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@PagansOedipalComplex @CarlECreasman Don't believe in jinx! You either have it or you don't and Ryu has it.
1 year, 9 months ago on Angels @ Dodgers May 28, 2013: Remember Joe Blanton?
Two good games back to back. Is is possible we have turned (or are turning) the corner? Realize that last nights game was not pretty but it was a gutsy win and I believe represented what Donnie was talking about the other night. Ryu is really looking good and i am enjoying all of the talk comparing him to Fernando. Signing him just might go down as the steal of the year.
Obviously we all know that Cruz has been having a horrible year but regardless, I am happy for him for coming through tonight. No matter if he never gets another hit, this one was pretty and had to give him a sense of satisfaction.
@Capnsparrow @Dang88 Thanks, Capnsparrow. I am sure that there are many who enjoy the discussions but do not like the cussin. I can live with it, but really appreciate some sensitivity.
1 year, 9 months ago on Cardinals @ Dodgers May 25, 2013: Oh Good, Ted Lilly’s Back
@JorbinM (Bat Flip Apologist) Glad you are so happy to see me. I never left, just quit commenting since no one wanted to hear what I had to say. I will say, however that Loney is proving my point that he is a good hitter when he is not trying to hit home runs. I am glad that we have AGon but I still think we could be using Loney. We need a consistent hitter who can drive in runs and we do not seem to have that at this time.
@DBrim @CarlECreasman Looks like DBrim is correct. I just found a source (not the official scoring rules but an independent source) that says that the runner who gets on by a fielder's choice that wiped out a runner that got on by the previous pitcher is indeed charged to the previous pitcher. Therefore the runner that got on by the fielder's choice that wiped out Holiday would be charged to Lilly. Not sure I like this but that is what it says.
Question regarding tonight's game. When Lilly left the game, Holiday was on first as a result of a Lilly walk. Holliday was immediately wiped out. However when the Cards scored 2, the Gameday box score shows Lilly as being charged with two runs. Since the man he put on was put out, how can he be charged for a run in the 6th? It would appear to me that Balisario should be charged for both runs. Any ideas? Mike am I correct and if not, please explain.
@Mike Petriello I am not trying to make the argument Loney vs Ryan. I am simply saying be consistent. If hitting (or lack of it) is sufficient to override defense at one position, it should also do that at any other position other than pitcher. Sorry, but Ryan's defense does not justify putting an out in the lineup.
2 years, 1 month ago on 2194 Words on Andre Ethier, Michael Bourn, and Trade Value
@Deuce Deuce, I have not said that Ryan was the centerpiece, I simply asked for an explanation as to why we used hitting, regardless of defense to justify moving Loney but now ignore poor hitting because of good defense to justify getting Ryan. If we feel that Loney's poor hitting is sufficient reason to move him (I am pleased with the trade for A Gon, by the way) then that same argument should also be sufficient reason to not accept Ryan. Ryan's error numbers in 2010 and 2011 are significant and lead to the question "is he starting downhill?" He had 17 errors in 2011 and 15 in 2011 (in 16 fewer games and 72 fewer chances in 2011) Obviously I see defense differently than most on this blog but I do feel that we should be consistent in our positions.
@Mike Petriello I disagree on the "WAY" more importance but I do agree that Rameriz is below average. I am confident that there are many pitchers who who really appreciate a first baseman who can dig the balls out of the dirt which Loney could certainly do. As far as I am concerned, defense at both positions are important so I just have a hard time seeing the difference to the point of ignoring defense at one position to promote moving a weak hitting player and then turn around and take the opposite position on another position. I am not trying to revisit the Loney trade but I do not want to see the Dodgers reverse the situation at Short.
Good post, Mike but I have one point that I just can not understand. All of last year I was slammed constantly because of my support for a first baseman, who many of you do not want me to name, because his hitting had sunk to a very low level yet you are promoting a shortstop with similar stats because of his defense. If my memory serves me well (it does) that unnamed first baseman - Loney was and is one of the best defensive first basemen in the Major Leagues. Can you please explain to me what the difference is? Reviewing Ryan's fielding state shows me that he is not that much better than Gordon when you consider that Gordon is in his 2nd year and only 24 while Ryan is 30 and in his 6th season. I am confident that by the time Gordan is in his 6th season and has reached 30 he will not only be as good defensively but will also a better offensive presence than Ryan. I am not especially pleased with the prospects of an Eithier trade but I sure do not want to trade him for the likes of Ryan.
