Springer wouldn’t talk about curiosity from the Mets, or from some other staff. But over seven years taking part in in Houston, plus three within the minor leagues, Springer has proven he’s greater than able to thriving at a substantial distance from his dwelling state.
“It’s only a short plane flight away, if I really, really want to,” he stated of going to Connecticut. “And we play in the A.L. East, and that’s pretty close to home. But at the end of the day, I wanted to go to where I believed I was going to be happy, and I believe I am.”
Last 12 months, the Blue Jays performed their dwelling video games in Buffalo after Canada restricted journey throughout the border due to the coronavirus pandemic. The identical is probably going to maintain true in 2021, at the very least for the start of the season, and it’s unclear but the place the Blue Jays will play dwelling video games. Springer dismissed that as a priority, together with the opposite points which have led elite free brokers to signal elsewhere.
“You hear a lot about the travel and all that stuff,” he stated. “But the reality of it is, it honestly didn’t bother me one bit.”
In Springer, the Blue Jays are getting probably the most full outfielders within the recreation at a time when the membership is trying to problem the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays of their division. In his seven years in Houston, Springer by no means led the league in any of the highest offensive classes, at the very least not till the postseason, when he has shone.
He was named essentially the most invaluable participant of the 2017 World Series, wherein he batted .379 with 5 dwelling runs and three doubles because the Astros received their first title. In 63 postseason video games over all, Springer has 19 dwelling runs, tied with Albert Pujols for fourth on the profession postseason homer record. His potential to produce when the stakes are highest is one thing the Blue Jays see as greater than a fluke. While current analyses of gamers have a tendency to focus extra on their manufacturing over the lengthy haul of a full, 162-game common season, the Blue Jays famous that they positioned a excessive worth on Springer’s sturdy report in October.
“Players who are prepared and embrace competition, and have an elite desire to win, will fall back on preparation and rise to the occasion,” Atkins stated. “George has done that, and that was exceptionally attractive to us.”