Blue Jays manager blasts team after latest loss
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Schneider. Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Schneider has sent a firm message to his team after another disappointing loss on Friday.

The Blue Jays lost 9-3 to the Washington Nationals on Friday, their third consecutive loss and ninth in their last 12 games. The loss came after Schneider gave a pregame quote that seemed to be trying to instill a sense of urgency in his players.

That did not work. The Jays scored three runs in the second inning to take the lead, but they did not score again as Washington scored four runs apiece in the seventh and eighth innings. Toronto had just three hits after the second despite being up against Patrick Corbin, who had entered the game with a 6.82 ERA.

Schneider openly suggested after the game that the Blue Jays did not battle enough against Corbin, and that the hitters “let him off the hook.”

“You can’t let guys off the hook, whether it’s Corbin or f—ing Babe Ruth. It doesn’t matter. Cy Young, it doesn’t matter. You have to keep grinding,” Schneider said, via Keegan Matheson of MLB.com.

Two weeks ago, the Blue Jays were 13-10 and appeared to be poised to be a contender in the AL East, as many expected them to be. They are now 15-18 going into action Saturday, and they cannot really afford to keep falling behind the likes of the Yankees and Orioles.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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