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Expect Even More Changes

I would say that right about now, you have to like what the Dodgers are doing.  They seemingly had a pretty good Brain Trust around Ned Colletti in De Jon Watson, Logan White, Rick Ragazzo, Vance Lovelace, Ken Bracey, Toney Howell, Bill Mueller, Aaron Sele, Jose Vizcaino, Juan Castro, Maury Wills and scouts like Gib Bodet, Paul Fryer, John Green, Gary Nickels, Brian Stephenson, Larry Barton, Ralph Avila, Clint Bowers, Mike Brito, Wilton Guerrero, Rich Delucia, Lon Joyce, Marty Lamb, Carl Lowenstein, Dennis Moeller and about twenty others.

They have added Gerry Hunsicker and Bob Engle to the upper echelon of the Brain Trust and probably Patrick Guerrero.  Now, they are about to add Mark McGwire as hitting coach and to those who say the coach doesn’t make any difference, I say that you are just plain silly.  Who thinks General Patton made a difference in the US Troops batting average back in the day?  We have seen McGwires’ Cardinal hitters improve under his tutelage, and have heard their praises of him.

A good leader and teacher who can motivate people is invaluable and it doesn’t hurt that he is intimidating in size as well.  McGwire may not be as intimidating as he was back in the Steroid years, but he’s still a big dude.  He talks the talk and walks the walk.  Dave Hanson was a good guy, but don’t tell me that a coddled star player might question his .260 career batting average – “You hit what?”  Mark McGwire will make a difference.  I really didn’t know he was available and never made the connection he might want to come home.

I endorse this move whole-heartedly.  He has admitted his steroid use and it is time to move on.  I don’t particularly like that he wouldn’t talk about it for 5 or 6 years, but in retrospect, I don’t know what else he could have done.  It’s over.  He has to deal with that as his legacy but right here, right now, he will impart his hitting wisdom to the Dodger hitters.  Mattingly, Mota, Lasorda and others need to “stand down” as Mark McGwire becomes the ONE VOICE to Dodger hitters.  The change will not happen overnight, but I expect that as soon as the signing is final, he will be in touch with the Dodger hitters, looking at film and trying to correct flaws.  He’s not a miracle worker, but he is a worker and good things will come from this.

I am sure that as we speak, there are meetings being held about Dodger front-office and on-field personnel.  I don’t expect changes in the major league coaching area, but I am certain there will be major front-office changes and minor league changes.  If mistakes have been made, people need to be accountable.  Let’s see how the dominoes fall…

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47 Responses to “Expect Even More Changes”

  1. Badger says:

    “The same people would have signed on if McCourt were there, IF McCourt had the money to pay them and he did not. Don’t forget Frank got Torre and others. His pockets were just shallow – these guys have deep pockets.” – Roger Craig

    Well, some of that is absolutely true. McCourt did have shallower pockets, so shallow in fact, he never should have been approved as owner. But, he also made choices once he became owner. He and his high maintenance wife used the Los Angeles Dodgers as their own private piggy bank. Hey, they were the owners, they had that right I suppose. But, in the end, they bankrupted the Dodgers. Selig should be held accountable for what happened, but, he won’t be. He is smiling in Milwaukee. And, though thoroughly disgraced for his actions, I am sure McButthead is laughing his ass off too, with money falling out of his pockets the way it is.

    “I would say that right about now, you have to like what the Dodgers are doing.” Timmons

    No sh*t Sherlock. What do you think me and Brooklyn and friddo and others have been saying for the last several months. Welcome aboard.

    • Mark_Timmons says:

      Answer one question:

      Have you seen people with tons of money and really deep pockets screw something up before?

      There is frequently a correlation between a lot of money and massive incompetence.

      I have taken a wait and see attitude, but I see none of that at this juncture and am supportive.

      I was not as smart as you in knowing that McCourt would loot the Dodgers. If I were as smart as you I would not have supported him. Clairvoyance is not something I am good at.

