Dodgers don't learn: Chico flashes cannon

July 15th, 2020

The rule at Dodgers Summer Camp was already established: Don’t run on Chico. And yet, Los Angeles’ new left-field sensation has claimed another victim with his cannon right arm.

Dodgers clubhouse attendant Francisco “Chico” Herrera, who’s been pressed into left-field duty during camp, added to his growing highlight reel in the club’s intrasquad scrimmage Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. First Herrera ranged back and robbed superstar slugger Mookie Betts of extra bases with a twirling catch at the wall. Then “Chico” unleashed that now famous arm with a strong throw to the cutoff man, who doubled off Gavin Lux at first base.

Chico introduced himself to the baseball world last week, when he held a runner at third base with a laser throw to home plate. Three days later, Herrera trotted back out to left field and proceeded to easily throw out Chris Taylor as Taylor tried to tag up to second base.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts claimed that Herrera’s playing days were over after he threw Taylor out, but as he showed Tuesday, it’s becoming increasingly hard to keep Chico off the field. Roberts has also maintained that Chico won’t get to hit so as to preserve as many at-bats as possible for roster players, but perhaps we’ve reached “never-say-never” territory with the Dodgers’ unlikely new star. Just ask Justin Turner: