Lest you forget, Mickey Hatcher was Kirk Gibson’s replacement for the 1988 Dodgers in the World Series. He hit a home run in the first game of the 988 World Series and proceeded to sprint full-speed around the bases. He has been the hitting coach for the Angels under his (former) buddy, Mike Scioscia for a long, long time. It’s time to bring Mickey home and back to the blue. We need one of the original “Stuntmen” back. That’s all I have to say about it.
Chad Billingsley is maddening to me. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and thinking you will get different results. I think it is time to quit thinking the Dodgers are going to get different results from him and turn the page on Chad Billingsley. The Dodgers need a third baseman or first baseman with power – I would prefer to keep Loney at 1B for his defense, and get a bat for third base. Who is available?
- David Wright – While not a huge power bat, he would be my choice, but he would cost several top prospects, including Zach Lee. Additionally, he probably isn’t available and it looks like the Mets will sign him long-term.
- Hanley Ramirez – This guy is probably available and has huge potential, but again, would giving up Lee and others be worth it?
- Kevin Youkilis – He’s not a great third baseman and has declined the last couple of years, but he is available and he wouldn’t require giving up top prospects. Like Billingsley, he might just need a change of scenery. Straight up: Billingsley for Youkilis. Boston needs pitching. The Dodgers need hitting. It’s worth the risk. Someone mentioned Roy Oswalt. He could be an option to take Billingsley’s place or call up Eovaldi. Youk has warts, but he’s worth the gamble because the Dodgers don’t have to sell the farm.
Dodger News & Notes:
- The Dodger ownership need to figure out how to do some damage control. Steve Dilbeck of The LA Times has a pretty coherent argument. Memo to Management: Answer the questions and move on. It’s time to put this to rest.
- I don’t know about you, but I frequently see some bloggers analyze certain aspects of the game or a player ad nauseum, and wonder “do you have a life?” Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes I think they believe the more words they write, the better their argument is, and I am not talking about Jon Weisman – I read every word he writes!
- Jared Massey’s Minor League Report -5/15/12