Blue Jays TV analyst Greg Zaun has previously bummed out Toronto players and fans alike with his caustic commentary ; he’s on the already on the record railing against “a consequence-free environment”. On Friday, the Globe & Mail’s Brad Wheeler quizzed Zaun about a broadcasting stance the latter defends as “brutally honest” (link swiped from Baseball Think Factory)
Honesty has gotten you in trouble with some of the players, right?
You know what? I don’t really care what they think. If they’re a mature ballplayer, they’ll understand what my job is. The older guys, the Jose Bautistas and Adam Linds of the world, they get it. They know I’m holding them accountable, in the same way I [was] when I was playing.
As far as the team not always playing the game the way it should be played, can you give an example of the Jays playing the wrong way?
The fact that a guy like Anthony Gose can’t [use his speed to hit] .300 speaks volumes to me about what’s going on in the minor leagues. The fact that he doesn’t spend an hour a day in the batting cage with a coach, whether it’s by his design or whether they have to grab him by his shirt collar. The Jays don’t draft well and they don’t develop players well. There’s a lack of accountability in this organization, from the top to the bottom.