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Belliard Complicates Infield

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The Dodgers surely have a luxury item in infielder Ronnie Belliard.

When he was traded by the Washington Nati(o)nals on August 30, I immediately thought he was this year’s Julio Lugo: an average player with experience but not much else. At Washington this season he had a .246 batting average and an OPS+ of 75 (100 being an average player).

Little did any of us realize that he would be Marlon Anderson. With the Dodgers Belliard has a .308 batting average with four home runs including a grand slam in yesterday’s game and an OPS+ of 147.

Combine those offensive numbers with that fact that he’s a veteran and can play multiple infield positions, you can see why manager Joe Torre has been using him a lot.

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“He’s a player that’s had experience,” Torre said. “The fact he can play a number of positions gives you an opportunity to get him a lot of playing time and not necessarily in one position.”