Special Trade Deadline Edition
Ned has already made a deadline deal (Hanley Ramirez) and he did it on the quick. Quick Ned, make another or the Dodgers might be dead!
It’s just my opinion, but I think the Dodgers will get Ryan Dempster AND Alfonzo Soriano. Look, it’s no secret that Ryan Dempster wants to be a Dodger, but it’s also no secret that the Dodgers aren’t going to give up the farm for a rent-a-player, and even if Dempster wants to re-sign with the Dodgers (which, considering his age, is not a good deal in my mind). The Cubs GM has held out for Zach Lee or Allen Webster, so in order to save face, the only way he can accept less than that is for the Dodgers to take on some of Soriano’s salary. How much remains to be seen, but I predict that by the trade deadline, Ryan Dempster and Alfonzo Soriano will be Dodgers.
Just say NO to Shane Victorino – I think he is on the downhill slide. I like what he used to be, but I think he’s Aaron Rowand all over again. Hunter Pence would be nice, but he’s too costly. The Dodgers should be able to get Soriano and Dempster for Gould and Miller or Reed, if the Dodgers take on at least half of his salary. It’s worth the risk, even if they have to cut him in 2014.
Let Soriano hit 6th, remembering what Don Mattingley said yesterday. Dylan Hernandez of The LA Times wrote about the impact Ramirez has made on the Dodgers’ lineup:
Ramirez has altered the Dodgers’ previously non-threatening offense, providing it with a third dangerous bat in the middle of the order to complement Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.
The 3-4-5 spots in the lineup — or 2-3-4, depending on how Manager Don Mattingly decides to align his three All-Star-caliber hitters — has become an understandable source of concern for opposing pitchers. Mattingly believes the stress of facing Kemp, Ethier and Ramirez in succession results in a wavering of concentration when pitching to the players behind them.
“When you have to really, really work to get through those guys, you have to concentrate more,” Mattingly said. “It’s just natural you let down a little bit. You can only make so many good pitches. So the guys that are down benefit.”
Players such as Luis Cruz and James Loney.
Players like Alfonzo Soriano. Never underestimate the value of another big bat.
Dempster AND Soriano. That’s my final answer. Justin Morneau is an outside shot!
History in the Making
The Los Angeles Dodgers shut out the San Francisco Giants in back-to-back games for the first time EVER.
No, it wasn’t Koufax and Drysdale – It was Billingsley and Kershaw.
That’s what I’m talking about!
Clayton summed it up best:
“We understand this is our year!”
What follows is complements of Dodger Fan, Bob Jackson (“Bobby”). Thanks Bob!
It didn’t matter to me that the Dodgers would finish 8th in 1958. I was busy playing in a citywide grade school summer softball league. Our team at Buchanan Elementary did well enough to qualify for the post season tournament but were eliminated by a talented team from the inner city. I had completed the 6th grade that spring and had learned during a lunch period that the Dodgers were coming to Los Angeles. I had started collecting Baseball cards by that time and I fancied myself a Yankee fan based on Mickey Mantle’s 1958 Topps allstar card. My major life change came when the school district took all the teams to a Dodger game at the Coliseum against the Cubs that August. I will never forget walking out of the tunnel and seeing the vast expanse of green grass and the Dodger players in their home whites and Royal Blue trim. That day Don Drysdale beat the Cubs 8 to 3 and Duke Snider hit a 415 foot home run to right field and became my childhood hero. I have been a lifelong Dodger fan ever since.
There have been many amazing memories since that time and this weekends sweep of the Giants reminded me of one of my favorites. In September of 1959 the Dodgers were in a heated pennant race with the Giants and Braves. If memory serves and like Brooklyn I must admit that without looking it up, I am not positive, but I seem to recall that the Giants had a slight lead and the Dodgers were going into Seal Stadium for a 3 game series. I know that Roger Craig was one of the starters who shut the Giants down to sweep the series. As far as the Giants go the Dodgers never looked back. But when the end of the season came they were tied with the Braves and had to go though a 3 game playoff to see who would play the Chicago White Sox in the World Series.
The 1959 Braves were a powerhouse. Their lineup included Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Joe Adcock and Wes Covington. Their pitching staff had Warren Spahn, Lou Burdett (who had beaten the Yankees in the previous series) and Bob Buhl a consistent Dodger killer. The first two games were played in L. A. and the Dodgers won the first game. I was in the 7th grade and my first year in junior high school. When the school day was over I found that the Dodgers and Braves were looked in an extra inning battle. I got home as soon as I could and the game was still on. Burned in my memory is Vin Scully’s voice calling the play. “It’s a high bouncer over the mound, past second base, Mantia has it, throws low and wild, Hodges scores, we go to Chicago!
There have been many great Dodger moments over the years including Kirk Gibson’s game winner. I would like to know what your best Dodger memories are?
The Dodgers traded Josh Lindblom, Ethan Martin and a PTBNL or cash to the Phillies for Shane Victorino, which makes me believe the Dempster deal is dead, since the Cubs were insisting on the Dodgers taking Soriano be included. I am not crazy about including Ethan Martin in the deal, but time will tell. I was not crazy about Victorino, because his stats indicate a decline in his skills, but you never know what a new start will bring. He could absolutely light it up as a leadoff hitter … or not! Again, time will tell, but it would not surprise me if he is a rent-a-player and signs somewhere else next year. Ethan Martin was a large price to pay!