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Andre Ethier is growing rather sick and tired of questions regarding his ability to hit left-handed pitchers and whether or not he’s going to be platooned, and he recently speculated that the difference between people nagging him about it or not is a “mere” five hits a year or so.
It was only one at-bat, and it was only spring training. But it was Andre Ethier’s first at-bat of spring training against a left-handed pitcher, so naturally it commanded a lot of attention.
Ethier stroked an opposite-field triple in the fourth inning Saturday against Chicago White Sox southpaw Leyson Septimo. He finished the exhibition opener 1-for-2, and after the game cautioned against making too much out of a small sample size.
“(If I) get five extra hits in the year, you guys aren’t going to talk to me about it,” Ethier said. “It’s that simple.”
Well … yeah, that would help, but it’s not like five hits a year is a minor improvement or tiny adjustment or something.
Over his seven-year career, Ethier has
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first spring training with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a fact that
didn't go unnoticed by a reporter who used a common Korean phrase
to say the left-hander's face was half its previous size., http://juicedsportsblog.com/sports-news/news/dodgers-get-to-know-new-lefty-ryu
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