Tag:Andre Ethier
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:54 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 2:23 pm

Hamels avoids arbitration, Lincecum doesn't

Cole Hamels signed a new contract Tuesday. Tim Lincecum didn't.

Hamels will get $15 million plus performance bonuses from the Phillies. Lincecum will exchange arbitration numbers with the Giants.

And none of that changes the big picture, because neither Hamels nor Lincecum has a new long-term contract yet.

As of now, Hamels is still eligible for free agency after the 2012 season. Lincecum is eligible after 2013.

And both can (and certainly will) continue to discuss long-term deals that will keep them off the market.

Hamels, who made $9.5 million in 2011, agreed to 2012 contract just before the deadline for arbitration-eligible players to exchange contract figures with their teams. Lincecum will go through the arbitration process, although he and the Giants can continue to work on a deal while awaiting a hearing.

According to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman, Hamels' new deal also would pay him $100,000 if he's named the Most Valuable Player, $250,000 if he wins the Cy Young Award, $100,000 for World Series MVP and $50,000 each for LCS MVP, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger or an All-Star appearance.

Tuesday was a deadline day for some teams that have a policy of not continuing negotiations after arbitration numbers are exchanged.

Posted on: July 8, 2011 3:12 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 3:31 pm

Ethier replaces Victorino on NL All-Star team

Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, who finished second to Philadelphia's Shane Victorino in the National League final All-Star vote, will replace the injured Victorino on the NL team.

Victorino went on the disabled list Friday with a sprained ligament in his right thumb.

It will be a homecoming for Ethier, who was born in Phoenix, played at Arizona State and still lives in the area. Ethier had a 30-game hitting streak earlier this year, and he's in the top 10 in the league in batting average.
Posted on: May 7, 2011 10:58 pm

At 30 games, Ethier's streak is history

This was the day Andre Ethier was sure to keep the streak going.

"I'll just pencil him in for a hit," Chris Young had said, knowing all too well the success Ethier has had against him.

But Young didn't start for the Mets Saturday, scratched just before gametime because he had trouble getting loose.

And Ethier didn't get a hit.

His hitting streak is over at 30 games, like so many streaks before his. The last four hitting streaks to last 30 games -- Willy Tavarez in 2006, Moises Alou in 2007, Ryan Zimmerman in 2009 and now Ethier -- all ended without getting to 31.

In fact, for whatever reason, 30 has been by far the preferred ending spot for longish hitting streaks.

Of the 20 streaks that lasted 29 games or more, 11 ended at exactly 30 games, as opposed to just one streak ending at 29 games, two at 31 and one at 32.

Who knows why that is?

At least we can blame Young's inability to get loose for the end of Ethier's streak. The two met regularly in the National League West when Young pitched for the Padres, and Ethier went 12-for-29 (.414) against him, with six home runs and two doubles.

Maybe this time Young would have stopped him. We'll never know.

We do know that fill-in starter Dillon Gee stopped him, with help from relievers Michael O'Connor and Tim Byrdak. Ethier walked, flied to left and flied to center against Gee, grounded out against O'Connor and struck out against Byrdak.

And so this streak is over, one game shy of equaling Willie Davis for the longest streak in Dodger franchise history, 14 games shy of Pete Rose's National League record, and 26 games short of Joe DiMaggio's record.

Ethier did go six games farther than his manager ever had. Don Mattingly's longest hitting streak ended at 24 games in 1986.

Mattingly also had streaks of 20 games, 19 games and 17 games (twice).

"I told everyone that every time I'd get to 20, Joe DiMaggio would come in and say something and I'd go 0-for-4," Mattingly joked Friday. "So Ethier's all right."

DiMaggio didn't come by, but Chris Young couldn't get loose.

And Ethier's streak is over.

Posted on: May 6, 2011 7:07 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2011 11:13 pm

Relaxed Ethier has hit in 30 straight

NEW YORK -- His hitting streak is at 30 games, and people are starting to notice. His right elbow is sore enough that he had to miss a game, sore enough that people are asking about it.

Still, Andre Ethier looked as relaxed as could be Friday, even before the first-inning single that kept his streak alive for another day.

And maybe that's how he ended up hitting in 30 straight games in the first place. Maybe that's why he's hitting .379, after a 3-for-5 night Friday, in the Dodgers' 6-3 loss to the Mets.

The word on Ethier has always been that he doesn't relax, that he spends too much time in the batting cage, that he's too tough on himself and on others.

Now, with a hitting streak that's closing in on the Dodgers' 42-year-old franchise record (31, by Willie Davis in 1969) and with a three-deep pregame crowd of reporters around his locker, Ethier gave the impression that nothing could bother him.

"I haven't lost a wink of sleep because of [the streak]," he said, in a tone of voice that led you to believe him.

