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  1. The question “How does James Loney play in this league” has been running through my head recently. Maybe if he were a defensive SS those numbers might be ok. The guy is just awful.

    Comment by Brian — September 24, 2012 @ 9:11 am

  2. I wonder if Dodger Stadium finally started affecting his swing and/or his mental state?

    Comment by Brandon T — September 24, 2012 @ 9:58 am

  3. Loney is not going to get the big bucks, but will likely hold on 3-4 years as a backup.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — September 24, 2012 @ 10:24 am

  4. That’s a little harsh. Loney shouldn’t be a starting first baseman for a decent team, but he’s definitely good enough to be in the Majors, if only as a platoon player or pinch hitter. It’s not as if every team has a 5 WAR player available at every position and they’re playing bad or average players just to anger the sabermetric community. Sometimes, due to lack of organizational depth or financial weakness, you employ and play James Loney, even if you would much rather have Pujols, Fielder or even Adam LaRoche.

    Comment by rbenchley — September 24, 2012 @ 11:14 am

  5. Loney was once a highly regarded pitcher in high school as well as hitter and had at least a 50-50 chance of ending up on the mound. One can’t help but wonder if he’d have fared better if given the chance to pitch. It’s unlikely, I guess, but he’s nothing more than a bench player in the majors and really hasn’t been for some years.

    Comment by chuckb — September 24, 2012 @ 11:44 am

  6. Loney was a symptom of the McCourt era: the Dodgers kept tendering contracts to him because there was no help in the farm system and no money for free agents.

    Comment by Mike Kaplan — September 24, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

  7. isn’t it more likely that he’s just not a good hitter?

    Comment by ben — September 24, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

  8. yes. and last season’s “signs of improvement” (i.e. sucking for four months and tearing it up for the last two) were the only thing that landed him a job with the Dodgers this past offseason.

    Comment by ben — September 24, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

  9. Article fails to note that although last year was a good one for Loney, that was only due to him hitting like Pujols from August-September. Prior to the hot finish Loney had been even worse than he was this year.

    Comment by Table — September 24, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

  10. I wonder if some team will try to convert him into a pitcher again. He’d probably go for it too, especially if he has little to lose.

    Comment by Fletch — September 24, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

  11. True that.

    Playing off the bench isn’t preferred, but it’s always an option. Plus, it’s easier on the body, so I could expect fewer health issues.

    Comment by Tbjfan — September 25, 2012 @ 1:06 am

  12. Big Ben for the win! Astute application of Occam’s Razor.

    Comment by Jason B — September 25, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

  13. Loney always had a nice left handed swing and when he first came up I thought he would be a better hitter then Ethier or Kemp. He is a big guy (220 lbs) without much power and his production would be acceptable if he were a 2nd baseman. I think he will bounce around for a few more years on a series of one yer contract. Too bad because as a Dodger fan he really excited me in 2006 and 2007.

    Comment by Joel — October 10, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

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