The Los Angeles Dodgers added veteran utility man Skip Schumacher to the club this offseason from the St. Louis Cardinals. He brings World Series experience to the club, but has had trouble contributing positively on the field . . . up until now.
Schumacher played irregularly, but all over the field for Donny Baseball. And to his credit, he is also comfortable in a role he has had success in throughout his career, punch hitting. But he is batting an atrocious .139 for the season.
There wasn’t a lot he could do in a blowout loss to the Colorado Rockies, who’s offense has been scoring more than Enrique Iglesias on a hoy streak. But he found a way to contribute. That was on the mound.
This was Schumacher’s second time pitching. The first was 2 years ago when he allowed a homerun to the then Dodger’s Aaron Miles. But Schumacher stepped up to be the first Dodger’s outfield player to pitch in a game since Mark Loretta of July 2009 said True Blue LA. Skip was touched up for two singles and a walk, but his 2013 ERA remained spotless when no runs came across.
Schumacher did not provide any of the antics that some other position players have brought to the mound when they are in on relief appearances. Mark Grace impersonated his then Arizona Diamondback teammate Mike Fetters’ dramatic head turn towards home. Grace nailed it, and loved it. And video is hard to find of the gem of 2002.