Success Of Bellinger Leaves Dodgers Facing A Dilemma Several Teams Had To Overcome Last Season

April 21, 2017

Each division there accordingly develops a bind that is a account to their clubs, but it agency agitation for assertive alone players. It is referred to as the Wally Pipp syndrome, alleged afterwards the Yankee aboriginal baseman who was replaced by Lou Gehrig.

As the history books of baseball accept acicular out, Pipp captivated his position consistently until an abrasion affected him to the sidelines for what was declared to be just a bold or two. His backup was a adolescent hitter who would become accepted as the Iron Horse, because he would play aboriginal for New York for the next 2,130 games. That mark would of advance abide a almanac until Cal Ripkin of the Baltimore Orioles surpassed that absolute in 1995.

Although a agnate case this division does not absorb a abiding attempt Hall of Famer like Gehrig, it is centered about a adept aboriginal baseman. The Los Angeles Dodgers are adverse a accessible bender of Wally Pip Syndrome, according to a May 10 address on

After an abrasion placed Adrian Gonzalez on the disabled account for the aboriginal time in his career, Los Angeles alleged up top ability hitting anticipation Cody Bellinger. The amateur fabricated an actual impact, slugging four home runs in his aboriginal week, including a game-winning attempt that helped put the Dodgers abutting to the top of the National Alliance West.

The club’s foreground office, abundant like the Yankees aback in Gehrig’s day, will now accept a difficult accommodation if Gonzalez comes off the D.L. Shifting Bellinger to the outfield could be an option, as added clubs accept afresh dealt with the botheration by instituting a change of position. In some cases the about-face went smoothly, but in others it had a abrogating aftereffect on the players and their team.

Last division Kansas City, the arresting World Series champions, faced a Wally Pipp book if third baseman Mike Moustakas went down with an injury. In his absence Cheslor Cuthbert had hit nine home runs by June and batted .340 the ages afore the All-Star break, numbers which fabricated it difficult for administrator Ned Yost to accredit him to the bank if Moustakas returned.

Cincinnati accomplished agnate situations in 2015 and afresh endure year, if All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco suffered an injury. Adept Bryan Pena abounding in admirably in 2015, even afore Mesoraco’s career averages. His success fabricated him a able-bodied approved afterwards chargeless agent, assuredly signing a accord with the Cardinals.

To aback up Mesoraco in 2016, Cincinnati angry to youngster Tucker Barnhart from their accessory alliance system. Barnhart provided the Reds with a much-needed abiding larboard handed bat, as he hit at a .257 blow about twenty credibility college than Mesoraco’s .238 lifetime average. Right now, the Reds are agreeable the time amid the two catchers, but a tougher accommodation may face them at the trading borderline at the end of July.

When Jhonny Paralta went down aboriginal in 2016, the Cardinals absent their All-Star ambush as able-bodied as their cleanup hitter. Instead of authoritative a barter St. Louis got a backup from their accessory alliance system, announcement Aledmys Diaz to yield over their a lot of important infield position.

The amateur responded admirably, clubbing 17 home runs and batting .300. He was so absorbing that he backward at abbreviate while Parralta was confused to third abject if his assignment on the D.L. had ended.

The Bellinger bearings in Los Angeles is just the aboriginal of what will apparently be several cases of Wally Pipp affection in 2017, so some veterans who acreage on the D.L. may see their positions taken over by adolescent players afore the Fall Classic in October.

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