... Baseball fan since 1978, Dodger fan since 1980.
@TellMyWifeISaidHello @JT_Dutch @Mike Petriello ... I made two points:
1) We had no way of knowing Loney wouldn't have a season like he's having now if he were in L.A.
2) The Dodgers gave up on him after he had an off-year by his standards.
As for debunking these other points which I never made, good job I guess?
11 months ago on The Nick Punto Trade With Boston, One Year Later
@Mike Petriello @JT_Dutch ... He had a career 109 OPS+ going into last season, and posted a 76 OPS+ while having the lowest BABIP of his career. So yeah, it was an off-year for him.
"But I think we all know that for whatever reason, (Loney) was never going to succeed like that in Los Angeles."
... Just like everyone *knew* that Uribe would never have the year he's had thus far?
It's a bit disingenuous to pretend like we know anything like that. Loney simply had an off-year, and the Dodgers gave up on him. It isn't complicated.
... I would say that the "30 for 30" series is a significant omission from the "When is ESPN at its best?" section.
Otherwise, this is excellent, and I agree completely.
11 months, 1 week ago on The State of ESPN
"Really? This is what Piazza construed as Scully turning the Dodgers fanbase against him?"
... It wasn't just this. It was the tone and manner in which Scully referenced this ultimatum and the negotiating failures from the time the 1998 season got underway, and this continued until Piazza was traded in the middle of May.
1 year, 5 months ago on Vin Scully never turned Dodgers fans against Mike Piazza | February | 2013
@DBrim ... Trolling.
1 year, 8 months ago on Report: Dodgers After Mark McGwire As Hitting Coach
@capnsparrow ... Well, if Brandon League is worth over $7 million a year, imagine what a good player would be worth in Ned's mind.
"@jperrotto: From someone who knows these things: Josh Hamilton's asking price is 7 years and $175M."
... Ned's ON that.
@Mike Petriello ... Well, philosophically I'd have to disagree with trading my best prospect for two years of James Shields.
1 year, 8 months ago on Pitchers Break, But You Still Need Them: James Shields
@Mike Petriello @Dang88 .... Kershaw, Jansen, and Elbert, right?
@DBrim @JT_Dutch @Mike ... If I'm not mistaken, Shields' velocity/peripherals have been up and down throughout his career. Just how long do you expect his prime to last? Until he's 33? 34?
@Mike Petriello @Dang88 ... You're right; you can't wait for every single one of them. But can't you wait for at least ONE of them, instead of having a "gotta trade em all" mentality?
@Dang88 ... Exactly. So here's a really crazy idea: develop prospects in order to have 25 year old good pitchers, instead of trading those prospects away for thirty-somethings.
@DBrim @Mike @JT_Dutch ... That's obvious. This is speaking in general terms. I wasn't aware that had to be clarified.
@Mike Petriello ... Actually, they're not.
... I don't see what the obsession is with trading every prospect the Dodgers have for guys 30 or older. I just don't see it.
@Mike Petriello @Tony Fernandez @West Coast Ram ... The Dodgers had a better pitching staff than the Giants.
@Technogit ... Ned Colletti's pretty dumb, man. This isn't breaking news, is it?
1 year, 8 months ago on 2012 Dodgers in Review #14: 3B Juan Uribe
@DavePomerantz ... Hanley's 29 in less than two months, and he's past his prime. It just so happened that his prime took place earlier than most. This is not 2009. He's not the same player. His offense is a bit better than average, but his glove is a lot worse than average. He's overrated.
Gonzalez isn't "fairly young". He's 31 next season. Again, past his prime. It remains to be seen whether he can produce like he did in San Diego. Crawford, like I said, is a speed guy with a career OBP in the .320s away from Tropicana Field. Overrated.
Ethier's good, but again, he's not getting any younger.
A.J. could hit .270 again next season, or he could hit .217. It's a huge question mark. He's 32 next season.
Remember when teams hosted "Old-Timers" games? The Dodgers will be hosting 81 of those next year at the Ravine. I don't think it's a good sign.
1 year, 8 months ago on Pitchers Break, But You Still Need Them: Zack Greinke
@DavePomerantz ... Hanley's never going to be the player he was. Crawford's a speed guy on the wrong side of 30 with a career OBP in the .320s away from the Trop. Gonzalez is in decline. Really, Ethier's likely to decline, and he can't hit lefties, anyway. Kemp's a great hitter, but really, what's around him? No leadoff hitter, and a lot of maybes. I don't see this as "plenty of offense", at all.
@The_Real_Paul @Disgruntled Goat @Catfish-fryin' ... Great post. 100% agree.
@DavePomerantz "This team seems to have plenty of offense"
... It does? Did the stretch run of the 2012 season actually take place, or was that just a nightmare of bad offense? I hope it was the latter, honestly.
... Also, there's this: "@imyourzero31: If Ethier does get traded, the #dodgers have no interest in Hamilton. Instead watch out for Franklin Gutierrez' name to be thrown around."
That's right, Franklin ".224/.261/.273 in 2011" Gutierrez.
@Catfish-fryin' ... An All-Star team - about four years ago.
