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Sunday Mailbag

Q.  Hey Mark, guess who’s coming to dinner? Venice Glen is in town with family and we are going to get together and head up to the Slot Canyon area around Page on Monday. I’ll be sure and tell him you haven’t changed. He’ll get a kick out of that. - Badger

A.  Of course I haven’t changed.  When you are damn near perfect, there’s no reason to.  ;)   Be sure and tell him congratulations to his Giants for winning the World Series two more times and playing baseball the Dodger Way.  [I threw up in my mouth while writing that]

Q.  Hey Mark, can you lay off my boy, Don Mattingly.  He is doing just fine. – Joe Torre

A.  Sure Joe, I’ll lay off him as soon as he is fired just like I laid off you when you retired.

Q.  Hey Mark,  can you show some love for a fellow Hoosier? Don Mattingly

A.  In three words:  NO, NO NO!  Oh, and walk the plank!

Q.  Hey Mark, can I get some chicken and beer in the clubhouse tonight?  I really need it.Josh Beckett

A.  Josh, the beer is fine but chicken leaves a fowl taste in your mouth.  Lay off that stuff.  Keep the beer in your locker… maybe the dugout.  It can’t hurt!

Q.  Hey Mark, are the Dodgers ever going to sign me to a long-term deal? - Clayton Kershaw

A.  Are you sick or something?

Q.  Hey Mark, when I come off my suspension and face the Dodgers the next time, what should I wear?Carlos Quentin

A.  How about a baseball in your ear?

Q.  Hey Mark, did you know that I am really fast?Yasil Puig

A.  Are you trying to tell me that Puigs’ can fly?

Q.  When will the Dodgers call me back to the big club?  – Dee Gordon

A.  Can you play defense yet and we will need a written excuse from your parents?

Q.  Who will be the next Dodger Manager?Tim Wallach

A.  Magic Johnson

UPDATE:  It gets worse!

DODGERS RECALL FIFE, PLACE BILLINGSLEY ON 15-DAY DISABLED LIST

 

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today recalled right-handed pitcher Stephen Fife from Triple-A Albuquerque and placed right-handed pitcher Chad Billingsley on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow pain retroactive to April 16. Fife will start today’s game in Baltimore. In 2012, Fife made five starts with the Dodgers, going 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA (8 ER/26.2 IP) and a .255 opponents’ batting average. In three starts with the Isotopes this season, the 26-year-old is 1-1 with a 4.61 ERA (7 ER/13.2 IP) and 14 strikeouts.

Billingsley is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA (4 ER/12.0 IP) in two starts this season.

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77 Responses to “Sunday Mailbag”

  1. Mark_Timmons says:

    If you don’t laugh with this bunch of bums, you will cry!

  2. Quasimodo says:

    I’ve cried all my tears. While I’m used to pain, it still hurts.

  3. Joseph Olivas says:

    i agree fire Mattingly its time now before its 2 late!

  4. KEN says:

    # 12 in BA
    # 6 in OBP
    # 26 in SLG
    # 29 in Runs

    # 5 in hitting into the most DPs
    # 5 in hitting the most fly balls and pop ups

    # 1 in Choking

    forget the walks swing at the first pitch once in a while

  5. Bobby says:

    alcohol helps. you forget the dodgers suck, and all girls look prettier.

    enjoy your sunday gents! go Lakers!!

  6. Quasimodo says:

    Think I’d rather have Dodgers looking prettier and all girls sucking.

  7. Mark_Timmons says:

    OK ;)

  8. Badger says:

    #1 in attendance. By a considerable margin. Dodger fans are so ready for the post McCourt era. It’s a shame they start like this. I paid to see them, but if they continue to play like this, I wouldn’t do it again.

    Several good teams off to slow starts. I believe we have the opportunity to finish strong. Hopefully Ramirez and Greinke get back at full strength. Hopefully the pen, which has some great arms in it, gets it’s collective head out of it’s ass. And, there will be deadline moves to get the bat we need. I can feel that coming. Cruz, Sellers et. al. belong on a bench somewhere, or more likely in the minors.

