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The Faces of the Dodgers: Matt the Knife and Clayton the Ace

In a season that has underwhelmed us all, we are seeing two very special superstars develop for the Los Angeles Dodgers, namely Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp.  If you name the TOP 10 players in all of baseball, Kemp and Kershaw have to be in that discussion. If they are not TOP 10, they are very close.  Kemp may be the best player in the NL and Kershaw is certainly up there with the best of the pitchers.

Tony Jackson of ESPN/LosAngeles said this:

I’ve been resisting the urge to do this for a few weeks now, maybe even all season. But it became clear Wednesday, during the late innings of a game that was so riveting it almost made you forget you were watching a first-place team trying to return to the World Series against a last-place team just trying to get through what is left of a dreary season.

Clayton Kershaw may now be counted — strike that, must now be counted — as one of the best starting pitchers in the majors.

He can hang with Roy Halladay, with Cliff Lee, with CC Sabathia, with Josh Beckett, with Jered Weaver. And yes, he can hang with Tim Lincecum, the San Francisco Giants’ two-time defending Cy Young Award winner, whom he beat for the second time this season, 1-0 before a sellout crowd of 42,487 at AT&T Park.

...If Kershaw keeps pitching like this, keeps building on his 11-4 record and 2.72 ERA, he also could become an easy pick for the National League Cy Young Award.

As bad as the season has been, we can see that this team has some building blocks for the future.  The Dodgers should be sellers and can trade everyone on the team, except for Kershaw, Kemp, Jansen, Billingsley, De La Rosa, Guerra and a cadre of minor leaguers named Eovaldi, Webster, Gordon, Sands.  This team can be rebuilt quickly.  Ned just needs to pull the trigger… like now.   Hopefully, Ned won’t be doing the re-building.  The man I want to do it is Logan White – he’ll give the kids a chance while adding some key Free Agents.

Other Dodger News:

  • I think it’s likely that the Bankruptcy Judge will force McCourt to take the MLB financing, but it’s not a win or a loss for either side.  Actually, it’s probably more of a win for McCourt because he saves money.  The next thing on the agenda is whether the court will try and allow McCourt to auction the TV deal for the Dodgers.  If he does, this thing could drag on forever… and a day!
  • All-Star Russ Martin is hitting .217 as a Yankee.  If he were in LA, that would translate to .188!
  • Carlos Santana .225
  • James McDonald has a 4.14 ERA – that’s not too bad.
  • Is Andre Ethier gone yet?


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18 Responses to “The Faces of the Dodgers: Matt the Knife and Clayton the Ace”

  1. Badger says:

    I hope Matt can finish as he started. He is in a mini-slump right now, going 7 for his last 38. Kershaw is a stud.

    If this thing drags on forever and a day, how many of these players are just going to leave? It’s time to re-stock the farm, but McCourt won’t do it. It’s an admission, and he admits nothing.

    All Star Russ Martin is very well liked in New York and is no doubt glad he escaped this freakin’ mess. McDonald is doing well and is evidence of Jed’s inability to pull the right strings. Everybody with their head on straight would rescind the Blake/Santana trade.
    And, do you want to compare Santana’s stats to Barajas’ stats? I just did. It ain’t pretty.

    Not a lot of talk about Beltran going to the gints lately. If they got him, they could walk to the play-offs. Even though the gints system isn’t “Organization of the Year” they do have enough there to land him.

    With Drew going down, the Dbacks will need a SS. Should the Dodgers help them out?

  2. Mark_Timmons says:

    Give them Raffy if they want to cough up a TOP 10 prospect.

  3. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Every player, fringe and superstar alike goes into slumps on occasion. In Kemp’s case, it appears to me that he’s lost some of his discipline, and is again starting to fish too often for low and away breaking balls. That loss of discipline, I am certain, is due to his perception (very largely true) that if he doesn’t drive in the runs nobody behind him will. Sooner or later (hopefully sooner) he will realize that he has to regain his discipline, and not worry about what other people do around him. If pitchers don’t give him anything to hit, then he just has to take the walk, and hope that his teammates behind him do their jobs.

    As long as its not Gordon, I’m all for helping out the D-Backs. They had interest in Jamie Carroll before he signed with the Dodgers, and perhaps they might believe that Furcal would return to life in the midst of a pennant race. And actually, Furcal has looked a little better the last couple of days. Maybe his timing is beginning to return.

    I have no problem with Logan White replacing Ned. But White, or any Dodgers GM is not going to be signing free agents unless there’s someone around to sign the check. And that we know, will require a new owner with deep pockets.

    Russell Martin, McDonald and Santana. Time we just forgot about them and moved on. You can only beat a dead horse so many times.

    And I’m all for the Gints giving away prospects to get Beltran. After this year, Beltran will be gone from the Giants, and so will their prospects.

  4. Badger says:

    I think you are spot on about Kemp Brooklyn. He is “the guy” in this lineup. You know it, I know it, he knows it, and the league knows it. Any pitch to him that is over the plate is a mistake.

    We might have to pick up some of Raffy’s contract in order to get a good prospect back. Every team in the league knows our situation. The Dodgers are not a team that can bargain from a position of strength. Carroll might be more do-able.

    Having said all that, I just have a gut feeling that the Dodgers won’t do anything of note. I hope I am wrong about that.

  5. Roger Dodger says:

    Anyone know what the dollars and cents difference is between a house of, say, 18,000 fans for a game and a total sellout for a game –

    ticket sales, parking, food, drinks, stuff from the team store, etc. I bet it is a lot per game.