      • Badger says:

        I guess my background is different than yours. I grew up middle class and actually believed that there was a communist menace. I was lied to by a government and was left with many scars. I am not so naive anymore. Add to that, after being in education for years, having run a few businesses myself, some successful some not, hired and fired many people, some good, some not so good, maybe I have learned to read people better than you have.

        There are some others out there I could warn you about, but, I know you won’t listen.

        McCourt was not that hard to read. You just need to know where to look. I think you probably look in the wrong places, and listen to the wrong people.

        As for people with money screwing it up, it’s usually people who were handed the money, or stole it somehow, that screw it up. People who have had to actually work for a living know the value of money. Not always the case, that’s true. But, there are countless examples out there – if somebody grew up with a silver spoon in their mouths and were handed everything, including a psuedo education, then handed the keys to something valuable, chances are they are going to f&*$ it up.

      • gionfriddo says:

        “Have you seen people with tons of money and really deep pockets screw something up before?” There are TWO sides to every story; TWO sides to every coin– that is not debatable on any level..

        History is lined with rich men (self made men who grew rich after having nothing AND men who were born with a silver spoon in their mouths) who gave away all their riches for the betterment of society. John D Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie both gave away most of their vast fortunes to benefit society as a whole– there’s no doubt these two men have had an impact on Bill Gates & Warren Buffett, who both have pledged to give away their billions of net worth before they die (Gates has reportedly given away 28 billion to charities to date, while Buffett is on a self imposed pace to give away 99% of his 44 billion net worth)..

        Likewise, your overall premise is also right and McJackass is a prime example of someone with a lot of money (yes, the man did collateral every thing he owned to buy the team, but, he was still a millionaire at the time of purchase) screwing something up. Badger is right about the most important point on McCourt’s ownership– Bud Selig is the true culprit in that mess and should be treated as such. The McCourt’s bought the Blue in ’04 for 430 million and put up a reported 7 million (a 2nd report had them paying 9 mill) of their own money.. Selig is to blame for that fiasco and how it started and ended. Yes, McCourt was and is a sleazy, carpet-bagging no good fill in the blank, but, he should HAVE NEVER BEEN GIVEN the keys to this pristine franchise to begin with.

        Just like the debated Crawford issue, the deep pockets of the Guggenheim group and its successes or failures will be determined not by us fans— it will determined by time and how the future unfolds…

  2. Badger says:

    Looks like the Cubs pulled the Haren/Marmol deal off the table. Wonder why? Maybe they figured Haren’s back is not going to heal?

    The Angels will offer a ton of money to Greinke. But, will the Dodgers want to offer more? What is he really worth? And, anybody want to take a shot at Haren? If his back just needs time, he is 200 innings of sub 4 ERA just sitting there for the taking.

    I wonder if, with all these additions the Dodgers are making, they are going to hire much better medical personnel? I mean, we sure seem to have a lot of guys sitting in the hot tub for a good portion of the year. It’s been a problem in L.A. for some time now. You would think the weather in Southern California would promote healing – all that sun and surf. I know I always feel great when I am down there.

  3. Mark_Timmons says:

    1. I think the Dodgers will sign Greinke just to show Moreno this is their town and screw him.

    2. I would not be surprised to see the medical staff shown the door and a World Class Staff assembled.

    3. Haren scares me more than Greinke.

    4. I think Greinke would do well if he\’s not the ACE.

    • Bobby says:

      I agree with all 4 points. I’d like Greinke, and I’d LOVE Greinke if Bills was fully healthy. Greinke and Bills as the 2/3 behind Kersh could be fantastic. He obviously showed he could perform in a big market down the stretch with Anaheim of LA. he could do that with LA of LA.

      Plus this would allow us to keep our assets unless a stud became available (King Felix, David Price, even Cliff Lee?)

  4. Bobbie17 says:

    I don’t know many of the names associated with the organizational moves, but anything is better than before. For X years, this organization has been a mess. Mostly in the scouting and development areas. Hopefully these guys know what they are doing and are not coming to LA to retire and enjoy the sunshine. The results on the field will prove their worth. I will accept nothing less than a long run in the playoffs. To me, that is relevance. The immediate trick will be to take the players on our roster and make them major league ball players. If these development guys are any good, it shouldn’t take more than a year or two. I expect 2-3 players from our minor league teams to break camp with the big club and be productive throughout 2013. That is an expectation. Nothing else will do.

