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Call the Department of Transportation ...
2003-04-17 09:29
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

... because there's a missing stop sign at Elysian Park and Stadium Way.

Glenn Hoffman - Glenn, Glenny - you know I've defended you before. And yes, the Dodgers are struggling to score runs. But part of the reason they are struggling to score runs is we keep having runners thrown out on the bases. Do you even notice that there are people in the outfield who can throw the ball with speed and accuracy?

In the sixth inning of Wednesday's then-scoreless game, Dave Roberts was on second base with one out. Shawn Green hit a line drive to right field. For better or worse, Roberts hesitated to see if the ball would drop. But as he approached third, Hoffman waved Roberts in. The throw beat Roberts to the plate. But catcher Gary Bennett couldn't hang on, and Roberts scored.

Do you wave someone in hoping that the catcher will drop a near-perfect throw?

Two batters later - still only one out - with Green and Brian Jordan on base, Fred McGriff doubled. Jordan came around third. Hoffman waved him in. The throw beat Jordan to the plate. Jordan knocks Bennett into Chinatown.

Do you wave someone in hoping that the collision at the plate will score him?

I'm not going to argue with results. (And yes, Jordan's hit had every bit of the cathartic effect he said it did.) But I am going to ask whether we can start to see just a little more restraint from Coach Hoffman.

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