Bio not provided
@DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy Yeah, you're probably right.
1 year, 9 months ago on Dodgers Call it Quits With Excruciating Loss
@EephusBlue You probably do. It contains a lot of "fuck you"s to individual players and remorsing over what it's been like to grow up as a Dodger fan from the late '90s to now.
You had to know I was going to chime in with my two cents. Get your down votes and "ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO BAN? YES" clickers ready, because this is going to be a doozy. Here goes.
Dear 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers,
Fuck you. Well, maybe that's a little strong...I have no doubt that some of you are kind, good-hearted, well-intentioned human beings, which makes what I'm about to say fairly difficult. But...seriously. Fuck you all. You are officially that fucking hot chick who says she wants to be with you, teases you for months, then hooks up with someone else while you mop, then finally gets with you during a wildly passionate night, then fucks some other dude the next morning. That's you. Because, while this loss wasn't the most painful of the 15 years I've been a fan (that would be Game 4, 2009), and while this season wasn't the most disappointing of the 15 years I've been a fan (that would be either 1999, 2005, 2007 or 2010), it's definitely up there, especially given the fact that everyone handed us the division after the Gonzo trade, and then the Giants went on to clinch AND knock us out of the playoffs. It only serves to reinforce the fact that the Dodgers always dangle that hundred-dollar bill right in front of their fans' noses--and then jerk it out of the way at the last minute (see: falling in the playoffs in '04 despite a magical regular season and Lima's Game 3 shutout, cutting the division lead to 4.5 games in mid-September despite a horrible roster in '05, the 4+1 game in '06 that moved us into the top spot in the division, the high expectations headed into '07, the sweep of the Cubs and the 5-3 lead in the eighth in '08, the entire '09 season, the high expectations headed into '10 and '11, etc) But...still, no, this was not the most disappointing year of the last 15 mostly painful years it's been to be a Dodger fan.
But you know what? Fuck you all anyway. Fuck you, Matty, for having too much pride to sit yourself in the first half of September when you were clearly playing injured and batting .120. Fuck you, Victorino, for sucking shit while a Dodger after fucking us in the ass for four years. Fuck you, Donnie, for everything. Fuck you, Mellis, for joining an infamous list that includes Ralph Branca, Mickey Owen, Tom Niedenfuer, and Jon Broxton. Fuck you, Hanley, for your passive-aggressive bullshit and September epic slump. Fuck you, ownership team,. for overreacting to a home sweep by the Giants by tying us into a bunch of giant fucking contracts that we won't be rid of for six years. (Yep. Flame me all you want--I firmly believe that, if the Dodgers had won ONE of those three mid-August games against the Giants, that Gonzo and Beckett and Crawford never would have become Dodgers. Do with me what you will. Also, Dodger ownership team: I want to be on your side, but please, please, PLEASE...DON'T DO REACTIONARY BULLSHIT LIKE THIS EVER AGAIN. YOU'VE MADE YOUR BED AND YOU HAVE TO LIE IN IT NOW.)
And, most of all? Fuck you to the entire team. At 4.5 games out with 8 to go, it would have been SO MUCH EASIER for you guys to just roll over, accept your defeat, and look forward to next year. Instead? This. This fucking horrible, gut-wrenching, terrible loss, one that furthers the upper hand the Giants already had in the rivalry. (Now they can say they eliminated us in '82, '91, and '12, all when they had nothing left to play for. Perfect.) The Giants are now, to the Dodgers, that guy who wins at everything while you lose at everything, and shows up every once in a while to kick dirt in your face and remind you that he's better than you at everything. Because, you know what? The Giants are. They've made the World Series three times since we have, have won it once since we have, and have clearly, clearly, CLEARLY gained the upper hand in this rivalry. Man, it makes me sick to even think about that, but they're officially a better franchise than we are and that's that.
There's a very good chance that nobody's still reading this. It wouldn't surprise me if nobody ends up reading this at all, since it'll probably get flagged and banned within five seconds of me posting it. But the bottom line is this: the Dodgers, once again, have roped me into a horrible, painful loss, once that I'll spend my entire night and probably most of tomorrow stewing over sadly. I'm still a Dodger fan, and I still want to see the team win a World Series in my lifetime. But for now? Fuck them. Fuck each and every one of them. The 2012 Dodgers will linger forever as a painful memory, and this game will be the most painful of all. Good night, assholes.
@Mike Petriello I began to be a hardcore Dodger fan in 1998, and the mere mention of that year should bring 'Nam-like flashbacks. My first favorite player was Mike Piazza; within a month of me beginning my fandom, he'd been traded. My first favorite team was the 2004 squad; within a month of the season ending, it had been completely gutted and re-shaped. Therefore, you can probably understand how I came to the following conclusion.
The Dodgers, as I have known them, have been akin to a small mill town that used to be highly prosperous and rich...before the mill closed, sending the town into poverty and ruin. (In this analogy, that would be represented by the O'Malley family enjoying four decades of proud Dodger winning tradition before selling the team to Fox). Every so often, it seemed as though the mill would open again and see the town return to its former prosperity. (The multiple big-name players acquired in the '98 offseason, Fox selling the team in '03, the "Shot Heard Round LA" in '04, the 12-2 start in '05, the 4+1 game in '06, Mannywood in '08, the record-setting start in '09, McCourt selling the team in '11, the big trade a few weeks ago.) And every single time, it would just be a tease. (The '99 team finishing an embarrassing 77-85, McCourt buying the team from Fox, the Dodgers getting embarrassed by the Cardinals in the '04 NLDS and then breaking up the team, the '05 season finishing on a 59-89 note, the Dodgers getting swept in the '06 NLDS, Matt Stairs burning us in '08, Manny getting popped for drugs and Matt Stairs burning us AGAIN in '09, McCourt's sale dragging on too long and costing us chances at premium '11 free agents, the team's recent slide out of contention post-Adrian trade.) That's how I came to be a defeatist, "hiding behind his keyboard." (Note: A lot of people will inevitably think, "Hey, screw you, you entitled prick! What if you were a fan of the Mariners/Brewers/Royals/etc and only got a winning season once every 10 years?!" The response, of course, is that I root for the LOS ANGELES FUCKING DODGERS, and success on a year-to-year basis should pretty much be assumed, given that we've always had easily the highest payroll in our division and the richest history of maybe any NL team. There's no reason why the Los Angeles Dodgers shouldn't be the Yankees of the National League; a playoff appearance every single year should be an absolute lock, and it should be considered a terrible fluke if it doesn't happen.)
So, naturally, the question becomes, "If you hate the Dodgers so much, why the hell are you even a fan?" Because, frankly, I'm stuck with them. They were my first favorite sports team, and the only one I've ever really cared about. Always loved baseball, always loved the Dodgers even when they inevitably let me down. For that season, I don't really think that you can call me a "troll", because I'm not a closet Giant fan just here to cause trouble. In fact, in person, I'm a pretty typical, easy-going fan; in fact, I'm always the level-headed one in my rooting group, and if someone digs on the Dodgers to my face, I'll usually just smile and go along with it. But given the list of everything that's happened since I became a fan (see above), I need SOME outlet to rage about the Dodgers occasionally, or else all of that pent-up frustration will give me multiple heart attacks. This is where the Internet comes in. Of course I'm "hiding behind a computer"; I just use it as an outlet to vent my frustration, because it's not like anyone will come up to me the next day and say, "...Uh, you get signed up for anger management yet?" That's also the point of the anonymous name, really. I occasionally post positive things (see my body of work in April and May as proof), but when the Dodgers epically embarrass themselves and wreck their season and possibly their franchise, I need to have some way to let my feelings out about it. And with the Dodgers on the verge of perhaps their greatest embarrassment yet since I became a fan (dealing ten prospects midseason while taking on $300 million in payroll to become an even worse team, as well as the laughingstock of baseball when they inevitably miss the playoffs), my need to vent reached an all-time high.
Having said that, I certainly don't want to annoy and piss off fellow Dodger fans. That was the point of my original comment; I envy your guys' optimism even at points when the sky is clearly falling. Given the situation we found ourselves in, I thought that my comments would be met with fellow commiseration, given that the Dodgers have been a complete embarrassment over the last two weeks and look to be (inexplicably and infuriatingly) sliding into irrevelance yet again, despite their increased payroll and loaded roster full of stars and quality players. However, my comments have mostly been met with derision and anger and comments to the effect of "YOU JUST WAIT THIS TEAM'LL TURN IT ON ANY DAY NOW!" And I certainly don't want to bring everyone else down; I just figured that, given the state of the team, this would be as good an environment as any to commiserate among people with fellow mindsets.
Given that that's not the case, I will be taking my frustrated vents elsewhere. I just want it to be known that I root for the Dodgers and want to see them succeed on a sort-of-alarming level, and that each victory makes my night and each loss destroys it, and that I'm not just a Giant fan out to make the rest of you miserable, etc. Go Dodgers; even though I'll probably never believe you can actually win the World Series, I'll root as hard as I can for you to do it.
1 year, 10 months ago on Dodgers @ Giants, September 8, 2012: Kempless
Lol. I really do envy you guys. The offense is clearly stalled and never going to pick back up (at least this year). The team continues to leave guys on base, run themselves out of rallies, and ground into killer double plays at a league-leading pace. Our best hitter is out indefinitely, and our second-best starter might be out for a year and a half. And despite all of this, and all of the we're-done-and-there's-really-no-doubt-about-it signs that the sky is falling on the 2012 season, it's still "Hey look, Gonzalez and Ethier have killed Cain in the past, we've got a chance!" I wish I had your guys' optimism, I really do.
@Mike Petriello @Guestu76987 Only 5 1/2 out on September 1st, and only 5 out ten days later. The rest of the division was so awful that it didn't seem inconceivable that they could come back. In 2012, that seems to be impossible given how well the Giants are playing and the fact that they own us.
1 year, 10 months ago on Dodgers Squander Opportunities to Fall 5.5 Out
Never in my life have I wanted a Dodger team to just forfeit the rest of the season in early September. Hell, even in 2005 and 2011, I was optimistic that maybe we could rally to win a shitty NL West. But right now, in 2012? I really, really wish the Dodgers would just officially give up (since, by the looks of things, they've already pretty much packed it in anyway), call off their remaining games, and let us get on with our lives until next spring. It'd be much easier on my blood pressure.
Really? Only one throwaway reference to the "high-powered," four-star, no-holes-in-it-whatsoever, Gonzo-Kemp-Hanley-Ethier monster of a lineup both talent-wise and money-wise that's produced a whopping 3.4 runs per game since it came together? You have greater restraint than I, Mike.
1 year, 10 months ago on Is The Loss of Chad Billingsley Going to Sink the Season?
@phattonez7 @Tangled Up In Blue Kemp is hitting worse than Victorino and absolutely everybody on the team, including pitchers, over the last week.
1 year, 10 months ago on Padres @ Dodgers September 5, 2012: It’s Paco Time!
I'm just sad.
Kennedy game-tying HR, Uribe pinch hits for Ellis and Stargells it out of the stadium. Done.
@Dang88 @Guestu76987 @Gilbert_Vengeance That's not meant to be any kind of personal attack on Gilbert Vengeance; it's supposed to be an attack on Dodger management. Bringing Kemp back so soon from his wall collision was a terrible idea; allowing him to continue to play and bleed outs is just making it worse. Kemp needs to sit for a little while and hope the pain goes away.
@Gilbert_Vengeance Because hitting home runs magically cures knee and jaw and shoulder pain?
@Tangled Up In Blue Because then our offense would be better, our pitching would probably be about the same, and we'd have $240 million less in future financial commitments with more prospect depth. Duh.
@ThtsaPaddlin ...Did you not read that just now? Kemp is batting .130 since his injury, and it's not like he's lining out three times a game; he generally looks awful at the plate. Harang could put up comparable numbers. So yes, Rivera or Abreu WOULD be an upgrade.
I love Matty's courage for playing through his injury, but he's hitting a healthy .130 since his collison with the wall. He really, REALLY needs to sit out for a couple series, maybe take the road trip off. He is currently hurting this team.
@WestonTaylor Lawl. It's Clayton Richard and the Padres. If our hitters DIDN'T light him/them up, they'd need to get on the Melky diet. Hell, even if they score 19 runs in this game, that'll only barely absolve the sin of getting 1 run off Eric F*ckin Stults.
@ThtsaPaddlin I'M OKAY WITH IT UNDER THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES
Guys. I love the Dodgers and am excited when their players do well. But for those not following the action live, is it REALLY necessary to go all caps with exclamation points when a guy hits a non-run-scoring single?
Well, I guess we live to fight another day, or whatever.
1 year, 10 months ago on Padres @ Dodgers September 4, 2012: Hey, It’s Eric Stults!
@West Coast Ram Since 1955, longest stretch of Dodger fan frustration (by that measure) had been 16 years, prior to the 1988-present desert that we're currently stranded in. The Los Angeles Dodgers deserve higher expectations than nearly all other teams.
Base hit. Giants 2 men on 0 outs.
@Bill Grabarkewitz Emmanuel Burris with a fantastic atbat here, gallantly fouling off pitch after pitch. Complete opposite of the $400-million strikeoutfest in the bottom of the tenth.
@West Coast Ram How'd those turn out? Those NLCS's give me Sports Fan PTSD.
@West Coast Ram 22. And yeah, excuse me, what with us being the LOS ANGELES FUCKING DODGERS I would expect success to come at least every 15 years or so, sorry.
Fifteen years of being a hardcore Dodger fan, ever since my first year of Little League. Don't know how much longer I can provide so much emotional support to a bunch of pathetic overpaid underachievers.
If the Giants win, that'll be just about it for our (realistic) hopes for the West, correct?
Most painful loss of the season?
$260 million for this.
@WestonTaylor May we go 5-0!
If Adrian kicks his former team in the ass here, you won't see me for a week. Promise.
