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Draft Pick D'Alessio Stays In School
2006-06-30 11:41
by Jon Weisman

Power-hitting 2006 Dodger draft pick Andy D'Alessio will not be signing with the team, he told Derek Redd of the Anderson Independent-Mail:

D'Alessio, Clemson University's junior ABCA second-team All-American first baseman and a 10th-round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has decided not to sign with Los Angeles and return to Clemson for his senior year.

The way the sentence is constructed, it sounds like he's giving up the Dodgers and college. But the bottom line is, he's not going to L.A.


The money Los Angeles offered was not enough to entice him to sign, D'Alessio said. He had hoped for a $100,000 signing bonus, but the Dodgers offered $60,000, a number much lower than what was offered by the Cincinnati Reds when they chose D'Alessio in the 10th round after D'Alessio's senior year at Barron Collier.

D'Alessio knows his bargaining power will take a hit as a senior signee, but he said the money he'll be offered as a senior won't be much less that what he was offered this year. And the prospect of finishing his degree in business management tantalized him.

I can respect that.

* * *

Longtime sportswriter Lewis Leader presents a 25-man roster of those who have played for both the Dodgers and Angels in this freelance piece for the Times.

They've shared or competed for the affections of Southern Californians since 1961, coexisted in the same stadium — one calling it Dodger Stadium and the other Chavez Ravine — from 1962 through 1965, and, again, jointly use the prefix Los Angeles.

Since 1961, the Angels' first season as an expansion franchise and the Dodgers' fourth after relocating from Brooklyn, 81 players have played with both clubs, Aaron Sele the most recent.

The list stretches alphabetically from Don Aase to Geoff Zahn. It includes Hall of Famers Don Sutton, Frank Robinson, Hoyt Wilhelm and Eddie Murray, and some whose local stays you might have missed altogether. Consider Bobby Darwin. He played in one game for the Angels in 1962 and 17 with the Dodgers in 1969 and 1971. Remarkably, he pitched and played the outfield.

Included are numerous pitchers and outfielders who had solid careers with each club, but few middle infielders. In forming a squad of 25 who performed with both teams, the first criterion was that each member had some significant role with each team. That wasn't always possible, however, and personal favorites soon came into play. ...

Jeff Weaver did not make the team.

2006-06-30 11:51:55
1.   Eric Enders
I could respect it if I actually believed it. But he's already essentially said "I'm willing to give up my education for $40,000."

I don't hold it against him or anything, I just don't believe for a moment that school is the reason he's not turning pro.

2006-06-30 11:54:42
2.   Eric Enders
As for the latter part of the post, in what alternate universe is K.T. Landreaux better than Tommy Davis?
2006-06-30 11:54:45
3.   Jon Weisman
1 - He said he's willing to give it up for $100,000, not for $60,000. Relative to the cost of a year's schooling, that makes a little sense. The 60 grand doesn't leave as much money left over after paying for tuition and books.

But sure, it could be a public posture I suppose.

2006-06-30 11:56:56
4.   Eric Enders
And, more to the point, why was he called K.T. when his middle name was Francis? I didn't realize that until looking him up on BB-Ref just now.

We need an all-time Dodgers "initials don't match the real name" team. So far the roster includes Landreaux, D.J. Houlton, and J.D. Drew.

2006-06-30 11:57:59
5.   Eric Enders
3 I should have said an extra $40,000.
2006-06-30 12:01:00
6.   bobbygrich
His "recruitment" officially ends when he steps into class in August so that is the end of his leverage.

But if he can duplicate or improve his numbers next year maybe he will get a bigger bonus. A review of Baseball America's list of bonuses paid for the first 10 rounds in the last 3 years shows that the $60K is a little above average, only 4 players got above $100K.

A'lessio will have move up a few more rounds to get $100K next year.

2006-06-30 12:02:52
7.   Eric Enders
It's kind of disappointing because we always need more players with apostrophes. For whatever reason I was always hpoing we'd acquire one of the two Jeff D'Amicos.
2006-06-30 12:10:25
8.   Sam DC
Unlurker Day has really gotten Eric back in the game, I see.
2006-06-30 12:11:47
9.   Jon Weisman
I'm all for Unlurker Day turning into Unlurker Year.
2006-06-30 12:14:03
10.   Eric Enders
8 I've been out of town for 10 days and then I was stranded for a while longer since all the roads into Cooperstown were washed out in the flooding. I really don't plan on becoming a full-time lurker. It's just that by the time I'm able to read most threads, my comments would (a) be redundant, and (b) go unread anyway.
2006-06-30 12:15:08
11.   DaveP
Paul DePodesta has joined the Padres front office.

2006-06-30 12:16:21
12.   Eric Enders
11 Well that's rather unfortunate. Going to make it very hard to root for him now.
2006-06-30 12:16:30
13.   bobbygrich
8 Worst signing of the year, Bowden extension for the rest of 2006.

Who is going first Frank or Bowden?

2006-06-30 12:18:15
14.   Jon Weisman
Thanks Dave. New thread up top.
2006-06-30 12:20:21
15.   bobbygrich
11 Looks like I have my first question for the BP event in San Diego later today.

If I were Kevin Towers, I might start sprucing up my resume.

BTW, with the money this will save the McCourts, he can start adding more restrooms.

2006-06-30 12:20:36
16.   regfairfield
11 Crud, one less team in the division we can count on to do the worst thing possible.
2006-06-30 12:29:34
17.   Eric Enders
16 With Towers and Alderson already in the fold, San Diego was already extremely unlikely to be making stupid moves.
2006-06-30 12:42:36
18.   scooplew
2 -- Good question. Tommy Davis was clearly a superior player to Kenny Landreaux. But by the time TD had reached the Angels -- the final season of a long and fine career -- he was virtually strictly a DH. In fact, he did not play in the OF for the Angels at all. Hence, Landreaux is the pick over him for an outfield position.
2006-06-30 12:51:46
19.   Linkmeister
I saw an Angels game at Wrigley Field when Steve Bilko was playing first base. He was a huge man compared to the other players of the time (obviously a lot has changed; see Matt Kemp's dimensions).

As I recall, that team also had Albie Pearson on it, who was a pretty small guy. The sportswriters and photographers had a lot of fun putting Pearson & Bilko together.

2006-06-30 13:18:20
20.   scooplew
19 -- I, too, remember the Bilko-Pearson contrast, the friendly dispositions of each, and going to games at Wrigley Field in L.A. to watch the PCL Angels. One game, either there or at Gilmore Stadium, stands out, with Bilko playing first for the Angels and hitting a couple of homers and Dick Stuart playing first for the old Hollywood Stars and homering. Neither ever quite succeeded on the major league level, but both were certainly fine minor league hitters.

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