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So, the Rollins trade wouldn't be killed be this, right? The Dodgers would just have to provide another couple of "players to be named later."
3 days, 13 hours ago on Dodgers-Padres trade being held up by Matt Kemp’s arthritic hips
Have to admit, if the trade falls through watching the idiots who chose to knife MK in the back in social media as he departed suffering justified retribution as a result will be entertaining to watch.
@Still PFP @Disgruntled Goat @DBrim I'm not sure the Padres could win 80 out of 81 against an empty field.
4 days, 8 hours ago on Matt Kemp, Right Now, Is Still A Dodger
Is PED testing standard for trade-related physicals?
@DodgerDodger @Mike Petriello @Bull Doggy Dogg I don't care if he's on it as long as they're willing to boot him off of it when someone is clearly more worthy of his spot, money be damned.
5 days, 8 hours ago on Dodgers DFA Brian Wilson, make Brandon McCarthy official
Hopefully, this will be a precedent that is followed if another player is clearly worse than the available options in the minor leagues.
5 days, 12 hours ago on Dodgers DFA Brian Wilson, make Brandon McCarthy official
@Mike Petriello @DKD Now we'll see if CK really does want AJ as his caddy, or if he quietly decides that the extra offense and mild defensive improvement is something he wants working for him.
5 days, 19 hours ago on Yasmani Grandal could make trading Matt Kemp palatable
@nsxtasy Mediocre on the basepaths is a fair take. Awful is a tad harsh.
6 days, 11 hours ago on Dodgers to sign Brett Anderson, it’s good to be rich
@Disgruntled Goat He's something with the initials d.h., anyway.
@Sangro Azul Then why wouldn't it be "REE-KEH" (spelled "rike," I suppose)? It's almost as if someone created a nickname intentionally to set off Internet Idiot Bombs the second someone screwed up in pronouncing it.
6 days, 13 hours ago on Let’s Get To Know Enrique Hernandez
"Mr. Scully, with all respect to your awe-inspiring achievements behind the microphone over the past six and a half decades, we would strongly advise that you just call that particular player 'Enrique'--no matter how good of a handle you think you have on the correct way to pronounce that nickname. No one wants their last memories of you to be tangled up with a bunch of grievance mongering idiots picketing over a slipped word. Thanks, and God bless you for cooperating on this matter." :-)
6 days, 15 hours ago on Let’s Get To Know Enrique Hernandez
@Mike Petriello Dee, too. If League is sent away and I start going into extended hysterics, you can safely assume I have been replaced by a pod person. :-P
1 week, 1 day ago on 2014 Dodgers In Review: OF Andre Ethier
@mawp @juanhenry @LiterallyPFP
Not to be cynical, but throwing that accusation at Mr. Scully was about
the only thing that anyone seems to remember about that book--which
suggests why the story was included in the first place. Plus what mawp said--and as my dad has often put it, "Vinny wouldn't say s*** if he had a mouthful," which makes the idea that he was going around knifing Piazza in the back seem a tad. . .unlikely barring solid proof.
@internet baseball fan potato friend I care, even though I'm a UCLA alum--the Ducks are a great team and worth rooting for when they have a shot at the title (and UCLA doesn't).
@Mike Petriello This guy makes me nervous--one slipped phrase and the Dodgers are getting picketed. How exactly did that nickname survive this long?
@Iron Man Returns Matt Kemp III in 2038: "Have they completed that trade yet, Grandpa?"
@TellMyWifeISaidHello @MScottEiland @Whose on First Not according to baseball reference.com--he gave back the offense with his crappy defense:
@Bay_of_Puigs @TellMyWifeISaidHello @Whose on First [ Kids, giving the physical embodiment of a disease a major league center field position is a bad idea and should only be done for the purpose of a humorous remark--*do not try this at home* ]
@Bay_of_Puigs @TellMyWifeISaidHello @Whose on First Literally giving Ebola a uniform and letting it play center field wouldn't have been as bad as Lardass Andruw was.
@TellMyWifeISaidHello @Whose on First Net 0.0 WAR and an OPS+ of 97 is pretty awful for a starting outfielder.
@BlueMarvin Losing HR was more or less out of his control barring deeply stupid future salary commitments, so he had a rather large deficit to make up for from the get go.
1 week, 2 days ago on A deeper look at Howie Kendrick, Dee Gordon’s replacement
So. . .how many deeply stupid moves will DM have to make with the new look Dodgers next season before the moderates in the fan base start calling for his head?
@LiterallyPFP @SkepticNinja Agreed that DM was--and is--completely awful.
@internet baseball fan potato friend @Chad Moriyama Agreed--I'm still furious about stupid moves the FO pulled decades ago--but I never stopped being a Dodger fan. Though I did watch a few seasons in the nineties with my hands over my eyes. . .:-P
@ih8turteam @Hoze @Lance Uppercut Boras is lucky the Dodger fan base didn't defenestrate him from the top floor of the US Bank Tower after the Dreifort contract.
They'd have to beat the Ducks for that. If they can manage that we might have to admit that they aren't as thoroughly mediocre as they've seemed to be for their record.
