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DODGER STADIUM IMPROVEMENTS OUTLINED FOR 2013 SEASON

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced their plan for improvements to 51-year-old Dodger Stadium for the 2013 season. Upgrades include:

  • New High Definition video boards in left field and right field.  Existing message boards, including ribbon boards at the Loge level and outfield wall, will be replaced with the new technology as well.  The unique hexagon shape of both scoreboards will be restored.
  • A new sound system directed to minimize echoes and sound migration outside the stadium
  • A state-of-the-art Wi-Fi network and cellular antenna system to support cell-phone and internet connectivity from mobile devices
  • Wider concourses and additional locations for wheelchair bound fans and their companions on all levels
  • Expanded and renovated restrooms with substantially more fixtures
  • Food service enhancements to loge, reserve and upper reserve levels including new stands, cooking facilities and menus.  Details will be announced prior to the start of the season.
  • New Field Level entry plazas and bullpen overlooks to create standing room areas with a view of the game
  • A new home team clubhouse, expanded and enhanced training/conditioning areas, and new batting cages for both teams

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“The mission of Dodger ownership is to create ways to enhance the experience for all of our fans,” Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten said. “Dodger Stadium is a treasured piece of the Los Angeles community and we will respect that heritage while restoring and enhancing the venue for our fans in the 21st century. When the improvements are completed, the stadium will retain its classic look, but it will have a more comfortable feel.

“This is a most ambitious program for a single off-season. We are grateful to Dodger fans for their input into the improvements that will be most meaningful to their game experience.”

“Dodger Stadium is a jewel in the heart of Los Angeles. It’s a place where Angelenos from all walks of life have come together for decades,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “I’m very pleased to see that the team’s owners are investing in exciting and needed upgrades that will help attract new fans and refresh this civic icon.”

“From the outset the new ownership of our Los Angeles Dodgers committed to putting fans first and to being good neighbors,” said Councilmember Ed P. Reyes. “As a fan I appreciate everything they are doing to enhance the Dodger Stadium experience, and as councilmember I appreciate that they have taken the surrounding neighborhood into account particularly with regards to their echo-reducing sound system.”

The planned improvements are being overseen by Janet Marie Smith, Senior VP of Planning and Development, who is known throughout the sports world for her work with the Baltimore Orioles (Oriole Park at Camden Yards), Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park) and Atlanta Braves (Turner Field).   Smith’s accomplishments are recognized in Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

Following is more detail regarding the improvements to be in place for the 2013 season at Dodger Stadium.

The ability of fans and media covering games at Dodger Stadium to communicate will improve as a result of the new Wi-Fi and cellular antenna system that is being installed as part of a partnership with Major League Baseball Advanced Media.

The new sound system will provide for a much more enjoyable audio experience for fans as they listen to live and recorded music and announcements before, during and after games at the stadium. Sound will be directed to each seating section, minimizing echoes and migrating sounds outside the park.

The new video screens will be the first 10mm 1080p light emitting diode (LED) displays in MLB.  While the new scoreboard structures will be 22% larger, the active viewing area of both video boards will be 66% larger than before, thus providing the capability for a greater amount of video content and statistical information than ever before.  Driven by a new high-definition broadcast quality control room, the scoreboards will feature the latest outdoor display technologies which will offer some of the most impressive visuals in all of sports.  The original distinctive hexagonal shape which presently only exists in right field will be restored to both boards.

Two to four rows of seats will be removed from the back of the Field, Loge, Reserve and Upper Reserve levels to provide greater walking space on each concourse, as well as more wheelchair locations and “drink rails” for fans who may wish to leave their seats during games and explore the stadium.

Restrooms will be expanded, renovated and ADA compliant on the Loge, Reserve and Upper Reserve levels and in the Pavilions.   There will be an average increase in fixtures of 62 per cent for women and 32 per cent for men.  Family or Unisex restrooms will be created for each level at the stadium.  Restrooms in the outfield will be relocated under the Pavilions which will be more convenient for fans.

The Dodgers will also be going green instituting many measures toward being energy efficient.  Included in the plans are new water valves, low flush fixtures, waterless urinals, hand driers to eliminate paper waste, automatic faucets to control water flow and new power and lighting energy efficient systems.

The Dodgers also will increase the number of positions for wheelchair patrons.  Each position will have a companion seat and will also be positioned so these patrons can see the game, even if someone stands up in front of them.

One of the “most fun things” among the enhancements, according to Smith, is the bullpen overlooks that will enable fans to socialize while watching the game from a location above the bullpens where there will be dramatic field views. Each entrance, including the center-field entrances, is being given careful attention to create better circulation and enhanced concession and retail spaces.

Playground and interactive areas for children also will be created at both the Pavilion and Reserve levels that will include life-size bobbleheads, oversized World Series rings and retired number displays.

The players will appreciate the renovation doubling the size of the footprint of the existing clubhouses, enhance their training room and home batting cage and add a batting cage for visiting teams so they won’t have to share the Dodgers’ batting cage.

The Dodgers will display many of the team’s historical items for the first time.  Fans will be able to enjoy Dodger memorabilia and artifacts such as MVP awards, Cy Young awards and Gold Gloves awarded to Dodgers.

A new retail store will be built at the Top of the Park location behind home plate. This will be open daily on a regular basis along with the Top of the Park ticket office. Tours of Dodger Stadium will be conducted daily from this location.

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48 Responses to “DODGER STADIUM IMPROVEMENTS OUTLINED FOR 2013 SEASON”

  1. Bobby says:

    Wow. Impressive changes in such a short time. I’m tryin to visualize some of these and can’t. Guess I need to see it in April

  2. Roger Dodger says:

    Nice, but . . .

    For those of us who live out of the state — we personally will not really feel or taste the changes.

    I have been a Dodger fan since 1948 and have seen more Dodger games in the old Coliseum (when the Dodgers played there) than Dodger Stadium.

    My personal score on this:

    Old Coliseum – 6 games.
    Dodger Stadium – 1 game.

    But I am sure others will enjoy the changes. (Will the ticket prices change?)

  3. Rob says:

    Looking forward to the many games I will attend this year!

  4. Badger says:

    Wow indeed. I haven’t been to DodgerStadium since the 80′s. But good for the new owners. It’s long overdo.

    I am far more interested in the on field product.

  5. Pete M. says:

    It will be cool to see n hear the new scoreboards and sound system.
    Overall seems to be alot of things that needed to be done.
    Still would like to see some statues being erected (i.e. Staples). We could start with Vin…. Location TBD..
    Attending games at the Ravine still makes for a great day or night for me. One of the crown jewels of MLB…
    Wow…Coliseum….Chinese Curtain…Moon shots!!!!

  6. Roger Dodger says:

    There are 2 articles in today’s NY Times on the Hall of Fame; here is one of them:

    ON BASEBALL
    A Voting Process Overdue for Reform
    By TYLER KEPNER
    Published: January 8, 2013

    One of the truly refreshing changes in baseball is how open it has been lately to common-sense improvements.

    Not long ago, the owners and the players union bickered constantly over money, artificial surfaces chewed up knees, and nobody tested for steroids. There was no interleague play, no wild cards, no video review for disputed home runs. There was no World Baseball Classic, no seven-day disabled list for concussions, no control over draft bonuses. Baseball was baffling in its stubborn refusal to make logical changes.

    The next thing that must change is the voting process for the Hall of Fame. There are too many unqualified voters — too many voters, period — and too many segments of the baseball world with no say in the process. There has to be a better way to decide the ultimate honor.

    To get a ballot for the Hall of Fame, you must be a member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for 10 consecutive years. Most of our membership does an extraordinary job of bringing the game to the fans, just as we did when we started voting for the Hall of Fame in 1936. Most writers care deeply about the responsibility.

    But we are an imperfect voting bloc, and to suggest otherwise is naïve. In theory, everybody who covers baseball for 10 years has a depth of knowledge and perspective that should last a lifetime. But it does not always work that way.

