Blue Jays' Ryan Goins ready to make most of opportunity

Ryan Goins #17 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after being thrown out at home plate trying to score...

Ryan Goins #17 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after being thrown out at home plate trying to score on an error on his fourth-inning single during MLB game action against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 27, 2013 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images/AFP)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:05 PM ET

Ryan Goins and Kevin Seitzer have known each other for less than two months but they’ve quickly developed what each hopes will be a mutually beneficial relationship.

After a successful audition at the end of the 2013 season, Goins has been given the opportunity of a lifetime as the starting second baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays going into spring training. At the end of last season he flashed bona fide major-league leather in the field over 34 games, making one error in 264 innings, but was only adequate offensively.

A year after Seitzer was relieved of his duties as hitting coach for the Kansas City Royals, John Gibbons hired him to replace Chad Mottola as Toronto’s hitting coach this past fall. His first major challenge is to help Goins become an offensive asset rather than a liability.


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