  5. ken says:

    Colonel Mustard failed at player development. Was it because of his lack of abilities or McCheap?

    Logans Run was ahead of his time 10 years ago but is just a gambler now. Glad to see a new approach to drafting this past year. Has Logan reached his time limit with the dodgers?

    McQuire can be a major plus if allow him. They might as well because the dodger hitting approach leaves every game on the Eve of Destruction!

  6. Roger Dodger says:

    I’ve been thinking about baseball farm systems. In the 1950s-1970s the Dodgers and Yankees were supposed to have the best farm systems. They signed players at will. That is before MLB changed to the draft system . . .

    Looking at just want might come from the farm system – are players that jell and blossom when they hit the majors. Since the Rookie of Year Award started in 1947, the Dodgers have won it the most times with 16. And that is twice the NY Yankees who have won it the most in the A.L. with only 8.

    Dodgers who have won the award: Jackie Robinson – 1947, Don Newcombe – 1949, Joe Black – 1952, Jim Gilliam – 1953, Frank Howard – 1960, Jim Lefebvre – 1965, Ted Sizemore – 1969, Rick Sutcliffe – 1979, Steve Howe – 1980, Fernando Valenzuela – 1981, Steve Sax – 1982, Eric Karros – 1992, Mike Piazza – 1993, Raul Mondesi – 1994, Hideo Nomo – 1995, Todd Hollandsworth – 1996.

    But nothing in the last 16 years. (Gee, has it really been that long!)

    Some great players do not hit the majors and takeoff with awards and named to All-Star teams for a few years, or at least awhile. So ROY is nice, an indicator, but many slow starters made the HOF.

    But there has been a lacking the Dodger development over the past decade or more. Now I expect that to change BING TIME.

    NOTE: I bet that Andre Ethier used to be interested in going to another team, and was counting on it. But I think he is looking out this winter and just what the Dodgers are doing — and now would rather stay and be a corner outfielder on this team and be with a winner.

  7. Roger Dodger says:

    Let me tighten that farm system and draft dates.

    The first draft was in 1965 with the K.C. As taking Rick Monday. That changed the rich teams just signing players out there in the field. Note: I saw Rick Monday play in a double-hitter in Chicago when the K.C. A’s came to play the White Sox. He was my young hero then.

    Some might say when the MLB went to socialism. The lowest teams of one year, got to pick first. And the best teams, last.

  8. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    If the Dodgers sign Greinke, I hope it’s because they think he’s worth whatever price and years they agree to. If it’s only to stick it to Moreno, that’s the wrong reason. Having money to spend is nice, but spending it wisely it’s what’s most important.

    There are questions about the medical and training staff that probably have to answered, and perhaps changes are necessary. I simply don’t have a clue as to what, if anything is wrong. So on that issue I’ll just keep my mouth shut, and wait to see what, if anything, happens.

    The Dodgers currently have some prospects that could make an impact in the next year or two, but overall I think the timetable is longer. The Dodgers just became serious players in the international market again. But the players signed this past year are probably in the 16-18 year old age range. Likely will be a few more years before any of those guys are in a position to make an impact. And as Bobby said in the previous thread, Andy Van Slyke would be preferable to Scott (who will turn 27 in 2013). Even Corey Seager is just out of high school, and Joc Perderson’s performance in the AFL, small sample that it was, doesn’t engender much confidence that he will ultimately be part of the equation in the Dodgers outfield. And besides, he’ll only be 21 in April, and still hasn’t played above A-ball (if you don’t count the AFL). But Paco Rodriguez did well in his short trial with the Dodgers, and I’ve heard some good things about Onelki Garcia, and maybe Yasiel Puig is the next Bryce Harper or Mike Trout, or maybe not. And I’m sure there are prospects I’m not thinking of. And although he is no longer a prospect, a productive Dee Gordon would add a solid young talent to add to the lineup. And perhaps some young prospect not currently on the radar, forces his way into the conversation.

