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@LiterallyPFP I think it's literally impossible to play left field as badly as Pedro played third unless it involves wearing the outfielder's glove like a condom.
3 days, 1 hour ago on Your Obligatory Discussion of the Dodgers And Cole Hamels
@LiterallyPFP Anyone who says this didn't actually see Pedro at third.
@Lobo @Condorave That's like buying a chainsaw because you're tired of the pain caused by reacting to jock itch with a fork. I hate the Giants as much as anyone, but the Red Sox media/fan axis is a real piece of work.
3 days, 3 hours ago on Your Obligatory Discussion of the Dodgers And Cole Hamels
@TheConman @DBrim Yeah, not sure why this would freak anyone out. If the Dodgers haven't done anything more helpful by the time spring training rolls around that would be another matter. Or if they combined good moves with something bats**t stupid like trading our top three prospects for Cole Hamels.
3 days, 4 hours ago on Your Obligatory Discussion of the Dodgers And Cole Hamels
@Subtle Euphemism aka Jonathan Lingo A manager who benches a player for not running full out to first on a comebacker that the pitcher is soft tossing to first before the batter can leave the box. Matt Williams sucks donkey balls.
3 days, 7 hours ago on Your Obligatory Discussion of the Dodgers And Cole Hamels
@Purple Drank Glass Joe.
@dappler218 So. . .what's it like being able to regenerate three hit points per round?
@BlueMarvin Watching Reggie Jackson play right field was a rather horrifying experience, too.
@BlueMarvin Since when is LF considered a high difficulty position? There are Hall of Fame left fielders who were so awful in the field that they shouldn't have been trusted with a fork if they were also wearing a glove on their non dominant hand.
@rzazanis His douchey behavior when Bryce Harper came up makes me question how he'd co-exist with Puig.
4 days ago on Dodgers get Juan Nicasio from Rockies as potential bullpen piece
@HunterStricklandsOedipalComplex This is the kind of plan that a tiger would have a better than average chance of pulling off.
@Diane. Ned Colletti's new position coordinator [We are now taking a short pause in this program to go on an Appropriate Metaphor hunt].
@Mike Petriello @MScottEiland I suppose that will have to do. :-p
@Diane. Ned Colletti's new position coordinator True--my issue is that there's an expectation of a large raise immediately after an objectively awful season. That's like a waiter expecting a 25% tip for a meal where he tripped and deposited it in your lap, then laughed at the mashed potatoes and gravy dripping down your chin.
@Mike Petriello Part of the reason the anti-Trout argument was so obnoxious was that his detractors spent all their time saying "WAR is stupid!" while ignoring all sorts of traditional stats that said he was awesome as well.
@Mike Petriello @MScottEiland It sums up "this pitcher is not very good", though.
Having a -0.5 WAR in less than 100 innings gets you an expected 18% raise in arbitration? Ah, to be a not quite *completely* useless major league pitcher. . .
@Diane. Ned Colletti's new position coordinator That finger he lost might have served a vital function in their relationship, what with the aftereffects of steroids and all. . .]:-)
@Subtle Euphemism aka Jonathan Lingo @Mike Petriello Some people deserve it (Milton Bradley, anyone?), but HR didn't.
4 days, 4 hours ago on A Closer Look at Joel Peralta, Reliever You Want To Have
@Dave! (Or Justin Turner, Maybe) @MScottEiland @DodgerBytes Was talking about HR--sorry I was unclear there. MK isn't defensively horrible in RF, from what I hear, so that part wouldn't apply any more either.
4 days, 6 hours ago on Report: Hanley Ramirez to sign with Red Sox
@DodgerBytes @BlueMarvin Certainly better than for any NL team--though being committed to one guy for a future DH does reduce options for later, and if his offense declines back to pre-2013 levels, they won't be happy.
4 days, 9 hours ago on Report: Hanley Ramirez to sign with Red Sox
@DodgerBytes Trading Kemp without getting quite a lot back can be judged in isolation as a stupid idea without looking at the HR deal in combination with it--I'm inclined to wait to see what any deal actually is before ripping them for it. Giving a defensively horrible, injury prone player going into his 31 yr old season that much money (and more importantly, years--Juan Pierre moment, anyone?) would have been a disaster waiting to happen, and we would have roasted Dodger management if HR had gone into offensive decline and stuck us with mediocre offense for the Dick Stuart of shortstops for five years.
4 days, 10 hours ago on Report: Hanley Ramirez to sign with Red Sox
@DroogyDodger Manny is the "gold" standard of awful defense under the Green Monster--I doubt HR will be quite *that* bad.
@DBrim And he'll apparently be playing left field, where the fans in Boston have proven willing to tolerate all sorts of defensive atrocities in exchange for a bat *makes good-natured rude gesture in Manny's general direction*
@TellMyWifeISaidHello Not when he's injury prone, a huge defensive liabilty (unless that only matters when discussing AG, of course), and already going into his 31 year old season. Time for him to go with our thanks.
@DBrim Can he give us HR level defense?
Better them than us at that price.
4 days, 18 hours ago on Report: Hanley Ramirez to sign with Red Sox
6 days, 7 hours ago on Regarding the Dodgers interest in Miguel Montero or any other catcher
If the Dodgers want to go after some fun police douchebag as a catcher, they should just call up the Yankees and see if they're ready to unload Commissioner McCann and his epic crappy contract. Might as well do it right.
