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1 year, 8 months ago on Dodgers 3, Nationals 2: Nothing But Homers
Minor error: Luis Cruz was called up before Dee hurt his thumb, if my memory serves me correctly Gordon had "cramps" on a leg and even some of the players placed water at his locker poking fun. He had been playing terribly(no glove, no bat, no walks etc. etc.) Cruz informed the Dodgers he was going to Japan but the Dodgers did not let him go by calling him up BEFORE Dee Gordon got injured.
2 years, 4 months ago on Reviewing 2012: What to do with Luis Cruz?
@Mike Petriello are you going to mention why the Dodgers are opening the season against SF? considering what happened in 2011 I'm not sure it is the greatest idea in the world. There are still lots of ignorant cowards in this world that can ruin it for all of us.
2 years, 6 months ago on Matt Treanor Is Just the Best
@JohnM @el Fair enough, let me ask you this 223 PA in the 8 hole with high OBP is enough to justify him batting higher? IMO it is but unfortunately Don doesn't consider it. I do think AJ should bat 6 or 7 but not higher than that. Not with AGon, Hanley, Kemp, and Dre in the lineup they are the problem right now.
2 years, 6 months ago on Stop Wasting A.J. Ellis, Please
@JohnM @el serracho As DBrim points out that is not a "small and unreliable" sample. 165 AB's is plenty IMO. Without looking at numbers and relying on my poor memory AJ strikes out way more when the pressure of hitting higher in the lineup is in his head. Don't get me wrong I love AJ but it's the 3,4,5, and 6 hitters that have to step it up.
If you look at AJ's numbers when he bats anything other than 8th he "becomes" a different hitter and his SO rate is much higher. I read in the beginning of the year that he was much more comfortable batting 8th. In his defense I believe it's better if he is lower in the lineup (6,7, or 8) so it is more balanced otherwise 7,8,9, and 1 hole are for sure outs. (Cruz is the exception at times) and with Victorino struggling its almost 5 outs, so I think Don Mattingly bats AJ 8th to balance the lineup. It's up to the 3,4,5, and 6 hitters to step up if not start the countdown already to pitchers and catchers reporting at camelback ranch.
Justimpressed is not in my dictionary but it is an old one since lol and omg are not in it either. Just poking fun Mike keep up the good work I enjoy reading your blog.
2 years, 7 months ago on Giants @ Dodgers August 21, 2012: Welcome Back, Rubby
@EephusBlue @Guitar IMO the ump was calling a good game we can agree to disagree.
2 years, 7 months ago on Dodgers @ Braves August 17, 2012: Capuano vs Hanson
@EephusBlue Look my apologies, but I find it insulting when I get replies of "what are you talking about" when I'm clearly explaining my points like if I'm just rambling. Again I apologize and it is not my intent to insult but if you read my explanation counter with a point not a dumb question twice.
@EephusBlue Are you 5? can you read? Did you watch the game carefully and objectively? I doubt it.
@GordonMoody Bumping the umpire and Hanley slamming his bat is unprofessional in my opinion.
@Guitar @EephusBlue Because he stood his ground and ejected Kemp. Mattingly also said he expects to get suspended which explains that he recognizes their un professionalism. Don't beleive me or take my word watch the game gain objectively like I did. The Dodgers acted like cry baby's
@Guitar @DBrim Watch it again man I saw it and it was embarrassing for me as a diehard Dodger fan.
@EephusBlue Whatch the game carefully an ignore Collins and Lyons they had no clue what was going on like Vin always does. The umpire was calling a good game and MEllis of all ppl started it. It's pathetic. Watch closely you will see Umpire gesture several times before he let Kemp know who's boss. I feel proud of him.
@DBrim If you watch the game carefully you will see that MEllis and Blanton and the Dugout barked at the Umpire and were warned to stop their arguing of balls and strikes which I last checked is not arguable. It's the umpire's job to enforce the rules and the Dodgers were showing him up. Kemp bumping into the ump is pathetic pick on someone your own size I sincereley hope he gets suspended too. It's shamefull and unacceptable behavior.
"showboating umpire" more like pathetic unprofessional Dodgers. It was an embarrassment to be a true blue Dodger fan yesterday.
I think the umpire was very consistent especially in the beginning of the game even the piches to Dre where called right, if you look at the video again you can even see Dre and the Umpire exchange pleasantries as I beleive they know each other since they both reside in Arizona and Dre's little brother is a minor league player. The pitcher does not have an only choice of throwing down the middle that is ridiculous. If the players have a good eye and the pitcher cant bite the corners its the pitchers fault.
Kemp overreacted period. you dont touch an umpire and that's it. The Dodgers were barking from the get go if anything the Umpire showed extreme patience.
