Tuesday night, when Carlos Ruiz was hit by a pitch in the Dodgers’ dreary eighth inning, I got to thinking about what a constant thorn in the team’s side Ruiz is.
Still, he’s no Jim Eisenreich — the biggest nemesis to the Dodgers in my memory.
In 232 plate appearances from 1993-98, Eisenreich had a .405 batting average, .468 on-base percentage and .620 slugging percentage against the Dodgers. And then, when he signed with the team in ’98, he batted .197/.266/.244.
Eisenreich, who famously overcame a struggle with Tourette’s Syndrome, was a great story in baseball — except when the Dodgers were involved.
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- The most thorough review of Dodger Stadium beer options that I’ve seen is delivered by Eno Sarris of NotGraphs. “Depending on your goals, Dodger Stadium is either a boom or a bust from a beer perspective,” he writes.
- Also on NotGraphs: Patrick Dubuque on baseball Shrinky-Dinks.
- Here’s a nice feature on Dodger prospect Angel Sanchez by Chris Martinez for MLB.com.
… Sanchez put school before baseball and attended the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, the only public university in the Dominican Republic. There he studied accounting and put school ahead of baseball, even as he dreamed of playing in the big leagues.
“I had to go to school first because baseball is not forever,” Sanchez said. …
- Buster Olney’s assessment of the Dodgers at the trading deadline for ESPN.com:
… In my opinion, the Dodgers’ new ownership shouldn’t feel pressure to make the playoffs. The question that should be asked, in the midst of L.A.’s month-long slump, should not be “What the hell is wrong with this team?” Rather, it should be, “How the heck did these guys win so many games early?”
It’s a flawed team, and the new ownership really hasn’t had much time to apply its vision of roster reformation. Overpaying to improve the 2012 Dodgers feels like an overreaction.
But L.A. is being aggressive in trying to make the team better. Other execs continue to view the Dodgers as the front-runners to land Dempster. The club’s new owners seem intent on bolstering the team after its improbable early success. …
- Stephen Fife has been sent back to Albuquerque, while Javy Guerra has been activated from the bereavement list.
- Ted Lilly will throw a bullpen session Friday, reports Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A.