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Fairy Tale
2008-05-19 22:32
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Don't wake him. Just don't wake him ...

Comments (106)
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2008-05-19 22:42:38
1.   Linkmeister
I still don't believe 6 for 6 with the bases loaded this season. A rookie!
2008-05-19 22:45:47
2.   LAbits
No kidding!

DeWitt goes from

"Just occupy at 3rd kid."

to

"Steady producer - fearless"

Kinda odd his OPS is so much higher vs. lefties.

2008-05-19 22:49:13
3.   Vishal
i've skimmed the past couple of threads, but i didn't see anyone give any solidly informed opinion on whether dewitt could play 2nd, long-term. anyone have a good answer to that question? when kent is gone, can we put laroche at 3rd and dewitt at 2nd?
2008-05-19 22:50:32
4.   NoHoDodger
Blake is a must stay on the roster.

So...can either Blake or LaRoche play second base? Blake looks like he may have the range to play 2d, which will solve the Kent retirement dilemma. LaRoche is not the prototype second baseman.

2008-05-19 22:50:56
5.   Reddog
Everyone on the team, including Torre, seems to love DeWitt, too.
2008-05-19 22:51:21
6.   NoHoDodger
3 Beat me to the post in a matter of seconds
2008-05-19 22:53:12
7.   trainwreck
DeWitt can't be any worse than Kent.
2008-05-19 22:54:43
8.   Greg Brock
7 Yes, he can.
2008-05-19 22:54:59
9.   Daniel Zappala
I think DeWitt's magical season is all due to the whirlygig he rides to the ballpark every day.
2008-05-19 22:55:30
10.   Reddog
I would just as soon not have Nomar come back this season. But if he does, I think it will be strictly as a pinch-hitter/occasional sub role.
2008-05-19 22:59:45
11.   Vishal
7 ok, sure. he could lose a leg in a tragic skiing accident, and he would have less range than jeff kent.

how probable is it that he would be worse than kent?

2008-05-19 23:00:01
12.   Vishal
er, 11 was in response to 8
2008-05-19 23:00:07
13.   LAT
In the late 1990s I bought a few shares of JDS Uniphase at about $100 per. I rode that puppy down to $10. I'm sticking with Jeff Kent. Old habits die hard.
2008-05-19 23:00:35
14.   ToyCannon
7
How So? We are talking Jeff Kent 2008 not Jeff Kent HOF.
2008-05-19 23:01:17
15.   68elcamino427
Blake DeWitt, focused, locked-in at the plate.
2008-05-19 23:02:14
16.   Vishal
13 well, you're self-aware, i'll give you that :)
2008-05-19 23:05:22
17.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Check his numbers since returning from LV - wooo.
2008-05-19 23:08:01
18.   Greg Brock
13 Comparing ballplayers to failed stocks has loads of potential.
2008-05-19 23:11:52
19.   underdog
Speaking of LaRoche, he had two more walks tonight for Vegas, and two(!) sacrifice flies.

I still haven't heard any good explanation from the Dodgers as to why he can't play some 2nd base. If he does, then as with the idea above he can join the club to play some 2nd for Old Man Kent, and some outfield, especially if, you know, one of our veteran outfielders were suddenly DL'd or traded. And fill in for the Solution. He's a much more productive bat even off the bench, then any of the other options they have right now. As wonderful as DeWitt has been I don't think laRoche should be fully forgotten.

2008-05-19 23:15:29
20.   ToyCannon
13
Bizarre to think it was selling over $1000 a share once.

Longoria with the two run jack in the 13th. As much as I read about baseball I rarely check the standings. I was a bit surprised to see the Yankee's in last place. My surprise was replaced by glee. If their young pitching doesn't start to pan out this team is in trouble as their best players are all over 30.

2008-05-19 23:16:25
21.   CanuckDodger
On the matter of DeWitt at second base, that was touched on by a scout who commented to BP's Kevin Goldstein in 2006, when DeWitt WAS playing 2B, in high A. Here is the scout's full quote:

"I love it, he flat out rakes. Really nice swing and great timing and rhythm. Hard contact to all fields, excellent pitch selection -- he's going to be a .300+ hitter with 30-35 doubles and 15 home runs in the big leagues. He's got a chance to be special. He's rough with the glove, there's no other way to put it. His range isn't real good, his feet aren't real quick, his hands aren't real good. But he's 20, he's a good athlete, and has great make-up -- there's no reason he can't become playable there (2B)."

