I live by that creed, and it could apply to these Dodgers….
But that is very unlikely!
This team is rapidly reaching a tipping point of no return. The naysayers had it right!
The popular view is to blame Frank, and he does have to shoulder a share of the blame, but I still place a bigger share of the blame on Ned.
Ned signed Rafael Furcal, Casey Blake, Marcus Thames, Jay Gibbons, Hiroki Kuroda, Jon Garland, Tony Gwynn, Ted Lilly, Aaron Miles, Juan Castro, Rod Barajas, Dionaro Navarro, Juan Uribe and Jamey Carroll. Jamey Carroll is a gem, but between the rest of the other players, none are difference makers. Between those players and Jon Broxton (who isn’t worthy of $7 mil) Ned pays out $63 million this year. Add in the $15 mil deferred to Manny, JP and AJ and the Dodgers have $78 million of their $120 million payroll tied up in a bunch of journeyman or aging stars.
I mean, who saw Raffy getting hurt when Ned signed him? EVERYONE! That’s who!
Do you think the 2011 Dodgers would be any worse with Jamey Carroll at SS and Russell Martin at C? By the way, Martin could have been had for less than the Dodgers pay Broxton. To be fair, I supported letting an injured Martin walk, but baseball insiders should have had better information than me.
Miles, Castro, Gwynn, Uribe, Barajas, Navarro and company really offer the Dodgers nothing. I like Barajas as a backup, but AJ Ellis was there. Ned has made some horrible decisions, not the least of which was the appointment of Stan Conte as trainer. He’s a nice guy, but all the injuries tell me that the training staff is suspect. What culpability do they have in this injury debacle?
Here’s the skinny: If Frank somehow stays as owner (and it’s looking bleaker by the minute) , then Ned has to go. If the Dodgers get new ownership, then Ned has to go. The common denominator is NED HAS TO GO!
Who thinks the Dodgers would be much worse off with this lineup (and about $70 million to spend on two or three good players – imagine who the Dodgers could get for $70 mil):
- Carroll SS
- Martin C
- Ethier RF
- Kemp CF
- Loney 1B
- Sands LF
- Mitchell 3B
- DeJesus 2B
That’s not a great lineup, but the key is the $70 million that could have been added to that roster. You could add 3 superstars and a few role-players.
$70 million! Of the players Ned is paying that money, which ones do you really want?
By the way, last night’s game was almost as fun as watching paint dry!