Bill Plaschke is a very good storyteller. He has made quite a career for himself as a columnist, and even now, 35 years into his career, he is still very good at the storytelling aspect of his job.
As a baseball analyst, though, Plaschke leaves a bit to be desired.
After Saturday’s loss to the Padres, Plaschke and his fellow Los Angeles Times writers Jorge Castillo and Jack Harris took to YouTube to be grumpy about L.A.’s season coming to an abrupt end. It’s how most Dodger fans were feeling, and everyone deals with grief in different ways.
Plaschke, though, showed why he’s not nearly as respected as an analyst as he is as a columnist when he decided to turn his rant into singling out one L.A. player who struggled in the series.
“One guy who’s not leaving but he should be embarrassed is Mookie Betts. Mookie Betts gets treated with kid gloves. The highest paid player on the team didn’t show up. Mookie needs to show up bigger than he showed up the last couple years.”
Here’s the problem, Bill. Before this series, Mookie had a .305 postseason batting average with an .835 OPS in the postseason with the Dodgers. In 2021, he batted .319 with a .782 OPS, including .450 with a 1.055 OPS in their NLDS win over the Giants.
Mookie had a poor 2022 NLDS. According to Plaschke, he should be embarrassed, and the media should harass him about it. But Bill sees a pattern where there is no pattern. Sometimes people have a bad series, and unfortunately for Mookie, his bad series came at the same time several of his teammates had a bad series, and now Bill Plaschke is mad.
Someone should be embarrassed for sure, Bill, but it’s not Mookie Betts.
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