    In the meantime, I believe the Dodgers will be active in the free agent and/or trade market this winter, and help bridge the gap that the farm system may well fill in the coming years.

  9. Badger says:

    Notte Dame #3?

    I don’t theen so.

    Blow the BCS up and let a legit tournament decide it.

    • Gionfriddo says:

      Blow up the BCS?? should have been done years ago, no doubt..

      Notre Dame was beyond lucky today but they persevered .. Strength of schedule?? They are #1 in the country in that department .. Add to that a top 5 ranked dee and their #3 ranking is deserved..

      That being said, I fear they are in trouble @ Boston College next week..

      WAKE UP THE ECHOES

  10. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Mind you, I’m no fan of Keith Law. But this is part of what he had to say about Zach Greinke, who he ranks as #1 on the free agent list. To read all of his comments you have to be an ESPN Insider (subscription required).

    http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/hotstove12/story/_/id/8516612/ranking-josh-hamilton-zack-greinke-rest-top-50-free-agents-mlb

    “What you will hear about Greinke, unfortunately, are references to his battles with anxiety and depression, as if they constitute bad makeup or make him unfit to play in a high-pressure market. Greinke’s condition, which is a medical matter and not a personality defect, has been under control for years, and he has pitched in pennant races the past two years, this last one in a major media market. If he is not a true No. 1 starter, then he’s a 1A, which is more about an occasional tendency to get too much of the plate than about any softness in his character. I’d be very comfortable giving him a five-year deal.”

    What I learned, assuming it’s true, is that Greinke’s anxiety problems are medically based, and not an indication of any personality disorder. I imagine he’s on meds, and probably OK if he stays on them.

    • Bobby says:

      That’s interesting actually. He was really good down the stretch for Anaheim of LA.

      I’m pretty sure he’ll receive a contract bigger than he actually deserves by somebody, but I also would love to have him here.

  11. ken says:

    DFA Uribe and sign Placido Polanco

    • Badger says:

      I’ll second that move.

      How about Willie Bloomquist? Maicer Izturis? Ronny Cedeno? I don’t know, anybody but Uribe.

      Uribe is waste of roster space. Dump him and figure his salary can be added to the cost of one of those other guys. That would be expensive, sure, but you aren’t gonna get ANYTHING out of Uribe.

      UNLESS……

      McGwire can find a way to resurrect him.

  12. Badger says:

    Greinke as a 1A is perfect for the Dodgers. No pressure, just pitch 220 innings of 3.5.

    Notre Dame should have lost to an unranked Pittsburgh today friddo. Did you see it? A missed straight away 33 yard field goal or that is an ugly L hung on them. I also think strength of schedule is bogus. Just my opinion. To their credit, Notre Dame doesn’t load up on patsies the way some teams do, but their schedule ain’t all that. They play Navy, Purdue, Michigan State, BYU, Wake Forest, none of them are anything this year – heck, Pittsburgh is ranked 90th. The only tough game they have won on the road is Oklahoma. If you count the games in Chicago and Ireland as home games, 7 of their 9 games have been at home. If they beat USC and BC on the road, then they are deserving of a top 3 ranking. Until then…. sorry. What I saw today tells me they can be beat, especially on the road by the better teams. I think Oregon runs them over. I think SC will beat them too. I think if they played Stanford again anywhere but in South Bend, they lose.

    Give us at least a 4 team tournament. 8 would be better. Use the bowl games as the tournament. It can be done. We just need the will……. and the money structured correctly.

    Again, just my opinion.

  13. gionfriddo says:

    Badger, I did watch it and that kid pushed that 33 yd FG– I will preface this by saying I’m a bonafide Irish homer; always have been and always will be..I’ve been back to South Bend several times to watch the Golden Domers so I’ll play the blinded fan in here and not feel bad.

    Michigan St is anything but a patsy– they have beat a good Boise St team; a solid Wisconsin team in Madison and today got hosed vs a solid Nebraska team.. their stud RB, Le’veon Bell, will play on Sundays.

