Dodgers' Player OK With Arbitration
Feb. 21, 1998
VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Todd Hollandsworth carried no hard feelings or regrets after losing his arbitration case.
Hollandsworth worked out in spring training camp for the first time Friday. The 1996 NL Rookie of the Year had missed the first day of full-squad workouts because he was at the arbitration hearing.
``Yesterday was a day I had to wear my business cap,'' Hollandsworth said. ``Now, I'm back in my baseball cap. Everything's fine. That's just business and we'll go from here.''
Hollandsworth will make $700,000 this season _ a $150,000 raise from last year's salary. He was asking for $1.15 million.
Hollandsworth, expected to open the season in left field, remained upbeat after hearing the decision and said he didn't make a mistake by going to arbitration.
``Both sides conducted themselves professionally,'' Hollandsworth said. ``I probably left the room thinking we had a better chance than I did walking in. ... It's over and it's done.''
Hollandsworth, who turns 25 in April, became the Dodgers fifth consecutive rookie of the year when he hit .291 with 12 homers, 59 RBIs and 21 steals.
However, he batted just .247 with four homers, 31 RBIs and five steals during a sophomore season that included an elbow injury and a midseason stint in the minors.
Dodgers officials have said Hollandsworth put too much pressure on himself to match what he accomplished as a rookie.
``That definitely happened, especially after I struggled in the beginning,'' Hollandsworth said. ``I've been able to clear my head and take care of some personal things. ... '97's over with.''