Springer wouldn’t talk about curiosity from the Mets, or from any other crew. But over seven years enjoying in Houston, plus three within the minor leagues, Springer has proven he’s greater than able to thriving at a substantial distance from his house state.
“It’s only a short plane flight away, if I really, really want to,” he mentioned of going to Connecticut. “And we play in the A.L. East, and that’s pretty close to home. But at the end of the day, I wanted to go to where I believed I was going to be happy, and I believe I am.”
Last 12 months, the Blue Jays performed their house video games in Buffalo after Canada restricted journey throughout the border due to the coronavirus pandemic. The similar is prone to maintain true in 2021, no less than for the start of the season, and it’s unclear but where the Blue Jays will play house video games. Springer dismissed that as a priority, alongside with the other points that have led elite free brokers to signal elsewhere.
“You hear a lot about the travel and all that stuff,” he mentioned. “But the reality of it is, it honestly didn’t bother me one bit.”
In Springer, the Blue Jays are getting one of the crucial full outfielders within the sport at a time when the membership is trying to problem the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays of their division. In his seven years in Houston, Springer by no means led the league in any of the top offensive classes, no less than not till the postseason, when he has shone.
He was named probably the most helpful participant of the 2017 World Series, in which he batted .379 with 5 house runs and three doubles because the Astros received their first title. In 63 postseason video games over all, Springer has 19 house runs, tied with Albert Pujols for fourth on the career postseason homer list. His capacity to supply when the stakes are highest is one thing the Blue Jays see as greater than a fluke. While current analyses of gamers are inclined to focus extra on their manufacturing over the lengthy haul of a full, 162-game common season, the Blue Jays famous that they positioned a excessive worth on Springer’s robust report in October.
“Players who are prepared and embrace competition, and have an elite desire to win, will fall back on preparation and rise to the occasion,” Atkins mentioned. “George has done that, and that was exceptionally attractive to us.”