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Nakamura Heads Back to Vegas
2005-05-12 13:57
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Norihiro Nakamura has accepted an assignment to AAA Las Vegas, Ken Gurnick reports on MLB.com.

Comments
2005-05-12 14:46:07
1.   Bob Timmermann
The Nakamura bobblehead on my desk has had the face turned around in shame.
2005-05-12 14:55:24
2.   Xeifrank
Meaningless stat of the game: The #5, #6 and #9 hitter in both lineups did not lead off a single inning. #1(4), #2(1), #3(2), #4(5), 7(4), #8(1)

More meaningless stats to come later. :)

vr

Xeifrank

2005-05-12 15:49:41
3.   Steve
That's fantastic. I'm glad he didn't do anything rash like sign with another major league team.
2005-05-12 16:09:14
4.   Improbable88
You know what Nakamura could do? Play the field like a pro! I know he was, thus far, abysmal at the plate, but he really did appear poised and confident in the field...the recent foul-ups by Choi and Robles make the absence of Nakamura's glove a little tougher to defend. I would much rather have Nakamura, for his defensive versatility alone, than Jason Grabooski. How long does Robles get to prove himself?
2005-05-12 16:23:56
5.   Christina
Not that I really ever expect to see Nakamura back in the majors again for the Dodgers, barring personnel shortages due to injuries and such, but I'm oddly way too happy about this news. I guess a part of my cold heart melted a few days ago when I read that line in the LA Times article about Nakamura being devastated that the minors weren't even mentioned to him as an option. At least he's getting a shot there now.
2005-05-12 16:27:52
6.   Howard Fox
robles gets to prove himself until cinco de mayo
2005-05-12 16:35:18
7.   Improbable88
umm...(looks at calendar)...so
2005-05-12 16:47:29
8.   Howard Fox
exactly
2005-05-12 17:00:49
9.   Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh
Well, it looks like Nori wants to continue to pursue his dream. I think there's still hope for him--he just needs to figure out how to adjust his swing for American pitching, and hope for a break with regards to the big league roster. Robles hasn't been terribly impressive as of late, and maybe DePo will finally rid us of Grabowski.

How will wee manage Nori's playing time? If Aybar is manning 3B, where does Nori play? 1B, where he was clearly uncomfortable? 2B, relegating the doomed Joe Thurston to the bench? I don't think we should have him at AAA unless we give him enough playing time to figure things out.

WWSH

2005-05-12 17:08:23
10.   Xeifrank
Anyone think Paul DePodesta reads DT?

Hi Paul!

vr

Xeifrank

2005-05-12 17:10:06
11.   Suffering Bruin
Just watched the horrific game on TiVo. Thank heavens for fast forward.

Jim Tracy said DeMuth told him Robles missed the base. After the game, the ump had a different explanation, according to Henson who by the by is up:

DeMuth, interviewed in the umpires' locker room, said he had ruled that Robles touched the base with his heel but removed it before he'd "secured control of the ball."

Curious...

2005-05-12 17:14:08
12.   gvette
Curious

In other words, he knows he blew the call, but if you dare criticize him, he'll report you to Bob Watson at the MLB office for a fine and suspension.

2005-05-12 17:16:13
13.   Xeifrank
Those who saw the Robles play at 2nd, did it at all look like he didn't have control of the ball... aka, does the umpires explanation seem likely?

vr

Xei

2005-05-12 17:28:24
14.   Fearing Blue
No, the umpires explanation is very unlikely. Robles did not bobble the ball. But, he did lift his heel after securing the ball, so the umpire just switched the order of events. Oops.
2005-05-12 17:30:45
15.   Steve
In what world do the umpires not lie? That's the world for me. "Hmmm...who's that 15-year veteran playing over there instead of Jeff Kent?"

Doesn't matter. Umpires are crappy this year. So's our starting pitching. They're made for each other.

2005-05-12 17:37:21
16.   Fearing Blue
#9: Nakamura likely relegates Thurston to the bench, since Thurston doesn't seem to be in any of the Dodgers' plans. I'm assuming Nakamura and Aybar will split time at 3B, and possibly 2B. They may even occasionally play Nakamura at SS and put Flores on the bench. When the 51s play with a DH, it should provide slots for everybody.
2005-05-12 18:41:41
17.   JJoeScott
Am listening to the 51s play Memphis online. Gagne due to pitch in a few minutes (7th and 8th inns.) and there's already a buzz in the stadium -- cool.

Chen hit his 71st career Las Vegas HR tonight. That's something you don't want to be: a AAA team's all-time franchise leader in HR's.

Oh, Corky Guerrero is playing for the Redbirds tonight.

2005-05-12 18:53:09
18.   Bob Timmermann
Mortal enemy Russ Ortiz is locked in a 1-1 tie with Shawn Chacon in the fifth inning at Coors.

How can two pitchers that bad pitch that well at Coors?

2005-05-12 19:03:59
19.   JJoeScott
My college roommate is calling Gagne's first inning (Memphis station)- nice!

Gagne's 7th: 8 pitches, 3 outs.

2005-05-12 19:45:13
20.   Bob Timmermann
DBacks up 3-1 in the 6th. Mortal enemy Russ Ortiz pulled with 1st and 3rd no out situation and Helton at bat.
2005-05-12 20:36:11
21.   Bob Timmermann
DBacks win and move into a virtual tie with the Dodgers for first place.

I still hate Russ Ortiz.

2005-05-13 00:24:36
22.   bigcpa
Talk about a deal with the devil...

"Russ Ortiz put 11 men on base over six innings in Coors Field tonight, but allowed just two runs to improve to 3-2 on the season."

Meanwhile SF beats up on the miserable Astros and of course dodges Oswalt.

2005-05-13 09:41:14
23.   Bob Timmermann
The Giants do face Roger Clemens on Saturday.

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