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With Los Angeles Dodgers players cleaning out their lockers today in the wake of last night’s NLCS loss to the Phillies, our local newspaper took a moment to honor Dodgers second baseman and Sikeston native Blake DeWitt.

Standard Democrat reporter interviewed local residents and Dodgers scout Tim Hallghren in an article that appeared in the paper today.  The article concluded with a few highlights from Blake’s season:

> On March 31 Blake DeWitt became the Dodgers opening day starting third baseman after the team’s top three projected third basemen — Nomar Garciaparra, Andy LaRoche and Tony Abreu — were injured during spring training. In his first major league at bat, DeWitt singled and went 5 for 9 with 3 walks in the three-game series.

> DeWitt hit his first career home run off of Oliver Perez of the New York Mets on May 5. The following night, he hit his second, a rare inside-the-park home run off of the Mets’ Nelson Figueroa. The inside the park home run was the first for the Dodgers in five years.

> DeWitt was named National League Rookie of the Month for May. He batted .322 with five home runs and 18 RBIs.

> DeWitt was optioned to the Dodgers triple-A minor league team in Las Vegas on July 26, following the team’s acquisition of third basemen Casey Blake from the Cleveland Indians. However, when second baseman Jeff Kent was sidelined, DeWitt was recalled to Los Angeles to start at second base.

> In Sunday’s Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the Philadelphia Phillies, DeWitt hit a three-run triple in the first inning that broke open the game.

The city of Sikeston is proud of Blake’s accomplishments.  Read the rest of the article.