The More Things Change…

In the most predictable story of 2006, Dodgers 1B Nomar Garciaparra is headed for the disabled list. The off-season free agent acquisition suffered a strained ribcage muscle in the last game of the Spring Training delaying his effort in logging more games than the 81 and 62 played in 2004 and 2005, respectively. Thankfully for their fans, the Dodgers were smart enough (or as smart as you can be when purposely getting Nomar) to limit the Garciaparra signing to just a one-year deal. Though just 32, Garciaparra is beginning to make critics and supporters alike wonder if he can get back to the days of dominance when he won back-to-back American League batting titles (1999 & 2000) or even as recently as 2003 when he smacked 78 extra base hit (including 13 triples) while playing a career-high 156 games.

Further troubling for the Dodgers is that another off-season acquisition, Kenny Lofton, was also placed on the disabled list with a strained calf muscle. Tough to be too surprised by this news given that Lofton is 38 years old and has logged 110+ games every year but one (2004) since 1992. Another of the Dodgers' pickups this off-season was Sandy Alomar Jr., a name that is synonymous with "injury", who is 40 years old and hasn't managed more than 97 games since 1998. To be fair, he is simply supposed to back up Dioner Navarro, but I can't make sense of this kind of signing. Of course, it has all been done before. General Manager Ned Colletti built his own Jurassic Park in San Francisco, too, leaving a roster that features 13 players with 10 or more years of experience with six of them having been around for 15 or more.

For now, the Dodgers continue on, filling in the holes left by Lofton and Garciaparra and simply wait for the other shoe to drop.   That other shoe of course being whatever ailment is sure to strike Mr. Malady himself, J.D. Drew.  Because as they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same.  

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One Comment to “The More Things Change…”

  1. Next thing you’re gonna tell me is Mark Prior and Kerry Wood are hurt. Liar.

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