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found that here: http://omg.yahoo.com/news/shia-labeouf-quits-broadway-show-disagreeable-situation-alec-153000602-us-weekly.html
Pretty random, lol.
1 year, 5 months ago on Help Us Alex Castellanos, You’re Our Only Hope
Shia LaBeouf: "A man owns up. That's why Mark McGwire is not a man. A man grasps his mistakes."
Was anyone lucky in buying opening day Tickets?
1 year, 5 months ago on Dodgers Depth Chart Analysis: Center (Field) of Attention
@Mike Petriello @SCruzOptimusDamus @DavePomerantz oh............................................................
1 year, 6 months ago on Scott Elbert Goes Back Under the Knife
He is out of options
I don't think Wright is nearly as good as Soriano at all, just having fun hehe
1 year, 6 months ago on Make $8 Billion & Bring Back Sandy Koufax: Not a Half-Bad Tuesday
Funny, bored stat looking.. just proving that you can use many sample sizes/singular stats to make crazy claims:
In 2012, R. Soriano and Jamey Wright both pitched 67.2 IP. Jamey Wright's FIP was only 0.07 higher than Soriano's, and his xFIP was .20 lower
@Bob Meripol @Mike minimal; Eli Whiteside got claimed by everybody and George is better
1 year, 6 months ago on How Can the Dodgers Take Advantage of Today’s Big Trade?
Buster Olney and Ken Gurnick saying Dodgers are possibly looking at Scott Rolen.
1 year, 6 months ago on Dodgers Depth Chart Analysis: Not Exactly the Keys to the Keystone
@Gilbert_Vengeance Nah we're cool. Maybe she has some remedy from Barbados to fix his shoulder. Or maybe she can tell him to watch out for walls. But probably, they aren't dating
@Mike Petriello Yeah I know, the comparisons aren't great at all and you can twist the samples in many ways given that they'd had crazy stretches. Just fun.. Soriano is obviously better but it's good bait to troll ppl with
@Mike Petriello check this out, same two people but past 2 calendar years: http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=pit&lg=all&qual=0&type=8&season=2012&month=11&season1=2012&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=3731,1100
Just for shits and giggles, and cause Dave Cameron does this all the time to mock Brandon League, here is Brandon League and Rafael Soriano side by side in the 2nd half: http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=pit&lg=all&qual=0&type=8&season=2012&month=31&season1=2012&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=3731,1100
(34 IP is obviously not a good sample, it's just for funzies)
@Disgruntled Goat @EephusBlue Maybe yeah. It'd suck for Seattle to have to see Upton go to Texas, damn I woulda loved Upton to go to Seattle
1 year, 6 months ago on I Guess Someone Has To Hit Leadoff, Don’t They?
Woah, Upton rejected a trade to the Mariners :O
Corey Hart spent some time leading off.. only 16 games but I mean I think it's cool to have a slugger type of guy leading off.
@NTAC A bit yeah, but I feel as if he'll have a different role with the Dodgers than what he did previously. I feel as if before, he wasn't a strict LOOGY but just a one inning reliever, and I think he'll be used more often as a LOOGY rather than as a one inning reliever, so we might see different trends for him. The walks are a bit scary but I trust the pitching staff to use him nicely.
1 year, 6 months ago on Dodgers Add J.P. Howell to Bullpen
@Bob Meripol wait, scratch what I said about 3B... seems as if he is mostly a LFer, but point remains that I think he'd cost a bit considering age and what they feel his upside is.
@Bob Meripol a lot considering he is only 23, regarded pretty highly in the ChiSox organization, and 3B is a position that is thinner than Dee Gordon.
@Deuce @capnsparrow sure, but depth is very important in a bullpen so it's solid given that not many lefties out there available.
1 year, 6 months ago on 2012 Dodgers in Review #48: RP Kenley Jansen
@capnsparrow @Chris Jackson yeah, I hate to source a guy like that cause a lot of them are fake but he doesn't post reports like that often, and he has yet to be wrong on one.
@capnsparrow Nope but I saw someone on twitter who doesn't go crazy with his reports and has been accurate who said that he was a Dodger for 2.75 mil. That's pretty cool, lefties don't hit off him and there isn't many LOOGYs available.
Wonder if Ned can get us Charlie Furbush from the Mariners even without the big Ethier trade (maybe for one of Harang/Capuano or something). I'd prefer Furbush to Howell, but also know that obviously it's less complicated to try to get Howell
@Mike Petriello Probably an injury no?
"Or maybe he was traded for Stanton!" hehe
@Mike Petriello In response to your tweet about Pederson over Zachary, I don't know if he ever exactly ranked Pederson over Zach but I remember Jason Parks talking as if he had Pederson over Lee.
It seems to me that Pederson is gonna be loved by fans cause reports say he always plays hard and gets the most out of his ability, and fans are going to hate Zach for not being the #1 they thought he'd be (which is unfair cause if he becomes a #3 that is still tremendous value)
1 year, 6 months ago on 2012 Dodgers in Review #47: RP Javy Guerra
@Mike Petriello @The_Real_Paul Just post it up, or else Ned is gonna read this, change the trade, and complete the trade to make your whole post worthless :D
1 year, 6 months ago on 2012 Dodgers in Review #46: RP Josh Lindblom
@DBrim @EephusBlue I agree with 2, I shouldn't have said it like that. Assumptions make a fat ass out of me. What I should have said, is that I'm simply scared of what Bourn is going to be as a player. Maybe it's personal and I fear speed relient guys, but his K rate, SB rate, and second half scare me so much that I'd rather have Ethier in the lineup everyday.
But I think what is swaying me the absolute most towards being okay with it, if it happens, has nothing to do with Ethier/Bourn but about Kemp. Him in CF is gonna be brutal very soon, if not now, and it sucks to have to go through other means to have to fix that but it might have to.
I disagree about the draft pick. Me and you don't know what the specs are (maybe it's Taijun Walker or maybe it's Logan Bawcom...) but you have to factor in everything you are losing and gaining. If we gain value that far exceeds that of a first round pick, awesome.
And I'm not necessarily worried about the offense, just think pure offense is better with Andre than it is Bourn. I guess less balanced, but Hanley/Adrian/Kemp/Crawford are all coming off weird 2012s, I'd say that Ethier is at least a bit stable (although Bourn probably is also, I say a .730 OPS, 40+ steals, ++ D is what happens but who knows in a sport where Scutaro hits like Bonds sometimes ugh I'm getting sad now)
@EephusBlue (Third post sorry). The biggest problem I have isn't really that we are losing Andre, it's more about Bourn. I felt even before this that someone is going to overpay for him. 76% stolen base rate (which dipped from the past 3 years), fewest SBs in 2012 than he had since 2008, 22 % K rate (which is rising the past three years), and a .636 OPS in the second half.
Extremely elite on defense, which is awesome. But I'd be scared the offensive production goes down and our offense suffers from it mightily, whereas Andre's goes down slower and he continues to outproduce him on offense alone.
@EephusBlue I think part of it is a case of shiny new toy. Bourn seems like he fits this team perfect cause he's fast, plays good CF Defense, and can leadoff. Andre has been a Dodger forever and has done the same thing year in and year out so it becomes a bit boring and annoying that he can't fix his flaw. But from an outside point of view you have to see that Andre is just better offensively, and I'd go for an average defense and damn good offense.
@EephusBlue It won't be a good thing. Not for Bourn. Bourn strikes out 22% of the time, gets on base at a decent, but not elite, clip of .348 or so, and in the second half last year he had a .636 OPS. That's scary. He has bad contract written all over him. Also, the fear with Andre is that he is going to decline soon? I'd fear the same with Bourn who is only 8 months younger and his whole game revolves around speed which can go much sooner.
