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Rants & Raves

Rants & Raves
  • The beat goes on…
  • It seems like it’s a different player stepping up every day.  Lat night it was Ely, Paul, Kemp, Blake and Loney.  Kemp and Blake both had 3 hits for the “white-hot” Dodgers.
  • It looks to me that Jon Ely is the “real-deal”  - he struggled last night, but had a quality start and got the win.
  • Joe Torre was able to get Scott Proctor’s and Cory Wade’s ams to fall off – now he’s working on Troncoso’s…
  • Garrett Anderson – .138 – Need I say more?
  • Joe Torre has indicated that it’s possible Blake DeWitt (not Nick Green) will go down when Raffy returns, because DeWitt has options left and Green doesn’t.  Two Words:  ”Felony Stupid!”
  • Andre Ethier could be back in two weeks…
  • Where are the Billingsley bashers now?
  • Bill Shaikin of the LA Times discusses a Roy Oswalt deal.  The Dodgers do have long-time Oswalt friend Brad Ausmus…
  • One good thing about the current Dodgers winning streak:  Bill Plaschke and TJ Slimers have nothing to say!

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12 Responses to “Rants & Raves”

  1. coloblue says:

    Roy in blue sounds good to me…

  2. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    “Felony Stupid”? More like FELONY DUMB.

    And what’s the deal with Carlos Monasterios? It would seem to me that he’s earned a chance at more meaningful innings. Instead Torre continues to run Troncoso, Belisario and even Weaver out there, day after day, after day, after day….

    Hasn’t Monasterios earned a chance to make a more significant contribution? Does Torre remember Cory Wade (before he [Torre] blew out his shoulder)? It would seem that Monasterios and his 1.90 ERA might be able to fill Wade’s role.

    I agree with your assessment about Ely. Just like in NY, after a rough start he settled down and pitched a nice game. This kid has poise under fire. Maybe a few times around the league and he gets his head handed to him. But maybe not. Only time will tell.

    I’m not 100% sure about Oswalt because of his previous injuries. And I would have to see what we had to part with before saying whether or not I approved (not that it matters) the deal. But, I believe it was Ausmus who made the point that Dodger Stadium is a lot more friendly pitcher’s park than Minute Maid.

    I read that nonsense about DeWitt possibly going down because Green doesn’t have options. It makes perfect sense. After all, DeWitt is beginning to hit the ball consistently, and is starting to look a lot more comfortable around 2B. In two words, if made, that move would be FELONY MORONIC. Players like Green are a dime a dozen. And I’ve read that Paul could be sent back to ALBQ. when Ethier gets back. After all, Garret Anderson did get a hit today. Keeping Anderson over Paul would be a CRIME, plain and simple.

    I wonder how much of the hesitance to DFA Anderson is based on the reluctance of the Dodgers to pay the remainder of his $550K contract this year? Same might be the case with Ortiz and his $1 million contract. Ditto with Sherrill’s $4.5 million. Or Torre, Ned, etc. are just plain felony stupid, dumb and moronic. It’s a crime.

  3. Bootz says:

    Bye bye Green. Bye bye Ortiz. Bye bye Anderson. Hello Ethier, Raffy, and John Link. Also, Troncoso is Dunzo. Oh wait, so is Sherill. How’s Leach doing?

  4. Roger Dodger says:

    Bashers . . . eh Mark. Bashers . . .

    That is one way to look at the glass.

    What I think is going on is this — a fan calls question on a player. To wake up a player.

    I have personally called to question this season: DeWitt, Blake, Martin, Billingsley, Kershaw, Belisarros, Kemp, Furcal. That does not mean I am “bashing them” but calling them to wake up and play ball, or Joe / Ned needs to do that as well. Just like Ned to to Kemp. Since that time — Kemp has performed better.

    Now, I will say I and others have “bashed” McCourt, because I see not good solution there. Divorce, she needs $600,000 per month to live on. Is any of those funds coming from the L.A. Dodgers books?

    Why cannot a team that is in the leaders of fan attendance — not have a little more money to increase salary a few bucks?

    Say, where is your “bashing” of Joe and Ned . . .

  5. Roger Dodger says:

    Let us consider a move that some of us might have done differently.

    Keeping Orlando Hudson.

    Right now he is hitting .306 for the Twins. Hummmm . . . I still would have kept him. I do not know about the clubhouse concerns. I do not know why Joe did/does not like him. But he is great with the club. Vinny likes him.

  6. Roger Dodger says:

    Oh, was there a power outage here this afternoon. I could not open the site for several hours.

  7. Brooklyn Dodger says:


    Same for me. I couldn’t get on either earlier in the day. Maybe the servers went down.

  8. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Hudson’s Stats: 173 AB, .306 AVG., .381 OBP, .399 SLG. (8 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HR = 11 extra base hits).

    DeWitt’s Stats: 119 AB, .286 AVG., .366 OBP, .403 SLG. (8 doubles, 3 triples, 0 HR = 11 extra base hits).

    DeWitt is younger, growing more comfortable at the plate and at 2B, and he likely has a future with the Dodgers. If we had Hudson this year we would probably be looking for a second baseman next year. If DeWitt continues to develop we will probably not be looking for a second baseman next year. And as skeptical as you are about DeWitt’s power, he has demonstrated in the past (both majors and minors) that he does have power. Maybe it will be 10-15 HRs per year, and perhaps more. As DeWitt gets more comfortable he will hit for more power. That’s the case with a lot of young players, and he will be no different.

    And despite winning the gold glove last year, Hudson is NOT a gold glove second baseman. He no longer has the range he had a few years ago with Arizona, and it can only get worse over time. And although I’ve read this elsewhere, it’s something I observed myself prior to reading anything about it. I hated the way Hudson used to over aggressively pursue balls hit into short center and right fields, nearly causing several collisions with Kemp and Ethier. Perhaps over time both outfielders would have become less intimidated by Hudson, and would have learned to take charge on balls that were clearly there’s. But that wasn’t the case last year.

  9. mark says:

    But, he would only have cost the Dodgers $9.5 mil a year more than DeWitt and the Dodgers would not been able to afford a pitcher like Oswalt?!

    Still like Hudson?

    I think not!

  10. mark says:

    No contending team would pay Hudson what the Dodgers would have had to pay had they offered him arbitration.

  11. mark says:

    Our servers were down this afternoon on all our websites. Amazingley, they can back up when I threatened litigation.

  12. Roger Dodger says:

    I think that DeWitt has come a long way. He is making some nice plays at second. In the past week or so, i think he has some solid hits.

    Even Casey Blake has some nice hits of late; and some great plays in the field.

    Ethier is missed. Manny of old is missed. His pinch hitting time today could have turned out differently and given the Dodgers a win.


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