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@BlueDuck 100 wins. Three starting pitchers at 4.0 WAR or higher. Jansen has the best season of his career. Offense does well overall.
2 days, 1 hour ago on 2014 Dodgers In Review: Professional Pitcher Paul Maholm
@Iron Man Returns @Mike Petriello Probably depends on whether you're listening to it forward or backwards. :-P
1 week, 3 days ago on One Whole Year Of Dodgers Digest
@capnsparrow @MScottEiland So does Puig. Generally to the detriment of the thing he runs into.
1 week, 3 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: No. 100-76
@capnsparrow @MScottEiland He'll need to stay healthy for that. I think the people who have been calling him a failure are idiots, but if he stays fragile there's going to be an understandable reluctance to dump a five year plus contact on him when he hits free agency.
Has the "how much is the Scherzer contract going to run up the cost of keeping Greinke this fall?" discussion happened here yet?
Interesting. 11 of the 25 players listed above are as old or older than Bryce Harper, who is about to start his fourth MLB season.
Fortunately, I don't have boobs to need enhancing--but I know some older guys get facelifts, and there's no way in hell I'd do that now even if I started being a lot more vain than I've ever been.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner among four to file for arbitration
@VietnamPadre Is breast enhancement improved to the point where that's not much of a problem these days? I still have lessened sensation on my right check from having a melanoma removed two and a half years ago, and I can't imagine wanting to have more of that type of problem just for cosmetic reasons.
@BirdBird *checks Wikipedia and cringes* That looks like something someone would want to avoid unless it was *really* necessary.
@VietnamPadre It's a plus factor. It didn't make Buddy Biancalana a better player than Alex Rodriguez, which would be the case if one believed the Cult Of Grit. Also, perceptions are a funny thing here. Barry Bonds worked his ass off and didn't dissipate his talents with the Babe Ruth School of Vices, but since he was the biggest asshole on the planet people tended to ignore that even before the PED issue came along.
@Tymathee @PagansOedipalComplex Of course, the flip side of that comment seems a bit dated these days, too:
If only because Mel Gibson is old, racist, and crazy these days.
@InsideThePark About the same as the chances of Michelle Pfieffer and Charlize Theron staging a duel to the death for the right to date Pauly Shore.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on A.J. Ellis Gets A Raise
@I Am PFP And So Can You Could be worse--we could be like the Yankees and waiting out *this* time bomb:
@Dustin Nosler not yet, certainly--and I can't see his resume improving to the point where he is.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Dodgers invite 27 prospects to annual Winter Development Camp
@Santa Blahs @666foldamort Even *I* have to admit that at this point. Of course, that could change at any time--his career has been the baseball equivalent of Meatloaf Surprise the past couple of years.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 107 – HOF, projections, NRIs
I've realized my shortcomings from last year; clearly, if I had punctuated my rants last year about League, Ned, and He Who Bunts with suggestions that those who didn't agree with me wanted to blow Ned & Company, I would have been taken much more seriously!
*this comment is closed-captioned for the sarcasm-impaired*
@capnsparrow @dodgedforgottenn So have the Astros. Coincidentally, none of them signed Juan Pierre to an insane five year contract during the developmental cycles of two first rate outfield prospects.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on What’s Left For the Dodgers This Offseason?
@VietnamPadre Real booing or good natured booing?
2 weeks, 5 days ago on 2014 Dodgers In Review: SP/RP Carlos Frias
@capnsparrow @Still Bleeding Blue @juanhenry It can't, if he's willing to retire and flush ten million bucks.
@0ptimus I think that the fact that Mattingly still has a job after Puig was benched in the last game suggests that management isn't afraid of fan backlash regarding Puig--which speaks volumes.
@Purple Drank @PagansOedipalComplex @0ptimus The Plaschke groupies would throw a party.
@PagansOedipalComplex @MScottEiland @Lobo @nsxtasy You're preaching to the choir here--and a lot of criticism of him is rooted in idiot traditionalism, but the fact that he does go really cold at times does affect his value, though obviously overall he's clearly the best hitter in the lineup.
Of course, the fact that he was benched in the most important game of the year for reasons that He Who Bunts is unwilling to elaborate on probably doesn't help with Puig's perception issues, either.
@Lobo @nsxtasy He is still streaky. Without denigrating the impressive level of his overall performance, he will be more valuable to the Dodgers if his lows aren't quite as low even if his high end isn't quite so ridiculously awesome (with the average level hopefully going up as well).
@PagansOedipalComplex @MScottEiland @ABSmileBunch That's why I added the last part. Thinking that this is likely to be a disastrous move is paranoid on their part. On the surface, it looks like it would be a good deal and at worst should be "meh."
@PagansOedipalComplex @ABSmileBunch Minor league numbers look decent, but hardly earthshaking. Of course, not wanting to put a 70 OPS+ guy behind the plate can make an organization paranoid.
@Mike Petriello @MScottEiland Thanks for the update. :-)
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Some intrigue among Dodgers’ 17 non-roster invitees
Wasn't the Hal Chase wannabe from Taiwan supposed to be on this list? Or did that end up on the "really bad ideas that we shouldn't indulge in?" list for Dodger management?