@EephusBlue ... That's what I heard. He's getting 3 years for one good month. Because, NED!
1 year, 8 months ago on 2012 Dodgers in Review #10: SS Hanley Ramirez
... It's a good hire. It's a good start.
1 year, 9 months ago on Dodgers Add Gerry Hunsicker to Front Office
@HUMAN ELEMENT ... Same here. This is a really nice move.
1 year, 9 months ago on How Do You Solve a Problem Like Juan Uribe?
@DBrim @LakerDodger24 @EephusBlue @capnsparrow @plaza234 @el serracho ... Well, I'm glad you approve, I guess. Right on.
1 year, 9 months ago on Dave Hansen Falls On His Sword
@LakerDodger24 @EephusBlue @capnsparrow @plaza234 @el serracho ... They were 85-76 in games that mattered. That's mediocre. Play around with the definition all you want. Lie to yourself about the definition if you want. Have fun.
It's mildly interesting that the Tigers are going to the ALCS. They won a weak division and won a five-game series.
The Dodgers had a better record in the half-season before they were "built" than after. The Dodgers record after the big trade with the Red Sox was 16-18. If that screams "good team" to you, great. It doesn't to me. That's mediocre to me.
If you want to lie to yourself and believe a team full of guys 30 or over is not going to decline, good for you. History says otherwise. A lot of things are going to have to go exactly right for the Dodgers in 2013 to even win as many as they did THIS season, much less 90+ games.
@LakerDodger24 @EephusBlue @capnsparrow @plaza234 @el serracho ... You're right; 86-76 is clearly the record of a dominant team. Like I said, if you have to lie to yourself to make yourself feel better or to make yourself sound like you're a good fan, that's cool.
@LakerDodger24 @EephusBlue @capnsparrow @plaza234 @el serracho ... Actually it's more funny that you don't read posts. I said the team was mediocre, and the team's leadership was awful.
@EephusBlue @capnsparrow @LakerDodger24 @plaza234 @el serracho ... You're right; lying to one's self is a much better way.
@LakerDodger24 @EephusBlue @el serracho @plaza234 ... Wanna bet something on that?
@EephusBlue @el serracho @plaza234 ... They're not awful. The leadership is awful. The team itself is mediocre. And that's a shame, given the amount of money that's owed to them.
@plaza234 @el serracho ... Hey, let's cut it out with the logic, here. Negative Nancy.
@el serracho @plaza234 ... What do you expect a team that's 85-90% made up of guys on the wrong side of 30 to do, if not decline?
@EephusBlue @DBrim ... Oh hey, another great poster with another great post.
@LA Woman @plaza234 ... I've been a Dodger fan for a long time. They were a good organization at one time; believe it or not. I'd like to see them be one again. I'm holding out hope for that. I don't need to kid myself into thinking they're one now just to prove to others I'm a fan. All that needs to be changed is the leadership of the team; their GM and their field manager. I'm holding out hope they will make those changes soon.
@LakerDodger24 @DBrim ... What was so exciting about giving away good prospects for guys the Red Sox couldn't give away before the season started? But you're trolling anyway, so keep at it I guess.
@plaza234 @el serracho ... Every organization does this, though. No organization ever does smart things. This is an established fact.
@plaza234 ... I doubt it. There's no doubt in my mind that this team will pull off not making the playoffs despite a $200 million+ payroll.
@el serracho ... Keep telling yourself that. If it makes you feel better, go with it.
@DBrim ... Great post. You sure told me.
@plaza234 ... Of course. But that's the Dodgers. If there's a decision to make, rest assured that this team will completely fuck it up.
... They fired the wrong guy. But that's par for the course in this laughingstock of an organization. Nothing surprises me anymore about the Dodgers. It's like they live and love to troll their fans.
@Cadtalfryn @JoeyE ... Cruz hit .297 in 283 ABs this year.
Keep in mind that Gordon hit .304 in 224 ABs last year.
I'd like to see both of these guys platoon at SS and have Hanley at 3B.
1 year, 9 months ago on The Dodger Fan Guide to the Playoffs
@bisonjones ... I think Cabrera winning the Triple Crown is a really cool novelty/nostagia thing. I hope it doesn't rob Trout of his deserved MVP award.
@Cadtalfryn @JoeyE ... Dylan Hernandez: "Colletti said he heads into off-season thinking Cruz can be Dodgers' everyday 3B next year."
@DBrim @dylanohernandez ... Ned's gonna Ned, yo.
@SF'sBrickWall ... Oh, yes. Priorities.
1 year, 9 months ago on Dodgers Call it Quits With Excruciating Loss
@DBrim @truebluela ... He doesn't even have enough sense to give his regulars the day off when the season's over.
@Mike Petriello @WBBsAs ... Based on the fact that he's worked in the minor leagues here, in NPB, and with the Royals. When he's had the talent to win, he has won. I do feel he brings a more intellectual approach to managing.
I realize no manager is ever going to be perfect in the eyes of a hardcore fan. I'm simply saying that Hillman's a better choice in my mind.
