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If we could get Mattingly to start eating bunts instead of Taco Bell, maybe there wouldn't be any left to cause the Dodgers to lose games.  :-P

8 hours, 14 minutes ago on Andre Ethier Is Officially Untradeable

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@capnsparrow  @MScottEiland @Lobo If his K rate stays high, hitting in the middle of the lineup is going to involve pressure (and criticism) too.  If his major league production resembles his minor league production in terms of distribution, he's going to look a lot like a young Bobby Bonds--who thrived as a leadoff hitter even with his power making it a somewhat odd fit.

1 day, 22 hours ago on 2015 Dodgers prospects: 2018 Pitching Staff

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@Lobo @MScottEiland It's the symbolism more than anything--I'm not going to react well if it looks like management is going to indulge Mattingly when he wants to do stupid stuff.  This decision isn't that yet, but it could *become* that.  Of course, if JP starts going hot on both getting on base *and* power, he'll go to fourth or fifth in the lineup and this will all be moot. 

1 day, 22 hours ago on 2015 Dodgers prospects: 2018 Pitching Staff

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@Lobo @MScottEiland That doesn't make it *good*.  Particularly if other options are available.  I'm acknowledging that Joc has to prove he can hit first--but once he does his OBP will be ridiculously better and unless he's hitting in the middle of the order due to power he should hit leadoff at that point.

1 day, 23 hours ago on 2015 Dodgers prospects: 2018 Pitching Staff

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Sigh.  Please tell me that Pederson will be the leadoff hitter as soon as he proves he can hit major league pitching--he managed a OBP better than either Rollins or Kendrick did last year in spite of hitting .143.  Small sample size, sure--but it proves he's got a decent eye even when he's not hitting well.

1 day, 23 hours ago on 2015 Dodgers prospects: 2018 Pitching Staff

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@TheConman  Answering the timeless question:  "Does a goat Pope on the roads?"

2 days, 4 hours ago on 2015 Dodgers prospects: 2018 Pitching Staff

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@ploxtato the pickup line bot  The world's only living Amishmancer.  :-P

2 days, 4 hours ago on 2015 Dodgers prospects: 2018 Pitching Staff

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@ploxtato the pickup line bot  Only if a family tree can consist of vinegar, water, and plastic.

2 days, 5 hours ago on 2015 Dodgers prospects: 2018 Pitching Staff

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@Math Space Cat @Dustin Nosler  It's fun imagining all of the exploding idiot heads if CK went back to back for NL MVP awards.  Starting with Skip Bayless and moving upwards in the "disgrace to protoplasm" gene pool.

2 days, 5 hours ago on 2015 Dodgers prospects: 2018 Pitching Staff

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Juan Pierre announced his "retirement" recently after not playing in the major leagues for all of 2014 after putting up an OPS+ of 63 in limited play in 2013.  It reminds one of a Bill James quote about a certain player who was nicknamed "The Outmaker":  "I don't think players like Omar Moreno 'retire.""

5 days, 7 hours ago on No, The Dodgers Aren’t Being Cheap

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@Mike Petriello Ah, saves and wins aren't *real* stats anyway.  *looks at other stats*  Those real stats mostly don't look very good, either.  Don Stanhouse isn't available?

1 week ago on Joel Peralta’s sore shoulder could open Dodgers’ closer spot for others

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So, when is the big Steve Austin signing going to be announced? As long as management is pursuing the Cyborg Plan for pitching talent, might as well go whole hog.  :-P

1 week, 4 days ago on Dustin McGowan Might Be A Dodger, Maybe

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@カイル @Mike Petriello Probably in her contract:  "We will be making goofy looking plastic representations of you.  Deal with it."  :-P

1 week, 4 days ago on No, The Dodgers Aren’t Trading A Starting Pitcher

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@Weston T You have to remember to 'port out to Stonehenge to pick up the invulnerability buff.  It looks oddly like tea and crumpets.  :-P

1 week, 4 days ago on No, The Dodgers Aren’t Trading A Starting Pitcher

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@Mike Petriello *sigh*  Guys, "Damn Yankees" is not an instruction manual on how to get to the big leagues--that particular agent takes a *really* big cut.

1 week, 5 days ago on Dodgers Sign Brandon Beachy, A Risk Very Much Worth Taking

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@Dustin Nosler House rules for some casinos for blackjack allow a player with blackjack to choose to forgo the automatic win and 1 1/2 x payoff (assuming no dealer blackjack) and double down instead, giving up 1 1/2 units and risking 2 units for the chance to win 2 units.  This is a deeply stupid thing to do, and the odds wouldn't justify it even if the dealer had a 16 face up on the table.  This is how I feel about passing up Moncada because someone better *might* come along.

1 week, 5 days ago on Dodgers Sign Brandon Beachy, A Risk Very Much Worth Taking

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Does anyone *really* assign positive value to the extra time that games take to finish because batters have their Mike Hargrove wannabe OCD routines or because pitchers just can't be bothered to throw a pitch with the bases empty in a timely manner?

1 week, 6 days ago on So Andre Ethier Still Exists

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@capnsparrow   Yes.  Or not.

1 week, 6 days ago on So Andre Ethier Still Exists

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@0ptimus I'm conflicted.  Root for the idiot, or Douchebaggarly?

1 week, 6 days ago on So Andre Ethier Still Exists

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@Jeremy_N  "Today, the Commissioner's office retroactively fined Mike Hargrove fifty billion dollars.  All agreed that he was getting off lightly."

1 week, 6 days ago on So Andre Ethier Still Exists

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@Disgruntled Goat @ABSmileBunch  "Super Friends" ruined the rep of Aquaman--he could show up in NYC at the head of an armada headed by Cthulhu and ten billion killer whales, and people would still be mocking him.