@Tycho Blue I basicly agree but think that this lineup give the security needed to allow Dee to grow into the position. In my opinion, Dee is a much better SS even now that Rameriz is. I realize he does not hit well yet but we need to develop him.
2 years, 2 months ago on Sources: Dodgers to Acquire Skip Schumaker for Jake Lemmerman
@Mike Petriello I agree that there will be more deals but I still do not see any sense in this one. I guess time will tell.
I thought that everyone agreed we needed a right handed batter. This is what everyone replied when I asked why we were looking for someone else when we have Gwynn. Schumaker is obviously a better hitter against right handed pitchers but this still does not meet the need for a right handed back-up outfielder or a back-up first baseman.
@LA Woman Thanks. It does not bother me in the least for someone to disagree but really burns me to be treated like an idiot. And then we have some on here who delight in using language that they know I don't like just because I have made an issue of it. I try to respect the other posters but guess that it is too much to ask for respect in return.
2 years, 2 months ago on So What’s Next For the Dodgers?
It is so rewarding to see that so many of you are excited to see me back. I guess to really be accepted I need to cuss and call everyone stupid or at least talk as if their comments are stupid. Sorry I misspelled his name and am glad someone noted that. I do realize that a righty would be better but still am not convinced that we have so many more attractive options. I do appreciate the serious responses even thought they were few in number. Capnsparrow, thanks for your kind words.
Mike, it has been a while since I have commented although I have read with great interest all of your reviews and comments since the season has completed. I am very excited about the players added and, like everyone else watching to see what other changes may be coming. Like you, I am not excited about Ramirez at short and also have similar concerns about Cruz so I really do not want to trade Gordon since I feel he will develop into an exceptional SS. The other elements of your trade sound ok but I would not let Gordon go in that speculation. I would bundle Pederson, Withrow, Uribe and perhaps another lesser prospect in that deal to see if it can get done.
Now, I have a question. You have said multiple times that we need a capable outfielder, one who can cover center which I agree with but I never see any mention of Guinn. I understand that it would be better to have a right handed batter but I do not see an overabundance of possibilities out there who are that much better at the plate than Guinn, so why is he not being considered for this position? Am I missing something? Is he a cancer in the clubhouse of something? Please give us your thoughts other than the obvious that this individual should be a righty. Assume for a moment that there is not a right handed option that provides any better, or as good, offensive stats than Guinn and discuss the pros and cons of that choice option. thanks.
@Deuce Thanks for the info, Duece but it simply confirms my opinion. I don't really question Hanley's effort as much as the range which you correctly point out is in Dee's favor. I do not even consider Dee's offense vs Hanleys or Cruz because I propose replacing M Ellis. In my opinion the contract issue does not matter here although you are probably correct. Ellis could be a utility player and put Hanley at 3rd, Dee or Cruz at short and the other at 2nd. I believe that Dee will eventually be a top notch short stop of all star caliber. I am not sure if Cruz will produce long term but think we should give him a try. I suspect that the run differential between Dee and Hanley lies in the improved offense after Hanley came o board vs what we had when Dee was the starter.
BTW, I love these type discussions when we can talk about the merits of the individual players.
2 years, 4 months ago on Maybe Pedro Baez Has a Future Now, & Other Minor League Notes
@Deuce Well with Ramirez you don't have to hold your breath, you already know that it will be an infield single. I would rather hold my breath and see a fantastic play turned in every once in a while and sure outs made as well as double plays. I do not see that in Ramirez. I realize that Dee is not a top notch SS yet but I believe that, given the chance he will develop into one but Ramariz will never be one.
@Deuce in my opinion, most of Dee's errors were from rushing too much which is usually from youth and he also had some errors due to range - he was trying for balls that Rameriz would not even get close to.
@Deuce @EephusBlue @capnsparrow @Mike Petriello Sorry, Deuce but I do not agree that he is a whole lot better than Dee. I have been impressed with Cruze and believe that he deserves a full shot but I think he would fit better at 2nd. I absolutely would not put Rameriz at SS.
