The Toronto Blue Jays very well may have finally figured out their situation at second base for right now and probably for the immediate future. Ryan Goins has been turning heads and putting on an absolute defensive clinic during his first stab at second base for the Blue Jays. He’s even impressed none other than the greatest second baseman in Toronto Blue Jays history, Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar.
During an interview with commentators Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler when the Blue Jays were hosting the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night, Alomar was clearly impressed by what he has seen from the rookie Goins. Commenting on how Goins displays stellar footwork and a good eye for the ball is music to the ears of Blue Jays fans all over the country. When a Hall of Famer likes what you’ve done, you can’t go wrong. Especially when it comes to Robbie Alomar, arguably the greatest second baseman to ever play the game.
Call me crazy, that’s fine … but Goins has proved to have a similar pep in his step to that of Alomar. Having the ability to move to the left to track down a tough grounder with no problem at all is not something every second baseman in the MLB has (small sample size taken into account, but impressive nonetheless). Goins is a fresh breath of air when it comes to the right side of the infield in Toronto and it seems as though he is relieving some of the pressure on the front office for filling a position that everyone except for the New York Yankees is itching to improve at.
Sure, Goins is no Robinson Cano. He’s not going to reach 100 RBI and/or hit over .300, but he will get you that timely out just when you think a single or double has been smacked past the right side of the infield. Defense is often taken for granted in the MLB. With the number of guys that have the ability to hit over 35 home runs and hit well over 100 RBI’s, no wonder the second-base position has been dubbed a lost art. Goins is lucky to have partner in crime, Jose Reyes to his right, when the Blue Jays are on defense. Reyes is a fast paced, “go all out all the time” type of defender and needs someone to back him up so he can continue to make big plays. Not to mention third baseman Brett Lawrie. The crafty Canadian has been making serious noise at the hot corner, showing that there is no reason why he shouldn’t be considered a Gold Glover in 2013.
Keep these three guys together for the start of the 2014 MLB season, and the Blue Jays could arguably have the most dynamic infield in all of baseball. For what Goins may lack at the plate at the moment, he sure does make up for it in the infield. Only time will tell, but Goins could be the future when it comes down to second base in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.