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Punch & Loney

Walter Alston may have coined the phrase “Punch and Judy.”

For sure, the Dodgers have too many “Punch and Judy” hitters, but the biggest is James Loney.

In fact, from here on, weak hitters are now called “Punch and Loney Hitters.

I am resorting to insulting James Loney, hoping that will make him mad because as you know he’s an everyday reader of this blog. (Sure).  I am sure it will work.  I used to call Andre Ethier Mr. Softee and look how that worked out.

OK, on to less gruesome subjects.  I thought that Kevin Youkilis would have been a nice addition to the Dodgers, but they evidently didn’t think so.

Hopefully, they have something better brewing.  They better have!

Are we seeing the maturation of Dee Gordon?  Let’s hope…

Jared Massey’s Minor League Report – 6/24/12

Seager will sign THIS week!


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23 Responses to “Punch & Loney”

  1. Roger Dodger says:

    When you have a car (or truck) that does not run right, or sound right — it is smart to check under the hood before junking the car (or truck).

    Check Loney’s eyes. A good eye check. He can see the batting practice pitched balls to him and bang them around the park — but he seems to not be seeing the ball the same way when it is game action time.

    Also, check his physical body for problems or concerns.

  2. ken says:

    Good News – The Dodgers still have the most wins in the NL and they still have the best batting average in MLB with a 0-2 count = .205!

    Bad News – 3-7 in the last 10 games which is the second worst in MLB and they no longer have a winning percentage above .600. We all know that is because their Jerrys are now Judys, their James and now Janes, etc.

    30 Day hitters
    Sands .000 – AAA
    Casty .143 – AAA
    Uribe .161 – DFA #1
    Kennedy .189 – DFA #2

    30 Day Pitchers
    Lindblum 5.56 with 3 HRs – Send to AAA

    7 Day Hitters
    Loney .000 12 ABs
    Treanor .000 5 ABs
    IDJ .000 3 ABs
    Uribe .077 13 ABs
    Ellis .077 13 ABs
    Herrera .100 20 ABs and 8 Whiffs (Oscar Robles?)
    Abreu .105 19 ABs
    Gordon .154 26 ABs
    Kennedy .200 5 ABs
    Gwynn .200 15 ABs
    I guess that leaves 3 noncrappy position players last week.

    7 Day Pitching
    Lindblum 67.50 WOW!
    Bills 10.80
    Wright 6.75
    Harang 5.59

    Just an all around crappy team last week.

    Hitting 12th for season and 27th in June
    Pitching 2nd for season and 4th in June
    Fielding 19th for the season with Gordon projecting 30 errors

  3. Badger says:

    Almost all of those crap stats were predictable ken. If we are honest with ourselves, we knew the offense would slow down. What goes up must come down, and most of those guys we have as back-ups were all hitting over their heads.

    I would give Loney a complete physical. He looks somnolent – low blood sugar low testosterone or something. There is terrific, and there is soporific – Loney is the later.

    Not sure what the thinking on Youkilis was, but it is obvious the Dodgers didn’t value him. What the White Sox gave up amounted to a #6 rotation guy with a losing record and a 6 ERA, and a utility guy that is like any one of the many utility guys we have on our team. We have about a half dozen of them, and they are all the same guy, so one of them and John Ely would have been a similar trade. All I can figure is the Dodgers did not value Youk, or he said no West Coast teams to his agent. I think someone should ask the Dodgers for an honest answer to the question – and expect a bullsh*t answer probably.

  4. jerry says:

    loney hit the ball hard a few time..but at might be right.that he is not seeing the ball good..but they worked with him for a long time now..and the dodger are the ones who screwed up- loney swing.