@Still PFP @Trevor Phillips. 56... FIFTY SIX?! Peak value counts, too--and Bill James made a very long and involved argument in his updated Historical Baseball Abstract that Biggio was literally a better player in the mid 1990's than Ken Griffey Jr. was. Some of this was tied up in Win Shares--which were biased towards players who don't miss any playing time and have a lot of plate appearances--but the basic gist of the argument was that Biggio was on base constantly, practically excreted doubles, and played a key defensive position well without any real negatives in his game to count against that. Calling him a compiler is just ignorant (not saying you did, but many, many people have).
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Hyun Jin Ryu’s Ottogi Noodle commercial showcases plus-plus mastication
@InsideThePark Bill James on Rickey Henderson: "If you broke him in half, you'd have *two* Hall of Famers."
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Hyun Jin Ryu’s Ottogi Noodle commercial showcases plus-plus mastication
*sees that Biggio made it*
Memo to Jeff Pearlman: Suck it, loser.
@PagansOedipalComplex @DKD Heinie Zimmerman is kind of old these days. Even the Puig haters might think we got screwed on that one.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Mailbag #17: Billingsley, Right-Handed Power, Third Base, Mattingly As Furniture
I think the Dodger wives would be a bit ticked off if He Who Bunts brought a harem in.
@OSaltyOne @MScottEiland I heartily endorse this top secret plan!
3 weeks, 6 days ago on 2014 Dodgers In Review: RP Brandon League
Granting that it ended up working out better than anyone had a right to expect, League's contract and Ned's unwillingness to cut the Dodgers' losses after League had been horrible for almost a full year was definitely on the list of reasons Ned deserved to be fired. Also, the fact that League ended up being one of the better bullpen performers overall for the Dodgers in 2014 is about as damning an indictment as can be imagined for said bullpen and those responsible for assembling it.
@Purple Drank Ah, the mascot for the "STOP F***ING BUNTING, MATTINGLY!" Society.
4 weeks ago on 2014 Dodgers In Review: RP Chris Perez
Headline from the near future: "Lakers Sign Tsao to five year contract as 'draft positioning guru.'"
1 month ago on Dodgers to sign lottery ticket Sergio Santos to minor-league deal
Maybe Tsao is only being recruited as trade bait--do the White Sox have anyone the Dodgers might want? ]:-)
@Still PFP For me it's more a "WTF, Commissioner's Office?" situation. If it's allowed, teams will sign shady players; hell, teams kept signing Hal bleeping Chase after he had *years* of rumors about throwing games directed at him. Teams kept signing Milton Bradley long after it became clear that he had the emotional control of a PCP addict. Steve Howe was suspended *seven* times, and teams kept signing him.
@DKD He shouldn't be allowed to manage or coach (or own) a team at least. Since he sucked as a manager, this would probably be self-enforcing.
@BehindOrangeLines @TellMyWifeISaidHello I thought we were talking about the Raiders? They're a real franchise like Dee Gordon is a Home Run Derby participant.
@WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos) @Still PFP Careful--they might start extorting you by *refusing* to leave.
@Diane Kemp Nguyen It is one of the profound cruelties of major league baseball as a sport that Juan Pierre has more World Series rings than Ted Williams, Ernie Banks, Barry Bonds, and Mike Piazza combined.
1 month ago on Winter Leagues Update #3: Grandal & Hernandez Additions, Ravin At 100 MPH
@Pimparoo (The Ghetto Wilt Chamberlain) http://msti.wikia.com/wiki/Lasorda%27s_Lair
@Walton Juan Pierre was a poor man's Slappy McPopup. :-P
@Pimparoo (The Ghetto Wilt Chamberlain) According to Rule 34, if it isn't already it will be now. Nice going.
@Purple Drank Or we can root for MK to vaporize everyone *but* the Dodgers, while the new outfield also smacks around the rest of MLB (along with the Padres).
@Dustin Nosler Since when has that even stopped him from commenting on someone? He got a movie role out of not knowing who the f*** Rocky Balboa was (not literally, but saying he was "overrated") in a story universe where Rocky Balboa really *did* all the stuff he did in his movies. In other words, he's been typecast as an idiot--justifiably so.
I wish that Skip Bayless would start trolling about Joc so that I can be assured that he's going to have a Hall of Fame career.
@DKD Would put Mussina ahead of Smoltz and Kemp, but there are no players who don't actually belong on that ballot if you ignore PED issues/innuendo (which I believe one should). Aurilia, Boone, Clark, Dye, Erstad, Floyd, Giles, Gordon, Guardado, and Schmidt almost certainly will go one and out.
1 month ago on 2014 Dodgers In Review: OF Joc Pederson
@666foldamort He's apparently headed back to Japan, so they had to step up the $ to try to get him to reconsider. For one season it's not a huge risk. Class act, would have loved to have him back.
1 month ago on 2014 Dodgers In Review: OF/1B Scott Van Slyke