So there it is: the scout, who seemed to have DeWitt's hitting future pegged really well, thought DeWitt could be "playable" at 2B. We really have to ask ourselves just how much defense we are willing to compromise to have a 2B who hits well. Of course, we've made that compromise for years by having Kent. The problem is the old double standard: high-priced veterans are forgiven their imperfections, while the kids are crucified for them.

2008-05-19 23:19:10
22.   trainwreck
14
I mean Jeff Kent's defense currently at second base.
2008-05-19 23:20:29
23.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
Think about Soriano for a bit... He was a liability at 2B, but his offense there more than made up for his deficit for the glove.

The fact that his offense was just about good enough to make him still more valuable than average in LF was a main reason he was probably concerned about being moved off 2B. That said, he ended up doing so and hitting well enough to earn the big contract from the Cubs.

Could we see the same from DeWitt? When I saw that he delivered the game winner tonight, I thought: man, is he ever winning over fans in this short, pre-regression to the mean debut!

2008-05-19 23:20:30
24.   ToyCannon
"The problem is the old double standard: high-priced veterans are forgiven their imperfections, while the kids are crucified for them. "

Amen

2008-05-19 23:20:50
25.   LAT
TC, Brock and BH, check your email. I have some hot stock tips for you.
2008-05-19 23:21:09
26.   Vishal
21 people seem to think he's good with the glove at 3rd right now, and not "rough with the glove"... granted, 3rd base is further down the defensive spectrum than 2nd, but perhaps his skills have improved in the past couple of years as he's developed? i mean, especially if he's a "good athlete", it might be worth it, at least for the time being, to try him out there.
2008-05-19 23:22:07
27.   Icaros
It would be fun to watch him (DeWitt) try (playing 2nd), anyway.
2008-05-19 23:25:35
28.   ToyCannon
26
To put DeWitt at 2nd and LaRoche at 3rd they would have to sit Kent. Soon he will get hurt but he won't be sitting because of non-performance. The future just might very well be DeWitt and 2nd and LaRoche at 3rd but I don't think it will be this year.
2008-05-19 23:27:19
29.   underdog
So basically we have the pretty good possibility that at least one of: DeWitt OR LaRoche could play a decent 2nd base. So whatever happens this year, couldn't that solve all sorts of problems next year?
2008-05-19 23:28:07
30.   underdog
Also, Tony Jackson would prefer that you not mess with the national anthem. Thank you.
2008-05-19 23:28:46
31.   ToyCannon
29
Only if management feels the same way.

25
Those are the kind of stock tips I like to get. Thanks

2008-05-19 23:30:23
32.   68elcamino427
Great results from the line-up tonight.
The Robot Made of Nails puts a dent in the wall in center while attempting to run down a triple, goes four for four, along with two outfield assists, one a double play to DeWitt.
2008-05-19 23:30:53
33.   CanuckDodger
26 -- I agree. DeWitt was a bad defensive 2B at age 20. 20. It would be wrong to assume that after a couple of years under his belt, playing baseball, DeWitt couldn't have improved his fielding GENERALLY. He might be a lot better at 2B today, compared to how he was 2 years ago.
2008-05-19 23:35:32
34.   Reddog
I think LaRoche is slower than DeWitt on the basepaths. Would that translate to less range defensively? I'm just wondering if the reason they haven't tried LaRoche at 2nd Base in LV is because they know he's not quick enough.
2008-05-19 23:35:50
35.   Vishal
28 i wasn't suggesting that they bench kent immediately. but they could rest him regularly and rotate people in and out.
2008-05-19 23:38:40
36.   Greg Brock
LaRoche hasn't been played at second in the minors because he's been one of the three or four best third base prospects in baseball for the past three years.
2008-05-19 23:39:45
37.   LOB
Great game tonight. I ate too much at the stadium, due to nerves.

Tony Jackson is now reporting that Andruw had an MRI and may need atheroscopic surgery and be out for a number of weeks...

2008-05-19 23:41:37
38.   Marty
JDS Uniphase! Those were the days.
2008-05-19 23:43:15
39.   Louis in SF
Tony Jackson's new post talks about Jones most likely having arthoscopic surgery on his knee do to fluid. Vin said he didn't play tonight because of a bulky knee.

Hate to say it but this is actually good news, Jones hopefully gets healthy and comes back in 6 weeks and is able to contribute. In the meantime Ethier plays every day and my lunatic fringe idea actually becomes more possible although way beyond our current management's creativity.