@Mike Petriello @WBBsAs ... I don't agree with the 90% figure, but I'll agree to disagree and leave it at that. I do believe Hillman is clearly more qualified to manage this team than Mattingly.
@Mike Petriello @WBBsAs ... OK, then let's get into the thing where he walked a guy to pitch to a guy who's been murdering the ball, based on a pitcher-hitter sample size of 19 at-bats, even though he got burned by the same exact thing not long before.
This is something that happens time and time again with this guy, Mike. He's not qualified to do what he does. And this team is going to watch the playoffs on television because of it.
@WBBsAs ... Last night was simply a microcosm of what's been going on for two years now. And yet, there are people here who will say, without a hint of irony, that Mattingly is a good manager - and they'll fabricate stuff like "oh he's good in the clubhouse and players respect him and scrub writer says this and blah blah blah" when they don't have the first clue about any of it.
It's been something of a running thing here, to chuckle at the constant mistakes Don has made since he took over the Dodger reins. Personally, I see nothing cute or funny about having a completely inept and unqualified field manager bumble his way through a season. He cost the team a playoff berth. I don't see the humor in it.
... Yeah, you're so right. Fife sucks; I'd much rather have Blanton in there. What a terrible start.
Herp derp, indeed.
1 year, 10 months ago on Cardinals @ Dodgers September 16, 2012: Live Free or Fife Hard
@Dang88 @JT_Dutch @Cadtalfryn ... I'm talking about 2013, not 2012.
1 year, 10 months ago on Cardinals @ Dodgers September 14, 2012: Kelly vs Capuano
@Joey Caltabellotta @Bawfuls @Gilbert_Vengeance @Cadtalfryn ... The Red Sox couldn't give away Beckett and Crawford before this season started. For Ned to pay through the nose for those two (and take on Punto as well) just to acquire Gonzalez is hilariously terrible.
Ned was absolutely fleeced. Cherington should probably be the executive of the year for that deal alone.
@Bawfuls @Joey Caltabellotta @Gilbert_Vengeance @Cadtalfryn "-Not trading Kemp/Kershaw away"
... Pretty sad that this is under the "good deals" category, as if Ned deserves credit for not being a complete retard.
Also, you didn't include the Uribe signing, or any of the numerous terrible smaller moves he's made over the years.
@Cadtalfryn ... It's worse than that. It'll be the first team to carry a $200 million payroll and not make the playoffs. Pretty much the laughingstock of baseball.
@DBrim ... Ah, I see. That's what I get for being one of the few who doesn't follow him.
@DBrim ... A Juan Uribe contract extension shouldn't be far behind.
@Tangled Up In Blue ... If they don't do it this season, they'd BETTER do it in 2013. After that, they're going to be an over-the-hill and obscenely overpaid mess.
1 year, 10 months ago on Shane Victorino, Eternal Phillie?
@DBrim @Milkey's Website ... We're talking about current production, right? So, what do you base his "high potential to break out" on? Did he look stylish while he had the hat trick last night?
@DBrim @Milkey's Website ... High potential based on what?
@Tangled Up In Blue ... But don't EVER say he's anything but a good manager.
@DBrim @Milkey's Website ... Wait, you're going by current performance and Gonzalez is hitting cleanup? OK, then.
@Mike Petriello ... But by ALL means, keep A.J. Ellis - leader in on-base percentage - batting 8th.
Why not bat him 9th, Donnie? Or 10th, perhaps? And then, after games, why not bitch about the offense some more?
@WillL ... Thanks, Mr. Lyons.
1 year, 10 months ago on Matt Treanor Is Just the Best
@Table ... I didn't say he was supposed to appeal to my intelligence. I'm saying that he shouldn't insult it, either. But he does. Why does he? Because, simply put ... he's not funny, he's not bright, he's not original. I don't blame people for being sick of his tired gimmick.
"your kind of a fool" ... how ironic. Good for you if you love the guy. Seeing how you write and spell, I'm really not surprised. Have fun with it.
@Table ... It doesn't take much to find out which Dodger players are favored and which are not. He praises those who are favored, and trolls those who aren't. Pretty simplistic way of pandering to the lowest common denominator.
He's no better than Plaschke or anyone else, and he's considerably worse than many of those who write for the Times.
I don't see how people are getting "worked up" about him by mentioning how they're simply sick of someone this terrible being paid to write about the Dodgers in any way. It's a very understandable frustration. No one likes to have their intelligence insulted in this way.
@Micro Scrotumo ... He got you to respond to him directly. He won.
@Shmolnick @EephusBlue @Mike Petriello ... What does Treanor's salary have to do with anything? He had every right to say what he did and feel how he did about Simers and his tired bullshit.
And, if you're waiting for people to be paid commensurate with their contributions to society, I have some advice for you. Don't hold your breath.
@WBBsAs @EephusBlue @Mike Petriello ... I don't mind the Dodgers playing the Angels, but I certainly wouldn't shed a tear if the rest of interleague play were eliminated.
@Table ... Yeah, a professional troll who knows zilch about baseball, who does nothing more than pander to the current bandwagon/majority opinion of those who know as little about baseball as he does.
He's a real hero.
@Milkey's Website ... Donnie finds a way, somehow.
1 year, 10 months ago on Dodgers @ Diamondbacks September 11, 2012: Kershaw vs. Kennedy
... No, you Donnie supporters are so right. He's a genius. Hall of Fame manager.
Let's send in Gordon to not steal, let's send in Punto to lead off the ninth inning. Brilliant.
@Cadtalfryn ... Why does he even have the green light to run? That's on the manager.
I have never seen a manager have less respect for the 27 outs he has in his possession than Don Mattingly does.
1 year, 10 months ago on Dodgers Narrowly Escape With 3-2 Win
@hoagiebum @LA Woman ... It's sad that the man paid to be the GM of this team doesn't realize this. And, he's getting a contract extension to boot.
1 year, 10 months ago on Dodgers @ Giants, September 8, 2012: Kempless
@LA Woman @DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy ... Don Mattingly: "If they were great options, they wouldn't be in the minor leagues."
Yeah, so much for that.
" Andrew Baggerly of Comcast Bay Area is reporting that Adam Kennedy‘s groin injury will put him out for the year, which, who cares."
... I, too, cannot wait for more Juan Uribe at-bats.
@Gilbert_Vengeance ... If you're happy with what's been going on, then sure - keeping Mattingly as a manager is fine. If you think Mattingly is in way over his head, it's time to get him some managerial experience in the minors, and get someone in here (or promote someone) who actually knows what's he's doing.
1 year, 10 months ago on Dodgers Squander Opportunities to Fall 5.5 Out
@DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy @JohnM @CarlECreasman ... I think it's more of a case of "Too lazy to find out why a team isn't winning? Chemistry."
1 year, 10 months ago on Hey Man, You Jellin’?
@Table ... If we're going strictly off of platoon splits, I would have rather seen Kennedy play instead of Mark Ellis at 2B. Cruz's numbers against righties are better than Mark's.
@drh ... Let me clarify this a bit. I agree with you 100% about being bothered that Sands was never given a full shot with the Dodgers.
But to write off Gonzalez on the basis of his work at Dodger Stadium, which has been made up of groups of 30 at-bats per season, is just silly.
@Cadtalfryn @efb @Mike @DBrim ... So was Troy Glaus. Think Ned should give him a call?
@efb @Cadtalfryn @Mike @DBrim ... You'd start an inferior offensive and defensive player on the basis of just 19 at-bats?
@JoeyE @Cadtalfryn @Mike Petriello @DBrim ... "Over-managing"? Try "bad managing".
@drh ... Are you serious with this?
"arguing that the Gonzalez trade was a failure because he hasn’t been markedly better than James Loney over the last two weeks is foolish, because two weeks."
... That's all it took for people to declare the Eovaldi-for-Ramirez trade a success, right?
And, chemistry is created by winning, not the other way around.
... Even on a day when the Dodgers don't play, they still find a way to lose.
1 year, 10 months ago on Ned Colletti Will Outlive Us All
@Raul Franklin @EephusBlue @capnsparrow23 @Mike Petriello ... The thing is, it's not that cut and dried. Managers can have good and bad seasons, just like players can.
I can give you a list of the clever things that Tommy Lasorda did in 1981 and 1988 to help lead those teams to the promised land. In those seasons, he was generally very good. In other seasons, he made some decisions that were terrible.
If you're going to rate Lasorda's entire body of work, he was an OK manager. He had clear weaknesses, but he had clear strengths as well. The problem with Mattingly is there are no clear strengths but very clear weaknesses. Donnie's just in over his head. He'd be a good enough hitting coach, I suppose? But he's not cut out to be a manager.
1 year, 10 months ago on 2012 is Important, But It's Not the Only Goal
@EephusBlue @el serracho ... No. We got the people who cried and cried in attempts to undermine him. Fantastic.
@EephusBlue @capnsparrow23 @Mike Petriello ... Tommy was a better manager than Donnie is now. Doesn't mean Tommy was a great or even good manager, but he had his moments.
@EephusBlue @capnsparrow23 @Mike Petriello ... See, this right here is why it's a trap. The responses are just going to be people playing dumb. Well, hopefully playing, anyway.
It's been a long time since the Dodgers had a good manager. Maybe that's why Donnie's looked upon with such esteem.
@Mike Petriello @capnsparrow23 ... Hahaha, not walking into THIS trap, again.
@Guestu76987 "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."
... That's exactly right. And each successive year will present a riskier position. I don't know why it's so difficult for people to see this.
@Guestu76987 ... You're not allowed to do this. Ned Colletti is a terrific GM; always has been. Everybody knows that trading prospects for guys over 30 is the best move to make FOR THE FUTURE. When the Dodgers are sucking in 2014, you can always change your opinion and say you were against the 2012 deals all along, and no one will bother to check. Win-win!
@DBrim @Omer @DavePomerantz @EephusBlue @Dang88 ... No, it's not a parting shot. I AM shocked, it's really special, and I do hope you guys have fun with it. Might as well, right?
