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The Dodgers designate Tony Gwynn Jr. for assignment

Aug 6, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

Tony Gwynn Jr. Getty Images

Tony Gwynn Jr.‘s days with the Dodgers are over. He was designated for assignment today.

Gwynn has been having a nightmare season, hitting 232/.276/.293 in 277 at-bats.  He plays good defense, however, and isn’t as bad as this season’s production suggests, so he should probably latch on as a fourth or fifth outfield someplace.  He’s still under contract through 2013, though, so he may have to be released before someone comes calling.

Taking Gwynn’s place will be Jerry Sands, who has proven for the second straight year that he has nothing left to prove at Triple-A. Sands is hitting .286/.367/.518 at Albuquerque and now would seem to have his best shot of establishing himself with the Dodgers.

  1. missthemexpos - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Big shoes to fill, following a father who made it to the Hall of Fame.

    • thefalcon123 - Aug 6, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Jr’s career slugging percentage is 20 points below his father’s career *batting average*.

      It would probably be best to not pretend he can even come close to filling them.

  2. SmackSaw - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    He’s an example of how badly McCourt mismanaged the organization. He never should’ve been a Dodger.

  3. forthand26 - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Gwynn Sr’s career statline is probably 100 points more than his son’s across the slashes: .332/.376/.393. Guy had no pop.

    • thefalcon123 - Aug 6, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Gwynn Sr is actually at .338/.388/.459…

      Gwynn Sr tops Jr in BA by .94, OBP by .76 and slugging by .141 You’re not far off!

  4. icanspeel - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    I came on to defend Gwynn JR, but then I noticed he only has 16 walks in 277 plate appearances which is terrible for someone with speed who’s job should be to get on base and score runs. So then I changed my mind about defending him since if you have no pop you should at least be able to get on base and score.

  5. gloccamorra - Aug 6, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Gwynn Sr. is a lefthander who batted lefty. His son is a righthander who bats lefty and has changed his swing several times, almost never taking advice from his father. If he’s going to be stubborn about it, he should be forced to hit righthanded. He’d probably hit better if somebody turned him around.

  6. istallion - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Nice kid, unfortunately not good enough. Sands has promise at least.

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