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@AtomAgeVampirein308 Ah, Calbuco--just wasn't capitalized in the title.
4 hours, 24 minutes ago on Dodgers @ Padres April 25, 2015: Brandon McCarthy and strikeouts
4 hours, 25 minutes ago on Dodgers @ Padres April 25, 2015: Brandon McCarthy and strikeouts
[someone shows DM the batted ball velocity chart]
DM: HA! Proof that I haven't been having him bunt enough! Off to the Zone of Sabermetric Irrelevancy with you, Pederson!
4 hours, 30 minutes ago on Dodgers @ Padres April 25, 2015: Brandon McCarthy and strikeouts
If someone showed that chart to DM do you think maybe he'd move Joc out of the 8 slot?
Sorry, can't keep a straight face on that.
4 hours, 36 minutes ago on Dodgers @ Padres April 25, 2015: Brandon McCarthy and strikeouts
@jamesbradleyjb89 @AtomAgeVampirein308 @DKD Compared to. . .?
7 hours, 50 minutes ago on Dodgers’ organizational depth is second to none
@DKD @AtomAgeVampirein308 Yes--which is why I blame DM for his misuse of CK in his last start in the playoffs last year--pushing him another inning in a close game on short rest was setting him up to fail and risked long term psychological impact, and not in a good way. The first game in that series was bad too, but more due to the bullpen sucking monkey balls and leaving DM no good options.
7 hours, 51 minutes ago on Dodgers’ organizational depth is second to none
@capnsparrow Cancer surgery is expensive, but necessary.
13 hours, 6 minutes ago on Dodgers 3, Padres 0: Zack Greinke continues NL West dominance
@Batted Bob The video isn't playing, so AG looks to be going at about normal speed for him. :-P
1 day, 4 hours ago on The Alex Guerrero Problem Is A Great Problem To Have
@Batted Bob @Disgruntled Goat Well, given that Hamilton kind of sucks these days and is taking up a roster space, that isn't completely stupid.
@- Casey - I'm not fond of the inferior hitter they have behind Greinke. . .]:-)
1 day, 6 hours ago on The Alex Guerrero Problem Is A Great Problem To Have
@666foldamort @ak825 Given that Joe Torre is DM's mentor, I actually take it as a positive that he *hasn't* panicked and exiled Grandal to the bottom of the order. Let's not forget that Torre is the fool that panicked and moved ARod to eighth in the lineup in a playoff game because he was cowering at media and fan tantrums..
@Purple Drank @ak825 @666foldamort Yeah, I can't bash DM for batting Grandal 5th--until proven otherwise he belongs there. Now, batting Rollins leadoff instead of several other guys including Joc. . .that I will add to the "DM sucks" pile.
@CeeBeast How long does it take to write up a "each time you flunk a pee test we whack two years off the end of the contract" clause?
Seriously, if I was an owner I might be willing to risk another strike to make this language mandatory on all contracts.
@Batted Bob Ah tasty, tasty schadenfreude. If it was a team I actually hated I'd be laughing even harder.
@Dodger fan in Orange "Wanted: 24/7 minder for a major league baseball player. Must provide own cattle prod for when he strays."
@Raul Franklin Three years of data saying he's incompetent is not "micromanagement." It's "we know he sucks, why is he still here?"
@Southpaw Joe That would be quite the trick. About the only way I can see to dump an underperforming player with a drug addiction and an eight figure contract would be "Floyd Mayweather loses a very large bet."
@Mike Petriello @MScottEiland @Lobo Suppose we plug "random apparently insane bunting decision" into this instead of the Puig benching. Is it still not appropriate to second guess DM? There might be some unknowable thing that factored into his decision to have an apparent brain fart, after all.
@TheConman Words to live by.
1 day, 7 hours ago on The Alex Guerrero Problem Is A Great Problem To Have
@Mike Petriello @MScottEiland @Lobo It doesn't?
Case A: DM benches Puig for good reason, but refuses to say why.
Case B: DM benches Puig for no good reason, and refuses to explain himself.
How do you distinguish Case A from Case B when DM is silent, particularly when we know he has done dumb things in the past without adequate justification?
@Mike Petriello @MScottEiland @Lobo I am aware that is your position on this. That being said, I would also point out that this ends up being indistinguishable from him actually having done it for idiotic reasons, as has been the case for other things he has done.
@Lobo Because if they believe Mattingly is an idiot about Guerrero pointing to instances where he was clearly idiotic in other matters helps their argument. Also, DM was evasive about why Puig was benched and that part of the situation matches how Guerrero has been handled, though the primary offender for Guerrero is the front office, not DM.
@Impressive Math Towel (mock) Well obviously he means not to walk. 'Cause that's his superpower (/mock)
1 day, 8 hours ago on The Alex Guerrero Problem Is A Great Problem To Have
@Los Doyers Cubanos Very professional title, that.
