Ethier's 30-game hitting streak - the second-longest in Dodgers history - was one of the few bright spots for a team that filed for bankruptcy, had to endure the shenanigans of team owners Frank and Jamie McCourt's divorce, and was never in contention in the so-so NL West.
Things may be looking up, however. Last week, Frank McCourt was offered an eye-popping $1.2 billion to sell the team to a group indirectly financed by the Chinese government.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the bid is headed by Los Angeles Marathon founder Bill Burke. The offer was unsolicited, according to a person who had spoken with McCourt's representatives but was not authorized to discuss the conversation.
Morgan being Tony Plush
Our favorite whack job, Nyjer Morgan, is at it again. The Brewers centerfielder was at the center of a bench-clearing brawl during Wednesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. That may have repercussions for the colorful ballplayer, who has a history of wearing out his welcome.
The whole matter began when Morgan, facing Chris Carpenter, stuck out on 10 pitches in the ninth inning. Rather than returning to the bench, Morgan shouted at Carpenter, reached into his mouth to get at his chewing tobacco, and then threw the wad in Carpenter's direction. At that point, both benches ran - slowly - on to the field with slugger Albert Pujols leading the way.
As is typical in these cases, there was a lot of standing around and jawing, and very little else.
Morgan was ejected, and was still seething after the game. Taking on his Tony Plush persona, he tweeted (on his official Twitter feed, @theRealTPlush): "Alberta couldn't see Plush if she had her gloves on!!! Wat was she thinking running afta Plush!!! She never been n tha ring!!!"
Morgan, in his Nyjer Morgan persona, said Carpenter (who was on his way to a 2-0 shutout) started the whole thing by yelling a two-word curse from the mound.
"They're not going to see that," Morgan said of the umpiring crew. "They're going to see what I said."
- Staff and wire reports