Some say Los Angeles Dodgers ‘ right fielder Andre Ethier had an off year last year. But what constitutes an off year in Major League Baseball? Ethier has played well for the Dodgers, and has been productive year after year.
People who tend to be critical of Ethier forget that he was fifth in Rookie of the Year balloting in 2006. Their long-term memory is failing, because he came in sixth for MVP and was a Silver Slugger in 2009. Even their short-term memory is slipping because he was an All-Star in 2010 and 2011, as well as winning a Gold-Glove.
Playing right field for the Dodgers the past seven seasons, Ethier’s stats speak volumes to what he has done in LA. His career .290BA, .362OBP, .476SLG, and .838OPS, put him in the top 25 of all outfielders. Last year his batting avg. dipped slightly and his strikeouts were up, but he still had 89 RBI, and 20 HR.
Last season Ethier had some struggles at the plate against certain left handers. Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly said, “We’re counting on him to be better, obviously.” Mattingly believes in Ethier, “His numbers are pretty consistent, his career numbers and last year. Last year early on he busted them.”
Ethier has been consistent. To say differently is just not true. The Dodgers believe in him and signed Ethier to a five year $85 million contract extension in June of 2012. Ethier is signed up to be in LA until 2017. If he can come back to All-Star form like 2010 and 2011, the Dodgers will have an incredible year.