Andre Ethier: I was selfish in the past [Web links]
March 24, 2012|By Steve Dilbeck | This post has been updated. See the note below for details
Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier follows through on a run-scoring double… (Kevork Djansezian / Getty…)
For all his highs and lows, Andre Ethier might be the most interesting Dodger.
His tastes are varied and his moods all over the map, but there is no doubt he can be a charismatic and electric player. Mix in there his moods of introspection, and it’s difficult to be certain what you'll get from the right-fielder.
On Friday Ethier was speaking, seemingly routinely, with the Tucson Citizen’s Tony Capobianco about playing college ball at ASU when he was asked about his hopes for the coming season, and he said this:
“I’ve been selfish in the past where I feel I’ve gone out and played to do too much stuff for myself rather than contribute to the team,” Ethier said. “I can see now it’s more important sometimes to have the team effort rather than the individual stats.”
You just never know.
Also on the Web:
-- Jerry Hairston’s continued throwing problems (five throwing errors in five games), is not helping Jerry Sands’ flagging effort to make the club.
Manager Don Mattingly told Dodgers.com’s Ken Gurnick he was “more concerned” about the utility player’s throwing, which could make carrying an extra infielder like Justin Sellers or Josh Fields more important in filling that final roster spot.
[Updated at 3:21 p.m., March 24: Hairston said he has been bothered by shoulder inflammation and was examined Saturday by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Hairston was given anit-inflammatory medication and said he expects to be able to play by Sunday.]
-- Orel Hershiser has ambitions about renovating Dodger Stadium with the next team owner that include connecting the pavilions directly to the concourse and adding luxury suites in left and a large second deck in right.
-- Despite his enormous debt, Forbes’ Mike Ozanian estimates Frank McCourt will exit the sale of the team with at least a $400-million profit, and that’s already excluding the $131 million he owes ex-wife Jamie.
-- Mike Petriello at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness is trying real hard to find something we’ve learned about the Dodgers this spring.
-- In a video, Fox baseball writer Ken Rosenthal reviews the N.L. West and calls the Dodgers a dark horse. Sorry San Diego, he doesn’t even mention the Padres.