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@Blue Simian @MScottEilandUh huh. Were you watching He Who Bunts during the playoffs? The single greatest highlight for the Dodgers was Juan Uribe *failing* to bunt in a situation where bunting was *profoundly* moronic, and managing to hit one in the seats. Joe Torre had four rings when he arrived at Chavez Ravine--it didn't stop *him* from handling his roster incompetently (hint--benching Ethier and Kemp to give Juan Pierre playing time should have meant the job of any man whose fingerprints were on it).
4 hours, 19 minutes ago on Brandon League Isn’t Making Any New Friends
@joelydanger @MScottEilandIf you're going to eat the $15 million anyway, why wait for a trade? If someone want to try to make the Dodgers look foolish by turning Brandon League into the next Trevor Hoffman--or even the next Tom Niedenfuer--by picking him up as a free agent I wish them all the luck in the world. I'll even cheer for the guy when he isn't pitching against the Dodgers.
4 hours, 34 minutes ago on Brandon League Isn’t Making Any New Friends
@Blue Simian @NoHitWin2008When we saw Dee Gordon last year, he was a super fast, low OBP, zero power crappy shortstop. In spring training this year, he's been a super fast (and yes, better percentage base stealer than before, for whatever that's worth in spring training) low OBP, zero power, newly minted and not so great fielding second baseman. Am I missing a diamond in the saliva covered sunflower seed shells here?
4 hours, 39 minutes ago on Brandon League Isn’t Making Any New Friends
@joelydanger @MScottEilandThe contract shouldn't be his undoing--refusing to deal with the fact that the contract was a mistake is what should be his undoing if he persists. Bad contracts happen. Forcing the bad contract to lose you even more games as you go forward rather than disposing of the problem is the unforgivable offense.
4 hours, 44 minutes ago on Brandon League Isn’t Making Any New Friends
@Purple Drank @NoHitWin2008@MScottEilandThat tends to validate the fear I had when Mattingly got extended--he's going to be a yes man for the worst excesses of current management. Pierre remained on the roster far too long, League is following the same route, and we're being asked to believe that Guerrero is so awful at second that we have to tolerate a apparently awful as ever Dee Gordon doing on the job training there (I won't even dwell on the horror of Chown as one of the 25 going to Chavez Ravine). Is anyone buying any of this?
5 hours, 8 minutes ago on Brandon League Isn’t Making Any New Friends
@joelydanger @MScottEilandI find it hard to believe that anyone seriously looks at Gordon (or, God help us, Chown Figgins) and Guerrero and thinks that Guerrero is less ready to start at second--unless the news is somehow failing to report Guerrero is literally crapping next to the second base bag every time he takes the field. As for League, you just validated my observation that the League situation is Pierre redux--a vastly inferior player is taking up space and costing better players time in the field (or, in this case, the 25 man roster). Inability to admit errors to this degree should cost the man his job.
5 hours, 12 minutes ago on Brandon League Isn’t Making Any New Friends
@Hoze That will be the new Mendoza line: "would Houston take you for MLB minimum?" If the answer to that question is "no," you are the MLB equivalent of the horse ready for the glue factory.
5 hours, 24 minutes ago on Brandon League Isn’t Making Any New Friends
I'm getting the same feeling I got when I saw Ethier and Kemp losing playing time to Juan bleeping Pierre, regarding both the bullpen and second base. I know that Mattingly gets stupid ideas in his head that couldn't be dislodged with nuclear weapons, but what in the name of Branch Rickey makes him think that Gordon is a starting second baseman or that giving Brandon League a spot on the twenty-five man roster is anything but weapons-grade idiocy?
5 hours, 32 minutes ago on Brandon League Isn’t Making Any New Friends
To any Dodger fan from the mid-eighties and before, the phrase "Guerrero needs to learn how to slide" sends a chill of horrid memory down their spine. Someone needs to deal with this problem, and now.
1 week ago on Beckett & Maholm return in style, Guerrero needs sliding practice
My dire prediction--if League is left on the roster he will be to the 2014 Dodgers what Dave Goltz was to the 1980 Dodgers: a mistake that management fails to dispose of until he deals catastrophic damage to the team in a crucial situation. And yes, I know that Goltz remained on the roster in 1981 and was awful then, too--it will mortally offend me if League sucks all year *and* gets a World Series ring out of the deal.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Is It Possible To Trade Brandon League?
I'm just going to call him E.A.--who's with me! :-)
Pull--the--chain. The money is gone, wasting a precious spot on the 25 man roster due to unwillingness to admit failure just compounds the blunder.
I'm strongly against a platoon unless it's absolutely necessary to compensate for a critical weakness--not just to squeeze out a few more percentage points. Benches are stretched thin enough these days (and given that the Dodgers will be utterly wasting a roster space on League, theirs may be thinner than most) without unnecessarily making the problem worse. Also, any move that increases by even a little the chance that Chown "The Out Bleeder" Figgins will be on the 25 man roster is per se a horrible idea.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on What Would A Platoon At Second Base Look Like?
Whoever is responsible for giving Chown #18 (implying that he will be on the roster wasting space and outs come Opening Day) needs to be fired. Preferably into polar orbit via ICBM along with Chown himself.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on 2014 Spring Training Preview: Second Base
Sorry, but if he shows up here I'm pronouncing it "Chown" every single time. I'm certainly not putting up with a crap player *and* having to acknowledge the lamest pronunciation in MLB on my favorite team.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Dodgers Sign Chone Figgins, And I Make Archer Jokes
Or another self eye-gouging inducing thread involving pseudo-hippies who hate sabermetrics and Mike Trout.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Clayton Kershaw Signs For Only Some of The Years and Some Of The Dollars
I wonder if Curt Schilling covers his ears with a towel every time Mitch Williams uses a microphone. :-P
Deanna Troi senses great sarcasm from Mr. Kenny.
Awesome--now let's get Tanaka and crush the Yankees' spirit!
@EephusBlue@capnsparrow@DKDodgersAnd stolen bases are overrated in offensive value--particularly given the OBP/SLG standards of MLB during Piazza's career. Greg Maddux was literally *horrible* at keeping guys from stealing. Didn't seem to slow him down very much.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on So The Dodgers Really Did Want Every Closer Ever