    It’s early.

    I think I have seen about enough of Mattingly, but I don’t believe management will throw a guy like him out. He is a legend. He is a baseball guy. Maybe they show some patience. After all, he is playing with half a lineup that does not belong in the Major Leagues.

    Look around Mark. There must be somebody out there for whom you are willing to overpay. ;) and by the way…. that is what I am going to tell Venice. All of us who have known you for years really get a kick out of your trade scenarios. I have to admit, most of them would probably work, as other teams would love to continue to fleece Jed.

    It’s still early. A 3-5 game win streak would help everything.

    Damn Rockies. What’s up with that?

  9. Bball says:

    Badger the dodgers are only #1 in attendance because of promotions. Ex. Monday Jackie Robinson day and statue= sellout . Tuesday no giveaway and only 34,000 and Wednesday another sellout due too hello kitty fleece blanket giveaway. The dodgers have great giveaway items and that’s the reason people come. Watch this next home stand and see what the promotion days are and you’ll see. On another note hopefully today is the day they get back on track.

    • Badger says:

      “another sellout due too hello kitty fleece blanket giveaway.”

      Really? 52,000 showed up to get a kitty blanket?

      Dodger fans are loopier than I even imagined.

      Oh well, whatever puts B.I.S..

      I think, kitty blankets or no kitty blankets, people won’t be showing up to see a team on a losing streak. I wonder how many season tickets have been sold? I’ll bet it’s over 30K. I know the Dodgers were talking about capping it for the first time in years.

  10. Roger Dodger says:

    The Dodgers are making news. The baseball world is talking about the Dodgers . . . and laughing until it hurts.

    When Hanley does come back, and say it takes a week for him to begin to get his timing somewhat right (he will probably come back a week or two early and say he is fine) — that moves Cruz to the bench. (Or, Sellers or Uribe).

    Still, I do not think he alone will make up the difference and the Dodgers will go from scoring 1 or 2 or 3 runs a game to 4 or 5 or 6 runs a game.

    Still, there is Ellis and Ellis who are at best .260 hitters (at best) will little power and have weaknesses. Then there is Ethier who is still struggling to find his old self or new self, but he is become a journeyman player.

    Crawford is having a nice season, and A. Gonz is hitting base hits (not much power) and Kemp is trying to find himself.

    Even if they can all tork it up a notch . . . the pitching has faltered a bunch. Even Clayton has been hit hard. Beckett hit hard. The pen is not what they need to be.

    And with all of the support the ownership has brought in for coaching and advising, etc. — they need to get through to these guy — fast. Or San Diego will pass the Dodgers on the freeway into the basement.

    Playing with passion and team chemistry is a must.

    • Badger says:

      Agree with all of that.

      But you know Kershaw and Greinke will pitch well into September. Ryu should do well enough to give us 30 starts of sub 4 ERA. Not sure about Beckett, but he looked great against the dbacks. The pen is better than it has looked.

      Kemp will hit. Unless of course this is a Rihanna year (.249 .760 OPS) I think we can count on him being much better when it counts. Crawford, Ethier and AGon will do what they do.

      Our problem is Cruz, Sellers and our 2 hole. I say again, Mark Ellis is a decent player, but at 36 and a career .266 .331 .724 player, and the fact he hasn’t played 150 games since 2007, I just believe he is an off the bench late inning replacement. We can, and must, do better out of the two hole.

      Cruz, Uribe and Sellers just need to be gone. That’s my opinion.

      I trust this will come together soon.

  11. Bball says:

    Last I heard they have sold 31,000 season tickets.

  12. Idahoal says:

    The Dodgers are so hard to watch right now. Somebody needs to shake this club up. I agree Cruz, Uribe and Sellers need to leave. Punto and Hariston are the only two off the bench that I care for. Now the pitchers are not doing well. I like Mattingly, but I think he has to go, and soon.

