Joey Gallo’s best baseball is in front of him…it’s true that I said it!

Joey Gallo is going to Hollywood.

Joey Gallo is going to Hollywood.
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I’m here to argue for a turnaround for Joey Gallo.

Gallo, in a season to forget, was shipped from one World Series favorite (the Yankees) – where he played rough and was ruthlessly booed every time he struck – to another on the opposite coast ( the Dodgers).

Maybe the Dodgers — like the Rays, Brewers and Padres, who were reportedly interested in the outfielder at the trade deadline — thought they could fix him, or at the very least offer the slugger a change of scenery in hopes. may his prodigious power return. .

After all, Gallo slashed .159/.282/.339 in the Bronx, including batting .085 in his last 29 pinstripe games. His left power, which was to cause him to frequently drop balls on Yankee Stadium’s short porch on the right, was almost non-existent. In fact, only four of his 12 home runs have come home.

His walk rate was down; its rising withdrawal rate. Maybe there’s something in the analytics that suggests he’ll get better, even if he doesn’t produce on a roster that has been the most successful team in baseball.

But here’s the real reason it will improve – call it the Dodger Effect.

The Dodgers are the Yankees of the West, though they’ve most recently appeared in three World Series in the past five years, winning one in the COVID-shortened 2020 season. They are very prominent in a large market. Gallo couldn’t hack it under the bright lights of New York, New York. But what about laid-back La La Land where the biggest fan motivator is beating the traffic?

There’s reason to hope other struggling gamers will thrive once they put on Dodger Blue, also known as Pantone 294. Look no further than Chris Taylor, Justin Turner and Max Muncy.

Remember Turner’s Mets tenure? Or how Taylor languished in Seattle before a trade sent him to SoCal? What about Max Muncy’s time with the A’s at the clip?

How would you describe their pre-Dodger careers? Ugly. Disappointing. Dull.

And after ? They became All-Stars and won rings.

Taylor went from 0.240/0.296/0.296 in three years with the ill-fated Mariners to 0.261/0.339/0.453 in the seven years since. He hit a total of zero dingers with Seattle. ZERO. He has beaten 85 since.

Turner, a key cog in the Los Angeles playoffs, was a .265 hitter with eight homers during his four years at Flushing. And that was in 814 at-bats. He is now a career .295 hitter with the Dodgers, having hit 151 long balls, hitting a career-high 27 three times. In the playoffs, Turner hit 13 home runs, batted in 42, and scored 43 runs in 82 games.

The Dodgers changed Turner’s swing by adding a leg kick. With Taylor, it was a complete overhaul that included barrel relocation and a leg kick. With Muncy, a bit of tweaking with a turn and a leg kick. Either way, the Dodgers knew how to fix them.

Muncy went from a total of five HRs in two years in Oakland to a groundbreaking 35 in each of his first two seasons in Los Angeles. He is at 128 for his career.

Gallo is a bit of a different story. Before his trade to New York, Pico De Gallo was a two-time All-Star, who hit 145 homers in 568 games for the Rangers. His season high was 41 in 2017, and he followed that with 40 a year later.

But his Yankee tenure was his lowest of lows. Although he grew up a Yankees fan, he was part of a group that just can’t seem to handle the Bronx – a hitting version of Ed Whitson, Hideki Irabu, Sonny Gray, AJ Burnett, etc. .

“I think it’s a product of the culture we have here, of the environment. The way everyone is treated,” Turner told Bleacher Report after Muncy’s rise to stardom.

Maybe with less of a microscope on him, Gallo could get his groove back.

Getting Gallo is a far cry from the brilliance the Padres made by acquiring Juan Soto (and Josh Bell), but he could be one of the most important players come playoff time.

We have already seen this happen in Los Angeles. We could definitely see him again. Who doesn’t love a good Hollywood ending?

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