August 1, 2012 |
Shane Victorino arrived at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday morning and the left fielder said he was ready "to go out there and win. " Victorino immediately was placed in the Dodgers' lineup as their leadoff batter for their afternoon game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Philadelphia Phillies traded Victorino to the Dodgers on Tuesday in exchange for reliever Josh Lindblom, minor leaguer Ethan Martin and a player to be named later or cash considerations. "Being here a few weeks ago and playing against these guys, I knew this was a good team," Victorino told reporters as he sat in the Dodgers' dugout.
October 5, 2012 |
Is that the end of Shane Victorino, Los Angeles Dodger? Logic says it is. Victorino will become a free agent at the end of the postseason. He expects to sign with a team to be an everyday outfielder. And the Dodgers' 2013 outfield appears set, with rehabbing Carl Crawford expected to join Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier next season in what could be one of baseball's best units, if not its most expensive ($387 million). Victorino, however, said he would like to come back to the Dodgers.
August 3, 2012 |
The Dodgers acquired a starting pitcher from the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, but it wasn't Cliff Lee. The trade they made was for Joe Blanton, the other Phillies pitcher they claimed on waivers. The Dodgers will send the Phillies a player to be named later. Blanton, 31, figures to take the rotation spot of rookie Stephen Fife, who has made three career starts. Manager Don Mattingly said he is unsure of when Blanton will pitch his first game for the Dodgers. Until he was traded, Blanton was scheduled to pitch for the Phillies on Friday.
November 4, 2013 |
World Series MVP David Ortiz needed encouragement to keep from shaving his beard this season. Boston Red Sox teammate Shane Victorino struggled just to grow his. Neither of them had a problem with ridding themselves of the facial hair Monday during a charity event to benefit victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The so-called shave-off was sponsored by Gillette, which donated $100,000 to the One Fund. Bushy beards became a signature look for the champs this year after outfielder Jonny Gomes and first baseman Mike Napoli encouraged the rest of the team to stop shaving during spring training and throughout the season.
November 21, 2012 |
SHANE VICTORINO , 32 next week, outfielder Final 2012 stats: .255 batting average, 11 homers, 55 RBI, 39 stolen bases and .321 and .383 on-base and slugging percentages. Contract status: Free agent. The good: Brought stability by becoming everyday left-fielder. Still a scrappy, high-energy player. His 15 stolen bases in just 53 games were still the second-highest for a Dodger. Covered a lot of ground and committed only one error. The bad: Much like his ex-Phillies teammate Joe Blanton, it's hardly that Victorino bombed, it's just that he badly failed to provide the lift that was hoped for. And that in itself was highly disappointing.
December 4, 2012 |
Now imagine if Shane Victorino was actually coming off an impressive year. Seems it was impressive enough for the Boston Red Sox, who Tuesday actually signed the 32-year-old outfielder for three years and $39 million. That's a lot of money for a guy coming off a down year. Ah, Shane, the Dodgers hardly knew you. Victorino was one of the Dodgers new owners' first moves last summer, coming over from the Philadelphia Phillies at the July 31 trading deadline to end the parade of left fielders and give the Dodgers a proven leadoff hitter.