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Interesting request about Grandal, doesn't he grade out to be a pretty poor defensive catcher?  As for Martin, I think it is tough for young players that come up and have success in NY or LA as they get sucked into the celebrity lifestyle and if they are not careful it derails their career.  Only Russell know if he was working as hard on his game after he arrived as he did coming up through the minors, but there were certainly more distractions.  It is funny that Martin is considered such a quality defensive catcher because when he was in blue I used to always complain about his blocking ability. 

2 days, 12 hours ago on Did The Dodgers Make A Mistake In Non-Tendering Russell Martin in 2010?

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@I wear shoes in Hentucky Only if you think aggression is something you can do defensively.  The aggression that Yellow is talking about is driving the ball to the basket.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Rebels move to 2-0 with another rally and hard-fought victory at home

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Again this season the offense doesn't have enough off ball movement and is dependent on the ball handler breaking down his defender with dribble penetration.  This is great for the pro game but most college PGs aren't good enough to base an entire offense around this principle.  More off ball screens to spring the shooters loose for open shots or free up the post players with better post position would have been a pleasant surprise.  

I know that everyone wants UNLV to press and trap on the defensive side of the ball but one thing that appears to be different from the games that I remember when that was our staple is that there is so many timeout in the game so it is difficult to get any flow or really fatigue the opponent with a press.  Maybe someone knows for sure but has the NCAA increased the number of team or media timeouts in the last 20 years?  For me it almost makes the game less enjoyable to watch as there are timeouts taken within one minute of a previous timeout.

4 days, 13 hours ago on Instant Analysis: Rebels miss 15 free throws to make things interesting, still win

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@I wear shoes in Hentucky You don't have to listen, stop going to the games and reading stories about the team and everyone can be happy.

4 days, 14 hours ago on Rebels move to 2-0 with another rally and hard-fought victory at home

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@CharlesAdler  Exactly who is overrating them?  Most fans that sit around me at the T&M realize that this is a pretty young roster that will have some individual talent but will make a lot of mistakes.  They should be entertaining to watch and develop but I don't think I've heard anyone indicate that the expectations are for much more than to edge into the tournament if everything goes right.

6 days, 13 hours ago on Doolin delivers in UNLV debut, leading Rebels to 60-59 victory

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@Yellow_Evan13 @I wear shoes in Hentucky Yellow, I agree and not only were we the more aggressive team the majority of the second half but the MSU big guys didn't move very well.  They were the players picking up early fouls in the second half which pushed their team into the bonus pretty early.  For fans that actually watch/attend the game instead of just read the stat sheet/box score, foul disparity is usually not because of officiating bias, but the losing team's fans will always cry about it. 

6 days, 13 hours ago on Doolin delivers in UNLV debut, leading Rebels to 60-59 victory

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6 days, 17 hours ago on Doolin delivers in UNLV debut, leading Rebels to 60-59 victory

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@Lobo true, but Max is younger than Zack and I also don't think there is anyway that ZG doesn't opt out so you may end up paying the same price for either guy.  The one year of having them both can be offset by losing HanRam and dropping Beckett's contract.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Brandon McCarthy Is a Good Fit for the Dodgers

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@Lobo one pick lost, one pick gained.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Brandon McCarthy Is a Good Fit for the Dodgers

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I know that the idea of signing Scherzer sounds crazy because of the money laid out in SP, but does anyone else think that it is a good hedge bet in case Greinke opts out of his contract after next year.  If you sign Max there is no real danger of losing ZG, who has already said he will sign where the money is so I have to think the Dodgers would have to redo his contract.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Brandon McCarthy Is a Good Fit for the Dodgers

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When would Billingsley be back into a throwing program based on the latest injury?  I'm sure they will buy him out but he should definitely be considered on an incentive contract.  I don't think anyone will give him multi-year deal until they can see he is healthy and if he can get back to close to normal I'd take him as a 4th starter any day.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Dan Haren Exercises His 2015 Option

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@NoCalExPat No personal dislike, a reflection of her job results.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rebels have chances at Utah State, but comes up short in 14-point defeat

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@the great dick tater  the reality is that at this level, title contending team, to win the WS you have to have some luck.  It is the difference between a shallow fly ball that the outfielder has to dive to catch and a pop up that is just out of the reach of the shortstop.  Having a player perform way above career norms for a 6 week period.  It is not disparaging their ability because if you are not talented there is no way you are in the position to benefit from some good luck but to act like it is some kind of magic sauce that everyone should be trying to copy is foolish.  The best thing to do is keep your team highly competitive so they can benefit as well.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Logan White Leaves Dodgers For Padres

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If you want to be an athletic director don't you think one of the qualifications should be the ability to hire quality coaches?  So far TK Murphy has shown no ability to evaluate the situation and make the right choice in the coaching arena. She jerked Chambers around although he got the team to the playoffs, and she couldn't act fast enough to extend Hauck after his only winning season.  UNLV athletics is a mess with no solution in sight.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Rebels have chances at Utah State, but comes up short in 14-point defeat

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This coach indicated that this was his best team, either he has no ability to judge talent or the talent is not properly coached.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Live Blog: If UNLV can upset Utah State, the Rebels would have their first 2014 winning streak

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@Jeremy_N @Ashamed Meth Goat  @exceedingly boring potato  A few?  How about one?  I've burned so many Oregon betting tickets the last few years that if Iwould have saved them I could start a bonfire.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on A Week Of Sitting And Waiting

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@Subtle Euphemism aka Jonathan Lingo  Since it is always hot in AZ can I suggest a light blue seersucker?

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Report: De Jon Watson To Leave For Diamondbacks

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@Purple Drank  While we saw the Rockies screw up two squeeze plays last week, when the 90' is the last 90' in scoring a run it can look mighty good.  When you have someone that can bunt, like last night, it ends up being a pretty sure thing. 

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Pedro Baez, Setup Man?

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@Dustin Nosler  Alright, when the lid is up, open air basketball.  That's thinking outside the box.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Pedro Baez, Setup Man?

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Other than Jansen every reliever should be in a matchup role.  The problem with most managers in MLB is they get suckered into trying to establish roles that must be adhered to regardless of the situation.  Which is why the Brewers blew a game in which they allowed Broxton to face (I think) four left handed batters in the 8th inning.  Why, because that is his role.  If we had even another reliever pushing the same quality stats as Jansen I would even say that the sacred 9th inning is not locked into a single pitcher.  Matchup management is the way to go.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Pedro Baez, Setup Man?

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how bad is your team with a gecko hitting in the 3rd spot

2 months ago on Mailbag #11: Playoff Rotation, Mattingly’s Effect, Front Office, Joc Concerns

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@capnsparrow  @DBrim The white sox shorts were the best.  Made everyone look like a beer leaguer.

2 months ago on Mailbag #11: Playoff Rotation, Mattingly’s Effect, Front Office, Joc Concerns

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@cvrinc  Great for LA residence but for those of us "in market" but not in LA we are still stuck watching it on the computer.  Ban blackouts!!!

2 months, 1 week ago on Wins above replacement loves the Dodgers’ position players, mostly

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@nsxtasy  at dodger stadium I've never once bought tickets ahead of time, there are so many tickets available on the drive up to the parking lot and most times you can get them at face value or less.  At other stadiums I'm not sure what the resale market looks like but for Dodger Stadium support the hustlers.

2 months, 1 week ago on Dodgers 4, Padres 0: Get Used To Seeing Dan Haren

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@Purple Drank @nsxtasy @Katze in de cheapau @ak825  although if you can't hit you usually can't walk either because the opposing pitcher has little fear of throwing you strikes.  Unless you think throwing strikes is also luck.

2 months, 1 week ago on Dodgers 4, Padres 0: Get Used To Seeing Dan Haren

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@TheOcelot @DBrim  Not that I want Turner starting at SS but his BABIP only has to be sustainable through October.  No one is suggesting that he has become Tony Gwynn but Marco's BABIP in 2012 was unsustainable but the Gnats rode it through the playoffs.

2 months, 1 week ago on On Why The Dodgers Have To Deal With Hanley Ramirez’ Awful Defense

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@Mike Petriello @nsxtasy wait a few years and that will be a reason to leave town not stay.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Dodgers 5, D’Backs 2: Dee Gordon, Offensive Hero

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@DINGERS! Love how the man boob falls. under his arm.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Brian Wilson Is Losing Velocity

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@Chat dans le chapeau This doesn't provide a conversation % of runners in scoring position to runs scored which is what I want to see how the Dodgers do verse the rest of the league.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Another Reason To Not Worry About Dodgers Bases Loaded Troubles

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@PagansOedipalComplex Just from the eyeball test it appears that they often times out hit the opponent and there is always a discussion about the conversion rate during the game (the Dodgers are one for nine tonight with runners in scoring position) but I've not found that stat on a season's basis.  I don't know if I notice how poorly the Dodgers do because I'm watching through blue tinted glasses and every team sucks.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Another Reason To Not Worry About Dodgers Bases Loaded Troubles

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@PagansOedipalComplex I understand that, which is why I'd like to see how they compare to other teams in their conversion of runners in scoring position or base runners that actually score.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Another Reason To Not Worry About Dodgers Bases Loaded Troubles

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@PagansOedipalComplex I that situation sure, but how does walking in front of the pitcher increase run expectancy?  If Ellis hit second do you think that pitchers would be pitching around him to get to Hanley?  His coveted OBP would fall closer to his BA.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Another Reason To Not Worry About Dodgers Bases Loaded Troubles

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@Purple Drank Do you know where to find the stats needed to determine the conversion rate?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Another Reason To Not Worry About Dodgers Bases Loaded Troubles

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The reason I ask is I know that Ellis is held in high regard here but walking in front of the pitcher's spot doesn't actually drive in any runs and has on many occasions just ended the inning with two runners on base.  The use of obp in the article doesn't make sense to me because the ability to get on base doesn't translate into run production.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Another Reason To Not Worry About Dodgers Bases Loaded Troubles

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Is there an easy way to find out how well or poorly the Dodgers do in converting runners in scoring position to runs and how they compare to the rest of the league.  I don't care at all about the bases loaded situation but I'm much more interested in the stranded runner rate.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Another Reason To Not Worry About Dodgers Bases Loaded Troubles

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@Omer (beercoozie)  Not I as he had two WS rings on his fingers.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Nationals @ Dodgers Sept. 3, 2014: Joc Pederson Rides Again

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@ tomato @Tommy D   .........................and take Ned with you.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Nationals @ Dodgers Sept. 3, 2014: Joc Pederson Rides Again

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@Tommy D   If only that was Stan Kasten in the black outfit.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Nationals @ Dodgers Sept. 3, 2014: Joc Pederson Rides Again

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@foldamort choking has nothing to do with it, it is more like not having a basic plan on how to attack the specific pitcher in that situation.  when even an out will produce a run there should be specific pitches that the batter should be looking for and then it is a matter of executing once the batter sees that pitch.  If a batter has trouble with pitch identification (many do and are still MLB quality players) then the chance of success is less during high leverage situations.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Nationals @ Dodgers Sept. 3, 2014: Joc Pederson Rides Again

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@OCDodger  Those that don't believe in situational hitting know that it will all even out.  So for the next 100 bases loaded situations we will hit over .500, I guess.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Nationals @ Dodgers Sept. 3, 2014: Joc Pederson Rides Again

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What is it with the Dodgers base running, three guys trying to score from second on balls that don't leave the infield?  Do they have a coach at third or a lawn statue?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Dodgers 4, Nationals 1: Clayton Kershaw gives an MVP-esque performance

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Anybody know if MLB network will blackout today's game in-market?

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Dodgers Add Five Players, Headlined By Pederson And Guerrero

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Until the Dodgers figure out how to improve the offensive production from the catching position the offense will remain inconsistent.  While Ellis's OBP is fine, you're not driving in many runs with a BB and Butera is just horrible.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Padres 2, Dodgers 1: Walked Off In Extras, Again

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