6 days, 9 hours ago on Regarding the Dodgers interest in Miguel Montero or any other catcher
Not particularly impressed by the soon to be 39 yr old coming off an 85 ERA+ season, but I'm willing to be proven wrong.
1 week ago on Dodgers acquire Joel Peralta, Adam Liberatore for Jose Dominguez, Greg Harris
@TheConman That's the advantage of living in "The Tyson Zone." You can claim anything, and as long as the gist of the story is "I'm an insane idiot," people will believe it. If you can make money and/or get attention from this, you're all set!
1 week, 1 day ago on Dodgers Lose Onelki, Add Lee, Schebler, Reed
@Dodgers Nerd Or a big pit with money falling into it.
1 week, 1 day ago on Dodgers should protect three prospects from Rule 5
@TheConman @Dodgers Nerd Mass revolt by every starting pitcher in MLB who would be horrified at having such craptastic SS defense?
*primal scream of hatred directed at 1993 Dodger management*
Sigh--another anniversary of the Pedro Martinez/Delino DeShields trade. At least Pedro' HoF speech in July should be cool.
@TheConman @Jeremy_N Yes, it's different if he'd be OK with a trade *somewhere* else, but if his position is "trade me and I quit," there's no reason for him not to say so and save everyone the hassle. Jackie Robinson waiting until being traded to the Giants to announce his retirement was part of his legend--Haren doing it would just be dickish..
1 week, 2 days ago on Dodgers should protect three prospects from Rule 5
@TellMyWifeISaidHello @MScottEiland So, if he plays second (or short) in spring training and *doesn't* look horrible it wouldn't demonstrate anything? It's almost as if they've arrived at a conclusion and future evidence is irrelevant to their conclusions. Sort of like how they apparently decided to give DM another season to foul things up.
1 week, 4 days ago on 2014 Dodgers in Review: 2B/LF-ish Alex Guerrero
@TellMyWifeISaidHello @MScottEiland Let me put this another way--an organization that has committed to another year of Don Mattingly as manager is not one that I am willing to trust on blind faith when an easy way to convince me they are correct exists. It should be easy to demonstrate that AG is incapable of playing middle infield competently. After the last two seasons, we all know what incompetent middle infield play looks like. Let us see AG demonstrate that he sucks.
@TellMyWifeISaidHello @MScottEiland I want a visual of him failing at SS in a harmless environment to help me deal with watching the people who actually play it putting up a .205/.260/.289 line for the season. I don't think I'm being unreasonable here. That is going to suck donkey balls and it needs to be concretely justified.
@DBrim When does the Kevin Correia watch begin? :-)
@TellMyWifeISaidHello @MScottEiland Given what we've seen from HR, Justin Turner, and Dee out there the last couple of years, if he's worse than *that* I think the Dodger brass owes us at least one spring training game at shortstop from AG just for the sheer entertainment value involved. If they're right, it would also make people like me shut up, whereas putting a 50-70 OPS+ at SS all year without even trying an alternative is going to just piss us off.
@TellMyWifeISaidHello @MScottEiland You mean as opposed to publicly gagging and accepting an offensive zero at second/SS to avoid putting him there? CIA quality industrial secret guarding, that.
@TellMyWifeISaidHello @MScottEiland If that's true, the defensive metrics should show that, right? Let's see them.
OK, this may seem totally unreasonable of me, but is there any objective examination of AG's defensive performance that we can see to evaluate what he's actually done, rather than just hints that he's the second coming of Chuck Knoblauch? If we're going to suffer through Ray Oyleresque offensive miseries in the middle of the infield for the next year or two when there's a guy with what seems to be at least an above average MLB bat available, I'd like to be convinced that there's something beyond Plaschke level reasoning behind it.
@DBrim @MScottEiland @TheConman then that part of it I hereby criticize.
@TheConman I'd criticize Florida if it includes a no trade clause.
Five years, $82 million for Martin? I'm not going to criticize Dodger management for not outbidding that.
@capnsparrow 1983: "Dodgers trade Sid Fernandez for Bob Bailor, Carlos Diaz, and two sacks to hold all of the crap they were getting for one of the best prospects in MLB." So that level of stupidity *is* possible. One hopes it is not actually present any more.
1 week, 5 days ago on Yasiel Puig & Drew Butera finally make Japan Series relevant to Dodgers fans
@moneynow27 However, Bill James once noted that--probably due to the fact that Snider was several years older than Mays and Mantle and therefore more developed--in the four full seasons that the three men were playing in NYC at the same time (1951, 1954-1957), Snider had very comparable #s to Mays and Mantle and even a bit superior in an area or two. After that, of course, Mays went to Candlestick and kept going strong and Snider went to the LA Coliseum and his power went in the crapper. As Willie himself told Snider while pointing at the distant right field fence at the converted Coliseum: “Look where that right-field fence is,” . . . “You couldn't reach it with a cannon. You're done, man! They just took your bat away from you.” --quote from "Koufax," by Ed Gruber.
@moneynow27 Peak: Mantle. Career: Mays Third In An Utterly Brutal Peer Group: Snider. Got to wait around about three extra decades for HOF induction because of the ridiculous concentration of CF talent in the 1950's: Richie Ashburn.
@HunterStricklandsOedipalComplex Don't have insider, but presumably the Nats aren't one of the destinations--or if it is Harper should demand a free punch in the mouth on Hamels to not make a fuss about it.