LaRoche comes up and becomes the 4th outfielder and plays left to spell Ethier and JP, and can also spell DeWitt at 3rd. Nomar becomes super sub sometime in July when he is healthy at that point if Sweeney is still hitting 175 he can be released or traded, if he gets going Hu or Mazza can go back down. Doubt this will ever happen but this would add some power to the lineup. Kent while struggling shows signs of coming out of it, and even counting his slump he is still projected for 16 HR's and 90 RBI's

2008-05-19 23:45:13
40.   silverwidow
The timing of this news about Andruw needing surgery is incredible. That's all I can say.
2008-05-19 23:46:25
41.   silverwidow
I LOVE Kemp in CF everyday. That's his natural position anyway.
2008-05-19 23:53:25
42.   Reddog
I wouldn't wish for anyone to get hurt, but I think Jones being out a month is great news. I actually hope we never see him out there again.

A regular, everyday outfield of Kemp, Ethier and Pierre is the best we can hope for this year.

2008-05-19 23:58:51
43.   Bob Timmermann
How is any position on the baseball field natural? Was Kemp catching fly balls in utero?
2008-05-20 00:08:13
44.   silverwidow
Kemp should now be considered a 5-tool CF, which basically raises his stock to elite status.
2008-05-20 00:08:16
45.   LAT
43. If you shave Kemp's head he has the "CF" sign inscribed on his skull.
2008-05-20 00:08:20
46.   Greg Brock
I'll bet that Kemp's natural position is recumbent.
2008-05-20 00:13:54
47.   sporky
If/when Andruw is put on the DL, is a LaRoche callup guaranteed?
2008-05-20 00:14:28
48.   Dodgers49
41 I love having him out there also. :-) Some here have already made up their mind that Kemp will never be able to play centerfield because he didn't exactly look like Willie Mays when he came up. But this is a raw kid who will get better with playing time. I think he will be a very good centerfielder if allowed to stay out there. Fortunately, he now has a manager who is willing to allow him to grow into the role.
2008-05-20 00:14:39
49.   Greg Brock
45 Check your email.
2008-05-20 00:17:19
50.   bigcpa
From LA Times piece...

In addition to damaged cartilage, Jones said he has a golf-ball sized wart behind his knee that might have to be surgically removed. Because of the wart's location, he said, it can't be drained.

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2008-05-20 00:19:54
51.   silverwidow
47 I hope it's LaRoche, but I fear it could be Repko. Ned has a soft spot for speed.
2008-05-20 00:20:28
52.   LAT
golf-ball sized wart

Just plain nasty.

2008-05-20 00:20:58
53.   68elcamino427
Including tonight's game:

.322 DeWitt
.320 Martin
.320 Kemp
.291 Ethier
.287 Loney

Looks like these kids are doing ok.

2008-05-20 00:21:45
54.   sporky
50 Almost beats the javelined photographer, but not quite.
2008-05-20 00:25:45
55.   sporky
51 I'm hoping Furcal is healthy by then, but just in case... is there a spare infielder he can collide into?
2008-05-20 00:26:34
56.   68elcamino427
50
Just how would a "golf ball" sized wart be evaluated in the physical exam given by the team doctors before the signing of the contract?
2008-05-20 00:27:41
57.   bhsportsguy
I know its good natured but I still think finding joy in someone going on the DL is bad karma.
2008-05-20 00:28:00
58.   bigcpa
No reason why Delwyn can't be the 4th OF with LaRoche called up.
2008-05-20 00:39:56
59.   Alex41592
If/when Jones goes on the DL we will have 49.5 million dollars on the DL and that's just counting this seasons salaries.

Jones, Schmidt, Furcal, Nomar, Loaiza

2008-05-20 00:44:28
60.   LAT
This site is so informative it even tells me what is going on in my own office. As I have mentioned before, one of my partners has been living with Loni since her divorce from Burt--10+ years. (She has come to a number of Firm functions and is very nice). So when I saw Jon's link to Loni getting married this weekend I figured she and Geoff finally took the plunge. Imagine my suprise when I saw the other guy. Turns out he and Loni split a few months ago. Without DT I never would have known any of this. Ahh. The Power of Dodger Thoughts.
2008-05-20 00:46:13
61.   Dodgers49
With 2 more RBI tonight DeWitt moved past Jeff Kent into 3rd place on the team. Unbelievable.
2008-05-20 01:16:36
62.   Benjamin Miracord
More good news: By beating the Reds tonight, the Dodgers are now the reigning Heavyweight Champion of baseball.
2008-05-20 01:19:16
63.   Marty
I'll bet it's a cyst and not a wart. Medium-large cysts are not uncommon behind the knee. At least that's what my doctor told me when he said I had one behind each knee. But what do croakers know.
2008-05-20 01:50:46
64.   Kevin P
I have no problem saying that Blake DeWitt is for real. I love this guy! I can't believe that he continues to come through for us seemingly EVERY time we need him to. The most patient and disciplined hitter on our team is the guy that spent most of last year in A ball. Unbelievable.

