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@TellMyWifeISaidHello @MScottEiland I also assume that things fall down when you drop them.
4 days, 9 hours ago on Reminder: Logan White was good at his job while with the Dodgers
Things I wish I hadn't found out: assuming all the other regular season games turned out the same, if the Dodgers hadn't lost that extra inning game against the Nats in September (overwhelmingly due to DM doing stupid things), they would have finished the season with an identical season record to the Nats and split the season series against the Nats--and the next tie-breaker was intra-divisional record which favored the Dodgers. Meaning we would have played the wild card team instead of facing the Cardinals.
But yeah, we can *totally* afford to keep an incompetent manager for another season.
4 days, 10 hours ago on Reminder: Logan White was good at his job while with the Dodgers
@Weston T In other words, if BJ Upton magically became as good of a starting pitcher as Greinke, Greinke would still be a better player. Sucks to be BJ Upton.
4 days, 11 hours ago on Reminder: Logan White was good at his job while with the Dodgers
@Tymathee This is about the level of real life brainpower I would expect from someone who is literally a fictional character. On the other hand, "Big Trouble In Little China" is a fun movie. Just don't ask any characters in it to draft for your favorite MLB team--the results will suck.
@Diane. 9ers fan, fap master, super ninja, hero @MScottEiland In theory I would agree. The new management team will go a long way towards making me forgive them for not firing He Who Bunts into polar orbit with extreme prejudice at the first opportunity if they manage to extract maximum possible value from the Ethier situation. Maximum possible value does *not* involve wasting a roster space on a negative WAR piece of s*** because management just can't bear to write off that last 10% of a failed contract.
5 days, 1 hour ago on Can The Dodgers Even Sell Low On Andre Ethier?
@Diane. 9ers fan, fap master, super ninja, hero @MScottEiland Yes, but will they? If they don't get someone who is clearly better than people he will be keeping off the 25 man roster it will be an utter f***ing catastrophe. Far worse than just eating the last 10% of that contract.
5 days, 2 hours ago on Can The Dodgers Even Sell Low On Andre Ethier?
Given the amount of skull sweat involved in getting even a horrid player in exchange for someone getting Ethier and maybe paying 10% of his contract--how much worse is saying "OK, bye Andre--best wishes with whoever signs you for league minimum on top of the dead money"? Given that all of this is very, very bad--but feeling forced to keep a horrific player on the roster because he's all we got for Ethier is pretty much the baseball version of Hell on Earth.
@BIah "Half?" Are you posting from a convent? :-)
@Lobo @Purple Drank "They" in the first part of the sentence being the Giants, of course.
5 days, 3 hours ago on Can The Dodgers Even Sell Low On Andre Ethier?
@Lobo @Purple Drank Except maybe the part where they have a competent manager and the current management is committing to Mattingly with Maddon available. That's totally a legitimate criticism of how the Dodgers do business as opposed to the Giants. Not about to start wearing orange, but let's not kid ourselves--having a manager who sort of knows what he's doing should be kind of required.
@Matt Kemp's #3 Fan So apparently people are listening to Skip Bayless in discussing the value of professional athletes. Contemplate just how stupid this is.
@Dodgers Nerd Or if he was going to be pitched on short rest, at the very least letting him go past six innings and 94 pitches should have literally been inconceivable to any competent manager. There's stupid, and then there's doubled and redoubled stupid.
@Literally PFP Given the results he got out of ignoring "conventional wisdom" yesterday, I'd say that he's well ahead if he loses out on the questionable benefit of B. pitching relief on two days rest when only *somewhat* exhausted as opposed to the real relievers who've already proven themselves this series.
5 days, 4 hours ago on Can The Dodgers Even Sell Low On Andre Ethier?
@the great dick tater @MScottEiland I think that if he was going to be used on short rest, Mattingly should have committed to taking him out after a short pitch count (as, to his credit, he did the prior year). It would still have been a bad and risky idea, but at least it wouldn't have been criminally stupid like letting him go on after what happened to him the last start was. CK doing better than Haren would have for six innings only matters if there were going to be no negative consequences going forward--consequences which were readily predictable and which came to pass.
