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Joe Torre, Bud Black conspire to ruin John Lindsey's major league debut

Sep 9, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

Recall from Tuesday that John Lindsey was finally called up by the Dodgers after 15 years in the minor leagues. Last night he was poised to make his big league debut against the Padres, but the fates — and a little over-managing — ruined it.

Lindsey didn’t start, but he was sent to pinch hit for Scott Podsednik — facing lefty Joe Thatcher — with one out in the top of the eighth inning. After his name was announced, however, Bud Black replaced Thatcher with righty Luke Gregerson. This caused Joe Torre to call Lindsey back and send up Andre Ethier instead. Ethier promptly hit into an inning-ending double
play. Lindsey ended up with his name in the box score, but no actual game action to show for it.

I suppose you can’t expect Bud Black not to play the matchups there. He’s in a tight pennant race after all. But jeez, he did have a 4-0 lead. Torre has less of an excuse. I mean, everything we’ve seen from the Dodgers over the last week or two suggests that they’ve quit already, so what’s the harm in letting a righty face a righty in that situation?

Oh well, unless Lindsey is hit by a streetcar this morning it won’t much matter, as Torre says that he’ll get a start on Saturday in Houston. Still, what do you think was going through Lindsey’s mind as he prepared to take his first major league pitch, only to here zombie Joe Torre call him back to the dugout?

  1. birdmancometh - Sep 9, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    “over-managing” Is there any other kind of managing?

  2. Scott - Sep 9, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    It’s pretty obvious what happened here, right? Torre feels that to preserve the integrity of the playoff race, he’s going to manage to win at all costs when playing possible playoffs teams.
    Though you could ask why Andre Ethier sat for Scott Podsednik and….well I don’t have a response for that.

  3. JimmyY - Sep 9, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    “only to here zombie Joe Torre call him back to the dugout?” Uh, spell much? Hear, not here.

  4. RichardInBigD - Sep 9, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Moonlight Lindsay? In the box score, but no plate appearance. Just thinking out loud…

  5. birdmancometh - Sep 9, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    love it

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