  13. Mark_Timmons says:

    UPDATE ABOVE:

    BAD NEWS

  14. Bball says:

    This team is cursed

  15. Bobbie17 says:

    The Cubs of the West. Enjoy.

  16. Gonzo says:

    Calling Tomas Juan.

  17. Badger says:

    Well, they are owned by the Gaggenheimers. That might be some seriously crappy karma to be played out. It’s not investment bankers have the people’s best interests in mind. Maybe all they know how to do us make money out of money. Not sure how that relates to baseball. Maybe it does. Iontkno

    This sucks. Fife is ok. He can pitch. But on this team, you need to not only pitch, but pitch extremely well. I don’t see that out of Fife.

    It’s early. I’m tired of saying it’s early

    What’s next?

  18. Jason says:

    Offense better wake up. This team now needs 8 runs a game just to have a shot at winning.

  19. Badger says:

    Mark, Venice just stopped by to borrow my tripod. Told him about Billingsley…. he was really upset. yeah, right……

    Tommy Juan indeed. Might as well just get it done.

  20. Roger Dodger says:

    NOW you know just how the Cubs fans have felt for 100 years (seasons).

    A few good players on the roster, and some that should not be there.

    But you know, a walk, two singles, a double, a hit and run, stolen base, sac fly, and single — and a team CAN score a bunch of runs.

    Can these guys even do this???? Yes . . .

  21. Quasimodo says:

    I really wanted Dodgers and Mattingly to be successful. That’s a given-its what we all want. And there’s nothing solid in blaming him for the shortcomings in the lineup or the bench. Where he’s confused me too often is how he manages pitchers, and more so, relievers. I thought it was me that was ignorant or too far outside to see his logic. But after seeing his logic fail too many times I don’t like I’m the one that’s ignorant. Hopefully I’m wrong about that. Especially if Dodgers keep Mattingly. So prove me stupid, Don. Please!

  22. Quasimodo says:

    Should of proof read that.

    • Badger says:

      Mattingly has done more than a few things in the last few years to cause me to scratch my head. But then, so did Tracy.

      Mattingly is a hitter from the American League. He knows hitting. I don’t think he knows a lot about pitching, but he has a couple of people around him that should know. And he has NL guys on the bench to help him with the switches, match-ups and what have you that occur late in NL games. But what nailed it for me was watching him stumble fumble bumble his way to a loss in Phoenix. It was like watching a rookie. As far as I can see, there is no excuse for how he handles that bullpen. Not always, but often enough.

      As for the hitting… that is what he and McGwire are supposed to know! Maybe it’s just a fact that the Dodgers don’t have enough good hitters. That’s what I have been trying to say. Hoping Uribe gets it together and that Sellers will hit .250 is foolish. Those guys just flat out can’t hit.

      Punto, Schumaker and Hairston are legit bench guys. But, they look like the same guy to me. Add Mark Ellis and you have 4 that came from the same gene pool.

      Shake it up. What could it hurt?

  23. Rob says:

    I knew the Bills experiment would end badly

  24. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I’m almost glad I’ve been too busy to stay up late and watch Dodger games from here in the east. The Billingsley news is certainly not good, and he won’t be easy to replace. So on that front there is concern. However, as many times as he says it, I agree with Badger, it’s early. And as long as the Dodgers don’t go completely into the tank, it will be early into July.

    Cruz, Sellers and Uribe must be gone soon. Last I looked, Dee Gordon was hitting .321 at ALBQ. If he can come back and hits consistently, we can live with some erratic defense, which I believe will get better gradually over time. But for Gordon to return and get into the lineup will require Hanley to move over to 3B.

    And Kemp must begin to hit. If he doesn’t, nothing will work. Just Kemp becoming a threat again will lengthen the Dodgers lineup, and make it more difficult to pitch to everyone around him.

    And again, these are not the McCourt Dodgers. They do have the ability to make moves if the opportunity presents itself. So here on April 21st, I’m not about to give up on a season that that has 145 games left. After all, if the Dodgers began the season 14-3 and then hit a 7-10 bump in the road later on, nobody would say anything. It just looks worse when you BEGIN the season 7-10. And it wasn’t long ago we were 7-4. A 6 game losing steak can easily be followed by a 6 game or more winning streak.

