May 21, 2012 |
We were gathered around Don Mattingly after the Dodgers' victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, when a radio reporter put a microphone in front of the manager's face and commented on how James Loney had been hitting better of late and wondered whether the first baseman had changed anything. The room broke out in laughter, or maybe it was just me. “I hope not,” Mattingly said. Loney is the king of tinker, which has been an ongoing problem during his six-year career.
July 30, 2012 |
Tick, tick, tick. As Tuesday's nonwaiver trading deadline draws near and the Dodgers continue to look for another starting pitcher and solid bat, it should be noted that one struggling Dodger is starting to hit. Are you ready for the return of … James Loney? What, can you contain the excitement? Not going all in on the New Loney, Take 23? Loney is a favorite whipping boy for those who demand a traditional power-hitting first baseman, if not those who simply demand that a talented player actually improve as he reaches his prime.
July 24, 2010 |
Perception-wise, first baseman James Loney was snubbed when he, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Russell Martin joined the Dodgers in 2006. They had flash. He didn't. He was just steady, productive, dependable. And even as he has stacked impressive statistical seasons on top of each other, perceptions haven't changed much. Flash is still flash. But Saturday at Dodger Stadium, in the 13th inning with the Dodgers' bullpen on empty, it was Loney who flashed, hitting a walk-off home run to give the Dodgers a 3-2 win over the New York Mets.
March 6, 2011 |
From the way James Loney nonchalantly walked across the clubhouse to the way Manager Don Mattingly talked, nothing indicated the problem was serious. But the Dodgers couldn't be sure enough. Saturday night, the Dodgers received the confirmation they wanted, as team doctors determined that Loney would be sidelined for only a couple of days by his swollen left knee. Loney underwent an MRI exam earlier in the day, the result of his complaining of stiffness after playing on Friday night.
June 26, 2010
The run batted in has been denigrated by the sabermetric community. The RBI reflects opportunity more than ability, or so the argument goes. The Dodgers' management does not feel the same way. James Loney drove in four runs to lead the Dodgers to a raucous 9-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday. Rafael Furcal had three hits, Manny Ramirez reached base four times, and the Dodgers delighted a sellout crowd by scoring seven runs in the first four innings. Not that the suspense was over, at least not for Dodgers Manager Joe Torre.
September 17, 2011 |
What's gotten into James Loney? The Dodgers first baseman has caught fire of late, and he slugged his second three-run home run in as many at-bats as the Dodgers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-1, Saturday night. Juan Rivera added a two-run home run, and Dodgers starting pitcher Ted Lilly held the Pirates to one run and four hits in his seven innings of work. Lilly, who entered the game 9-14, was attempting to win his 10th game for his ninth consecutive season. Regardless, the Dodgers were officially eliminated from postseason play before Lilly threw his first pitch.