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Don Cherry trashes Blue Jays, says team needs more grinders

- October 2nd, 2013

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Don Cherry thinks Toronto needs to get more tough.

No, not the Maple Leafs. The Blue Jays.

Grapes thinks the club could do with a few more grinders after reading a quote from an anonymous player in a Bob Elliott piece.

“I’ll tell you what the GM needs to do for next year, he needs to go get some grinders, some guys who want to play,” one player said. “Look around at all the these empty lockers. I’m no doctor but you can’t tell me all of these guys are so injured or all in Florida re-habbing that they can’t stay for the final weekend of the season.”

Here’s what Cherry had to say via Twitter. (Note: Is anybody surprised he fancies Brett Lawrie?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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34 comments

  1. mikel | October 2, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Absolutely, without a doubt, the most truthful statement said about this team this year.

  2. rudy | October 2, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Finally Cherry says what everyone has been thinking for a long time!! couldn’t be a more accurate statement…

  3. Dan Cummings | October 2, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Yep, Don is right. We had a few grinders, and Kawasaki became a fan favourite because he was one of them. Lawrie, of course. I’d want him on any Toronto team: baseball, football, soccer, basketball. Burns hot, produces. Not the complete list, but I’d add Pillar, Goins, Buehrle, Dickey, Encarnacion and DeRosa as guys to go to war with. And then there’s guys who fit the bill but maybe don’t appear to fit the bill. I could be wrong, but I think Rasmus might be one of those – clubhouse types know the answer. If trades are made or free agents signed, let’s get ‘grinders’ and lose any ‘floaters’.

  4. Brian | October 2, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    absolutely, they were here to escape their own ghosts. There was a reason Miami unloaded that bunch, the GM for the Jays is a guy looking for quick glory and a name for himself, not a reputation for the team. the ‘dream team’ was just that, but more like a nightmare. and for God’s sakes, why rehire a manager that was already going nowhere BEFORE he was rehired.

  5. menisino | October 2, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Don is right on this one. Cabrera in Detroit hits not only homers but will go with the pitch to move runners…Baustista, although a very good fielder, simply is not a team player…more concerned about his longball stats . Trade him ;Lind ;for value.

  6. dLBeau | October 2, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    No greater TRUTH has been spoken.

  7. Nev | October 2, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Don Cherry is absolutely correct.. look at how some of these slackers are playing now that they were traded to a U.S team…ie Johnson. Escobar, etc. many of these players do not want to play for a Canadian team. period.

  8. JR | October 3, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Right. You can always analyze any sport as if it is hockey. Now, let’s actually use our minds for a moment. Bautista, Encarnacion, Cecil, Johnson, Delabar, Melky Cabrera, Morrow, Rasmus, and Izturis were all on the DL. Yeah, big shock that there were so many empty lockers. All you gotta do is grind it out, though. So just keep swinging and you’ll eventually hit the ball and keep throwing the ball and eventually you’ll get a strikeout. I mean, you keep shooting the puck on the net and good things happen, right? It has gotta be the same in baseball.

  9. TR | October 3, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Don Cherry is an old dinosaur who is as relevant as Paul McCartney! He has no knowledge of baseball and should button it instead of trying to sell his brand to a bunch of fools. If Joe Torre were telling Grapes about hockey, he would have a hissie fit and propose a fight. No fool like an old fool!

  10. Brad | October 3, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Is this fossil still alive?

  11. DH | October 3, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Don Cherry may not be a baseball expert but he knows professional sports and what makes a winner. The Jays need to build an atmosphere of winning and the players need to be held accountable when they screw up. Thats not going to happen with this group of coaches and this manager. Rivera, Gibbons and Walker have to go. I wonder what Cito is up to?

  12. Mondo Bizarro | October 3, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Cherry was shooting his mouth off about the Jays would make the playoffs easy – that the baseball reporters who picked the Jays to finish way out of it as fools, and not having a clue about the game. Now where is he talking about how wrong he was, about how he knows nothing about the sport?

    Go back to complaining about how one player a year gets hurt on icing calls, while guys careers are being ended by fighting. To say he’s a dinosaur, is an insult to T-Rex.

  13. pat | October 3, 2013 at 2:13 am

    For all you Cheery Bashers…what are you 10 ?? Your invincible, but your..wait for it…..its legendary……….STUPID !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. paul | October 3, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Cherry never won anything as a player, coach or GM in hockey. Now he thinks he knows baseball. He’s a national embarrassment.

  15. Kev | October 3, 2013 at 8:03 am

    anybody who picked this team to get in the playoffs (and I heard many sports reporters on tv and radio who did) were so out of touch. we hang on to every word from these sports “experts” on tv and radio and they really don’t have a clue about anything. most of them now could be politicians with their bland non-answer answers to questions. The players, they know they are not going to win with the players they have as teammates, but they will take the millions they can make (and who wouldn’t) and move on when they get the chance. hopefully winning with another team

  16. RM | October 3, 2013 at 8:07 am

    This quote sounds like something coming from Brett Lawrie.

