|Photo Credit Evan S Chavez. The Isotopes put this up in 2009 when the Dodgers returned to Albuquerque|
Yea I took it kinda personal because I have been so loyal to this team and I couldn't believe they could just pick up and walk away. For those of you who follow me I felt the same way when Steve Alford left The University of New Mexico for UCLA. The truth is the Dodgers and Steve Alford both made a good move for themselves.
Even though I expected them to leave back when the Guggenheim group purchased the Dodgers because of the Peter Guber factor.
Who is Peter Guber? He is one of the Partners of the Guggenheim group who also owns the Oklahoma City Red hawks. It's only obvious that you are going to connect the teams.
There was also the altitude factor. I've wanted to research this for years but just haven't had the time. I have argued with people on Twitter about whether or not altitude really makes a difference. That made me think about the big hitters we have had here who never quit lived up to the numbers they put up here in Albuquerque.
First person that comes to mind is Mike Marshall (not the pitcher). In 1981 he hit .373 with 137 RBI and 34 homers while playing in the Pacific Coast League in 128 games. 1982 he played in 66 games hit .388 with 58 RBI and 14 homers.
What did that calculate to when called up by the Dodgers? In 1981 he was in 14 games while with the Dodgers and had 27 plate appearances. He hit .200 with one RBI and no homers. He was also called up again in 1982 where he hit.242 with nine RBI and five homers.
While with the Dodgers for nine years Marshall hit .271 with 484 RBI and 137 homers.
Other players that come to mind are Billy Ashley. Had parts of four seasons playing in the PCL hit .300 with 66 homers. While with the Dodgers
Jerry Sands while in two years with the Isotopes hit .359 with 55 homers, but while with the Dodgers he had 251 plate appearances and he hit .244 with four homers.
Then there is Joc Pederson who we have yet to see what his Major League numbers will calculate. Pederson hit .303 with 33 homers in 553 at bats. In my personal opinion which doesn't count for anything Pederson didn't look the comfortable at the plate. He definitely had more #swag while at the plate her in Albuquerque. He had 38 plate appearances which I don't think that's enough to evaluate him properly he hit .148 with 0 homers.
On the other hand can anyone explain this to me. AJ Ellis spent off and on three years here with the Isotopes he had 690 plate appearances and hit for an average of .320 and ONE HOMER. While with the Dodgers Ellis has some power. Since 2009 he has hit 28 homers while with the Dodgers.
We could argue the whole altitude factor forever but the fact is the Dodgers have left Albuquerque and they are never coming back.
I've been asked by just about everybody "what are you gonna do now?" "Are you still going to go to Isotopes games?" "Are you gonna be a Rockies fan now?" My answer is NO. I've been a Dodgers fan for a long time and I will die a Dodgers fan. I am also a baseball fan. I love to watch the game weather it's MLB, Milb, AFL, WBC, put a baseball game in front of me and I'll watch it. Plus the Isotopes are coolest team in the Minor Leagues hands down. So yes I am still going to attend Isotopes games and wear Isotopes gear.
As for my blog I' still gonna do post when I have time. I enjoy writing about the game and team that is close to my heart. I wish I could write all the time but I gotta pay the bills so my job comes before my hobby.
So check in every now and then and see what's on my mind.
Thank you all
Evan S Chavez