November 12, 2009 |
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp won his first Gold Glove on Wednesday but was already looking ahead to his next. "People's expectations -- I'm supposed to win a Gold Glove every year," Kemp said. "I have to be better next year." So, like second baseman Orlando Hudson, the other Dodger who was awarded a Gold Glove, Kemp has already started working out to prepare himself for next season. "No time to rest, man," said Kemp, who was third in the majors with 14 assists in his first season as the Dodgers' primary center fielder.
April 14, 2000 |
"This guy is in a class by himself, and that's after only one year at second base. There's nobody close." --DAVEY LOPES, Milwaukee Brewer manager and former Dodger * There may be no play that Calvin "Pokey" Reese can't make as the Cincinnati Reds' second baseman and no adversity he hasn't been forced to overcome. He has a Gold Glove, a gold smile and attitude. He also has a golden keepsake, an autograph from Ken Griffey Jr.
October 9, 1985 |
Graig Nettles, the Padres' 41-year-old third baseman, signed a new contract with the club and will return for an 18th major league season, team officials said Tuesday. The one-year deal reportedly was worth about $800,000. Nettles, obtained by San Diego in a March, 1984 trade with the New York Yankees, has a lifetime batting average of .251 with 363 career home runs and 1,212 RBI.
April 14, 2010 |
It's happening right before you, year after year and now almost hour by hour, the growth of greatness, 25-year-old Matt Kemp collecting a Gold Glove before the Dodgers opener, pausing for a moment so they could then hand him a Silver Slugger Award. "He's special," teammate Casey Blake says. "I'm envious how good he is at such a young age. He's going to have to build a bigger house for all the awards he's going to be getting." Now ordinarily it is Blake's needling job "to keep Kemp from getting a big head," but it's a tough job. "The home run he hit was impressive," Blake says, the Dodgers winning, 9-5, "but that last at-bat he barely gets a piece of a 2-0 fastball, just flailing at it, and the pitcher comes back with a curve.
October 1, 2008
Offense: Since trading cleanup batter Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers, the Red Sox have manufactured more runs, something they do well when the speedy Jacoby Ellsbury gets on base. Boston led the AL with a .358 on-base percentage and was third with 120 stolen bases. With Mike Lowell and J.D. Drew possibly slowed by injuries, they may rely as much on speed and clutch hitting as power. David Ortiz, recovering from a wrist injury, hit only 10 homers in his last 55 games, but Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis had MVP-type years.
September 7, 2008 |
Manny Ramirez holds up his glove before the game. "It's illegal," he says. The glove is red, white and blue, so the obvious conclusion is the colors aren't within the rules. "It's illegal," Ramirez explains, while always mocking his own shortcomings, "because it catches everything," and everyone in the clubhouse laughs. It happens a lot around here now, music blasting, which is against the rules, dreadlocks flowing in the wind, and who rules the Dodgers these days? "It starts late in the game," Manager Joe Torre says with a grin.
May 21, 2007 |
If you were one of the lucky kids befriended by Wes Parker in the early 1970s, when the Dodgers first baseman regularly hit fly balls to youngsters in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after Sunday home games, you probably won't be surprised to learn that Parker these days is a volunteer at the Braille Institute.
May 11, 2001 |
Gary Sheffield has been one of the majors' top run producers during his 13-year career. Now Sheffield wants to be a Gold Glove left fielder. "Everybody would want to," said Sheffield, who has five assists. "I want to do that because the trophy is pretty. That trophy looks better than the MVP trophy." First-base coach John Shelby has worked with the six-time all-star on his fielding technique since spring training, and the Dodgers are pleased with the results.
October 12, 1998 |
Indian starter Chad Ogea gave up two hits, walked two and hit two batters in the first inning Sunday, but his biggest mistake may have been exerting too much effort on defense. With Chuck Knoblauch on first and one out, Paul O'Neill chopped a grounder up the middle that was heading right for Gold Glove shortstop Omar Vizquel. But Ogea reached up and nicked the ball with his glove, deflecting it through the vacant shortstop hole and into left field.
August 1, 2004 |
Despite his recent late-inning heroics, the Angels still consider Bengie Molina more valuable squatting behind the plate than standing beside it. Even though Molina hit a game-tying two-run home run in the ninth inning Thursday and drove in the winning run with a two-run single in the eighth Friday, Manager Mike Scioscia said his catcher's defensive prowess and ability to handle pitchers is "what we need to reach our goal."