Jamey Wright has a gray Oklahoma Sooners T-shirt that he’s worn since before most players in the Dodgers’ clubhouse reached the major leagues. The shirt dangled limply from a hanger in Wright’s locker the last time he pitched for the Dodgers, in 2014, hanging on by only a few loose threads. Continue reading →
I spoke to Jamey Wright, the Dodgers pitcher and former Tampa Bay Ray, for a piece about Andrew Friedman that you’ll read soon. We were talking about Friedman, and the team he would be inheriting, when Wright volunteered a couple thoughts on this Dodgers team and the 2014 season.
These didn’t really fit with the rest of the Friedman story, so here they are:
“It’s a frustrating team to watch, a blessing and a curse, to have so many former all-stars,” Wright said. “We lose a couple and play awful, then when we won a game the atmosphere was ‘we’re the best team in baseball’ — thinking we had talent and teams were going to roll over and let us beat them.
“I’m still trying to figure out why I’m at home right now and not in San Francisco.”
Carlos Frias shut out the Washington Nationals for six innings in his first major-league start Wednesday. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff photographer)
Call it rational thought, but when Carlos Frias arrived in the Dodgers’ clubhouse in August, the tendency was to force the rookie pitcher into a limited array of roles.
Emergency spot starter.
Long reliever, preferably during an inconsequential blowout.
That’s what happens to 24-year-old rookies who had never pitched above Double-A baseball prior to the current year, who had an ERA in the fives during his first Triple-A season, right? Continue reading →