Observation in passing regarding the Dodgers' alleged lack of a cleanup hitter: Mr. Gonzalez was 9th in SLG and 8th in isolated power last season; Puig was 11th in SLG and 17th in isolated power--both sets of numbers compiled in the very pitcher friendly Dodger Stadium. Can everyone please stop acting as if the 2015 Dodgers will be the 1906 White Sox reincarnated unless they pick up another power bat?
Thank you for your cooperation.
@Paul ran out of puns, is just Paul now @Omer (beercoozie) Grendel could never play catcher. No arm. :-P
1 week, 3 days ago on So Long, Matt Kemp
@MajorPuigBaseball @Turner_for_Treasury @LiterallyPFP Bond's strategy in baccarat in the original book was the same as his poker strategy in the movie: "Be luckier than the bad guy." Go and read what Bond actually says his strategy is against Le Chiffre: "The key is to get more nines than the other man, and that's what I need to do" (rough quote, but that's the gist of it).
@LiterallyPFP @Weston T Rain Man specifically said that Raymond was counting into a six deck shoe, which was the only reason they lasted as long as they did without being thrown out, because it was supposedly impossible to do what Raymond was doing (even though Charlie was all but shouting "my brother is counting cards" at the table).
@Condorave Stopping being a fan is excessive. Thinking your team has done something deeply stupid is another matter. I'm optimistic about this move, though. It doesn't strike me as "visibly idiotic from the get-go" like trading Sid Fernandez thirty years ago was, or "giving up on an awesome prospect far too early" like giving up Pedro Martinez for Delino Deshields was. At worst, it's underestimating what MK has left in the tank at thirty, which is a far more ordinary decision to make, and one that being wrong about isn't some sort of unforgivable sin. It hurts, though--I thought MK had HoF potential when he came up. If he somehow pulls that off, it won't be mainly because of what he did in a Dodger uniform, and that would be sad.
@Purple Drank So Angel Hernandez and Joe West would become unemployed? The world cannot possibly contain all the happiness that would generate among fans.
@BIah Man, it would hurt like a bastard to get hit by that sword. Thus the name. :-P
@Weston T "doesn't control the running game." Heaven knows a catcher who can't do *that* will never amount to anything.
@LiterallyPFP And given the quality of his daily column, BP is the greatest living expert in taking a giant dump.
@LiterallyPFP Wow--I feel even better about this trade now.
@Table (dick) @MScottEiland And I'll acknowledge the other side here--if Kemp falls apart, the Dodgers will benefit more directly from it (due to the Padres being worse) than they would if he went out of league or out of division.
@Table (dick) @MScottEiland Because teams can get better really quickly and having a centerpiece like a (hypothetically) healthy and playing really well Kemp tends to help with that.
This is a nice piece, Mr. Petriello, and as good a case for the move as could have been made (reminding us that 10/5 was looming was something I hadn't seen elsewhere, which is good for you and something others missed in addressing the case). While I would have liked to see him go out of division in case he's really going to be as good as he was in the second half this year, I'm willing to sit tight and see what happens at this point without complaining further. :-)
@DodgerBytes Those schoolkids can be dangerous--I can remember a few years when they would have beaten the Dodgers 1-0 more often than not.* :-)
*(hat tip to the late Jim Healy for that joke).
1 week, 3 days ago on The Night That Blew Up Baseball
@TellMyWifeISaidGoodbye Steve Garvey in 1984: .284/.307/.373. (91 OPS+) If Kemp's numbers look like that in 2016 and the Padres make it to the World Series anyway, more power to them.
@Mike Petriello Given that each time plays far more games against teams in division than teams out of division individually (19 vs. 6 or 7), this statement does not make sense. If the trade improves the Padres and hurts the Dodgers, the Dodgers will feel the effects more directly than they would if he had been traded to the Mets or the Yankees. If we were still in an eight team league where everyone played everyone else 22 times, then I'd agree with you (unless he was traded to the AL).
@Mike Petriello @LiterallyPFP @TheConman Great--now instead of douchey innuendo directed at Puig, we can hear douchey innuendo directed at Kemp and HR. Muuuch better.
Human beings really suck sometimes.
@DodgerBytes Except. . .not. Unless he reverts to 2013 levels and can't play second any more, then sort of.
@nsxtasy @Mike Petriello @shawnc22 *SVS says ahem, then shakes his shoe as he feels the hotfoot* :-)
@Jeremy_N If they do and he ends up pancaking Quentin, Dodger fans will pay for the privilege of watching the video with popcorn in hand. }:-)
@DKD It could have been worse:
[Pete Reiser tells the (possibly apocryphal) story of how an angry Larry MacPhail got waivers on the entire roster of the 1941 Dodgers after the World Series for the purpose of trading them to the St. Louis Browns for *their* entire roster and $3-4 million. That would have changed history a tad if Laughing Larry hadn't thought better of it.]
I tend to agree we need to see where all this settles before making a final judgment. If Joc isn't ready yet whatever the situation is will look a lot worse.
@Iron Man Returns If AJ stays on to be CK's caddy we may find out.
@Diane. Fap Jesus. Mibelt Mcfuente liaison Think of it as evolution in action. :-)
1 week, 4 days ago on Dodgers trade Dee, Haren to Marlins for Heaney, Hatcher, 2 prospects