So maybe Jones is going on the DL?? Tiffee or LaRoche? Who do you think is coming??

2008-05-20 02:33:43
65.   Dodger Jack
DeWitt is a budding star; LaRoche is still a prospect. Therefore, it is LaRoche who should be tried at second -- at Las Vegas, where his trials of adaptation will not impact the big club. If he can't play second, then let's consider DeWitt. But we should be reluctant to place DeWitt there. We don't want to mess with a good thing -- his clutch hitting.
2008-05-20 05:46:07
66.   Penarol1916
65. I think the problem with trying Laroche at 2nd is his size. I think that it is somewhat unfeasible to move DeWitt to 2nd in the middle of the season in majors. It honestly seems like an off-season project at best.
2008-05-20 06:15:47
67.   Ken Noe
57 Amen. I tore up my knee in a football game and it still bothers me 34 years later. Nothing funny about injuries. But here's my question: I tried to come back for baseball the next spring but couldn't do it. I had lost my speed--indeed I never got it back. My swing was already so wretched that I couldn't tell a difference. A bad knee helps explain to me Jones lack of speed to first, but help me, how would it affect his swing, if at all?
2008-05-20 06:22:39
68.   jtrichey
65 Well, as someone else mentioned, it's not like one of them is going to be playing second this year. But whoever can handle it best needs to work on it alot this winter.
2008-05-20 06:25:05
69.   Ken Noe
67 By the way, I'm assuming a pre-existing knee problem that worsened over the weekend. That may be wrong, but it strikes me as possible.
2008-05-20 06:38:19
70.   Penarol1916
67. I would assume that it could severely affect your swing mechanics, especially with regards to how you shift your weight from one leg to the other.
2008-05-20 06:45:32
71.   Howard Fox
I just don't get some of the posters here. Granted, DeWitt was not the chosen one to play 3B, but he got the opportunity, and has more than made the most of it. He, at present, is a legitimate rookie of the year candidate.

And many of you want him to step aside and try 2B or just step aside period to make room for LaRoche.

I just don't get some of the thought processes here sometimes.

2008-05-20 06:47:15
72.   Howard Fox
Maybe he will ultimately succeed and maybe he won't. But give the kid a break. He is playing great, and is one of the few bright spots on the team.
2008-05-20 07:05:00
73.   OhioBlues12
There is a great picture on the Dodger homepage that really speaks to what I like most about this team: their youthful exuberance. DeWitt is getting mobbed by Kemp, Ethier, and Martin showing great solidarity.
2008-05-20 07:08:43
74.   27indigo
And many of you want him to step aside and try 2B or just step aside period to make room for LaRoche.

Why shouldn't he? We are talking about maximizing the team's assets, right? If moving DeWitt to 2B for 09 means we have both his and LaRoche's bats in the lineup, why wouldn't it be a good idea?

Should we instead trade one of them away? What sense does that make? Giving away an asset, a top prospect no less because of a perceived positional log jam?

What I had heard about DeWitt prior to this year was that he had stone hands. He sure hasn't looked it. That said, why wouldn't it be feasible for him to work out at 2B? On the same token, I wouldn't advocate LaRoche playing 2B merely because he is heavier, and DeWitt appears to have better range.

Just one more thought -- Old Man Kent himself started his career as a 3B.

2008-05-20 07:11:24
75.   27indigo
I'll also say this: the whole choose only one of LaRoche or DeWitt reminds me a whole lot of the choose one of Navarro or Martin debate. Navarro was "expendable" because of a "logjam" at his position. So instead of seeing his talent at backup catcher, we've instead been treated to Toby Hall, Mike Lieberthal, and Gary Friggin' Bennett.
2008-05-20 07:20:58
76.   MollyKnight
OK. Back to my fantasy team:

SS- Furcal
C- Martin
LF- Ethier
CF- Kemp
IB- Loney
3B- La Roche
2B- Dewitt
RF- Pierre (hands are tied)
SP- Kershaw

We're getting closer!