1 year, 10 months ago on Roster Expansion Likely to Bring Back Some Familiar Faces
@Omer @DavePomerantz @EephusBlue @Dang88 ... You know what? I'll just agree to disagree at this point. It's just going in circles.
I'm pretty shocked that there are Dodger fans out there who actually believe Don Mattingly's been a good manager. That's just ... well, it's special. Have fun with that.
@Omer @DavePomerantz @EephusBlue @Dang88 ... I don't give a shit what the media or whoever called him last season. It matters not at all.
He was leading the division because he had outstanding pitching in the first half of the season. He's not getting that as often anymore, and now the mistakes he's constantly making are having more of an impact than they did before.
Congrats for the Lasorda references, I guess? Don't see how that's relevant to the discussion at all, but congrats.
@DavePomerantz @EephusBlue @Dang88 ... Like I said, If you don't care, that's fine. I've seen the studies. There is a tangible difference. It's not large in any one game. But over the course of a season, it does add up. And, I do believe it makes a difference. It's that simple.
@DavePomerantz @DBrim @JakeHorvitz ... In all of EIGHT at-bats, too! OK, man. Whatever you say. Go ahead and accuse me of bullshit, and then go and base your opinion on eight at-bats. That's perfect.
@DavePomerantz @EephusBlue @Dang88 ... It's worthless and invalid because the players act a certain way around the media. You don't know how they really are behind closed doors, and neither does the media.
@DavePomerantz @EephusBlue @Dang88 ... If you don't care, that's fine. I do. And, I do believe that it matters, much more than you think.
@DavePomerantz @DBrim @JakeHorvitz ... That .315's sure better than Rivera's .276 for the entire season. And, who can say if Abreu would have pulled out of that slump or not? No one.
@EephusBlue @DavePomerantz @Dang88 ... Great post!
@DavePomerantz @EephusBlue @Dang88 ... So you don't think the players put on a certain face for the media? Alright, good for you.
@DavePomerantz @EephusBlue @Dang88 ... Oh? You know this how? You're in the clubhouse with them? Or are you just making things up as you go along?
@DavePomerantz @DBrim @JakeHorvitz ... Had Abreu been in the lineup, maybe the Dodgers wouldn't have had yet another 0-for-4 in the 7th spot.
@DavePomerantz @EephusBlue @Dang88 ... How do you know he's good at managing personalities?
And, lineups aside, name me ANYTHING Don Mattingly does well as an on-field manager.
@DBrim @JakeHorvitz ... At least Abreu was getting on base over 35% of the time. How many other guys on the squad can say that? About four?
@DBrim @JakeHorvitz ... Like Rivera's been all season long? Okay.
@EephusBlue @Dang88 ... I know why he did it, yes. Because he's a bad baseball manager. It's the same reason most of his other lineups have been awful this season.
@Frank J Lapidus ... He should have called the meeting to apologize for being a terrible manager this season, and failing the team time and time again.
@EephusBlue @Dang88 ... How do you know he's keeping guys grounded, now or in the past? Is there anything specific he's done well on the field?
If anyone needs his head removed from his ass, it's Don Mattingly.
@EephusBlue @Dang88 ... Pretty damn good? In what way?
@phattonez7 @The Monocle ... So in a "luckier" season his OBP would be, what ? .310 or so? Tremendous.
1 year, 10 months ago on What Can Josh Beckett Provide the Dodgers?
@phattonez7 @The Monocle ... His last healthy season saw him post a .289 on-base percentage IN FENWAY PARK.
Yeah I can't wait for that bat to bounce back.
@phattonez7 @The Monocle ... Crawford is a speed guy on the wrong end of 30. What's there to "turn around"?
Ned paid through the nose for three players that the Red Sox couldn't give away.
@phattonez7 @The Monocle ... If the deal was strictly for Gonzalez, I would have had no problem with it. But, to take on all the garbage, all the money, AND send prospects on top of that is 100% pure Ned.
@The Monocle ... No one is dumb enough to do that deal with the BoSox except for Ned Colletti. That deal was the very essence of Colletti. Squander youth, squander money, all about the veterans ... this is Colletti right down the line.
@JoeyE ... Doesn't really matter, it has to be more about relieving himself of all the prospects. I know Lee's burning a hole in his pocket.
"Whether it’s deserved or not, it means that that the team doesn’t see him as merely another bad contract to eat in order to get Gonzalez"
... If the team doesn't see him as that, it's their miscalculation. Because that is exactly what he is.
@DaveyL13 ... First off, you're not in the clubhouse, so you don't know about the players' loyalty to Mattingly; you're making that part up.
Second, Tracy won a division title as a Dodger manager, and won over 90 games twice. Mattingly has yet to do that, so I don't see how you rank Don over Jim in any respect.
Third, they're "battling for first" in the worst division in baseball. Not exactly any kind of tremendous accomplishment. He's nine games over .500, also not exactly a tremendous accomplishment. He's received career seasons out of several guys (Hairston, Capuano, Mark Ellis) and a relatively unexpected good season out of another guy (A.J. Ellis), so it's not unreasonable to imagine the Dodgers on the plus side of .500, given that. He's still a poor manager and it's easy to see this team several games better than they are now if they had a competent one.
