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Tony Gwynn Jr. could be the Dodgers’ starting center fielder

Jan 13, 2011, 5:37 PM EDT

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Tony Gwynn Jr. was non-tendered by the Padres, but ESPN Los Angels reports that he may be good enough to start for the Dodgers:

As he prepared to leave baseball’s quarterly owners’ meetings, [Ned] Colletti said Gwynn’s speed and defensive ability were strong enough that if he can return to form offensively — he hit just .204 for the San Diego Padres last year — he could wind up as the regular center fielder, withMatt Kemp moving to right and Andre Ethier to left.

I don’t know what “return to form” means in DodgerLand, but Gwynn has hit just .244/.323/.314 in 1,054 plate appearances. He’s 28. What you see is what you get.

Which doesn’t mean he’s useless, of course. He’s got a great glove and he’s fast.  If he can pull off even a slight uptick from his career norms – if he can get just one extra flare a week, just one – a gork, a groundball, a groundball with eyes … if he can get a dying quail, just one more dying quail a week — he could be a useful starter.

Personally, though, I’d rather have Matt Kemp in center and a nice platoon in left involving Jay Gibbons and someone.

  1. Utley's Hair - Jan 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    A Dodger? That would make for some contentious dinners with Dad, wouldn’t it?

    • clydeserra - Jan 13, 2011 at 9:45 PM

      Chris Gwynn, tony’s brother, was a dodger for some time. Also, I doubt major league baseball players care.

  2. ramsbladdercup - Jan 13, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Ya know, for a chick flick, that movie had some pretty good baseball lines.

  3. cup0pizza - Jan 13, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    The Dodgers are gonna SUCK.

  4. xpensivewinos - Jan 13, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    That collective “woo-hoo” you hear is the rest of the NL West……

    He’s just lousy.

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