Los Angeles Dodgers’ 5 Most-Criticized Players of Spring Training

The Los Angeles Dodgers' 5 Most Criticized Players of Spring Training

Clayton Kershaw

After making it to the NLCS in 2013, the Los Angeles Dodgers entered Spring Training this year with high hopes and visions of winning a World Series. With such high hopes, come high expectations. When a player fails to live up to expectations, a large amount of backlash and criticism tend to fall on that player. Take a look through this slide show to see the Dodgers 5 most criticized players of Spring Training.

5. Zack Greinke

Zack greinke

5. Zack Greinke

Zack greinke

Zack Greinke finished Spring Training with a 11.57 ERA, an injury, and made a few negative comments about the Dodgers' pending trip to Australia. With such a low-quality performance this spring and an unwillingness to go to Australia, Greinke opened himself up for large amounts of criticism. Hopefully this isn't a sign of things to come for the 2014 regular season.

4. Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw

4. Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw is no stranger to having a horrible Spring Training but there was something different about this one. Kershaw will exit camp with a 9.20 ERA which is not nearly as bad as some of the other Dodgers' staff, but still very detrimental. What was most worrying about Kershaw's performance this spring was his lack of control in nearly every one of his starts. Kershaw opened himself up for tons of criticism with his lackluster spring.

3. Carl Crawford

carl crawford

3. Carl Crawford

Carl Crawford

Carl Crawford has severely under-performed this spring; batting far below the Mendoza Line which is horrible for a player who is supposed to bat either lead-off or second in the line-up. Crawford had a solid 2013 season but questions about his durability and performance this spring have sprung much criticism toward the Dodger left fielder.

2. Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig

2. Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig

Let's be honest here, Yasiel Puig could be batting .300 and he still would be one of the most criticized Dodgers. But, alas, Puig is currently batting below .140 and has become one of the most-criticized Dodgers this spring. If Puig is unable to turn it around during the regular season, things will only get worse for the Cuban.

1. Brandon League

Brandon League

1. Brandon League

Brandon League

Man, what's left to say about Brandon League? The guy has stunk it up this spring with an ERA above 13. To make matters worse, League is scheduled to make .5 million this year and may make the roster just because of his contract. With his bloated contract and horrible performance this spring, League is easily the Dodgers' most criticized player.

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  • Scott

    What a truly, truly ignorant and asinine article.

    First of all, Spring Training stats are ALWAYS skewed towards the offense as it’s dry, the fields are hard(meaning more balls get through) and pitchers are busy working on pitches, different grips, just trying to get themselves ready.

    So to bitch because two Cy Young Winners who were dominant last year(one the best in the game) had high ERA’s is just nonsense.

    Second, when did Greinke refuse to go to Austrailia? Answer? Never. He said there was nothing to get excited about.

    Third, you’re a writer. You need to think about aesthetics as much as grammar. Saying that Kershaw “excited camp with a 9.20 ERA which isnt’ as bad as some other Dodgers starters, but still detrimental,” isn’t the correct use of the word detrimental. It WAS detrimental(insofar as a game that doesn’t mean anything and is strictly used to ready a player for the regular season can be) to the team for those VERY few innings. But to say it IS detrimental suggest that it is going forward.

    Bottom line, ESPECIALLY with Kershaw, I don’t think anyone who’s thrown 214 innings on AVERAGE with 225 K’s since he was 20 years old, has been in the top 2 in Cy Young voting the last 3 years with 2 Cy Young’s and one 2nd place finish is going to open himself up to TONS OF FUCKING CRITICISM after 14 innings pitched in SPRING TRAINING!!!

    He’s a modern day Sandy Koufax. You couldn’t come up with players who are actually getting criticized? Like Matt Kemp, Puig, Crawford, Ethier? And the list goes on…and on.