    BYU, Navy, Miami(Fl), & Michigan will all play in bowl games– top 25 at the moment?? No, but decent programs who have talent.. Stanford will also play in a bowl– that they beat them in South Bend is not relevant; a win is a win.. Oklahoma– they have NFL talent on both sides of the ball (Landry Jones is a 1st rd pick, as is their strong safety, Tony Jefferson).. ND just didn’t beat them in Norman, they flat out manhandled them..

    That being said, I believe if they play like they did today next week @ BC, they won’t have to worry about USC in 3 weeks.. honestly, their young secondary might get torched by Barkely, Lee, and Woods @ the Coliseum.. I’m a homer but I’m also a realist…

    Oregon? Hell, I think they would run over ANYBODY not named Alabama at this point.. I’m all for a playoff format; it has been needed for years. Just for fun and to stick it to the BCS and the fat cat commissioners of the Big conferences, wouldn’t it be great if Bama, Kansas St, Notre Dame, and Oregon ALL finished undefeated?? what the hell would they do then?? yes, the likely scenario is to have the 2 best teams face off and that is Bama-Oregon IMO, but don’t K State & ND warrant a shot if it occurred..It’s a broken system that is long overdue for a makeover..

    • Badger says:

      Well said. Homer. ;)

      Bowl games. Heck, half the teams in America go to bowl games.

      It will only be decided by a tournament. By year’s end, if all teams win out, it will be Oregon vs. Alabama.

      Did you see what UCLA did to Arizona? I am a West Coast fan, so, I like the Pac 12. I actually had plans to play at UCLA before I decided to join the Marines. I’d like a do-over on that one.

  14. ken says:

    2014 potential Free Agents to think about

    C – McCann
    2B – Cano
    3B – Wright
    SP – M. Garza; P. Hughes; J. Johnson; T. Lincecum; R. Nolasco; J. Shileds
    Closer – Marmol

  15. Mark_Timmons says:

    Yesterdays game was a \”trap game\” for Notre Dame. Mike Golic, who has kids who play for ND, called it that. He said that after last week and coming into a game like this would be difficult. He was right.

    Good teams can gut it out and win and it never hurts to have Touchdown Jesus on your side. ;)

    All I will say is \”SCOREBOARD.\”

    I\’m not ready to anoint them national champions yet, but they are in the mix.

    My 13 year-old fullback and linebacker has his college choices narrowed to two:

    1. Notre Dame – Because they have excellent academics; and

    2. Oregon – Because they have cool uniforms and run lots of trick plays.

    He wants to play in the NFL for the Seahawks. (Yeah, he\’s different – Jock and President of the Student Council)

    • Badger says:

      I wish it was just “scoreboard”. But, it obviously is not. Oregon could have laid 70 on nearly every opponent, but put the second and third teams on the field in the second half. Oregon plays in the Pac 12. Their strength of schedule is way tougher than Notre Dame’s. If the Ducks win out, they won’t be stopped at playing for the Championship.

      Kid can’t go wrong with either of those choices. My kid loved basketball, and did play back-up at a Division I school. He’s got quicks, but he didn’t have what your kid has Mark – 6’4″ genes. Sure doesn’t hurt to be big in today’s sports world. Never did really.

      Cano? Would he ever leave Gnu Yourk?

      • Mark_Timmons says:

        Oregon\’s strength of schedule is \”slightly\” better than ND\’s, not way better. Check it out. It is better…

        • Badger says:

          I did.

          Look at the finish.

        • Gionfriddo says:

          Mark, I did check it out before I posted.. there are several SOS (strength of schedule) markers on the net you can refer to but I always use the most reputable and that happens to be Jeff Sagarin — he’s good enough for USA Today to use so that is my barometer. His SOS rankings:

          Notre Dame– 16th

          Oregon —– 37th

          The highest of the top 25 teams are Oregon St at 5 and Florida at 6…

          • Gionfriddo says:

            TYPO— Oregon is 47th…

          • Badger says:

            I guess I just look at differently. Here’s how:

            by the time this season ends, Oregon, including the Pac 12 Championship game, will have played 5 teams in the Top 25, Notre Dame 3. Oregon plays 3 of it’s last 4 against teams that are currently 21 or better. Notre Dame played 1/3 of it’s games on the road. And, I know some don’t think home games are all that, but most people do. To only play 4 of your 12 games on the road sends a message to me. To only have played, and beat, 3 teams in the Top 25, while a team rated below you plays 5 also tells me something – something that I think the computers must reflect at the end of the year. Then, you throw in the fact that Oregon could be averaging 60+ points a game had they left their first team in the game for more than a half also tells me something. You say the computers don’t count score? I sure as hell do. And obviously, so does Mark. (see “scoreboard” comment)

            I know not everyone shares this opinion. I accept that. I accept that Sagarin has his way of looking at this stuff. We’ll see. All of this is meaningless if somebody loses. Oregon hasn’t come close to losing yet. Notre Dame sure did. At home. Against a team ranked 90th in the nation.

            Go Ducks. Go Pac 12!

          • Badger says:

            And the BCS makes the move this morning:

            Alabama
            KState
            Oregon
            Notre Dame

            AP and USA Today has Oregon at #2 and Notre Dame at #4. I agree with them.

            Now watch USC beat Notre Dame and Oregon State beat Oregon. The Pac 12 does that to each other every year.

            Is Collin Klein going to be 100% the rest of the way. College football is very interesting this year. Actually, I think it’s pretty dang interesting every year.

          • Gionfriddo says:

            Badger, I agree with you.. they have it right as far as Oregon over the Irish in the BCS.. Oregon should be #2 over K State IMO.. Klein’s concussion concerns are a problem– if he can’t go this week they get waxed by TCU- K State goes as Klein goes…

            Oregon has Stanford @ Eugene and then the rivalry game @ Corvallis.. should be an incredible last month of the college football season.. Personally, I want to see the Oregon offense vs the Bama dee just to see if the Bama speed on dee could hold up vs Barner, Thomas, and Mariota..

          • Badger says:

            Amen to all of that friddo.

            This is a great time of year. It ain’t winter yet, (here in Sedona it’s 75 and sunny) the NBA has started, college football is peaking and the NFL games are starting to actually mean something.

    • Voldomer says:

      Mark, remind your son that the Voldomer went to ND. That should settle it for him. ;-)

  16. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Dodgers outrighted Alfredo Silverio to AAA. He probably doesn’t figure prominently in their immediate plans, and perhaps they’re freeing up roster space in anticipation of upcoming moves, be it free agent signings and/or trades.

    http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121104&content_id=40169098&vkey=news_la&c_id=la

  17. ken says:

    Smart move if Silverio really can’t play until the end of May because no intelligent team should pick him in the Rule 5 draft. Looking forward to what the open spot means now that the dodger’s roster is down to 36 players. There are still 4-5 players that the dodgers need to protect until after the Rule 5 draft, so look out Sellers and Herrera for a pink slip so the dodgers can sign 2-3 more players.

  18. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Actually, I don’t see why a team looking to add young talent wouldn’t take a flyer on Silverio in the Rule 5. I’m not certain of the rules, but I imagine that Silverio could remain on the roster of that team on the DL. Maybe he would even be serious enough to move to the 60 day DL. When it came time to decide whether or not he should occupy a permanent spot on the 25-man roster, they could cross that bridge when they get to it.

    • Badger says:

      I was thinking the same thing Brooklyn. They can always sell him back cheap – right?

      Can the Dodgers create some roster space with a Uribe move? Nobody is going to go near him. – but ‘cept maybe the gints. I would say they can have him back, but, what if he becomes the old Uribe with his old team? We pay for it…. literally and figuratively.

      It’s quite possible there won’t be much more than pitching moves for a while. We got Uribe… ick, Punto, Gwynn, Cruz, Ellis and Hairston, if he can actually make it back from his injury. Gordon, who could probably use more at bats in the minors, probably won’t get them. If he isn’t moved, I see him on this roster, at least to start the year.