    Just say one person has a $40 ticket, eats and drinks $35 worth, parking at $10, spends $50 in the store — program $10 — that is $145. So in a family, move that down to $80 each. Then, an extra 32,000 in the stands at even $80 per person — 2 1/2 million more dollars per game.

    Gee, if McCourt would have signed a real left fielder, a real catcher, another infielder, and a really better pitcher — even an extra $1.5 million per game would be an additional — you got it.

    He must be crying when he looks at the, go through the gate attendance now. And what it could have been.

    And if we had a real left field, catcher, and infielder, plus key pitcher — Kemp and Ethier would have much pressure off of them — like when Manny was here.

  6. Roger Dodger says:

    The reason I mentioned the above is this –

    I just finished reading the new best seller, “The Greater Journey” by David McCullough. It is #3 on the NYT non-fiction best seller list. Anyway . . .

    He talks about the making of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Folks thought he was crazy to make it; it was for the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris. The cost to build it was $1 million.

    From May to November 1889 some 32 million came to the Exposition. Some 150,000 American came over for it. Thomas Edison had 493 of his inventions on display, Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley were there . . .

    But for the Eiffel Tower, people stood for hours in long lines waiting their turns to go up. They sold 1,968,287 tickets at 40 cents to go to the first platform and 60 cents to the second. That brought in more than $1 million dollars, more than enough to pay for the entire construction. And that did not include the profits from the restaurants on the first platform.

    So you fill a baseball park, have good food, nice gift shop, and marketing — that can make a big difference. But the people (fans) needs to be happy, feel good about the team, and they will show it.

    Get that Frankie boy !!!!!

  7. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Roger, what you’re saying just makes good business sense. That is, for an owner with a long term horizon. Frank was and is interested in just one thing, which is, how much cash he can remove from the Dodgers coffers to fund himself.

    Not only would investment in top tier players bring in the fans by the boatload, but it would extend the Dodgers into the postseason, where all the prices are significantly higher. And a winning team provides greater opportunity for a higher level of sponsorship revenue.

    Right now I could care less if Frankie gets it or not. I just want him outta here.

  8. Badger says:

    I’m with Brooklyn. Get lost Frankie.

    But let’s just say for argument’s sake, McCourt does keep the Dodgers. He gets more money, from more loans mind you – then what? We need too much to make any kind of move this year and Frank has to pay the bills. People aren’t going to show up this year. 30,000 people a night not showing up (season ticket holders already got snookered for the tickets) paying $15 for parking and maybe $20 for goodies is still a lot of money. Frankie has to be getting tight. Whatever loan he gets goes right out the door – how are the Dodgers going to get what they need to get into the play-offs?

    It’s just not gonna happen.


  9. Mark_Timmons says:

    Where I have always disagreed is that Frank knows he has to have a good product on the field. He spent on the infrastructure, but the divorce and decadant lifestyle ran him out of money. If Frank had the money, there is no doubt he would put a good product on the field. He just doesn’t have much money, but that could change if he gets a TV deal…

  10. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Decadence doesn’t suddenly reform itself. To this day McCourt is continuing to fund himself out of the many entities that he uses to drain the Dodgers of cash. And he continues to shamelessly tell us that he’s not taking a salary from the Dodgers. Call it salary, call it rent, call it anything you like, it’s Dodgers money that could otherwise be used to improve the team and the organization.

    And does anyone believe that he’s learned any lessons? If Frank McCourt comes out of this still owning the Dodgers, the only lesson he will have learned is that he can get away with murder if he works at it. More than likely he would continue the same decadent behavior because that’s what he’s all about, and has always been about. Like any obsessive compulsive personality he would need to hit rock bottom to learn any lessons, if he was to learn anything at all. And if he keeps the Dodgers, he certainly will have not hit rock bottom, and will certainly find justification for a lifetime of habitually cynical behavior. Frank McCourt cares about one thing, and one thing only. FRANK MCCOURT. Everything else is secondary.

    Finally, he simply can’t be trusted long term to do what’s in the best interests of the Dodgers.

    • Mark_Timmons says:

      I think that Dodger fans need to be prepared for that possibility. It might not be pretty, but it might be possible.

    • Dodger66 says:

      I’m with you brooklyn dodger. I think if Frank survives, and gets his t.v. contract help us fans. I think in the short term while he is flush with cash there might be some short term gains. Eventually he will be right back where he is now, and we the Dodger fans will be just as disgusted.

  11. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I’m sure it’s possible. And if that time comes I’m going to have to decide whether or not to follow this team anymore. Right now, I can’t see how I could follow them and live with my conscience at the same time. But that’s me. What I ultimately decide (and I hope it never comes to that) will be both emotional and intellectual. Not sure which part will have the greatest weight. Again, I hope that’s a bridge I never have to cross.

  12. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Looks like there won’t be a ruling from judge Gross tonight.

  13. Roger Dodger says:

    Today, I noticed Justin Ruggiano playing for the Rays in the outfield. I remembered he was first signed by the Dodgers. Checking on him was interesting . . .

    June 7, 2004: Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 25th round of the 2004 amateur draft. Player signed June 21, 2004.

    June 27, 2006: The Los Angeles Dodgers sent a player to be named later, Dioner Navarro and Jae Weong Seo to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for Toby Hall, Mark Hendrickson and cash.

    July 19, 2006: the Los Angeles Dodgers sent Justin Ruggiano to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to complete an earlier deal made on June 27, 2006.

  14. jerry says:

    have you ever notice that when a player leave the dodger.he become a good play…that said is the coaches who are not very good.. different coaches could make a diffence..just a train of thought.


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