But only after they were trained, readied, sent back out for more training, optioned, platooned, committed to the bench, in the big time to watch and observe and then finally only when injuries and other such occurred, slowly inserted into the lineup, usually at the bottom of the order as if to say, watch the veterans perform at the top of the order for a while.
It took a while for the Dodgers to put Russ Martin in the number
three spot. Like when they put him behind the plate when Dionar
Navarro went down with an injury, Martin is proving it both hard
and alternately foolish to not leave him where he is.
Now the Dodgers are being asked why James Loney is hitting
seventh inasmuch as he is contributing more than at least a couple
of guys ahead of him. Ditto Matt Kemp. How long can the Dodgers afford to platoon Kemp and Andre Ethier (a lefty who hits lefties) when the prospect of an outfield of Ethier AND Kemp and Luis Gonzalez might not be the best outfield the Dodgers could field, both offensively and defensively.
Baseball pundits galore now are saying what some of us have
been suggesting (and imploring) ever since spring training (and
even before), i.e., to win, put your best winning team on the
field, field the best lineup in order of prospective contributions,
not always reflecting who has the longest or most expensive
Would old Ponce have altered his diet if he had found the
fountain of youth? Hardly. He'd have jettisoned his old ways
in a hurry.
The Dodgers, who go slow about things sometimes, are not now resisting the obvious, even if it looks like the stumbled into a new program.
When they turn to 6-0 Chad Billingsley, there is an air of
optimism. When they continue to trot out Bett Tomko, the
initial pre game or mid game thought is "oh oh." Therein
lies a message. When they turn to Jonathan Broxton, the
thought is today (or tonight) this kid, already good, is going
to take the next big step forward. Alternately, when they
go to Joe Beimel or Rudy Saenz, the thought is keep your
fingers crossed boys and maybe we'll get lucky one more
It seems like the messages are getting louder, also are the
wins. And last time we looked, winning is still the name of
With Loney and Ethier and Kemp and Martin and Billlingsley
and Broxton, there is even a ray of hope even when we
head south to Padre land where the Dodgers have not been
frankly very good since a sick and dying Franklin Roosevelt
hung the UN on us.
And the current hope of the Dodgers rests with players that
were first signed under then GM Dan Evans and his sidekick
Dave Wallace. The best that can be said about the kid GM
that followed is that he didn't screw it up. And sooner now
than later (as he planned), Ned Colletti is beginning to benefit.
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