Posted on 25 July 2011.
First of all, there is a lot I don’t know. Here’s a short list (there are others, including what the weather will be and where the Stock Market will close)
- I don’t know if Frank McCourt will prevail and own the Dodgers next season.
- I don’t know who the manager of the Dodgers will be next year.
- I don’t know who will be traded at the deadline.
- I don’t know who the Dodgers will get if they trade for prospects.
- I don’t know if the Dodgers will sign any Free Agents over the winter.
- I don’t know if Matt Kemp can make his 40/40 prediction.
- I don’t know if Clayton Kershaw will win 2o games.
- I don’t know how good Jerry Sands will be.
- I don’t know if Chad Billingsley will reach his potential greatness.
- I don’t know if the Dodgers will finish last in the West.
However, I do know a few things. The list is shorter:
- Casey Blake, Juan Uribe, Juan Rivera and Rafael Furcal should not play an inning after August 1st,
- James Loney and Jon Broxton will be Non-Tendered over the winter.
- Dee Gordon is going to be a star and should be playing NOW!
- The Dodgers farm system is “Loaded” with arms.
- Trayvon Robinson needs a chance.
- Ned Colletti will not be the GM next year.
I think the only explanation needed is on #6:
If Frank McCourt somehow retains control of the Dodgers next season (which would probably mean he has TV deal), he has to rehabilitate his image and blame the Dodgers lack of success on someone – that would be Ned Colletti. Diserved or undeserved (it’s deserved), he’s the scapegoat. Frank has to fire Ned and get a new GM. Logan White would be the obvious choice, but there are others. If Bud wins and the Dodgers have a new owner, then Ned will also be gone, as the new owners will want their own “peeps” in the front office. Either way, Ned is gone, which begs the question: Why not do it now and let someone who has no self interest in “covering their behind” oversee the re-building process? The only reason NOT to do it now is that Frank McCourt is too absorbed in the ”off-the-field” litigation, that the baseball side of the team is forgotten.
On a personal note:
The fact that I haven’t posted much doesn’t mean that I have bailed because the Dodgers are bad. I watch most of their games and still keep up on everything. I am just very busy with our business, which doubled last year and is in the process of tripling this year. Such unprecedented growth has required that I come early and stay late as we train new managers to take the buisness to the next level. By winter, I should be able to go back to 10 hour days. The family is good. My oldest daughter (30) and her family live in Northern Indiana about 3 hours away and I don’t get to see them as much as I would like. My middle son (25) is working in New York City on Men In Black III, and my youngest (12) is getting ready to start football practice at Cardinal Ritter Middle School tomorrow. Additionally, my step-daughter (27) and her husband moved back to Indy from Dallas and we started a Video Production Company (they were doing Toys R Us and Target Commercials there) to do videos for our websites, like here (the little girl in the video is my granddaughter: