An inconsistent contributor to DD/MSTI for a couple of years. There's a very strange bug on my keyboard right now. Kind of looks like a tadpole crossed with a shrimp, crossed with a beetle.
@Dustin Nosler Friedman speaks without articles?
2 days, 12 hours ago on Dodgers introduce Andrew Friedman, questions about GM spot remain
@foldamort Yeah, there was a good article recently about the expanding strikezone.
I'll find it.
2 days, 14 hours ago on Dodgers introduce Andrew Friedman, questions about GM spot remain
@DodgerDodger 1. This is optimistic, and may be possible, but remember that Ethier makes a lot more than $7 mill a year, he makes over 15 for several more years, so its a shit ton of money to buy a AA pick, even if the Dodgers kick in more than half of it, which is almost certainly a condition, unless someone big was also included in the deal.2. There's also Arruebarrena, who is Rojas, but makes a lot more money, and might have contractual stipulations for MLB play, and with potentially a bit of an attitude issue, based upon minor league rumors.3. Turner at short is not something that should happen.Think about point 3 and point 2 taken as a pair: If you put Rojas at 3B, lose Hanley, and lose Uribe you get the following:If you play Turner at SS: A defensive downgrade (from Hanley!) at SS, a hole in your bench, a downgraded offense, and arguably zero net gain on 3B defense. It could be the reality, but I would be shocked if it were the plan.If you play Arruebarrena at SS and Rojas at 3B, you have a nice defensive infield, but some serious offensive stink.
3 days, 16 hours ago on Andrew Friedman Is Going To Do Something That Infuriates You
@YadierMolinasOedipalComplex Lee Smith was awesome.
3 days, 18 hours ago on Andrew Friedman Is Going To Do Something That Infuriates You
@Cat Astrophically Awesome @Raul Franklin @ tomato "Sabean noted how admirably Colletti cobbled together spare parts when free-wheeling pre-season spending exploded in his face. 'Did you know that Frank McCourt was his boss for many years??!,' Sabean reflected, 'Frank Fucking McCourt!'"
@BlueMarvin I don't think the Dodgers will dip below top 15. But they may drop to number 2.
@ tomato "Giants GM praises Dodgers counterpart for respectably not outperforming him in recent years."
@efb I know, right?
I think we won't know what will happen, but if the major league team isn't thrilling in the next year or two, then keep your eyes on the minor league system.
@foldamort @Sugar-Free Generic Grape Soda The Dodgers make it impossible to judge, because they get good WAR from expensive players and bad WAR from expensive players, and the same is true of cheap players.
@foldamort Are we measuring by Ethier or by Puig?
@Cat Astrophically Awesome @foldamort Stole the thought out of my brain.
@LA_Woman Dude is really doing well this post-season.
4 days, 10 hours ago on What About The Next Joe Maddon?
Nice post, Mike. Full agreement on all fronts.I think Mattingly would have been much more lauded if he had taken a page out of Bochy's playbook and called for a massive wild pitch from Rosenthal in the ninth inning of NLDS game 1.
@P_F_P @BehindOrangeLines The thing is, the Cards already lost Yadier to a strain that usually sidelines people for a long time, so the odds are good that no matter what this is a hard series for them already.
Is it me, or is John Jay batting .545 in the LCS?
@DBrim It's too bad they didn't get Puig's triple. It seemed pretty effortless.
4 days, 16 hours ago on Ned Colletti was a lame duck GM & Andrew Friedman now moves the Dodgers forward
@Table (dick) nope. Your only reward is an improvement in your mood in relation to our frustrating playoff loss.
@Tymathee @BlueMarvin @DBrim I meh your meh.
4 days, 17 hours ago on Ned Colletti was a lame duck GM & Andrew Friedman now moves the Dodgers forward
Anyone else notice how freakishly large Friedman's hand is?https://twitter.com/RaysJoeMaddon/status/522215561552756736
@Purple Drank Whatever, Drank. I'll let you wait for no one to answer your question.