Hanley needs to cut that "I see you" shit rounding the bases period, regardless of what he thinks it doesnt matter the pitcher and the other teams look at it as showing them up and rightfully so. Why would you want to make the other team try to beat you more if it instigates them by doing the " I see you" to the own players dugout.
Burnett's statement to overreacting was his cursing at him. Hanley should have been ejected as well you dont slam the bat and show up an umpire. It was strike, I agree with Burnet. Sit the fuck down.
If one reviews the tape pitch by pitch like I did the strike zone was consistent.
The Dodgers embarrassed themselves and the fans. simply pathetic IMO.
2 years, 7 months ago on Dodgers @ Pirates August 16, 2012: Blanton vs Burnett
For all the bashing on the Umpire today I believe there is a lot of context missing. I did not see the game live as it was during working hours but after watching the game from the beginning. I can say the following.
It started with Mark Ellis he got called out on a beautiful pitch that he got fooled on and very un-Mark Ellis like he barked at the umpire. Matt Kemp gets a called strike and swings at the next two to strike out and end the inning.
Joe Blanton glares at the umpire during the McCutchen at-bat on pitches that I believe were called right but an argument can be made that the call could have gone either way. Blanton walks McCutchen on a ball low and outside.
Garret Jones works the count in his favor on again marginal pitches but still IMO perfectly called, after Jones ropes Blanton he proceeds to bark at the umpire again instead of focusing on the next batter.
Angel Campos gestures to the dugout ball was outside during Garret Jones at-bat, even though players aren't suppose to argue balls and strikes.
Andre Ethier at-bat, Umpire again tells the dugout he wants no more out of them after strike two is called and again a good call IMO.
Kemp cheers "Let's Go Dre" maybe umpire misheard him or simply thought that's it. Only the umpire knows.
Hanley ropes AJ "I see you" rounding second, next at-bat strikeout slams the bat in front of umpire and barks while AJ tell him "Sit the fuck down. Sit down" Joe blanton gets roped again for a 3 run shot then barks at the umpire again.
In short very unprofessional attitude by the Dodgers on a "call up" umpire that IMO was doing a good job. I was embarrassed as a Dodger fan yesterday.
@Goooog @DBrim @Mike @kempsbat I wish that Other Guy(Eric Collins) would at least do the play-by-play. I watched 5 pitches go by before he even mentioned what was going on on the field. That's pathetic. Lyons is just comedy don't mind him so much.
@Claudia Trejos @kempsbat @EephusBlue I let official score keepers worry about numbers. sorry. I watch the games and study the players while they're playing the game. if you want numbers look them up it's easy nowadays.
@Bob Meripol he hits well in Colorado the Rockies would benefit from him hitting there for 81 games.
@EephusBlue he's a good kid EB. Comes from a good baseball family so the character is there. Not a bad pitcher either wouldn't go so far as to call him a phenom or ubber prospect but he works hard.
@Mike Petriello i'll be tuned in on the radio no tv at work. thanks.
Is it on tape delay why can't' we see it live? Is Jerry Sands position primarily 1B? Can we take ABQ numbers at face value? So, if Loney walks then it's like a grandslam right? I want to see Loney hit the ball not watch it go by. I know I'm asking for a miracle, but how the hell else is he going to figure it out if he ever does except for swinging at the ball? Perhaps in Colorado next year if the Rockies give him a contract. So many questions that need answers with this post. Help me out. Just sayin'
@el serracho @JohnM very well put el serracho
2 years, 7 months ago on Luis Cruz Taking Advantage of His Opportunities
@JohnM @kempsbat if so it couldnt have come at a better time for the club.
@Mike Petriello hes not a superstar but he adds value to the club.
I thought I was going to read a 1000 word joke, but I'm pleasantly surprised although I don't think "we’re seeing the peak of his entire career right now " He's only 28 and works hard. This is his first real shot in the majors with a team in a pennant race. It should be a fun 40+ games and hopefully the playoffs for these Cruzin 2012 Dodgers!
@EephusBlue I saw it too IMO 2nd basemen was asleep. Puig is fast but reason he got picked off was because he was asleep. still raw IMO however potential is there.
2 years, 7 months ago on Chad Billingsley Getting the Results To Match the Performance
@Mike Petriello Quakes are 3 games out of the wild card and could definitely use Puig in LF they've been playing a catcher and a first basemen since Leon Landry got traded, so don't count them out still plenty of time to reach the post season. I was anxiously waiting for Puig to be promoted, Quakes can use him and it would make the games more fun with a larger crowds.
2 years, 7 months ago on Yasiel Puig, Moving On Up
I highly recommend people to show up early on thirsty Thursday's and get your drink on before game time. The lines get very long during the game, and they move slow since employees aren't use to serving beer non-stop. Regular price for beer is $6.50 and $7.50. Thursday $2 and $3. Have fun it's a nice ball park and staff is very friendly. I always have a great time and the players are always happy to sign autographs and even chat a little before and after the game. Parking is just $4. one more thing if you show up early for BP there are many balls hit over the fence for souvenirs. Have fun and Go Quakes!
