It’s hard to get noticed on a talent-rich team like the Los Angeles Dodgers, especially if you play in the outfield with Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford. But, Andre Ethier is beginning his climb early back to All-Star form.
In this first week of the 2013 Major League Baseball season, Ethier has a .278/.316/.556 triple-slash. He is 5-for-18 with 1 HR, 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. If he raises his batting average another 14 points, he will be back to his 2011 All-Star numbers — not bad for a guy pundits were criticizing in Spring Training, even suggesting that he should be platooned by manager Don Mattingly.
Ethier has been a Dodger his entire eight-year career. He has provided consistent numbers, and deserves to be commended as the two-time All-Star he is. How can you be critical of a ball player who has a career .290/.362/.477 triple-slash? Ethier has also given the Dodgers 130 HRs and 537 RBIs.
When the Dodgers gave Ethier an $85 million five-year contract extension in June of 2012, General manager Ned Colletti said the outfielder was an important part of the team’s core as they move towards playoff contention in seasons to come.
The Dodgers are starting to find their rhythm this year. They have plenty of talent in the outfield and pitching staff. They are building a franchise that is going to win, and keep winning for the next few years. Ethier is a big part of this, and may very well be back to playing in the All-Star game again in 2013 if he can slightly improve his production from the first week of the season.