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Musical Chairs

Musical Chairs

Dodgers Moves and Rumors of Moves:

No, not THAT Bill Russell


  • The Dodgers have exercised Scott Podsednik’s 2011 option.  Now, the ball is in his court to decide to take it or not.
  • Former Dodger Davey Lopes may or may not be in the running for the 1B job
  • Former Dodger Dave Hansen is a candidate for the secondary hitting coach job, but Chili Davis is not!
  • John Moses was axed as hitting coach at AAA.
  • Gene Clines was relieved of his duties as Minor League Hitting Coordinator and replaced by Eric Owens.  Clines will evidently stay with the Dodgers, unless he finds another job..
  • Billy Russell will be back… over Tommy’s dead body!
  • Here’s a rumor I’ll start:  Could the Dodgers sign Brandon Webb to an incentive-laden contract?  OK, what about Ben Sheets?
  • Could Rich Harden become a closer?  He can’t seem to stay healthy as a starter…

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13 Responses to “Musical Chairs”

  1. I would love for Lopes to be the Dodgers first base coach….he could help Kemp and Dee Gordon in 2012.

  2. Mark Timmons says:

    Ray, We may feel the same way, but I had to delete it because it was going to start something BIG! ;)

  3. Mark Timmons says:

    Rick Ankiel is available. I would take a chance on him with a incentive-laden deal.

  4. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Rick Ankiel? I wouldn’t bother. He’ll be 32 in July. The Dodgers have enough question marks. The last thing they need is another.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/ankieri01.shtml

  5. Badger says:

    Ankiel? Perfect fit. .230 hitter who strikes out 1/3 of the time. I am sure we could afford him cuz nobody else will want him.

    As for those other guys, yeah sure. It fits the Dodgers modus. Bring in broken down veteran arms and hope for a recovery. But, that’s the way we have to be thinking now. Until we know if there is any money available, it will be the Ortiz Brothers and 30 other non roster invitees. Good luck with that.

  6. ebbetsfld says:

    Bringing back Lopes would be an opportunity to return to “The Dodger Way”. I hope Ned has the stones to make this move and stop the reliance on all things Red Sox and Giants!

  7. Ken says:

    Garland is available and with Torre gone maybe Garland will be willing to return.

    Bring Lopes back and let him bench Kemp each time his attitude raises its ugly head. Lopes is the perfect replacement for Bowa.

  8. Roger Dodger says:

    If Lopes came back, he might be more mobile in the clubhouse and in the doughout and on the field than Donnie. Maybe Lopes should have been named manager.

  9. Badger says:

    Jocketty named Executive of the Year.

    Dang it! I thought Jed had a chance for that award after his creative moves trying to replace Wolf, Garland and Hudson.

    I have my doubts about Lopes coming back. I hope I am wrong about that. For some time I have backed bringing Scioscia, Lopes, Gibson and Hershisher into this organization. Makes no sense that they are all somewhere else.

    Oh…. wait. Fox, then McCourt. Actually it makes perfect sense.

  10. Mark Timmons says:

    It’s as dangerous to think that a guy who had a good year will continue to have a good year as it is to think that a guy who had a bad year will continue to do so.

    Rick Ankiel is a bum, right? He’s had two bad years, and he only had one decent season, right. Well, he started as a hitter later in his career and the naysayers may be right… but you never know.

    Aubrey Huff was a bum for a couple of years before this year when he had a good season:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/huffau01.shtml

    Burrell, Uribe, Ross and others were key to the Giants success, so I think that to some degree you have to hope you can capture lightening in a bottle.

    For instance, the Dodgers pen was “lights out” in 2009, but was “lit up” in 2010. Odds are the pen will be fine in 2011 without adding anyone.

    “Past performance is no guarantee of future results.” Famed hockey player Wayne Gretzky summed up his secret to success when he said, “go where the puck will be, not where it is.” When analyzing a company or mutual fund, many investors would do well to heed the same advice. Instead, they suffer from what is known as “performance chasing”. As soon as they see a hot sector, they pull their money out of their other investments and pour it into the new object of their affection…. and end up with poor results. Picking players is a lot like that. Buy low!

  11. Badger says:

    Buy low?

    Good advice. I hope Jed is listening. But, how much lower can you go than the Ortiz’, Garrett Anderson, Belliard, Brian Giles, Josh Towers, mintcaveitch, Haeger, Justin Miller, Amezaga, Padilla, and the other 20 non-roster invitees that disappeared……. that’s going about as low as you can get, don’t you think?

    The key is to get our own young talent motivated again, and pick up the right pieces. I haven’t seen Jed do anything that is all that impressive. It is time for him to earn his money.

    Speaking of money…… anybody have divorce news? And little ray, still waiting to see that top 100 list with Robinson on it, and the info you have on the PTBNL from Colorado. If you see Big Ray, ask him. I also believe the Dodgers will be paying the quarter million dollar buyout on Dotel if that happens. Great deal wasn’t it? Another example of not all that impressive.

  12. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Rick Ankiel had one year (2008) that could even be remotely called good, and that occurred mostly in the first half of that year.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/ankieri01.shtml

    Aubrey Huff (whose stats you linked above) had a somewhat longer track record of success.

    Lightning in a bottle? Maybe a very small bottle.

    Yes, players follow good years with bad ones, and vice versa. And signing the right players definitely involves an element of luck (or lack thereof). And while past performance may not be a guarantee of future success, it’s usually the best indicator (but not guarantor) of success, at least in baseball.

    That said, I would have no problem with the Dodgers inviting Ankiel to spring training as a non-roster invitee. I’m sure they’re going to have plenty of those anyway (as does every team). But I certainly wouldn’t sign him with the idea that he’s going to start in our outfield. Besides, lightning isn’t likely to strike again. Even if it’s not exactly in the same place.

    Ankiel is a good defensive outfielder with a great arm, and he definitely has big time power when his bat connects with the ball. With that in mind, I have no problem with him competing with Gibbons and Podsednik as an extra outfielder that can also be a lefthanded bat off the bench.

  13. Michael says:

    Would love Davey to join the staff but that might be too many wolves at the door [Wallach and Lopes] to give Donnie a warm fuzzy

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