... 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?
1 year, 7 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.
1 year, 7 months 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.
2 years, 1 month ago on Vin Scully never turned Dodgers fans against Mike Piazza | February | 2013
@DBrim ... Trolling.
2 years, 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.
2 years, 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?
2 years, 5 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.
2 years, 5 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!
2 years, 5 months ago on 2012 Dodgers in Review #10: SS Hanley Ramirez
... It's a good hire. It's a good start.
2 years, 5 months ago on Dodgers Add Gerry Hunsicker to Front Office
@HUMAN ELEMENT ... Same here. This is a really nice move.
2 years, 5 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.
2 years, 5 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.
2 years, 5 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.