    Plenty of the association’s active members do not cover the sport regularly; there are editors, general assignment writers and so on. They hold the card mainly for the convenience of access. But if they hold it long enough, they can keep voting no matter what they cover. (The New York Times does not permit its reporters to vote for awards.)

    Some writers who have spent decades with no involvement in baseball can vote for the Hall of Fame. Yet so many others — smart, insightful people with a deep and continuing appreciation for the game — have no say in the process.

    Broadcasters, for example, are not involved. Yes, many are employed by or approved by the team they follow. But some voters now work for MLB.com. What’s the difference? Why should people like Vin Scully, Joe Buck and Jon Miller have no chance to vote for the Hall of Fame?

    The number of voters should be drastically reduced, while the types of voters should be expanded. In 1998, 473 ballots were cast. Last year there were 573 — an increase of more than 21 percent. Are there really 100 more qualified voters now than there were 15 years ago?

    With so many voters, it has become harder for candidates to reach the 75 percent threshold for induction. That might not be a bad thing, depending on your perspective; some voters have extremely high standards, which is their prerogative. Historically, though, the expansion era is vastly underrepresented.

    It is possible, and maybe even likely, that nobody will be elected when the writers’ ballot is announced on Wednesday. The steroids issue begs for clarity, but there really is none. Some of the best players of the recent past took performance-enhancing drugs. Yet there was no testing. Yet voters are told to consider sportsmanship. Yet plenty of rogues are already in the Hall. The contradictions go on and on.

    But this is not about the makeup of the Hall of Fame; it is about the makeup of the electorate, and who should really be judging immortality. There have always been inexplicable votes; nobody in the history of the game has been a unanimous inductee. But it should not have to be that way.

    The modern iteration of the veterans committee — which last year included four Hall of Famers, four current executives and eight historians or members of the news media — offers a guide to a more sensible election process. Here is a proposal that preserves the tradition of B.B.W.A.A. involvement while more accurately reflecting the game as a whole.

    A panel of 36 people would participate, with 27 votes (still 75 percent) needed for election. One-third of the panel would be active 10-year members of the baseball writers association. One-third would be Hall of Famers. One-third would include representatives of many other areas: executives, scouts, broadcasters, statistical analysts, historians and so on.

    No candidate could be elected without at least some support from each group. Votes would not be made public; the Hall of Famers should have the privacy to vote without regard to the feelings of former teammates or opponents. Voters could select as many candidates as they wished, without being bound by the current, rather arbitrary limit of 10 per ballot.

    An overview committee — the Hall’s board of directors, perhaps — could select a new batch of voters every year. This would make it a privilege, not a right, to get a ballot, and ensure fresh viewpoints annually from a diverse group with strong credentials.

    The push for a change in the voting process could come from the Hall of Fame board, but it really should come from the writers ourselves. Part of our job description is offering perspective and context to our readers. Part of the writing process is editing our articles, making them tighter and better.

    It is time to apply all of that to this task. We must acknowledge that we are no longer — if we ever really were — the only people whose opinions should count. It is time to improve our process.

    Tyler Kepner is a 15-year member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

  7. Roger Dodger says:

    2nd article: NY Times

    Hall of Fame Has Always Made Room for Infamy

    By BILL PENNINGTON
    Published: January 8, 2013

    The Baseball Hall of Fame, the most august fraternity of its kind in American sports, unveils its latest induction class Wednesday. For the first time this year, balloters must weigh the fate of two eminent stars, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, who are also the most celebrated poster boys for the game’s disgraced steroid era.

    Players linked to steroid use have been resoundingly rejected by Hall of Fame voters in recent years, shunned as synthetically enhanced frauds. But drawing an integrity line in the sand is a tenuous stance at a Hall of Fame with a membership that already includes multiple virulent racists, drunks, cheats, brawlers, drug users and at least one acknowledged sex addict.

    In the spirit of Groucho Marx, who refused to join any club that would have him as a member, would not baseball’s 77-year-old gallery of rogues be the perfect fit for Bonds and Clemens?

