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Dodgers waive Jason Repko after 11 seasons in organization

And so another longtime Dodgers prospect is bid adieu.

Outfielder Jason Repko was waived Wednesday, along with left-hander Eric Stults.

Waiving Stults was a formality before his sale to the Hiroshima Carp and was expected.

Repko’s release was hardly surprising -- the Dodgers may have to open up at least four spots on their 40-man roster to add Garret Anderson, Jeff Weaver, Ramon Ortiz and Nick Green.

Still, it’s likely another disappointing ending to a once promising young career, another good player who ultimately was not quite good enough to stick in the majors.

Repko began the 2006 season with the Dodgers as a fourth outfielder. He was getting some playing time until severely spraining his left ankle on May 9. He would miss 67 games, and it would hardly prove his last injury.

He missed all of the following season when he tore his left hamstring trying to run down a catch in spring training.

The last two years did not prove the breakthrough he needed. He got only 18 at-bats with the Dodgers in 2008 and just five last season.

Other young outfielders had arrived and prospered in Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. Repko -- who was fast, but not exceptionally so; had some power, but not special power -- had been eclipsed.

This is his 11th season in the Dodgers’ organization, and his time seems to have passed. He’s 29, however, so this hardly means it’s over for the likable Repko. There’s no guarantee he will be claimed by another club, so he could easily be back.

Still, it’s one of those sad spring training stories, even if an inevitable one.

-- Steve Dilbeck


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Even though this was expected, I can't help being sorry about it. Jason Repko gave 100% every time he was on the field, and did so in practice as well. That explains his injury problems in large part. At least as important is the fact that he gave 100% for the fans. For the last two springs, my daughter and I have watched him spend an amazing amount of time signing autographs--on the way in from workouts, before games, and for a long time after games. He is a class act, and we wish him and his family the best of luck. If there is no room in the Dodgers organization for him, then I hope he catches on with another team and has a great career.

well said...

That picture isn't even Repko....

that's not repko, huh? if it is, he sure lost a lot of weight

Jeff: Youre right, will try to get them to switch it.

I hope he doesn't get claimed and can stick around the Dodgers. I like the effort he puts in. Injuries really hurt his chances, just like with Jayson Werth.

Jason was always one of my recent favorites and I so wanted him to be in the outfield with Kemp and Ethier.....but, it did not happen. Jason, with you the best and good luck finding another team....just remember this name.....Jason Worth....we did the same to him!!!

This will probably turn out to be Jayson Werth 2. I'd rather see Repko than Anderson as 5th outfielder

another "classy" move by McCourt & Co.

What took so long to finally dump this guy? Repko was a reckless outfielder who couldn't hit & it took the Dodgers 11 years to figure that out. Werth breaks his wrist with the Dodgers & misses a year while the Dodgers pay for his re-hab & they release him as soon as he is well to play. Repko was always hurt & they hold onto his limited talent for 11 years. Makes no sense. Stults they sell to Japan so McCheap can get more money for his divorce proceedings. This organization is a mess!

There's an irony here. Repko came up as a shortstop and now the Dodgers have an opening there for a back up that they've had trouble finding. Plus the fact that back up shortstops aren't expected to hit for much of an average, so Repko would have been under less pressure to hit. And the way Furcal has looked it wouldn't take much to hit for a higher average than Raffy.

I've seen a couple of references to Repko as another possible Jayson Werth. And as much as I like him, Repko never showed the offensive potential that Werth showed when in a Dodgers uniform. And Werth's only real problem here was the fact that the Dodgers doctors misdiagnosed his injury, which cleared up very quickly once it was properly diagnosed and treated at the Mayo Clinic.

Still trying to figure out the fascination with Ramon Ortiz and Jeff Weaver - two sub-.500 career pitchers having a nice spring -- when you've got a former all-star, healthier than ever, 3-1 in the playoffs Russ Ortiz, throwing a .250 ERA.

With Joe Torre approaching the ripe old age of 70, what are the chances that he is losing his marbles.

First, Blake DeWitt has an on-base percentage of .452, but, it still seems like he hasn't locked up the starting spot at second base in Torre's dwindling grey matter.

Second, Vicente Padilla, the proud owner of a 5.71 spring training ERA is the opening day starter. At best he should be the number four starter.

What are the odds that Padilla ends the season as the worst, statistically speaking, starting pitcher on the team.

Seymour, their fascination can be explained by the small pay checks they'll write for Mr.'s Ramon Ortiz and Jeff Weaver

Weaver had a solid season last year in the regular season, and Ramon Ortiz has also had a solid spring and has a better number of strikeouts. Russ is a former all star, true, but he's had some awful seasons recently. If the other guys were out getting shelled, then maybe he'd have a shot, but there's only so many spots.

I hate to see this. If you remember, the same thing with the injuries with Jason Werth, and look what had happened to him. More playing perhaps, but saw Repko play in Las Vegas a couple of years ago, and was not impressed. Hope he gets on with another team and gets regular playing time. I think that would turn him around like Werth.

Retired Blue

Why so teary, gentlemen?

What have these amateurs done for us, lately?

You neglected to mention the cannon of an arm Jason owns.
It was not uncommon for Jason to throw out a base runner trying to score with the catcher already standing in wait for the runner while holding the ball thrown from Jason.

The best thing for Repko. He needs to be in a different environment where he can hit the reset button. Great glove, canon arm (rated in the top 5 in MLB by most teams advanced scouts). I thought Mattingly would be a good fit for him as a coach but he never really got the attention he needed. He projects better as a #1/2 hitter. Not a power corner guy. He pulls everything. If he stays inside the ball and stops trying to be a Kemp/Either kind of hitter he can salvage a career.

Thanks for the fun seasons, Jason. Good luck.

I enjoyed watching Jason Repko play and wish him the best. It was great to watch a player make the most of his abilities and with Repko, you KNEW he was going to go hard and not phone in his performance. Then again, baseball is a business and because Repko didn't have a great spring at the plate, he left the organization little choice. Repko was a great representative of the Dodger's and selfishly, I'm hoping he clears waivers and will return. In any case, I hope he catches on somewhere and can get consistent AB's. And lastly: There's nothing "amateur" about the way JR plays the game or conducts himself; he's a class guy and a professional in every respect. Cheers JR, best of luck to you!

I was sad to hear about Jason Repko's release....

I had the opportunity to attend Spring Training in Vero Beach, and Jason Repko was the ONLY Dodger player that I saw signing autographs and talking to the fans each day I was there....

A true class act and only wish him the best


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