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@Purple Drank  Last year he had five starts against the 'ants.  He pitched 6.0-7.0 innings in each, and allowed 1, 4, 1, 2, and 1 earned runs.

3 days, 7 hours ago on Dodgers @ Giants April 17, 2014: No Hanley, And Bad History For Ryu

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Maholm's numbers against the 'ants were dreadful going into last night's game, and he pitched a gem.  (No run support, but he pitched a gem.)  Hopefully the same happens with Hyun-Jin today.  Go Blue!

3 days, 7 hours ago on Dodgers @ Giants April 17, 2014: No Hanley, And Bad History For Ryu

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@Purple Drank  That's one toke over the line.  Sweet Jesus.

4 days, 2 hours ago on Dodgers’ prospect Chris Reed throws six no-hit innings

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@capnsparrow @P_F_P  @Tony Fernandez (MSTY Most Informative Poster) Correct.  Last time the Cubs won the World Series was 1908, six years before Wrigley Field was built.  They won seven pennants during 1910-1945, but no series.  They have gone by far the longest of any MLB team without a championship.  I believe second longest is the Cleveland Indians, who have won three pennants since their series win in 1948, including two in the 1990s.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Dodgers’ prospect Chris Reed throws six no-hit innings

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Too many good second basemen is like too many good outfielders or too many good pitchers - there's no such thing.  As Mae West said, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!”  :)

5 days, 10 hours ago on Dee Gordon Making It Interesting As Alex Guerrero Shows Power

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Reminder - tonight's game will be featured nationwide on MLB Network.  (The feed that's included on many cable packages; you don't need the Extra Innings subscription to watch it.)

1 week, 1 day ago on Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 0: Hyun-Jin Ryu, Adrian Gonzalez lead the way

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>> If Gordon is still producing well in a few months, perhaps there’s some legitimacy behind his turnaround and not just SSS numbers.

What are SSS numbers?

1 week, 3 days ago on Dodgers benefting from Dee Gordon’s improved offense

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"Benefting"?  LOL

1 week, 3 days ago on Dodgers benefting from Dee Gordon’s improved offense

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Seth Rosin was DFA'ed today by the Rangers after three appearances, so we could get him back if we wanted.

Also, Mike Baxter cleared waivers and was outrighted to ABQ.  Hope you enjoyed that cup of coffee, Mike.

1 week, 3 days ago on Dodgers fall to Tigers 7-6 in extra-inning game that was boring until it wasn’t

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Woo hoo!  I already bought tickets to the July 8-9 games in Detroit, 280 miles from Chicago.  Megabus tickets just opened up for the summer, and I got my bus tickets from Chicago to Detroit and back for $1 each way.  :)

I also have tickets to the June 23-25 series in Kansas City, 510 miles away, and also scored a Megabus there for $5.  (The return was more expensive so I'm flying back instead.)  :)

1 week, 4 days ago on Reminder: Sliding Head First Is Still The Worst

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Not that we're desperate for relievers, but I sure wish we had held onto Seth Rosin.  Incidentally, he has already appeared for the Rangers, allowing 1H and 0R in his single inning.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Clayton Kershaw and Brian Wilson hurting, but don’t fret too much

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MLB Extra Innings is doing its usual freebie for the first week of the season.  So many of us CAN see this game!

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Dodgers @ Padres April 1, 2014: You Probably Can’t See This Game

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>> Or at least it would be, if anyone cared about the Freeway Series, and wasn’t dying for the season to get started already.

The season already started.  :)  Maybe you mean wasn't dying for the season to get RE-started, LOL!  :)

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Your First Chance To See Zach Lee At Dodger Stadium

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@Dustin Nosler >> Think he'd benefit from the challenge of the PCL.

Not if his stats then take a nosedive.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Roster predictions for Dodgers’ minor-league affiliates

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@jneil I'd be rather surprised if he goes to ABQ.  As noted above, they've generally put the top pitching prospects at Chattanooga, and promoted them from there to the bigs.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Roster predictions for Dodgers’ minor-league affiliates

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How does the team decide who goes to Chattanooga and who goes to Albuquerque?  I assume they view their stats accordingly, taking into account the hitter-friendly bias of ABQ.  But still, for a while it seemed like all the top pitching prospects went to Chattanooga and from there to the bigs.  While the top hitting prospects were stashed in ABQ.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Roster predictions for Dodgers’ minor-league affiliates

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I had hoped we'd figure out a way to keep Rosin.  Could be a big mistake.  Oh well, good luck to him.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Javy Guerra And Seth Rosin Head Off Into The Sunset

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@BlueMarvin @nsxtasy It's not exactly the same risk with those guys, because they were international free-agent signings.  No way there was an option to pay them the MLB minimum.  But yeah, I hear you, you spend a lot of money for a guy who's never played in the bigs but has a lot of potential.  It may or may not work out.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Dodgers should consider pre-MLB deals with Joc Pederson and Julio Urias

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So the Dodgers optioned Guerrero to ABQ.  Not a surprise, although some had speculated he might go to Chattanooga instead.  I bet he's happy he's going to ABQ.  Better stats in the hitter-friendly environment.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Dodgers should consider pre-MLB deals with Joc Pederson and Julio Urias

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@Catfishin @nsxtasy Jerry Sands was claimed off waivers by the Rays in December, and DFA'ed two weeks later.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Dodgers should consider pre-MLB deals with Joc Pederson and Julio Urias

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@BlueMarvin @nsxtasy Yup.  That's the downside risk.  And it's also how such deals benefit the player.  Plus, in addition to getting the big bucks even if he is never able to compete (due to injury or just a fall-off in performance), the player also gets the benefit of the higher salary at the start of his career, when he would otherwise be making ONLY the MLB minimum ($500K or so).

