… but I have reservations about him. However, I am from Missouri, so he’ll have to “show me.”
But, it’s a done deal. Frank and Ned gave their word before the season that Don Mattingly would be the 2011 Dodgers manager and they are being true to their word.
Nice! Keeping your word!
Damn! Keeping your word!
My opinion is that Joe Torre and his staff lost this team somewhere during the season.
I’m not the only one who thinks that.
James Loney said it:
At times, teams played harder than us. I think we want to win. We want to finish it. We want to win the World Series. But the other teams are trying to do that, too. It’s not necessarily that if you have good players you’re going to win. You have to play as a team. Guys, hopefully, they see what we’ve gone through this year and people don’t want to be in this position next year.
Translation: ”The team quit! Joe Torre was a failure. The Dodgers didn’t have the leadership at either the management or player level to win. “
Why does Mattingly deserve to be manager, when everyone of the Dodger’s starting position players, except for Rafael Furcal, have hit below their career averages? Martin, Kemp, Ethier, Blake, Loney, Manny, and even Ryan Theriot, is hitting 40 points below what he was hitting in Chicago, all have failed to hit their career averages. I mean, every year, you should have one or two players who have “career years.” The Dodger hitting has been one monumental failure and the guy charged with overseeing that part of Dodger baseball is promoted to Manager?
Now, Don Mattingly is my homeboy. He’s a fellow Hoosier (that’s what they call us “Indiana Guys”). So, I feel a certain kinship with him. Was the total disinterest by Joe Torre the cause of the Dodgers hitting malaise? I guess it could have been, but right now I remain very skeptical of Don Mattingly. I hope he make me eat these words!
RANTS & RAVES
- The Dodgers should not sign Ted Lilly. Maybe they should offer him arbitration, but I would be afraid he might take it and get $10-13 mil a year. This will be a tough decision. No way he’s worth that much.
- I think that if the Dodgers could sign Ryan Theriot for something like 2 years/$5 mil that would be a worthy deal, but he will probably want more and Ivan DeJesus, Jr. might just be ready. Theriot gives them options as a lead-off hitter with his base-stealing ability, but his OB% is really too low for me.
- Furcal and Blake cannot be traded! The Dodgers are stuck with their deals. Maybe Blake and Furcal can play 130 games each if they rest twice a week. That makes Carroll a valuable piece again, but he’s getting up there in age too. Hopefully Ned learns from those deals.
- The Dodgers need to get younger. Paul, Mitchell and Hu will have every opportunity to make the team next year.
- Broxton HAS to be traded. No way the Dodgers pay $7 mil for a closer. Jansen is ready!
- There may be a new phenom to make the Dodgers starting staff next year: Rubby Carlos De La Rosa. Watch him!