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@TellMyWifeISaidHello @nsxtasy Thank you.

1 week ago on Welcome To Town, Andrew Friedman

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@foldamort Me gustan churros.

1 week ago on Welcome To Town, Andrew Friedman

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@P_F_P That's a lengthy, articulate, and well-written post.  And even though it may be buried in comments posted during the NLCS (HATE SF HATE STL HATE 'EM BOTH), it presents a very good case, one with which I agree.  No, Ned was not the best, but he wasn't the worst, either.  Well done, sir.

1 week ago on Welcome To Town, Andrew Friedman

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1 week ago on Welcome To Town, Andrew Friedman

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Someone - maybe Mike - can you please outline the likely division of responsibilities between the president (Kasten), the president of baseball operations (Friedman), and the GM (TBD)?

Are we the only team that will have THREE top executives, in addition to the owners?  (Yes, I am aware that Kasten is also a part owner as well.)

1 week ago on Welcome To Town, Andrew Friedman

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How is Friedman generally regarded among knowledgeable baseball experts?

1 week ago on The End Of The Ned Colletti Era

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@Old Bearded Donk @nsxtasy If they had won the WS, the Dodgers probably would not have fired him, only because doing so can seem pretty darn embarrassing and they would have feared flak from the non-knowledgeable fan base.

1 week ago on The End Of The Ned Colletti Era

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>> we’re talking about decisions made based on a four-game sample size.

I've got to believe that this decision was already being seriously considered before the NLDS began.  I really doubt that the NLDS was the cause, except possibly being merely the "straw that broke the camel's back".

1 week ago on The End Of The Ned Colletti Era

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@Diane Nguyen Go ahead.  It's not like there's any Dodger baseball to watch.

1 week, 2 days ago on You Just Watched The Best-Hitting Outfield In Los Angeles Dodgers History

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@Mike Petriello Yeah, I was surprised you found one with those three outfielders, all lined up so you could read the names on their backs.  Well done my friend!

1 week, 2 days ago on You Just Watched The Best-Hitting Outfield In Los Angeles Dodgers History

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@DBrim Those throwing 100+ while with the Dodgers: Broxton, Dominguez, Rubby.

1 week, 2 days ago on You Just Watched The Best-Hitting Outfield In Los Angeles Dodgers History

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@DBrim Dodger names on the righties list - some of whom may have exceeded 100 only while with other teams - include Broxton, Wilson, Dominguez, League, Eovaldi, and RDLR.

1 week, 2 days ago on You Just Watched The Best-Hitting Outfield In Los Angeles Dodgers History

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@DBrim Wow, 5 lefty pitchers, and 52 righties.  Although none of the righties threw as many as Chapman; tops were Zumaya (310) and Henry Rodriguez (228).

1 week, 2 days ago on You Just Watched The Best-Hitting Outfield In Los Angeles Dodgers History

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@Diane Nguyen I refuse to watch the game today because I hate both of them.

1 week, 2 days ago on You Just Watched The Best-Hitting Outfield In Los Angeles Dodgers History

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@YadierMolinasOedipalComplex @nsxtasy @Diane Nguyen Their OPS numbers in each half were pretty close to each other.  In the first half, Kemp hit for a better average than AGon, but AGon hit more HR.  Kemp hit more than twice as many HR in the second half than the first half, while AGon hit more in the first half than the second half.

1 week, 2 days ago on You Just Watched The Best-Hitting Outfield In Los Angeles Dodgers History

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@Diane Nguyen Remember, Kemp wasn't doing much at the plate in the first half of the season, either.

1 week, 2 days ago on You Just Watched The Best-Hitting Outfield In Los Angeles Dodgers History

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@Diane Nguyen Oh yeah, I forgot about that.  He started hot, then slumped, then came back.

1 week, 2 days ago on You Just Watched The Best-Hitting Outfield In Los Angeles Dodgers History

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@Mike Petriello @Diane Nguyen It would probably be more understandable if you looked at his WAR month by month.  He might have zero or negative WAR early in the season, with most of his WAR occurring after the break.  That's the way it works with a season like his.  Similarly, Puig would show the opposite pattern.  Not every player does pretty much the same thing from one part of the season to another (AGon does, I think).

1 week, 2 days ago on You Just Watched The Best-Hitting Outfield In Los Angeles Dodgers History

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@Diane Nguyen Yup.  You can compare a different stat if you like.  But that's not going to change the fact that the wRC+ is the best out of 57 years.

1 week, 2 days ago on You Just Watched The Best-Hitting Outfield In Los Angeles Dodgers History

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@Mike Petriello @Diane Nguyen The numbers are, what the numbers are.  You can argue that you enjoyed them better, or subjective stuff like that, but that won't change any of the numbers.

1 week, 2 days ago on You Just Watched The Best-Hitting Outfield In Los Angeles Dodgers History

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@Mike Petriello @nsxtasy Oh wait, I'm looking at it again, and I'm noticing that - correct me if I'm wrong - all 57 years are shown in the bars, but not all of those 57 years are labeled.  So, for example, the first two labels are for the two best years (2014 and 1982), but the third best year - 1962 - is not shown in a label.  That was the year in which Tommy Davis was amazing.  And the fifth best year - 2009 - is also not shown in a label; that was the outfield led by Kemp, a then-good Ethier, Manny, and Juan Pierre, the team that swept the Cardinals in the NLDS (those were the days!).