I can understand the frustration with Juan Uribe, on the other hand who is available in triple AAA, AA, HiA? If anyone comes up it's just to sit on the bench like Juan Uribe. Luis Cruz(the running joke on this site) has been a very pleasant surprise that very few expected to perform well in the majors. If anything DonnieB and Ned are holding on to him in case of an injury as a solid defensive replacement(a very expensive one) but in the middle of a pennant race with little to no other option it's tolerable. It could be worse remember when he was in the lineup nearly every day? That is way worse than having him manage the lumber business.
2 years, 7 months ago on Juan Uribe, Highly-Paid Spectator
@GordonMoody Thanks. I was in need of help too.
@Cadtalfryn Really? you must be a really disturbed person. I feel bad for you.
2 years, 7 months ago on Up-And-Down Dodgers Continuing to Baffle
Hanley, Victorino. Blanton, and Choate are all going to have an awesome road trip these guys are familiar with the teams the Dodgers are playing against and they will help out the team exploit their weaknesses. To expect this team that was so dreadful in July to turn it around with consistency after more than 20% of their roster got a turn over is not fair, but with the last home stand under their belt and now being on the road they have a chance to spend more time together and gel. The key is Victorino he is the spark plug and a very good one IMO. This is going to be the road trip that defines this team. Watch out this team is good, and potentially a great one worthy of a WS run.
@LA Woman I think that's what happened otherwise why make the move when Jerry Sands can come up in September anyway. TG probably suggested it so he could find a club that would give him more playing time and who can blame the guy, barring an injury he was probably not going to have much playing time. Now, if only Uribe wanted out that would be awesome but in a way it's like he is out he is virtually gone since he hasn't played much since Hanley arrived.
2 years, 7 months ago on Dodgers DFA Tony Gwynn to Recall Jerry Sands, and That’s a Good Thing
I seriously doubt that Jerry Sands got recalled to play at first base everyday. Mattingly is not going to bench Loney just like that since he HAS been hitting well since the All-Star break. I think David Vassegh (@thereal_dv ) got it right he doesnt think TG was happy in the lumber business and wanted out. So it was probably a mutual separation as he suggests. Jerry will probably spot start at first and in the OF and pinch hit, until Loney stops hitting.
Does that mean the Dodgers have to pay the remainder of his salary and a PTBNL? or one or the other?
2 years, 7 months ago on 40-Man Roster Questions Looming for Dodgers
joe blanton is a dodger
@Mike Petriello How about team's chemistry mike. With the new additions, injuries, new owners, struggles, and successes, It is fair to say that this team will come together as one or wilt like an thirsty plant in the heat of summer?
2 years, 7 months ago on Real, Actual Proof That Yasiel Puig Exists
"So who is Yasiel Puig? I don’t know, and either do you." (Did you mean to say *neither ?)
There is no absolute rush to get this guy in the big leagues this year or perhaps even next year. If the Dodgers invested 42 mil. with him it is probably for the better if they allow him to develop naturally, and if he turns out to be a bust, so be it. The Dodgers are filthy rich and willing to gamble as they did with Puig and the addition of Hanley's contract. This will put plenty of more buns on the seats and therefore make more money, regardless if the Dodgers win or lose.
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2 years, 8 months ago on Brandon League Arrives, But What’s Next?
@DavePomerantz @JeffKlein you have the right to your opinion. God Bless America.
@JeffKlein because i love how he plays the game period.
lindbllom and ethan martin for vic via @tbrownyahoo
@Gilbert_Venge @kempsbat It is exactly what we need right now. I understand the inhibitions, but I'm thrilled he is on our side.
@JohnM @Cadtalfryn @kempsbat i feel bad for him/her.
Welcome to LA Shane Victorino!
@Deuce @Mike Petriello hmmmmm The 2010 Matt Kemp was no slacker or bum IMO, the game was going to fast and he was pressing trying to do too much, Surely DonnieB had something to do with his breakout year in 2011 there is no denying it. Kemp himself has stated that he is more comfortable now and has reached a balance of fun/Hardwork. Intangibles can be measured, but they don't use numbers. Logan White and Ned Colletti have repeatedly stated that when evaluating talent they also value highly a prospect's character, which is intangible.
2 years, 8 months ago on There’s a Bat Coming Soon
@Mike Petriello There has to be some value in a players approach to the game and how he is viewed in the clubhouse as a teammate. You cant find these things in a box score. In today's Moneyball mentality I think a lot of these type of intangibles are overlooked by most fans, but thankfully not by most teams. For now.