Blue Jays’ Shapiro on Vlad Jr.: ‘He could not be pushing himself harder’


The MLB off-year is just commencing to get underway, but Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is already challenging at operate with an eye to his sophomore time.

Numerous Blue Jays acquired a glimpse of Vlad Jr.’s exercise routine earlier this month, many thanks to a movie posted by teammate Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (also showcasing a costumed Rowdy Tellez rooting him on). In the video clip, fans observed a noticeably trimmer 20-yr-outdated jumping rope at the fitness center.

Vlad Jr.’s been placing in do the job.

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Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro noticed a younger star dedicated to using ownership of his occupation.

“It’s heading fantastic,” Shapiro said when asked about how Guerrero’s off-period is likely during an overall look on The Beginning Lineup on Thursday. “Ross [Atkins] is down there now and satisfied with Vladdy. When I talked to Ross on the mobile phone the other night time, Ross was blown absent. He stated he’s acquiring immediately after it, he couldn’t be pushing himself more difficult. And that has to continue by means of the off-period, but I assume to set that tone, to tactic it on his personal, in the conclude every one player has to take possession about his possess profession.”

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Thoughts about Guerrero’s conditioning came early and typically in his rookie time. While admirers and administration saw a budding slugger with a penchant for hitting dingers, they also noticed a rookie whose conditioning wasn’t up to important-league specifications and set him at possibility for injuries.

Atkins told reporters soon after the Blue Jays’ period finished that administration had been “very clear” about its anticipations of Guerrero as he prepares for his next big-league season.

“Vladdy has talked about it. And I’m certainty at ease conversing about that. We’re becoming quite very clear. He is familiar with he has to arrive in in over-all greater problem,” Atkins reported on Oct. 1. “And he has a system to do that. He is dedicated to it. We have assisted him build it. It’s genuinely obvious. It is a very clear program that if he executes — and if we execute, we’ll be accountable for that as properly, if we can do that collectively — he’ll be at a a great deal greater place.”

Clearly, Guerrero took that message to coronary heart — anything Shapiro praised Thursday.

“We can give men feed-back, we can current them with the best information and facts and the greatest sources, the most effective coaching, the finest facilities and the best guidance but a player has to take accountability and possession of his individual vocation and he has to make that conclusion for himself — just like any of us in our possess lives,” Shapiro discussed. “So to see Vladdy acquiring created that determination that, ‘OK, I’ve long gone by means of that first important-league time, I’ve witnessed what it normally takes to endure the grind up right here, I have seen what the greatest gamers do, and I need to have to make that adjustment along with some other adjustments.’

“I feel we all know and realize that if he does do that, if he will take treatment of that piece of his organization, the other aspects of his baseball enjoying are likely to surely slide in line and proceed to get much better and we’re going to have a particular player on our hands.”



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