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I think your analysis leaves out a lot of pluses on Gordon's side. For one, his defense is much better than any stats are showing--with his speed he reaches balls almost no other 2nd baseman does, and his ability to feed the shortstop from his back after dives is absolutely ridiculous. His spectacular plays don't show up in the box score, but they do in the win column. Pair him with Arru and you'll have a keystone combo any pitcher would kill for--and that will help attract and retain free-agent pitchers. Second, his speed disrupts pitcher's concentration, and helps batters behind him--and those are our best hitters. Third, (admittedly this is subjective), I just love to watch him run. A Gordon triple or score from first or second is a thing of beauty, and a reason to come to the games. He is just getting going--don't let another team reap the harvest.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on What If The Dodgers Sold High On Dee Gordon?
I just looked at the video of Triunfel throwing. You know, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Dodgers convert him to relief pitching--where they seem to be on the cutting edge--Jansen, Baez, Smith. Arm sure looks good enough.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Dodgers @ Padres April 2, 2014: Who is Carlos Triunfel?
Here's one more 2nd base candidate we already own. This one can hit, don't know if he can field. Has had big season with power in V winter league. I know this is a real reach. http://www.bridgeportbluefish.com/blog/post/272/infielder-inks-contract-with-los-angeles-dodgers-organization
11 months, 1 week ago on So Hey, Think About Michael Young, Starting At Second Base
Well, his new team seems to think he's pretty good. Congrats on your long memory though.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Concerned About Second Base Yet?
Actually, my name is Palmer. Mike Scioscia gave me the name Emersonlake as my "baseball name" at Dodger fantasy camp many years ago when he was still a Dodger coach. He was the manager of my team, it was the first time he had ever managed, and you could tell right away that he was going to be great.
@Mike Petriello @emersonlake I happen to like Justin Turner, but he's no Ellis, and not even a Punto.
Absolutely--and it cost a million to buy out his option, and we wouldn't match what Punto got from his new team. Old habits die hard I guess--and about trudging Ellis..guess what...we need him! Guerrero is a double-project--has to get used to playing in the majors--and second base. And who is going to backup Hanley at short? If we had Ellis, we could slide Guerrero over there when needed. The minors are a black hole at short and second too.
It's now more clear than ever that letting Mark Ellis (and Nick Punto!) go was a monumental blunder. Hard to believe Colletti leaving this glaring weakness on the team, when he's been so obsessed about double and triple covering himself in all the pitching departments and the outfield. It's a major screw-up that is going to cost us in players and cash to fix. The Dodgers seem to have vastly underrated Ellis and his defensive and other skills will be greatly missed. And it may turn out to be a double-colossal screw-up, since the Guerrero signing is looking like no slam-dunk success either. Seems like Ned has some self-destructive tendencies--not to mention a bad memory--he must have forgotten that he no-longer has to cow-tow to a cheap owner to survive. Nowhere, of course, do you see any hint from him that he screwed up. That said, except for this oversight, I think has done pretty well under the new administration.
Thank you for doing these in-depth lists. One omission in the outfield though--and one of the most intriguing--James Baldwin--who is still young enough to hone all those tools and make in impact.
1 year, 10 months ago on Dodgers Depth Chart Analysis: Cornering the Outfield
I am almost finished populating my new Facebook art gallery (Bruce Palmer Galleries) with art for sale in seven different Albums. I had been under the impression that the artists names would be searchable on Google, and show up in the results list. This appears not to be the case. Does anyone know if or how this can be set up (if at all)?
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