We all know about Matt Kemp's MVP-caliber year. We all know about Clayton Kershaw turning into the best young pitcher in all of Major League baseball (and is so good that the "young" qualifier soon might not be necessary). And we know about James Loney's roller coaster season, Andre Ethier's gimpy leg and Dioner Navarro's weird existence on a major league roster for months.
But what about those other guys? The ones at the end of the bench, the ones who were called up for a few days then headed back to traveling around the PCL or Southern League in buses? The guys that had some part of their body give out after a short period of time with the Dodgers?
I'm talking about the SSS guys. I mean the guys with extremely small sample sizes. These are the guys you will likely say, "Oh, that guy played this year?" Or, since we are obsessive about the Dodgers over here at TBLA, "Oh, man, I wish I could forget that guy played this year..."
Let's celebrate these guys.To qualify to be a small sample size player, in this post at least, a hitter must have had less than 86 plate appearances and less than 30 IP. Why those two numbers? Because that is less plate appearances than Kershaw had this year and the inning amount will include Dana Eveland. In other words, its an arbitrary end point.
There were ten Los Angeles Dodgers hitters (non-pitcher division) with less than 86 plate appearances. Just missing out was Trent Oeltjen who had 91 plate appearances (including an inside-the-park home run).
Here they are in descending order of plate appearances:
Some notes on the SSS hitters*:
* Yes, these numbers mean nothing. They are small sample sizes. Still, why not obsess over them with me?
There were seven pitchers with less than 30 innings pitched this year. Only two started a game and one appeared in nearly 1/4 of the Dodgers' games.
Here they are in descending order of innings pitched:
The start of the season is apparently a very distant time back, as I don't recall Jon Garland starting 9 games and throwing 54.0 innings. Hell, I don't remember Padilla pitching in 9 games either!
Anyway, some notes on the SSS pitchers:
So what does this tell us? Well, nothing. But I had a bunch of time to waste and, if you read all of this, so do you.