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sounds like a plan. I'm taking time off of complaining starting now.

5 hours, 42 minutes ago on Phillies @ Dodgers, April 22, 2014: At Least It’s Not Cliff Lee

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I still like Puig baseball. I also like Ryu baseball.

6 hours, 38 minutes ago on Phillies 3, Dodgers 2: Inventing Ways To Lose

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@Chad Moriyama @Raul Franklin @Purple Drank  @Blue Collar  I just said it takes the BIP out a bit. I mean, there was a time not too long ago that .250-260 is not what we would hope for from Kemp.

6 hours, 41 minutes ago on Phillies @ Dodgers, April 22, 2014: At Least It’s Not Cliff Lee

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On the plus side: Brian Wilson pitched inside!

6 hours, 44 minutes ago on Phillies 3, Dodgers 2: Inventing Ways To Lose

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I think that the season will be improved if Don Mattingly does a drill in which he has the whole team come out onto the field and has Tim Wallach hit pop ups and have everyone practice saying "I got it!"

6 hours, 45 minutes ago on Phillies 3, Dodgers 2: Inventing Ways To Lose

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@Purple Drank  Yes, but what about SAR (Salary Above Replacement)?

6 hours, 50 minutes ago on Phillies @ Dodgers, April 22, 2014: At Least It’s Not Cliff Lee

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@joelydanger @Raul Franklin @TheDeliMan1  Ok, yes, his ego wants to be out there. The part of him that doesn't want to look bad and doesn't want to let people down is out there, but the part of him that gets joy out of playing isn't there.

The part of him that is calm and confident and ready is not there. I am not saying it's not coming back, soon even. I'm just saying that it's easy to read people when you don't look with your heart and right now, in a perfect world, he would be benched for a game or two while he heals his body and clears his head.

6 hours, 52 minutes ago on Phillies @ Dodgers, April 22, 2014: At Least It’s Not Cliff Lee

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@Coffee Head @Purple Drank  I don't think this team is fundamentally weak. I just think that we're in a funk offensively. The defense has a real weakness up the middle. But we have a team full of players who can play well and are still of age to hit well. They have outstanding pitching.

6 hours, 56 minutes ago on Phillies @ Dodgers, April 22, 2014: At Least It’s Not Cliff Lee

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@TheDeliMan1  Yeah, with Hanley, you can tell when he wants to be there and when he doesn't and he doesn't want to be there right now. People can cite stats all they want, but it's pretty clear that he doesn't have the glow of excitement in his eyes.

6 hours, 58 minutes ago on Phillies @ Dodgers, April 22, 2014: At Least It’s Not Cliff Lee

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@Coffee Head  Last year his defense was better than it is so far this year.

7 hours ago on Phillies @ Dodgers, April 22, 2014: At Least It’s Not Cliff Lee

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@Purple Drank  The press conference has become the after-game talk for the manager.

7 hours, 1 minute ago on Phillies @ Dodgers, April 22, 2014: At Least It’s Not Cliff Lee

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@Purple Drank  @Blue Collar  One thing about Kemp, tho, is that he's striking out a lo, which takes the BIP out of your argument a bit.

7 hours, 4 minutes ago on Phillies @ Dodgers, April 22, 2014: At Least It’s Not Cliff Lee

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@MSTI OG  That last at bat was pretty much a "get this over with" affair.

7 hours, 10 minutes ago on Phillies @ Dodgers, April 22, 2014: At Least It’s Not Cliff Lee

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is it too early in the season to bother wondering why FedEx seems to have taken such a large step back at the plate?

10 hours, 8 minutes ago on Phillies @ Dodgers, April 22, 2014: At Least It’s Not Cliff Lee

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@DBrim  FedEx is batting ahead of Ryu? That's just crazy!

14 hours, 37 minutes ago on Down On The Farm Update: Games Of 4/15 – 4/21

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@efb  That's crazy that he doesn't even go to the bathroom for the seventh inning stretch!

I really feel for him on those super long games.

19 hours, 55 minutes ago on Dodgers Tickets For Series Vs Phillies Are 44% Below Season Average

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I just want to say this: I like Yasiel Puig a lot, because I like baseball.

1 day, 7 hours ago on Phillies 7, Dodgers 0: Future Dodger Cliff Lee Is The Best

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@Noel D @Disgruntled Goat  No, not damn him. It's Vin Scully.

1 day, 7 hours ago on Phillies 7, Dodgers 0: Future Dodger Cliff Lee Is The Best

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@Barney G @Raul Franklin  Damn it. I would prefer Wilson stress in games like this.

2 days, 14 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 20, 2014: No Beckett Marathon Please

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Guys, get ready for Wilson stress. He will make things stressful, so get ready.

2 days, 14 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 20, 2014: No Beckett Marathon Please

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How nice would more runs be right now?

2 days, 14 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 20, 2014: No Beckett Marathon Please

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This was the precise ideal scenario. Too much Collmenter is good for the Dodgers.

2 days, 15 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 20, 2014: No Beckett Marathon Please

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What I would like to see is somebody do a Punto impression and make Collmenter throw 8-10 pitches.

2 days, 15 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 20, 2014: No Beckett Marathon Please

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@Blue Collar @Purple Drank  Actually, you kind of can if the catcher can't handle strike 3. Let's see that happen! Good call Blue Collar!

2 days, 15 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 20, 2014: No Beckett Marathon Please

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Now come the obligatory Dioner Navarro conversations.

2 days, 15 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 20, 2014: No Beckett Marathon Please

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I think the Dodgers' strategy is to lull the D-backs into keeping Collmenter in too long and then strike.

2 days, 15 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 20, 2014: No Beckett Marathon Please

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@P_F_P  Glad it was more than a one-outer.

2 days, 15 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 20, 2014: No Beckett Marathon Please

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@BernieSC  I think the following:

Puig has been pretty inconsistent this year so far, but he's a sophomore - still not even a full season under his belt. Games like last night where he was working the strike zone to the point where he struck out and walked in equal measure with nothing in between are an indication that he is learning and adapting.

Kemp is a question mark in terms of long-term health, but I like that he has shown strength and hit some serious lasers.

Crawford is probably nursing back issues indicated by his need to miss a few games earlier in the year. I don't expect him to be healthy a whole season in a row for the Dodgers. If he can recover a bit, his numbers will, too (but never to $20 Million level).

Ethier is the streakiest player on the Dodgers, and has been for years. He'll have at least a couple good stretches this year, but that doesn't mean these periods are any more palatable.

3 days, 14 hours ago on Catching Nothing But Grief

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@DBrim @Catfishin "Harper has a reputation for respecting the game. When asked if he felt bad about the situation, Harper said, "No ... it's how it is."

This sort of writing is just so bullshitty. WTF is "respecting the game"?

3 days, 14 hours ago on Catching Nothing But Grief

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@KMT59 @Dustin Nosler  But no, you should not be fretting.

3 days, 14 hours ago on Catching Nothing But Grief

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@KMT59 @Dustin Nosler  You can always check out the game logs on baseball reference.

3 days, 14 hours ago on Catching Nothing But Grief

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@DBrim  Will they be dressed appropriately?

3 days, 15 hours ago on Catching Nothing But Grief

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So it turns out young stars who aren't Puig have discipline issues. I know, shocking, right?! 

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/nationals-manager-matt-williams-sits-bryce-harper-for-lack-of-hustle?ymd=20140419&content_id=72664620&vkey=news_mlb

3 days, 15 hours ago on Catching Nothing But Grief

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@PagansOedipalComplex  Not to put too fine a point on it: we've seen games like this before, and we've also seen our team in goggles swimming in the AZ pool.

4 days, 6 hours ago on Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 2: A tale of two games, but still a loss

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@Coffee Head @Barney G  Puig will be our Puig. Starting in June.

4 days, 6 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 18, 2014: Hanley Lives

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@Coffee Head @More Cubans, plz  This is the team's inner dialogue.

4 days, 6 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 18, 2014: Hanley Lives

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Goooodnight, ev'rybody.

4 days, 6 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 18, 2014: Hanley Lives

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@KMT59  Goodnight evil master.

4 days, 6 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 18, 2014: Hanley Lives

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So basically Puig was not putting the ball in play today.

What is going on with the offense? We do seem to have team-wide shutdowns.

4 days, 6 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 18, 2014: Hanley Lives

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To start this year, Ethier seems to be worse against righties than lefties. But that may be because of platooning...

4 days, 6 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 18, 2014: Hanley Lives

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@efb @Blue Collar  With the season so young its not yet clear that Kemp will end the season with better stats than Ethier (although its extremely likely).

4 days, 7 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 18, 2014: Hanley Lives

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@LA_Woman  Fantasy meets reality. Sorry.

4 days, 7 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 18, 2014: Hanley Lives

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@LA_Woman  He would be the winner, tho.

4 days, 7 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 18, 2014: Hanley Lives

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@efb  You know Don has aged about 20 years since becoming a mgr. In a recent shot of him, I thought it was Joe Torre.

4 days, 7 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 18, 2014: Hanley Lives

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@Blue Collar @Raul Franklin  Excellent point. But we had our best hitter up there with a chance to win it... oh that was Dee Gordon?

4 days, 7 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 18, 2014: Hanley Lives

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@Blue Collar  Because you wanted League to hit again?

4 days, 7 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 18, 2014: Hanley Lives

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As it turns out Giancarlo Stanton, who is not evil, also makes costly fielding mistakes.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32176875/?c_id=mlb

4 days, 12 hours ago on Down On The Farm Update: Games Of 4/8 – 4/14

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