Former All-Star Andre Ethier fuels rumors that he’s signed with the Los Angeles Angeles of Anaheim following hat choice.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has spent most of the offseason wondering if he’ll ever play Major League baseball again, and now that spring training has already begun, his outlook is looking less and less hopeful. But that doesn’t stop Ethier from remaining positive about his future.
“You fight so hard to keep this uniform on,” Ethier said to MLB Network Radio. “You don’t know when the last day is going to be. I really feel it, I believe it, I can still step in and have a productive Major League at-bat.”
Ethier spent his entire professional career with the Dodgers and quickly became a fan favorite, so when he was spotted recently wearing a cross-town rivals Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim cap, Dodgers fans had a meltdown.
There are no reports of Ethier signing with anyone, much less the Angels, if that makes any of you Dodgers fans relax a little.
The Dodgers declined Ethier’s option back in November of 2017 after 12 years with the team. He was an All-Star twice, took home a Rawlings Gold Glove and a Louisville Silver Slugger, and his lifetime stats (.285/.359/.463) show why he was so important to the team.
Ethier played his last season with the Dodgers in 2017, when they went to the World Series. Ethier went 2-for-5 in the World Series and drove in a run with a pinch-hit single in Game 7. That run would end up being the last run for the team in 2017, and potentially the last ever for Ethier.
The Dodgers have also lost Adrian Gonzalez, another fan favorite staple, who is now with the Atlanta Braves. The team also brought back Matt Kemp, who they traded to the San Diego Padres in 2014.