Blue Jays impressed with Melky Cabrera's attitude and mindset after rough 2013 season

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera reacts after being thrown out at home plate against the...

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera reacts after being thrown out at home plate against the Baltimore Orioles at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, April 24, 2014. (TOM SZCZERBOWSKI/Getty Images/AFP)

Steve Buffery, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:37 AM ET

TORONTO - Talk to Blue Jays manager John Gibbons or hitting coach Kevin Seitzer about Melky Cabrera and what they rave about most is not his performance at the plate, though that’s certainly been nothing to sneeze at this season.

The Jays left fielder leads the American League in hits (35), and is batting a cool .350 with five home runs. After smacking a single in the third inning on Thursday night in an 11-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, Cabrera now has hits in 21 of 22 games this season. Basically he’s doing what he did before injuries last season and a positive drug test the year before temporarily knocked his career off the rails.

But it’s not his prowess at the plate that has everyone down at the Rogers Centre pumped. It’s the way Cabrera has picked himself up and gone about his business after two troubling years, without any fuss or fanfare.


Videos

Photos