Why promoting from within the Dodgers organization is the answer.
And why Free Agency is not.
On the current 25 Man Roster, 44% of the players are from within the Dodger organization. I define that as being drafted in the First Year Player Draft or they were signed internationally and go through our farm system. I define a Dodger as someone who has gone through the Dodger organization from single A through the Majors. For an example, Hanley Ramirez was a Marlin traded to the Dodgers. He plays for the Dodgers but he isn’t a Dodger. Clayton Kershaw drafted by the Dodgers went through the organization and learned how to be a Dodger. A more recent example of a “Dodger” is Luis Cruz. Works hard, plays hard that’s Luis Cruz and that’s what a “Dodger” is.
Free Agency and why we should avoid big spending.
Los Angeles Yankees. That’s what I see out of management at this moment. I see us going after Josh Hamilton, Zack Greinke, and god knows whom else. Sounds good right? Stud outfielder, Cy Young wining Ace and investing well over 50 million dollars a year for two players. I would much rather have management spend a quarter of that money on the Flying Hawaiian and arbitration eligible players and invest the rest on scouting. Scouting is the key and the Dodgers have not had the money to invest while McCourt’s were in office. We need more potential in the farm system. You cannot get there by spending on free agents. Signing free agents is taking away draft picks. It is taking away money that should be spent scouting and signing these young players (Clayton Kershaw) to extensions. 44% of our roster are Dodgers (it should be closer to 60%, yeah I’m talking to you Uribe, Kennedy, Rivera.) and 64% of the Tamp Bay Rays roster are from the Rays farm system. People might say that “oh this guy wants to use to the Rays formula to win.” No, that formula is the Dodger way. The 80’s and 90’s Rookie of the Year Award’s were dominated by the Dodgers (Eric Karros, Mike Piazza, Raul Mondesi, Hideo Nomo, Todd Hollandsworth, and Fernando Valenzuela.) They found that sort of talent through scouting and teaching the Dodger way. We need quality young players to fill in when we need it and not lose any production just like the Rays have done this year. The Rays have a culture inside their clubhouse and that’s what the Dodgers organization needs.
Remember Dodgertown? Yeah I do – I went there the final year they had Spring Training. It was an atmosphere, it was a life style, and it was a way of playing baseball. I feel we have lost some of the Dodgers core values due to the McCourts and it is up to new management to set the tone and lay out these core values. Mike Scioscia has instilled what he learned from the Dodgers into his organization and the team has had a winning attitude ever since. We need more Dodgers and less of prima donnas and head cases. Kemp is a Dodger he went all out last year and almost won the MVP. Clayton is a Dodger he went all out and won the Cy Young. Luis Cruz is a Dodger and he is going all out and making management question if we need Dee Gordon. We need hungry players and that’s what Dodger players are. The Dodger way is “work hard, play hard, win.”
We spend too much time now, waiting for the next all star to hit free agency or looking outside the organization to find talent when most of the time its in our own backyard. Grienke and Hamilton are not the answer because Hamilton will be out half the year and Grienke has proven he cannot pitch in big markets. Production can be affordable and obtained within our own organization. Clayton Kershaw replaced Derek Lowe, Kenley Jansen replaced Broxton, Luis Cruz replaced Uribe/Gordon, Dee Gordon replaced Furcal, Rubby De La Rosa replaced Lance Cormier and the list goes on and on. That’s what we need more of and the Dodgers can have that type of success through scouting.
The Dodgers have to start somewhere and now is the time. Resign Shane to give you outfield depth untill Joc Pederson or Puig is ready. We have enough young arms in the Minors and enough quality pitchers in the Majors to not have to worry about pitching at the moment. The only concern is first base. The Dodgers are going to non-tender Loney and look elsewhere. I agree for the short term but, the long term answer is Cory Seager
Scout, draft, and sign.
A-Gon a possibility? Too much farm to give up for a James Poney who hits 15 home runs.
Tolleson will be the eighth inning guy by the end of the year.
Matt you’re better than what you are showing. Quit filming TV documentaries and commercials and spend more time watching game film.
Nedsucks signing off