Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock ‘doing his thing,’ says he won’t try to be Bryce Harper
The 31-year-old has a career strikeout rate of 17.8 percent while Los Angeles struck out in 25.8 percent of its at-bats last season.A former All-Star and Gold Glove winner, Pollock is ideal for what this team needs, even if he wasn’t exactly what the fanbase dreamed of.“I used to be the type of guy who would seek the approval of other people,” Pollock said. “I don’t really need any of that anymore. I just want to play ball to the best of my ability and help this ballclub win games.” Bryce Harper’s Phillies jersey sets 24-hour sales record Bryce Harper spoke to Mike Trout ‘a lot’ before signing Phillies contract But Pollock isn’t quite the piece Dodgers fans were hoping for, as the team missed out on landing highly coveted free agent Bryce Harper. The All-Star outfielder signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies last week.Fans expressed disappointment in not signing Harper, but Pollock isn’t letting that affect his game. Related News “I get it,” Pollock said, via the LA Times. “I’m sure every fan base would say, ‘Of course I want Bryce Harper.’ He’s a great player. But I don’t read too much into what fans are saying right now. I’m just doing my thing.”Pollock was a key addition to the Dodgers lineup, since the team was left-hand heavy last season. He also gives Los Angeles a very good defensive player in center field and a very tough out. A.J. Pollock isn’t trying to be someone else.After signing a four-year, $55 million deal with the Dodgers during the offseason, Pollock has a chance to be a key piece in a Dodgers lineup that has been pivotal in getting Los Angeles to back-to-back World Series.