http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/b ... le1309575/
His answers were short and succinct but what Vernon Wells had to say spoke volumes about the serious chasm that exists in the Toronto Blue Jays clubhouse between the players and manager Cito Gaston.
Asked before Friday night’s game in Baltimore against the Orioles if the climate in the clubhouse has ever been this bad in his 11 seasons with the organization, Toronto’s highest paid player said it hadn’t.
Asked if it would be difficult to play under Gaston again next season, Wells responded: “I can’t answer that question.”
Paul Beeston, Toronto’s interim president, will enter this poisoned atmosphere on Saturday night and address the players personally in Baltimore.
It has been a tradition of the organization for the president to meet with the team just prior to the end of the season. Toronto will play its final game of the year in Baltimore on Sunday.
“I don’t know what I’m going to say yet,” Beeston said Friday during a telephone interview from his Toronto office.
The organization is reeling after Blue Jays players painted the picture of a dysfunctional Blue Jays clubhouse and laid the blame squarely on the shoulders of Gaston.
“I’ve been told there’s an extreme negative feeling and anger in that locker room among the players,” one team insider told the Globe and Mail on Friday.
“It’s extremely widespread, it’s pretty much everybody,” added another source. “It’s team wide.”
I can't say I'm that surprised having watched Cito manage all year. He's completely out of touch with the reality of 2009 baseball.