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9 hours, 44 minutes ago on Regarding the Dodgers interest in Miguel Montero or any other catcher
If the Dodgers want to go after some fun police douchebag as a catcher, they should just call up the Yankees and see if they're ready to unload Commissioner McCann and his epic crappy contract. Might as well do it right.
11 hours, 57 minutes ago on Regarding the Dodgers interest in Miguel Montero or any other catcher
Not particularly impressed by the soon to be 39 yr old coming off an 85 ERA+ season, but I'm willing to be proven wrong.
1 day, 22 hours ago on Dodgers acquire Joel Peralta, Adam Liberatore for Jose Dominguez, Greg Harris
@TheConman That's the advantage of living in "The Tyson Zone." You can claim anything, and as long as the gist of the story is "I'm an insane idiot," people will believe it. If you can make money and/or get attention from this, you're all set!
2 days, 3 hours ago on Dodgers Lose Onelki, Add Lee, Schebler, Reed
@Dodgers Nerd Or a big pit with money falling into it.
2 days, 22 hours ago on Dodgers should protect three prospects from Rule 5
@TheConman @Dodgers Nerd Mass revolt by every starting pitcher in MLB who would be horrified at having such craptastic SS defense?
2 days, 23 hours ago on Dodgers should protect three prospects from Rule 5
*primal scream of hatred directed at 1993 Dodger management*
Sigh--another anniversary of the Pedro Martinez/Delino DeShields trade. At least Pedro' HoF speech in July should be cool.
@TheConman @Jeremy_N Yes, it's different if he'd be OK with a trade *somewhere* else, but if his position is "trade me and I quit," there's no reason for him not to say so and save everyone the hassle. Jackie Robinson waiting until being traded to the Giants to announce his retirement was part of his legend--Haren doing it would just be dickish..
3 days, 6 hours ago on Dodgers should protect three prospects from Rule 5
@TellMyWifeISaidHello @MScottEiland So, if he plays second (or short) in spring training and *doesn't* look horrible it wouldn't demonstrate anything? It's almost as if they've arrived at a conclusion and future evidence is irrelevant to their conclusions. Sort of like how they apparently decided to give DM another season to foul things up.
5 days, 2 hours ago on 2014 Dodgers in Review: 2B/LF-ish Alex Guerrero
@TellMyWifeISaidHello @MScottEiland Let me put this another way--an organization that has committed to another year of Don Mattingly as manager is not one that I am willing to trust on blind faith when an easy way to convince me they are correct exists. It should be easy to demonstrate that AG is incapable of playing middle infield competently. After the last two seasons, we all know what incompetent middle infield play looks like. Let us see AG demonstrate that he sucks.
@TellMyWifeISaidHello @MScottEiland I want a visual of him failing at SS in a harmless environment to help me deal with watching the people who actually play it putting up a .205/.260/.289 line for the season. I don't think I'm being unreasonable here. That is going to suck donkey balls and it needs to be concretely justified.
@DBrim When does the Kevin Correia watch begin? :-)
@TellMyWifeISaidHello @MScottEiland Given what we've seen from HR, Justin Turner, and Dee out there the last couple of years, if he's worse than *that* I think the Dodger brass owes us at least one spring training game at shortstop from AG just for the sheer entertainment value involved. If they're right, it would also make people like me shut up, whereas putting a 50-70 OPS+ at SS all year without even trying an alternative is going to just piss us off.
@TellMyWifeISaidHello @MScottEiland You mean as opposed to publicly gagging and accepting an offensive zero at second/SS to avoid putting him there? CIA quality industrial secret guarding, that.
5 days, 3 hours ago on 2014 Dodgers in Review: 2B/LF-ish Alex Guerrero
@TellMyWifeISaidHello @MScottEiland If that's true, the defensive metrics should show that, right? Let's see them.
OK, this may seem totally unreasonable of me, but is there any objective examination of AG's defensive performance that we can see to evaluate what he's actually done, rather than just hints that he's the second coming of Chuck Knoblauch? If we're going to suffer through Ray Oyleresque offensive miseries in the middle of the infield for the next year or two when there's a guy with what seems to be at least an above average MLB bat available, I'd like to be convinced that there's something beyond Plaschke level reasoning behind it.
@DBrim @MScottEiland @TheConman then that part of it I hereby criticize.
5 days, 4 hours ago on 2014 Dodgers in Review: 2B/LF-ish Alex Guerrero
@TheConman I'd criticize Florida if it includes a no trade clause.
Five years, $82 million for Martin? I'm not going to criticize Dodger management for not outbidding that.
@capnsparrow 1983: "Dodgers trade Sid Fernandez for Bob Bailor, Carlos Diaz, and two sacks to hold all of the crap they were getting for one of the best prospects in MLB." So that level of stupidity *is* possible. One hopes it is not actually present any more.
6 days, 8 hours ago on Yasiel Puig & Drew Butera finally make Japan Series relevant to Dodgers fans
@moneynow27 However, Bill James once noted that--probably due to the fact that Snider was several years older than Mays and Mantle and therefore more developed--in the four full seasons that the three men were playing in NYC at the same time (1951, 1954-1957), Snider had very comparable #s to Mays and Mantle and even a bit superior in an area or two. After that, of course, Mays went to Candlestick and kept going strong and Snider went to the LA Coliseum and his power went in the crapper. As Willie himself told Snider while pointing at the distant right field fence at the converted Coliseum: “Look where that right-field fence is,” . . . “You couldn't reach it with a cannon. You're done, man! They just took your bat away from you.” --quote from "Koufax," by Ed Gruber.
