Loney Getting Lonely on Bench

With the emergence of Juan Rivera, who has the second highest batting average on the team, James Loney has been starting a lot of games on the bench.  Once a steady hitter who averaged 90 RBI’s the last three years, Loney has struggled in the last month batting .176 and driving in 5 runs.

Loney’s future in LA is at risk according to Tony Jackson of ESPN/LA.

“…Loney is making $4.875 million this year, and he has one more winter of arbitration eligibility. Simple logic would suggest that the Dodgers won’t go there with him this year, that if he doesn’t agree to a salary for 2012 far below the roughly $5.5 million he would stand to make through arbitration, they will simply bid him adieu. …”

LA Times writer Dylan Hernandez says that Loney must play in order to prove himself.

“…They have a decision to make, and I want it easy on them to bring me back,” Loney said. “But I have to play well; I have to play up to my talent level.”

First, he has to play, period. …”

MLB.com Dodger beat writer Ken Gurnick has a story pointing to a telling offseason for James Loney.

“James Loney is having his worst season after a bad second half last year, and he’s not even the everyday first baseman anymore, manager Don Mattingly saying Loney will continue to share time with Juan Rivera when Rivera isn’t playing left field.

All of that means Loney is at the top of the list of likely non-tender candidates come December, as the Dodgers are unlikely to pay him a raise from the $4.875 million he receives this year. …”

All of this negative attention does not bode well for Loney.  We can hope that he will turn it around but it looks like the Dodgers may not tender him a contract this fall unless he agrees to a pay cut.

This Day in Dodgers History

On August 5, 1979 – In an 8-1 win over the Giants, Dodger right-hander Don Sutton becomes the team’s all-time strikeout leader with his 2,487th career strikeout.

54 Responses to Loney Getting Lonely on Bench

  1. trublu4ever says:

    I feel sorry for James. I actually think he is one of the nicest guys on the team. He has had a dreadful season at the plate. However, with all his hitting problems, he still plays solid defense. Benching him isn’t going to make him hit any better…..just look at Uribe who, when, he is active, plays almost everyday and, he REALLY SUCKS! So, I have a feeling James will be gone in the blink of an eye.

  2. selltheteam says:

    Loney is still playing fantastic defense. But, let’s face it, first base is not a position where defense is at a premium, like at shortstop. The first baseman has to produce at the plate.

    The only way for Loney to reverse this situation is to hit a bunch of homers in the few times he gets to the plate. I doubt that will happen between now and the end of the season.

  3. Dodger dawg 32 says:

    I just posted this on ITD. Guess who the Mariners are calling up today? Any guesses Ned? Anything new with the fodder that you got for TR? Do you think that Ferder whatever his name is will ever learn to hit? How you keep your job I don’t know. My best guess is that you have pictures of Frankrupt and his sons with farm animals

  4. messagebear says:

    Ned’s response is, of course, that Robinson didn’t rank as high as some other OF prospect/s that we have in the minors; therefore making him expendable. The question, of course, is who the hell does that ranking and what has his track record been for the last few years. Incompetent bastards all, with Ned leading the pack.

  5. nedisajerk says:

    Look like Eovaldi is starting tomorrow.

    • Looks like Tony Jackson was right except for the date.
      He tweeted this a few days ago:

      dodgerscribe Anthony Jackson
      Educated guess on my part, but I’m predicting Nate Eovaldi will start next Tuesday night against Phillies.

  6. koufax1963 says:

    Reading that MLB and Dodgers have struck a deal with bankruptsy court. The impact is that of the 150M secured, 60M must be paid back to the highbridge fund that Mc broke borrowed from, and now BR Court must approved all expendidtures, and Mc broke is no closer to having to sell the team. When will selig seize the team? When will Jaime demand her half of the money? It seems that crook is positioning himself to remain as owner! Damn!

  7. trublu4ever says:

    First inning for us…close but, no cigar!

  8. trublu4ever says:

    Now, this is more like it! Keep it up, Dodgers!

  9. nedisajerk says:

    Dang it T-Rob just robbed Hunter of a Homerun.

  10. 32and53fan says:

    Nice to have a big lead for a change.

  11. vl4eccjr says:

    Billz is imploding!

  12. vl4eccjr says:

    That could have been much worse! Thanks Gordon!

  13. 32and53fan says:

    Nice play Gordon! He saved a couple of runs to end the inning.

  14. 32and53fan says:

    Loney looked lost on that strikeout.

  15. Dodger dawg 32 says:

    We need to rebuild like Seattle is doing but Ned is too stupid to realize that. I hope TR tears it up for the Mariners. Oh wait, I guess we didn’t need a good left fielder that’s also a switch hitter. It seems like it was more important to have another no hit catcher to go along with the 2 we already have.

  16. nedisajerk says:

    Do like TB and try to get top 3 picks every year but we do know how they would turn out?

  17. nedisajerk says:

    I hate lead off walk.

  18. vl4eccjr says:

    What’s that smell? Ohhhh! It’s just McDoodoo. . .

  19. vl4eccjr says:

    I hope Javy is up for a 4 out save.

  20. vl4eccjr says:

    One down. Three to go.

  21. nedisajerk says:

    I hope Nicasio is ok I really hate to see that.


  22. trublu4ever says:

    What does Javy say?

  23. nedisajerk says:

    Here goes those stupid fielder’s indifference,

  24. C’est la vie – c’est la Guerra!

  25. vl4eccjr says:

    That was HUGE!
    Once again Javy shows he belongs!
    Johnathan Who?

  26. I’m glad to see Rivera is working out for you guys at the plate. How has his fielding been? With the range of both Kemp and Ethier in your outfield, I think Rivera can be successful again. In the Angels outfield, with Bourjos stretched between the diminishing ranges (though still strong gloves) of both Rivera and Hunter, it was just too much. But he was a good ballplayer for us for several years and I wish him well.
    — Kristen

  27. dodgereric says:

    Bill Dwyre was the sports editor for the LA Times for 25 years before he “retired”. He has since been a contributing columnist when the mood strikes him. It struck him today with a column that any one of a number of us could have written:
    The Dodgers are a couple of years and a couple of great players away from being the Dodgers again. But not under McCourt ownership. For the fans, if not yet in the courts, that’s over. The fat lady sang a long time ago.

    Here’s a little of it:

    “He has passed the point of no return. His desire to maintain the Dodgers shows a startling lack of realism. He is not wanted here anymore. Many of his customers won’t be if he is the owner. He has lost them. Image is reality, and McCourt’s image is irreversible. He is fighting to get back into the Colosseum so he can be with the Christians.

    Even Frank McCourt should not have to live surrounded by the venom that currently exists. One of the comments from a fan in reaction to a recent Times story on a McCourt legal proceeding said it was unfortunate that McCourt “can’t just step in front of a bus.”

    Kenny Rogers sang some good advice. You need to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em. There have to be a couple of million dollars left after all the smoke clears in this — the more quickly the better — that McCourt could use to find a nice house on a hill in Idaho, or maybe Italy.

    With that gesture, Dodgers’ fans might find some gratitude in their hearts.

    But forgiveness? Never.”


  28. dodgereric says:

    Boy, sure would like to edit that.

  29. Nellyjune says:

    Trayvon got the MLBTV’s play of the day.
    Thanks Ned!! What a trade!

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