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Way to Go, Grady ... Now, Get Lost
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 9/19/2007 2:33:00 PM
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So, I'm reading through the baseball notes the other day, and I come across this:

"[Russell] Martin, hitting just .234 in September, could get more rest down the stretch, reports the Los Angeles Times."

You don't say. What Grady Little has done to Martin this year should be enough to get him fired. Martin is two games away from 1,200 innings caught this year. No other catcher is even close to 1,100, aside from Jason Kendall, who still has logged about 70 innings less than Martin. Through August, Martin averaged 1.2 games off a month. Most catchers get a game off every week to week and a half. It's no surprise that Martin's production has tailed off.

As our esteemed Dodgers beat writer Dave Regan noted in the aforementioned update, other than killing his All-Star catcher, Little is also hurting his team's playoff chances by overusing Martin:

"Not that games in June aren't important, but having the team's best player resting more than normal in September during a pennant chase seems odd, but it's certainly needed considering the way Martin appears to be wearing down. He won't ride the pine too often, but don't be surprised if he gets a game or two off per week going forward."

The Dodgers backup catcher must be the easiest paycheck in sports. Way to go, Grady.


Comments....

Mike Lieberthal made over a million bucks this year for what? Totally agree there thorn. In the midst of a pennant race in September seems like an odd time to start resting your best hitter (arguably) more frequently.

Love to see the guys over at BP do an analysis of how many games the Dodgers lost by having either Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier on the bench instead of Luis Gonzalez.

Then there's Loney v. Nomar...don't get me started.

Posted by vtadave at 9/19/2007 3:12:00 PM
 
Thanks for justifying my 117 anti-Grady rants backstage on the HQ boards. I specifically called him out for his mindless abuse of Martin in the summer.

Why any club would want this guy in charge of the ship is beyond me.
Posted by spianow at 9/19/2007 3:20:00 PM
 
Ironically, he's saved/given Kent tons of time off...
Posted by kevinccp at 9/19/2007 7:36:00 PM
 
Yes, productive vets like Kent get tons of time off, but those who have better young players behind them get too many starts.
Posted by vtadave at 9/21/2007 8:21:00 AM
 

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