Sitting Vlad Jr. on Victoria Day is dispassionately tone-deaf

There aren’t many boxes circled on Blue Jays’ fans calendars this season. The team is navigating through a painful rebuild so, expectedly, people aren’t going to be tripping over themselves to come out and watch the team on a regular basis.

Three major dates that would drive fans to the gates are Opening Day, Canada Day, and Victoria Day, which, for Canadians, signals the beginning of summer. Fans that showed up to this afternoon’s Victoria Day game were met with a disappointing surprise when Vlad Jr., one of the only reasons to actually watch this team, was left off the lineup card.
Today’s game was the first at home after a six-game road trip. During that trip, Vlad finally broke out. He went 7-for-24 with four home runs and a whopping 1.321 OPS. Unfortunately, today’s game was a scheduled off-day for Vlad, as the organization slowly builds him up from missing virtually all of spring training.
Manager Charlie Montoyo was left in an awkward situation, having to justify what was ultimately not his choice:

The manager did not make this decision. The front office did.
— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) May 20, 2019

I mean, on paper, you can understand …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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