Will Robertson said it’s nice to be home during this time of uncertainty, but all things being equal, he’s ready for the baseball season to begin with the Toronto Blue Jays …
Will Robertson said it’s nice to be home during this time of uncertainty, but all things being equal, he’s ready for the baseball season to begin with the Toronto Blue Jays organization after being drafted last year and playing a short season with the Vancouver Canadians.
“Hearing about how bad it was sucked, but it’s nice to be home with family,” said Robertson, who reported for spring training March 3 in Dunedin, Fla.
The 21-year-old, 6-foot-2, 215-pound right fielder was drafted in the fourth round by the Blue Jays June 11, and after a successful short season last year, was looking forward to starting his first full year.
“I felt good,” said Robertson. “This was my first spring training, but I got a few live at-bats, and my swing and body felt good. I was just hoping to get it under my belt and get a routine going. We were ramping up and then it was back to the off-season. I was looking forward to the season and it’s a bummer that it has been delayed.”
Like a lot of people, Robertson didn’t necessarily believe this was a big deal.
“We weren’t too concerned early on,” he said. “They were saying this affected the elderly and people who had other issues, but when the NCAA started dropping games and the NBA canceled, I knew it was serious. The MLB stepped up and did its part, which I understand.”
After relatively light days of practice, hitting and lifting the first week, Robertson said he and his teammates were housed in hotels, each with a roommate, and the interaction gave him some concern about contracting the coronavirus.
“It’s hard to control where the guys go once the day at the park was done,” he said. “They could have brought it back to the hotel and it would have spread like wildfire.”
Fortunately, that didn’t happen, at least not that Robertson knows, and he himself came home without symptoms.
Watching social media and talking to friends from other teams provided information as to the severity of the virus and what it meant for baseball.
“This is a new territory for us,” said Robertson. “It was kind of a shock when it all went down and they put everything on hold. My big question was whether we were going to have to stay in Florida.”
In the meantime, he’ll continue to stay active, and as the season nears, he plans to work with Jacob Voss, who was sent home from the Los Angeles Angels organization.
“I think it’s harder on pitchers because they can’t just throw at a live level all the time if you don’t know when the season will start,” Robertson said. “Once we get word the season is going to happen, Jake and I are planning to work out together as we ramp up.”
As to when he expects to play, Robertson said he’s heard rumors ranging from July to not having a season at all. “These are unchartered waters for America, and everything is uncertain. We’ll just see what happens.”
To follow Robertson’s career in the minors, visit milb.com.