1 week, 2 days ago on You Just Watched The Best-Hitting Outfield In Los Angeles Dodgers History

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Interesting how the outfield shows no particular pattern over time.  IOW it's not like our best outfield, or our worst outfield, stayed that way for years at a time.  Rather, the years seem to be spread out randomly.  The four best years were in four different decades, and the four worst years were in four different decades - and three of the decades had a year in both those groups!  Our worst outfield was one year after our fourth best, our second worst was two years after our third best, etc.  Not what you would expect, given that some players do stick around for years at a time, even in this age of frequent changes through free agency and deadline deals.

1 week, 3 days ago on You Just Watched The Best-Hitting Outfield In Los Angeles Dodgers History

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@DodgerDawg The so-called "problem" is one of too many starting-quality outfielders, with only three places to play them each night.  “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!” ― Mae West.

1 week, 3 days ago on You Just Watched The Best-Hitting Outfield In Los Angeles Dodgers History

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I still find it hard to believe that piss-poor lineups, with outfields of Ishikawa-Blanco Pence vs Holiday-Jay-Grichuk, are in the NLCS and ours isn't.  Grrr...

1 week, 3 days ago on You Just Watched The Best-Hitting Outfield In Los Angeles Dodgers History

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@Purple Drank @Disgruntled Uncultured Bastard Only if he beats the Cards in the postseason.

1 week, 5 days ago on Resetting the Dodgers 40-Man Roster For The Winter

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@exceedingly boring potato @Mike Petriello >> is that someone who should be starting?

Depends on who you consider to be the alternative.  Barney?  Guerrero?  Arrey?  FA signing?

1 week, 5 days ago on Resetting the Dodgers 40-Man Roster For The Winter

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>> beat me to it by doing the exact same thing, almost exactly

Not really.  Your analysis, Mike, includes predictions on decisions like who is likely to be retained, offered arbitration, etc., rather than merely saying which players fall into which categories.  Props on this!

1 week, 5 days ago on Resetting the Dodgers 40-Man Roster For The Winter

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@BlueMarvin Maybe we should have Mike's barber tell him that the team fired Ned and hired Billy Beane in his place.  :)

1 week, 5 days ago on As The Ned Turns

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@Dang88 Yes.  But that doesn't mean they always fire the one in place.  Sometimes they like and keep the one who's there.  Sometimes not.  And sometimes the team's top management fires the manager along with the GM.

1 week, 5 days ago on As The Ned Turns

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@ tomato Sounds like you're insulting him for his ethnic heritage.  Which is NOT COOL.

1 week, 5 days ago on As The Ned Turns

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@BlueMarvin @Tymathee Most of the games we lost, we lost due to lack of offense, not because of the pen.

1 week, 5 days ago on As The Ned Turns

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@Lobo @nsxtasy @Mike Petriello I'm just saying it's possible.

1 week, 5 days ago on As The Ned Turns

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@BlueMarvin @finleysgrandslam >> hasn't made an impact signing since Puig/Ryu/Grinke

Urias, Seager.  Just aren't up yet.

1 week, 5 days ago on As The Ned Turns

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@Tymathee @Mike Petriello @nsxtasy Do all teams have separate guys, one who's a president of operations (or may be called Chief Baseball Officer, like TDLR), and another who's the GM?

1 week, 5 days ago on As The Ned Turns

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Could Kasten handle the GM duties?  IOW could Ned be fired without hiring a replacement?

1 week, 5 days ago on As The Ned Turns

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As already asked - what time IS the presser?

1 week, 5 days ago on As The Ned Turns

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@Mike Petriello @nsxtasy But it could happen.

It's also possible he gets retained but on a very short leash, one that says "2015 World Series Champs or I go to the pound to get the needle".

1 week, 5 days ago on As The Ned Turns

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Also, even if they have the press conference and Ned is there, that doesn't mean he couldn't get fired a few weeks from now.  OTOH I agree that if it's going to happen, this is the most likely time it would.

1 week, 5 days ago on As The Ned Turns

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@finleysgrandslam The basic fact is, this year the Dodgers and Nationals are better teams than the Cardinals and Giants, but the latter played better in a best-of-five series in October.  Because baseball.  The same thing happened in the AL.  And that can happen regardless of who the GM is or how good the team is.

1 week, 5 days ago on As The Ned Turns

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@finleysgrandslam Exactly right!

1 week, 5 days ago on As The Ned Turns

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@DodgersFan I mean the second statement, not the first.  I think the truth is probably closer to, if he doesn't fire him this fall, that means Kasten is willing to give him another year to see how it goes (more rope to hang himself with, if you will).

1 week, 5 days ago on As The Ned Turns

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@DodgersFan I don't think that's true at all.

1 week, 6 days ago on As The Ned Turns

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@Mike Petriello @nsxtasy I just don't think you can read anything into a lack of any kind of public statement.

1 week, 6 days ago on As The Ned Turns

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>>  It’s about the fact that there’s so much speculation swirling that could very easily be quieted by Stan Kasten or Mark Walter simply saying “stop, this is dumb, of course he’ll be back.” That hasn’t happened, and if we’re wrong for reading too much into that, well, what could be expected?

Correct me if I'm wrong about this, but... while my assumption is that Kasten and Walter are the real decision-makers for the Dodgers (while Ned has perhaps been the deal-maker or deal-broker), neither of those guys, Kasten and Walter, has had much exposure to the media as spokesmen for Dodgers updates.  I'm not saying Ned's job is secure, and they would certainly be the guys to announce any changes.  But so far it seems like all their work is behind the scenes, not in front of the media and the public.  I would be surprised to see them making any kind of a public statement (e.g. "he'll be back") other than announcing a major change that would include Ned's departure.  If Ned's not departing, he would be the one making public statements.  No?

1 week, 6 days ago on As The Ned Turns

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