Dodgers web musings: Jamey Carroll in search of records
Jamey Carroll has been a rare bright spot for the Dodgers the last two seasons.
Maybe no one got all giddy when the Dodgers signed the utility infielder a couple of years ago, but he’s won over fans with his strong play and consistent effort.
He's just having one little problem this season: Driving in runs.
OK, that’s hardly what he’s paid to do. He’s more of a table-setter, someone who gets on base and scores. Still, you play enough, you have to contribute by driving in some runs.
And in 358 at-bats this season, he has driven in just 10 runs. And that followed consecutive RBI games last weekend. He is nine for 53 with runners in scoring position.
ESPN’s David Schoenfield said Carroll has an opportunity to become just the fifth player since 1920 to get 500 at-bats and drive in fewer than 20 runs.
The all-time Bizarro leader: Enzo Hernandez, 1971 Padres: 618 PA and 12 RBIs.
Also on the web:
-- Outfielder Trayvon Robinson, now playing for Tacoma, talks about his days at Crenshaw High: "Ever since I came out of high school, all I knew was the Los Angeles Dodgers," he said.
-- The Biz of Baseball’s Maury Brown looks back on how Major League Baseball ultimately decided to allow the Dodgers to be sold to Frank and Jamie McCourt, after not being able to swing a deal with the NFL’s Malcolm Grazer.
-- The Wall Street Journal’s Eric Morath reports that the Dodgers’ bankruptcy filing is threatening a merchandiser that is also the primary supplier for the past 22 Super Bowls.
-- The Times’ Bill Shaikin writes that anger at Frank McCourt has inspired a cottage industry of creative vendorsselling anti-McCourt T-shirts and other items.
-- The Times’ Dylan Hernandez said Clayton Kershaw is the only one of three National League pitchers with 13 victories who pitches for a losing team.
-- ESPN/LA’s Tony Jackson writes thatKershaw has developed to the point where he has confidence to throw any pitch, at any time.
-- Dodgers.com’s Ken Gurnick said reliever Jonathan Broxton has suffered another setback.
-- ESPN/LA’s Jon Weisman examines how the road could assist Matt Kemp in his bid for the triple crown.
-- A key witness in the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow has died, apparently of an allergic reaction to food.
-- MiLB.com’s Guy Cutright looks at the unexpected rise of double-A Chattanooga outfielder Alfredo Silverio.
-- Three looks at the winners and losers at the trading deadline: Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan ranks the Dodgers 11th, Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman has them 16th and Ross Newhan just calls them a loser.
-- In a Forbes video with Michael Ozanian, the head of JP Morgan’s sports group, Scott Milleisen said players should also be concerned about the Dodgers' financial situation:
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Jamey Carroll makes his way to first base during a game against the Washington Nationals on July 24. Credit: Jeff Golden / Getty Images