    Robert W. Cohen, who wrote the 2009 book “Baseball Hall of Fame — or Hall of Shame?”, readily recalled a catalog of reprehensible acts by Hall of Fame inductees.

    “Baseball has always had some form of hypocrisy when it comes to its exalted heroes,” he said. “In theory, when it comes to these kinds of votes, it’s true that character should matter, but once you’ve already let in Ty Cobb, how can you exclude anyone else?”

    Cobb, portrayed as a sociopath in biographies and a Hollywood film starring Tommy Lee Jones, is without question the Hall of Famer mentioned most often whenever the integrity of the game’s top players is questioned. Known as the Georgia Peach, he was often painted a racist and had numerous documented altercations with African-Americans off the field, including one that led to a charge of attempted murder.

    Cobb, along with his fellow Hall of Famer Tris Speaker, was also implicated in a game-fixing scheme. Several researchers have written that Cobb and Speaker were members of the Ku Klux Klan, although that has never been conclusively verified.

    “Plaster saints is not what we have in the Hall of Fame,” said John Thorn, perhaps the nation’s most widely known baseball historian and the author of more than a dozen baseball books. “Many were far from moral exemplars.”

    Cobb, who was included on 222 of 226 ballots during the inaugural 1936 Hall of Fame voting, is far from alone when it comes to baseball elite old-timers and imputations of racism, some of them blatant, recurring and historic.

    “Cap Anson helped make sure baseball’s color line was established in the 1880s,” Thorn said of the Chicago Cubs first baseman and manager who was enshrined in the Hall of Fame the year it opened in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1939. “He was relentless in that cause.”

    Anson repeatedly refused to take the field if the opposing roster included black players. Anson had plenty of co-conspirators. The Chicago White Sox owner Charles Comiskey, also a member of the Hall of Fame class of 1939, “outed” the African-American infielder Charlie Grant, who was posing as a Cherokee on the preseason exhibition roster of the Baltimore Orioles team led by John McGraw (Hall of Fame class of 1937).

    Overseeing baseball’s segregationist policy in three decades was Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis (Hall of Fame class of 1944). When Landis died in 1944, an initiative was begun to break the color barrier, an effort that culminated with Jackie Robinson’s Brooklyn Dodgers debut in the spring of 1947.

    However, the Boston Red Sox, owned by Tom Yawkey (class of 1980), did not field their first black player until 1959.

    Often, the miscreants in the Hall of Fame are viewed more like rascals than scoundrels or bigots. Babe Ruth (class of 1936), a prodigious drinker and womanizer and yet popular and revered, fits the category.

    Casey Stengel (class of 1966) once called right fielder Paul Waner (class of 1952) a graceful player. Why?

    “Because,” Stengel said, “he could slide into second base without breaking the bottle in his hip pocket.”

    The famed Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko once wrote that Hack Wilson (class of 1979) should have been moved to first base from the outfield, where he usually played, “because he wouldn’t have as far to stagger to the dugout.”

    Grover Cleveland Alexander (class of 1938) pitched better drunk than sober, according to the team owner Bill Veeck (class of 1991).

    Meanwhile, pitcher Gaylord Perry (class of 1991) had a disregard for the rules that was far more patent and unashamed than any steroid user. Perry doctored baseballs with spit, Vaseline and other substances to confound hitters. All of baseball knew what Perry was doing even if he never admitted it — until writing a tell-all book after his retirement.

    Orlando Cepeda served 10 months in prison after being arrested in 1975 for smuggling marijuana in Puerto Rico. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America did not select him for the Hall of Fame; instead, Cepeda was elected by the Veterans Committee in 1999.

    Other players have confessed to serious use of illicit recreational drugs (Paul Molitor, class of 2004) or had racetrack gambling issues (Rogers Hornsby, class of 1942). And Wade Boggs (class of 2005), after an extramarital affair was exposed during his playing days, announced to Barbara Walters on national television that he was a sex addict.