1 year, 11 months ago on So When Do We Get to Be Worried About Andre Ethier?
@DaveyL13 @JT_Dutch ... They're battling for first in spite of management, not because of it.
@DaveyL13 @Shmolnick @JT_Dutch @Mike ... How is Mattingly better than those you listed?
@Mike Petriello Mattingly: “Obviously I’m a guy who believes Andre hits everybody & that he can hit everybody.”
... This is the crux of the problem.
"This shouldn’t be a revolutionary idea, but in some circles it seems that it still is."
... It is to a management group as backward-minded as the Dodgers'.
It's just that simple.
... The fifth-grade kids shagging flies during the HR Derby > Bryce Harper
2 years ago on All-Star Game Open Chat, July 10 2012: This Time It Counts!
... Not related to anything in the ASG, mind you - but I think I now know why Mattingly is so fond of bunts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSKq-3ZpLgo&t=3m0s
@habibs14 @WestonTaylor ... Huh. Baseball Ref shows Billingsley at 19% this season. http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/billich01-pitch.shtml
2 years ago on Dodgers @ Diamondbacks July 7, 2012: Billingsley vs Cahill
@WestonTaylor ... I don't see where Chad's set in stone as the #2 guy. It's obvious that management has more confidence in Kershaw and Capuano, so those are the top two guys right now. Beyond that, Lilly-Harang-Billingsley-Eovaldi are pretty much interchangeable from three to six, depending on who's healthy.
If you ask me, Chad's been unlucky. His line drive rate has stayed constant at 18-19% over the last 4 1/2 years, right around the league average. His walk rate is lower than ever, while his strikeouts have stayed solid. He's getting killed with BABIP - his career mark was .307 before the season started, and it's .343 this season.
... The 2012 Dodgers Yearbook: From Beast Mode to Bunt Mode.
2 years, 1 month ago on Dodgers @ Athletics June 21, 2012: Kershaw vs Blackley
... Gwynn! Pretty play, sir.
2 years, 1 month ago on Dodgers @ Athletics June 20, 2012: Eovaldi vs Milone
... At least they pitched out on the 0-2 pitch. Mount Scully would have erupted if Eovaldi had allowed a hit on that count.
@JohnM "How can these hitters lay off pitches that CLOSE?"
... Watching a game in Oakland is nice. There's a charming, minor-league feel to it.
@EephusBlue "Bunting = Winning"
2 years, 1 month ago on White Sox @ Dodgers June 17, 2012: Quintana vs Capuano
... Beautiful. Happy Father's Day.
@Justincredible14 ... That would be quite a trick with 2 down.
... Too bad for Mister Misty May.
... That is a GREAT play.
... Can the White Sox appeal that one? Did Gwynn leave the batter's box too early?
... omg omg
... OH COME ON GUYS that was totally a hit except for a great play.
... Alright, dads and sons, get your gloves ready to have a catch. James has got this.
@Justincredible14 ... They have to kick me out to get me to leave. True story.
... I love extra innings, because only the real fans are left at the ballpark.
... well, damn.
... LET'S GO DODGERS!
@Cadtalfryn ... HE TOTALLY LEFT ON TIME, THIS IS ILLEGAL
... WAIT LET'S WAIT FOR THE UMPIRE'S DECISION RIGHT HERE
... I would be excited right now except Juan Rivera.
... Elian Herrera: does not want to win, instead moves along his runner to third with a base hit. More information as it develops.
... OH FOR CHRISSAKES STOP BUNTING YOU GOTTA BE SHITTING ME HERE
... I'm starting to think that half of Dee's game needs to go into the shop for repairs.
... HAHAHAHAHA Vin is awesome. THOSE HITS OH AND TWO COUNTS GRRRRRR
@I Alivandi ... Yeah, if that made any difference whatsoever.
@Justincredible14 ... Not only that, I want to know what the umpire's explanation was.
... I seriously can't wait for Mattingly's post-game comments.
@ThtsaPaddlin @Justincredible14 ... Lucky you.
@Justincredible14 ... Yeah, he looks like a fat Duaner Sanchez.
... Even seeing that again, I'm still lost. What in the hell.
... Even Misty May was pissed off at that 3B umpire. https://twitter.com/MistyMayTreanor/status/214477134012481537
@I Alivandi ... Oh man. I LOVED Dodger Talk in those days. Ross would just crush callers that didn't know the numbers.
@I Alivandi ... Yeah, after all, he doesn't have to pronounce "Rawl" Mondesi's name anymore.
... Andre's been amazing out there today. Wow.
@wilhud ... Total load of shit that was.
... Yeah, if I were Mattingly, I'd get kicked out.
... Why do umpires have to always try to be the fucking stars of the game?
... I am totally lost here. I can't feel anything.
... WHAT?!?!?!?! WAIT WHAT IN THE EVERLOVING FUCK IS GOING ON?!?!?!
... NOW WAIT JUST ONE FUCKING MINUTE.
... OH NO!
... Well - one critical dropped ball deserves another.
