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Bitter, Party of One...

From, comes this story, which may sound somewhat familiar to those who were around the team at the end of last season. Thanks to Tracy for bringing this one to my attention:

Luis Gonzalez will leave the Dodgers a free agent this offseason, but not before taking aim at his former team Monday. The 40-year-old outfielder, who gradually lost playing time to Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp, downplayed a clubhouse split between the veterans and young players and instead blamed a disappointing 2007 season on what he saw as a flawed organizational philosophy.

"We went away from a game plan," Gonzalez said on "The Dan Patrick Show" on KLAC. "We had no game plan. If you look at our record, we had the best record in the National League at the All-Star break. And we brought up a lot of young kids, and when they brought the kids up, they did well. There's no doubt these are all great young players. They were hitting .340, .350. (James) Loney, Kemp, (Russell) Martin, Ethier -- they're all great players, but we weren't winning games. They're getting three and four hits, but you're not winning games."

"So in baseball a lot of times people look at the numbers instead of the results, and the results for us were we were not winning games, but that's what the organization wanted. They wanted to develop these young kids. And instead of us going out there and winning games, we ended up finishing in fourth place and the fans are ticked off, and the organization is now going to continue to this youth movement, which is great for them."

Luis Gonzalez ripping young players for daring to take playing time away from him? Surely not... :-)