@WestonTaylor @michael_mcclain You'd start Denorfia over Ethier and Cabrera over Hanley? Dang, we finally found a manager worse than Donnie.
@michael_mcclain They have 2 players in their lineup that would be starting for us and are in 4th place. If this is how we play against lesser teams, how are we going to play against actual contending teams?
Even if we do squeek out a win here, it's not going to change the fact that we're still struggling to score runs against the dregs of the National League.
Giants have 5 times as many runs as we do, while facing a much better pitcher than we are, and boasting a lineup with much worse hitters than ours. Baseball's so annoying.
WHY IS NOTHING WORKING??
Having to root for Kent in '05 was excruiating, given that he was one of my least favorite players of all time, but it was easy to forgive him after he started killing it at the plate. Having to root for Victorino right now is excruiating, given that he's one of my least favorite players of all time, but...um, nope. No "but."
Gonzalez, Kemp, Hanley, Ethier, The Greatest Player In Both Recorded And Unrecorded History (AJ). ...Why is this not working?
@Cadtalfryn Big difference between "trolling" and "venting."
1 year, 10 months ago on 2012 is Important, But It's Not the Only Goal
@Mike Petriello That's partially the source of my frustration; the whole "Giants lose Melky and then go 13-4" aspect combined with the "Dodgers acquire one of league's best 1B and then start playing even worse" aspect. TRUST ME...I understand SSS and BABIP and that sometimes you've just gotta say "Hey, that's baseball," but still. You can't deny that the immediate results have been frustrating so far, which was the main point I was trying to make.
I just want these new guys to start pulling their weight. That's all. Gonzalez is way too good of a hitter to keep hitting .214/.283/.333, Victorino is way too good of a hitter to keep up his .625 OPS, and Blanton and Choate and League are far too good to continue with their respective ERA/WHIP numbers. The rational argument, given those facts, is "Well then, naturally, they'll begin to turn it around soon." The panicky, oh-no-are-we-really-going-to-finish-behind-the-Melkyless-Giants argument, given those facts, is "Oh crap, what if those guys all turn out to be a collective 2004 Hee Seop Choi/2006 Mark Hendrickson/2006 Julio Lugo/2010 Octavio Dotel and we lose the division while still retaining $260 million extra in dead contract weight"? I've been trying to think rationally about this trade ever since we got crushed in Colorado, but the team just continues to underwhelm and underperform...it's just a frightening prospect, is all, that we could easily miss the playoffs in 2012 AND be in, at the very least, an extraordinarily risky position as a team for 2013 and beyond.
@phattonez7 This is the most rational counter-argument...it just continues to be frustrating to me that the Giants lose their best hitter and then win 13 of 17, while we add 5349827 octrillion dollars worth of talent and struggle to play .500 ball against a bunch of pathetic losing teams.
@EephusBlue @phattonez7 This is true, but all of the post-trade analysis seemed to indicate (correctly, I believe) that the trades all but secured the division for us this year, and going forward would begin to be harmful (given that we've got Gonzalez signed through the likely beginning of his decline phase, Crawford signed through what might already be his decline phase, Beckett signed for two more years despite losing velocity on his fastball, etc). So, the trade was supposed to be an immediate and dramatic success for 2012 and a "roll of the dice" for the future...and so far, it's been a dramatic failure for 2012, and the "roll of the dice" for the future part hasn't changed.
@WestonTaylor @Mike Petriello @Cadtalfryn Of course I wouldn't still want Loney; Gonzalez is a much better hitter who has produced much better results. Therefore, the fact that Loney has greatly outproduced him since the trade is agonizingly infuriating. That was my point.
@phattonez7 Again, we're IN A PENNANT RACE. The end-of-season totals for all of the guys we acquired will still be a small sample size, given that it only represents 1-2 months of total production. But still, it'll be infuriating if we lose the division or miss the playoffs entirely because Blanton kept getting lit up, or Victorino kept plodding along with a sub-.300 OBP, or Gonzalez never found his groove despite being one of the best hitters in the game, or (et cetera).
@WestonTaylor @Mike Petriello @Cadtalfryn Gonzalez has been dramatically worse than Loney since the trade, and Victorino hasn't exactly been leaps and bounds better than a Rivera/Abreu combo.
@Mike Petriello @Cadtalfryn Oh give me a break. Up until a week ago, everybody in the game threads was crapping their pants whenever League came into a game with a lead. Maybe he's turned the corner, but I'm still wary of him.
@Mike Petriello With all due respect, how long are we supposed to go without complaining that these guys aren't pulling their weight? I understand that patience is necessary, and BABIP and small sample size and all that, but...we're in a heated pennant race RIGHT NOW. It seems really, really unfair to just let these guys keep sliding by and underachieving without really calling them out on it.
@Cadtalfryn Well, naturally. But as of this moment right now, we are losing all of these trades save the Hanley one, given that only that one has actually helped us so far. It doesn't matter if the prospects we traded for Victorino/Blanton/League NEVER amount to anything; if those guys continue to do nothing but hurt us in 2012 (which has been the case so far), then we'll still come up losers in those deals.
@Cadtalfryn Care to show me some stats that prove me wrong? Yeah, I guess you could argue that League and Choate have been above-average, since their ERA+'s are >100, but they've still pitched worse for us than they did with their previous teams.
Sorry, Mike. If you're really trying to argue that those deals were about the future as well as the present...well, I've got Rubby, Sands, Allen Webster, Ethan Martin, Lindblom, Eovaldi, Leon Landry, Logan Bawcom, Scott McGough, and Ryan O'Sullivan on lines 1-10 for you. (Holy shit, we traded TEN young, cheap, talented prospects for Blanton's 6.17 ERA, Victorino's .625 OPS, League's 1.36 WHIP, Choate's 1.57 WHIP, Crawford's seat on the bench until May 2013, Adrian's sparkling line of .214/.283/.333, and an additional $940 trillion in payroll? Except for Hanley and possibly Beckett, all of those acquisitions have been complete and utter disasters. I guess nobody ever accused Ned of being a genius.)
@Mike Petriello Well, possibly, given that Hochevar's career isn't exactly over at this point, and he could still improve. But even if you want to argue that he shouldn't have been signed, couldn't you say that the biggest blunder from that draft was not going with Logan White's preferred first-round choice (Clay Buchholz) instead?