  5. Gionfriddo says:

    Not seeing the ball good?? Was at the game yesterday, Loney hit 2 balls on the screws.. 1st AB was a bullet @ Bourjos and is 3rd AB he almost took Richards head off.. am i sticking up for Warning Track James, NO, but this is 4 years in the making with Loney.. did Ned think he was going to discover his power stroke this year (have we not asked that for 4 years running?).. Loney is what he is– an above average, slick fielding 1B who will end up @ .275-.285, 11 HR, 60-70 rbi.. Ned has known this for past 4 years and has refused to address it–

  6. Gionfriddo says:

    We could live with Loneys’ power shortcomings if we had a healthy Kemp, a power threat at 3rd or LF… without those, Loneys’ line of .250 2 HR and 21 rbi becomes even more deplorable and unacceptable…

  7. Bobbie17 says:

    Gordon and Loney are killing us. I saw 2 games at Anaheim. Loney looked pathetic.
    So much potential. I’m afraid some other team will reap the benefits for 5-6 years.
    Oh well. I don’t think Gordon will ever learn to hit. He’s going to be .240 his entire
    career. That’s not good enough for this team. If the others pulled their weight,
    including Loney, a .240 Gordon might work, but they are not. The other 3A team has
    a shortstop hitting around .300. Bring him up for a try at it.

  8. Badger says:

    No shortage of emotion re Loney. I agree that his avg. numbers would be ok if we had better production from somewhere else. Getting Kemp back will help – but is it enough?

  9. DodgerDude says:

    Here’s the problem Dudes:

    1B and 3B are traditionally “power positions” and Loney and Uribe suck pond scum!

    They are both Punch and Loney Hitters. So are Kennedy, Herrera, Gordon, Ellis, Treanor, Hairston, Gwynn and DeJesus.

    1B and 3B need to get fixed, Dudes!

    • Badger says:

      What you say is true. Traditionally, corner positions are the teams best power hitters. But, if it ain’t your 1b and 3b, you better find it somewhere else. Or… have a different plan.

      I played in a California State B Slow Pitch Tournament years ago and most of the teams were stacked with big strong home run hitters. The team that won the championship that year was a team of Mexican farm workers from the Sacramento area. Every one of them was lightning fast. They could slap the ball wherever they wanted to and then run to second. They would score 4-5 runs every inning and they did it so fast you didn’t know what hit you. And, they all played sound, quick defense. Would that work at the ML level? OF COURSE it would! A team of singles and doubles hitters that get on base and run like rabbits could win. But, who builds teams that way anymore? It’s all about the sluggers.

      I have no idea what this current Dodger identity will be by the end of the year. But, I suspect it will be pitching.

  10. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    It’s apparent that no team valued Youkilis very highly, otherwise the package to get him would have been more substantial. The White Sox got him and didn’t offer very much. So what might all the other so-called interested teams have offered? Not much, I think.

    “He’s [Gordon] going to be .240 his entire career.” That’s the problem with some people, they can’t see the forest for the trees. Guessing that they would have said that Mike Schmidt would always be a .196 hitter after his rookie year. And I guess that Brandon Phillips would always be a .208 hitter after 2003. And I’m sure if I dug deep enough I could find scads of others. It wasn’t even his rookie year, but didn’t Dusty Baker hit about .204 in his first year with the Dodgers?

  11. RogerCraig says:

    I would be willing to bet that Dee Gordon ends up hitting around .280 this year!

    Why all the hate?

    I don’t understand it.

    • Michael says:

      Not until he learns how to bunt. With his speed he should get a bunt basehit a game. And how in the world has he been thrown out 25% of his steal attempts?

      • Badger says:

        re: bunting…. agree. But he is working on it. 25% is almost acceptable. But, with his speed, he should be well over 80% success rate. He’s learning how to do it.

  12. Michael says:

    As far as Loney goes, at the very least they should take away his number 7 and make him wear a zero

  13. RogerCraig says:

    Agree on Loney. Disagree on Gordon. This kid will be great.

  14. Bobby says:

    Would Chase Headley be a really nice upgrade at 3b for us? I could live with Abreu/Rivera/Gwynn, etc in LF, if we had a big upgrade at 3b.

    The article on the right of this page says Pads will listen to offers for him.


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