6 days, 9 hours ago on Yasiel Puig & Drew Butera finally make Japan Series relevant to Dodgers fans
@moneynow27 Peak: Mantle. Career: Mays Third In An Utterly Brutal Peer Group: Snider. Got to wait around about three extra decades for HOF induction because of the ridiculous concentration of CF talent in the 1950's: Richie Ashburn.
6 days, 10 hours ago on Yasiel Puig & Drew Butera finally make Japan Series relevant to Dodgers fans
@HunterStricklandsOedipalComplex Don't have insider, but presumably the Nats aren't one of the destinations--or if it is Harper should demand a free punch in the mouth on Hamels to not make a fuss about it.
*cue countless Plaschke groupie trolls descending on the comments sections of every baseball blog in existence to bash Puig*
@Hikaruu @Condorave Too bad we still need a #4. Kuroda would be nice in the short run, if he's still as good as he looked in the second half this year.
1 week ago on Clayton Kershaw’s MVP Tiebreaker
Question for our esteemed proprietors: could we please have a post specifically tasked to mocking the dumbest things said by both professional writers and the unwashed masses about CK's CY/MVPs, maybe throwing in some mocking of the few remaining people who are still not convinced Mike Trout is the best player in MLB over the past three years? :-)
1 week, 1 day ago on Clayton Kershaw’s MVP Tiebreaker
@MajorPuigBaseball @brincon @DBrim @KMT59 Specifically, a brain-dead horse.
@KMT59 Funny how Real Pedro is far less of a douche than "Fake Pedro mocking CK for not being quite up to Peak Pedro yet."
@TellMyWifeISaidHello @HunterStricklandsOedipalComplex @Lobo @Diane Kemp. Literally DK. Only with Kemp. I blame management for that, and the horrendous Kobe contract. They hired a guy who used a system that was totally incompatible with the talent that was on the team, then gave an aging legend enough money to cripple their ability to go out and get other players. One can snipe at Kobe all one wants to, but ultimately management made that call and is responsible for the resulting disaster.
1 week, 1 day ago on Clayton Kershaw, Most Valuable Everything
@Paul ran out of puns, is just Paul now @Lobo @HunterStricklandsOedipalComplex @MScottEiland Juan Pierre finished *10th* in the 2003 NL MVP vote (39 pts) with an OPS+ of 94 (and 62/20 SB/CS rate. . .wheeeeee!!!). My God, voters are idiots.
@Paul ran out of puns, is just Paul now @Lobo @HunterStricklandsOedipalComplex @MScottEiland Dee is far from the worst player to get one tenth place vote. God, Vinny Castilla probably got tenth place votes in years where his OPS+ didn't crack 90.
@LiterallyPFP By design. Which isn't horribly corrupt or a disgrace to competitive sports or anything like that.
@Diane Kemp. Literally DK. Only with Kemp. How long will this go on before Kobe literally explodes out of sheer frustration and takes out the half the crappy NBA players in So Cal with him along with the Laker Girls?
Or we can arrange for him to meet Mike Tyson face to face for the evulz. ]:-)
I dunno, but I'd really like to see once and for all in spring training that he sucks as much at middle infield as everyone has been claiming, so I can come to peace with the offensive zero we'll probably have at SS for at least a year.
@DBrim @LiterallyPFP @- Casey - So will quite a number of Hall of Famers, by the next time we have a national election. The amount of Hall of Famers and near Hall of Famers he *already* has a higher WAR than astonished me when I looked to see just now.
1 week, 2 days ago on Clayton Kershaw, Most Valuable Everything
@Hoze Well yeah, but Dee didn't have the benefit of Coors--he would have hit at least *three* home runs last year if he were playing in Colorado--pay the man! :-P
Very first response to that little nugget: "So if he'd gotten 5 more outs, where would he have been?"
Wow--I can't believe the smug idiot had the gall to specifically cite "< 200 innings" for the reason for his vote. What an utter tool.
@Raul Franklin @FigurativelyTymathee The Miami guy might have been voting to try to help his guy's chances. Douchebaggarly was just being a generic scumbag.
@DodgersFan Sad to say, Douchebaggarly can't even use being a pathetic homer as an excuse for voting like a f***ing moron.
@Lobo Countless light years and dimension barriers away, Deanna Troi senses deep sarcasm. :-P
@ThtsaPaddlin If Plaschke had a ballot, he would have written in Puig for a 750th place vote. :-P
@Disgruntled Goat Until CK has a better season than this year, so. . .this time next year? :-)
@FigurativelyTymathee Douchebaggarly obviously wants to be remembered in history along with that guy who left Ted Williams off the MVP ballot completely in 1947 when he won his second Triple Crown.
@FigurativelyTymathee @Lobo Well, that's what happens when you give a bottle of rancid vinegar and water voting privileges.
We have three idiots to target for epic scorn based on that vote.
Pre-emptive universally useful comment: "Go drown in a sewer, Bayless."
1 week, 2 days ago on If not Russell Martin, then who will catch for the Dodgers?
@TheConman There will certainly continue to be a lot of "special" people bashing Trout the whole way--the even dumber cousins of the Harper/Puig bashers.
Secondary headline: "AL voters get it right on the third try."