Game 151: Baltimore at Toronto

Thumbnail image for cito.jpgThe Blue Jays may very well make some changes after this forgettable season, but rest assured, manager Cito Gaston isn’t losing any sleep over his future.

“If they want to make a change, they want to make a change,” Gaston said on Tuesday. “If not, you just look forward to next year and try to finish this year on a positive note. We did have every starter on this team down. We’ve had players out.

“It has been a really tough year. I’ve never had that many injuries on any team that I’ve ever managed.”

Now, there is nothing to suggest that Gaston won’t be back in the manager’s seat come 2010. In all likelihood, he will still be at the helm for the final year under his current contract. It’s just, well, you never know, and Gaston knows that as well as anyone.

Remember, Gaston was let go by Toronto in September of 1997, and it took him 11 years to return to his role as manager with the Jays. Gaston said, as he looks back on ’97 and tries to compare it to this year, while losing is something he hates, he finds it a little easier to accept now.

“Back then, when you had that many veterans, you should have a better playing team,” Gaston said. “We have some young kids here playing, pitching especially. It’s just something building toward the future, whether I’m here or not. This team will always be a part of my hard no matter if I’m here or not, so I’d like to see them get better and I’d like to see them move forward and play well.

“It’s never easy to lose. I really can’t stand losing, but I understand it. I probably understand it a little bit more, a little bit better now.”

Today’s lineups:

Thumbnail image for Orioles.gifBALTIMORE ORIOLES (60-90)
Fifth place AL East, 34.5 GB

1. Brian Roberts, 2B
2. Felix Pie, CF
3. Matt Wieters, C
4. Luke Scott, LF
5. Melvin Mora, 3B
6. Ty Wigginton, DH
7. Lou Montanez, RF
8. Michael Aubrey, 1B
9. Cesar Izturis, SS

Starter: LHP Mark Hendrickson (5-5, 4.47)

Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgTORONTO BLUE JAYS (67-83)
Fourth place AL East, 27.5

1. Jose Bautista, RF
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Edwin Encarnacion, 3B
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Rod Barajas, C
6. Kevin Millar, 1B
7. Randy Ruiz, DH
8. Travis Snider, LF
9. John McDonald, SS

Starter: LHP Brian Tallet (7-9, 5.31)

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~JB

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1 Comment

I hope you meant to quote Gaston as “This team will always be a part of my HEART no matter if I’m here or not…”.

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