6 days, 10 hours ago on 2014 Dodgers in Review: C Tim Federowicz
@DBrim "Put out an APB on Alvin Dark. And let Maury Wills know there's going to be a muddy runway today." :-)
6 days, 11 hours ago on 2014 Dodgers in Review: C Tim Federowicz
@the great dick tater @MScottEiland If the bullpen is good enough to be trusted, it should be trusted to backstop Vogelsong rather than a diminished Baumgarner start. Bochy seems to agree with this. Starting him on short rest would imply lack of trust in the bullpen (and would likely be a bad idea even then--see "Kershaw, Clayton" for how this can blow up in the manager's face).
@the great dick tater @MScottEiland If you don't trust your bullpen (which the Giants don't--at least as much as much as Yost does his), why would you create a situation where your ace has to pitch on short rest and probably come out earlier, increasing the stress on that bullpen while burning that ace?
Ooops. Typo. That should read ". . .manages to *not* abuse. . ."
Amazing how a two time World Champion manager manages not to *not* abuse his ace starter in a panic move short rest start when he's got to get performances out of the rest of his staff to win the series anyway. It's part of my birthright to hate the Giants, but they certainly have a better manager than we do.
@The Monocle Can I go off the board and call up Hoyt Wilhelm with a séance?
1 week ago on Joe Maddon is now a free agent, are the Dodgers next?
@Purple Drank @DodgerDodger Oh, you and your wacky actual familiarity with the events of the season!
@Guitar Bob Brenly actually won a World Series, and he's dumber than most plant life.
@Purple Drank And Frank Lary was a better pitcher than Don Newcombe, since Lary beat the Yankees like a drum when they were winning the WS almost every year, while Newcombe was getting smoked by them (spoiler alert: he wasn't).
Gotta admit, the idea of this many reporters being this wrong lends to the appeal of DM getting the axe.
@Purple Drank Give him a fungo bat and tell him to scoot over on the bench. Problem solved.
@Tymathee Kiss of death. :-)
How about everybody just take a flying BABIP at the moon?
1 week, 3 days ago on 2014 World Series Game 1: Giants @ Royals
Anyone want to bet against this guy on the mound for the Royals getting far less crap for being utterly worthless than Kershaw got for pitching brilliantly for six innings twice?
That is good news, since DM doesn't seem to be heading out the airlock just yet, but I have to say that a system that doesn't care who is behind the bunter and what the likely consequences of the bunt are (good hitter gets walked to face atrocious one) is not a terribly useful one. The thing that has us livid about some of DM's moves are the *specific* ways in which they are stupid and destructive, not just the general "stop bunting because it is stupid in general" complaint.
2 weeks ago on An Area of Improvement for Don Mattingly
@P_F_P Let's just call this the "World War II" rooting strategy--hope that the one we hate the least wins, then hope they lose horribly immediately afterwards.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Andrew Friedman Is Going To Do Something That Infuriates You
@I Digesti @mostly exciting potato @ tomato He's 21. Look at what a long list of GOAT candidates had done by 21, and feel foolish at implying that Harper is a failure, or somehow behind schedule. He's injury prone, and that has slowed his development. Which makes what he has accomplished in spite of that by 21 all the more amazing.
@DodgerDodger @MScottEiland @mostly exciting potato Combining a no hit catcher with a (proposed) no hit shortstop is going to put a serious crimp in the offense. CK's ridiculous record was partially due to the fact that he won basically every time he gave up two runs or less (which hadn't always been the case in prior years). If the catcher/SS combo is AJ and Rojas/AE next year, I predict CK will lose at least three 1-0 or 2-1 games unless there is a large offensive upgrade somewhere else.
@DodgerDodger @ABSmileBunch The weakness of the bullpen was partially concealed by the fact that CK was going eight or more innings a ridiculous amount of the time this year. This also made it worse when CK finally did need rescuing in the seventh inning in the postseason.
@DodgerDodger @davstein48 Disappointing, but not remotely a "losing season." Let's not go all Crimson Tide fan or--even worse--Yankee fan here.
@YadierMolinasOedipalComplex @DodgerDodger @ tomato There is a certain amount of historical evidence to support the proposition that the tradeoff can be worth it or at least more so than one would think. Ray Oyler got about 250 PA for the World Champion 1968 Tigers in spite of having an OPS+ of *20* (.135/.213/.186). Rojas won't be remotely *that* bad.
