February 20, 2010 |
Not so long ago, they were kids trying to break into the major leagues. Together, they survived a war of words with their older teammates to make the clubhouse theirs. Together, they went on the kind of playoff runs that were alien to an entire generation of Dodgers fans and started to win the kind of awards that turn solid ballplayers into stars. And together, they became rich. Very rich. "But there's a responsibility that comes with it," Andre Ethier said. This winter, the so-called core of the Dodgers' roster became the core of the Dodgers' payroll as $49.2 million of the $65.7 million spent on major league contracts over the off-season went to six players: Ethier, Matt Kemp, Jonathan Broxton, Russell Martin, Chad Billingsley and James Loney.
April 17, 2009 |
James Loney said he doesn't feel like a kid anymore. The "kid" has a mortgage to pay on a four-bedroom house he purchased last winter in his home state of Texas. "It feels good," said the first baseman, who will turn 25 next month. The sometimes absent-minded kid with the goofy smile -- Manager Joe Torre likes to compare him to former New York Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams -- also looks as if he's growing up on the field.
July 3, 2012 |
Looking completely helpless for most of the night, the Dodgers literally stumbled into a victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. Racing home from first base on a seventh-inning double by Luis Cruz, James Loney tripped over the outstretched left foot of Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan. But as gravity pulled Loney down, his momentum caused his left foot to drag across the plate for the go-ahead run. "I was just trying to get in there any way I could," Loney said. Suddenly, the Dodgers were ahead.
April 21, 2012 |
HOUSTON — It's clear to the Dodgers that despite the team's fast start this year, they need more run production from players not named Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier . Kemp and Ethier have accounted for 63% of the team's runs this season (43 of 68) but "we can't count on two guys," second baseman Mark Ellis said. "We've all got to do our part. " James Loney took up the challenge Saturday, slugging his first home run, into the upper deck at Minute Maid Park against Houston Astros starter Kyle Weiland . It was only the second Dodgers home run this seasonn not hit by Kemp or Ethier.
March 11, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix -- The Dodgers advanced to within three games of the World Series in 2008 and 2009, with Manny Ramirez in a starring role. Bear that in mind as Andre Ethier offers his assessment of the 2012 team. "I think we've definitely got players as good as we've ever had here in the seven years I've been with the Dodgers," Ethier said Sunday. The Dodgers have lacked a power presence in left field since Ramirez. Their projected lineup includes potential weak spots at catcher and second base, and a shortstop in his first full season.
February 24, 2011 |
Reporting from Phoenix ? The Jonathan Broxton that James Loney described sounded a lot like the Jonathan Broxton who was an All-Star. Loney faced Broxton in live batting practice Thursday and said of his fastball, "It looked hard to me. He had some movement. He looked smooth and fluid. " But although Loney said he expects Broxton to regain his All-Star form, he conceded he hadn't seen enough of him to declare the pitcher recovered from whatever plagued him over the final three months of last season.
April 9, 2012 |
The Dodgers return to Dodger Stadium this week, but will their fans? "I hope our fans come out and support us the way they have in past years," outfielder Matt Kemp said. The Dodgers drew 2.93 million spectators to home games last season, marking the first time in 16 seasons that attendance was less than 3 million. From 2010 to 2011, attendance at Dodger Stadium dropped 17.6%, something that was widely attributed to the unpopularity of owner Frank McCourt . With McCourt agreeing to sell the Dodgers to a group that includes Magic Johnson , players said they were hopeful the crowds would increase in size.
April 27, 2010 |
Reporting from New York Whoa, whoa, whoa – who was that guy screaming and pointing at the umpire? These are strange times for the Dodgers, producing enough frustration to transport them into an alternate universe in which James Loney could have been mistaken for a young Larry Bowa. The Dodgers lost twice on a dreadful Tuesday at Citi Field, falling to Johan Santana and the New York Mets, 4-0, in the first game of a doubleheader and 10-5 in the second. The Dodgers' record dropped to 8-12, including 2-6 on their current nine-game trip.
June 15, 2012 |
Something was wrong with Clayton Kershaw. Perhaps he had an off night. Perhaps his injured left foot was bothering him more than he would admit. Whatever the case, Kershaw didn't look like himself Friday night, when he was charged with five runs and eight hits in six innings. But Kershaw was spared a defeat by a furious comeback by his teammates, who erased a four-run deficit and went on to beat the Chicago White Sox, 7-6, at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers maintained their four-game edge over the second-place San Francisco Giants in the National League West.
August 5, 2011
Dylan Hernandez reports that James Loney is expected to receive a "significant" raise from his current salary of $4.875 million. I fell over laughing when I read this, but then I realized that he was serious. That in itself is what is wrong with sports today. How in the world can a guy who has stunk for a year expect to receive a raise? No wonder these guys blow their money after retirement. They have absolutely no sense of reality. Furthermore … Don Mattingly says he doesn't know what happened to the player [Loney]