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@Casey the DeliMan @Math Space Cat @MScottEiland  Guess I should have said "He Who Bunts" instead--no ambiguity about who I mean for that one. 

7 hours, 33 minutes ago on You’ll Never Escape Ned Colletti, Ever

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I see having Ned around as an opportunity, not a burden.  Every time DM makes a boneheaded decision this year, we'll have a living example of epic boneheadedness there to compare it to.

7 hours, 36 minutes ago on You’ll Never Escape Ned Colletti, Ever

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@uosɹədəɔıu sɹəƃpop ʎɹəʌ™  "Hitting home runs kills rallies."  There are containers of discarded medical waste that have more talent than Steve Lyons.

7 hours, 41 minutes ago on You’ll Never Escape Ned Colletti, Ever

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Read ESPN.com's top 25 article.  Surprised that CK being second didn't bring out the Skip Bayless wannabe trolls, depressed that the main species of troll in the comments were the ones that still won't admit Mike Trout is the best player in MLB.  Puig sitting at 19 is a good spot for him, plenty of room to improve:


http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/12591623/top-25-players

1 day, 1 hour ago on Say A Prayer for The Remnants Of That 2014 Dodger Bullpen

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@†ymathee @juanhenry So the Angels win 86 games, miss the playoffs, and Trout gets screwed out of the AL MVP for the third time in the last four years?  Seems legit.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Say A Prayer for The Remnants Of That 2014 Dodger Bullpen

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@Disgruntled Goat Next contract time:  (players approve the same rules for service time and hope no one in the media or the fan base remembers this controversy).

1 day, 16 hours ago on Dodgers Sign Freddy Garcia, Because You’re Never Too Old To Dream

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Anyone for organizing a "how many clearly stupid bunts will DM order this year?" pool?  Or just an overs and unders line?

1 day, 16 hours ago on Dodgers Sign Freddy Garcia, Because You’re Never Too Old To Dream

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*looks wistfully at Adrian Beltre sitting atop ESPN's 3B rankings, then remembers that the years 2005-2009 were rather mediocre for him*

2 days, 8 hours ago on One Week To Go, Who Makes It To Opening Day?

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@pjbruno @†ymathee @Purple Drank @TheConman  Can't be Plaschke--multiple sentences in the paragraph.  And "nerds" isn't faux creative enough for his impulses to denigrate people who actually know things.

2 days, 8 hours ago on One Week To Go, Who Makes It To Opening Day?

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@uosɹədəɔıu sɹəƃpop ʎɹəʌ™  If he was, he could bat leadoff instead of bleeping Rollins.

2 days, 15 hours ago on One Week To Go, Who Makes It To Opening Day?

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@OSaltyOne  Hiro is awesome, but the "what lame way will we use to neutralize his game-breaking powers this week?" routine got a little old after a while.

4 days, 13 hours ago on Yet Another Tough Spring Training For Zack Greinke

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@OSaltyOne  I'll start taking the AP nerds seriously when they declare holy war on Plaschke and his f***ing one sentence paragraph fetish.

4 days, 13 hours ago on Yet Another Tough Spring Training For Zack Greinke

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@KMT59 @MScottEiland  Can't tell--I don't remember ever seeing a picture of him with his middle that visible.  Hope I look that good at 87.

5 days, 6 hours ago on Brandon League Helps Clear Up The 40-Man Roster Crunch

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@KMT59  Just remember to use the whole name "Enrique Hernandez" and you'll be fine, big guy.  :-)

5 days, 6 hours ago on Brandon League Helps Clear Up The 40-Man Roster Crunch

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Good point.  *ships large amount of "Carolina Reaper" peppers stamped with "mild" to AE*  ]:-)

5 days, 6 hours ago on Brandon League Helps Clear Up The 40-Man Roster Crunch

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Memo to Andre Ethier:  have you ever considered taking up rugby as a hobby?  Or cross country running through very rocky terrain?  I hear things like that can be fun--and don't worry about doing any training first.  Training before doing dangerous things is for wimps!

