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?
Pedro Baez has not allowed a run in his last six games. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Until recently, the comparisons between Pedro Baez
and Kenley Jansen
were premature at best, superficial at worst.
Jansen converted from a catcher to a pitcher at age 21 in 2009. Two years later, he was pitching for the Dodgers.
Baez converted from a third baseman to a pitcher at age 24 in 2013. One year later, he was pitching for the Dodgers.
The key difference: It’s not an exaggeration to say that Jansen never struggled as a rookie. In his first 25 games with the Dodgers in 2010, he allowed two runs. Two.
A fan petition calling on the Dodgers and Time Warner cable to “broker a deal” with local cable providers and “stop the defacto blackout” of the club on local television has 491 signatures on the website FansRising.com.
The campaign is planning additional action to raise attention to the issue, according to a press release from Fans Rising. Comments left by fans reveal that multiple petition signers are elderly fans no longer able to attend games who can’t watch on television.
“I saw my first Dodger game at Ebbets Field in 1938 and have been a faithful fan ever since,” wrote Doris Schalk. “I am now 84 and unable to drive, so don’t get to many games anymore, but being able to watch them all these years has been a god-send. The radio guys are very good – BUT I miss my Vin AND my Dodgers.”
Some bullet points for a Hump Day: