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@Mike Petriello The first time I heard him give that quote on the radio, I laughed hard. This is the first time I've heard him add the Zito bit, though. He's amazing. I don't know which I like more: AJ Ellis as Rocky, or Barry Zito taking the role of Drago the Russian boxer.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on A.J. Ellis, Still the Best
@Mike Petriello @Real Tom Rocky gets to the top of the mountain and yells out the name of his opponent. I love that he chose Zito.
Just read it. Also, the Guerrier video was hilarious. I hadn't seen it before reading that article. Also, Ellis gives the Rocky IV quote almost every time I hear him interview. I love it.
Many of the folks that incessantly demand that Mattingly be fired are the same sort of folks that suggest we dump that loser Matt Kemp and get a gritty winner like Delmon Young. With that said, I'm fine with Mattingly losing his job, and I'm getting closer to becoming the kind of guy that hopes for it. I've never been a huge fan, and at times I've blamed him for many problems, but I don't know if firing him will make the team better. I don't trust Colletti to choose a good replacement. Why insist that Donnie leave if there is no certainty that his replacement will be any better?
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Giants 4, Dodgers 3: Swept Right Out of Town
I can forgive Quentin for on-field fights, but this is nuts. Calling someone Rain Man is ridiculous. http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2013/4/18/4239466/padres-ceo-zack-greinke-carlos-quentin-tom-garfinkel
1 month ago on Is It Time For Yasiel Puig Now? How About Now? (No.)
Mike (I know, this is regarding the OLD post- I apologize), I am happy to see that you and I completely agree on the Hall of Fame voting. I keep telling people that a vote for Jack Morris is a vote for David Wells. I loved Wells, but he's not a Hall of Famer, and he's almost the same player as Morris. Kevin Brown was better than both of them.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Dodgers Invite Four Former Big Leaguers to Camp
And obviously, it's the "and others" part that I would fear. One can say that Kasten has kept Ned from getting out of hand, but even then he let Ned give up some of the only high upside prospects we had in a deal that probably shouldn't have involved them. De la Rosa should never have been included.
5 months, 1 week ago on 2012 Dodgers in Review #38: RP Mike MacDougal
Can't help but fear that it's an Ethier and others for Beltre type deal. Does Beltre still have no-trade protection (I remember the Dodgers were on his no trade list years ago)?
As you recently noted, the "Matt Kemp or Josh Hamilton" question now has an easy answer... but what about Andre Ethier or Nick Swisher? As I remember, they were considered the big frontrunners for Best Free Agent Outfielder Not Named Josh at the beginning of the year. I still love Ethier, but I can't help but think Swisher may get a more team friendly deal. We shall see, though.
Sanchez to Tigers is official, and I like it. Verlander/Fister/Sanchez/Scherzer/Porcello is quite enviable. They're young-ish, and great.
With that said, I'm happier with Greinke. Since the Dodgers are a team that could afford Greinke, I'm very excited that we got him. He is in a tier of his own, above Sanchez. If it were another team, I might ask whether Greinke was worth so much more than Sanchez. But this team has the money, and they got the best player. It's weird being a Dodger fan these days.
5 months, 1 week ago on Once Again: Josh Hamilton Or Matt Kemp?
@EephusBlue @HarryDoyle @DBrim I agree with all that. I feel like Kasten will keep this team from making bad decisions about player development. Which is fantastic, given how tempting it could be for Colletti to rely on FA signings or trade unproven prospects for proven ones.
@VietnamDodger Agree about Kasten. He has been saying and doing all the right things regarding valuing prospects. And yes, you can say that I'm assuming too much, but this isn't a gnarly reach here. Ownership is awesome, and they spend, but that approach isn't always conducive to letting young players struggle in the bigs...
1. Ned consistently favors veterans over developing players, and even kept Ethier off the field with this philosophy. 2. Ownership wants to spend on free agents, because that is the best way to improve the team now. 3. If we had some close, developing players, I would be nervous about them signing Kubel type players rather than let them develop. I don't think it's a huge reach to say that there would be pressure on the team (and yes, from ownership) to get a slightly better player on the field now rather than let a player develop.
@DBrim I would agree about being traded for Dickey if his stock was worth more. I think they'll try to pull something, but he could be worth much more if they let him play.
And what in the world is going to happen to Bourjos? It almost makes me glad that the DOdgers don't have any MLB ready, yet developing players, because Colletti and ownership are exactly the type that would just keep getting veterans to take up the playing time. We saw it with Ethier. Some guys just need to struggle for a while.
Great points. Kemp's contract is excellent. I do have to admit that the Hamilton signing is an okay one. Not great, and certainly not a bargain, but signing a guy like that until he is 36 isn't a bad idea. But when one considers that those two star players are getting 55 Million a year for the next 5 years or so (not to mention the other long term money already committed to Wilson and Weaver), it makes one wonder what the rest of that roster will look like.
So I barely now am reading this... but I still think opt out clauses are only bad for teams. HOWEVER, I will agree that a seventh year or a No Trade Clause would have been worse. The real worst scenario (and you mentioned it only at the end) is that he signs for a new contract with the Dodgers to cover more years for more money. It's exactly like Sabathia and A-Rod at this point. He has an opt out clause with the richest team in baseball. He'll be good, and they will want to keep him, and nobody else will be willing to pay him more than the Dodgers. I'm just worried that he'll turn this into an 8 year deal when this is all over. With all that said, I agree that it's better than the alternative, and it COULD work out okay.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Zack Greinke Can Opt Out, and That’s a Good Thing
Capuano and a low prospect for Snider would be awesome.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on So What’s Next For the Dodgers?
I like the Stubbs idea a lot. I think Travis Snider would be similar, though he can't field so well. He hits lefties, and has nice upside. Unfortunately, Colletti doesn't like players like Snider, and having all this money allows him to take less risks on unproven players like Snider. That's unfortunate.
If we're throwing out somewhat realistic pie in the sky ideas, I wouldn't mind Harang for Barmes. I don't like Barmes much, but he plays a nice shortstop and he can move around the field. And it seems like a nice fit for both.
@DBrim As they should. And I think you're right. Every team gets that way right now, and that's why rumors are so wild. I doubt they are actively shopping him. After such a down year for a talented 26 year old, this would be the oddest time to sell him.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Dodgers Bid Farewell to Two Pitchers And Oh Good Lord Something Please Happen Already