I don’t want to talk about last night’s game. In fact, I don’t really want to talk about any part of the Dodgers right now, and we can only say “holy good lord, is this roster being mismanaged beyond belief” so much. Even if I did, the day job is preventing that.
So in the meantime, let’s focus on one of the few bright spots we have so far, and that’s that A.J. Ellis is not only backing up his 2012 breakout, he’s exceeding it. His wOBA is up from .341 to .358, which is not only very good, it’s the sixth highest mark for any catcher. (That’s assuming you consider Evan Gattis a catcher, and includes the no-way-in-hell-he-keeps-this-up John Buck.) It’s better than Yadier Molina, and Joe Mauer, and Matt Wieters… it’s damn good, is what I’m saying.
Today at FanGraphs, pal Eno Sarris took advantage of the Dodgers being in San Francisco over the weekend to spend a few minutes with Ellis. The entire piece is more than worth your time, but I particularly like this passage about Ellis being one of the few big leaguers to spend his winters in Wisconsin:
When the season’s over, he’ll head to Milwaukee for the winter. “My wife is from Milwaukee, so it’s happy wife, happy life,” he told me, which means he’ll train in the snow for another season. “I’m like Rocky in `Rocky IV,’” Ellis said, “going to fight the Russian, in the Siberian snow, chopping down trees, getting to the top of the mountain and yelling ‘Zitooo!’”
Simply outstanding. There’s not a lot to like about the Dodgers right now. Fortunately, A.J. Ellis is one of the few positives.