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1 day, 7 hours 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.
5 days, 16 hours 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.
6 days, 8 hours 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.
6 days, 11 hours ago on Andrew Friedman Is Going To Do Something That Infuriates You
@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.
6 days, 12 hours ago on Andrew Friedman Is Going To Do Something That Infuriates You
@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.
6 days, 13 hours ago on Andrew Friedman Is Going To Do Something That Infuriates You
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.
1 week 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.
1 week 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?"
1 week, 1 day 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.
1 week, 1 day 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.
@BlueMarvin @Anime Ethier No, it's just Australia: "Hi, I'm Australia and I'm trying to murder you. G'day!" ]:-)
@foldamort Is his name Friedman or Heisenberg? :-)
*Evil Willow voice* "One down. . ."
1 week, 1 day ago on The End Of The Ned Colletti Era
@Hendrixfan1145 Current evidence suggests that the Steelers suck donkey balls, which would explain how Tampa Bay did so well against them.
1 week, 3 days ago on You Just Watched The Best-Hitting Outfield In Los Angeles Dodgers History
@Purple Drank But his failure to get out of the fifth inning in the postseason is in no way a character flaw, whereas Kershaw's failure to be pulled out when having problems in the seventh *is*--signed, The National Baseball Media and some scumbag named Bayless
@Mike Petriello @MScottEiland Except that he might do it again. And that impacts his value to the team going forward. Which is a thing the fans do have a right to know.
OK, I've said my piece. I can't lay it out more clearly than that, and I'm weary of shadow boxing.
@capnsparrow @MScottEiland @Mike Petriello When Greinke came out and said that he was done after seven, I accepted that--so your statement is provably wrong.
@Mike Petriello @MScottEiland It's not just curiosity if it impacts both Puig's value going forward *and* DM's competency as a manager. Those *are* things the fans have a right to know. You're also ignoring that whatever kept him out of the starting lineup and for use as a pinch hitter let him be used as a pinch runner. I have yet to see a plausible scenario for how that could be a real situation, particularly since they would have no reason not to cite an actual injury or medical condition without mentioning how he got it.
@capnsparrow @MScottEiland @Mike Petriello If Puig was benched due to "this looks bad," I want DM (and Ned for allowing it) not only fired, but blacklisted and ruined.
@capnsparrow @Mike Petriello @MScottEiland And yet HR was in the lineup.
@Mike Petriello @MScottEiland So, if CK had been replaced with Haren two hours before Game One, we should have just accepted the "the best team on the field" BS? That's ridiculous.
@Mike Petriello @MScottEiland Well, then we're full circle here--it's on the surface a dumb move, and one he refuses to justify in a plausible manner. Fired. Now.
@BIah Otherwise known as "the Bill Plaschke business model."
@BIah Or to give fans new people to yell at to give the players and managers a break.
@Mike Petriello @MScottEiland Except that when he *does* tell us things, the mangled reasoning often involved does not give me confidence that he thinks these things through. The notorious "let's not pinch run for AJ until it's too late to be helpful" move from the extra inning game with the Nats last month comes to mind in that category.
@Mike Petriello @MScottEiland OK, that disagreement aside--if he could run in the ninth inning, he could have hit in the ninth inning. Unless you're arguing that the aftermath of a hangover is somehow *not* problematic for someone who already is known for occasionally making dumb baserunning moves.
@0ptimus @Disgruntled Goat @Mike Petriello @MScottEiland I hear pod people have great plate discipline and never swing at low and outside pitches.
@Disgruntled Goat Why--are Delino DeShields and Bob Bailor on the trade market again?
@Mike Petriello @MScottEiland I disagree--if Puig was unable to play (but was somehow able to pinch run) due to his own bad behavior, I *do* want to know that, because that would be a legitimate reason to get on Puig as opposed to the BS crap we've been hearing all year from people.
@capnsparrow Memo to soon to be married couples contemplating a hyphenated last name: if the result is more embarrassing than "Anfernee" or "Moon Unit," it might be good to step back and choose one of the existing last names or create a brand new one rather than expose your future children to torment: http://www.metro.us/newyork/sports/nfl/2014/05/08/ha-ha-clinton-dix-named-ha-ha-clinton-dix-check-lol-video/
Too bad a third of it was sitting on the bench with an allegedly bad ankle in the final game until DM decided he needed a pinch runner.
@nsxtasy @Mike Petriello @Diane Nguyen That 1977 NL pennant flag was very nice and waved over the stadium proudly, yes.
As for Monday, he was injury prone, and 1977 was an off year for him. 1978 was far better (128 OPS+).
@Mike Petriello I have to admit, that helmet makes me want to take a power washer to it every time I see it--but that's a *really* stupid reason for wanting to get rid of HR. Also, why is Matt "Run Full Speed To Balls Hit Back To The Box, Punk!" Williams writing comments at dodgers.com?
1 week, 3 days ago on Are The Dodgers Really Going To Dump Payroll?
@BIah That is a very large amount of Taco Bell.
So Wainwright fails to get out of the fifth inning for the second consecutive postseason start, and somehow it hasn't become a baseball media obsession with every idiot in creation calling his character into question. Go figure.
Funny how Gritty Ball (TM) looks so much like just beating the crap out of a pitcher.
1 week, 4 days ago on Are The Dodgers Really Going To Dump Payroll?