    “But there’s a real distinction between a player who does inappropriate things not related to his job and a player who does inappropriate things that affect his job,” said Bill James, an influential and pioneering baseball author and statistician who wrote the book “Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame?”

    In the debate about whether players linked to steroids belong in the Hall of Fame — when compared with players who might have been ne’er-do-wells — a frequent line of thinking is that there is a critical difference between crimes against society and crimes against baseball. A player can, for instance, neglect to pay his income taxes and remain in the good graces of the Hall of Fame (Duke Snider, class of 1980), but neglect to run out routine ground balls and it will undoubtedly cost the player Hall of Fame votes.

    It is the reason that certain players, like Pete Rose who gambled on baseball games, are on baseball’s ineligible list and prohibited from the Hall of Fame ballot. Taking drugs to hit more home runs apparently falls into a similar category for many voters.

    “Being inducted is an honor, not a paycheck you are entitled to,” James said, defending the character clause written into the criteria on the Hall of Fame ballot. “No one is entitled to be elected. The voters choose who to honor.”

    In the end, it is a statement on the ascendancy of the professional athlete in America that there is any kind of public disagreement — let alone a loud one — over the everlasting worthiness of players like Bonds and Clemens. As Thorn, the historian, points out, the earliest major league baseball players were disrespected, often treated like circus performers or prostitutes.

    “They would be turned away from hotels,” Thorn said. “They were not considered fit for polite company. And now, today, here they are heroes and role models.”

    • Badger says:

      Interesting articles. Well written. And, I can’t say I disagree with the points made.

      My take on steroids is simply this, we know Canseco was right. The era included dozens of players. The guys that stood tall and fessed up are in my mind forgiven because MLB and the cronies that run it knew it was going on and did nothing to seriously police it. The money was in complete control of everything then (still is actually). I can’t vote because I am biased. I don’t like Barry Bonds when he did what he did in a Giants uniform, partly because of my disdain for all things gint. I like Bonds when he weighed 185 and played for the Pirates. The rest of those guys, Clemens, Palmeiro, Sosa, McGwire et al can remain out of the Hall for 10 years as punishment, but eventually they will, like the other scoundrels that make up the HOF, be allowed in. That is just one man’s opinion.

  8. Roger Dodger says:

    A different issue than drug use with possible HOF guys . . .

    . . . that bothers me, are some of the players in this era that used “stuff” and without it/them — would not have made a roster, or retired earlier. They kept roster spots from others and they cheated to keep them.

    Guys who hit 18 or 26 or 32 so HRs, and without the “stuff” might have hit 8 or 10 or 12 or so. e

    In other words, I remember listening to Dodger games years ago, and hearing Cey or Garvey hitting another deep drive to “the warning track.” But, players in the next group — many of those balls were out, with the assistance of the “stuff.”

    • Badger says:

      That’s true.

      But according to some (Canseco was the mouthiest) so many were doing it, you either joined in or risked losing your job.

      Remember Venice Glenn? Good guy. Went to more than one game with him in San Francisco. He was a huge Bonds supporter and we could just never agree on the subject. I often asked him “what do you think Shawn Green could have done had he participated in the use of PED’s?” No answer ever came from Venice. He knew. Green hit 49 one year. He never weighed over 190 his whole career. At 6’4″, imagine what he could have done had he put on 50 pounds of solid muscle. He might have hit 80. He was that good a hitter for about a decade.

      It was the steroid era. We all lived through it and will be talking about it for years. Unfortunately, those who chose not to participate lost out on not only recognition, but hundreds of thousands of dollars. How to choose who goes in the Hall? You don’t. Nobody goes in, or they all go in.

  9. Bobbie17 says:

    I haven’t been to Dodger Stadium in 10 years. Hopefully, by now, there are new seats. The old ones were so worn that the seat bottoms didn’t lay flat. I don’t remember if they have cup holders, but in Glendale there are none. I can’t figure that one out. I’m with Badger. Put a winner on the field and no one will care about the stadium. They need more than improvements to get the crowd back. Copy the Big A. The Angels did it right.

