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Ned Colletti thinks James Loney is going to get superpowers or something next year

Nov 25, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

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I haven’t had MLB Network Radio on this afternoon because I’m too busy listening to the new Vaccines album on my speakers wot go to 11.  But apparently something interesting was said about James Loney. From Mel Antonen’s Twitter feed:

Dodgers GM Ned Colletti says on MLB Network Radio that James Loney will be at 1B for LA next season. Says 20-25 HRs possible.

OK. Let’s see: James Loney has been in the big leagues for six seasons and the most homers he’s ever hit in a season is 15, back in 2007.  Sure. I think 20+ is totally reasonable.

The Dodgers desperately need a slugging first baseman. They’ve taken themselves out of the market for that for various reasons. I suppose they think that if they create unrealistic expectations for Loney, that the team’s inability to produce from first base will be viewed as Loney’s failure rather than the front offices.

It’s not rational. But I suppose that’s what they think.

  1. dodger88 - Nov 25, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    As a fan it is OK for me to dream of Loney hitting 20+ home runs or even stringing together 6 good months. But when the team’s GM is having the same dream…………..hope is not a plan.

  2. cup0pizza - Nov 25, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Loney is awful, but the Dodgers will blindly stick with that chump. Oh, and Colletti is an absolute moron but the world already knows that.

  3. andrebeingandre16 - Nov 25, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    To be fair Loney looked like a completely different hitter in August and September. It didnt look like a two month hot streak but rather a different swing and approach. I understand small sample size applies here but I would also expect Loney to be better next year. Maybe not 20-25 home runs, but still better.

    • cur68 - Nov 25, 2011 at 8:02 PM

      I was too chicken make with that comment, but I thought he did look better the last month. Maybe Colletti is hoping for a Bautista-like renaissance?
      If Colletti is thinking that then his thought process might be that Bautista followed a very similar trajectory. Bautista had been working all season on a different swing, stance and plate approaches and it all came together by September 2009. Loney could be getting ready to go an tear if things work for him like they did for Joey Bats. Very similar stats, hitting wise, leading to a very nice September followed by a monster season (and the rest). Loney has pretty much the same build as JB, too. Could explain Colletti’s ‘thusiasm….

      • JBerardi - Nov 26, 2011 at 4:42 PM

        “Maybe Colletti is hoping for a Bautista-like renaissance?”

        You know, Las Vegas runs on this kind of thinking.

  4. dlevalley - Nov 25, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Secret Agent Ned strikes again!

  5. cup0pizza - Nov 25, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Heh so true dlevalley

  6. lostsok - Nov 25, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    Loney finally learned how to pull balls on correct counts in the latter part of last year. Anyone who understands baseball could clearly see that. 20-25 is possible, although he’s a pure line-drive hitter on 90% of his swing so Chavez won’t help. I think 15-20 is more likely. But…90-100 rbi is realistic, along with great defense.

    I’m sure Prince or Albert would be an upgrade, but any real fan should just be happy McCourt has a foot out the door and the organization may be turning around sooner rather than later.

    I starting to think many other Dodger fans have been whining for so long…they have forgotten how NOT to….

    • clydeserra - Nov 27, 2011 at 1:45 AM

      the fact that you quote RsBI as a thing that the batter controls shows that you are not one of the people who understands baseball in a way that should be relied upon for swing analysis.

  7. crankyfrankie - Nov 25, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Actually the plan is to send him out to the desert when they set off a gamma radiation bomb. Backup plan is a genetically spliced spider bite. Backup backup plan is trip to the space station in an unshielded space ship during a solar flareup

  8. banksatdixie - Nov 26, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Ned Coletti is a dick with ears

  9. scott7791 - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    This article has the kind of snarky tone that illustrates why “stat guys” have a problem being embraced by many in the mainstream. It’s that sort of Comic-Book-Guyesque, “What you are saying is so stupid it doesn’t even merit any kind of response other than a sarcastric one” kind of tone.

    As for Loney, his 2011 numbers were about as good as Ethier’s for about half the money (and none of the bad attitude), yet Ethier is almost universally praised through most of the national media, while people want to deport Loney for being a first baseman who has the nerve to not hit a lot of home runs. True, he only hit 12 last year, but half of them are still in orbit, and were hit towards the end of the season, when he finally seemed to be living up to his potential. For those of us who watch Dodger baseball regularly, if anything, he was UNLUCKY during his hot streak, as he hit so many hard line drives a bunch of them managed to find outfielders’ gloves. And yet, he STILL managed to be one of the best hitters in baseball for well over a month. Stat guys and all else can look it up for themselves.

    To be fair, Craig is far from alone in his dismissal of Loney, or anyone who thinks he is unacceptable as a Major League first baseman. (Never mind that the Dodgers managed back to back 1st place finishes with him, but I digress.) I just hope this is the year Loney finally silences the critics once and for all, and shows how looking at the back of a baseball card is not the only way to evaluate someone’s potential.

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