He said his elbow is better, good enough that he wants to play. He said the only bad thing about the streak was that he'd rather focus on wins and losses, especially after a 2-4 homestand. He said he's not superstitious.

"I change my socks," he said. "I've used four bats, three different models in some games. I eat something different every day."

He answered every question, never looking like it bothered him. He joked that the streak "will be a nice filler for the media guide next year."

I think he was joking when he said that.

"I don't think it will define my season, or our season," Ethier said.

That depends on how long this goes.

It goes on for another day, after Ethier lined a single to center field off Jonathon Niese of the Mets in his first at-bat Friday. It goes on, even as the Dodgers lost for the fifth time in the last six games, to fall to 15-18.

Ethier seems to understand that his streak is a story, but he also realizes that it's harder to celebrate personal accomplishments in a losing clubhouse.

"It's neat, but it's not helping us snap this little skid," he said after Friday's game. "You celebrate when you get the hit, but you play nine innings. It's just one at-bat."

At 30 games, the streak doesn't yet define the Dodger season. Even at 32 games, a new Dodger record, it still doesn't define the season.

But any time a streak gets this long, we all think of 56. We think of Joe DiMaggio.

And yes, if Ethier approaches DiMaggio, then the streak defines the season.

I know off the top of my head that DiMaggio's streak was in 1941. I had to go to the record book to see if the Yankees won the World Series that year (yes, they did).

At some point, the streak becomes the story, although I'm not sure I can tell you exactly what that point is.

Already, Ethier has people in Los Angeles talking about him. Already, his streak has given the Dodgers something of significance to discuss, besides the ownership circus.

"Someone asked me who Zack Wheat was," Ethier said. "I thought he was another minor leaguer. I thought maybe we were calling him up."

He knows now that it Wheat who had a 29-game hitting streak for the Dodgers in 1916, and that it was Wheat's record that Davis broke in 1969.

"Were they the Bridegrooms then?" Ethier asked.

Actually, they were the Bridegrooms a few years before that. They were the Robins when Wheat had his streak.

"I guess I'll be one of those Vin Scully trivia questions," Ethier said.

At 30 games, yes, he'll be a trivia question. If the streak goes on much longer, he'll be more than that.

Category: MLB
Posted on: May 6, 2011 6:23 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2011 7:26 pm

Ethier's streak hits 30

NEW YORK -- Yes, 56 is still a long way off.

But Andre Ethier's hitting streak is now at 30.

Ethier lined a single to center field off Jonathan Niese in the first inning of the Dodgers' Friday night game against the Mets, giving him the second-longest streak in Dodger history. He can tie Willie Davis's club record of 31 Saturday night.

Thirty-game hitting streaks aren't all that uncommon. Ethier's is the sixth streak that long just since the start of the 2005 season.

Three of those streaks ended at 30. Only Jimmy Rollins (36 in 2005) and Chase Utley (35 in 2006) went longer.

Ethier played Friday, after missing the Dodgers' Wednesday game against the Cubs because of a sore right elbow. He said Friday afternoon that he felt healthy enough to play in the first game of a series against the Mets, and manager Don Mattingly wrote Ethier into his usual third spot in the Dodger lineup.

Asked if his elbow felt better, Ethier said, "Somewhat. It's not to the point where it would keep me out of the lineup. Not at this point."

Mattingly said he thinks Ethier's elbow shouldn't be an issue for more than a few days.

"The other day was just, for me, too dangerous," Mattingly said. "He couldn't take a full swing. The last thing we need is to lose this guy for a long time."

Category: MLB
Posted on: May 5, 2011 7:43 pm

3 to watch: The play the percentages edition

You might think this is the worst time to face Andre Ethier.

R.A. Dickey thinks it's the best time.

"The percentages are in your favor the more games his streak goes on," the Mets knuckleballer said. "I'd rather he had a 50-game streak. You think, this is going to end sometime."

It's hard to know whether it will end this weekend, and not just because an inflamed elbow kept Ethier out of the Dodgers' Wednesday game against the Cubs, and has his status in some doubt for this weekend's series against the Mets.

What we do know is that Ethier has a .147 career average against the Mets, easily his lowest against any National League opponent.

We also know that Ethier's hitting streak is at 29 games, which gives the next couple of games extra significance. The longest hitting streak in Dodger history is 31, by Willie Davis in 1969.

Davis' 30th and 31st games came against . . . the Mets. His streak ended in the next series, in San Diego against the Padres.

If Ethier gets a hit Friday, he could tie Davis with another hit on Saturday night. While Ethier has bad career numbers against the Mets, he has great numbers (12-for-29, with six home runs) against Chris Young, the Mets' Saturday night starter.

"I'll just pencil him in for a hit," Young said with a smile.

Young said he met Ethier last year in the Dodger Stadium weight room, when Young was with the Padres.

