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Dodgers designate Ronnie Belliard for assignment

Sep 8, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

Last season Ronnie Belliard was traded from the Nationals to the Dodgers on August 31 and hit .351 with five homers and seven doubles in 24 games, pushing Orlando Hudson aside to become Los Angeles’ starting second baseman down the stretch and into the playoffs.
Re-signed to a one-year, $825,000 contract that included a weigh-in clause and wasn’t guaranteed, Belliard has hit just .216 with a .622 OPS in 185 plate appearances while starting just 36 games and was designated for assignment last night.
Belliard has had a remarkable career as a rare fat middle infielder, playing nearly 1,500 games and sticking around through age 35 despite never being a star, but this might be the end of the line.

  1. Levi Stahl - Sep 8, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    I’d actually be happy if the Cardinals picked him up for the rest of the month–a .622 OPS beats Pedro Feliz’s .550, plus there are few things as much fun as watching the way that Belliard seems to teleport while fielding. Time after time, I’ve seen him get to balls that there’s no way the laws of physics should have allowed him to get to, given his positioning and physique.

  2. Simon Oliver Lockwood - Sep 8, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    I remember when he was with the Nationals he would set himself up in short right field. He looked like a softball player — in several aspects.

  3. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Sep 8, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    I can think of a lot of teams that would be cool with having a veteran middle infielder around for the playoff push. Especially if he can get enough at-bats to get hot down the stretch like he did last year.

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