L.A. Times columnist calls for benching Yasiel Puig in favor of Andre Ethier

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No, not that one. It’s Steve Dilbeck, who says that Don Mattingly needs to stop playing “Golden Boy” Joc Pederson and “last year’s overnight sensation” Yasiel Puig and instead play Andre Ethier in center field on a regular basis. But don’t worry, Dilbeck is prepared for you to point out that, well, Andre Ethier isn’t very good these days:

Now I know what many of you are going to say. You watch Ethier play this year? Looked at his numbers?

And, sure, he has career-lows going in almost every offensive category. But at least he has a history. He’s been through the playoff wars. He’s responded under pressure.

His history: an August and September nearly as bad as Puig’s, but a full season in which he has been nothing close to Puig’s equal. Oh, and defensive chops that have not been suited to center field for a good long time. This puts me in mind of that famous Churchill put-down — or was it W.C. Fields? Or was it just a good joke someone made up? — after some woman criticized him for being drunk: about how he may be drunk but in the morning he’ll be sober, while his criticizer will still be a fool.

Well, it’s possible that Yasiel Puig will still be slumping tomorrow. But it’s still just a slump. Andre Ethier will still have a fork in his back tomorrow. “Playoff wars” experience or otherwise.

By the way: Andre Ethier having gone through the “playoff wars” has amounted to a career playoff line of .230/.323./.402.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.