The Toronto Blue Jays have had a bizarre season. That season is over for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who is now facing the question of whether or not the only position he has ever known as a professional is still the one at which he belongs heading into his 13th major league season in 2018.
“I think you guys know how serious I am about that position. And I’ll be the first to say, ‘hey, I’m not getting the job done.’ But I feel like I bring a lot to the table defensively,” he said to the media, via Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet. “I think sometimes what people read into is the metrics and the zone ratings. But so much of shortstop is being able to slow the game down for your teammates and your pitchers, and taking charge in the infield. Some of those things I think go unnoticed. That’s not something you can keep a stat on. I take a lot of pride in that and trying to be really, really good at it…
“One thing that I always said since I stepped foot on a big league field is that I’ll start this thing as a shortstop and I’ll finish it as a shortstop…I’ve lived this position, man. I’ve dreamed of playing shortstop since I was a young, young kid. All of my idols were shortstops. And I take a lot of pride in that.”
Tulowitzki’s season is over due to a right ankle sprain. He remains a two-time Gold Glove winner at short back in 2010 and 2011 as a member of the Colorado Rockies, although his dWAR has not approached those numbers since that year.
He is under contract with Toronto for at least the next three seasons, which would take him through his age-35 year.