2008-05-20 07:27:25
77.   silverwidow
So maybe Jones is going on the DL?? Tiffee or LaRoche? Who do you think is coming??

The top prospect who is actually on the roster.

2008-05-20 07:27:56
78.   silverwidow
76 Pierre will never play RF. Flip him and Ethier.
2008-05-20 07:28:12
79.   CodyS
53 OK is not going to get it done.
Dewitt & Martin are doing "very good,"
Kemp & Ethier are doing "pretty good"
Loney is doing "OK." When we got less than this production out of Eric Karros, nobody was happy (Because most other first basemen give more).

James Loney, Travis Lee. Discuss.

2008-05-20 07:29:30
80.   Ken Noe
Arguably the greatest infield in team history consisted of a failed third baseman named Garvey and three converted outfielders. And as we were all reminded more recently, Martin didn't start out catching. It simply helps the team to get both LaRoche and DeWitt in the lineup.
2008-05-20 07:31:55
81.   Dodger Dawg
Imagine if there was no LaRoche. What would Dodger fans be saying about Blake? I know I'd be saying he reminds me of when Beltre came up and took the 3rd base job. Dewitt can play, and he deserves the job unless he proves different, and that doesn't mean losing it over a slump. As for LaRoche he should be tried at 2nd or left field. At either position he'd be an upgrade with the bat.
2008-05-20 07:33:45
82.   Ken Noe
77 I figure Furcal takes Jones's place if he goes on the DL. Then Hu goes down, but it's anyone's guess who comes up with Nomar still gimpy. Laroche if they have confidence in D. Young as the fourth outfielder, otherwise Repko?
2008-05-20 07:34:25
83.   ToyCannon
59
That should be about 60 million when Kent hits it. He's hurt and just won't tell anyone. He's a gamer, who cares if he sucks while he tries to play with it. That is what gamers do.
2008-05-20 07:39:26
84.   silverwidow
Imagine if there was no LaRoche. What would Dodger fans be saying about Blake?

Nothing, because we would have Joe Crede or Brandon Inge or some other PVL playing 3rd.

2008-05-20 07:49:40
85.   Howard Fox
84 you are right...if not for LaRoche, then DeWitt would never have gotten a chance as they would have brought in another overpriced vet...

so I have been wrong in my posts...LaRoche has already contributed mightily to the effort by clearing the way for DeWitt...

that's a joke...I do think LaRoche has potential and talent, I just believe DeWitt has now earned it...and until proven otherwise, he is the incumbent....doesn't mean Torre won't bench him in July when Nomar comes back...

2008-05-20 07:50:38
86.   MollyKnight
78- Oops. You're right.

SS- Furcal
C- Martin
RF- Ethier
CF- Kemp
IB- Loney
3B- La Roche
2B- Dewitt
LF- Pierre (hands are tied)
SP- Kershaw

No way we can trade Pierre for Matt Holliday, is there?

2008-05-20 07:51:11
87.   JoeyP
The Druw injury is sounds like a case of "Please Doc, find something wrong with me that will let me bow out gracefully."

Truth be told, most MLB players could get something on their bodies scoped'. Most dont because they can play through it.

If it at least gets Druw off the active 25, its a good move. The bad is that Pierre is going to play everyday.

2008-05-20 07:52:37
88.   Howard Fox
86 sure Ned can...he'll trade Pierre in the 5th year of his expiring contract for Holliday after Holliday has signed a huge contract and begun his downward spiral...
2008-05-20 07:53:39
89.   silverwidow
85 Joking aside, if not for LaRoche's injured thumb, he'd be a very productive 3rd baseman for the Dodgers right now. But what's done is done and now we have to figure out have to get BOTH guys in the lineup.
2008-05-20 07:53:48
90.   CodyS
87 I thought the same thing; he is running away from his problems. It won't improve his hitting (unless a good long time to sit and think does the trick).
2008-05-20 07:55:18
91.   Howard Fox
89 agreed, I just look at DeWitt as the incumbent at 3B now...
2008-05-20 07:58:26
92.   ToyCannon
Someone is going to mightily overpay for Holliday, I'm glad it won't be us.

Howard I understand where you are coming from, but with the success of DeWitt we are just trying to find a way to get both of them in the lineup. Right now I'd take LaRoche in LF but it looks like we will get Juan Pierre full time. We are back to where we were last year except Kent is not producing. So a team who had little power last year, has even less now. The guy with the most power on the team is sitting in AAA.

2008-05-20 08:03:40
93.   ToyCannon
90
Or Torre had a heart to heart to see how he was doing physically and he finally admitted his knee was killing him.

