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It’s time for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to kick some bad habits

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09.06.2019

Hello. (Tap-tap.) Hello? (Tap-tap.)

Is this thing working?

Although … a mic is not really necessary to amplify the miserable state of the Blue Jays. Those in attendance for Saturday's 6-0 drubbing by the middling Arizona Diamondbacks - breaking out in occasional Go Raptors Go! chants — were certainly witness to the team's chronic shortcomings, a state-of-franchise lassitude that is becoming increasingly difficult to bear.

Because rebuild growing pains just doesn't cover it anymore.

Even the electric, joyful presence of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is hardly worth the cost of admission these days. And on a beautiful sun-drenched afternoon, the kid should have been given an earful.

Poor habits need to be nipped in the bud.

Exhibit A: An entirely too casual throw to first base in the ninth inning, on what should have been a routine ground ball from the admittedly fleet-footed Tim Locastro.

We've seen this on several occasions now, the double-pump and awkward footwork at third base, the slow reaction defensively, a hitch in there someplace. Arguably, Guerrero has been better fielding liners and hotshots, perhaps having less time to think about it.

"I know what you're saying," granted manager Charlie Montoyo. "It's called player development. He's trying to play deep but the moment you play deep, you cannot take your time to go to first base. That's what's going on. He's deep at third base, close to the grass. But guys who are going to be there, you have to catch it and throw it.

"That's happened already a couple of times. We're aware of it.........

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