Baseball Toaster Dodger Thoughts
Help
Jon Weisman's outlet
for dealing psychologically
with the Los Angeles Dodgers
and baseball.
Frozen Toast
Search
Google Search
Web
Toaster
Dodger Thoughts
Archives

2009
02  01 

2008
12  11  10  09  08  07 
06  05  04  03  02  01 

2007
12  11  10  09  08  07 
06  05  04  03  02  01 

2006
12  11  10  09  08  07 
06  05  04  03  02  01 

2005
12  11  10  09  08  07 
06  05  04  03  02  01 

2004
12  11  10  09  08  07 
06  05  04  03  02  01 

2003
12  11  10  09  08  07 
06  05  04  03  02  01 

2002
09  08  07 
About Jon
Thank You For Not ...

1) using profanity or any euphemisms for profanity
2) personally attacking other commenters
3) baiting other commenters
4) arguing for the sake of arguing
5) discussing politics
6) using hyperbole when something less will suffice
7) using sarcasm in a way that can be misinterpreted negatively
8) making the same point over and over again
9) typing "no-hitter" or "perfect game" to describe either in progress
10) being annoyed by the existence of this list
11) commenting under the obvious influence
12) claiming your opinion isn't allowed when it's just being disagreed with

Bocachica Chica Boom Boom
2005-03-01 17:00
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

The A's told Beane and Beane told ... never mind.

Hiram Bocachica regrets leaving the Dodgers, according to Joe Roderick of the Contra Costa Times:

Bocachica has endured two miserable seasons since he was traded by the Dodgers, spending time with the Detroit Tigers (who lost 119 games in 2003) and then playing for the Seattle Mariners (99 losses in 2004).

He's with the A's this spring, his third organization in three years after escaping Los Angeles for the opportunity to be a full-time player.

"I wish I could go back and say I want to stay here,'' Bocachica said. "You never know what's going to happen in the future, but at that moment I wanted to get traded and get my chance to play. Now that I look back I should have stayed there, but things happen. They're a great organization. I've got nothing but good things to say about them.''

Did Bocachica have a choice about staying or leaving? That wasn't my impression. He never cracked .300 in on-base percentage with the Dodgers, though he did have four home runs and three doubles in 65 at-bats before being traded in July 2002 for Tom Farmer. That would be enough production for many short-term memorists to give Bocachica the 2005 Dodger first base job over Hee Seop Choi, but still ...

The 25-year-old Farmer, by the way, had a 4.59 ERA in 82 innings in AAA Las Vegas last season, allowing 105 hits and 34 walks while striking out 70.

Bocachica is 29 now. Oakland general manager Billy Beane said some nice things about him - he signed him, after all - but somehow I feel he was manufacturing compliments the way Little Ball advocates like to manufacture runs.

"He's a versatile guy,'' Beane told Roderick. "He gives us speed late in the game. It's a component we were missing last year. We haven't had that kind of guy off the bench.''

Is my interest in these obscure ex-Dodgers over the top? It's a sickness, isn't it? I tell you, I can't get enough. Even as I dismiss them, I root for them. Most of the time.

Comment status: comments have been closed. Baseball Toaster is now out of business.