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@utterpower Also, how much water does it take to clean those things?
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Ivanpah Solar Plant Owners Want To Burn a Lot More Natural Gas
@DavidBecerra For three innings.
1 year, 5 months ago on NLCS Game 6, Part 2: Why Is This Still Happening
Also, WRT questions like "is the Angels' season over?", one could calculate the kind of run the Halos would need to go on in order to win the division, but, apparently, the author of this piece wasn't interested in doing so. Pity.
1 year, 9 months ago on Is the Angels' season over?
Look. If you're going to try and answer questions like "whose fault is it", there are obvious places to go for answers, like, you know, Baseball-Reference.
<a href="http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/AL/2013.shtml">Runs/game</a>: 4.41, <i>exactly</i> league average.
<a href="http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/AL/2013.shtml#teams_standard_pitching::3">Runs/game allowed</a>: 4.76, well <i>over</i> the league average of 4.36, third worst in the league.
It doesn't help that Scioscia keeps running out Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols as though they were career-prime Hall of Famers, or even stars, because they're not. The offense is mediocre, the pitching is terrible. It's a combination sure to elicit a high draft pick next year, which is good, because they're gonna need it.
@koufaxmachine @Vin_Skully And who will collect the delicious, delicious candy filling the middle?
1 year, 10 months ago on If There’s One Good Reason to Fire Don Mattingly…
@EephusBlue Honestly, I'm not convinced he would be great. His free agency deals from the mid-2000's were frequent busts, from memory.
@Disgruntled Goat @Mike Petriello @scareduck Why, why yes. It sounds like you did defend the Nedster.
If I squint hard, the team hasn't been making terrible individual decisions, mostly, but the overall outcome has been horrendous.
@PuigsBat...Whoops(Devils advocate) @scareduck Yes, the top dollar for mediocrity.
@Mike Petriello @scareduck While I certainly would welcome a change in the front office, as you say, the recent extension makes that highly unlikely. And while you're right that we have little evidence that ownership is directly behind a lot of these stupid contracts, it does seem to me that the Stan Kasten Dodgers have been very eager to spend. Maybe that's the first blush of the ownership rose; the team spends like Steinbrenners without restraint. Not that they can't change their approach, but I would like to see some evidence of this first.
@EephusBlue That's awesome!
@Mike Petriello @JohnM (MSTI Elitist/Hipster) Agreed there. She's almost a sort of permanent government in exile for any team that needs a GM.
My guess is she would be more of a caretaker GM. Not great, not awful, but certainly not somebody who would nix the idea of a truly awful deal if ownership got a wild hair and decided to throw 10 years/$250M at Manny Ramirez (say).
The sad part is, we all know who deserves to be the man shouldering the blame, if there is one, and that’s the same man I’ve been wanting to see exiled since at least 2007. But Ned Colletti has a newly-minted long-term extension tucked into his cowboy boots, and a change in the front office seems very far from imminent.
And honestly, given current ownership, it is far from clear that would make a difference. The Angels have been making terrible front office decisions since at least the Tony Reagins era, particularly with respect to letting untethered free agency deals. Maybe it's just bias from watching both teams, but it seems to me that, particularly for the bigger deals, the GM is merely a hand to put pen to paper; the real locomotive is ownership.
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2 years ago on Media Savvy: Top 20 Dodgers blogs
Have you looked at Vargas' career splits in Angel Stadium? They're even better than his numbers at Safeco.
I like this deal, for both teams.
2 years, 3 months ago on Halo Headlines: reactions to the Morales-Vargas trade, estimating a Mike Trout extension, sexy baseball GMs
@Mike Petriello Sorry, that should be 42%.
2 years, 4 months ago on Report: New Dodger Television Deal to Triple Sale Price?
@Mike Petriello It is as Antonio_G describes. Geoff Young, formerly of the Ducksnorts blog and now with Baseball Prospectus, has done a wonderful job covering this (and I highly recommend following his Twitter feed, @ducksnorts ). His most recent piece on the subject I can find at BPro is here:
The saga of the TV coverage is appalling; 43% of San Diego households can't see a single Padres game thanks to the deadlock between Time Warner and AT&T on one side, and Fox Sports San Diego on the other. I really wonder how much of that deal Fox is eating now because there's no cable TV buy-in in nearly half their projected market.
Largely, I look at the San Diego Padres TV situation as precursor for the Dodgers' proposed TV deal. Sure, the Dodgers may <i>get</i> a network (such as Fox) to contractually pony up for some obscene amount of money. The real question is, will the individual cable providers balk? I would be willing to bet the answer is "yes". There could be years where wide swaths of the LA cable TV market don't see a single game.
2 years, 7 months ago on Dodgers scrapbooks: Fifty years ago today
Pujols was a notable risk given his age. Even as a superstar, it was questionable at the time whether his April 2011 was a one-off or an impending sign of collapse -- as was the HALVING of his unintentional walk rate dating back to the All-Star break that year.
I don't think you make much of a case for the moves involved being "crowdsourced", other than perhaps that they were things casual fans might suggest.
2 years, 10 months ago on Does Jerry Dipoto run the team by crowdsourcing? | May
@keirdubois Isn't that the #Padres' slogan?
3 years, 2 months ago on The Real Slogans of Major League Baseball | January