Simply said, the Toronto Blue Jays are not the New York Yankees. Case in point - the handling of athletic trainers. A rash of injuries forced many of the Yankee stars to head to the DL, and the team trotted 10 starters out during its first 30 games. As a consequence, the strength and conditioning coach was promptly fired two weeks ago.
The Blue Jays? They don't go so far. Today they extended the contracts of two trainers and the conditioning coach. Even after seeing well too many players head to the DL:
Toronto currently has nine players, seven pitchers, on the disabled list. In all, 10 Blue Jays have spent time on the DL this season, costing Toronto 237 games in missed time. Eleven Toronto players spent time on the DL last year, missing 318 total games.
It's nice to see the Blue Jays resisting the temptation to get angry and fire the first person they see. Injuries happen. Maybe it's the trainer's fault. Maybe it's just nature. And it may just be that Torontians are just as nice and docile as they're claimed to be. New Yorkers? Not so much. Problem solved.