I am conditioned to watch the Dodgers every night no matter how bad they are…. and I will be watching tonight. I just keep going back and back and back. Vin says “It’s time for Dodger baseball” and I start salivating.
I can’t help it.
It’s a curse I tell you.
I have a few observations:
- Stan Kasten is not a baseball guy, per se – he is a front office executive who knows how to manage a team. He may have some input, but if he hires Ned back, Ned will be totally in charge of the baseball side of the business. Stan is in charge of the business side of the team, which is where Ned has to answer. Stan has always has a strong G.M.
- The plan has always been to win now… and later. The Dodgers would not have traded for Victorino and Blanton had that not been the case.
- Both Victorino and Blanton will be gone next year. Victorino may end up back in Philly, but for a lot less than he wants. I’m thinking he’ll be lucky to get 3 years/$15 million.
- By the way, does anyone think Victorino left his heart in Philly and pines to be in the hunt with them?
- Juan Uribe will be on the roster at the start of spring training.
- The Dodgers are now 5-11 since the BIG TRADE and have averaged 2.68 runs a game in that span. I’m no genius, but I don’t think you win too many games scoring just 2.68 runs a game.
- Make no mistake, the farm WAS gutted this year. That may not be bad – we will find out and I do believe they will re-stock it soon, but the pitching is very thin. RLDR, Webster, Martin and Eovaldi all have great potential. History says most won’t make it. That will determine the value of THE TRADE.
- Dave Ames, Steves’ dad, reads this blog daily and had a few nice things to say about it in an e-mail to me. Good Luck Steve! Dave’s a proud Dad of two sons in baseball.
- It’s possible that most of the Top Payroll teams will not make the playoffs this year. Does that give you pause? It does me.
- Right here, right now, this version of the 2012 LA Dodgers is one of the worst teams I have ever watched.
- Go Dodgers!