  10. Bill Russell says:

    I’ll get a feel of the new stadium for you guys this year. I’ll probably go 4-5 during the season. There’s nothing like watching the games live. The food and drinks cost more then normal but also taste better. There’s nothing else like it………….

    • Badger says:

      I go down to Chase at least once a year for the Dodgers, and again with friends for whatever game they choose. I will also be going to Camelback Ranch this Spring. That has to be good enough these days.

  11. ken says:

    HOF will always be a joke until Hodges gets in.

    Aaron Sele got one freakin vote this year. The writers are just clueless.

    How about special restrooms for blind people and their dogs? Are Unisex restrooms also for transgenders? It is LA you know.

    • Badger says:

      Include a limited list of broadcasters, starting with Vinnie, HOF members, managers, a limited group of scouts and management AND a selected group of writers.

      The roid users are going to get in. A few of them anyway. Piazza not in on first vote is a joke. Time for some changes.

  12. gionfriddo says:

    I understand the writer’s taking a stance on the roid players. I happen to feel the same way on the matter. However, not putting in Biggio on his first go around is a shame.
    Imagine these #’s for a minute:
    1. Biggio had 668 career doubles (the most EVER by a RH hitter; that’s ever as in NO other RH
    hitter in MLB history.
    2. Biggio had 3, 060 career knocks (20th all time & 7 more than Rod Carew)
    3. Biggio scored 1, 844 runs; which is more than Mantle & Ted Williams had in their careers.
    This should NOT have happened today– Biggio played the game the right way and its disgusting the writers had their heads buried up their collective asses (at leasr the guys who left him off their ballots. I hope next year Biggio joins Greg Maddux in the ’14 HOF class, he deserves it..

  13. Michael says:

    Bigs is a no brainer but perhaps his association with Bags or even the late Ken Caminiti may have cast a guilt by association from the prima donnas that get to cast a ballot.
    No thanks for reminding me about Gil but it seems like the vote for the oldtimers comes a little later???
    Mikey was also dissed, he should get just for the moment when Roger flung that piece of the bat at him.
    I’m cool but next year if Maddox doesn’t get in I am going to flip out!
    Only 5 weeks or so until Spring training :}}}

    • Badger says:

      355 wins and four straight Cy Young’s don’t get you in?

      ef the writers. They are proving there must be a change in how the voting is conducted.

  14. Badger says:

    We’re fine right now if we come into camp, we’re in a good spot,” Colletti said.

    I wonder who he has penciled in to a. lead off and 2. pinch hit late in the game.

  15. Pete M. says:

    0 in the HOF?? I’ve long been a proponent of “If there’s no clear choice, lets concentrate on next year”….That being said, Biggio was one of my fav’s.
    No one ever mentions cocaine usage and it affect on MLB…I remember watching Steve Howe come charging from the pen after snorting a couple blasts sheilded by Dave Stewart…He was good…Damn good..
    HOF is no joke…It is Mecca for many baseball fans, including myself. I do with where is Gil Hodges???
    Anaheim Angle park has an amusement park feel…I mean volcanoes and stuff… Really??

  16. DRomo says:

    Badger,
    What is telling is: is when you look at the sketches of the new stadium scoreboard (which look awesome) they have a lineup on the right field scoreboard. It has Crawford leading off with M. Ellis behind him, Gonzalez, Kemp, and Ramirez. Ethier,
    Does that mean it’s a done deal? No! But I think it shows that is the impression most have. We shall see.
    Also Ned’s comments yesterday should be a concern. Health is a big big deal with this bunch. Kemps shoulder injury will hamper his start. He only began working his upper body this past week. Gonzalez and Hanley changed their output after similar injuries. I think this season could be great or a great disappointment (see the Lakers). Injuries and complacency are very dangerous.
    All that said I would rather go into spring with this roster than hoping for career years or surprises from names like Marcus Thames, Jay Gibbons, Adam Kennedy, Aaron Harrang, Juan Uribe or Juan Rivera! Couple that with the new look stadium and I am excited to make my way back out to the ravine. I am even contemplating heading out to Fanfest just to see what its all about. I’m not an autograph seeker but I am curious what the scene will be like?
    Anyone else?