... Small ball is winning ball.
... MORE BUNTS FOR THE BUNT GOD
... Do it again! Do it again! We like it! We like it!
@ThtsaPaddlin @Bill Grabarkewitz ... The Dodgers aim to please.
... Wait. The bunt isn't half of Treanor's game, is it? Have I been misinformed?
@wilhud ... Herrera's back in the minors by midnight.
@I Alivandi @GordonMoody ... I prefer Old Spice, myself.
... Yes, the score is close - but I wouldn't exactly call it a "dandy", Vin.
@GordonMoody ... There's your error.
... If only blogs had existed to cover the Mets of 1962.
@SCruzDodgers @SCK ... LOL. My humor never seems to come through here.
@SCK ... Stat nerd.
... Oh come on, Andre.
@GordonMoody ... Are we cheering for him, again? I never know from one event to the next.
... Only three for an out, right?
@I Alivandi ... It's because the Dodgers wanted to win, you see.
@Justincredible14 ... Not this time, apparently.
@I Alivandi @GordonMoody ... Two for two is OK with me at the moment.
@ThtsaPaddlin ... I think Dad being able to watch the damned game is all of the honor he needs for Father's Day.
@GordonMoody @JT_Dutch ... Andre was able to catch a ball in short right center field that no one else on the field could see, thanks to day games.
... That was a really great play.
... I can't believe Dunn took that pitch. Thanks, buddy.
@EephusBlue @GordonMoody ... Check out the 2004 commercial link on this page: http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/fan_forum/commercials_archive.jsp. You will know what I mean.
@GordonMoody ... I will always hate bobbleheads because of that stupid bobblehead family marketing gimmick that the Dodgers did a few years back.
... Call interference again! Why not?
@Justincredible14 @EephusBlue ... Yeah, but I don't really want to win, thanks. I'll pass on the winning.
@EephusBlue ... Don't you think Dempster's just been lucky thus far? His career BABIP allowed is .306, so far this season it's .237, line drive allowed rate has stayed the same.
Also, do the Dodgers have to corner the market on old pitchers?
... I like that call. I wish we saw it more often.
@EephusBlue @SCK ... At least Loney gets on base a third of the time. Gordon, Rivera, and Uribe aren't close to that.
@SCK ... Not even Loney does as much to kill the offense as the three guys I mentioned, but I hear ya.
... Guys like Rivera, Gordon, and Uribe do as much to kill the offense as guys like Ethier, Ellis, and Herrera can do to build it.
... Gordon is using that other half of his game, with predictable results.
... They obviously don't expect Dee to pull the ball.
2 years, 1 month ago on White Sox @ Dodgers June 16, 2012: Humber vs Billingsley
@ED_IN_DE ... Oh man, that was a hilarious bit.
... Dee Gordon: 21 steals, 6 times caught stealing (78%).
Rest of the Dodgers: 25 steals, 19 times caught stealing (58%).
... Lost to fucking Erick Aybar. Terrible.
But I'm sure Angel fans were saying "Lost to fucking Juan Rivera" last night.
2 years, 1 month ago on Angels @ Dodgers June 13, 2012: We Do Not Want to Win
... He's just gonna keep calling that horseshit a strike.
... Come on Bobby, you lovely chubby man.
... DID THIS UMP COME FROM FRISCO
... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO TERRIBLE
... Use Tony's WHOLE game, Don. Bunt!
... Well that was about as painless as it possibly could be.
@Justincredible14 ... Can he jump?
... Still time to bunt into a DP right here, Don.
... Holy balls JAMES! I told you! This team! Not this season, motherbitches!
@joekings ... But we still have a chance at winning
@JohnM ... Chicks dig the four ball.
@Bill Grabarkewitz ... No, so he can be cut down as part of a DP.
... No better guy to lead this off than A.J.
@Justincredible14 @JohnM @efb ... I blame Sheriff Malone. For everything.
@BrocNessMonster ... Because, you see, he wants to win so much.
@Ny Blue @el serracho ... I have unsubscribed from MLB Network starting tomorrow.
@Justincredible14 ... You have literally no right to have this opinion. Baseball has turned over in its grave right now.
... BY GAWD, KING!!!! THAT'S TODD COFFEY'S MUSIC!!!!
@Lobo ... For them, winning the World Series just doesn't compare with the thrill of seeing the Dodgers lose.
@JakeHorvitz ... Are you saying you don't want the Dodgers to win?
@Lobo ... Any other season, I would agree with you. Not this one.
... Are you SERIOUS, JANSEN?!?!?!?!?! ERICK AYBAR?!?!?!?!?!
... How ridiculous. What kind of calls were those I can't even.
... Oh fuck you Umpire.
... Nice job Astros.
... Someone needs to hit one of Cain's pitches into that dirty cove.
... Crowd reacted like Steiner on that one.
@el serracho @Ny Blue @joekings http://5.media.todaysbigthing.cvcdn.com/13/93/2f2b7c6cab620267270308cecd760db6.gif
@joekings ... If you do, the terrorists have won.
@SCK @Justincredible14 @Bill Grabarkewitz ... Can we unlike posts?
