Juan Castro is a good dude – maybe he can still play – and most likely he’ll get picked up by a team in need of a utility man. He just can’t play in LA.
Jay Gibbons was a feel good story – maybe he can help some some team – and maybe he’ll get picked up… or not. He just can’t play in LA. Not now!
I think there’s a few other players who should fall into that category too. It’s too early to throw in the towel, because this being baseball, anything can happen, but players like Blake, Loney, Broxton, Uribe, Thames, Gwynn, Lilly, Kuroda and others should be shopped.
Ned Colletti says that Dee Gordon has the tools to play in the majors. I believe that.
Don Mattingley says he’s going to play every day. I believe that too.
I also believe that you will have to be patient with him. He will probably lead off and he will do some thrilling and maddening things. You will be amazed at his speed and you will be stumped by his blunders (remember Matt Kemp?). You will see him get to balls in LF NOBODY, I mean NOBODY else would get, and then uncork a throw out of the stadium. He certainly has the range to play SS. His arm is above average - not great, but he’ll get stronger and maybe that’s the ticket.
I just wonder if we will see this lineup this season:
- Gordon SS
- Robinson LF
- Ethier RF
- Kemp CF
- Sands 1B
- Uribe 3B
- Ellis C
- DeJesus 2B
- De La Rosa P
At least, we’ll probably see #1 and #9 tonight. It should be fun!