      Of course, trades COULD change this dynamic so, we all wait.

  19. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I believe a team picking up a Rule 5 player pays $50,000, and can sell him back for $25,000. Clearly chump change in MLB.

    As for Uribe, I’m guessing that the Dodgers will cut him loose if they actually need the roster space. Until they absolutely have to, they’re likely to hold onto him. I seriously doubt if he will open the season in LA. That became pretty apparent to me when he virtually became the forgotten man at the end of the season. The Dodgers have plenty of utility types, so there’s no way I see Uribe occupying that role. And it’s out of the question that he starts anywhere.

    If the Dodgers release Uribe they will have to pay the freight, except that any team that picks him up would be obligated to pay him him the portion amounting to the MLB minimum. Something tells me that even the Giants wouldn’t want him. But if they did, as far as I’m concerned, they’re welcome to him.

  20. Badger says:

    Hamilton’s asking price is $25MM per for 7 years. Every year this happens, and while most of us say bullsh*t to that, somebody pays these guys what they are asking for.

    Hamilton is indeed a draw. And L.A. would probably love him – for a while. But as good as he was last year, he didn’t lead the league in anything and had lapses that looked like he lost interest. He will also be 32 at the beginning of that contract.

    Who will do this? Braves? Dodgers? Brewers? Rangers? I think the Rangers will offer the $13 or so million, not match any offers, and get the draft pick. I have no idea who might be interested in paying a 39 year old Hamilton $25 million, but I suspect somebody will. I just hope it’s not the Dodgers. I would sure like to see them get the 27 year old Hamilton types, not the 32 year olds.

  21. Voldomer says:

    Oregon is very impressive, no doubt about it, but I would be concerned about their defense against the other top three teams. Setting aside that last touchdown by USC, they still gave up 44 that game. Even Arkansas State scored 34 on them. They only have one more road game than ND does (excluding the Dublin and Chicago games, which I think are fair to consider quasi-home games), but they had home-game cupcakes in Arkansas State and Tennessee Tech. (Admittedly ND hosts Wake Forest this year, but that is a home-and-home series, not a “purchased” win.)

    We can’t know if ND would beat Oregon head-to-head, but I think it would be interesting to see how ND’s less prolific–but ball-control–offense and strong defense would match up.

    I think the BCS has it correct at present: Alabama, KState, Oregon, ND. I suspect Alabama has the roughest schedule the rest of the way, with Texas A&M, Auburn (poor record, but this is always a tough game), and the SEC championship game (Georgia or Florida).

    • Badger says:

      All good points. And I perused the schedule as well, saw the twinkie games up front, don’t know why they feel the need to do that, but, must be some reason. But, those games could have been 100 point games for Oregon had they left that offense on the field. Nobody stops them. And, I considered Ireland and Chicago home games for the Irish. Who knows, with the schedule remaining, maybe some bowl game gets Notre Dame Oregon. I suppose it’s possible, but I just don’t see Oregon losing again. If they don’t, it should be Oregon Alabama for the Championship. I guess so much depends on whether Klein is 100%.

      Gonna be fun no matter what.

  22. ken says:

    Injuries to his back, shoulder, elbow, and neck, and was still suffering concussion symptoms nearly six weeks after the accident plus TJ surgery, plus not playing baseball for a year. Plus not being able to be placed on the DL until opening day meaning that some vet must trust the MLB team to add them to the roster on opening day? A little too much risk for me. Maybe the Astros would take a flyer.

    Hamilton gets the qualifying offer but not Napoli. Napoli would be a nice backup but he is probably a player that now should stay in the AL.

    Even with a morals clause no team should offer Hamilton more than 3 years. The combination of OCD and drug addiction is just too much risk for most GMs.

    • Badger says:

      Can’t argue the logic ken, but I suspect Hamilton will get close to what he wants. With a contract like that, he needs to stay in A.L. He is a D.H. waiting to happen.

      Having said that, if a new team gets him, people will pay to see him. He should be 35 HR and 100 RBI’s for at least 3 years – don’t you think? 7 years is just stupid.

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