... Why are the Angels in that pic. Screw them. They live in Ducks' country.
@Cadtalfryn @Justincredible14 ... I'm sure he can afford to have someone read it for him.
@Justincredible14 ... He's gonna be crying into his cheese if he reads this. :(
@JohnM ... Are you saying you don't want to win?
... Hairston and Loney - light years better than Kennedy and Rivera.
... What's this? Mike Scioscia making a mockery of the game by being on the field as much as his players? WHY I NEVER
@Justincredible14 ... OH SHIT I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN. I WAS JUMPING UP AND DOWN THAT GAME. I FAIL.
... Ouch. That's just bad pitching.
@WestonTaylor ... That was me channeling Steve Lyons. Pay no mind.
@WestonTaylor ... Uhhh he didn't hit a home run.
@Justincredible14 ... A.J. being A.J.
... Not only does Cain have 18 up and 18 down, he has 11 K's.
... Shades of Bill Russell, Reggie Jackson, and 1978.
@ED_IN_DE @WestonTaylor ... The Pain. THE PAIN. NO MORE.
... Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, George Brett come to mind immediately.
@WestonTaylor ... It was a curve; my fault.
... Nice change-up by Eovaldi right there. Well done.
@Justincredible14 @WestonTaylor ... Yes, Vin over the years has made it no secret about how much he favors the bunt.
@WestonTaylor "In 1965, on the last day of the season, with the Dodgers having clinched the pennant the night before, manager Walter Alston let Scully manage, over the radio, from the booth. A very hung over Ron Fairly drew a walk (“He didn’t trot to first base. He didn’t really walk to first base. He sloshed to first base”), and Scully thought it would be fun to have Fairly, slow-footed in the best of times, steal."
“For those of you in the ballpark with transistor radios listening,” Scully said, “watch Fairly’s face when he looks over to third and gets the steal sign.” After a double take for the ages by Fairly and a foul ball by the hitter, Scully had Fairly go again, and he made it, thanks to the catcher dropping the ball. At that, Scully retired from managing: “All right, Walter,” he said, “I got you this far. Now you’re on your own.”
@WestonTaylor ... I do remember him recalling Walter Alston allowing him to manage for a little bit, over the phone, the day after the Dodgers had clinched the league pennant.
... Now THAT was pretty slick too. Too bad for A.J.
@SCruzDodgers "SF leading the Astros 7-0. oof"
"SF leading the Astros"
... I seem to have isolated the problem here.
@Justincredible14 @Cadtalfryn ... Not anymore!
@Justincredible14 @Cadtalfryn ... What are you talking about they have that strip all the way around from foul pole to foul pole.
@Justincredible14 @ED_IN_DE ... To be fair, there's no one the Dodgers would rather see up there with the sacks full than Aybar, except maybe C.J. Wilson.
... Well, that was pretty slick.
@GordonMoody ... They're taking half of their players' game away.
@SCruzDodgers @Justincredible14 ... Kemp seemed to think so.
... Where's Orel Hershiser to show these pitchers how to do what Casey Stengel called the "butcher boy"? Stay in that bunt stance and chop away at the last moment?
@Cadtalfryn ... Hahahaha.
... Well, alrighty then. Would you look at that.
... Obviously don't agree with Loney starting this game, but he's having a nice at-bat here.
@Babe Herman @Cadtalfryn ... Absolutely. It's a tribute to the Dodger pitchers that the margin isn't significantly larger.
@Cadtalfryn ... The Dodgers have been out-homered by their opposition, 50-44.
... Elian Herrera is rapidly becoming one of my favorite Dodgers to watch, to go along with A.J. Ellis and Matt Kemp.
@davstein48 ... Apparently, no one has any right to point this out. That would be outlandish.
@GordonMoody ... Yep, I see what you mean.
@veryolddodgerfan ... OK, go ahead and let me know when you actually have some content to discuss, alright?
@veryolddodgerfan ... Is there a point to any of this, or is this just passive-aggressive trolling?
@CrabPeople ... It's not even close to half his value at the plate, as has been pointed out.
Yes, Gordon has struggled this season, but he has fewer than 500 plate appearances at the major league level. Unfortunately, his weaknesses at the plate have been magnified by his manager placing him in a key offensive role - a role that, up to now, Gordon has clearly been unable to handle.
@GoDodgers ... He didn't say that. He said half of his value was in bunting, which is simply wrong.
@ED_IN_DE ... I don't remember saying I was mad about the Dodgers record.
I DO think it's a concern, however, that judging by his comments, the Dodgers' field manager seems to have no idea of how or why the team is winning.
If he honestly believes what he said about Herrera, Gwynn, and Gordon, he is completely out of touch with the talent he has at his disposal.
... Four of Dee Gordon's 53 hits are bunt singles, and Gordon has one sacrifice bunt. Three of Tony Gwynn's 43 hits are bunt singles, and Gwynn has two sacrifice bunts. Two of Elian Herrera's 27 hits are bunt singles, and Herrera has one sacrifice bunt.
Yet, the Dodgers believe bunting is "half of their game".