  17. Bball says:

    Dromo ya me and the fan will be there. Just hoping to see Vin and maybe hear him talk a little. I read yesterday that the improvements being made might not be ready for opening day so the games might be played at angel stadium or the collassium. I guess the collassium would be cool never been there but I hate everything about the angels so ill give that a big hell no. I love the improvements being made but I am ecstatic with them expanding the restrooms and adding a unisex family restroom, I’m no tranny but I do have a small daughter that I take to games and it was always awkward going into those small men’s restrooms and having to wait. Guggs and co get yet another thumbs up

  18. Pete M. says:

    DRomo…Fanfest, I’m thinking the same!!! Damn good reason to run over to Phillipe’s for a dip…Pure nirvana…

  19. Pete M. says:

    Bball Talk to me…Stop the presses!!! Angle Stadium…They can kiss my posterior… Your kidding aren’t you??? A little early for 4-1-13???

  20. Bball says:

    Pete. Huh?

  21. Pete M. says:

    Bball where did you read this??? Your comment below…
    “I read yesterday that the improvements being made might not be ready for opening day so the games might be played at angel stadium or the collassium. I guess the collassium would be cool never been there but I hate everything about the angels so ill give that a big hell no.”

  22. Badger says:

    I will go on record saying I don’t like Crawford leading off. He put up his quarter billion dollar numbers hitting out of the two hole. That is where he belongs, and that is where I want him. So if Colletti feels satisfied with his lineup like that, he’s an idiot.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=crawfca02&year=Career&t=b

    I liked Angel Stadium just fine when I lived close to it. We would go sit with the seagulls for about 3 bucks and drink cheap beer. I can still recall laughing my ass off at Oscar Gamble’s afro – made his helmet look like a beanie sitting on top of it. Freakin’ hilarious. I wasn’t an Angel fan, but I saw some damn good players play back then – Frank Robinson, Reggie Jackson, Rod Carew, Thurman Munson, Carl Yastremski, Jim Palmer, Nolan Ryan, Vida Blue, Bert Blyleven, John Mayberry, Catfish Hunter, Jeff Burroughs, Carlton Fisk, Brooks Robinson, George Scott, Tony Oliva, hell Tommy Davis was still playing for Baltimore back then. Had a good year as I remember. AL baseball was fun to watch in the early 70′s. I could just never really get behind the Angels.

  23. Bball says:

    I seem it on vin scully is my homeboy. He had a link to Mark Saxon of espnLA. I wrote off my IPhone and don’t no how to put the link on here or I would

  24. ken says:

    Ramon Castro to challenge FedEX? Hummmm

  25. Voldomer says:

    I see Kemp, Gonzalez, Ramirez as 3-4-5, but I too applaud you noticing this!

    The full nine: Crawford, M. Ellis, Kemp, Gonzalez, Ramirez, Ethier, Cruz, A. J. Ellis, Kershaw.

    • Badger says:

      Mark Ellis is a #7 or #8 hitter. Crawford is a #2 hitter.

      This lineup has serious flaws. I want perfection.

      Michael Bourn has a 3 year OBP of .344 (.364 leading off an inning). Carl Crawford is a natural born #2 hitter. Ethier belongs in Arizona or Boston or Florida or somewhere else. We get the pick we lose (signing Bourn) by trading him (probably even better since it will be a highly rated prospect), plus two other prospects as well.

      Bourn in center leading off. Crawford bats where he belongs – in the two hole. Kemp goes to right, where he belongs and the rest of lineup is easy to arrange – with both Ellis’ at the bottom.

      There’s your (near) perfect lineup.

      Hey…. GM….make it happen genius.

