THE CANADIAN PRESS
DUNEDIN, Fla. — Blue Jays players got a lay of the land Sunday at a team meeting.
General manager Alex Anthopoulos was among those who spoke to the players in camp, with one-on-one meetings set for the days ahead to ensure everyone knows where they stand.
"I’ve done it in the past, too. This was much more toned-down, laid-back," Anthopoulos said of his speech. "There were, I think, 68 guys in that room, only 25 are coming north, so it’s more ‘Hey, this is what we expect in camp.’
"For me it was a real quick welcome everybody to camp. For the people who are new here I told them me and the manager are going to be meeting with them one-on-one, it could be a minute, it could 10 minutes, just to let everybody know where they stand. I didn’t get into the season, expectations, all that. That’s more when you get to 25 guys and two-thirds of that group isn’t going to end up being with us."
Manager John Gibbons also spoke, delivering what he called a "three-minute rah-rah speech."
"Let’s get our work done, play baseball. Basically if we’re good enough, we’ll get there. If we’re not, we won’t. But we should be," he summarized.
Team president Paul Beeston was also in camp Sunday.