But one thing is the same: At this time of the year all the pessimists are always predicting Gloom & Doom for the Dodgers, even though they have repeatedly been wrong about this. And, then they rag on me and say I am not realistic with my predictions. This is no prediction: The Dodgers have made the playoffs, 4 out of the last 6 years and FLASH, we will make it again this year for the FIRST TIME EVER IN DODGER HISTORY – BROOKLYN or LOS ANGELES!
Look at the most number of wins over the past 4 years in the NL (under Frank McCourt):
- Phils – 359
- Dodgers – 349
- Mets – 344
- Cards – 338
And yet, the McCourt-bashers still scream gloom and doom like a…, well never-mind! Some are calling for a new owner, for the team that has the SECOND BEST RECORD INTHE NL OVER THE PAST 4 YEARS? ARE THEY CRAZY?
For 5 years I have heard about how bad Frank McCourt is and YET, THE DODGERS HAVE THE SECOND BEST RECORD IN ALL OF THE NL THE PAST FOUR YEARS! Think about what you are saying… The only team with a better record has a team that is significantly older than ours. Our time is coming, but in order to justify your previous erroneous predictions about Frank McCourt, you continue to berate the Dodgers and predict that they will do poorly. Shame, Shame, Shame! I have been telling you how good the Dodgers can be for the past six years, but still you don’t believe. Believe the Dodgers Record! SCOREBOARD!
But, now however, don’t think for one minute that everything will be the same. This is especially true with young players, as some players get better, some get worse, and just a few stay the same. Typically, you will see changes from year-to-year in their second, third and fourth years and even beyond. This is particularly true if a player was in his his early twenties when he arrived in the majors. Look it up!
We can expect to see players like Ethier, Kemp and Loney get even better. I expect Russ Martin and Chad Billingsley to step it back up. Martin may never be as good a hitter as he once was, but I still think Billingsley can be an ACE, as can Kershaw. And, if you are expecting James McDonald or Scott Elbert to be the same, THINK AGAIN! Both of these guys have been learning, and will pitch in the majors for their third consecutive year (parts of). I think you can expect a lot more out of them. Haeger, Stultz and a dozen other player could step up as well.
The Saints were 8-8 last year. The Dodgers won 95 games last year and I guarantee you that this 2010 team will not lose willingly or easily… It’s now part of their culture.
Watch and Learn!
The above was something that I was going to post tomorrow, since Rory posted today, but then Jon Weisman posted this and I just had to respond and say “I TOLD YOU SO.” The piece written by Weisman is a living testament as to why he is the best blogger in the business and why I am just a hack. What an incredible piece of writing and what incredible content! Here’s a few blurbs that will cause you to re-think everything you currently hold dear about Frank McCourt:
This team will live or die on its judgment – on the judgment of McCourt and the people he employs – rather than on McCourt’s finances. His bank account, despite what most people have concluded this offseason, is not destroying the team.
Miguel, you don’t need a “wise” oracle, because a “Weisman” just BLEW UP the McCourt Bashers theory!
Someone told me that no one believed Hudson would get $10 mil in arbitration, but here’s what Weisman says:
The second baseman’s signing last week of a one-year, $5 million contract with Minnesota might have vindicated the Dodgers’ decision on him, since Hudson could potentially have earned twice that amount in salary arbitration, based on the typical raise awarded to an arbitration-eligible player who earned $8 million the year before.
Again, I TOLD YOU SO!
He then addresses the Santana Issue:
If there was a moment that really seemed to call into question the Dodgers’ ability to commit to prospects, it was when the team traded Carlos Santana and Jonathan Meloan in mid-2008 for a three-month test run of Casey Blake. (Blake re-signed with the Dodgers as a free agent after the 2008 season.) It was widely reported, to the point that almost no doubt remained, that the Dodgers included Santana, a catcher who was having an explosive year in A ball, so that they wouldn’t have to pay approximately $2 million in Blake’s remaining ’08 salary.
However, a source within the Dodgers organization insisted that the following was true: The Indians were not going to trade Blake to the Dodgers unless they got Santana in the deal. His inclusion had nothing to do with money.
Again, I told you so!
I urge you to read the rest and see if you can continue to bash McCourt.