5 days, 7 hours ago on Brandon League Helps Clear Up The 40-Man Roster Crunch

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@KMT59  [insert obligatory derisive comment regarding DM being a f***ing idiot as far as lineup construction goes here]

5 days, 9 hours ago on Changes Are Coming To The 40-Man Roster

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@†ymathee  *Bill James' astral presence slaps the living hell out of Plaschke for his BS*

5 days, 10 hours ago on Changes Are Coming To The 40-Man Roster

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@†ymathee  *finishes great interview, flips mike away, Plaschke runs off to write another column*

5 days, 10 hours ago on Changes Are Coming To The 40-Man Roster

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@DINGERS!   *adds two items to list of things that I've told the AP stylesheet to go f*** itself about*

5 days, 10 hours ago on Changes Are Coming To The 40-Man Roster

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@Purple Drank  It's what Ben Johnson used when he wanted to run faster *and* be cheerful.

5 days, 10 hours ago on Changes Are Coming To The 40-Man Roster

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@nsxtasy  Someone call Pedro and see if he's up for some spot starts before his induction ceremony in July.  :-)

6 days, 7 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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Wham line from the SI article this week on Bryce Harper:  "And yet, the most critical player in Washington's World Series plan is a 22-year-old who in 1,489 major league plate appearances has never faced a pitcher younger than himself. . ." Jackie Robinson was *30 years old* before he got that many plate appearances.

6 days, 7 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@uosɹədəɔıu sɹəƃpop ʎɹəʌ™  Someone's gotta do it.  Once Molitor got voted in the the HoF, I think the time to legitimately say "DH's aren't *real* players" ended.  Edgar Martinez clearly belongs.  So does Thome.

6 days, 7 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@shotgunhomie @James Loney Apologist  A-Rod got ten times worse than that *before* anyone knew he was cheating.  It was almost as obnoxious as Bryce Harper-hating has gotten.

6 days, 7 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@PagansOedipalComplex @James Loney Apologist *does a bit of research*  If Luhnow was leaking medical results without permission, MLB and/or the law should come down on him hard.

6 days, 7 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@PagansOedipalComplex  That's sort of a reverse Greg Oden situation.  Astro fans should line up to kiss his posterior for saving all that dough and giving them another high draft pick this year.

6 days, 7 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@DodgersFan @Purple Drank @Math Space Cat  *starts "Circle of Life" on the blog jukebox*

6 days, 8 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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That Hernandez guy's stock is rising; hopefully, they can trade him for someone good who won't be the cause of Mr. Scully being picketed due to a slip of the tongue. 

6 days, 8 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@Iron Man Returns  Because someone broke it to DM that it was impossible to bat him tenth?

6 days, 10 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@DroogyDodger   I wonder if Plaschke has to do spring training exercises to reach regular season levels of idiocy?  Watching Puig while chewing lead paint chips would probably do the trick for him.

6 days, 10 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@Iron Man Returns  Was looking for information about that old show he did about famous disasters "Disasters:  How and Why?"--can't  find anything online about it other than one "whatever happened to--?" post.  Weird.

6 days, 10 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@Mike Petriello  Buddy Biancalana has more WS rings than Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, Barry Bonds, and Ernie Banks have combined.  Anyone who makes "RINGS!" (and postseason performance in general) the alpha and omega on the value of a major league player is f***ing clueless.

6 days, 10 hours ago on Dodgers bet heavily on Hector Olivera’s elbow holding up

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@Dustin Nosler That's some pretty good production out of the #9 hole.

1 week ago on Mailbag #22: Fifth starter concerns, Guerrero, Ethier, forgotten prospects

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@†ymathee  OK, read it again and realized it was a DH lineup.  Still would rather have Pederson leadoff rather than ninth, or in the heart of the order.

1 week ago on Mailbag #22: Fifth starter concerns, Guerrero, Ethier, forgotten prospects

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@†ymathee  *sigh*  Why is Pederson hitting eighth?  Is this DM's way of maximizing the "f*** you" message to everyone who objected to having Rollins (.316 BA, .316 OBP) lead off?

1 week ago on Mailbag #22: Fifth starter concerns, Guerrero, Ethier, forgotten prospects

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@PagansOedipalComplex @MScottEiland  Also, wasn't some anonymous baseball exec recently claiming that he'd rather have Adam "Not Pac Man" Jones than Trout?  Whole lot of stupid floating around.

1 week ago on Mailbag #22: Fifth starter concerns, Guerrero, Ethier, forgotten prospects

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@PagansOedipalComplex @MScottEiland  my brother in law got a copy of the ESPN baseball preview, and some moron in there was making a convoluted argument how Lucroy's awesome plate framing skills were worth massive amounts of WAR and that that made him more valuable than Mike Trout.  Or something.  The article was making my eyes bleed so I stopped.

