Ethier back at it...

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  1. TuborgP

    TuborgP DSP Legend

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    Sorta funny Eithier getting much in a trade for young talent. The only young talent Ned has really gotten via trade is Eithier. I don't trust Ned in a trade involving young players. I don't trust Ned much about anything.
     
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    I never hated on Ethier because he signed a baseball for me a couple of years ago at the stadium. :p
    Really, I don't care how he handles the press, it comes down to how he handles the bat. Remember the first few years as a Dodger - he was hitting lefties. I hope he regains his max potential, finds a groove and flat out rakes. At the very least, it will increase his value as trade bait.
     
  3. irish

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    this ought to make him even happier...


    Lefty may bat cleanup behind Kemp depending on opponent
    By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com | 02/27/12 7:14 PM EST​

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With the first full-squad workout set for Tuesday, manager Don Mattingly on Monday said he's hoping to bat Andre Ethier fourth behind Matt Kemp, but he's not committing to it.​

    "I want 'Dre and Matt back to back; they are two dangerous guys," said Mattingly. "But 'Dre could be fourth, fifth or sixth depending on who's pitching. There are times 'Dre doesn't hit lefties as well. We'll put him in the order to protect him and protect Matt. I could see him second, fourth, fifth or sixth. But we'll go into the season looking for him to play every day."​

    Ethier, heading into his free-agent season, hit just .220 against left-handers last season with 41 strikeouts in 141 at-bats. Ethier, who hit .321 against right-handers, batted third almost exclusively last season, ahead of Kemp.​

    Mattingly said when Ethier isn't batting behind Kemp, Juan Rivera most likely will be. Rivera joined the Dodgers after the All-Star break and drove in 46 runs, mostly batting behind Kemp.​

    The rest of the projected batting order has Dee Gordon batting first, Mark Ellis second, James Loney and Juan Uribe sixth or seventh and A.J. Ellis eighth.​
     
  4. IBleedBlue15

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    I can see Rivera getting the Ted Lilly, Ronny Belliard, etc syndrome. Where he plays good for us the first year, we resign him, and then he does horrible.
     
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    Or as I like to call it: Dodger syndrome.
     
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    Or Nedophelioma
     
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    Colletitis
     
  8. Bluezoo

    Bluezoo Among the Pantheon

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    Hey Devil, who is that in your avatar? I've meant to ask you...looks like some kind of zombie James Dean from "Giant". Jett Rink.
     
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    not exactly sure. just looked how i was feeling one day so i went with it.
     
  10. irish

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    good call bz
    you were to fast to live, too young to die, bye-bye...
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    MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
    Dodgers' Andre Ethier seeks return to power after knee issue
    He says he is free of the pain he felt last season, and the change has been noticeable to Manager Don Mattingly. Ethier hit his first homer of the spring in the Dodgers' 8-4 loss to San Francisco.
    By Dylan Hernandez | March 6, 2012, 6:42 p.m.

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    Andre Ethier is no longer experiencing the knee problems that plagued him during the 2nd half of the 2011 season.

    Reporting from Phoenix — No longer does Andre Ethier wake up in the morning wondering how his right knee will feel.

    Almost six months removed from a minor knee operation, Ethier said he is free of the pain that crippled him last season and drained him of his trademark power.

    Ethier hit his first home run of the spring Tuesday, a towering solo shot against Barry Zito in the second inning of the Dodgers' 8-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants at Camelback Ranch.

    "It's just you going up there taking hacks and knowing you can take them and not feel twinges here and there, knowing your mechanics are sound, knowing that you've practiced and done the work," Ethier said. "Not sitting there double-guessing yourself because some of the work you've done might not be the best quality because you're compensating for some things."

    The change has been noticeable.

    "There's a squareness to him right now," Manager Don Mattingly said, explaining that Ethier's improved balance has translated into a more compact stroke.

    Ethier made his second consecutive All-Star team last year but was limited to 135 games. He batted .292 with 11 home runs, the fewest since his rookie season in 2006. In his last full season, 2009, he hit 31 home runs.

    "Last year, you felt like you stepped in the batter's box with one strike because you don't feel well and you don't feel you're capable of performing the way you're known to be capable of," he said.

    Ethier underwent surgery with two weeks remaining in the regular season.

    He was able to test his knee in the Dodgers' exhibition opener Monday when he lined a ball down the right-field line and slid into second base for a double.

    "What I did in the game yesterday, today, is just a translation of some of the work I've put in this winter and here in spring training," he said.

    But Ethier pointed out that he still hasn't played a full game. He played three innings in the field on both Monday and Tuesday.

    "It's still a long way to go," he said.

    Ethier's home run Tuesday was particularly noteworthy because it came against a left-handed pitcher.

    Mattingly did something with the lineup Tuesday that he is considering doing in the regular season: batting Ethier fifth instead of in his usual cleanup spot on days the opposing starting pitcher is a left-hander.

    Juan Rivera, a right-handed hitter, batted fourth.

    Asked whether he preferred to hit in the same spot every game, Ethier replied, "That's not up to me. Wherever you pencil me in, I'll do it."

    Ethier batted .221 against left-handers over the last four seasons. During the same period, he hit .316 against right-handers.

    Only one of his home runs last season was against a left-hander. But Ethier downplayed the numbers.

    "Too many people look too much into these split stats," he said. "I think I still hit .290 last year. What happened to the whole average? It's the average of the season, not the average of what you hit against guys in day games or night games and submarine guys with the moon up high in the sky."

    Mattingly couldn't explain why Ethier had trouble against left-handers. As a rookie, Ethier hit .351 against left-handers and .298 against right-handers.

    "It shouldn't be that staggering because it seemed like he hit them good early on," Mattingly said. "Maybe it's been the knee and some injuries that didn't allow him to stay on the ball long enough. To me, he should be at least more competitive against lefties than he was last year."
     
  12. doyerfan

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    Surprised Dylan could get through a whole interview without getting out of it that Ethier already signed a deal with Boston and that he hates little kids and that he likes Hitler
     
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