Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Jays catcher rips media for criticism

TORONTO — Canadian TV analysts and ex-Blue Jays Dirk Hayhurst and Gregg Zaun have criticized Toronto C J.P. Arencibia, who is hitting .216 with 15 homers, 38 RBIs and 92 strikeouts, and had a majors-worst .245 on-base percentage.

Arencibia fired back Thursday morning during a radio appearance: "There's not one person in our clubhouse that respects those guys because they're informing the fans the wrong way."

Arencibia, who posted a message on Twitter on Wednesday urging fans to tune in, said Hayhurst had "below-average baseball tools" and referenced Zaun's inclusion in the Mitchell Report, baseball's investigation into performance-enhancing drugs.

Arencibia stood by his comments Thursday afternoon: "My point was, 'Hey, don't forget how hard the game is.' I'm not saying I'm doing great, but let's talk about some of the good things."

Hayhurst met with Arencibia on Thursday and said on the air he would say positive things if the Jays were playing better. "I don't think you can survive in the big leagues and not understand that when you play bad, you're going to draw criticism," he said. "Maybe we have called him out a bit, but a lot has been expected from him."

Dodgers: RF Yasiel Puig was in the lineup a day after leaving early with a bruised left hip sustained when he crashed into the wall trying to make a catch.

Royals: LF Alex Gordon sat and is day-to-day after running into a wall and landing hard on the warning track while trying to make a catch. He sustained a bruised right hip. He passed mandated concussion tests.

Tigers: 3B Miguel Cabrera did not start because of a sore back but was available to pinch hit. 2B Omar Infante also sat. He left Wednesday with a bruised left shin sustained when the Blue Jays' Colby Rasmus spiked him while breaking up a double play.

Yankees: C Francisco Cervelli, out since April 27 with a broken right hand, sustained a setback when doctors discovered a stress reaction in his right elbow. He likely won't return until August.

Jays catcher rips media for criticism 07/04/13 [Last modified: Thursday, July 4, 2013 11:06pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Storm routs Cleveland

    Storm

    TAMPA — Alvin Ray Jackson intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, and recovered two fumbles as the Storm routed Cleveland 57-27 Saturday night in its home regular-season finale at Amalie Arena.

  2. Miscue sends Rays to another stinging loss to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays gave away DJ Kitty onesies on Saturday night. Then they gave away the game.

    Centerfielder Mallex Smith misses a drive hit by Adrian Beltre with two outs in the sixth, allowing the tying runs to score. Beltre put Texas ahead 4-3 when he scored after two wild pitches.
  3. Rowdies shut out Charleston

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rowdies know a thing or two about stalemates, with five of their past 10 games ending in a draw.

    Rowdies in the first half during the game between Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Charleston Battery at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, Jul 22, 2017.
  4. Rays journal: Former closer Sergio Romo acquired from Dodgers

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays made a move to help the bullpen Saturday night when they acquired RHP Sergio Romo, who had been designated for assignment last week by the Dodgers.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (23) throwing in the first inning of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, July 7, 2017.
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. backs wife's "not worth risk'' opinion on Daytona

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Saturday defended his wife's Twitter post — and blamed himself for putting her in a position where she believed she had to speak out and upset some of his fans.

    Amy Earnhardt worries about Dale Jr.’s concussions.