Dodgers News: Adrian Gonzalez Working on A Different Swing

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

From game show disguises to playing Santa Claus, Dodgers players have found entertaining ways to pass the (slow) offseason time. Adrian Gonzalez is no exception.

Gonzalez was practicing his swing with actor Mario Lopez at the Wild Card Boxing Club Wednesday, according to his Facebook. Gonzalez put on his Dodger gloves and went to work.

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Even without the bat, Gonzalez has a thunderous stroke. Stay tuned to later in the video, when Lopez brings up baseball and a quick Vin Scully mention.

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Gonzalez is coming off a solid 2016 season, but one that saw a power dip for the 34-year-old slugger. A-Gon dropped from 28 home runs to 18. His slugging percentage (.435) was the lowest full-season’s worth mark of his career. He did maintain his normal rate in average, hits, walks, on-base percentage and RBI.

The San Diego native has two years remaining on his contract. He was acquired from the Boston Red Sox in 2012 in a nine-player deal where the Dodgers absorbed more than a quarter billion in salary.

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Written by Gabe Burns

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