The Dodgers Have Fallen in Love with Jerry Sands All Over Again

The Dodgers are having their second romantic affair with Jerry Sands, and I am afraid they are just going to have their hearts broken like before. Reminiscent of a young teenage girl getting her heart ripped apart by a charming lothario.

Today the Dodgers designated outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. for assignment, and called up outfielder/first baseman Jerry Sands from Albuquerque. This move somewhat came out of nowhere. It’s no secret the Dodgers need more power in their lineup, what with only three legitimate power threats in the lineup being Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and Hanley Ramirez, ok and maybe A.J. Ellis now with his ten home runs, but I digress.

Will Sands suck once again?-Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Look I’m not saying Gwynn was great or anything. Gwynn is being DFA’d because with the addition of Shane Victorino in left field, the Dodgers don’t really need Gwynn any longer. Gwynn was not hitting well obviously. He isn’t much of a hitter, although I thought he had a good start to the year. Gwynn was only hitting .232/.276/.293 with no home runs, 17 RBI, 4 triples, 13 stolen bases, 60 hits, in 259 at-bats, and 103 games played. Gwynn can play all three outfield positions, but Victorino can play center field, so I guess the Dodgers felt they didn’t need him anymore. Gwynn was under contract for next season, and the Dodgers will be on the hook for the rest of his two million dollar contract.

As for Jerry Sands, I refuse to be blinded, and I refuse to fall in love again. Sands got hot, down in Albuquerque, and it seems his nicely timed little hot streak, has fooled the Dodgers once again. Haven’t we been here before though? Yes we have. This is what normally happens. Sands gets hot in Albuquerque, and the Dodgers start drooling, and they call him up, and he completely and utterly sucks.

Remember, they called him up last year, and he sucked. He got a chance in spring training to take the left field job, and he sucked again. Then the Dodgers called him up earlier this season, only because of injuries, and he sucked yet again.

Sands has hit nine home runs since the PCL all-star break, and he also hit two grand slam home runs in one game which tied a PCL record. Sands has hit 21 home runs down there, but is also hitting .286. Normally that is good, but down there in Albuquerque, .286 is considered struggling in that high altitude where everyone hits .300, and the balls go flying out.

Good bye Tony! Good Luck! We'll never forget yur two game savingtches last year-Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE

Sands has a major league line of .248/.329/.381 (54 for 218) with only four home runs, and 27 RBI. He has 26 walks, and has whiffed 59 times. I could only guess that Sands will see more time at first base, since left field is filled by Victorino. Since Loney sucks so bad, and Rivera isn’t much better, the Dodgers are hoping he’ll provide some pop. I’m also going to assume he spends most of his time on the bench as a pinch-hitter. Sands has played first base, right and left field this season in Albuquerque.

I’m not that upset over losing Gwynn, I mean, I’m sad to see him go. I think he’s a great outfielder, just not a very good hitter. I understand the Dodgers didn’t need him anymore, and I am fine with that. But please don’t pretend like this is some great move or anything, because we all know Sands will just suck again. It’s like the Dodgers have Billy Ashley syndrome with him.

I’m warning everyone, not to fall in love Jerry Sands again. He’s never proven he can hit at the major league level. This season in 20 at-bats he was 4 for 20, that’s a line of .200/.238/.300, with no home runs, and one RBI. (I know small sample size, but still) Meanwhile Juan Uribe continues to stink up the bench, and waste a roster spot.

No disrespect to Sands, he’s a good guy, but I am not getting fooled again. Jerry Sands has to prove he can hit at the major league level. Until that happens, I’ll believe it when I see it.

Topics: Dodgers, Jerry Sands, Tony Gwynn Jr.

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  • Shawn D

    So let me see if I understand where you’re coming from – Sands sucks, Sands sucks, Sands sucks. Buy a thesarus. Oh yeah, Sands sucks.

    • http://twitter.com/LasordasLair LasordasLair

      I said Sands has sucked the last few times they have called him up. I’m not saying he will suck this time around, but are we really going to be fooled again? He has to prove he can hit in the majors. If he hits .200 again, then he might not get another chance.

      • Shawn D

        “I’m not saying he will suck this time around”. Really?: “But please don’t pretend like this is some great move or anything, because we all know Sands will just suck again. “

        • http://twitter.com/LasordasLair LasordasLair

          Well his track record hasnt been good. This is the fourth time the Dodgers have called him up. He has to prove he can hit. What are you going to say when he hits .210 again?

          • Shawn D

            My problem is with saying he isn’t very good with such a small sample size. When he was called up in April 2011, he played in 41 games and hit .200, obviously bad numbers. What’s interesting about that, is he had virtually identical numbers when he began his career with the Gulf Coast Dodgers: 46 games, .205 average, possibly an indication he’s a slow starter. The second time he was called up last year, he had 24 hits in 59 ABs, for a .407 average. When he was called up earlier this year, he played in 8 games with 20 ABs.
            So here we are, with his fourth callup and the Dodgers are in a situation where they know the James Loney/Juan Rivera platoon is weak AT BEST. Wouldn’t this be a good time to finally, once and for all, see what they have in Sands? Isn’t it smart to see if he can be a potential solution to their problems at first base? I’m not saying I expect him to become Paul Konerko, but I would like to see more from him before the Dodgers head into the offseason.
            Unfortunately, I believe the Dodgers will send him back down later this week when Adam Kennedy returns from the DL. I’m hoping they do the right thing and designate Juan Uribe, but I’m not sure they’re willing to eat almost $10M. Mattingly also said Sands wouldn’t be part of the platoon with Loney and Rivera but that doesn’t worry me as long as he’s on the field and getting ABs.

          • http://twitter.com/LasordasLair LasordasLair

            well, I’m going back to last year as well. He’s only had three good weeks, which were last September. I agree that the Dodgers best outcome would be for Sands to figure it out and start raking, and take the first base job. Here’s the thing. The time to give prospects like Sands a look is early in the season, and not in August in a tight division race. Normally most prospects have trouble adjusting during this time. Earlier in the season, the games aren’t as pressure, and it’s easier for them to adjust. Victorino has got a hold on left field now, so there is no where else to play Sands but first base. I’m fine with Sands playing some first base, as long as he is producing. So far he has yet to show he can adjust to big league pitching. I agree he has the best potential, but he has to prove it and get the results. If he can’t then the Dodgers are stuck with a Rivera/Loney platoon, and that is what it is. (it’s lousy of course). Sands has got to be the guy that puts up at least 15-20 home runs, and a .260-.270 avg, with decent onbase skills, otherwise he’s not much better than Rivera or Loney. Let’s hope Jerry can find his swing again, and make the necessary adjustments to major league pitching.

          • Shawn D

            I would absolutely agree that this isn’t the time of year to give prospects a look in a tight division race IF the veteran options were the better option. In this case (Loney/Rivera), I don’t believe they are. Sands couldn’t do worse, so why not give him a shot?

          • http://twitter.com/LasordasLair LasordasLair

            Well I guess forget both of our arguments, they sent him back down again.