Charlie Montoyo has had quite a feisty start to his 2022, hasn’t he?
A few days ago, the 56-year-old manager was ejected for only the fifth time in his 392 games that he has managed. On Tuesday, Charlie Montoyo had a spicy quote when dealing with those who believe the Blue Jays have an advantage in regards to cross country travel.
#Bluejays manager Charlie Montoyo on Covid 19 restrictions for ballplayers travelling to Canada: "Rules are rules and that’s why we couldn’t play in Toronto for two years. And from experience nobody gives a shit. Nobody cared about us when we were in Dunedin."
— Rob Longley (@longleysunsport) April 19, 2022
Charlie is 100% correct here. It is evident that fans of American teams didn’t give a shit when the Blue Jays played their entire 2020 in Buffalo. It’s especially evident when those same detractors give the Jays absolutely no credit for finishing 2021 with 91 wins, despite playing 44 “home games” in the United States.
No, to non Blue Jays fans, the fact that some players such as Tanner Houck of the Red Sox and Aaron Judge of the Yankees will miss like 10 games in Toronto is apparently enough to give the Jays a huge advantage.
Edit: According to Erik Boland, Aaron Judge has been vaccinated.
The Yankees had some unvaccinated players as of spring training. They would not be eligible to play in Toronto in the series that starts May 2 if not vaccinated at least 14 days in advance of arriving. Boone said today "yes" he expects to have everyone available for that series
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) April 19, 2022
This is ignoring the fact that every single Jays player has to be vaccinated, or they’d be unable to play half of the scheduled games. Why? Well, the same rules apply for leaving Canada, something that is intentionally neglected.
If the same rules apply in the next off-season, the Blue Jays would have a major disadvantage in signing the aforementioned Judge. In fact, they’re the only team that has to worry about this. Hell, it’s alleged that Michael Conforto is unvaccinated, meaning the Blue Jays possibly had to look elsewhere for their left handed batting outfielder.
I’ve never really bought into the conspiracy that the major sports leagues in North America want to screw over Canadian teams. However, between the NBA refs not allowing the Raptors to play defense due to a plethora of “foul” calls as well as some of the worst umpired games in the Major Leagues, I’m starting to believe it is a possibility.
The worst three umpired games of the season (86.2%, 86.6%, 86.9% accuracy) all came against the Blue Jays. The favour against the Jays in the three games combined was 2.72 runs
— rylan 🇨🇦 (@MayzaHOF) April 17, 2022
Either way, good on Charlie for speaking out against this crap. He is a true Canadian.
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