Injuries aside, one of the Blue Jays' biggest problems this season seems to have been a lack of leadership and accountability in the clubhouse.

First baseman Adam Lind thinks so, relief pitcher Jason Frasor thinks so, even veteran infielder Omar Vizquel has put forward this view.

Jose Bautista, however, vehemently disagrees.

"I really don't understand why everyone is making a big deal of this subject," the Jays' injured right fielder said prior to Wednesday's closing game against the Minnesota Twins at the Rogers Centre. "It's not something that needs to be addressed in our clubhouse."

According to the 31-year-old, this Blue Jays team has all the leadership it needs.

"We have leadership on the players' side, on the manager's side, and on the owner's side, so we don't need any extra or additional leadership," he said. "That's my opinion."

It's not an opinion shared by many, including Jays' manager John Farrell, who spoke of the problem before the game.

"I see that void. I'm in the clubhouse every day," Farrell told the media. "There are plenty of opportunities for guys in our uniform to lead and there needs to be an acceptance of that and a willingness to demonstrate that.

"I think it's paramount that every player in uniform take ownership for the team on which they play."

As one of the older players on the Blue Jays roster, Bautista has often been described as a leader among the team's youthful core. After being without him for 69 games due to injury, Farrell admitted that the clubhouse missed his veteran presence.

"Did his absence have an effect? Yes," Farrell said. "But I don't think it's fair to pin this all on one guy. This is a collective effort and that's a combination of myself, my staff and the players in that room."