Sunday, July 12, 2009

What's Andre Ethier's Motivation?

Andre Ethier homers in yesterday's game.

From "What pressure? Ethier feels just fine" at

"I'm here competing for a job next year any way I can," Ethier said. "I'm not sure if it's going to be here or with another team, so I have to go out there and perform well."

Sound familiar? Check out what Ethier has said in the past:

"I don't know if I'm going to be here next year or not."

"This is the business in the game I play, and that's how it's been."

"You don't know where you're going to be from year to year."

Those quotes came from an LA Times 2006. That's right: Three years later, Andre Ethier is still worried about being traded.

Or is he? After signing a $3.1 million contract before this season, Ethier certainly has an idea of his worth to the Dodgers. So are his recent comments disingenuous?

Probably not. Ethier, whom Joe Torre compares to Paul O'Neill, strikes me as one of those chip-on-his-shoulder players. The perception of disrespect keeps him motivated.

And if that's what it takes to keep the home runs coming, fine. It would be nice to hear him spout some lines about wanting to stay in Dodger Blue, but as with his photo shyness, we'll happily indulge this quirk as long as he's producing.

photo by Jon SooHoo/Dodgers