Ethier sits, Jones plays … and an interesting read

This is from si.com’s Jon Heyman, and if you believe it, it paints a bleak picture of the way this organization is being run from the top down.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/jon_heyman/07/24/scoop.dodgers/index.html

Anyway, as the headline says, Ethier becomes the first odd-man out. But Torre emphasized that he hasn’t yet made up his mind how this four-outfielders-for-three-spots scenario is going to shake out — although he expects to make it up fairly quickly.
“We’re at a point in the season where we can’t take a month to make up our minds for anything,” he said.
Torre did say he recognizes the dramatic improvement on the part of Ethier over the course of the season. From what I can deduce, the mentality on the part of club officials seems to be that Andruw Jones was signed to give the Dodgers the one thing they were missing last year, so without him in the lineup, they’re still missing it. Which is true to a point. But if having Jones in there actually makes the club WORSE, then you’re not really giving yourself the best shot of winning, are you?

Here’s the lineup

LF Pierre
RF Kemp
C Martin
2B Kent
SS Garciaparra
1B Loney
CF Jones
3B LaRoche
RH Billingsley

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  • TeamHasHoles

    From what I can deduce, the mentality on the part of club officials seems to be that Andruw Jones was signed to give the Dodgers the one thing they were missing last year, so without him in the lineup, they’re still missing it.

    WITH HIM “IN” THE LINEUP THEY’RE MISSING IT! THEY DON’T HAVE TIME TO SEE IF HE CAN FIX HIS PLATE APPEARANCES. COLORADO IS COMING UP FAST.

    AT SOME POINT YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT THE FACT THAT A PLAYER YOU WASTED MONEY ON WAS JUST THAT, “A WASTE OF MONEY.” WHEN EGOS RUN YOUR TEAM AND ADVISE YOUR LINEUP, AND NOT “RESULTS,” YOU’RE IN TROUBLE BABY!

  • USC’89

    The Dodgers are a mess. The fact Jones keeps playing is an insult to the fans.

  • dumkopf

    McCourt took a lot of heat for firing Depo and Little, which is what is making him gunshy from doing the same to Ned and Joe, who deserve it 10 times more. I guarantee the fans would be behind him on this one. Fire them now midseason to give them the embarrassment they deserve. You got two good GM choices already in the office and plenty of would-be managers out there, just pick a young one who knows baseball the way it’s played today.

  • max_power

    It’s really not surprising to see this. The Dodgers usually make the wrong moves and this is obviously another bad move. It could change tomorrow though but I doubt it. You think Ethier has to be heartbroken or at the very least disappointed. He was benched off and on all season and finally got steady playing time and he blossomed. Now he’s riding the pine again for no reason. It’s really not hard to see why the Dodgers are worse than last season. Our owner is clueless, our GM is even more clueless and our manager looks semi-retired. Joe Torre really looks like he could care less if we win or lose and his personnel decisions reflect that.

    I heard a conspiracy theory the other day about how Ned is working for the Giants and trying to tear down the Dodgers from the inside. It’s laughable when you think about it but when you look at his decisions you can’t help but wonder it might be true.

  • TeamHasHoles

    McCourt needs to come out and tell the fans… “Folks, we’ve misspent our resources. It’s our bad. We’re not going to exacerbate a bad situation by trading our talented young players that we intend to build around for the next 3-5 seasons. We will try to be more wise with our resources in the future, only signing players to fill-in holes where we don’t have upcoming players.”

    “We promise to be competitive, but we don’t think making a deal at this time will help us, other than a trade that will clear a spot for a young player and get some more prospects into our talent-rich minor league system.”

    People would accept that. They might complain, but ticket sales wouldn’t sag much, they might improve if they knew they were coming out to see young hungry players making their way in the league rather than overpaid, overweight has-beens or old injury-prone infielders at a fraction of his former prowess at the plate and range in the field.

    Most people could live with a “re-build” at this point, they just don’t wanna have their intelligence insulted by management the way they are.

  • FireColletti

    Jones starting over Either was as predictable as it is funny.

    Regarding the SI article, I have a big problem with the writer’s logic…
    “Several baseball people say there was a deal for the Dodgers either “in place” for CC Sabathia — or close to it — when they suddenly pulled the plug, apparently at the behest of over-involved owner Frank McCourt. Big mistake, as Sabathia, 4-0 already with three consecutive complete games, appears bent on leading the Brew Crew into the playoffs for the first time in 26 years.”

    As Tony reported, Matt Kemp was one of the Dodgers who would have been sacrificed for a 3 month rental. Lets assume CC is a Dodger and Kemp is gone. How does the high powered offense suddenly get better? And if LA wins this garbage division, they still won’t snap their proud, 20 year playoff tradition. And after all the horrible contracts, there is no way McCourt would out bid every other team and overpay for CC. Big mistake??? Thank God McCourt took the keys away from the drunk.

  • rthlshrtbrkr

    Maybe somebody should tell McCourt that fans don’t want to go to a game knowing that somebody like Andruw Jones is going to be unconditionally playing ahead of one of their favorite young players like Ethier or Kemp.

    This team is letting their pride get ahead of their judgement by reminded their fans daily of that famous 36 million dollar mistake.

    Being reminded on the TV is painful enough without the $8.00 beers. Honestly, Jones is a huge reason I haven’t been to more games this season.

  • TeamHasHoles

    4 for 52 w/ RISP including about 30 strikeouts. Ego HAS to be the only reason he’s even given a chance at this point. If he was a young player making the league minimum, He’d be either Vegas-bound or DFA’d by now. Only the Dodgers would keep this keep this guy around.

    Colletti’s really f’d this organization up.

    And by the way, Jon Heyman is nothing more than a mouthpiece for his league executive buddies. He’s certainly not much of a real journalist and never was. I agree with FireColletti’s comments completely. I also agree with his screenname. :)

  • scanman33

    If Tony was the one who pressed Torre about the decisions he’s making, then my respect for him has shoot through the roof.

  • Dave R.

    If there’s a fan out there that wants to see Andruw Jones playing at the expense of better players, I’d love to hear the logic. Can we get Grady Little back?