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May 29, 2009 – The Magic of Career Years for Four Guys Over Thirty

May 29, 2009 – The Magic of Career Years for Four Guys Over Thirty
The improbability of it boggles the mind, but Juan Pierre, Casey Blake,  Orlando Hudson and Juan Castro are all heading for their “career years.”  Not that’s it’s a bad thing, because we have sure benefited from their production.  It’s not unheard of for guys in their 30′s to have these kinds of years, but I think it is unusual that all four are on the same team.    Raul Ibanez is in the midst of his best year ever at age 37 (a year older than Casey Blake)  and so are several other players.  One has to think that steroids could be involved (we are conditioned to think that way), but in these cases, it is mostly a testament to hard work and experience.    Another thing is that all four of these player (five, if you count Ibanez) are very good guys, good teammates and are well-respected.   Is it getting “you reap what you sow” (Karma)?  Maybe, but it is what it is! 
Career Year For Casey Blake -

Career Year For Casey Blake -

Now, let’s go a step further.  If Juan Pierre keeps up his current pace and Andre Ethier keeps up his, when Manny comes back, what happens?  In reality, Matt Kemp could go to RF, Juan Pierre to CF and Manny to LF.  Don’t laugh – it could happen, if Juan continues his torrid pace.   It might be different if Raffy were having his usual year, but he is hardly suitable leadoff material at the present time.  Keeping Juan out of the lineup when Manny returns may be impossible.


We just didn’t hit the ball much and neither did the Cubs, but good pitching usually stops good hitting.  Brent Leach is looking more and more comfortable on the mound.  Billingsley pitched out of several jams and Joe showed his confidence when he left him in with the bases loaded in the 7th inning.  The Dodgers had their chances, but with 5 hit and 5 errors, they just couldn’t string enough walks and key hits together.  Matt Kemps HR was the only highlight offensively.   Andre Ethier did get a 2-out hit in the 9th, but Loretta couldn’t get the hit that would have drove him in.  Even if you are a Dodger fan, it is inspiring to hear the Cubs fans sign after the game “The Cubs are Gonna Win Toady.”

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10 Responses to “May 29, 2009 – The Magic of Career Years for Four Guys Over Thirty”

  1. Michael says:

    Totally agree that unless Raffy has a drastic turnaround, it will be impossible to keep Juan out of the lead-off spot. Was that a golden or platinum sombrero for my man James Loney? Maybe it is ironic that all four or five of these guys are in their 30's but the trait they all have in common is professional. Hope the wind is blowing out tommorow, alot of our players need to go long for stats sake.

  2. Badger says:

    It's May. I wouldn't be talking career years for another 3 months at least.

  3. mark says:

    So, it’s like a no-hitter – you can’t mention it until it’s over?

  4. Ken says:

    Law Dog

    Good Effort

    Analogy – Tough when a 1L edits a 3'Ls LR article especially when the 3L is on LR and the 1L is not.

  5. Roger Dodger says:

    Mark, remember in Spring Training, when May would go in to catch in a game — his throw to second base at the end of the warm-ups — that throw was ALWAYS right over the bag about a foot off the ground.

    I sure hope he can do that in a big ballpark, infront of 40,000 to 50,000 + fans.

    If I were Joe, when Manny comes back, I would start all four of them, dropping one out depending of past hitting off of pitchers, and get the best of all four. The other day I even wrote a spread-out of two weeks and it works fine. Plus, the player out resting, is then available for pinch-hitting or late inning replacement. The rest for each will help over the long hall.

    If Joe begins to start Martin at 3b, move Blake to 1b for some games, resting Loney — then we have two players out of position. Just being able to play another position, does not mean you can really play those positions with all of the demands of the

  6. Badger says:

    Career years happen once. You really believe, based on 2 months, that 4 guys are going to have career years?

    What they are having is a great start. And, it has helped this team get out quickly. What I hope for is everyone to remain healthy and continue to contribute.

    You ask a question "if Juan Pierre keeps up his current pace" what happens? Well, if he hits .400 he wins the MVP and his bat goes to the Hall of Fame.

    Listen, Pierre will hit around .300, Ethier will hit around .290. Blake will hit .around 270 and Hudson will hit close to .300, Loretta and Castro should do what they always do and at the end of the year, if everyone is still on the field, we win the West.

    But let's be real here. It's not even June yet. If these guys are still doing this in late August, we have a scoop.

  7. Roger Dodger says:

    Since I spent the afternoon at the VA Hospital for two appointments, I missed game on TV.

    Just saw the MLB coverage of the game. Kemp finally hits a ball in the air and far out and gone. Kemp has been hitting mostly ground balls of late.

    Ethier really made a boo-boo in right field with the ball going by him after the ball went off the side wall. His mind was elsewhere.

    Hudson's bare-hand player was realy major league.

    Place in the batting order. I believe for some players that is important. I did not spread out thebox scores of the past few weeks, but maybe Blake hits better down the order a bit, like 6th or 7 th or 8th. Maybe hitting 4th or 5th — puts too much pressure on him.

  8. Ken says:

    MVP Pierre

  9. Badger says:

    MVBP for Pierre.

    He won't play much after July. Maybe he will be our deadline deal for a pitcher. Somebody out there must be paying attention to what he has done.

    I liked Blake in the 8 hole. He seemed to flourish there.

    3 runs in 2 games. Cooled off in the Windy City?

    Blake .302 .378 OBP, LaRoche .302 .373 OBP. Who would have ever believed these guys numbers would look like this? Will they end the year like this? Will Pierre hit .400? Will Castro hit .350?

  10. Roger Dodger says:

    Maybe in a couple of years, LaRoche would sign as a Free Agent, and come back to the Dodgers for, say . . . $18,000,000 per season . . .


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