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Jays ready to work with Rasmus' father

Posted on: July 28, 2011 6:13 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 6:15 pm
By Matt Snyder

Outfielder Colby Rasmus was traded earlier this week to the Blue Jays, and one of the main reasons the Cardinals decided to part with the talented 24 year old was reportedly their strained relationship with Rasmus' father, Tony. In fact, word was that Rasmus would neglect to listen to manager Tony La Russa or hitting coach Mark McGwire and instead would only accept coaching from his father.

Having traded for Rasmus, the Blue Jays are looking to build a relationship with the elder Rasmus.

“At some point, it’s appropriate for us to have a conversation with Colby’s dad,” Jays’ manager John Farrell said (National Post). Farrell noted that Tony Rasmus has been coaching Colby since he was eight years old and the two use certain terminology. The Blue Jays want to keep things consistent for Colby.

“You’re not looking to build up walls … This is part of managing people,” Farrell said (National Post).

Rasmus is hitting .246 with 11 home runs, 40 RBI and a .753 OPS this season. Last season he hit 23 home runs and had an .859 OPS. The former first round draft pick has the potential to be a star, but the falling out in St. Louis became a distraction and that can't happen again.

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Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:15 am

Jays ready to work with Rasmus' father

Hopefully this isn't an Eric Lindros situation.  His dad is obviously a good hitting coach for his kid to have made it to the majors, however he needs to step back and let the experts work with his son.  Hopefully that's the way the Jays will try to "work" with Tony.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:26 am

Jays ready to work with Rasmus' father

How quickly do people forget Robinson Cano.

More often then people realize, Dads know their sons swings better then anyone.  If the Jays are  cool with working in his fathers terminology I think its a good move. Alex Anthopolous knows how to manage people and make things work out for everyone in the best possible way.  I'm sure that Rasmus will have respect for the man who has turned many into very good hitters.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:33 pm

Jays ready to work with Rasmus' father

I agree with cubfever about Big Mac.  While I think Rasmus needs to listen to his manager, I can understand if he does not have respect for Big Mac.  He is a cheater who juiced on his way to breaking perhaps the most prolific record (single season HR) and hid it for years.  He went in front of Congress and until he was hired as hitting coach, the man hid from the public.  Only when the Cards brought him in as hitting coach did he come clean.  How anyone can say he was one of the best hitters of his generation does not realize that he was a one-dimensional player.  He was a home run hitter (many of which came from steroid use) who had a .260 average, 583 Home Runs and about 1600 hits!  For someone with that many home runs, the number of hits is horrible.  Also, way too many strikeouts.  Power hitters like Ruth and Willie Mays, both of whom played 5 + years longer, had less strikeouts.  Plus, the fact he took steroids and hid the truth for years, I can understand a young player not having respect for him. However, he is going to need to work with the Jays coaches because his father is not his coach.  Maybe the father can help out, but he needs to work with the club's coaches.  That would be like saying I refuse to work with a co-worker because I'd rather work with my father.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 8:40 pm

Jays ready to work with Rasmus' father

I had no idea Rasmus was brown-nosing daddy in St. Losuis. What a complete and utter douche bag. Good for the Cards getting rid of him, that's not the type of guy I would want to build a team around either.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 8:16 pm

Jays ready to work with Rasmus' father

Touching story. what Frank Francisco`s wife is hired as pitching coach and Jon Rauch`s granpa as bullpen coach??  Drop the puck in Toronto baseball season is over early again. 

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:02 pm

Jays ready to work with Rasmus' father

If he's such a great "hitting coach"(Colby's father) why isn't he coaching on a  major league team ? Colby , cut the cord and listen to the professionals . Mcguire may have had his issues but like it or not he still was a very capable major league hitter , he has much to share with young hitters I'm sure. I always disliked him when he was on a roster but  my personal opinion a-side,  I do realize he was a great batsman and most any player would love to be mentored under him .

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 6:54 pm

Jays ready to work with Rasmus' father

I think that each manager will have players that will listen to them wholeheartedly and players who will listern with reservations. It sounds as though Rasmus is one of the latter and he obviously does not have any respect for Mark McGwire for what ever reason.

But Rasmus has got to understand that the Jays organisation has turned around Joey Bats into a league leader in HR and average, improved Escobar, Lind and brought on others. They must be doing something right.

Plus he has to realise that if he again gets into the same situation, he will get branded as a trouble causer and likely not get a contract with another team. Teams will only give players so many chances. 

But as a Jays fan I hope Rasmus learns from his mistakes and gets his head straight, because he will be a good 5 tool player. 

Since: Jan 5, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 6:49 pm

Jays ready to work with Rasmus' father

All players love playing for LaRussa? You're kidding right? Scott Rolen comes to mind--Jim Edmonds had a pretty good dust up with him and if I looked, I'm sure there are more. McGuire was absolutely NOT one of the most prolific hitters in the game. Get real. He is a lifetime .263 hitter with a .217 average in the post season. He had great power--but he struck out almost 1600 times. Babe Ruth played 22 seasons--struck out only 1300+ and hit .322 OVER 22 SEASONS. Now that's prolific. Pete Rose--Stan Musial--Ted Williams are all prolific, but not Big Mac. Sorry.

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