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Felipe Lopez, Gone, Finally

Posted on: July 21, 2009 2:02 pm
 

The Diamondbacks completed the second trade of the season, sending Felipe Lopez to the Brewers for a pair of minor league, mid level prospects.  This was a great move by the front office to remove a player that was everything that the team didn’t want.  On the surface Lopez looks great; veteran player, .300 batting average, and reliable lead off batter.

What the stats don’t tell you is that Lopez is one of the most half hearted players that has ever donned a Diamondbacks uniform.  He made little to no effort on the base path or in the field.  He was routinely out of position, routinely jogged to first base, and made sure that he put himself first in every situation. 

Some of the examples of Lopez’s contributions can be found in the series leading up to the trade.  During the three game series against the Cardinals Lopez failed to slide into home, failed to make any effort to break up a double play, and after Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina dropped strike three, rather than run to first and force the catcher to make a throw he simply walked back to the dugout.  Molina actually appeared surprised, as he popped up ready to make the throw; instead he had to walk a few steps toward the Diamondbacks dugout to make the tag.

Lopez was the only .300 hitter the Diamondbacks had.  They had no real replacement waiting in AAA to be called up, but this was addition by subtraction.  On a team with most of the players having less than three years experience going through a rough season, they could not afford to have Lopez’s bad attitude affect the rest of the team.  They need to have players that want to be there and want to put out their full effort every night.  It should only take until the end of August for the Brewers fans to begin to realize that they only got half a player.

Comments

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2009 3:31 pm
 

Felipe Lopez, Gone, Finally

You can take his first game as Brewer as a case in point. People will say that he had a great debut. After all he went 4 for 4. But they fail to mention that for all that he committed one error, failed to cover second on another play, and inhibited the Brewers chance at a comeback.

The Diamondbacks did not bother to try with Orlando Hudson and instead went for the quick fix and it failed. Time and again the Diamondbacks front office acts too quickly, or conversely too slowly, in dealing with situations. Now we have a team with no veteran presence being led by a manager with no veteran experience.




Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2009 3:12 pm
 

Felipe Lopez, Gone, Finally

What you said here almost takes the words out of my mouth. I agree with 100% of this. I'm so glad he is gone now.



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