You can do nothing… and maybe that’s the right thing to do.
Or, you can do something… and maybe that’s the right thing to do.
Sure, you can say it’s not the hitting coaches fault, because the players have to actually hit the ball. The coach can’t hit it for them. You can say that it won’t help to fire the hitting coach. You can say that the fault lies with the players. You can say that it’s too late. You can say all of that…. and more. You can say it’s not the managers fault. They players play, he doesn’t. You can say it ovber and over if you like.
It doesn’t mean you are right. It may mean that you just don’t have experience in managing people or organizations. I can tell you this – When the superintendent of schools is fired and a new one comes in, all the teachers and principals step-up their games, When the Army Captain is replaced, the troops and other officers step-up their games. When your boss is fired and a new one takes his place, you bring your A-Game to work.
It may not mean that whatever problems the team/organization was having are his, but it is just human nature that when a change is made at the top, the troops step-up if nothing more than to cover their a$$. If you don’t think a change of hitting coach will make a difference, you have never had experience in running an organization or team. Now, I did not say, that the change would be good. It might not be. The team or organization could do worse. The things is: I’M NOT AFRAID OF WORSE IN THIS CASE because the Dodger hitters can’t do any worse.
While I am at it, I am going to point out that what has happened recently to the Dodger hitters has been something that has plagued the team during the Torre – Mattingly era. Maybe it’s time for some home cooking. I like Don Mattingly, but he’s no more a Dodger than Joe Torre was. He’s a mercenary! I like the way he stands up for his players. He’s from Indiana – I like that! But, this team has had some real strange hitting problems since he was hitting coach and now the Manager.
This is a low blow – But He Couldn’t Even Teach his Some to Hit! The Yankees never won a World Series with his as hitting coach or bench coach and of course, the Dodgers haven’t either. I don’t like throwing him under the bus, but the pattern is troubling.
Matt Kemp, AJ Ellis and Luis Cruz were the only players thriving under Mattingly/Hansen and now Kemp isn’t. Ramirez is driving in runs and hitting some home runs, but his average is still low. Look at this:
- Ethier – Trending Down
- Gonzalez – Trending Down
- Uribe – Trending Down
- Loney – Trending Down
- Gordon – Trending Down
- Gwynn – Trending Down
- Ellis – Trending Down
- Victorino – Trending Down
- Rivera – Trending Down
Nearly every hitter is well below their seasonal averages. Not Hansen’s or Mattingly’s fault? Maybe! But a change couldn’t hurt. Yeah, the Dodgers won last night, but they still can’t hit. The ship is sinking. Maybe the right move is to do nothing. Maybe a move needs to be made to just shake things up. Just my opinion…
I noticed Mickey Hatcher in the Dugout during the game. He’s not listed as a coach. What’s with that? He was bringing some energy – I’ll say that. How long has he been in the Dodger Dugout?
The Shane Victorino/Yasiel Puig Problem
Of course, there’s a problem. Shane Victorino always wanted to play in LA, which may be part of the reason he was so antagonistic when he played the Dodgers as a Phillie. He lives in Las Vegas and so it was a dream come true when he was traded to LA and he was looking for a deal that would keep him as a Dodger for several years. Now that Carl Crawford is in the equation, everything has changed and Victorino, while a professional, has to be hurt and that can (and probably is) affecting his play.
There’s a good article in THE LA TIMES by Bill Shaikin about Yasiel Puig and Logan White’s decision to sign him. There’s no room for him either, even if he is a year away. Maybe he’s going to learn 3B. He has the arm and certainly the speed. I have no clue if his glove plays there or not but that would appear to be a possible place for him to play. He’s not going to 1B.
I believe that Shane Victorino is a leader and the team senses his disappointment. “If it happens to him, it can happen to me” some might think.” At any rate, it is messing with their heads. They just need to know that we are here, right now and we have a chance to win it all. Forget the future – let’s win now! Easy for me to say. Hard for them to do. You say “but they are professionals.” I say “but they are humans.”
OK, I’ll cut to the chase. I had suggested that Andre Ethier might be traded to Boston and be united with his best friend, Dustin Pedroia. Why not go the other way since Guggs and Company has shown they are not afraid to spend whatever it takes, and bring the Southern Cal boy home?
Let me set this up: Don Mattingly has already said that he’s not going to put Dee Gordon back into the starting lineup when he comes back. I’ll go a step farther: Don knows that Hanley has to play SS, if he is to be the “Good Hanley” and not sulk. If he moves him to 3B, it gets in his head. Hanley needs to stay at SS for the foreseeable future, which means that Dee Gordon has no future in LA.
Tom “Flash” Gordon (Dee’s Father) was a relief pitcher in Boston for four years and maybe his son would put some butts in seats. Boston would need a 2B if Pedroia was traded so a one-year rental (Mark Ellis) would go to Boston. The trade would then be Dustin Pedroia to Los Angeles for Dee Gordon, Mark Ellis, Chris Reed and Shawn Tolleson.
The Dodgers have already given away half the farm. They might as well give the rest of it away.
How would you like this lineup next year:
- Crawford LF (I think he will have a monster year – players whisper that he wasn’t happy Boston)
- Pedroia 2B
- Kemp CF
- Gonzalez 1B
- Ramirez SS
- Ethier RF
- Cruz/Punto 3B
- Ellis C
Dare you say I am a dreamer? I think not…
- That bum, Josh Beckett didn’t do too bad last night with 6.2 IP and 9 K’s. His ERA as a Dodger is 2.92 and his key is to throw strikes.
- Adrian Gonzales appears to be pressing. Un-lax, Doc!
- Let’s see how Caps pitches today. He has a 2.65 ERA at Dodger Stadium.
- Brandon didn’t pitch out of his League last night. He’s the Dodgers’ best option after Jensen. It appears he has fixed his mechanical flaw.
- Here’s all you need to know: The Dodgers are 5th in ERA is all of baseball (they can easily be #3 as they are .04 within the #3 spot). They are 15th in fielding and they are 18th in batting average wile being 25th in runs scored.
- If the Dodgers don’t win this year, at the very least the hitting coach is gone… maybe the manager.