Sunday, June 13, 2010
Torre not concerned by Ethier's emotion
By Tony Jackson
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre reiterated his postgame comments from Saturday night in which he said he wasn't concerned with right fielder Andre Ethier's occasional emotional outbursts after he makes an out.
Ethier was caught on camera during the Angels' telecast of Saturday's game beating up the bat rack with his bat after a well-hit ball in the fifth inning was run down by Angels right fielder Bobby Abreu.
There was a large gash in the front of the rack Sunday morning.
Torre frequently compares Ethier's emotional style with that of Paul O'Neill, the right fielder for the New York Yankees for much of Torre's stint as the manager there.
"I told Paul O'Neill a long time ago that he can come to my house anytime wants," Torre said. "He did some things where his wife said, 'How can you do that in front of the kids?' But sometimes, it just means so much to you, and different people express themselves in different ways. The only thing I said to Paul, and I have said it to Andre too, is that if you hurt yourself, that's a problem because then the rest of the team has to suffer."
Ethier later struck out with the bases loaded, one out and the Dodgers trailing by two runs in the seventh inning, but he simply walked back to the dugout and calmly put his bat and helmet back into their respective racks.
Torre said he admires Ethier's emotional style to a point, and hitting coach Don Mattingly apparently admires it, as well. After Ethier's outburst, which Torre said he didn't see but only heard going on behind him, Torre said Mattingly turned to him, pointed at Ethier and said, "I like him."
Dodgers agree to deal with another pick
The Dodgers have agreed to terms with their 46th-round pick in last week's draft in Bret Montgomery, a right-hander and college senior from Cal State-Dominguez Hills. The club has now signed five of its 50 picks, but only one of its top 10.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.