From the outside looking in, the Blue Jays young core was among the factors that swayed George Springer to join the organization this off-season.
Now on the inside of the clubhouse, Springer has been reminded: age is just a number.
“A lot of people will say that they’re young but I think that they’re advanced for their age … You just kind of realize the talent it takes to play at this level at age 21, at age 22. It’s beyond impressive to be in the big leagues this young and to do the things that all these guys can do,” Springer said on Tuesday after making his spring training debut, going 1-for-2 at the top of Toronto’s order.
The average age of Toronto’s lineup in the 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies was 26.1. years. Take out Springer, 31, and Marcus Semien, 30 — the Jays’ two recent veteran additions — and that number falls to 24.8 years. But the thought Springer’s younger teammates put into their preparation, be it about what they’re going to do with a certain ground ball or what time they’ll be at the park the next day for optional work, seems mature to the centre fielder.
“I can see that the talent’s there, the ethic’s there, they’re ready to work hard every day,” Springer said.
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