Monday, March 26, 2007

It's A Loney Ol' Night...

...and the OC Register has put its arms around him. In the piece, Dodger prospect James Loney has voiced a bit of concern that his impressive spring performance (.444 batting average) might not get him a spot on the major league roster:

VERO BEACH, FLA. – James Loney was 3 for 4 and scored two runs Sunday in the Dodgers' 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Holman Stadium. He raised his spring batting average to .444, but is facing the strong possibility of starting the 2007 season in Las Vegas with the Dodgers' Triple-A team.

"I don't think about it too much because thinking about it is like a kick in the stomach," he said. "I'm doing everything to show this team here that I can help make this team win."

Everything Loney has shown, even before this spring, has been impressive. He batted .438 during spring training last year. His batting average of .380 in Triple-A last season was the best in all of professional baseball, and he batted .284 for the Dodgers in 2006. His combined average since the beginning of spring camp last season is .372.

"I hope it matters to somebody," he said. "If they don't think it matters here, I hope that it matters somewhere else."

James, turn that frown upside down. At the rate that the Dodgers are getting injured, you should have no trouble making the Dodgers' lineup. A talent like yours will not be denied. Just be patient!

I also have this burning need to say something like "fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and hate...leads to suffering," but somehow that doesn't seem to completely fit here.


cigarcow said...

I've got my trigger on if a Loney trade goes down.

Orel said...

And please, no more Mellencamp references. He's already on the shit list for those Chevy commercials.

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