Our pure offense is better with Ethier than it is with Bourn, and it'd say that that's much more important than defense (which was good enough last year to have a top rotation and will arguably improve with Crawford replacing Juan Van Sands)
Andre has his liabilities, but 70% of the time he is the best hitter in our lineup, top 7 in baseball.
I also don't think a trade will replenish the farm that much. You lose the draft pick, and so anything other than first round pick value isn't going to be substantial.
I mean, we don't know a lot about it. The prospects and money for Bourn is a huge variable in this. And I have no problem trading Andre for some specs, if the replacement in 2013 is great. And I also really agree we need Kemp in RF cause he sucks in CF. But I don't think that in 2013 switching Andre for Bourn makes good sense. It for sure makes our defense substantially better but I think our offense is going to take a big hit with that, especially versus righties which is very important. I think Andre is fucking perfect for our offense right now, he is our best weapon vs. righties and we have enough hitters where we can now hide him deep in the lineup or on the bench vs. lefties, which is something we couldn't do when it was only Kemp and Andre who could hit baseballs.
@Amy Wong, Ph.D. Candidate What I see is that Andre Ethier is our best hitter vs. RHP, and that means that roughly 70% of the time, he is our best hitter. The other 30%, he is one of our worst, but still. Overall, he is a much better hitter than Bourne.
The thing to me is, do I want much better defense or much better offense for 2013? I say offense. Our defense will be fine: It was last year and will arguably improve unless Hanley is worse than Dee Gordon and Crawford is worse than Juan Rivera.
If it's a personal preference that you like your teams based on speed and defense than well I can't do anything to change your mind. But I'd like the Dodgers to be more about power and overall better hitting with average defense rather than one speed guy, good D, and worse hitting. I'd rather have the 2010 Rangers than the 2010 Mariners is all I'm saying.
1 year, 6 months ago on The Dodger Offseason Isn’t Close To Being Over
@efb I don't want it either. Replacing Ethier with Bourn makes our 2013 offense significantly worse with a good chance that the prospects to offset that aren't worth it. Sure, the OF defense gets better but like I already said: Our pitching was damn good last year with a similar, and arguably worse, 2012 defense. Bourn has his speed but isn't the fear of Andre that his hitting will go away cause of age? Well, Bourn is only 8 months younger and relies on speed which can easily leave him early as well.
Just don't like it
@KirkDavenport @efb I disagree that the pitching will need that. The pitching was a top staff with the same ppl in CF and RF and Juan Rivera in Left Field.
@Mike Petriello I hope Anibal goes to a team different than the Tigers AND Cubs so Nightengale and Morosi can both be sad
1 year, 7 months ago on Once Again: Josh Hamilton Or Matt Kemp?
When is the press conference for Skip? hehe
1 year, 7 months ago on 2012 Dodgers in Review #36: RP John Ely
@GordonMoody Only Gwynn and Kennedy were real bench guys from that lineup; Abreu/Rivera LF starters, Uribe 3B starter. So, that's very sad lol.
1 year, 7 months ago on So Long, Scott Van Slyke
@The_Real_Paul What Econ are you taking? Just took my econ final the other day. One of the questions was about "Tom Haverford buying fine leather goods" (If you watch Parks and Rec, you'll understand...)
@darknesssss I was gonna say yeah, but we have Ryu now to make up for someone on our team that is large. And as far as being overpaid, theres now several overpaid players. Maybe that's why Ned is doing this, making sure we still have that scapegoat so we won't be sad when he DFAs Uribe
Mike, I get your point about Ely, but isn't it realistically possible by May he is kinda needed as higher on that depth chart? He is way low on the depth chart but you'd have to bet at least two starters go, making him 8th on a depth chart with a chance of two of those starters (Lilly/Bills) serious injury risks.
Not saying Ely is any good and that he is vital to the team, but it makes some sense why they might wanna hold onto him.
Hahaha well I got that off my chest, seems like you guys have the same mindset I do towards Ethier. Just annoying that any time you read anything about Ethier on twitter it's about him vs. lefties 90% of the time.
1 year, 7 months ago on Sources: Dodgers to Acquire Skip Schumaker for Jake Lemmerman
I have a mini rant. I know Ethier is overpaid blah blah, but I absolutely hate how people take an anti-fan stance with him because of his flaw. Do people not realize he is clearly the best hitter on the Dodgers vs. RHP? Without a doubt. And besides that, top 7 in ALL MLB vs. Righties. That is fucking incredible. But people find it so easy to hate on him so incredibly much cause to be honest: some fans, who ironically bash biased narratives, just love hating on people on narratives.
I'm not really saying anyone here does that, cause I mean I've barely started posting here recently. Just what I've seen on twitter a lot or read from some other writers.
Pretty cool ripple effect (in my estimation) from this AZ trade: Upton won't be a Ranger, so Hamilton kinda has to no? I'd say odds are for it, and if yes, than that's cool since makes the chances of the Angels being in the playoffs lower AND it would mean the Phillies don't have Hamilton (Hamilton has question marks, but I'd still be scared of him being a Philly)
1 year, 7 months ago on Zack Greinke Can Opt Out, and That’s a Good Thing
@The_Real_Paul Idk. Regardless it's bad for the DBacks, cause even if Bauer amounts to little, they spent a great asset in a #3 pick on him, not too long ago. I don't think Didi amounts to much, ever. I mean, lots of reports have good things to say about Bauer but it makes you wonder why a team was so willing to give up a high profile guy like him so quickly, for a meh SS
Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN
Sources: Unless something unexpected pops up, the Dodgers are finished in the market for starting pitching.
Haha, it's funny that has to be news nowadays :D
1 year, 7 months ago on So What’s Next For the Dodgers?
@IBBFTW did he really say this? haha
Listening to Ned here (for anyone interested): http://tunein.com/radio/AM570-Fox-Sports-LA-s26568/
Here is a link to Mike on the Baseball Prospectus Podcast he was talking about:
1 year, 7 months ago on Hyun-jin Ryu Beats Deadline To Add To Embarrassment of Dodger Pitching Riches
@LakerDodger24 @EephusBlue I'm fine with it to, just wonder what that last bench spot will go to. I'd say definitely a righty but wonder if they'll focus on someone who can play 3B or someone who can play COF (regardless I'd assume it's someone that for sure can play 1B since we don't really have a backup 1b)
@EephusBlue I think he's a very solid fit, especially if he is so in love with McGwire. Him hitting righties well will be cool.
The only thing I'm confused about is what the other bench piece would be after him. If the Dodgers got Skip, it's Hairston/Punto/Skip/FedEx/?. The Dodgers have been looking for someone for the left side of the infield and someone who can play 1B. 3b/1B kinda guy, seems like Youk is the only logical fit. Or do they want a Corner OFr who mashes lefties? I think that's a better fit.
Punto kinda fuckin ruins everything since he plays 2b/3B (not SS anymore I don't believe, well actually he could probably play it better than HanRam) but his only asset is being great defensively, but he mostly does so at a position (2B) were we have great defense already.
@EephusBlue It's a good day until they lose the AL West to the Angels :(
@Mike Petriello excited to hear it. Never really heard Effectively WIld, I'm still in mourning after Up and In had to end
@Catfishin Dickey haha. Was a Ranger, than a Brewer, Twin, Mariner, Twin again, then a Met, and now he might have a new team.
@plaza234 @VietnamDodger Different situation; Puig is 4 years younger, and I'd say hitting is much more difficult to be able to see how it translates to a whole new league compared to pitching.
@plaza234 Needs his written consent to be in the minors. He's 25, he is who he is and I think a full spring with the Dodgers pitching coaches will be enough to adjust anything that needs adjusting.