  26. RoidRage says:

    the leadoff spot is a legitimate concern, however another way to look at it, the lead off spot really only affects the first at bat of your team. After that the lead off hitter is just whoever happens to be the next in line following the last out of the previous inning. So in effect, you have potentially 9 diffent lead off hitters every game, unless home team doesn’t need last at bat. So is the lead off that crucial or is it just sort of important? Great to start your game with a great lead off but it really isn’t as crucial as most make it out to be. While lead off is important it isn’t even close to our biggest concerns. Ramirez at SS is a bigger concern to me, Crawford both in the field and at bat is a bigger concern to me, Ethier being able to get a hit against a leftie is a much bigger concern to me than all previously stated. So lead off, schmead off, it really isn’t as bad as y’all think it is. Give me a line-up that is basically productive collectively and all of it takes care of itself. Rest your weary minds Dodgers fans, lead off is the least of our problems and question marks

    • Badger says:

      I look at differently roid. Your lead off hitter is the guy who ALWAYS comes up before the best hitters on your team. I want a guy who can get on base and run like a gazelle.

  27. Voldomer says:

    Not my lineup, just the one on the screen. This message was supposed to have been a reply to DRomo’s above.

  28. Roger Dodger says:

    Just noticed that Upton nixed his possible trade to Seattle.

    So maybe Seattle will look again to Ethier.

  29. Gionfriddo says:

    Roger, I read that and the haul of prospects Seattle wanted to send Arizona’s way was very impressive.. Per CBS Sports Scott Miller, the Mariners would have sent Nick Franklin, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor and 1 of the following: Danny Hultzen, Taijaun Walker or James Paxton. Hultzen is one of the best young arms in the game (he is not far behind Bundy of Baltimore)..

    So, I have to agree with Badgers idea of moving Ethier (to Seattle) and signing Bourn. I would ask for Furbush, Franklin, and Hultzen for Ethier and offer to chip in 38 million (which is what is left on Upton’s deal in Arizona and is what Seattle would have been on the hook for if that deal had went down).. that might make it more reasonable for Seattle to do as it would leave them on the hook for approx 47 mill left on Ethier’s deal…

    That would give us our leadoff guy in Bourn AND put Kemp in RF where the wear and tear would be lessened on our franchise guy.

  30. Michael says:

    Just pondering who the backup 1st basemen is? I really don’t see anybody on the roster who has even played the position before,Juan gone. Not that I want to platoon Adrian but my gosh, we can’t expect him to grind it out everyday. Time to get Mike Morse.
    Lets do whatever neccesary to make it a 3 way, Andre to Seattle[+moola], Upton to LA and the prospects plus whatever we would need to throw in [money we seem to have it coming out of our ass] to appease the snakes.

    Love Zach Lees’ attitude. Says quantum leap is in the tides

  31. Roger Dodger says:

    Gee, 1b, I looked up Schumaker — he has played all outfield positions, 2b – that’s it.

    Then i looked up Castellanos — he is 3B and outfield only in the minors.

    Then Elian Herrera — he has played all over the field, but not at 1b.

    So I started looking for someone tall. That knocked Nick Punto out, he is only 5’9″.

    Ellis is only 5’10″. Sellers only 5’10″.

    Then I saw it — 6’3″ — Yasiel Pulg, but then I noticed that he did not even have a uniform number assigned.

    So — right on — a trade or signing WILL happen to get someone who can play backup 1b. Wait, Clayton could do it — HE CAN DO ANYTHING !!!

    • Badger says:

      ESPN has Uribe as AGon’s back-up. There you go. Problem solved.

      So Lee said quantum leap is in the tides? Where did you see that quote Michael. I think he must be talking about the 3 minute YouTube video. Since it happens at the subatomic level, a electron’s quantum leap is everywhere at all times. At least, that is my understanding of it. So yeah, it’s in the tides.

  32. Michael says:

    No Badger, Lee did not say that, I did, just feeling that he is ready to make his mark.

    Lee said he is glad he chose Baseball over going to LSU. Tells me that playing in the National championship game and having Brent Musburger drool all over his GF has no importance to him.

    Uribe probably could do it but I’d much rather have Mike Morse who could also spell Dre in RF when we face a southpaw.

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