with the men in blue rarely, if ever, helps your future plate appearances which in turn will effect your team's efforts in a like negative manner.

June 10, 2013  08:03 AM ET

Actions like that always made me feel that a player was in it just for himself and not for the team.

June 10, 2013  08:50 AM ET

When Brett Lawrie came up to the Jays, a lot of us thought that Bautista would be a good influence on him. Unfortunately, it appears that Bautista learned this bad habit from Lawrie. This behaviour only serves to hurt the team.

June 10, 2013  09:04 AM ET

Roid Rage?

June 10, 2013  09:04 AM ET

Ever watch a player like Jeter argue with the ump? (I use Jeter because he is the most obvious example that I see on a daily basis. There are many other examples throughout baseball.) He does, he just does like this: Rarely does he ever confront the ump, and, if, he does argue a call at the plate he usually just keeps looking towards the field and says his piece. This manner, plus, Jeter's tenure as a respected MLB player, goes lot further than confronting an ump, face to face and "showing" him up.

June 10, 2013  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Roid Rage?

I thought of it but I reconsidered and went with immaturity and someone with anger issues for other unknown reasons. Not that I haven't got my suspicions about Bautista and PEDs.

June 10, 2013  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Brett Lawrie

Is he the most talked about crappy player in baseball, or what?

June 10, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Is he the most talked about crappy player in baseball, or what?

He's the new Gordon Beckham.

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June 10, 2013  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He's the new Gordon Beckham.

Get bent like Lawrie

June 10, 2013  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Ever watch a player like Jeter argue with the ump? (I use Jeter because he is the most obvious example that I see on a daily basis. There are many other examples throughout baseball.) He does, he just does like this: Rarely does he ever confront the ump, and, if, he does argue a call at the plate he usually just keeps looking towards the field and says his piece. This manner, plus, Jeter's tenure as a respected MLB player, goes lot further than confronting an ump, face to face and "showing" him up.

Good Point!

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June 10, 2013  11:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I thought of it but I reconsidered and went with immaturity and someone with anger issues for other unknown reasons. Not that I haven't got my suspicions about Bautista and PEDs.

Not so sure. Was weird how he hurt himself checking a swing last year. Not alone though....

June 10, 2013  12:10 PM ET

I am starting to feel sorry for Alex Anthopoulos - he was smart and patient and built a solid minor league system and then went for it this off season. It looks like all of his moves backfired - this could set the franchise back five years (giving up all of those prospects and taking on those contracts)

June 10, 2013  12:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Ever watch a player like Jeter argue with the ump? (I use Jeter because he is the most obvious example that I see on a daily basis. There are many other examples throughout baseball.) He does, he just does like this: Rarely does he ever confront the ump, and, if, he does argue a call at the plate he usually just keeps looking towards the field and says his piece. This manner, plus, Jeter's tenure as a respected MLB player, goes lot further than confronting an ump, face to face and "showing" him up.

It's just a whole lot smarter to handle things that way. Blowing a gasket rarely helps anybody.

June 10, 2013  12:18 PM ET

It was pretty obvious to anyone watching that once Bautista argued strike one, he was going to K in that AB, Joe Nathan saw that as well making him fish for junk after the first pitch. Bautista's just a big baby who cares only for his personal stats and couldn't care less if the team wins or loses, glad he's on Toronto.

June 10, 2013  01:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I am starting to feel sorry for Alex Anthopoulos - he was smart and patient and built a solid minor league system and then went for it this off season. It looks like all of his moves backfired - this could set the franchise back five years (giving up all of those prospects and taking on those contracts)

Those moves he made during the offseason were pretty iffy and carried a fairly high level of risk. You shouldn't feel sorry for him. If you're gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough.

June 10, 2013  02:06 PM ET

'Roids rage?

June 10, 2013  03:55 PM ET
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Those moves he made during the offseason were pretty iffy and carried a fairly high level of risk. You shouldn't feel sorry for him. If you're gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough.

...but at least he had the cojones to make the moves. We've had a "build for the future" attitude in Toronto for so long and it was nice to finally come into a season with hope for the post-season - too bad it's been squashed!

 
June 10, 2013  09:28 PM ET

Jays get hot, go 20 and 5,and go 20 and 5 again, and 1 more time after that were RIGHT BACK IN 'ER!

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