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Less of Me and More of You

  • When the Red Sox signed Carl Crawford, I said they would rue the day they signed him and that was true.  This is not meant to provoke you, but the Dodgers will soon rue the day they traded for Crawford.  I find it hard to believe he will be the Dodgers left-fielder for any substantial amount of time.  $100 Million down the drain, but he was never an essential piece.  He can be replaced.
  • Could it be that Lilly, Capuano and Harang will be traded during this spring?
  • Amezaga, Herrera, Fed-Ex and Punto are looking good.
  • Juan Uribe is hitting .125 which if you multiply by 2,000 is what he weighs.   Amazing!!!
  • Cruz blasted one, but don’t fall in love.  He ain’t all that!
  • I have a feeling Matt Kemp will be MVP this year.
  • The front office must really have questions about Mattingly.  I mean, REALLY!
  • RDLR has hit 100 on the gun this spring and Allen Webster has hit 98…  Sigh!!

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24 Responses to “Less of Me and More of You”

  1. Roger Dodger says:

    Mark, really, 100 and 98 —– how do they know!!! They cannot possibly see the ball, only a shadow of the ball.

    The roster now — will not be the roster one year from now. I expect some key changes. There are so many IF’s on the team.

    But it will be fun watching. Listening. Hoping.

  2. HemmorhoidRage says:

    You may rue the day that you did not give Cruz a chance to be our 3B. Will Cruz be and All-star (oops, I mean) Most-star, probably not, could he be a very productive 3B for the Dodgers, quite possibly. Cruz-hatas beware.

    Have a great (oops, I mean) okay day everyone (oops, I mean) most of you.

  3. Bobby says:

    I think Carl Crawford will be a very good LF for us for the next 5 yrs. No, he’s not worth the money, but if you ignore the money part, I think he will be a very effective player. His arm and wrist need to heal, but the rest of his body has basically had 2 years off, so no wear and tear there.

    He’s known as a great teammate and he has the will to get back where he was. This setback yesterday is normal; nothing to freak out about. We all know he won’t be really ready till about May 1. Whether he’s 80% on April 1, or 90% on April 1, he’s worth the wait. When you have a team as deep as we do, we can let him recovery at a proper pace and not rush him.

    Plus, I think our pitching staff, especially if Bills is healthy, will be really really good, thus taking some pressure off of the offense. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, so we have time to gel and then take off and run away with this thing.

    Yes, RDLR and A-Web throw hard. So do other guys.

  4. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I loved RDLR, and maybe I would have come to love Webster as well, if I had a chance to see him pitch. But bottom line is we have Adrian Gonzalez at 1B, NOT James Loney. Beckett has looked good, so taking on his contract doesn’t appear to be a loss. Crawford????? We’ll just have to wait and see. And we still have Jose Dominguez, who I believe has also hit 100 mph. Maybe he’ll make it, or like many other hard throwers, maybe he won’t. I think RDLR has a chance to be special, but I don’t have a clue about Webster.

    Fact is, the Dodgers needed to do something to bolster their offense, and had to give up some good prospects to get the deal done. But there are other good pitching prospects in the organization, and a change in direction that is now tapping the international market. I believe the Dodgers have the pitching they need in the near term, and the prospect of adding to organizational depth with an ownership willing to do whatever it takes to build a deep pipeline of talent.

    I think the Dodgers did what they had to do last year, and will continue to do what is necessary to bolster the talent on this team. If Crawford proves a problem, maybe Yasiel Puig will surprise us all and step into the picture earlier than we thought. Might be that the $42 million spent on him will turn out to be good investment. Or maybe the Dodgers will have to see another outfielder from elsewhere. At least they now have the means to do so.

  5. the truth hurts says:

    All you Cruz non-believers beware…

  6. Josh says:

    Wrong day to poo poo Cruz, unbelievers!!. 2B Machine. 4 for 11, 2 2B 2 HR

  7. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I wrote in the last thread that I’m not convinced that Cruz may not be for real. But I also caution those people getting overly excited by some early exhibition performances that this is ST, and early ST at that. Hitters are not yet facing big league caliber stuff. Not even good AAA caliber stuff.

    I think I’ll “beware the Ides of March”, not Luis Cruz.

  8. Bobby says:

    Puig made a pretty decent throw today from RF to 3b to nail a runner. He looks like a bigger Raul Mondesi type out there. Big, fast, and scary.

    Cruz did make an error that opened the door for like a 6 run inning. Oh well, it’s spring. It happens.

  9. HemmorhoidRage says:

    Truth, Josh, BD, exactly what I have been saying since the Cruz discussion came up. I mentioned months ago, that some inside info I had from inside the org was that Cruz was not only going to be given a chance to win 3B but the position was actually his to hold onto, he was going to have to lose the position. Someone or many in the org believe in the kid, as do I. Of course, injury or something strange could happen to change that but for the most part, Cruz is going to be our 3B this year. I will say it again, Cruz-hatas beware!

