Even if La Roche starts the season in Triple-A, he’ll continue to challenge Betemit from afar. And Betemit’s best bet for holding off that challenge will be to even out his production from both sides of the plate. Last year, he hit just .189 from his natural right side and almost 100 points higher (.281) left-handed. “Everybody says I can’t hit right-handed,” Betemit said. “But when I was with Atlanta, I had a lot of right-handed pinch-hitting appearances. I see the ball well right-handed. But there are so many more right-handed pitchers that I don’t get many right-handed at-bats. When you’re a switch-hitter, it’s like you’re always struggling from one side or the other.” Lineup update Dodgers manager Grady Little said catcher Russell Martin probably will bat sixth this season, although he qualified that by adding, “Don’t hold me to that.” That would leave just Betemit and right fielder Andre Ethier still to be slotted in the seventh and eighth spots in whatever order Little chooses. “If (Martin) can stay on the field and play as much as we want him to play, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see this kid hit 15 or 20 home runs,” Little said. “I think this kid could be the best player on this team,” Dodgers hitting coach Eddie Murray said. “He is that strong.” It is that potential that made Betemit attractive to the Dodgers at last season’s trading deadline. But potential is just that until it is realized, and while Betemit did hit nine home runs in 174 at-bats after the Dodgers acquired him from Atlanta, megahyped prospect Andy La Roche is still being given a chance to beat him out this spring and take away what is expected to be the first everyday starting job of Betemit’s career. Starting over For the first time, Little included left-hander Greg Miller in the list of candidates for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. While Miller is the longest of long shots, the significance of Little’s statement is that Miller, the organization’s top lefty prospect before 2004 shoulder surgery derailed his career, is going back to starting. “If he continues through spring training the way he came in here, I wouldn’t be surprised if that is the case,” Little said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VERO BEACH, Fla. – Take a quick glance at the Dodgers’ projected starting lineup, and it’s a good bet the name you will find least inspiring is that of third baseman Wilson Betemit. He isn’t some celebrated new acquisition, he doesn’t appear to have middle-of-the-order power, and as switch-hitters go, well, he makes a good left-handed hitter. But you should hear what people are saying about him.
Donegal’s growing food reputation was enhanced even further last week when producers from the county received a tremendous reaction at the Food and Hospitality Event at the RDS in Dublin with The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative.Joseph Doherty, Inishowen Country Kitchen, Brendan O’Reilly, Donegal Brewing Company, Andrew McElhinney, O’Donnells Bakey and Thomas Hughes, Donegal Rapeseed Oil Co. pictured at Food and Hospitality Ireland 2013 at the RDS DublinFour Donegal food businesses – O’Donnell’s Bakery, Donegal Rapeseed Oil, Donegal Brewing Co. and Inishowen Country Kitchen – attended the vibrant showcase dedicated to Ireland’s food & drink, hospitality and retail sector.The reaction to the produce from Donegal is a clear indication that there continues to be opportunities in the food sector, said Eve Anne McCarron, Business Executive with The Food Coast, Donegal’s Good Food Initiative. “Attending the Food and Hospitality Event was hugely worthwhile in terms of promoting the Food Coast beyond Donegal and the level of interest in Donegal food and the response we received was terrific.“There are clearly business opportunities in this sector, we would urge anyone with the ambition of setting up a business or a food business to consider this sector, that’s something that Donegal County Enterprise Board is anxious to pursue as part of the Food Coast Strategy.”She added: “At a National level, the food sector is playing a key role in our economic recovery, Donegal is in a prime position to benefit from such growth.”Businesses who attended last week’s event in Dublin were certainly in agreement that taking their produce had been very worthwhile. “This was the first time I had attended an event like that as an exhibitor and to be honest I didn’t know what to expect. We had a huge interest from buyers and the reaction to our products and indeed to our story was exceptional,” said Andrew McElhinney of O’Donnell’s Bakery.Joseph Doherty from Inishowen Country Kitchen said the reviews of their products and interest from buyers had been “very positive.”“It was also very helpful to learn how trends are changing among many of the buyers, how they are looking more and more for local produce and how they were attracted to the Donegal products and the whole idea of the Food Coast,” he said.Brendan O’Reilly from Donegal Brewing Co said the event had been very positive overall and there had been a very strong interest to their Donegal Blonde craft beer.“It certainly was a very positive experience and it gave us a great opportunity to learn what some retailers and buyers are looking for and how we can best go about showcasing our product to them.” Thomas Hughes from Donegal Rapeseed Oil agreed that reaction to their products had been fantastic, and he urged anyone thinking of getting into the food sector to press ahead with their idea.“If you can make a success of it now, you will be a success as it is a difficult time but there are still great opportunities for new innovative food products,” he said.All of the Donegal exhibitors agreed that those thinking of setting up a new business should make The Food Coast and Donegal County Enterprise Board their first port of call.“If you have an idea then I’d say get advice from the Enterprise Board and the Food Coast. Discuss it with them and they will talk you through it and give you all the help that you need. Certainly don’t diss it until you try it, there is help there now to be accessed and if you have an idea you really should see if you can get it up and running,” Andrew McElhinney added. DONEGAL FOOD BUSINESSES TOP MENU AT RDS was last modified: September 30th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)