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@efb Khan nuked it.
4 days, 1 hour ago on 2013 Dodgers in Review #28: SP Josh Beckett
Saban is bound to be in for a lot of second guessing over the next few days. Or next few decades.
I'd give him a gentleman's C- just for not being the clubhouse PITA that I assumed he'd be when he was made part of the trade. He was always more salary dump than player as far as that went anyway.
4 days, 7 hours ago on 2013 Dodgers in Review #28: SP Josh Beckett
He's been retired for a long time now--if you're fairly young you probably never saw him in his good years.
1 week ago on 2013 Dodgers in Review #26: SP Clayton Kershaw
Not a *deserving* hall of famer--obviously, Bulkeley is in the Hall of Fame, as are Jesse Haines, Fred Lindstrom, George Kelly, and a bunch of other guys who shouldn't be there.
I wasn't there for Morgan Bulkeley's career--and I'm sure *he's* not a Hall of Famer. The most charitable view of Morris' career is "borderline candidate," and that's even among those of us who were there to watch him pitch. Being the mascot of the "pitching to the score" crowd is certainly not helping his case in my eyes.
Have any of the "pitching to the score" trolls come by yet? I need to stock up on virtual rotting vegetables. :-P
@capnsparrow Well, yeah--because Murray Chass still has a ballot, even if he refuses to fill it out while pretending not to blog.
1 week ago on 2013 Dodgers in Review #25: SP Matt Magill
@BlueMarvin Heroes aren't perfect. John Glenn ended his professional life as just another professional politician--aside from the whole going into orbit again at the end of it, of course. We can be grateful for what he did in '88 and root for him to get smacked down when he's out of line as manager of the Rattletwits without feeling guilt about it.
OK, without feeling *much* guilt about it.
@PagansOedipalComplex @BlueMarvin @Batted Bob @capnsparrow Well, *somebody* had to be. Or are we supposed to summon righteous outrage that players in a 162 game summer sport might need a bit of energy by the time late July came around?
@TellMyWifeISaidHello @DBrim They both belong--f*** that pseudo-McCarthyite a****le Jeff Pearlman for spreading innuendo around about him and Biggio.
@TellMyWifeISaidHello @capnsparrow @ABSmileBunch And more useful on defense than he's given credit for--not having a good throwing arm wasn't as big a deal during that era anyway, and he blocked the plate and handled pitchers well.
@Lobo If Kershaw can be as consistent as Maddux over the rest of his career and pitches until he's forty, he'll be at least one of the two or three greatest pitchers of all time, with the caveat that starters in a five man rotation have a hard time producing as much total value as those in a four man rotation, much less pre-live ball era starters. But I would expect Kershaw to peak at some point in the next five years, possibly at or near the levels that Maddux and maybe even Pedro reached, before gradual decline begins.
@PFP 2016 Dear Mr. Maddux,
Please wear a suit for your induction speech at Cooperstown next July--and don't pee on anyone.
M. Scott Eiland
Uh oh--you know *know* how this is going to turn out. . .:
[Late June 2014 game at Wrigley, 80 degrees at game time, wind blowing out to dead center at 20 MPH, Joe Blanton on the mound for the visitors]
[Cubs hit eight consecutive home runs in the bottom of the third]\
LYONS: [screaming into the microphone] : STOP KILLING THE RALLY, YOU BUTTHEADS!
[Lyons falls to the ground twitching and raving, and is taken off by men in white coats. Let's assume they're groundskeepers. Yeah, we'll go with that]
CUB FANS: [form an honor guard around Lyons as he is carried out] Gabba gabba, one of us! [Exeunt omnes]
1 week, 1 day ago on 2013 Dodgers in Review #25: SP Matt Magill
@steelmohawk @dodgersdan @TheReggieHurley He'd be a great one--and it would prevent about ten to fifteen double plays a year that happen because he hits the ball so hard that even with his speed it's an easy DP. He walks enough to get his OBP up into the first class range, and K's are *less* of a concern in the leadoff spot as long as overall OBP is solid, not more.
1 week, 3 days ago on Third Base Market Only Getting Tougher For Dodgers
@steelmohawk @WBBsAs (Cat-hoarding Bag Lady Investigators) There's probably an incentive clause in there for "x number of times that Player engages in douchey behavior over imagined and/or exaggerated slights towards THE CODE." [footnote: " THE CODE is not referenced in the glossary of this contract, because it is unwritten--just suffice it to say if Player acts like a @$$#ole towards the other team X number of times during the season for no discernible reason he gets the money."]
@ThtsaPaddlin Rookie sitting in the Padres' dugout for opening day at Dodger Stadium in 2062: What kind of numbers do you think Clayton Kershaw would put up in today's game?
Padre Veteran: (nods toward the mound) Time for you to find out, kid. Good luck.
@PagansOedipalComplex @EephusBlue I'd add one simple rule to the current PED rules--teams get *no* salary relief if they sign a player with a prior PED offense to a new contract, and he comes up positive again. The money goes to charity (the team can choose the charity, if they're so inclined). That would make it a judgment call--is he going to do it again? If he does, you lose the money you were going to pay him for that period.
1 week, 3 days ago on 2013 Dodgers in Review #24: SP Ted Lilly
@Chris Jackson Ouch--gonna be a lot of unhappy people on my Facebook friends list for the next couple of weeks. . .
1 week, 4 days ago on 2013 Dodgers in Review #24: SP Ted Lilly