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Andre Ethier is a very solid hitter, who in 2013 will be batting sixth after names such as Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez. Not too shabby right? While the RBI opportunities might be abundant, Ethier still hasn’t been able to shake one major flaw in his game; his inability to hit left-handed pitching.
Over his 7-year career Ethier has compiled a .238/.296/.352 slash with a 21.4 K% and 6.2 BB% in 1111 PAs against lefties (.311/.387/.526, 15.3 K%, 10.8 BB% vs. right-handed pitching). Last year, he was actually moved near the bottom of the order against left-handers to limit his exposure, but thanks to Mike Petriello at FanGraphs we know that Ethier faced a higher percentage of left-handed pitching in 2012 than any other year; this suggests that opposing managers are starting to really expose this weakness.
I don’t see this problem being corrected after 7 years of struggles so you just have to know what you’re getting into before drafting him.
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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp recently paid tribute to his grandparents by getting a large tattoo of them inked into his chest.
They blamed it all on “jelling.”
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Dodgers star Matt Kemp has new ink. He recently showcased his latest tattoo of his grandparents on his Instagram page. The ink was created by tattoo artist, Jun Cha who also is responsible for quite a bit of Matt’s other work. In other news, Matt was spotted out in LA having dinner with his ex-girlfriend Rihanna on Sunday night.
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Tweet Tattoos are becoming about as common among professional athletes as ever. These days you’ll be more hard-pressed to find one without a tattoo than you would ones with tattoos. Los Angeles Dodgers star outfielder Matt Kemp is no different, and recently got a humongous tattoo of his grandparents’ likeness on his chest: Not bad at all. [...]
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have been looking into the possibility
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Dodgers have been looking into possibility of signing Rafael Soriano, but it's probably still a longshot - say, 20 percent chance.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 14, 2013
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According to Larry Brown Sports the artwork was done by a tattoo artist named @JunCha.
Jun Cha is about to become very famous individual this is outstanding work, much better than the Patriots Fan who got this tattoo.
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