This 2011 version of the Dodgers may be hard to figure out, but I saw a bunch of happy excited young ballplayers last night when Tony Gwynn, Jr. drove in the winning run. In a season where victories have been few and sometimes,
far-between, the Dodgers got another command performance from their Ace, and Tony Gwynn, Jr. made a case for seeing more playing time.
The Dodgers have one big problem and that is Frank McCourt – you will be hard-pressed to find a Dodger fan who wants him around. You will be equally hard-pressed to find an owner or someone in the Commissioner’s office who also wants him around. He’s not as hated as Hitler, but he’s a close second. That isn’t the Dodgers only problem. They are paying off about $20 million in bad contracts to guys who can no longer play and they have made some bad signings which (to date) have not worked out, namely Lilly, Guerrier, Uribe, Garland and others.
Ned signed Jason Schmidt with knowledge of his shoulder injury and then tried (to no avail) to be reimbursed from the insurer. Bill Shaikin of the LA Times wrote:
It is believed the Schmidt physical included an MRI examination that confirmed the rotator cuff injury.
If an MRI “confirmed” that, wouldn’t it be prudent to do further tests? Again, I will say that Ned signed Schmidt without a physical – and I mean a complete physical. It’s just like with Juan Uribe – he’s was just so excited to take a player away from his former employer that he didn’t do his due diligence. Those are but two of many “fire-able offenses.”
But, the Dodger’s problem runs deeper than that. I believe it started with Joe Torre – Frank wanted to instill the Yankee Way in place of the Dodger Way. I like Don Mattingly – I really do! But he’s not a Dodger. We need someone who bleeds Dodger Blue as Manager and as General Manager and as Owners. Davey Lopes bleeds Blue. So does Logan White. Could Mike Scioscia be available next season? Steve Garvey and Orel Hershiser bleed Dodger Blue.
This organization needs a clean sweep. If you aren’t a Dodger, you can’t stay. Logan White has earned the right to be a Dodger. Davey Lopes has the pedigree. I wonder how well this team would be playing if Kirk Gibson were the manager?
To say that the Dodgers have problems at the top is an understatement, but it flows down through the front office and coaching staff. If/when there is a new owner, let’s hope that owner recognizes the importance of using Dodger Blue Bloods to return this organization to glory.
Frank McCourt accomplished some very good things in his tenure as owner (especially early on), but now the greed and decadent lifestyle of the McCourt family far outweighs the good. Now Frank is threatening to keep the stadium if the Dodgers are taken away. How that will end, nobody knows, but Bud allowed Frank to separate the business entities, again proving that Bud isn’t all that. I hope this doesn’t take years, but as Badger says “cockroaches don’t die easily.”
- Even through the bad times, I was a big supporter of Chad Billingsley, but I am slowly concluding that we might have seen the best of Chad. If I were GM of the Dodgers, right about the next time Bills had a good outing, I would make him available for trade. He would bring a lot (I think) and I am just not so sure about his future with the Dodgers as a starter. Maybe this is a”knee-jerk” reaction on my, but I am really beginning to wonder about his makeup.
- James Loney – can the Dodgers afford a singles hitter at 1B? I think not.
- Is there a market for Ted Lilly, Juan Uribe, Rafael Furcal or Matt Guerrier? I think there is… at least shortly. Let’s play the Kids – including T-Rob in LF and Sands at 1B.
- Nate Eovaldi, Allen Webster and Chris Withrow are all showing progress. The same can’t be said for Ethan Martin, who has been somewhat successful in relief lately, but I believe he has a major league bat and can play a position where the Dodgers are deficient (3B). The opposite can also apply about Pedro Baez. It’s time to “pull a Kenley Jansen” on him.