@mostly exciting potato @MScottEiland I'm not too concerned that he might be somewhat overpaid, as long as the contract isn't too long--anything over three years for a catcher in his thirties is problematic.
Offhand, I'd say that upgrading to Russell Martin at catcher would be worth losing a draft pick in addition to any reasonable contract the Dodgers can sign him to. Anyone disagree, or have caveats?
The nice thing about Ned is that he left some rather clear benchmarks of stupid on his record (along with, admittedly, some moves that were actually good and others that just blew up at least partially due to bad luck [the Jones and Schmidt contracts, which at least were relatively short, come to mind here]. If Friedman starts doing things that look like the Pierre contract, that *will* piss me off--as will anything that resembles the legendary historical trading disasters in relatively recent Dodger history (Sid Fernandez for two sacks of crap, Pedro Martinez for Delino "sack of crap" DeShields). Indulging further DM stupidity and petulance is also going to have me think he's screwing up. Otherwise, he should be given some space to try stuff, some of which will inevitably not work. GMs are human, but that is not a blank check for repeating mistakes that the last guy (and his predecessors) made.
Friedman could convince me he's a genius even if he keeps Mattingly--if he hired a coach whose sole job is to scream "STOP BUNTING, YOU IDIOT!" or something similar every time DM is about to do something stupid.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on What About The Next Joe Maddon?
@Anime Ethier Hope you specified "pounds sterling" or you might end up with a lot of sacks of crap as your compensation.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Ned Colletti was a lame duck GM & Andrew Friedman now moves the Dodgers forward
@Tymathee @MScottEiland No, because that would imply that he has improved, as opposed to simply moving on to different and equally horrifying ways demonstrate his status as living proof of the utter incompetence of sports columnists in general (since he keeps winning awards for his single sentence paragraph spewing drek).
@Tymathee @MScottEiland Read the whole piece.
A reminder that the issues regarding Ned were around for a long, long time:
"The guy who watched a bunch of Maddux starts and filed the reports on him?" Colletti asked. "That was him."
Because, as Ken Tremendous asked: "You are telling me that you needed to hire someone to tell you that Greg Maddux might be a good pitcher?"
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Baseball Twitter reacts to Dodgers’ hiring of Andrew Friedman
@P_F_P @MScottEiland He was left in longer than any pitcher reasonably would be if the manager had confidence in his bullpen. I blame Mattingly less for Game One than Game Four, but if the bullpen were remotely competent CK would have been out after the first few hits in Game One. Game Four was just DM abusing a starter working on short rest, and is on him primarily.
@P_F_P @Disgruntled Goat There's a reason that a quality start is "six innings or more"--a competent bullpen can pick up the slack when the starter starts to tire in the seventh. The Dodger bullpen isn't. That's on them, and on the man who assembled it.
@P_F_P Clayton Kershaw pitched well for six innings twice, then was left in too long after starting to get hit in Game One because the bullpen sucked, and was sent out for the seventh inning after 94 pitches on short rest in Game Four because the bullpen sucks. Making your take on 1 and 5 a bit silly. The rest I agree with.
@P_F_P I always thought the Juan Pierre signing was utterly unforgivable, both for simply throwing money away to a below average player for *five* years *and* because it led to the Jones debacle *and* delayed the development of Ethier and Kemp--and in a way that was utterly predictable: Pierre continued being the player he had always been, only older and therefore gradually worse (except for the brief uptick in 2009 that let the Dodgers unload him far more cheaply than would otherwise have been the case). That's a bit different from Andruw Jones suddenly becoming fat and worthless once he pulled into the Dodger Stadium parking lot--and at least that was only a three year contract.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Welcome To Town, Andrew Friedman
I'm hoping that nine years of further development among stat savvy fandom will help provide a defense for Friedman if Mr. Single Sentence Paragraph Douchebag starts up with his "Google Boy" crap or something similar again.
@BlueMarvin Do you think that AJ would be likely to get a starting job somewhere else? Being the caddy of the best pitcher on the planet (and presumably being the overall backup catcher for the highest price roster in MLB) ain't such a bad fate for someone who just spent a season below the Mendoza Line.