1 week ago on Mailbag #22: Fifth starter concerns, Guerrero, Ethier, forgotten prospects

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Memo to every baseball writer in the world who is contemplating writing a column with the theme "[position player who is not Mike Trout] is more valuable than Mike Trout":  DON'T.  It makes you look like an idiot.  Just don't do it.  Thank you.

1 week ago on Mailbag #22: Fifth starter concerns, Guerrero, Ethier, forgotten prospects

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@†ymathee @Mike Petriello  The main problem being that taking starts away from your #3 and #4 starters to give them to your #6 starter seems counterproductive.  Of course, this was the objection to going from the 4 man to the 5 man rotation in the first place with regards to the #1 and #2 starters.

1 week ago on Mailbag #22: Fifth starter concerns, Guerrero, Ethier, forgotten prospects

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@†ymathee @Mike Petriello  How about #1 CK, #2 ZG, #3-#6 everyone else:


12345 12634 12563 12456 (cycle begins again with 12345).


CK and ZG get 33 starts each, the others get 24 each.

1 week ago on Mailbag #22: Fifth starter concerns, Guerrero, Ethier, forgotten prospects

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@Batted Bob @†ymathee @TellMyWifeISaidHello  On the other hand, a greater proportion of the best athletes in the US were going into MLB in those days, even with the racism keeping some out.  As Bill James once pointed out, if the increasing talent curve was *that* steep, you wouldn't have stars having twenty year careers where they were well above average until near the end, because the rising level of talent would drive them out of the game earlier.

1 week ago on Mailbag #22: Fifth starter concerns, Guerrero, Ethier, forgotten prospects

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@†ymathee  I'm sure he could have hit Ruth decently. . .but the Babe would have OPSd about fifty trillion with The Barry on the mound.  :-P

1 week ago on Mailbag #22: Fifth starter concerns, Guerrero, Ethier, forgotten prospects

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@OSaltyOne @capnsparrow  @snaggletooth1 @Mike Petriello Ripken was fine at shortstop--he just wasn't defensively elite.  Compared to what HR gave us the last few years, he was Ozzie bleeping Smith.

1 week, 1 day ago on Dodgers Spend A Ton Of Money On Hector Olivera, Because They Can

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Ugh.  I'm getting Darren Dreifort feelings about this one.  I'd certainly be glad to be proven wrong, and it's certainly nice that the Dodgers would be hurt less than virtually any other team if this one turns out to be an utter waste of money.


It would be nice if we could carry less pitchers to make more space for the bench--can we pick up Old Hoss Radbourne on the waiver wire?  :-)

1 week, 1 day ago on Dodgers Spend A Ton Of Money On Hector Olivera, Because They Can

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My father just sent me a note on Facebook:  "So...the Dodgers traded away their power hitters (Kemp & Ramirez). Then why are they leading all teams with 33 dingers so far this spring?"  Good question. . .

1 week, 2 days ago on Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 113 – Ryu hurt, Guerrero doing well, injuries

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@Lobo @uosɹədəɔıu sɹəƃpop ʎɹəʌ™ He's broken a lot of bones, per Wiki:  "Chan has been injured frequently when attempting stunts; many of them have been shown as outtakes or as bloopers during the closing credits of his films. He came closest to death filming Armour of God, when he fell from a tree and fractured his skull. Over the years, Chan has dislocated his pelvis and also broken numerous parts of body including his fingers, toes, nose, both cheekbones, hips, sternum, neck, ankle, and ribs.[70][71] Promotional materials for Rumble in the Bronx emphasised that Chan performed all of the stunts, and one version of the movie poster even diagrammed his many injuries."

I'm assuming that most if not all of those led to a trip to the hospital and at least a few days downtime.  Granted that he's tough, but even the "minor" injuries there would either interfere with the ability to punch, kick, jump, and run--or would probably be obvious when filming (broken nose, cheekbones).

This isn't criticism, by the way--dude is crazy awesome.

1 week, 3 days ago on Pitchers You Don’t Care About Are Getting Hurt

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Yeah, I did a double take when I saw an article title refer to lost depth in the Dodger pitching staff, with the first reference being to Bedard.  Bedard is so fragile he makes porcelain look like adamantium.  He'd probably spend more time in the hospital than Jackie Chan if he did nothing but sideline throwing and windsprints six months a year.

1 week, 3 days ago on Pitchers You Don’t Care About Are Getting Hurt

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