Generals Batters Make Bat Transition

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The Generals have scored a combined 35 runs over their last three games. Dominic Cox of Rice has blasted grand slams in two of those games, both Generals’ wins. The players are doing this despite having to adjust to a big change. The TCL uses wooden bats, not the metal bats most players are used to using their entire youth baseball lives. I asked two of the Generals how their transition is going to wooden bats. Said infielder and former East Titan Trent Brown, “It’s really big. It’s a huge part of baseball. It really forces you to keep your hands inside the baseball. Instead of a metal bat you don’t get as much pop out of it. It’s always good to swing with a wood bat.” Said outfielder Anthony Jones from Houston Baptist, “I like it a lot, actually. I’ve always said I like wood more than metal bats. It gives you a good feel. It feels way better off the bat and it gives scouts a truer look on moving on to professional baseball.”
The Generals win again in Louisiana against the Cane Cutters Wednesday night, 3-2. Zach Smith gets the win in relief. Former West Warrior Kasey Kalich shuts out the Cane Cutters in the ninth to get the save. Anthony Jones’ sacrifice fly in the eighth scores the game winning run. Dominic Cox had two hits and an RBI for the Generals, who return to Riverside Thursday night to face the Texas Marshals.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Andre Ethier, a two-time All-Star during a 12-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, is retiring from baseball.

The Dodgers, the only team Ethier played for, announced Wednesday they will honor him with a retirement ceremony before their Aug. 3 game against Houston. The ceremony will include tributes from teammates.

“I look forward to coming back to Los Angeles and Dodger Stadium, places I’m so lucky to have called home for the last 12 years,” Ethier said in a statement. “There’s nothing like stepping out on the field at Dodger Stadium and looking up and seeing the faithful Dodger Blue supporting you, and I’m grateful for the reception and support I received in all my years playing there.”

Ethier hit .285 with 162 homers and 687 RBIs in 1,455 games. He had 14 walk-off RBIs, the second-most in Dodgers history behind Dusty Baker’s 16. His last major league at-bat was a pinch-hit RBI single in Game 7 of last year’s World Series against the Astros.

The Dodgers acquired Ethier from Oakland in a December 2005 for Milton Bradley and Antonio Perez. Ethier became a free agent last fall and remained unsigned.

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