Before we get to the interview, let me bring up a few things that are on my mind.
- The PCL Factor: Travyon Robinson hit 32 HR in about 1,100 AB’s at Inland Empire which is known as a “hitter’s league.” Then, last season he hit 9 HR at Chattanooga (523 AB’s) which is a “pitcher’s league.” This season at Albuquerque, he hit 26 HR in a little over 400 at bats. The PCL is certainly a hitters’ league with routine flyballs becoming homeruns. In 2,791 minor league AB’s T-Rob hit 64 homeruns (one every 44 AB’s). In 2011, in the thin air of the PCL he hit a HR every 16 AB’s. Of course, Dodger fans were all “gushy” about that and labeled him a TOP PROSPECT when in reality, it was the PCL FACTOR! Look what is happening to Tim Federowicz, who has averaged a HR every 50 AB’s in his minor league career – he is averaging a HR every 7 AB’s in his brief stint in the PCL, where routine pop flies are Grand Slams! Pay no attention to what Tim Federowicz is doing at AAA and put no stock in what T-Rob did there. Robinson may or may not become a major league player, but his 5 K’s in his first 12 AB’s are pretty much what I expected. Seattle is a horrible place for him to play. His HR’s in AAA will merely popups in Seattle. Now, I am not saying this was a good deal. Ned has been swindled many times and why should this be any different? I’m just saying that 26 HR in 413 AB’s at AAA is not a barometer of major league aptitude!
- The Dodger Bankruptcy: Frank McCourt’s loan agreement with MLB and their agreement not to take over the Dodgers under certain circumstances paves the way for the bankruptcy court to allow Frank to seek a new TV deal. I know everyone is ready for him to be gone, wants him gone, wishes he were gone, yada, yada, yada! I’m with you there – I just think it’s not likely to happen now. I think that Frank will put together a plan with the Bankruptcy Court to get a lucrative TV agreement, agree with Jamie on a buyout, get a big upfront payment to do it and still have enough left over to have a $140 million payroll next year (yes, you call me delusional, but it may be you who is really out of touch). I can tell you this: Frank knows that he has to spend big to get the fans to return… and return they will! The Dodgers as an organization are still running very well. You can say all you want that free agents don’t want to come to LA because of McCourt and you would be dead-wrong! If you believe what most bloggers and journalists write about this, you might be in for a shock. That said, I just wish this would go away. LIKE NOW!
- Hiroki Kuroda: Pitchers like Doc Halliday always pitch well enough to win. Pitchers like Hiroiki Kuroda just pitch bad enough to lose.
- Dave Hansen: Too bad the Dodgers didn’t pull the trigger on Jeff Pentland long ago. Hansen seems to be making a difference! He might be a keeper.
- Garrett Gould: In case you missed it, here’s Garrett’s interview: GARRETT GOULD INTERVIEW
- Zach Lee: You can’t help but notice that the other Loons players know that Zach Lee is different. It’s that walk – the confidence – he moves like a gifted athelete (I guess that’s because he is). The other players revere him, speak glowingly of him and like me, know they are in the presence of greatness. Zach Lee is different. He has greatness written all over him. He is remarkably down-to-earth and level-headed and seems destined for the top of the Dodger Rotation in a year or two. Time will tell, but he’s a wonderful kid! Now, without further ado, here’s the Zach Lee interview: