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I sometimes feel like I'm drowning in gifs/pics here but good to see you!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Improving the 2014 Dodgers: Third Base
@SummerSaint @BlueMarvin Uribe pretty much was every day 3B well before playoffs, but agree it still took too long. But also agree there were health concerns with him well into this season, given recent history. I don't think it was all idiotic but it did take them too long. At least they cut bait with Cruz fairly quickly this year.
I'd take Freese, too. The options are really limited.
I love the Uribe turnaround story but agree it'd be hard to imagine counting on that continuing more than a few more months. I wouldn't mind them bringing either Uribe or Ellis back as a solid backup option but hard to imagine getting much production going forward. Boy I wish we had better 3B options in minors. Seager will likely move there soon but not ready for majors for a couple more years.
Bleh to these times. Bleh!
Well Games 1 and 2 I should be able to see all or most of. Yeah, leaving work early next week is probably not gonna happen for me. Maybe time to get a DVR finally.
2 months ago on NLCS Times Announced
I expect this won't be true next year, even if Uribe is solid again (for us or someone else) the Astros should be better. But gosh, astonishing.
2 months, 1 week ago on Yet Another Reason Why Juan Uribe Is Amazing
@PuntoForPresident (PuigForPrimeMinister) I liked it. I especially liked this:
"The best we can do now is internalize a lesson learned, that overreacting to a slow start can look really foolish. That and watch the Dodgers as they head into October with what might be their best shot at a World Series in 25 years."
That piece praises Hanley's contributions more than anything, btw.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Okay, Now We Can Talk About the Dodger Playoff Roster
Well done.This is everything in a nutshell. Selfishly I'd love to see our resl lineup out there when I see Dodgers in SF next week, but logically I know it'd be better to do as you suggest and rest most of the starters where possible. And *especially* Hanley, who hurt himself twice in that damned ballpark this year. (Maybe he csn pinch hit.) Kemp definitely needs to play more, while still getting days off. We all know it, if Dodgers are to have any chance in playoffs they need all their weapons healthy and rested.
As for pen I have no idea other than I think wilson is a lock, and belisario seriously has me worried again.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on What’s Left For the Dodgers to Do In the Regular Season?
@Capnsparrow @Crushinator (Bender lover) @Ryan_Villain Unless the next guy is current announcer, Eric Collins. ;)
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Looking Ahead to the 2014 SNLA Broadcast Team
I'm excited that there's an opportunity to change this because while Collins doesn't offend me either, he's really not all that good, and Lyons can be hilariously asinine. And I tire of the two of them blathering and bickering among themselves. Dodgers can definitely do better. I'd love to snag one of the Giants announcers, whether Jon Miller (who could see himself as heir apparent to Scully) or Dave Flemming, who does Giants radio and is excellent. (The Giants can suck it but these two announcers are good.) Could Josh Suchon have a shot? I know there are also some other good minor league broadcasters that people like though I'm not as familiar with some of them. I just worry they'll go BIG and BOLD and FAMOUS and hire loud mouths who will make us miss Coll-Lyons.
There won't be a better "call-upon 9/1 than Matt Kemp. Stay healthy Bison!Yeah otherwise I imagine pinch runner extraordinaire Gordon and SVS the sluggin stache are about the only other useful players coming. Other thsn a pitcher like Guerra. The catching situation is weird. Having a third would be good but Butera is pretty shitty. Baker would be slightly better but 'meh.'
3 months, 1 week ago on Preparing for Expanded September Rosters
@paulitically_incorrect AZ hasn't been beating the teams they should beat lately, while the Dodgers have, so there's that at least. Obviously things can change and shift. And yeah the head-to-heads with AZ will be obviously key regardless.
4 months ago on Dodgers @ Cardinals August 7, 2013: Who Needs Defense?
Yeah...Good luck Ricky! I'll be happy with a split in this series.
I *would* like to see Dee get some reps at 2nd as a backup to MEllis, but I realize with Hanley out right now that becomes less possible. But eventually at least...
Great piece, Mike. Thanks! Glad you (and Will Leitch, and Chad and Tim Brown--seriously, glad all of you) tackled this and nailed it. Maybe we can all move on now and just enjoy watching Puig and his growth.
I liked Mark Ellis quote (via ESPN): "Nobody would watch baseball if everybody was like me. You need guys like him that are entertaining"
5 months ago on So Everyone Hates Yasiel Puig Now
@SpaceOptimusDamus (optimistic math cat) @craigary Thanks, I try to be an optimistic cat, too. ;) Though this season has been a real test of that.
6 months ago on Who Is Responsible For the Never-Ending String of Dodger Injuries?
On the plus side, Hanley looks to be making great contact right off the bat. He had some bad luck of his own last night--some good defense and/or balls hit right at people, before finally doubling late. If we could just have a frickin lineup in which we have Kemp healthy (plus Puig!), CC back, Van Slyke + Ethier platooning, AJ Ellis back (not that Fed and Hernandez are doing that poorly), Punto healthier, and then HanRam plus Gonzalez mashing, they should score more runs. But, y'know, it's hard to feel confident that this will happen for more than like a day before someone else gets hurt.
Thanks for doing this Mike. Someone had to! Despite the fact that there are *some* reasons for *some* of the injuries -- or at least some are less surprising (like CC's hammy and the fact that Kemp is still recovering from his from last year, and a couple of the pitchers are older) -- I still don't remember seeing a team with this much crap, fluky bad luck in a long time. I mean we had two pitchers injured in the same inning the other night. Fortunately both appear okay but sheesh. Might as well blame Jobu or Shpunt or whoever alongside the training staff. I do think Ned shares some blame for putting together a somewhat aging or injury prone roster (again, just in some cases, doesn't explain all), and even the farm/drafting staff for not getting us enough good depth in the minors--though how many systems have depth at every single position which is about what the Dodgers have needed this year. It's the "perfect storm" of fluke luck, a few aging players in worst case scenarios, bad luck with pitchers, and whatever curse has been laid upon us.
Hard to blame Donnie when more than half his desired lineup has been out or banged up and 7 starting pitchers (!) have been on the DL.
@JFK03 Dave Cameron who also called the Mariners the 6th best org in baseball (thus we call him Dave "#6 Org" Cameron) about 4 years ago and nothing since then has shown them to be within 15 spots of that designation. But anyway, I digress.
7 months ago on So You Want to Fire Your Manager
@LurkingAtWork @Shmolnick As I said above, Joe Maddon is the one guy I think would get better results. Maybe. And he's not available. Trey Hillman? Please. Tim Wallach? Like him, but see no evidence he would manage much differently or be an improvement. Tony LaRussa? (as a Giants fan acquaintance insists to me will be the next Dodger manager) No. Davey Lopes might be more fiery than Donnie, maybe he'd get results, I don't see much from his track record to suggest it though.
Mike and Jon Weisman both killing it today in addressing this topic. Will this shaddup the masses looking to tar and feather a scapegoat? No. But it's something. (As I've said before, unless the Dodgers can somehow finagle Joe Maddon away from Tampa, which I'd fully support, I'm not sure who else is out there who would be a clear improvement. I'm frankly not sure who's out there who has the magic elixir that would fix all the injuries and some of the general (mis)management at this point other than maybe Gandalf the Grey. (I think he's busy.)
@Lobo @craigary thanks, wasn't sure how to do that and test it without screwing something up.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Is It Time For Yasiel Puig Now? How About Now? (No.)