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The ongoing JD Drew soap opera
2006-12-19 09:18
by Bob Timmermann

Gordon Edes of the Boston Globe tries to bring everyone up to speed on whether or not JD Drew's bat speed is going to decrease because of a shoulder condition.

In September 2005, while in his first season with the Dodgers, Drew underwent surgery on his right (throwing) shoulder that at the time was described as minor in nature. Paul DePodesta, who was the Dodgers' GM at the time, was quoted as saying the club was aware he had an "arthritic shoulder" before signing him to a five-year, $55 million deal before the '05 season.

DePodesta, who was fired by the Dodgers after the '05 season and is now with the San Diego Padres, said yesterday he is legally prohibited from commenting on his time with the Dodgers. Just before surgery, Drew said of his shoulder condition: "When I throw balls to the plate, I get a little burn in the back of my shoulder. I've been feeling that for a couple of years, and it's been gradually getting worse."

2006-12-19 09:25:21
1.   Xeifrank
So now that Depodesta is employed by the Padres did that stop his payment from the Dodgers? I remember him still getting owed a boatful of money until his contract ran out, or he found employment with another MLB team. Clue me in.
vr, Xei
2006-12-19 09:27:49
2.   ToyCannon
Am I the only one who would think it funny if JD ended up with a lousier arm then popgun Juan by the end of the contracts? My namesake had a cannon until shoulder problems sapped him of his throwing arm and thus enabled Joe Ferguson to have his moment in the sun.
2006-12-19 13:21:16
3.   El Lay Dave
2 funny in a schadenfreude sense? or just ironic? I don't wish a degenerative joint condition on anyone, but it would be ironic.

Didn't Ferguson have a nice moment for the entire '73 season? Remember the season he hit several late-inning, close-game, pinch-hit HRs for the Dodgers? I was in the LF bleachers at a couple of those, including a walkoff job that was caught in the front row by a fellow wearing a baseball shirt declaring himself "the entire Joe Ferguson fan club". (Vin would, of course, term that the "marching and chowder society".)

2006-12-19 13:42:36
4.   das411
Couldn't've happened to a nicer guy too.


2006-12-19 15:07:41
5.   ToyCannon
Yeah, I was a big Fergie fan but most Dodger fans will always remember him for taking the fly ball away from Jimmie and nailing the runner at home with a perfect throw.

For me his HR in the season ending series against Houston in 80 was how I'll remember him with the helmet cradled in his arms as he circled the bases.

2006-12-19 15:38:37
6.   El Lay Dave
5 I was there in 1980! It was a fantastic moment at the Stadium; we went nuts! I also remember big cheers for a young Fernando Valenzuela (pre-mania) pitching the last two innings in relief and notching a win.

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