1 day, 9 hours ago on The Alex Guerrero Problem Is A Great Problem To Have
1 day, 10 hours ago on The Alex Guerrero Problem Is A Great Problem To Have
@TellMyWifeISaidHello His agent said that he would, and no one came forward to call that bluff/not bluff. 2007 Barry Bonds would have made a hell of a DH for someone even if his performance level degraded 50% in 2008.
@ChadFonvillesFarmville @Superba I think the argument really is "the small sample size is not showing a bad performance up to now, it's showing an excellent one." In other words, there's no need to panic based on it, though we won't know for a while if this bullpen is actually as good as it appears to be.
@0ptimus Yeah. That and no one would pick him up at MLB minimum. Those two things.
@moneynow27 You mean by spending more time making stupid decisions to bunt, pinch run or not pinch run at exactly the worst times for both, and making random pitching changes? *That* would certainly improve things.
@Lobo @ChadFonvillesFarmville As opposed to DM being inept, for which we have a huge sample size of data for analysis.
@scrotumosis @Batted Bob Yes, I may never forgive him or management if that nickname causes Mr. Scully to have a misstep that causes an online lynch mob to come after Our Beloved Cornerstone. Just flush that nickname and call him Enrique, damn it.
1 day, 11 hours ago on The Alex Guerrero Problem Is A Great Problem To Have
@TheConman @MScottEiland @Los Doyers Cubanos Sad to say, that's more information about his defense than we've gotten from "official" sources in quite a while. Thank you for it.
@Los Doyers Cubanos @MScottEiland @TheConman Which is the same front office that tolerates Don Mattingly as manager in spite of the abundant evidence he's not competent to manage a Rookie league team. Smart people can do stupid things, and have a bad habit of being stubborn about it when they do.
@uosɹədəɔıu sǝɹpɐd ʎɹəʌ™ I don't. There are many, many reasons DM should be fired that take priority over that.
@Disgruntled Goat If they don't want to do that, then they shouldn't complain when their decisions are second-guessed.
@Mike Petriello Probably not, particularly against lefties.
@Los Doyers Cubanos @TheConman @MScottEiland And his defensive performance at third was. . .? I've brought this up multiple times and no one has said "he had all these games in the field and he was awful/mediocre/awesome/whatever" in response.
1 day, 12 hours ago on The Alex Guerrero Problem Is A Great Problem To Have
@DBrim *has horrific Pedro Guerrero flashback and curls into a fetal ball*
@Mike Petriello @moneynow27 @DBrim Ducking is what management has been doing on that issue with Guerrero all along--I won't fault you for the zeitgeist.
@DBrim Other team: "OK, be straight with us--does he really suck monkey balls defensively like you've been hinting at?"
@moneynow27 Steve Garvey.
My main point on all of this is that it would have been a good time to give Guerrero a lot more playing time in spring training to get a better handle on what his defensive talents actually *are* (since we already know he can hit). That way, the only thing at stake would be "is he really better overall than Uribe or Turner or not?" The fact that they did not do this is, IMO, where the front office and DM failed regarding Guerrero.
Memo to the Mariners--I think you might be able to flip that collarbone-breaking thug you just picked up to the Royals for a tidy profit. He seems to be their type.
2 days ago on Giants 3, Dodgers 2: Swept, I Guess
@DKD That's the thing that bugs me about how things have gone with Guerrero. It's like when Dee decided to not suck for half a season, and some lunatic did a Tyson on Guerrero, suddenly everyone forgot why the Dodgers went after him in the first place, and we're suddenly hearing about how horrendous he is defensively without anyone producing any concrete evidence that this is so.
@uosɹədəɔıu sǝɹpɐd ʎɹəʌ™ There's sort of a tradition for that. We celebrated the beginning of that season on April 15th.
2 days, 1 hour ago on Giants 3, Dodgers 2: Swept, I Guess
@uosɹədəɔıu sǝɹpɐd ʎɹəʌ™ I did think that the article on ESPN.com that suggested that pitch framing made Lucroy more valuable than Trout was pretty much deeply stupid, even allowing for salary.
@Ray Ban Aviatater @CptPineapple The manager has more ability to do things--smart or stupid--that affect the outcome when the game is close for whatever reason. "Stupid" seems to be Mattingly's default setting when it matters.
2 days, 2 hours ago on Giants 3, Dodgers 2: Swept, I Guess
@Ray Ban Aviatater How common are 3-2 curveballs in general? Not very, IIRC. Even if this hadn't turned out to be false it wouldn't have been *that* shocking.
# of times "Jar Jar, you're brilliant!" appears in a Google search: 8
# of times "Don Mattingly, you're brilliant!" appears in a Google search (until now, at least): zero
There's a reason for this.
2 days, 4 hours ago on Giants 3, Dodgers 2: Swept, I Guess
@Impressive Math Towel @Ray Ban Aviatater What are they going to do--send him down?