1 year, 10 months ago on The New Dodgers: Yeah, That Kind of Rich
I'm sorry Mike...but I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with you on Depo. If you're a big-market team with a payroll in the neighborhood of nine figures that easily represents the highest total in your division, you need to be able to win in the present, and he didn't do that. See 2005: yeah, the injuries were significant, but completely predictable (Bradley never played in more than 101 games in a season before Depo got him, Drew was infamous for his inability to stay in the lineup, Penny had an injury history, etc), and a LOT of his moves didn't work out, although we mainly just remember the ones that did (Re-signing Odalis Perez? Re-signing Cesar Izturis? Acquiring Jason Phillips and Jose Valentin? Keeping Edwin Jackson untouchable? Drafting Luke Hochevar and then never signing him? Giving Dave Roberts away?). And furthermore, I still understand the logic of defending the Lo Duca deal, I really do (nobody the Dodgers gave up after the trade really turned out to be any good, while Penny became a two-time All-Star; although, to be fair, Choi disappointed in '04, was mediocre in '05, and was out of the majors completely before the end of '06), but the main problem was, and still is, that Depo could have potentially swung a trade involving Mota to get a package of substantially higher value (earlier in the year, it was reported that the Dodgers had been talking to the Royals about Carlos Beltran but backed down when the Royals insisted on including Mota in the trade). I know that everybody believes that the franchise would be in much better shape if Depo had continued to be GM beyond '05 ("WE WOULD HAVE TAKEN LINCECUM IN '06!" "WE WOULD HAVE SIGNED BRIAN GILES!" "WE WOULD HAVE KEPT ABSOLUTELY EVERYBODY THAT NED TRADED AWAY OR WOULD HAVE TRADED THEM FOR INFINITELY BETTER PLAYERS!" et cetera), but I believe the retroactive love for Depo is just another case of "the grass is always greener."
Turning this game off now. I believe that my various anxiety-related illnesses over the last few months can be traced almost completely back to the Dodgers. Just...not going to watch any games for a while.
1 year, 10 months ago on Dodgers @ Rockies August 27, 2012: Beckett vs Francis
(Sigh) And there's the sound of Ned/Stan/Magic picking up three more starting pitchers and taking on $400 billion more in salary.
"The baseball gods, outraged over the Dodgers' attempt to 'buy' a championship, cursed them to never get another hit with runners in scoring position for the rest of the 2012 season." Yep, just got some nice 'Nam-like flashbacks to yesterday with that A-Gon lineout. Get some effing clutch hits, guys.
MEllis in August: .293/.391/.427. Maybe Donnie's onto something?
We need a new starter?! No problem, De La Rosa!...oh wait.
1 year, 10 months ago on What Can Josh Beckett Provide the Dodgers?
It wasn't so long ago that the Marlins came into Los Angeles and embarrassed us, too. (Maybe not "thoroughly," but I maintain that losing any home game to a team that bad is an embarrassment.)
We're seriously going after ANOTHER pitcher?! Dude. Magic/Stan/Ned/everyone: you guys are (probably) great for pulling off this Adrian deal, but man, dial it down a little. Sometimes less is more.
1 year, 11 months ago on What Can Josh Beckett Provide the Dodgers?
If 2009 Vicente Padilla can switch leagues and become a frontline starter, then 2012 Josh Beckett could switch leagues and throw 59 straight scoreless innings.
@LA Woman The trade is complete garbage after this one single loss to Florida, because we didn't close out 2012 on a 36-0 run and then sweep the entire 2013 season. Sorry.
1 year, 11 months ago on Dodgers Keep on Hitting, But Miami Brings the Power in 6-2 Marlin Win
Hudson was 2-for-2 up to that point in the game and isn't exactly incompetent at the plate; you really want to run a squeeze play there?
@SCruzDodgers True. Too many rally-killing home runs, I suppose.
@LA Woman Not surprising. Haven't Kemp, Ethier, Billingsley, and others pretty much been playing with James since they were just out of high school?
@LA Woman Sarcastic Dodger fan is sarcastic...
@ Crow T Robot Ned Colletti, duh.
16 runners left on base in our game burns, but the fact that the Giants can't even get two runners on base at the same time definitely eases the pain a little.
This game is why I drink.
Thanks, Dodgers, that felt good.
1 year, 11 months ago on Marlins @ Dodgers August 26, 2012: Vin!
Hanley leadoff HR, calling it.
@phattonez7 @KSR7827 Every GIMME game, nitpickers. If you're at home, facing a team 14 games under .500, you have to come away with a W. No questions asked.
Laughing, smirking Giant fans on lines 1-523478967 for you, Magic.
@KSR7827 Oh stop with the "it's just one game" bullshit. A bunch of Little Leaguers should be able to sweep the Marlins at home. At this point in the season you have to win absolutely every gimme game, and this was one of them.
Good work, offense. $260 million can't buy one extra-base hit?
11 hits, all singles.
@DBrim What happened, though?
Does Wright ever NOT walk the leadoff man when he comes into a game?
It's somehow comforting to know that, even with competent and rich owners who care about winning and seem to know what they're doing, and even with a formidable roster filled with stars and power hitters, that the Dodgers can still be tremendously frustrating. Life just wouldn't seem the same if that wasn't occasionally the case.
Treanor is 7 for his last 72. I get that he's a backup catcher, but we really can't find ANYONE better?
Sigh. Dodgers gonna Dodger, no matter who they get to play for them.
@JohnM @Real Tom We wouldn't have had room for them even without this trade, given that Kersh/Bills/Harang/Cap/Lilly all would have still been under contract for 2013, with Rubby pushing them all for spot starts.
1 year, 11 months ago on Welcome to Los Angeles: Monster Adrian Gonzalez Deal All But Done
I would imagine that Victorino's not going to be returning, and it's unfortunate that we probably can't even offer him arbitration (since he'd probably accept it and we can't have that). Hanley, I would imagine, will slide over to 3B next season and allow Cruz/Gordon to fight it out in ST for the starting spot at short. Tommy John typically requires a 6-8 month recovery for position players; I would imagine the Dodgers are probably going to want to err on the side of caution, so yeah May 2013 is probably a good projection of when we'll first see CC.
Everyone (including myself) has mainly been focusing on Crawford as the main "anchor" in this trade that we had to tie to ourselves to give up less in prospect value, and I suppose that's due both to his $120 million contract and his 2011 season with the Red Sox. But in 2012, in the 31 games that he played, he went .285/.306/.479; not great, certainly, but definitely better than his 2011, and apparently he was doing all that while requiring serious surgery on his elbow. I wasn't really paying attention to the Sox this year, but was he actually beginning to rebound before needing that surgery?
@Lobo Starting lineup on Opening Day: C Ellis, 1B Loney, 2B Ellis, 3B Uribe, SS Gordon, LF Rivera, CF Kemp, RF Ethier. Starting lineup on Opening Day 2013: C Ellis, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, 2B Ellis, 3B Hanley Ramirez, SS Cruz/Gordon, LF Carl Crawford (if recovery goes slightly quicker than expected), CF Kemp, RF Ethier. ............
"I wish we could've just traded webster and loney for gonzalez." I wish I could win the lottery 568732965 straight times but that's equally impossible.
@Nj_Dodger_fan I believe the main encouraging thing to take away from this trade is that money is no object; we are officially the Yankees of the West Coast. True, that was also the case when Fox owned the team, but in this case we've got smarter people in charge.
"You talk about a roll of the dice...this is it!"
@Frank J Lapidus I love that. People have heard of Gonzalez because he plays for the ESPN Red Sox (whereas he'd gone virtually unknown while in San Diego), have heard of Beckett also because he plays for the ESPN Red Sox (as well as for being a dick, a clubhouse distraction and a guy who drank during games), and have heard of Crawford also because he plays for the ESPN Red Sox (as well as for the fact that he's one of their top-5 most hated players in franchise history).
