... 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?
6 months, 2 weeks 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.
6 months, 3 weeks 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 ago on Vin Scully never turned Dodgers fans against Mike Piazza | February | 2013
@DBrim ... Trolling.
1 year, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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.