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@Noel D I *knew* I wasn't the only one who made that connection. :-)
1 day, 13 hours ago on Phillies @ Dodgers, April 22, 2014: At Least It’s Not Cliff Lee
@Sangro Azul Chavez Ravine remains a Chown-free zone for the second consecutive day.
1UP sets them down. Time for the offense to make his night easy.
@P_F_P Hey now, I'd say that Skip was slightly better than Willie Mays out there in center field. Of course, Willie *is* 82 years old now. . .:-P
2 days, 10 hours ago on Phillies @ Dodgers April 21, 2014: Welcome Back, Dominguez
@Johnnyswing League's, that is.
2 days, 11 hours ago on Phillies @ Dodgers April 21, 2014: Welcome Back, Dominguez
@Johnnyswing They should replace his name on the back of his uniform with "we surrender."
. . .and up goes the white flag. :-(
Chavez Ravine: Now a Chown free zone.
One down, one to go.
2 days, 13 hours ago on Phillies @ Dodgers April 21, 2014: Welcome Back, Dominguez
Let's do the Masochistic Time Warp again!
2 days, 19 hours ago on Brian Wilson and Pitching Inside
If this is how the Dodgers stack up against the rest of MLB when even the non-Plaschke addled would admit it's been a diffcult three weeks, how will they rate once Guerrero is called up, Chown is jettisoned, and (hoping on hope) the roster space being held hostage by Ned's idiocy is liberated in time for an extra reliever who can actually pitch to have replaced League for CK's homecoming? Sky's the limit, baby.
2 days, 22 hours ago on Brian Wilson and Pitching Inside
@Batted Bob @Lobo@MScottEilandAnd the delayed cost of having to take Crawford in the big deal of 2012.
5 days, 17 hours ago on Down On The Farm Update: Games Of 4/8 – 4/14
I have a horrible feeling that if Joc gets traded, in twenty years it will go on the list next to Sid Fernandez for Bob Bailor and Carlos Diaz, and Pedro Martinez for Delino F***ing DeShields. The theme music to this season is starting to be "sunk costs," and even if the Dodgers go deep into the postseason it is likely to be a pricey tune indeed.
No Brandon League, no Chown--if it weren't for the "Jansen is done" idiots we'll have to keep putting up with, this game would have been perfect.
6 days, 14 hours ago on Dodgers 2, Giants 1: Exhale
@capnsparrow @Chad Moriyama@BlueMarvinYou need to footnote with the line from Oz on Buffy The Vampire Slayer: "This is my sarcastic voice." :-)
1 week ago on Giants 2, Dodgers 1: Life Is Pain
Ick--my worst fears are being realized. Chown exists, and will therefore be used. It's like looking up and seeing an Ebola patient* in line with you at the school cafeteria.
*--or bubonic plague, if one wants to go with the classics.
@capnsparrow Because talking about the epic failure that is involved every time Brandon bleeping League gets into a close game in the late innings is really f***ing infuriating and depressing even if if it *isn't* the direct cause of the loss? It's not like he was Mo Rivera out there.
@Barney G @capnsparrowParticularly since this happened before in the playoffs last year--if He Who Bunts is going to have psychotic episodes where he refuses to use players in the main situations they're on the roster for, we'd better know about it, don't you think?
@Disgruntled Goat @Lobo@*VND*It's not *just* the money--it's that it's yet another of Ned's deeply stupid contracts, and he probably doesn't want his relationship with the nice new non-griftery owners affected by a reminder that he has fairly frequent breaks with reality that cause him to throw ridiculous amounts of money at the Juan Pierres, Andruw Jones, and Brandon Leagues of the world. Which is why he needs to be fired, since he's going to keep doing this and having more money will just enable him to be even more stupid in his choices.
1 week ago on Kenley Jansen Is Suddenly The Worst Closer In Baseball, Or Something
@Batted Bob @Mike PetrielloIt's been worse since stat illiterates have needed to justify why Cabrera so totally *didn't* steal those MVPs from Trout, so using illiterate, clueless attacks on WAR as a voodoo doll for downgrading Trout--never mind that there are plenty of far more "traditional" stats available to adequately explain how Trout is better--has been their mantra ever since.
@Lobo @MScottEiland@DBrimSee, that's why I like today's world. Where was the "fire Ken Landreaux into the sun" campaign when Dodger fans needed one in the 1980s? At least if the Dodgers had eventually caved and dumped him a couple of years early, Fred Claire wouldn't have had the excuse "We have a centerfielder--Ken Landreaux" to explain why they wouldn't sign Tim Raines at the height of collusion.
1 week, 1 day ago on Dodgers 2, Giants 3: Baseball Is Dumb
@Lobo Which is why Ned needs to go, and more people need to start loudly calling for it, and stating flatly *why* he has to go--his stubborn refusal to admit a stupid mistake on his part is costing the Dodgers games and will continue to do so until League is gone. Figgins hasn't really screwed up yet, but he's a below replacement level ticking time bomb, too--if he isn't released when Guerrero finishes torching AAA and comes up to The Show, then his continued presence on the roster will be another ongoing grievance that is added to THE F***ING REASONS THAT NED MUST GO list.
@PagansOedipalComplex Can't fire an owner, but if the heat is turned up enough Kasten might be inclined to fire the guy causing it even if he was quietly backing the "let League stay on the roster and f*** up everything he touches" plan.
