No – I’m not referring to last night’s game! I talking about Brad Ausmus. Due to back surgery for a bad disc, it is my opinion that in all probability, Brad Ausmus has played his last game. At 41, why would he want to come back for a short season?
I can’t say that the thought hasn’t crossed my mind to come back and play one final year of softball at age 56 with a new titanium and stainless steel hip, but after further review, I said no. Brad is a smart (as in very smart) guy and he will figure it out. I’m sure he will probably be with the team after the surgery is completed, at least part time. But, I’ll cut to the chase. Brad is “Manager Material”. He will be a manager… and soon. Are the Dodgers committed to Joe and Donnie Baseball, or could this be the start of something good?
At any rate, Brad had a great year in 2009, but I don’t see it happening again at his age. AJ Ellis, who is not the “Rocket Scientist” that Brad is, will assume the role of backup to NL All-Star Catcher Russell Martin (yes, you heard right). AJ is an all-around good guy and great teammate, and will also be an asset to the team. Now he gets to show if he can really hit on the major league level.
At any rate, we all wish Brad a speedy recovery and maybe, just maybe… we’ll see him in Dodger Blue in another capacity. Dave Duncan (who is the best pitching coach on the planet) is a former catcher…
RANTS & RAVES:
- Matt Kemp may still be the Silver Slugger, but he won;t win the Gold Glove the way he’s playing CF
- The Ortiz Twins are making the decision easy as to who to keep when Kuo and Belisario return. We could see a roster move today. Russ Ortiz was hitting 90 on the gun, but his pitches didn’t appear to have much movement and when it went to Gameday to check the break, it was painfull obvious that his stuff was “flat.” That means that we all could hit him. Sorry Russ, but you are toast!
- Blame our pitching for last night’s debacle, but when you get 19 hits you should score more than 7 runs! 6 for 18 with RISP won’t cut it. This team still doesn’t have the proper hitting “mindset.”
- Chad Billingsley’s arm slot was different last night. Surely Honeycutt saw that too.
- Carlos Monasterios is finding out big league hitters are a little tougher than A ball hitters. Can he last the season? I am starting to doubt it.
- 6 of the Dodgers 9 starters have on-base percentages of over .390!
- You are going to see some Monster Offensive Numbers by the Dodger Outfielders this year.
- It’s up to Hiroki to right the ship again.
- Since Ortiz was the last pitcher because Weaver was unavailable (his arm fell off after pitching 6 out of 7 days), could we have seen James Loney on the mound for the 12th inning? I’ll bet we see him there someday…
- Oh, and don’t panic!