I'm a Jones fan but I have no sympathy. He put the undue stress on his knees by trying to emulate the last years of Gwynn's career. I always found it strange that Gwynn was so admired by those in the game when he clearly decided it was more important to eat then to live up to his contract with the San Diego fans. Why he is deified makes little sense to me.

2008-05-20 08:03:59
94.   Vishal
91 why does it matter WHERE dewitt plays? if he and laroche need to be accommodated between 2nd and 3rd, and if laroche can't handle 2nd defensively as well as dewitt, then it should be dewitt that spends more time at 2nd. i don't see why kent, laroche, and dewitt can't split up the two positions relatively equitably, with dewitt shuttling back and forth between 2nd and 3rd as necessary. blake hits left-handed and the other two bat right-handed, so with platooning and selecting favorable matchups, there should be plenty of starts available for all of them.
2008-05-20 08:15:59
95.   ToyCannon
94
Sure in the off season, but I wouldn't want to change anything DeWitt is doing right now. He is comfortable, he is producing, why change his comfort zone at the major league level?
2008-05-20 08:24:53
96.   regfairfield
If Jones does go down, I can't see us calling up anyone but Repko, especially since we seem to have decided that Pierre can't play center.
2008-05-20 08:30:19
97.   scareduck
94 - why does it matter WHERE dewitt plays?

Because this team really can't afford a whole lot of clank. The Dodgers already have the fourth worst DER in the majors (.690); that they happen to be playing the worst in the majors (Cincinnati's DER is .677) at the moment is a happy accident. For those with subs:

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/statistics/sortable/index.php?cid=204024

Pushing players out of position just to get their sticks in the lineup is a luxury available to you if you have an otherwise solid defense. That does not apply to the Dodgers at the moment.

2008-05-20 08:31:41
98.   scareduck
97 - Without looking at it too hard, I would be willing to bet that a lot of this team's pitching woes can be attributed to its lousy fielding.
2008-05-20 08:34:03
99.   alex 7
it seems the arguement here is apples and oranges in the sense that one side keeps arguing for DeWitt at 2B next year, while the other side says "don't move him out of 3B this season!".

Pushing players out of one position to another they have played is not only a luxury if you have an otherwise solid defense. It also makes sense to do it if you are replacing one of your worst defenders (Kent). And again, we're talking '09.

2008-05-20 08:34:24
100.   regfairfield
97 If you look at the individual defensive numbers for our guys, they're really out of whack. Loney is by far the worst first baseman in baseball according to RZR, and guys like Furcal and Jones are in the middle of the pack (Kemp and Kent are also down there, but that's kind of expected). Right now, batted balls are just going into unfortunate places, we should progress to the mean eventually.
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2008-05-20 08:34:38
101.   alex 7
argument. arguement. yuck.
2008-05-20 08:37:02
102.   Jon Weisman
NPUT
2008-05-20 08:37:21
103.   underdog
All I know is even Repko will have more productive appearances at the plate than Jones was having, probably far more productive. But I hope we call up LaRoche. As has been noted, he can also play corner outfield if needed. Fill in for DeWitt when needed. And {insert previous 300 comments about one of them playing 2nd base}

So my soccer team just told me they'd like me to have arthroscopic surgery on my knee. Should I be offended and worried?

2008-05-20 08:42:45
104.   Bumsrap
Injuries are doing for the Dodgers what Ned and Joe were not.

I would like to see LaRoche in left field before either LaRoche or DeWitt were moved to second. While LaRoche was recovering from his thumb injury he worked out hard enough to get down to 208 pounds, down from 220 I think. Did he wait too long to get really serious about his conditioning?

It would be nice to get Abreu back with the Dodgers and start getting playing time at second. If he can't get healthy, I wouldn't mind trading for a second baseman like Kinsler with Texas.

2008-05-20 08:46:01
105.   fiddlestick
Moving DeWitt or LaRoche to 2nd solves two problems:
a) Gets them both on the roster and in the lineup

b) Orlando Hudson is a free agent next year

I think either of them can handle the range aspect, but even for Kent's age and diminished mobility, he still turns the double play well which, IMO, is the most difficult skill to learn as a 2B.

2008-05-20 09:02:44
106.   LogikReader
re: Jones

You know, the article said "IF the swelling doesn't subside by Friday, he'll be out 4-5 weeks."

Knowing the Dodgers they'll pretend the swelling subsided and try to ride it out like Furcal did, but here's to hoping!

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