Ross Atkins talks about Julian Merryweather, the closer situation, improved defence, and more!

With the Blue Jays off on Friday, Ross Atkins made rounds through the media, making appearances on both Sportsnet’s Baseball Central and TSN’s Overdrive. I already talked about his optimism around the Blue Jays and vaccines, but here are some other interesting parts…

On team defence…
Atkins very quickly went out of his way to praise the defensive effort that we saw on Thursday afternoon, noting that just about everybody on the field had what he described as an ‘above average defensive play.’
The energy in both dugouts, the intensity of it, it was a lot of fun. I was extremely happy for the players, for the coaches, for the Toronto Blue Jays fans, to have a very entertaining game out of the gates. And a lot of positive things happened. I think six of our eight defenders had well above average defensive plays — that was probably the highlight for me, watching each of those plays. Cavan had several exceptional plays. Really encouraging on the defensive front.
This is a big change of scenery from what we’ve seen from this group in the past. The 2018 and 2019 Blue Jays obviously weren’t competitive for a multitude of reasons …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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