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BASEBALL EXTRA / INTERLEAGUE PLAY

Empty Threat

June 15, 1997

One reason for the Dodgers' poor offense is their horrible on-base percentage. A look at how the Dodgers compare to the league average by batting position and fielding position:

BATTING POSITION

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League Dodgers Average Leadoff .345 .350 Second .291 .339 Third .344 .379 Fourth .390 .362 Fifth .327 .328 Sixth .302 .342 Seventh .323 .316 Eighth .298 .318 Ninth .203 .230 Team .317 .333

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STARTING LINEUP

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League average at position C-Mike Piazza .426 .325 1b-Eric Karros .317 .364 2b-Wilton Guerrero .295 .335 3b-Todd Zeile .328 .337 SS-Greg Gagne .300 .335 LF-*Todd Hollandsworth .284 .346 CF-Brett Butler .442 .349 RF-Raul Mondesi .332 .357 Pitchers .146 .175

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*Starting left fielder until demotion to Albuquerque on Thursday.

Researched by HOUSTON MITCHELL / Los Angeles Times

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