1 year, 11 months ago on Marlins @ Dodgers August 24, 2012: WHAT THE HOLY HELL
@Morry @Guestu76987 @The_Real_Paul The reason I can't get over the Puig aspect is because it just seems like the owners/Colletti completely pulled this deal out of their ass. With every move that had been made thus far under the new ownership, you got the sense that they were definitively in a "win-now" mode, but were wisely keeping the future of the organization in mind so that they could still have the foundation for a potential dynasty. Well, Rubby had the highest ceiling of any young Dodger player, and he's gone. Sands and Webster both had legitimate potential, and they're gone too. Now Puig, a guy who'll probably be ready for the majors in 2014 at the latest, is blocked at all four potential positions he could play...and it's exceedingly likely that at least one of the guys blocking him (Ethier) begins his decline phase right as Puig's ready for the majors, and another one of the guys blocking him (Crawford) has already begun his decline phase. For example: what happens if Crawford begins the 2013 season in a 15-for-97 slump (as he did in 2011)? Then...we're fucked, because he can't be traded and we'll have a $21 million black hole sucking up a roster spot and blocking a young guy with infinitely more potential. You see where I'm going with this? This is just a really, really, REALLY iffy deal from a variety of perspectives.
@LakerDodger24 @DBrim You just never know. Maybe Beckett knocked up a hooker in LA a few years ago and wants to stay as far away as possible. Point is, it's silly to be making all of these concrete statements when the fact that you're basing them all on isn't a fact yet.
@DBrim @dylanohernandez THE DEAL ISN'T FINALIZED YET. Jeez, it'll be really awkward for the entire sports media, as well as those dudes that were taking Gonzo's jersey off the merch racks at Fenway, if Beckett decides to veto the trade tomorrow morning.
@el serracho So.....we're just eating that $42 million, then?
@el serracho Incorrect; most/all "prospects" don't have seven-year, $42-million contracts.
@The_Real_Paul If this deal goes through, we'll have three outfielders and a first baseman tied up through 2017.
I still haven't gotten a legitimate response to the question of "how does this deal affect Puig?" Unless he can play third, he's completely expendable now, correct?
AT LEAST GIVE US PODSEDNIK BACK!
1 year, 11 months ago on Surgery for Jerry Hairston Changes Infield Equation
An idiot who wants to win is still an idiot.
@Dang88 FUCK YOU NED.
@JoeyE @VinScullysDulcetTones You WANT Crawford?? Are you crazy?
@Gilbert_Vengeance Oh. Well that's okay then. That totally makes up for having to take back six years and $122 million of slumping, declining, injured Carl Crawford (the biggest joke in baseball and probably the most untradeable player in the game) through his age 35 season, as well as two years and $32 million of an oft-injured, hotheaded dick of a starting pitcher whose best days are behind him (Beckett), while surrendering our top starting pitching prospect, one of our top hitting prospects, and "at least one other top prospect" who may or may not be the #1 guy in our system. Adrian's recent hot streak totally makes up for all of that, yeah.
Am I just yelling into the wind here? We're taking on two of the Red Sox' biggest pieces of trash and STILL GIVING UP SOLID PROSPECTS? What the hell? Adrian has an .812 OPS!
@Gilbert_Vengeance While also tying two shitty overpaid anchors to your legs (Beckett and Crawford). That's a Fox move right there.
Welcome back to the days of Fox ownership, everybody...
Just wanted to point out that Loney's trending on Twitter. First and last time.
@Lobo Lawl...oh yeah, somebody's definitely going to claim Loney.
@LuckyDay Beckett hates his manager and the entire city/press have turned on him. Oh yeah, he's definitely staying put.
@Dang88 @Guestu76987 So our outfield for the next five years will be Kemp (all-star), Ethier (pretty good, can't hit lefties worth a damn), and Crawford (.255/.289/.405 in 2011, .332 career OBP)? Oh, fucking joy. Please let it just be Gonzo and Beckett.
If we're taking back Crawford, we better be giving up NOBODY. He's out for the next year and a half!
...What in the actual fuck, today?
So...Blanton's going to be a highly paid long reliever, then?
@DBrim Jesus! Votto signed through his age 40 season for $24 million a year? 600-pound Prince signed through his age 36 season for the same price? How did we get here, as a society?
Would we really have to give up Lee and Webster, as people are suggesting? Gonzalez is awesome and all, but he's got an .812 OPS this year and a price tag of $126 million through his age 36 season...
Fuck it; I'd take back Beckett in a trade. He put up a 150 ERA+ last year while finishing in the top 10 in the Cy Young voting, and was similarly incredible through June of this year. Yes, he slumped in July and has been awful in August, but something tells me that going to the National League West and Dodger Stadium will change that. (Plus...come on, he can't be worse than Blanton.)
Everything happens for a reason? If we hadn't gotten soundly thrashed by the Giants they would have been lower than us in the standings and therefore able to make a claim ahead of us...
We care so much about the Dodgers, and invest so much time and energy and emotion into following them. What do they do for us? Lay down and let the Giants walk all over them. Thanks a lot, lazy assholes.
1 year, 11 months ago on Giants @ Dodgers August 22, 2012: Cain vs Capuano
Good work, everyone. Can't wait for football season.
I usually get off work at 10pm, and leaving the office is ordinarily the highlight of my day. Leave it to the Dodgers to fuck up even that.
1 year, 11 months ago on Giants @ Dodgers August 21, 2012: Welcome Back, Rubby
Haha, man, I wouldn't have it any other way. Life sucks and then the Dodgers completely give up in the biggest series of the year. Good work, everyone.
The Dodgers will turn me into a full-blown nilhilist one of these days.
AND IT'S A FOUR TO ONE BALLGAME WITH RUNNERS ON FIRST AND THIRD AND STILL NOBODY OU....oh wait.
Haha, oh Dodgers. You motherfuckers take more years off my life than smoking and drinking combined.
@JohnM "That's the hardest ball Matt Kemp's hit in a week!" - Rick Monday, following Kemp's foul tip in his next atbat
@MatthewSaydah @sfgiantsfans #YouKnowYoureAGiantFanWhen your "MVP" is BALCO's Customer Of The Month.
@The_Real_Paul Just accept the fact that our favorite team is completely laying down for our archrivals/biggest competitors for the division title at home and not get mad about it? Okay, sure thing.
Could the Dodgers at least act like they care that they're getting the shit kicked out of them by their biggest rival in the biggest series of the year, please?
Could somebody tell the offense that the game started an hour and a half ago, please?
1 year, 11 months ago on Giants @ Dodgers August 20, 2012: Bumgarner vs Kershaw
Not calling for him to be fired, just calling for him to wake the hell up. Again, just because other managers make stupid decisions doesn't get Don off the hook for his own.
1 year, 11 months ago on Chad Beardingsley Can’t Be Stopped, But Luis Cruz May Have Been
@JohnM "Everyone else is stupid, so it's okay for us to be."