@Mike Petriello Good point on the missed time and confidence. Guess I would reserve opinion until I saw how he does in spring training.
@Mike Petriello Mike I think we may be more in tune than you might have thought. I have the same concerns about Cruz and certainly do not feel that Rameriz can cover short. Not sure I agree with sending Dee back to minors now but do agree that they jumped on him too quickly when Furcal got hurt 2 years ago. I think Cruz was a breath of fresh air but am unsure if he is a full time player. I feel that Dee's bigest problem will be in his hitting for a while but with the personnel we now have, that should not be too bit an issue.
Opinion question for all of you. Mike I would especially appreciate your opinion on this issue. (No it is not religion LOL) I think that we have a fairly set lineup in the outfield when Crawford and Kemp return and 1st is set with AGon but I feel that 2nd 3rd and short are still somewhat in limbo. I appreciate what Ellis did this year but considering his age, I think we should make a move here. It is my opinion that, Ned not withstanding, Rameriz is not a quality ss and we need to either give Dee (who most baseball people feel will be a very good shortstop with age and maturity) another shot or put Cruz there and move Rameriz back to 3rd. This leaves 2nd to be dealt with and I am suggesting that we put Cruz at 2nd and put Dee at short. The alternative would be Dee at 2nd and Cruz at short. I would like some meaningful discussion on this issue. I understand in advance that some do not think Dee is a ML quality SS but I don't agree with this and it appears that many others do not either. Let's talk about it.
@el serracho @VietnamDodger I'll take the cheese if it is good cheddar!
2 years, 4 months ago on 2012 Dodgers in Review #1: C A.J. Ellis
@el serracho Actually I do come up with some good points when people listen and don't let other issues cloud the points made.
@Deuce @CarlECreasman I am sure you are correct but he is the one person who returned the stolen base to baseball. I can't understand why baseball does not recognize this and give him his rightful place in the hall.
@Deuce @CarlECreasman Thanks for the correction. I know better, just messed up here. I think that he is one of the most significant omissions from the Hall of Fame.
@VietnamDodger I don't give up easily and rarely run and hide. I am a Dodger fan through and through and am not afraid to say what I believe even if others don't agree or like it. Thank you for your words of encouragement.
@VietnamDodger Hi! Hope all is well.
Throughout Dodger history there have not been too many stories to rival this one about A J Ellis. I think of Murry Wills but not too many others. A great year by a great guy! Hopefully he will continue this story for several years to come. Great report Mike.
@el serracho apology accepted.
2 years, 4 months ago on 2012 Season Reviews Start Tomorrow
@el serracho Understand. A wise man once told me if two people always agree on all issues, one is unnecessary. disagreement is not always bad as long as both are respected. I certainly do not always expect to be agreed with (very few on here agree with me on James Loney) but I do expect respect for my views. I also agree that this is not the place for religious discussions but was simply trying to explain myself. I did not mean to start a world war on here.
@el serracho @Deuce @Saber Kid #293.2 @VietnamDodger I am also. Please notice that I had not previously mentioned that because I did not want to talk religion.
@el serracho @VietnamDodger I understand what you are saying and doing and that is exactly what I tried to do with my first post today which many attacked. "That was not meant as an attack. I merely spelled out how it is. There is no name calling or meanness in my post." - your own words and with that, I will drop the subject. Thanks to those who have offered encouraging words and I wish nothing but the very best to all posters.
You know, Mike, I have mulled this over for the last couple of hours and I will honor your request to not discuss religion which is consistent with all of my posts except for two occasions but I have to ask this question. Why are you so concerned about the use of the word Christian and yet so accepting of the F word and other foul language you permit? Is it possible I touched some nerves here? If the focus here is baseball, why not restrict all post to baseball and just for the record, I have never seen the F word in the official rule book.
@efb @Mike Petriello Thanks, efb. I think you are alone but thanks anyway.
@Mike PetrielloMike I also care about baseball as much as anyone on here and do not normally put religion in my posts but I put this on here to better clarify my position from the earlier discussion we had. I am sorry that this has offended you and or others. I am not offended, just disappointed that this was not accepted for what it is, an apology and clarification of my previous position. I will honor your request with regards to posting on this blog. BTW, I also care about dogs.
