Andre Ethier has stated before that he doesn’t appreciate being buried on the Dodgers’ outfield depth chart, and now the 32-year-old is doubling down as spring training opens in Glendale, Arizona.
“I want the opportunity to play every day,” Ethier told ESPN’s Mark Saxon on Tuesday. “I felt like when I get a chance to play every day, I put up the numbers they ask of me. … You’re not wishing for it ever to end, but sometimes that opportunity takes you somewhere else. I’m not going to do anything to sit here and force it. Hopefully it works itself out.”
Carl Crawford, Joc Pederson, and Yasiel Puig are expected to open the 2015 season as the Dodgers’ primary starting outfielders.
Ethier is owed $56 million over the next three years and carries a $17.5 million vesting option for 2018, so pulling off a trade could be tough. He hit just .249/.322/.370 with four home runs in 130 games last season.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.