@JohnM Maybe someone else should give Don a gameplan for the rest of the season, including 72-point-font bolded sections on "when not to bunt," "when to use your best reliever," and "where not to put A.J. Ellis in the lineup."
Friday August 17: Dodgers lead going into eighth, lose in part because of manager Don Mattingly's "curious" late-game decisions (first not bringing in Choate, then not bringing in Jansen). Saturday August 18 and Sunday August 19: Dodgers lead going into eighth, win in part because of temporary replacement manager Trey Hillman's completely rational late-game decisions (bringing in Jansen with the bases loaded in the eighth on Saturday, pulling Chad at the perfect time on Sunday). Hmmmmmm.
I give Ramon Ortiz credit for that double. Why? Because why not.
1 year, 11 months ago on Dodgers @ Braves August 19, 2012: Beardingsley vs Minor
Good atbat there by Uribe. (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
@Mike Petriello I understand that Fox's NFL broadcast booth will include an Olympic rugby player this year.
@Mike Petriello Plus I totally feel like this bearded Billingsley would throw at someone in a playoff game. (Yes, I know that was totally overblown by Plaschke-esque numbskulls looking for a scrap, but still.)
The Braves announcers are pretty much saying nothing between pitches. No wonder so many people are getting turned off on baseball now; imagine if football announcers never spoke until one team got a first down.
"The Dodgers are playing the Giants coming up. That might have, not just divisional, but playoff implications." - Braves announcer
@davstein48 Yes...that was the joke.
@Mike Petriello Don't care if the Dodgers are playing Game 7 of the World Series against the Yankees on TBS and Kershaw/Sabathia are throwing duel perfect games into the ninth; never again am I watching the MLB on TBS after today.
Dodger 7 and 8 hitters: 4 for 4, all of the game's run production. Dodger 1 and 2 hitters: 0 for 6, combined nine runners left on base, 0-for-3 in getting runners in from third with less than two outs. #Baseball
Our best reliever doesn't enter the game in a save situation (two outs, tying run on third in the eighth) OR a non-save situation (either the 10th or 11th). Um.
1 year, 11 months ago on Tough Night for Don Mattingly As Dodgers Lose to Braves in 11
@Frank J Lapidus You mean we've lost a lot of games where we were down with 2 innings to go??????!!
1 year, 11 months ago on Dodgers @ Braves August 17, 2012: Capuano vs Hanson
Rivera doubles the word count of the recap.
Play the matchup game and pinch-hit Uribe for Ethier?
Bitches love bunts.
"Shaken from his furious argument with an umpire the night before, Kemp never again had another hit as a major league baseball player. We'll be back on Outside The Lines right after this."
@Deuce @Guestu76987 @ThtsaPaddlin There it is! Good work.
@ThtsaPaddlin Better discussion topic: How can we still find a way to bash Ned for this signing even though so far it's been one of the smarter ones of the 2011 offseason?
Cruz is hitting an RBI double this atbat. I don't care if that's impossible, it's happening.
If Loney homers here I'll streak at the next home game.
I thought David Ross would last about 2 more weeks in the big leagues after we dealt him in '05.
And the Dodgers take a 2-1 lead here in the fourth on three consecutive two-out hits by Ramirez, Loney, and Cr--oh, wait. #Wallached
Here's the counter-argument to the whole "the Dodgers were a bunch of disgraceful unprofessional screwups yesterday": would you rather they just took the entire day off and rolled over for Pittsburgh, knowing they'd already won the first three games? Hell, I'm proud of the team for caring enough to get collectively pissed, as well as for trying to fight back from 3-0 and 8-4 deficits even though they ultimately fell short.
Kemp: cheered on Andre, thrown out of game. Blanton: looked at umpire, said one sentence, thrown out of game. Hanley: threw bat in frustration after striking out, fined by umpire. Burnett: screamed multiple expletives at Hanley after striking him out, umpire does nothing. Guess which one of those players played for the home team. The umpire was putting on a show for the home crowd, nothing more and nothing less. That's the definition of showboating.
Congratulations, Pirates, you won a game. Enjoy watching us play the Reds in the NLDS in October.
1 year, 11 months ago on Dodgers @ Pirates August 16, 2012: Blanton vs Burnett
Fuck all of the Pirates.
What the hell, This Game?
OH MY GOD, HE MADE A RUNNING CATCH! ...Who cares, he's supposed to. Stop showing it 54237895 times, Pittsburgh channel.
Oh my God, look; we're pitching to Jones.
@SCruzDodgers I just wonder if this rent-an-ump has the balls to throw out someone on the home team.
Hurdle yelled at the ump, where's his ejection?
Sit the fuck down Burnett. Sit down.
AND NOW HERE COMES!!!!!!!....Elian :(
@ED_IN_DE Shouldn't the umpires be professional too? I.e., not throw out all of our players at the drop of a hat just to put on a show for the home crowd?
Two hits for Loney? Now I've seen everything in this game.
@JoeyE Oh come on. Hanley does that every single time he gets a hit. He wasn't trying to show up Burnett.
@JoeyE And so do the umps, today anyway.
@JoeyE Burnett plays for Pittsburgh.
What a bunch of cocksuckers. Fuck the Pirates, I hope they have 20 more consecutive losing seasons.
Dodgers should file a formal protest.
Oh fuck you Blanton. Seriously.
@JohnM To be fair, don't we kind of want Mattingly suspended?
@ThtsaPaddlin 15 for his last 43...
Shove it, Pittsburgh umps.
@ThtsaPaddlin He broke into Melky's locker.
Garrett Jones could call his shot right here and I wouldn't be surprised.
@DBrim @molly_knight After the game that kid will go home and play several hours of Grand Theft Auto IV.
"Look at Blanton motoring down the line" - nobody, ever
Given Mike's jinxing powers, if Sands had started in Loney's place he would have struck out so violently that the wind from his backswing would have triggered the San Andreas fault line and caused an earthquake to demolish Dodger Stadium.
@Bill Grabarkewitz If he gets suspended for more than like 2 games it's bullshit. It's not like he went Carl Everett or Roberto Alomar or Milton Bradley on the guy.
"In a year that has been so improbable..."
@efb Kemp said one thing and got booted by the crowd-pleasing Pittsburgh-favoring umps. Justifiably enraged, he shouted at the umps for like 10 minutes and kinda/sorta/not really nudged them in the process. Mattingly continued to scream and got tossed too.
Also: Just a great job by these umpires. You put on a great show for the Pittsburgh fans by ejecting the best player on the Dodgers. Way to be professional in your line of work, dicks.
I don't mind if Kemp just wants to take the rest of the day off, but DON'T GET SUSPENDED FOR GOD'S SAKE.
@VietnamDodger Well, it wasn't my point to make you sad, just to express that I want this team to wake the fuck up.
1 year, 11 months ago on Rockies @ Dodgers August 7, 2012: White vs Harang
@VietnamDodger Disagree completely. If the team seems as though they're trying, and they care, then sure, I'll hold off on the F-bombs even if they lose. But ever since the Arizona home series, it's seriously looked like they've just been coasting. They never score the first time through the lineup even though they're playing against teenage pitchers. Other teams are grinding out long atbats and taking extra bases and getting clutch hits, and the Dodgers don't look like they care about doing any of that. Until they start, fuck them.