4 days, 18 hours ago on Ned Colletti was a lame duck GM & Andrew Friedman now moves the Dodgers forward
@Tymathee He's probably got some leverage, and negotiated some contractual details that we don't know about.
@capnsparrow Plus some seriously big wild pitches that were some of the absolute worst pitches I've ever seen.
@foldamort Mike Trout is the Andrew Friedman of guys in Orange County.
@ tomato @Purple Drank
@Purple Drank wondered the same thing. Probably best to just hope the Royals stay hungry.
Nice write-up Chad.I think the front office will be less split going forward, and this will lead to a more coherrent strategy.It explains a lot that mid-tier prospects were off the table for trade deadline acquisitions, because it seemed other team were getting more for less than our "top 3"
@foldamort No hate for the Dodgers. You ever heard of 40 years wandering the dessert before reaching the promised land?That was what happened to the people God liked.
5 days, 11 hours ago on Welcome To Town, Andrew Friedman
@Mike Petriello @Raul Franklin Yeah, but the Cards at least hit dingers.
@Mike Petriello The good old days.
Ok, so I was watching on gameday, and now I see that the Giants get anothr huge run on a fucked up play by the opposition.How is this a thing that keeps happening?It's as though the Giants intimidate their opponents with their relentless mere existence.
@TheConman (Secretly has news conference without beat writers, instantly enjoys perennial hatred of LA press)
5 days, 12 hours ago on Welcome To Town, Andrew Friedman
@YadierMolinasOedipalComplex @Subtle Euphemism aka Jonathan Lingo Or the LaRussa level of organizational filler.
@Subtle Euphemism aka Jonathan Lingo Yeah, I made this mistake earlier too.
Go Royals or Orioles or extremely long rainstorms in San Fran/Saint Louis.
@Purple Drank We had multiple ninth inning shots.
so Choate'd. So very, very Choate'd.
Juan Perez pulled the Giants equivalent of a 2013 Uribe.
@YadierMolinasOedipalComplex Does that plug our *ahem leake?
My whole body feels like it's being crammed into a tiny invisible briefcase.
@Purple Drank When was he a Dodger? Ah yes, within that span.
What's the over/under on another 6 inning performance by Petit?
@moneynow27 @ak825 @itsthatguywhodoesstuff @JackedNate This is so great. I love it when being Jewish means something other than an automatic categorization on Wikipedia.I think the conspiracy is that us Jews are conspiring at young ages to love baseball, be geeks, and seek out jobs that make money and are super fun.
@Turner_for_Treasury @ak825 @Raul Franklin Not sure the size of the clubhouse is an issue, but they did recently remodel...
@Turner_for_Treasury @ak825 @Raul Franklin "Now Friedman gets the payroll and the flexibility, but he also gets the expectations, and the drama, and the bloated clubhouse that comes with L.A."http://sports.yahoo.com/news/dodgers-hire-rays--andrew-friedman-in-front-office-shakeup-201952498.html
It's interesting how the Dodgers "clubhouse" and player egos are frequently described as "bloated." It's as though money correlates directly to ego growth.Basically the whole season and for several years, the Dodgers have been described as a bunch of big egos, meanwhile guys like Crawford, Gonzalez and Uribe continue to rework their game, display intensity on the field, and camaraderie despite extensive media mental health assessments.It's quite interesting to me how casually people link money and psychological problems.
LOL GrichukHow much Hud could a Grichuk chuk if a Grichuk could chuck Hud?
5 days, 13 hours ago on Welcome To Town, Andrew Friedman
@capnsparrow That is funny.
5 days, 14 hours ago on The End Of The Ned Colletti Era
@ak825 I wonder if the Rays budgetary constraints extended to players who they knew they had a shot at signing as draft picks? Also, their big successes came when drafting in the top 3 picks in a given year. Only one of their draft picks in recent years has been above the 20th slot and that was Josh Sale at 17. Who was better that was drafted below these guys? My guess is not many players.
5 days, 16 hours ago on The End Of The Ned Colletti Era