Monday, April 2, 2012 | 2:18 a.m.
It’s safe to say James Loney was on fire in 2006. That year, his first year in Las Vegas, Loney batted a sizzling .380 in 98 games – the best single-season batting average in franchise history.
In that memorable summer, Loney had 33 doubles, eight home runs and 67 RBI for Las Vegas. He was promoted to the Dodgers late in the year and played 48 games, then returned to the 51s for the start of the 2007 season. In 58 games with Las Vegas in 2007, he hit .279 before being called up to the big league club and going on another hitting tear, batting .331 in 96 games for the Dodgers.
Baseball America magazine named Loney a 2006 Triple-A all-star, and he also was named to the Pacific Coast League all-star team for 2006.
Now in his fifth full year in the majors, Loney has a career average of .288 with 67 homers and 418 RBI.