1 week, 6 days ago on So Andre Ethier Still Exists

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@nsxtasy  So was Kirk Gibson, and I don't want *him* on the 25 man roster right now, either.

1 week, 6 days ago on So Andre Ethier Still Exists

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@Montgomery Burns He wasn't *literally* a penguin.  He just ran like one.

1 week, 6 days ago on Can the Dodgers sign both Hector Olivera and Yoan Moncada?

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@Mike Petriello @Bull Doggy Dogg  Just make sure that our ace reliever doesn't get into a fistfight with the contemporary equivalent of Hemingway. (Brooklyn Dodger spring training in Havana could get a tad. . .eventful).

2 weeks ago on Can the Dodgers sign both Hector Olivera and Yoan Moncada?

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@Subtle Euphemism @MScottEiland @capnsparrow  @Disgruntled Goat At least Jason Schmidt was only signed to a three year deal, and wasn't visibly awful before being injured like Pierre and Dreifort were.

2 weeks ago on Can the Dodgers sign both Hector Olivera and Yoan Moncada?

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@Purple Drank Let's put it this way--Juan Pierre is currently a free agent.  That could change if the right idiot is in charge of a team's personnel decisions.

2 weeks ago on Can the Dodgers sign both Hector Olivera and Yoan Moncada?

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@BlueMarvin (Not Freaking Out) He's had some flashes of glory, but mostly he's been mediocre to bad.  Main attraction is that he's not as much of a douchebag as Papelbon is.

2 weeks ago on Can the Dodgers sign both Hector Olivera and Yoan Moncada?

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@BlueMarvin (Not Freaking Out) Depends--are there any suspicious looking trampolines hanging around Chavez Ravine?  They *are* his natural predator, after all.  :-P

2 weeks ago on Can the Dodgers sign both Hector Olivera and Yoan Moncada?

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@capnsparrow  @Disgruntled Goat Well yeah, but that's like dumping a bunch of scorpions in your sleeping bag and complaining about getting stung.  I've never forgiven the Dodgers for letting him con them into signing Darren "I Can't Pitch Five Good Innings To Save My Life" Dreifort for a ridiculously huge contract as a starter.

2 weeks ago on Can the Dodgers sign both Hector Olivera and Yoan Moncada?

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The best thing about getting rid of the postseason would be that it would neutralize the kind of jackass fan who sees no value in anything a player does unless he wins a championship.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on 2014 Dodgers In Review: RP J.P. Howell

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@DodgersFan  We've reached the point where they shouldn't even think of adding more rounds of playoffs unless the season is going to be shortened--and they've arguably gone too far already.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on 2014 Dodgers In Review: RP J.P. Howell

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@Batted Bob @MScottEiland  Or the Brooklyn Dodgers before 1955.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on 2014 Dodgers In Review: RP J.P. Howell

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@Batted Bob  Let's revisit that question again after they win back to back WS.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on 2014 Dodgers In Review: RP J.P. Howell

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@Tymathee @MScottEiland Average in strategy?  Sure, by the standards of a softball beer league.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Looking at pitchers who could, temporarily, fill in for Kenley Jansen

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In other news--some guy who evidently hasn't been watching Dodger games rates He Who Bunts about twelve* or thirteen slots too high:


http://www.dodgersnation.com/nick-cafardo-ranks-mlb-managers-don-mattingly-no-17/2015/02/18


*  because Ned Yost seems to be pretty awful, too.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Looking at pitchers who could, temporarily, fill in for Kenley Jansen

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@snaggletooth1 What if Puig is better there? 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Closer Kenley Jansen out 8-12 weeks after surgery on left foot

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Given our bad luck with certain things the last few years, I'd rather not sign a guy who almost managed to get himself murdered by a trampoline.  Particularly since he really hasn't been all that for most of his career.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Closer Kenley Jansen out 8-12 weeks after surgery on left foot

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Quick!  Release Brandon League before He Who Bunts gets a really stupid idea of how to deal with this.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Closer Kenley Jansen out 8-12 weeks after surgery on left foot

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@Batted Bob  Because his continued existence serves to make Kanye West fans look like idiots?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Dodger Pitchers and the Low Strike Zone

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Wow--League is *screwed* if they get rid of those low strikes.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Dodger Pitchers and the Low Strike Zone

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My grandmother and I went to a lot of Dodger games in the early to mid 1980's--the one I remember the most is a 15 inning game (a Sunday, I think) that ended with Pedro planting one into the left field pavilion.  Very few people had left, and it got very loud. :-)  Bill James is on record as saying that Pedro was the greatest offensive player of the 1980s--that's a decent peer group to be at the head of.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Why signing Yoan Moncada makes sense for the Dodgers

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@Lobo The lesson of the last postseason is that no matter how awesome CK is, he's human--when he shows signs of having lost it late in the game, pull him the hell out.  If you *can't* do that because your bullpen sucks, you're going to get bad results.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Why signing Yoan Moncada makes sense for the Dodgers

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@Vin_Skully @MScottEiland @Jeremy_N  Mentally, they're about six.  Or senile.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 prospects: The Top 10

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@Jeremy_N @MScottEiland  I'm mocking the people who have said that Harper is over the hill at 21.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 prospects: The Top 10

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Six of the Dodgers' top ten prospects are as old or older than Bryce "Totally Over The Hill, Honest" Harper going into the 2015 season.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 prospects: The Top 10

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@Mike Petriello @Tymathee  It would save money on air conditioning for the inside parks, too.  :-)

3 weeks, 6 days ago on 2015 Dodgers Top 100 prospects: The Top 10

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