Dodgers web musings: The wait for Eugenio Velez
We’re waiting …
That would be for the first hit of the season for the Dodgers’ Eugenio Velez. He is 0-for-21 and counting. And people are counting.
True Blue’s Eric Stevens said it’s the worst start to a Dodgers’ career for a position player since J.D. Drew went 0-for-25 in 2005. ESPN/LA’s Jon Weisman said only Jose Gonzalez finished a Dodgers season with a 0.00 average with more at-bats (28) before he was traded to the Pirates in 1991.
The real question is, why is Velez on this team? Weisman notes that if not for a 12th-inning single on May 18, 2010 while with the Giants, Velez would be in an 0-for-47 skid.
Also on the web:
-- Some good news. Weisman said former Dodgers broadcaster Ross Porter has been hired to be a studio host and play-by-play announcer to cover high school and college football and basketball by the Interactive Broadcast Network.
-- The Times reports that attorneys for Frank McCourt argue that the children of Bryan Stow should not be permitted to sue the Dodgers.
-- The Times’ Jim Peltz takes a look at the hitting exploits of pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley.
-- Paul Oberjuerge, after his 40 years in the desert, returns to Dodger Stadium and finds it a pitiful place, though the traffic flow has improved.
-- ESPN/LA’s Tony Jackson tries to find the fun in covering a bad Dodgers team.
-- LA Weekly’s Gene Maddaus writes that the Dodgers are on pace to make $42 million less than they did two years ago.
-- Vin Scully does a podcast interview with the Sports Rabbi, Joshua Halickman in Israel.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Dodgers utility player Eugenio Velez puts the ball in play against the Arizona Diamondbacks last week. Credit: Christian Petersen / Getty Images