Fuck the Dodgers. Seriously. For the first time in a long time, fuck the actual Dodgers. Did you ever think you'd see the day where Ned Colletti was trying harder to help the Dodgers win than the actual Dodgers themselves? Fuck this lazy, going-through-the-motions bunch of stiffs.
@Frank J Lapidus If they're just going to mail it in for the rest of the season, the rest they could do is tell me so that I can stop watching.
@efb So...all of them?
How is it possible for so many good hitters to perform so badly? Don't give me the "DODGER STADIUM!!!" crap, because Dodger Stadium alone doesn't account for getting one hit off Aaron White, no runs off Drew Pomeranz, just two runs off Justin Germano, basically no runs off Chris Volstad, ET CETERA.
@SCK I like that, down 1-0 in a three-game series and trailing late in Game 2, you're already basically guaranteeing a 2-1 series win.
We've got Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Hanley Ramirez, and Shane Victorino in our 1-through-5; would it kill our lineup to score the first f*cking time through for once, especially at home against the f*cking Cubs and Rockies? This is a joke.
Oh, also: Tony had a .586 OPS in June. That's bad. You know what's worse? He had a farking .364 OPS in July. I'm pretty sure that one of us commenting here could jump into the majors right now and come within shouting distance of that.
1 year, 11 months ago on Dodgers DFA Tony Gwynn to Recall Jerry Sands, and That’s a Good Thing
Please please please give him a legitimate shot at first base, Don. Please. Even if you make him bunt 37 times a game...just give him a chance. Please.
"Hanley's second walk-off as a Dodger"...um, did he play for the Dodgers before this year, or something?
1 year, 11 months ago on Hanley! Walk-Off Completes Dodger Sweep
Blanton was the starting pitcher for Game 4 in 2008 AND Game 4 in 2009; now we have Victorino AND him? Yikes. When Ned trades for Jimmy Rollins and lures Matt Stairs out of retirement to play first base on August 31, I'm going to throw things.
1 year, 11 months ago on Dodgers Acquire Joe Blanton
@Frank J Lapidus I don't know what Dempster's numbers in 2003 have to do with how he'll do the rest of 2012, frankly.
1 year, 11 months ago on Trade Deadline Passes... Quietly?
@Frank J Lapidus "Nearly making the World Series," sorry.
@Frank J Lapidus It's just the same old Colletti shit; trading a bunch of iffy prospects for guys who MIGHT make a difference, rather than going all-in for a guy who will DEFINITELY make a difference. The one time that Ned did the latter and got Manny, we went from being a mediocre crappy team to nearly making the NLCS, and Manny had an OPS of like 7000 in the process. Hell, go all in on someone like Felix Hernandez, or risk a couple solid prospects for Dempster or Garza. "OH BUT WHAT ABOUT 2015 WHEN LEE AND WEBSTER AND GOULD ARE READY?!" Jeez, this December Kemp and Kershaw could collide with each other during a skiing accident and be done playing baseball forever. Our team has the ability to contend for a championship RIGHT NOW; we have no idea how we'll look in five years when those prospects are ready to contribute.
@JoeyE So it's absolutely guaranteed that we wouldn't re-sign him, then?
@The_Real_Paul Just because we have a better team doesn't mean we have a championship team. Another pitcher would have put us definitely over the top of SF.
CptPineapple, You're taking one sentence from that argument and using it as your entire one; not an effective debating technique. (For the record, Dempster's ERA+ is substantially higher than Clay's, and his WHIP, H/9, HR/9, and BB/9 are all comparable; Clay does have him beat in all things strikeouts, but still. For the year 2012 and the year 2012 alone, the two aren't far off.)
@JoeyE Dempster has the best ERA+ in the league and has been at 110 or better three of the last four years. He would have immediately become our best or second-best starter, given Cap's inevitable plunge back to the mean. Now we've got an ace (Kershaw), an enigma (Billingsley), a guy who's bound to fall off any day now (Cap), a #5 starter (Harang), and a bunch of nobodies for the final spot. Great, that's the pitching staff I want in September. And again, I don't trust any of those pitching prospects to help us out anytime soon. Lee's got the best future of all of them and he's projected to be a mid-rotation guy at best.
That's it, huh? Too bad, I was really hoping on making the playoffs this year. At least now we have an excuse and can blame Ned for not pulling the trigger. Oh, and I guess we also have Lee and Webster and Reed and Gould, one of whom might be of some use to us in six years.
@The_Real_Paul True. I understand the flaws of taking career samples for stadiums ("Ooooh, Victorino went 3-for-4 at Dodger Stadium six years ago, so relevant!!!!!!"), but I guess it might indicate that he feels comfortable hitting here? I also see the flaws in just looking at the last two weeks of his numbers for his "hot streak," but take a closer look at his splits; this year, he was only really terrible in April and since has put together a pretty typical season for him.
1 year, 11 months ago on Next Up, Shane Victorino, And More to Come?
@JakeHorvitz Is it possible that Victorino just doesn't like having fastballs thrown at his head? I remember in Game 5 of that series, after Raffy made two errors in the same inning, Victorino (mic'd for the game) was standing on second and offered him some encouraging words and told him to keep his head up.
@Table What if Soriano had tanked the rest of this year while causing clubhouse problems, and then we were stuck with a decling malcontent for 2 more years and 36 more million?
Anyone at all happening to note that Victorino has been scorching-hot since the ASB and has a history of hitting well in Dodger Stadium? ...No?
Victorino: .357/.416/.629 career at Dodger Stadium (79 atbats), .357/.400/.589 since ASB; good defense; finally a guy with a decent combination of OBP/speed that Don won't seem stupid for having in the leadoff spot. ...All that aside, shit, we have Shane Victorino. Damn.
1 year, 11 months ago on Brandon League Arrives, But What’s Next?
@Mike Petriello True, but my assumption was/is that we could at least get the Cubs to cover that.
1 year, 11 months ago on There’s a Bat Coming Soon
@JoeyE Disagree. I think the Hanley deal was an example of our owners flexing their pockets; there's going to be no more of this McCourt penny-pinching bullshit, we're going to be able to take chances on expensive gambles like Soriano now.
@el serracho True, but he'll be playing left field. Other than maybe first base, that's the easiest position to age in.
@WestonTaylor The Cubs are probably trying to give Soriano away even with Dempster, and Ned's probably trying to make them include half or more of his contract. I think money is likely a much bigger hangup in this deal than prospects.
If you get Soriano and Dempster, you're likely giving up just about nothing in prospect value (to make up for the significance of Soriano's contract), and you're basically giving a guy with a current 123 OPS+ an extravagant-but-not-unreasonable two-year, $36-million deal. Literally the only hangup I'd have with that is the contract figure; remind you of your favorite money-stealing fatass?
