The Toronto Blue Jays decided not to take responsibility for their elimination in the Wild Card Series.
The American sports media outlet ‘The Athletic’ reported on the 13th (Korean time) that ‘the Blue Jays have decided to retain Chairman Mark Shapiro and General Manager Ross Atkins.’ Manager John Schneider, who was responsible for replacing the pitcher following the decisive defeat, is also expected to retain his position.안전놀이터
Toronto ranked 3rd in the American League East Division in the 2023 season with 89 wins, 73 losses, and a winning percentage of 0.549. He ranked 6th in American League winning percentage and earned a ticket to the last wild card. They faced the Central Division champion Minnesota Twins and were shut out for the second consecutive loss.
The pitcher replacement in Game 2 was controversial. Toronto starter Jose Berrios was cruising through the 3rd inning, allowing 3 sporadic hits, 5 strikeouts, and no runs. When leadoff hitter Royce Lewis was walked in the bottom of the 4th inning, the Toronto bench changed pitchers. Second pitcher Yusei Kikuchi allowed two hits and a walk, losing two runs. Toronto lost 0-2.
Controversy arose as to whose decision it was to replace the pitcher. Suspicion was also raised that the instructions came from higher up, not from Director Schneider.
However, according to The Athletic, General Manager Atkins explained in an official press conference that it was Schneider’s decision.
The Athletic highlighted that ‘Atkins was criticized by the public after making a statement that seemed to place responsibility for a controversial decision on Coach Schneider.’
“They’ve had a good conversation,” Shapiro said. “There’s no awkwardness between them. If something goes wrong, the responsibility lies with me as the chief executive. We’re not here to tell you who made a mistake. We made a mistake. We were wrong and that’s it.” “I learn from it and try to become better,” he said, adding that it was a series from which he learned a lesson.
Shapiro pledged to improve, saying, “I have more confidence in Schneider’s operational ability than anyone else. I also have confidence in Atkins’ management ability. That doesn’t mean we don’t need to get better.”