critical of Jays for not calling up Guerrero Jr.
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[September 07, 2018]
The Major League Baseball
Players Association criticized the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday for
not promoting top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. among their
"The union's position on service-time manipulation is clear,
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and other great young talents around baseball
have earned the right to play on the field for a major league team,"
an MLBPA spokesman told Sportsnet. "The decision to not to bring him
up is a business decision, not a baseball decision. It's bad for the
Blue Jays, it's bad for fans, it's bad for players and it's bad for
Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro had said in an appearance on
SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio on Wednesday that the decision not to
call up Guerrero was not based on money.
"It has nothing to do with business," Shapiro said. "It has nothing
to do with anything other than we think the best thing for him
developmentally is to go play in Arizona and continue to develop.
"We think that when he gets here -- which would obviously not
preclude him from making the team out of spring training next year,
which would be evidence of that fact -- we think he's got a chance
to be an impact player."
Guerrero, 19, tore up the minors this season, hitting .381 with 20
home runs and 78 RBIs in 95 games across four levels. In 30 games at
Triple-A Buffalo, he hit .336 with six homers and 16 RBIs.
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Blue Jays infielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) reacts after hitting
a home run in the ninth inning to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals at
Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Guerrero, a third baseman, is widely considered one of baseball's
top prospects. By not calling him up, the Blue Jays can potentially
delay when he becomes first eligible for free agency.
Instead of joining the major league team, Guerrero will play in the
Arizona Fall League.
--Field Level Media
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