I am posting this for the many who communicated with me this year regarding James Loney and also had conversations regarding the language used on the blog. Many of you took exception to my comment that I am a Christian and assumed that I was implying that I am so much better than you that you took offense. I tried, at that time, to explain that this was not the case but did not do a very good job of this. Another friend and former student of mine posted the following article on my FB page which does an excellent job of explaining what I mean when I say I am a Christian. I do understand that not everyone agrees with this position and many do not even believe but this is what I mean when I say to you or anyone else
"I am a Christian"
When I say that "I am a Christian," I am not shouting that "I am clean living." I'm whispering "I was lost, but now I am found and forgiven."
When I say "I am a Christian," I don't speak of this with pride. I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.
When I say "I am a Christian," I'm not trying to be strong. I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.
When I say "i am a Christian," I'm, not bragging of success. I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.
When I say "I am a Christian," I'm not claiming to be perfect. My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.
When I say "I am a Christian," I still feel the sting of pain. I have my heartaches, so I call upon His name.
When I say "I am a Christian," I'm not holier than thou. I'm just a simple sinner who received God's good grace, somehow!
It is my desire that you understand that when I tell you that I am a Christian, it is not an effort to imply anything about you but to more clearly describe who I am and has absolutely nothing to do with you and is not dependent of whether you believe in God or not.
I have enjoyed talking baseball with you and look forward to Mike's continued writings and the "hot stove league" discussions.
@Excruuz Me @ED_IN_DE sorry again, but I still disagree. I feel that Cruz and Gordon are both better defensive options than Rameriz. I know that Gordon did not look too good at times but many of his errors were because he was trying too hard and also trying to cover too much ground. I believe that he will ultimately be a top-notch shortstop. I don't know if Cruz is a one year wonder or not and finding a place for him next year may prove to be a most difficult task but I would certainly have him at short above Hanley. The issue will be if Gordon will be ahead of him, in my opinion.
2 years, 5 months ago on Rockies @ Dodgers September 29, 2012: Chatwood vs Blanton
@Excruuz Me @ED_IN_DE sorry, but I have seem several examples of lack of hustle in the field resulting in missed DPs and/or infield singles. Also there were incidents of failure to run out balls as well as other lack of hustle, mostly after they moved him to 3rd but they were there nevertheless. While they may have hired a nutcase as a manager, he was still the manager and the last time I checked, the manager called the shots whether you like him or not. Liking or not liking, agreeing or not agreeing with the manager does not give the right to dog it in the field or on the bases.
@ED_IN_DE lazy and poor attitude which is one of the main reasons he needs to be moved off SS. Also the main reason he had trouble in FL.
Well, after the hope generated in the last two games we fall back to the same old performance we have seen the second half, especially since the trades. Like I pointed out a few days ago, I still feel that we are in a situation where the team in not giving full effort. I will be really surprised if they make the playoffs but I really hope that they can put things together next year. I do believe that they need to get HamRam off short because he is hurting them too much there. I know that there are many who seem to think that if a player can hit it does not matter what he does in the field but if you can not stop the other team from scoring, hitting is not going to bring winning, or at least enough winning to win championships. Swap Ramirez and Cruz for the remainder of the year and see what that gets them. However unless Gonzalez, Ramirez and Victirono start hitting, we are toast for this year.
2 years, 5 months ago on Extra Innings Just Mean More Opportunities For Futility
Way to go Ethier!
2 years, 5 months ago on Cardinals @ Dodgers September 16, 2012: Live Free or Fife Hard
@Ken Griffey's Grotesequely Swollen Jaw @Mike Petriello Not sure if that was directed to me or Mike, but I try to be polite all of the time. don't always succeed but I do try.
@Mike Petriello I thought I was right. Congratulations and a tip of the hat to your bride for recognizing the important things in life but do not forget to show her the proper attention!
@Mike Petriello By the way, Mike weren't you getting married this week-end? What are you doing on here?
@CodeBlueICU I wasn't referring to that as much as the football talk
@Mike Petriello totally agree but if we can get some offensive output, maybe they can hold the opposition down enough for us to pull it out.
I thought this was a baseball blog. Guess I got on the wrong link!