I'm not saying it's a bad idea to lock up extremely promising minor leaguers early.  But I'm saying that there is significant risk in doing so, as you point out.  You may be buying superstar years on the cheap.  But you may be paying a lot of money for what turns out to be not much performance at all.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Dodgers should consider pre-MLB deals with Joc Pederson and Julio Urias

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>> Springer was the Astros’ minor-league player of the year

Sign Scott Schebler to a long-term deal!  :)

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Dodgers should consider pre-MLB deals with Joc Pederson and Julio Urias

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>> Twenty three million dollars over seven years is just less than $3.3 million per season — a minuscule sum to pay for a player after his first year or two of arbitration.

While that is true for the last two years of the contract, you can just as easily say that that average also is a huge sum for the first four (?) years of the contract, when he would otherwise be making the MLB minimum of around $500K/year (or less, for whatever time he's still in the minors).

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Dodgers should consider pre-MLB deals with Joc Pederson and Julio Urias

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Here's what I don't understand about AJ.  He ALWAYS takes the first pitch.  So why don't more pitchers throw first-pitch strikes?  They could practically throw it down the middle and he won't swing at it.  Granted, I've observed that more of them seemed to be throwing early strikes late in 2013, and that can only continue...

3 weeks, 6 days ago on A.J. Ellis on Framing, Batting Order, and ‘Between Two Palm Trees’

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It's so early in the season that Baseball Prospectus isn't giving more than 70 percent odds of making the playoffs to any team that hasn't played any regular season games yet.  And they're still giving 8 percent odds for the Cubs making the playoffs.

However, they give the odds of the 2-0 Dodgers of making the playoffs as 91 percent.  And the odds of winning the World Series as 18 percent, 7 percent more than the next-best team (Detroit, where the Dodgers play July 8-9).

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/odds

4 weeks ago on Dodgers 7, D’Backs 5: Nice Way To Start A Season

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@Catfishin The announcers mentioned that if it's not a save situation when a pitcher enters the game, it doesn't turn into a save situation FOR HIM if he gives up run(s).  However, if he does, it can then turn into a save situation if another pitcher enters the game.

Here is the official MLB definition of the save:

"Rule 10.20 in the Official Rule Book states:
Credit a pitcher with a save when he meets all three of the following conditions:
(1) He is the finishing pitcher in a game won by his club; and
(2) He is not the winning pitcher; and
(3) He qualifies under one of the following conditions:
- (a) He enters the game with a lead of no more than three runs and pitches for at least one inning; or
- (b) He enters the game, regardless of the count, with the potential tying run either on base, or at bat, or on deck (that is, the potential tying run is either already on base or is one of the first two batsmen he faces; or
- (c) He pitches effectively for at least three innings. No more than one save may be credited in each game."

Ref: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/about_mlb/rules_regulations.jsp

4 weeks ago on Dodgers 7, D’Backs 5: Nice Way To Start A Season

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>> -There’s about a 10 miles (approx) of foul territory in this field.

No kidding!  This photo is from the previous thread:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BjJ5-4UCcAA-aKt.jpg

1 month ago on Dodgers rally late behind Yasiel Puig to beat Team Australia, 4-2

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I wouldn't mind if the Dodgers traded Javy Guerra to the Phillies in exchange for Seth Rosin, so we could option Rosin to the minors without losing him.

1 month ago on Dodgers Announce Australia Travel Roster

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@P_F_P  @nsxtasy Keep in mind, the Dodgers were pretty darn good through most of that period, and there's a lot of difference between picking #1 overall and picking #25-30 overall.

1 month ago on A Look At Historic Scouting Reports

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@P_F_P  @nsxtasy Dodger first-round picks during the same period, 1980-2005 (including compensation picks, denoted with an asterisk): Ross Jones, Dave Anderson, Franklin Stubbs, Erik Sonberg, Dennis Livingston, Chris Gwynn, Michael White, Dan Opperman, Bill Bene, *Kiki Jones, Tom Goodwin, *Jamie McAndrew, Ronnie Walden, *Ryan Luzinski, *Mike Moore, Darren Dreifort, Paul Konerko, David Yocum, Damian Rolls, Glenn Davis, Bubba Crosby, *Jason Repko, Ben Diggins, James Loney, *Greg Miller, Chad Billingsley, Scott Elbert, *Blake DeWitt, *Justin Orenduff, *Luke Hochevar.

The Dodgers were more successful with their first-round picks in the 1970s, which included Welch, Scioscia, Sutcliffe, Rhoden, and Howe.

1 month ago on A Look At Historic Scouting Reports

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It's fun looking back at historic scouting reports, just because there were so many nobodies who went on to Hall-of-Fame careers (in addition to Piazza, I'd love to hear the scouting of Pujols, 13th round pick) as well as sure-fire superstars who didn't pan out.

On the latter note, here is the top overall pick in the drafts of 1980-2005, and you'll see superstars and nobodies: Darryl Strawberry, Mike Moore, Shawon Dunston, Tim Belcher, Shawn Abner, B.J. Surhoff, Jeff King, Ken Griffey, Andy Benes, Ben McDonald, Chipper Jones, Brien Taylor, Phil Nevin, Alex Rodriguez, Paul Wilson, Darin Erstad, Kris Benson, Matt Anderson, Pat Burrell, Josh Hamilton, Adrian Gonzalez, Joe Mauer, Bryan Bullington, Delmon Young, Matt Bush, Justin Upton.

1 month ago on A Look At Historic Scouting Reports

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