@phattonez7 Wouldn't bother me. Still, with Hamels and Garza and Grienke off the trade market, I think that getting our starting pitcher has to take precedence.
1 year, 11 months ago on Dodgers @ Giants July 29, 2012: Finish That Sweep
Theory: Don wrote out his lineup card with just "LF" in the #2 spot thinking he was going to have Pence or Victorino by gametime.
You forgot to mention Penny getting bombed in his relief outing.
1 year, 12 months ago on Dodgers 10, Giants 0: That Could Not Have Gone Better
Can Ned please trade for three or four new hitters now that he's got the day off from watching baseball?
2 years ago on The Hall of Nearly Great Is Worth a Vote
Jimmy Rollins is the reason why I drink. So...yeah, no thanks.
2 years ago on Trading For Now, Or For the Future?
"The D'Backs have let other teams know they're willing to trade Upton for the right package, reports ESPN's Buster Olney. "They wouldn't be pushing it this hard in the middle of the year unless they really wanted him out of there," said one official."
Uribe straight up?
2 years ago on Open Question: How Different Will This Roster Look?
@ScottyRayJ That's the counter-argument, and it's a valid one. However, I think that the idea of getting someone who's "relatively" a good hitter is flawed; basically, it's saying that we want Headley because "there are only two or three third basemen better than him in the league!!!"...which I don't think is an airtight reason for going after someone. Given that our offense is le shitz, shouldn't we be going after the absolute best hitter available (either Josh Willingham or Edwin Encarnacion, both of which have OPS+'s of 149 or higher and OBPs of .379 or higher) instead of just a guy who's the best hitter available relative to his position? (Also worthy of note: 1) Encarnacion is a free agent after the season and thus might not require as much via trade; 2) Given that Minnesota and Toronto are both small-market teams, we could probably substitute some lesser prospects in any deal with them and take a bad contract back, such as Adam Lind or Nick Blackburn; 3) Since neither Minnesota or Toronto play in the NL West, as San Diego does, they might be more willing to deal one of their best hitters to us.)
2 years ago on On the Idea of Trading Zach Lee
I get that Headley plays in the hitter's wasteland that is Petco Park...but, seriously, the dude only has a 108 OPS+ for his career, as well as a career .347 OBP and pretty normal-looking traditional stats. Are we positive that it'll require Lee to pry him away from San Diego? (Same exercise for Lowrie: career 99 OPS+ and .329 OBP, never played in a full season's worth of games, bat plays excellently as a shortstop but just okay as a third baseman.)
@Dang88 33-year-old 1B/corner outfielder in a contract year with a not-blowing-anyone-away .844 career OPS and they don't want to move him despite being 10 games out of the division lead and 9.5 out of the second wild-card spot? Hmmm, their loss, guess they don't want to possibly improve long-term.
2 years ago on A First-Place Team With a Lot of Work to Do
@Mike Petriello But 58 games in the minors!!!!!.........Yes, that was a little bit of a stretch. But hey, seller's market.
My suggestion: 1. Go after Headley (making everybody but Lee available), and 2. Either try a Willingham/Liriano trade (Willingham can play first and has a .380 OBP; Liriano could probably be had for cheap and has a 3.88 ERA with a 2:1 K/BB ratio since April) with Minnesota, or a Scutaro/Cuddyer/Francis trade (Scutaro filling in for Dee, Cuddyer and his league-average OPS+ taking over for the current black hole at third, and Francis at the back of the rotation as he has been pretty good this year with the exception of one 3.1-IP, 8-ER start) with Colorado, or a Garza or Dempster/LaHair trade (least favorable given LaHair's lifetime .444 OPS vs. lefties, but either Garza or Dempster would immediately become our #2 starter, so...probably worth it?) with Chicago.
Keith Law, pessimistic??!! WHERE IS THIS COMING FROM???????????!!!!!!!!!!!
2 years ago on 24 Hours of Yasiel Puig
Nice to know that old broken-down fat guys don't want to play for us.
2 years ago on Dodgers Embarrass Themselves On the Field, But What's Happening Off It?
Really? Another one? At this point, they'll have to ammend the common saying to, "The only things certain in life are death, taxes, and the Dodgers signing Cole Hamels this offseason." Is it honestly that much of a lock that we sign him?
If we can get a hitter next year who can (as this post, as well as that Fangraphs article, seems to indicate as a possibility) post something comparable to Yoenis Cespedes' .503 SLG, .835 OPS, and 126 OPS+...jeez, we'd actually have three competent ML hitters in the lineup instead of just two! (Or one, as has mostly been the case throughout the season, or zero, on those days when Ethier is hurt/has the day off.) What a change of pace!
2 years ago on Dodgers Attempt to Distract From Slump By Reportedly Signing Cuban Yasiel Puig To Record Deal
It's true, and I'll grant that I hit on that a little too strongly in my comment. But to be in first place, with easily fixable holes (given that, again, Kemp is COMING BACK SOON, and we're in on many trade targets that won't require, you know, Zach Lee to be given up for them), a weak schedule going forward, and a weak division, taking a "not--buying" position is almost as bad as taking a "selling position" (given that either choice will reduce/greatly hinder/likely prevent our chances of getting into the playoffs, where we know based on 100 years of history and Moneyball that anything is possible and any team can win it all).
2 years ago on Andre Ethier Strains Oblique as Dodgers Tie Team Scoring Futility Record; Chad Billingsley Blamed
It was an overreaction to give us the division title after our incredible April/May; it's just as big an overreaction to advocate selling the veterans off after a terrible June. This team still has the pitching to potentially go far; with Kershaw/Bills/Cap leading the way, and Harang as a solid fourth option, that's still better than most rotations in the league. And I really think we're underestimating the impact Kemp will have when he gets back post-ASB; he's the BEST HITTER IN BASEBALL, and we'll be adding him to our lineup. If you assume that Ethier comes back post-ASB as well, and that Ned goes out and grabs another hitter or two in July, we'll go right back to being good. Now is not the time to panic; our April/May have leveled off with a terrible June, as the stats predicted they would, and we're now basically exactly where we thought we'd be. PLEASE, at least wait until we're out of first f**king place to start questioning whether we should start trading our best players for "heads they'll make the major league roster someday, tails they won't" prospects from other teams.
(I mean...really. You want to give up on the season because we've been treading water over the last two months with our best hitter/the best hitter in the world out with an injury and due to come back in a couple weeks? This is classic, Bill Simmons-level overreaction. We're assuming that teams who are in last place won't want to sell their best players off because they're only 6 games out of the second wild card spot, and yet when we're in FIRST PLACE you think we should be considering doing what they won't? ...I mean, I'm speechless.)
Only other trade I can see that might make a difference is a similar one with MIN: Josh Willingham and a lefty reliever (Glen Perkins?) for a prospect package. Granted, Willingham has played all of 3 games at first base in his 9-year MLB career (and just 68 overall in 13 professional seasons), but hey, it's a weak market.
2 years ago on June Can't End Soon Enough
Would it be possible to pry Edwin Encarnacion and Darren Oliver away from Toronto for not-much, given that both are free agents after the season? Might help.