    To most of you, enjoy the ST and don’t ride the roller-coaster of daily ups and downs of players, you got to look more long term, not day to day stats.

  10. Badger says:

    Back home. Lost all touch with anything Dodgers but after reading here, I think I’m close.

    The Dodgers gave up the pitching they had to to improve the team. This team is, on paper at least, much better than the one they had last year. I am not concerned about the loss of those two young arms.

    Keep it up Cruz. It’s very early. Hopefully his good few weeks last year were not a fluke. I would have Plan B in my pocket though.

    Yes, good bye Uribe. Don’t let the door hit you in your chalupa on the way out.

    Is Gordon playing any second base? I too would like to see what he could do over there.

    I still have faith in Crawford. Everyone knows the contract is ridonkulous, but it isn’t about the money, it’s about whether he can play. If he can, he is much better than anyone we had out there last year.

    My confidence level is high.

    ALL of you out there, have a great week-end.

  11. the truth hurts says:

    Cruz hit .297 last season in the big leagues. (78 games)

    I watched the majority of those games and he was exciting, clutch and there is no reason whatsoever to not give him the benefit of the doubt this Spring. I know it seems to good to be true, but until he proves otherwise, I am on CRUZ CONTROL. I am with you Rage on this one.

    Crawford, man oh man. I feel like I’m walking around with an egg on a spoon. How does contact on a repaired wrist and elbow hold up swinging at a 90 mph plus pitch? I hope he turns the corner but it is hard to be optimistic.

    Welcome back Badge!

  12. jerry says:

    pack crawford up with uribe, he is a accident waiting to happen

  13. Badger says:

    Thanks truth.

    Cruz had an interesting year. His sOPS+ was 107, which is good for that position but in August it was 136, which is outstanding. He deserves his shot and is getting it. I hope he can maintain numbers like that over an entire year. If he does, our lineup will match anyone’s.

    Crawford’s setback is no big deal – yet. A back up will be sought. We have excess starting pitching. As the season draws closer, options will present themselves. I still see 92+ wins for this team.

  14. KEN says:

    Crawford – Forget about it!

    Cruz – Third highest BA among people listed as 3B so far this spring.

    Flores 0-8 oh well

    Uribe’s BA is higher than Casty and Gordon, and Kemp!

    The LADs only have 14 pitchers with an ERA of 9.00 or higher :)

  15. Pete M. says:

    So early…
    Overall pitching with the exception of the Kid has been caca to say the least.
    C.C.??? Still envision a damn good year and a fan favorite…Did he come back too soon after the T.J??? Gotta check with the medical staff…in the interim, Castellanos,Hairston and Schu will do…
    Cruzzzzz. Damn happy for the kid, but I too would like a little insurance…
    Uribe and Dallas Mac….Ugly to watch….
    Puig…Have mercy Miss Percy…
    Once again they are giving Dee G. every opportunity to shine!!! Shades of Tony Abreu…
    Camelback Tue…Be Still Oh Heart of Mine…

  16. Idaho al says:

    I am in Hawaii enjoying the sunshine and golf. I did get to see the game yesterday. Gordon is doing exactly what he should do in the lead off position. A hit and a couple of walks, and some stolen bases. I agree that I would like to see him at second base. He certainly looks bigger this year than last year.

  17. Bobbie17 says:

    Early ST this year seems almost worthless. WBC? It seems like most of the teams are waiting for the real ST to start. Me too.

  18. Bobby says:

    Did anyone watch Zach Lee pitch yesterday? I know he gave up a 3 hits, 2 runs, and had 2 k.

    I just wonder if he got hit hard, got lucky on outs, or gave up some squibbers and bloopers.

  19. the truth hurts says:

    Gordon is 1-8, .125

    Ellis is 5-11, .455

    Watching the game yesterday, Gordon gets a hit, steals two bases and scores. The announcer says “Gordon gets his first hit of spring training, he is taking advantage of finally being on base”, that is the problem, he never gets on base!!! He proved this last season.

    He hit .379 in 2012 spring training. Then hit .228 when it started to count. He proved he can’t hit and most importantly, bunt. He can’t throw to first either.

    I have given up on Gordon, I said it last year.

    The truth will set you free…..

    • Ken says:

      As Wills said during an interview this past week – Bunting is 90% mental. What does that say about Gumby?

  20. Badger says:

    1 for 8 doesn’t mean much without context. Has he hit the ball? Is he working on his bunting in any of these at bats? I did notice his OBP is .500, (better than Cruz’) so, I could live with .125 if he gets on at .500. Yeah, I know. But I have patience when it comes to a player like this one. 1 hit, 3 SB and 3 runs scored. That’s a lot of production off one hit.

  21. Voldomer says:

    From the June 6, 2011, issue of The Sporting News:

    The 50 Best Players in Baseball
    13. Hanley Ramirez
    14. Adrian Gonzalez
    25. Carl Crawford
    36. Clayton Kershaw
    43. Matt Kemp
    44. Andre Ethier
    45. Zack Greinke

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