DUNEDIN, FLA. - There may have been times last year when Brett Lawrie tried his manager’s patience but John Gibbons is an unabashed fan of his talented third baseman.
“Brett is right up there with the top defensive third basemen in the game,” Gibbons enthused on Wednesday. “I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves over some of the other guys but he’s right there.”
In the past, Lawrie immaturity has manifested itself in some unseemly outbursts, most notably tossing his helmet at umpire Bill Miller two years ago. Last year he embarrassed himself by calling out Adam Lind for not trying to score on a fly ball, down two runs with none out in the ninth inning against Baltimore.
Lind was correctly held at third base by Luis Rivera and the Jays eventually won on Munenori Kawasaki’s RBI.
Since then, Lawrie seems to have his emotions and his approach to the game under better control.