"He came up and asked how I was doing," said Young, who was coming back from an injury. "He's first and foremost a nice guy, a great player, who has a ton of success off me.

"I had to apologize to him, because by getting hurt I cost him some hits."

If Ethier can carry his streak until Sunday, he'll face Dickey.

By then, the percentages may be in his favor.

On to 3 to watch:

1. The Giants and Rockies have played some fascinating games the last couple of years. And any matchup of Matt Cain and Ubaldo Jimenez is interesting, even if Cain gave up six runs the last time he faced Colorado and Jimenez has a 7.20 ERA. It'll be Cain and Jimenez, in Rockies at Giants, Friday night (10:15 ET) at AT&T Park.

2. Young can joke about his lack of success against Ethier, but his first four starts for the Mets have been no joke. He's just 1-0 (losing two potential wins to blown saves), but he has a 1.88 ERA and has allowed just 12 hits in 24 innings (with a .146 opponents batting average). Young faces Jon Garland in Dodgers at Mets, Saturday night (7:10 ET) at Citi Field.

3. Rangers fans probably don't need many reminders that their team went to the World Series last year, for the first time in its history. But having the Yankees in town for the first time since the American League Championship Series can't hurt. This hasn't been the best of times for either team, as both the Rangers and Yankees had their first three-game losing streak of the season. It's still a big-time series, and maybe the most interesting pitching matchup of the series will be CC Sabathia against Alexi Ogando, in Yankees at Rangers, Sunday afternoon (2:05 ET) at Rangers Ballpark.

Posted on: May 5, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2011 1:22 pm

If not for Sanchez, Ethier would be at 31

Andre Ethier is a long way from tying Joe DiMaggio. He's not far from tying Willie Davis.

If not for Jonathan Sanchez, he already would have.

Sanchez was the Giants' starting pitcher on April 1, the only time this year that Ethier was held without a hit. He had a hit the day before, and he's hit in all 29 games he's played since.

Sanchez is why 29 isn't already 31, which would tie Davis's Dodgers franchise record.

"He just doesn't see me that well," Sanchez said. "Lefty on lefty. I get him out. I'm not sure why."

Ethier has just four hits -- and 11 strikeouts -- in 30 career at-bats against the Giants' left-hander. He's 0-for-6 with three strikeouts against Sanchez this year, going 0-for-3 on April 1 and also on April 13 in San Francisco.

In the April 1 game, Ethier went 0-for-3 against Sanchez, then grounded out in his final at-bat against reliever Dan Runzler. On April 13, after his 0-for-3 against Sanchez, Ethier singled against Javier Lopez to extend his streak to 10 games.

Sanchez isn't the only opposing starter to hold Ethier hitless this year, but he is the only one to do it twice.

Ethier also went 0-for-3 against Chris Carpenter (in Game 14 of the streak) and Tim Hudson (in Game 15), and went 0-for-2 against Barry Zito (in Game 2) and Ryan Dempster (in Game 20). Ethier also went 0-for-1 against Clayton Richard, who left after one inning because of a long rain delay.

The Dodgers face the Giants April 18-19 in Los Angeles. Good news for Ethier: Assuming the Giants stay with their current rotation, Sanchez (who is pitching against the Mets Thursday afternoon) would not pitch in that two-game series.

Posted on: February 21, 2011 11:41 am
Edited on: February 21, 2011 7:37 pm

Ethier: The Dodgers' Jeter?

PHOENIX -- Can Andre Ethier become the Dodgers' Derek Jeter?

Perhaps not, but if the Dodgers are going to be successful, Ethier is going to need to do more than just hit. This is a team in need of some clubhouse leadership, and it sure seems that Ethier is a guy who needs to provide it.

"They need leaders who can step up," Ethier said this morning, a day before the Dodgers' first full-squad workout of the spring. "Yeah, I can be one of them."

Ethier said that in offseason conversations with new manager Don Mattingly, Mattingly referenced Jeter.

"Donny said to me that Jeter is very quiet and soft-spoken most of the time, but he leads by example," Ethier said. "That's the type of presence we need."

"I told him that to me, the reason the Yankees have been where they've been, it's all because of Jeter," Mattingly said. "When your best players play the hardest, that's leadership, and that's all Andre has to do."

Mattingly said he doesn't need Ethier to become more vocal, and pointed out to him that Jeter isn't always a vocal leader, either.

Ethier has other examples to draw on. He watched what Manny Ramirez did after coming over to the Dodgers in midseason 2008, and is also good friends with Dustin Pedroia.

"You learn from Manny, how he was so quick to complement players on anything they did," Ethier said.

Ethier, who turns 29 in April, is in his sixth year with the Dodgers. It's time for him to take on that role, too.

"You need guys like that, and that's something we've been lacking," Ethier said. "For me to make myself a better player, it's not the playing side that's going to dictate it. That could help in the long run more than hitting an extra home run a week."

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