Man this is awesome. Props to Mike, you've reported this damn greatly. I mean, I'm no journalist expert or anything but your info and reporting has been way better than many National Media types.
Also, I wonder what is next? I'm excited to sell some pieces off and get the remaining pieces of the bullpen/bench in order.
Days ago the Dodgers were favorites, they didn't sign him, and everyone said: "If the Dodgers are offering the most money no matter what, why isn't he a Dodger now?"
Now, for the past days it has been said that he loved the Texas organization, and money equal or even less, he'd take Texas as they are front runners. So now, why aren't people asking: If he loves Texas so much and money isn't the #1 thing, why isn't he a Ranger yet?Truly believe there is a lot more to this (Ryu signing, Texas trade options, #mysteryteam, etc.) than just a simple "Texas organization vs. Dodgers money"
1 year, 7 months ago on 24 Hours to Hyun-jin Ryu
@WBBsAs Big dream scenario for 2014: Trade one of Carl/Ethier, sign Cano, put Puig into the OF.
1 year, 7 months ago on 2012 Dodgers in Review #35: RP Rubby de la Rosa
Ugh, why couldn't McCarthy go on a team I didn't hate? :(
1 year, 7 months ago on Pondering a Potential Post-Greinke Existence
@FunToBe To play in the OF (Only Seattle wants him as a SS). Although, Stark might be getting his news a bit late considering Philly+Atlanta already got a CF (unless they want him in LF which would be funny)
Anyways, yeah we have no idea what the return packages but still
Jayson Stark tweeted that the Indians, Braves, Seattle, and Philly all have (or had) interest in Dee (only Seattle as a SS) but that the Dodgers aren't interested in trading him :(
@Mike Petriello Word, someone could also be using Kenny. I think we should send AJ to meet with Grienke; after one conversation Grienke would sign with the Dodgers for 5 bucks
1 year, 7 months ago on 2012 Dodgers in Review #34: SP Stephen Fife
@Mike Petriello snore cause you don't think it's real?
@Tangled Up In Blue Yes. Great peripherals/mechanics/baseball IQ.
1 year, 7 months ago on Finally, a Roster Move: So Long, Alfredo Silverio
Steve Dilbeck said the Dodgers "lost" Shane Victorino, Randy Choate,and Blanton and that the Dodgers were big losers in the Winter Meetings. Um, the Dodgers let those losers go and they still have yet to lose out on someone they really want (Grienke/Ryu/Anibal/etc.) Ugh, the lack of quality writing at ESPNLA and that LATimes blog is so sad
@Bob Meripol @Disgruntled Goat @The_Real_Paul @EephusBlue I think it'd be funny if Grienke had a twitter and he was just tweeting random things during this whole process. People would be attacking him 24/7
@EephusBlue We need to start tracking Grienkes flights, or attempt to hack his phone/e-mail/myspace.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Sunday at 2 PM is the deadline for Ryu but he needs to complete a physical before that in order for it to be official right? So deadline is really Saturday? Seems quick and wonder what happens considering the alternative options don't look like they'll be settled soon.
@Mike Petriello Makes sense
1 year, 7 months ago on Dodgers Bid Farewell to Two Pitchers And Oh Good Lord Something Please Happen Already
@Mike Petriello Any other info you can give as to what teams are interested/offering for Dee?
@Mike Petriello Yeah 2B would be dumb (as would 3B) cause his problem isn't range or arm strength but it's all about the fundamentals+accuracy
I think he'd be fine right away in CF with his range and I think his arm is good enough out there.
Mike with the Dee Gordon tease tweet. If not everyone wants him as a SS, I really think CF is his next best position. Hey, Mets...
@Catfishin i literally lol'd. I wish Andrew Friedman was listening so he could die laughing
Anyone else keep getting the feeling Grienke won't be a Dodger? I feel like it's Texas or someone random... idk
@EephusBlue All these deals are making Harang/Capuano deals look nice
1 year, 7 months ago on Winter Meetings, Day Three: The Calm Before the... Calm?
