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And thus Ned is protected from his own worst instincts. Thanks, Papeldouche--we won't be missing you.
45 minutes ago on Matt Kemp Is More Valuable In The Dodger Lineup Than Elsewhere
In the immortal words of Cordelia Chase: "There was no part of that that wasn't fun." :-)
2 days, 12 hours ago on Dodgers 8, Giants 1: Yasiel Puig fails to hit a home run yet again. Is he a bust?
Looks like Bill Joyce will be safe for at least one more night, barring a huge rally.
2 days, 13 hours ago on Dodgers @ Giants July 25, 2014: Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez Return
Too bad--a fourth triple might have finished off Plaschke for good.
Has anyone got around to saying "Suck it, Plaschke!" re Puig yet? :-)
Uh oh--Dee is going to fall in love with those triple manufacturing power alleys and want to go up there as a free agent someday. . .:-)
2 days, 14 hours ago on Dodgers @ Giants July 25, 2014: Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez Return
@Mike Petriello @MScottEiland Beckett could have been rested in that scenario.
4 days, 15 hours ago on Pirates 6, Dodgers 1: Brutal Road Trip Is Brutal
@Mike Petriello @MScottEiland Really? In what way has it *not* been an unmitigated disaster, that would not have been alleviated by staring Ryu in the first game after the break instead of Haren?
4 days, 16 hours ago on Pirates 6, Dodgers 1: Brutal Road Trip Is Brutal
@TradeKempNow @MScottEiland Sucking donkey gonads on the mound for most of the season has its costs.
I'd say that we can officially label the decision to given Haren the first start after the ASG as an unmitigated disaster at this point, given that the same "not needing a fifth starter for a good long while" scenario would have existed now if he had started only the fifth game after the break yesterday instead of the first *and* the sixth games. Nice to see foresight and hindsight matching so perfectly here. Except for the f***ing up the standings part of it, of course.
How many consecutive walks and ridiculous bunt calls can dance on the head of a pin? If Mattingly dumb decisions are not shown on local cable TV, do they make any noise?
5 days ago on Should We Be Frightened About Ned Colletti Trading For A Reliever?
Dude, even I've admitted League doesn't suck right now, and I was calling for Ned to be fired for refusing to fire League out the airlock earlier this year. That doesn't mean he can't go back to sucking like a dire tornado, though. Juan Pierre actually didn't suck for a while, too. It didn't last.
@Technogit The problem with Mr. Scully mentoring someone is that he works alone--the thing that makes him unique and legendary among modern baseball broadcasters (aside from sheer quality and longevity) means he can't train someone to replace him as he works without changing his routine--and he's getting kinda old for that. :-)
5 days, 14 hours ago on Pirates 12, Dodgers 7: The Dumbest Game In The History Of Baseball
@Zoltan_(Birdman) @WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos)
Lifetime games for Ryan Howard: 1274
Lifetime sacrifice bunts for Ryan Howard: 0
I think we can excuse the choice not to bunt there.
5 days, 15 hours ago on Pirates 12, Dodgers 7: The Dumbest Game In The History Of Baseball
@BIah @Mike Petriello Yeah, that was the day that Padres pitchers demonstrated that they *really* sucked at throwing at Pascual Perez. :-)
We might want to wrap the outfielders and the middle infielders in bubblewrap before testing him seriously there. :-)
5 days, 20 hours ago on Down On The Farm: 7/14 – 7/20 – Pederson back with bang, Bellinger can’t be stopped
Colby Lewis does not find your question amusing, and yells some bad words at you before going back to eating with his non-pointy utensils.
@DBrim Somewhere Greg Maddux is hearing about that and snorting: "Amateur." :-)
6 days, 13 hours ago on Dodgers 5, Pirates 2: Finally, Edinson Volquez Is Good For Something
"For occasions when flowers just won't cut it, say it with cowhide inflicted bruises on the but-tocks."
6 days, 18 hours ago on Dodgers @ Pirates, July 21, 2014: Pick An Outfield Out Of A Hat
"Dugout charts--for those occasions when reading tea leaves or animal entrails is just too darn sciency!"
@Mike Petriello Plaschke must have thought it was a special occasion--he broke out the multi-sentence paragraphs!
1 week ago on Dodgers 4, Cardinals 3: Costliest Win Of The Year
@JustinDrummond @BIah @Purple Drank (2014 MSTY Poster of the Year) "Do they still use the rack? Can we watch?" ]:-)
@Whatthisguyagain Anti-Puig bias in particular--at least Plaschke doesn't ignore Puig's existence, unlike the idiots on Sunday's broadcast team.
@capnsparrow (Actual top vote getter for POY) Not for ordinary negligence (i.e., a normal "oops" car accident).
@ThtsaPaddlin Yep, WP is considered pitcher's responsibility. PB isn't.
@Condorave In fairness, I think he had more trouble with the people who were willing to risk blowing up the game in the ninth after HR got hit again. Which would have been deeply stupid.
@Purple Drank (2014 MSTY Poster of the Year) Rory McIlroy's dad might take that bet--the odds on it are long enough for him to be interested.
@tsneddy @DodgerNoLongerLivingintheBay Hey, if we want a guy who's good at "throwing at people because he doesn't like them for no good reason," then Hamels is the guy for the job. Ned could get Papelbon too, and they could be given the "smug douchebag" corner of the clubhouse.
@LA_Woman Cool--maybe he'll manifest mutant healing abilities and solve this problem once and for all. :-P
@Purple Drank (2014 MSTY Poster of the Year) @airedale Preceded by one that showed why he's in left field. But yeah, that "fifth column" riff is ridiculous.
1 week ago on Dodgers @ Cardinals July 20, 2014: Joc Pederson And The 25 Man Roster
The Human Glacier comes through. :-)
@WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos) That being said, I'm really hoping this umpiring crew gets non-life threatening food poisoning after the game.
@WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos) Clearly not intentional in that spot.
@DBrim In fairness, given all of the times that Mattingly calls a bunt when it makes absolutely *no* sense, it's odd that he didn't choose to in this case.
"AJ Ellis--taking care of business since the bottom of the seventh." :-)
If the Dodgers don't score this inning, CK will be puzzled at the box score: "What is this 'no decision' thing you speak of?"
AJ takes care of business!
@Purple Drank (2014 MSTY Poster of the Year) CK should have hit *him* in the @$$--would have saved nine pitches. :-P
@BlueMarvin Beating them will shut them up.
@Barney G He's hitting well against lefties this year--might as well roll the dice.
@tsneddy I think Mattingly replaced the "wait for a good pitch" speech with the "I'm going to call bunts even when it makes no sense at all" speech. It explains a lot about the last couple of years.
I should taunt Kemp more often, apparently. :-)
Yeah, Kemp--you'd be great in center.
@TheConman @Purple Drank (2014 MSTY Poster of the Year) @0ptimus The AL: "We totally agree with you, Kelly Young--thanks for home field in the WS, Cardinal pitchers!"
@0ptimus What, the inability to serve up BP fastballs for Jeter and get his @$$ kicked by the AL? Yeah, CK sucks at that. :-P
@P_F_P If Carl was pitching, CK would take that ear hole pitch into the upper deck. Carl sucks. :-P
@jml2279 Well, assuming he was aiming for MH's fat @$$, then yeah, the idiot has a point. Made a statement without actual headhunting.
@0ptimus He wasn't exactly tearing up the joint before Jeter's Private BP Pitcher took the mound.
That's a tad embarrassing.