Diaz sees bigger things for Blue Jays
When Aledmys Diaz looks around the Toronto Blue Jays clubhouse, he doesn’t see a team that fell flat on its face in 2017.
The Jays’ new shortstop sees a determined team with enough past accomplishments to have serious potential for renewed success.
“We can’t control what the people say outside about us, but it you look at it, baseball is a game of numbers,” Diaz said on Wednesday through translator Josue Peley.
“If you look across this room, we all had success at one point of our careers. I think right now we’re just putting it all together and we’re having some fun. It’s working so far and everyone is close and wants to have a successful season.”
Diaz is front and centre among those. He was named to the National League all-star team in 2016 when he was with the St. Louis Cardinals. He regressed at the plate last season, but Jays general manager Ross Atkins saw a potential return to form when he made a deal for him this winter.
Of course, more than anything Diaz and his Jays teammates want to play baseball after being rained three consecutive games. The most bizarre of those was Monday’s postponement at the Rogers Centre, where multiple leaks in the dome made the facility unsafe for play.
The wet weather has halted one of the hottest streaks of Diaz’s career. When he’s on the field, however, Diaz has shown that he can be money. Stepping in for injured Troy Tulowitzki, he has been credible defensively and has shown power at the plate.
“You’re always trying to get good at bats every time you go out there and it’s always fun to have a good game,” Diaz said. “When you help the team get wins, that means you’re doing your job.”