@DBrim @MScottEilandNo, but it might be a catalyst for something that does, by getting someone who gets listened to to agree with it or say he's headed towards thinking that. Or by having a known idiot (Plaschke, Steve Lyons, etc) publicly *disagree* with it ("At least Brandon League isn't *destroying* the team by his laziness and selfishness like Puig is! Leave Ned alone! And stop hitting home runs, they break up rallies! [merged Plaschke/Lyons babble]). Either way, talking about it makes the idea thinkable, and that's a good start.
@DBrim See the comment below this one for elaboration as to "why"?
I've never been one for launching Twitter offensives, but I'd sure like to see #dumpbrandonleague and #firenedcolletti get a lot of Tweet love over the next few days, particularly if League manages to yak up another game against the Giants.
@Chad Moriyama @MScottEilandoops, I meant "better players."
@Chad Moriyama @MScottEilandThe downside is that Ned would be admitting he was wrong, both in the initial contract and again by not getting rid of him after last season, never mind by Opening Day this year. If keeping a player is making you send down lesser players, including ones who aren't making much money anyway and therefore won't increase your costs significantly, you are *failing* as a GM, and are either incompetent or actively malicious in doing so.
@joelydanger @Chad Moriyama Offensive troubles against the Giants are hardly a new thing, and doesn't have a single, blindingly obvious solution. Removing Brandon League from the roster and consigning him to Outer Darkness (in other words, Houston picking him up on waivers) is such a solution that would have left a competent pitcher on the roster in his place. Losing baseball games over the course of the season is inevitable--meekly surrendering one that they had fought so hard for for 11 1/2 innings is inexcusable, and utterly predictable in this case.
@Purple Drank Drain a main vein for all of us, PD.
Ned needs to be fired. Immediately. Having Brandon League come into what had been a tied, awesome game and immediately gag it up is *solely* due to Ned not doing his f***ing job and releasing a pitcher who has *proven* to be terrible over an extended period of time as opposed to sending down a pitcher who has not. Enough. And the "dump Kenley" crowd was sub-Plaschke moronic last year and they remain so now.
@Tired Math Cat @Barney GHey, if he gets released, gets picked up by some bad team taking a flyer on him, and he turns into a star, I'll be the first to say I'm glad for him--but he needs to be gone from here, now.
1 week, 1 day ago on Dee Gordon Making It Interesting As Alex Guerrero Shows Power
@Barney G Ned might be hesitant to provide objective evidence that he's actively trying to harm the Dodgers by keeping League and sending Withrow down--getting fired is bad enough, but actively committing the professional equivalent of treason is not a good thing to have on your resume.
@Weston Taylor @ThtsaPaddlin@TheReggieHurleyWell, this suggestion certainly brings the *need* for therapy to mind for some reason. Remember how Juan Pierre ripped up the NL for a few weeks after Manny failed his first test? How long did *that* end up lasting?
@DBrim No, just proof there is no justice in this world, since it isn't the other way around.
1 week, 3 days ago on Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 6: Dee Gordon Is Fast, Dodgers Sweep Diamondbacks
@DINGERS! Yeah, that's a nice picture of a eunuch. RELEASE LEAGUE, YOU F***ING EUNUCH!
@DodgersFan And replay gets the final seal of approval! Nice of Mr. "Home Runs Kill Rallies" to remove all doubt that the new system should be continued (if refined somewhat).
@Chris Jackson Who's the minor league version of Plaschke? Could such a hypothetical columnist generate enough brain power to even keep his heart beating, let alone produce volumes of deeply stupid columns written in single sentence paragraphs?
1 week, 4 days ago on Dodgers 8, D’Backs 5: Arizona Is Bad And They Should Feel Bad
@Noel D Can't be a true rival in the opposite league, unless they play multiple WS against each other. It's the law. :-P
@I Digesti @Noel DThat's good--I hope he's successful there when not playing against the Dodgers.
@Catfishin Yankees should be nearer the bottom of that list with Douchebag McCann on their roster.
@Mike Petriello Velveta's still in the majors? Angels catch a break this year for once.
@capnsparrow @JonathanLingoWell, I paid fifty bucks for this barrel of toxic waste out of my food budget and it was a mistake, but it's a done deal now, and BY GOD I'M GOING TO EAT THIS GLOWING SLUDGE. No matter what.
@BlueMarvin Rough break--hope they've finished designing that padded uniform for Harper.
@Purple Drank I heartily endorse this comment--Dodger wins are far better when Chown-free. :-P
@JonathanLingo The other economics argument for cutting him--he f***ing sucks and blowing games unnecessarily is bad for the bottom line when you have multiple options who aren't sub-replacement level horrible. Gone. NOW.
Either Ned needs to release League tonight, or he needs to be fired (preferably into solar orbit) and his successor needs to release League. I don't care which one they choose. Continuing to put him into games is weapons grade stupid, and doing it in the ninth inning is a sign you should never hold a job in the majors again.
@BlueMarvin @MScottEilandGood--then I did it right.
1 week, 4 days ago on Dodgers @ Diamondbacks April 12, 2014: Sorry for the delay
And if League's presence is solely due to Ned being a f***ing coward about admitting he screwed up with that contract, he need to be fired. TONIGHT.
Putting Brandon League into a game in the ninth inning with less than a ten run lead should be viewed--in terms of how it affects Mattingly's job--like that time Michael Jackson dangled his baby off a hotel balcony. Horror and anger if it doesn't result in actual harm, summary firing if it does.