  17. Allan Lane | October 3, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Don Cherry has no idea what makes a winner. Mississauga Ice Dogs, anyone? Or the Leafs, who basically follow Cherry’s philosophy of toughness first, skill second, and their pathetic record since I was 4 years old. It’s bad enough that Zaunie is trying to be baseball’s Don Cherry, now we have dimwitted Don joining in. Cherry is nothing but a bigot who plays to the worst violent tendencies of Canadians with his Rush Limbaugh-like outspoken cluelessness. Please, Star, no more Cherry in baseball!

  18. Trevor | October 3, 2013 at 8:24 am

    haha. Don Cherry knows how to make a winner. Where has he won? Only a TO homer would make such a comment about another TO homer. Cherry is a cartoon. who used to be entertaining.

  19. dunkmycat7 | October 3, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Lord I HATE this know nothing ridiculous senile POS…FIRE this guy, feed him to the fire ants along with that FAT PIG Rob Ford.
    And for all of you who think he’s qualified for ANYTHING…he had Orr Espo and the best team ever and won HOW MANY cups…Fighting and losers like this are why I have not watched NHL hockey in 20 years.
    Hey Don ?
    Once and for all..ShutTFUP !!

  20. Duelfuel | October 3, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Do Jays fly south?

  21. Dale | October 3, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Cherry is spot on with his comments;AA has no clue how to build a”team” thinks bringing in high priced “talent” will make them a contender? prima donna’s and self centered guys like Bautista are not the route to take,need more Lawries.these guys that left early should be reprimanded,but AA has no balls,since he took over the team has made NO progress.

  22. Dick Black | October 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Everytime I looked, the JAYS were either dancing in the dugout with the Jap dude or messsing around, not caring about what was going on in the field. Gibbons musta eaten 200 lbs of sunflower seeds this year.

  23. Norm Macneall | October 3, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Don Cherry, should leave Baseball comments to people who know about them & comment on HOCKEY which he proposes to know everythino

  24. Wally W. | October 3, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    164 characters, Don.
    164.

  25. Jim Hughes | October 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I thought Bautista was a team player but appears he gave up when he saw the team was going nowhere. He made his name in Toronto but let the team down in the end. He was’t getting all the glory he once had and quit on the team. Who needs these glory seekers?

  26. Randy | October 3, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Cherry – one an ass, now as ass, always as ass. Has never won a thing as a player or a coach, and continues to shoot his mouth off. As for the “discarded” players from Miami – Reyes had a great year, and would’ve been better hadn’t he had that injury. So tired of Cherry – it’s like listening to a hot air dryer in the men’s room.

  27. rep97 | October 3, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Kinda true but first off fire the incompetent empty brain GM and then fire the manager and then get grinders.

  28. rory | October 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    So Brett laarie who has yet to play a full season and has been.injured a hand full of times in his young careers thinks all the guys in rehab are pussies. Get real lawrie. And try and bat above .250 once in your career before you bash veterans

  29. fastball | October 3, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I started laughing after I read the first three words of the story.
    Any story that starts with “Don Cherry thinks….”

  30. Rambler | October 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Why is this guy still commenting on anything? If Lawrie’s passport said any other country, he’d still be playing in Buffalo. Even Canadian players would rather play in the U.S. than Toronto. Get an actual ballpark, and some knowledgable fans, and then they’ll eventually have some hope.

  31. Paul | October 3, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Don Cherry knows what he is talking about don’t diss a legend man. Relating to any sport is a great reference. U can tell who plays their heart out or not

  32. Souza | October 5, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Donna has the vision in hockey and I like his vision on Kadri.
    This time he is perfectly correct on another sport, baseball.
    This Jays team needs an overhaul mentally with those starters.
    Should fire Gibson a solution to the problem?

  33. tomsho | October 7, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Last year the Jays lost 90 games so management spent 25 million dollars to field a much better team. But this year the lost 88 games , an improvement of 2 games out a 162 game season. So now they plan to spend more millions . You cannot make the same mistakes and get a better result . It would be better to unload some socalled stars, ( Bautista, Lind ,JPA, and the GM,Manager & staff ) and get some consistent “gritty ” players like the ones now in the playoffs, and cancel the increased millions of planned spending.

  34. d beggs | October 27, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Gibbons should have until June 2014 to turn it around -There is nothing wrong with the team. Only a few tweaks to the starting 9 *AJP as a catcher, Edwin at 1st Goins at 2nd *Iglesias at ss Laurie at 3rd- Pillar, Rasmus, Bautista and Davis OF -DH and reserves -Lind,* Morneau Kawasaki ,Thole The rest pitchers.. Big value on Bautista – he would play for a Zaun led team.

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