@EephusBlue 100% Agreed.
@EephusBlue Please be for a crazy amount of money, plleeasseee
@Crushinator 1) high expectations probably, 2) We got spoiled at the trade/waiver deadline 3) We had a lot of activity earlier on last season (not necessarily better activity, just more)
@EephusBlue smh one upping me. BUT OMG YES. So there rotation is: Weaver, CJ, Blanton, Hanson...
@EephusBlue Some FoxSports guy. Might not be real, but for Shaikin to report it as close you never know. Would love it for Grienke purposes (I also think Joe Blanton isn't that bad but I thought he'd go to a bottom team)
@Catfishin Was one of them James Loney w/ boobs?
Shaikin and Joe McDonnel (fox sports guy) saying Angels might be close to signing Blanton
@DBrim @DavePomerantz @Mike Petriello @MatthewSaydah Chance to see how much Scott Boras weighs
@Mike Petriello @MatthewSaydah Woah, San Diego in 2014? I'm definitely going then.
@MatthewSaydah To Nashville? Agreed.
@Mike Petriello :(
@EephusBlue Idk I can't think of something specific I guess. Yeah, he isn't as obvious as Gammons/Morosi which I don't think is a bad thing. He has had to change his ways but I'd bet deep down inside his childhood love is still his #1 team.
@EephusBlue Haha, I mean he has had to change cause he covers baseball nationally (thank goodness he isn't a Morosi type of person), but you can still tell he is a Dodger fan. Got excited with the new owners, and yeah he tries REAL hard to hide any Dodger bias
@EephusBlue Buster Olney!
According to Mark Saxon, the Dodgers are dummies and put too much attention on Grienke which cost them Randy Choate. Umm, I think the Cardinals offering 3 years and 7.5 million cost the Dodgers Randy Choate.
@LA Woman @FeelinKindaBlue Uh oh, a million "DEE GORDON FOR THE KING!" tweets are probably happening in response to that
1 year, 7 months ago on Winter Meetings, Day Two: The Dodgers Are the Death Star. You Are Alderaan.
@Mike Petriello I said it earlier, but I think it'd be cool to have him. (Assuming the price isn't steep). As a possible platoon w/ Mark Ellis/backup OF/lefty bench bat. Does good enough against righties but he is atrocious vs. lefties. Fun fact: he had the same 2012 wOBA as Shane Victorino, lol.
@JoeyE @DKnobler What is wrong with Skip? .305/.359/.402 career slash line vs. righties and can play OF and 2B. Would be a great platoon with M. Ellis, good backup.
I know it's fun to mock Ned but he's not a bad option as a bench bat.
@Catfishin Grandslam against Cubs... and then all of his double plays
@MatthewSaydah I want to laugh, but he'll probably out produce Uribe :(
@michael_mcclain Really wonder what it'd take to get R.A. Such a weird person to put value on
1 year, 7 months ago on Winter Meetings, Day One: The Ned Colletti Truth-O-Meter
Ned gem: "We're in on so many players, we may need 2 or 3 teams"
1 year, 7 months ago on Winter Meetings Insani-fun Is Go
Coletti: At this pace, a deal with Ry won't get done. (Probably just fucking with Boras)
@DBrim @BillShaikin Probably just talked about how they felt about the Walking Dead last night
@WBBsAs @DBrim Idk if it's too early. He will be 25 a month into the regular season and is a guy that depends on speed so productive years would end earlier
@DBrim @MatthewSaydah Yeah, hitting is what makes/breaks pretty much anyone
@MatthewSaydah Really wonder if a team would take him and put him at CF. Would be a fun project that I think needs to be done. I'm no scout obviously, just he is so bad at SS.
@EephusBlue @Gilbert_Vengeance Kershaw-Grienke-Bills-Ryu-Beckett is DIRTY