Expected to come off the DL and rejoin the 51s Thursday. He's probably ready now but with Vegas having tomorrow off, he will use Wednesday to get work at Extended Spring Training. This roster move could also affect Vladi Guerrero. The plan (for now) seems to be for Guerrero to rotate DH and LF every other night. Tonight Vladi is at DH. Thursday he could be with the Blue Jays at DH. He would then play left field at Atlanta Friday and Sunday and would be a pinch hitter/ bench bat on Saturday.
I guess we'll all see if it plays out that way.
"How long of a leash would he have?"
No idea. It would all depend on health. If he's fairly healthy and the bat speed is there, then long. If he just looks old and battered and with no bat speed, short.
"looking back, how stupid is that decision to have Thames in major and to send Snider to the minor. "
Not stupid at all. If Thames did well in ST, the job was his.
Other than defense, why should Snider get the call?
Success at AAA? Thames had that too. Success in spring training? Thames had that too - .367 with an OPS of .987 OPS - higher than Snider.
Snider had been given many chances to succeed at the bigs, and while he often started out well, he eventually faltered, and looked ridiculous on breaking balls and change ups.
Thames performed decently last season (offensively), and it was hoped that he could sustain that or even improve on it.
I think they were ready to make the switch right before Snider hurt himself.
thats sounds 100% correct to me
At 37 I know I'm old enough to remember Winfield and Molitor vividly and fondly, both players were special to watch when with the Jays and I obviously dream, like most fans, that Vlad could have the same impact.
Realistically, it will be tougher for Vlad and the odds are not on his side. Pitching as well as scouting of hitters tendencies is much different than it was 20 years ago. Furthermore, Molitor was still performing at an elite level and while Winfield was clearly in decline was still consistently hitting for power.