2013 Dodgers in Review #3: C Ramon Hernandez

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2013 in brief: Unexpected depth addition lasted only two months before getting cut loose.

2014 status: 38-year-old catchers with .257 OBP over the previous two seasons, and who get cut from Triple-A squads in July, generally don’t find work.

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Ramon Hernandez actually found himself hitting cleanup for the Dodgers twice this year. Just thought you should know.

Anyway, remember how confused we all were when the news came out that the Dodgers had acquired Hernandez on the afternoon of April 6? Initially, we didn’t know that he was coming for Aaron Harang, and so I put it that the Dodgers had picked up Hernandez “for reasons that I absolutely cannot fathom”. Later that day, we learned that the Dodgers would actually be saving some money as well as upgrading their catching depth, and while none of that was too exciting, it seemed reasonable at the time:

I will, however, buy the idea that the Dodgers needed some catching depth, because Jesus Flores Matt Wallach in Triple-A aren’t exactly the kind of guys you really want to use if you don’t have to. And what I do have to disagree with a lot of fans on — at least the ones that I’ve heard from — is that “this is all you could get for Harang?” That perspective works only if you believe Harang is valuable, and while he’s a decent back-end starter, he’s past his prime and not that great. Clearly, a few dollars saved, some catching depth, and alleviating a quickly growing roster headache is what he’s worth. The Rockies will try to trade him too, and the amount of people thinking they’re suddenly going to do what the Dodgers were unable to and trade to, say, Boston, for a huge return are way off the mark.

The problem is that Hernandez was used infrequently, since Tim Federowicz kept going up and back to often give the club three catchers. The other problem is that he didn’t perform when he did. Sure, he ran into three homers, including one in his final plate appearance with the team, but a .291 OBP isn’t going to get you too far when you’re also atrocious on defense.

For example, there was this:

With Federowicz adding a nice Triple-A hitting resume to a glowing reputation, the calls to jettison Hernandez continued to grow louder, though I tried to temper those by pointing out just how minimal the organizational catching depth really was in late May. (Also, by reminding people that Federowicz really can’t hit, Albuquerque aside, which he showed he couldn’t.)

When A.J. Ellis went on the disabled list with a strained oblique, Hernandez earned a reprieve, but as Federowicz gained the lion’s share of starts, the signs were pretty clear, especially when this play, in his final game, directly impacted a Dodger loss:

When Ellis returned on June 14, Hernandez was set free, catching depth be damned. He signed with Toronto’s Triple-A team in Buffalo, but played just five games there before being released in early July, and didn’t catch on with another club after that. If this is the end for him, at least he’ll go out being able to say he hit that homer to finish off his career… and almost no one will ever remember he was a Dodger. I’m pretty fine with that, actually.

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Next! You know you’ve all been waiting for Drew Butera, right? Right?

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The Dude Abides
The Dude Abides

Was there an MSTI column yesterday about the qualifying offer? Every time I click on it, I get a photo of Emo Juan Uribe.

KMT59
KMT59

now that I know the Lakers lost... no need to waste 2 hrs tomorrow watching the game...night all

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Kings lost, but the Lakers lost too so im kinda like.. this is an indifferent night

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

Jon Weisman wrote this but didn't publish it until now: It is the middle of August in 2013 as I begin writing, and there is a baseball team. For nearly two months, it has been winning every game, and that’s almost not a figure of speech. It’s somewhere in between a literary device and true reality. Eight losses in nine weeks in Major League Baseball is, essentially, winning every game.

http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/2013/11/01/in-the-middle-of-august/

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unfortunately Hanley's rib broke, Kemp's ankle broke, and that was the season

nudibranch
nudibranch

@Jobu I would be furious if we traded Seager-Urias-Lee-Pederson for Price.  I might spontaneously combust from rage.

ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

@Jobu I think I'm with you on Seager, I'd be OK with just about any of the others, even if it would hurt to see some of them go, Seager is the one true need for the dodgers, so if they can avoid including him, I think it would be amazing to have price for a couple of  years, potentially longer if signed to an extension.

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"It is a team that at once has been giving the lie to the idea that you can’t have it all, while also reminding that such feats of transcendence are precariously temporary". 

why do i feel like he always writes in this fashion, and is incredibly pretentious? His sentence barely makes sense, I have to read it over and over to understand him, and he acts like I have to understand Michel Foucault in order to get his baseball analysis. Ugh.

Jobu
Jobu

Damn Joe Kelly

Jobu
Jobu

So the consensus seems to be that so long as we don't give up Seager, then the proposed strategy is cool

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my spanish is so funky

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me ensenas mensaje? te lo puedo platicar todo

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sorry i was talking to you in half vietnamese

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ae. i understand that. do what you have to 

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!! troi oi. en que te dedicas?

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no te quedas con familia?

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por donde estabas?

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i just have a hard time reading english when its written in the fashion... 

Jobu
Jobu

Just remember that he is predisposed to view prospects as too fat and judge them accordingly

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i shall read upon that which Keith writes, due onto it that what i interpret, to be that that can bestow an understanding of basic baseball writing

Jobu
Jobu

Go read some Keith Law

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in fact, after this, i refuse to read the rest of his article. and thats the honest truth. he writes prose as if it is worth the investment - when its honestly not.

ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

@Jobu well, I don't think I necessarily reflect the 'consensus', but of all those prospects, Seager seems to be the one we need most.