Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the Ravine Report’s first-ever Yearbook Awards! The 2011 season was a memorable one for the Dodgers, mostly for reasons that had nothing to do with baseball, but also because of some outstanding individual performances. Over the next week we’ll be honoring the best of the best, and the worst of the worst on your 2011 Los Angeles Dodgers.
So without further ado, the inaugural Ravine Report Yearbook Awards Part One: The Crummies.
Most Likely To: Never Get Another Major League Hit Again -
Come on down, Eugenio Velez!
According to Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts, since a single on April 20, 2010, Eugenio Velez has gone 1 for 66 in the majors. That’s a .015 batting average. Yikes. Good luck to you, Velez. If you ever get another major league hit, I hope it’s against the Dodgers. Full circle, folks.
Most Likely To: Have Nowhere to Go But Up -
This one’s for you, Juan Uribe!
Juan Uribe was an exciting offseason acquisition for the Dodgers… just ask GM Ned Colletti. He had just hit two homeruns in the playoffs for the Giants, and 26 throughout the regular season. But this season, after numerous stints on the disabled list, and four (!) total homeruns, Uribe’s season ended on September 7th with surgery for a sports hernia. For a player like Uribe, there really is nowhere to go but up… I hope.
Most Likely To: Disappoint (in every aspect) -
This was tough considering how many options I had, but this one belongs to you, Andre Ethier!
Andre managed to do what I thought was almost impossible — make me truly dislike a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Everything from his comments about being forced to play through an injury, and his desire to play for the Boston Red Sox, to being an absolute malcontent in the clubhouse, Andre Ethier was such a disappointment. I’ll give it to him that his 30-game hit streak was exciting. Every at bat was epic. But his overall play in 2011 was a let down. For someone with so much potential, a .292 average with 11 homeruns ain’t gonna cut it… especially with an attitude like that.
Most Likely To: Make You Scratch Your Head in Disbelief -
You know who you are, Jonathan Broxton!
Broxton was one of the most frustrating members of the Dodger bullpen this season. He was so dominant (mostly) in the years leading up to this year, and fell off so radically in 2011. When you’re a dominant closer with as much power as Broxton, people expect greatness every time you run out of that bullpen. He battled injuries all season (or so we were told), and couldn’t get command of any of his pitches. I can’t imagine he’ll still be a Dodger next season, but I hope for his sake that Broxton gets his groove back.
That’s all for this edition of The Yearbook Awards: The Crummies. Stay tuned all week as we hand out the rest of our awards!