    As for Mattingly walking the plank. I’m not sure a manager change will make any difference, and I’m not too inclined to place any blame at his door at this early juncture. But if the Dodgers make a move in that direction, so be it. But I wouldn’t want them doing it just for the sake of making a move.

    • Mark_Timmons says:

      I think sometimes you do just have to make a move for the sake of making a move. It shakes everyone up!

  25. Rob says:

    What a horrible start to this game, Fife looks like crap.

  26. HemmorhoidRage says:

    Something has to be done to shake things up, I can think of three things that should happen this week:

    1. Dee Gordon returns.

    2. Puig is called up.

    3. Donnie TBag is sent packing.

    Sometime change is required and at this point it needs to be big news not just a little tweaking.

    Dee immediately goes into the lineup at SS and bats in the one slot and Crawford goes to the two slot. Puig goes into the lineup immediately in CF and Kemp to the bench. Then after a series or two, Kemp starts platooning with Ethier and they fight it out for who becomes the starter (or Puig unless he goes off dramatically, returns to the minors and Kemp and Ethier return to their positions). Donnie Tbag gets replaced with Wallach, not interim manager in title either. then Wallach has the rest of the season to see if he continues.

    Bet the brass wish they still had Harang now. Hernanadez has zilch left in the tank, btw. Stupid stupid stupid trade.

  27. Roger Dodger says:

    Wasn’t that first Baltimore inning something !!!!

    I would think — that when a team looses 3 pitchers, and needs another starter from the minors — they would bring up the best ready pitcher they have — and in the Dodgers case — that is Fife !!!!

    Boy, is our minor league pitching in trouble. That is it. Now, he could pitch hitless ball for 5 more innings — but the entire team looked out of whack that first inning.

  28. Badger says:

    Amen to all of that roid.

    Not sure about Kemp to the bench though. For a few games, while he sits in the hot tub, sure. But if Puig does hit, it presents us with a problem. Ethier will be pissed. We seem to have backed ourselves into a corner on some of these moves.

    This team is constructed strangely. We had all these pitchers. Now we don’t. After 15 games we are already into our 4A staff. We had a plethora of infielders, now it looks like we could change them all out for replacements. And the bullpen, supposed to be a strength, looks fragile. wahappin?

    Sellers strikes out swinging. There’s a scoop. wrisp 0-1

    Come on Ellis.

    eh, sac fly. Well, it’s an out, but a run. Have to take all we can get at this stage.

    And Kemp swallows the olive with the bases loaded. He has become a real hole in this lineup.

  29. Rob says:

    Kemp is pretty much the same as sellers right now but sellers has a HR.

  30. Roger Dodger says:

    Okay, it is time to buy some Japanese team (just by the whole team) and bring several of there best players and put them on the 25 man roster.

    Or, open the money bag and make a few trades and throw money at clubs to fill the holes.

    I am almost out of air . . . life is short . . . the Mayan Calendar might have been right.

  31. Bball says:

    Roid a week from now that works but Puig was placed on the seven day DL with a sprained thumb. Everything else especially the Gordon stuff lets do it.

  32. Rob says:

    I hope when Hanley comes back they put him in the 4 hole and move kemp down further.

  33. Bobby says:

    I love some of these ideas. Theyre great!!

  34. Rob says:

    Thank you ELLIS!!!!!!!

  35. Rob says:

    OK, I don’t recognize this team right now

  36. Jason says:

    I’ve never seen a team give away more outs when there’s a chance to break the game open

  37. Jason says:

    Pinch hitting Hernandez…are you serious!!!!!

  38. Jason says:

    Batting .111 for a reason donnie…wtf

  39. Rob says:

    That shows how weak our bench is.

  40. Bobby says:

    Why take our Shoemacker for a .111 hitter, unless that .111 hitter owns the pitcher?

    Another reason to can him

  41. Rob says:

    Hairston has the Cruz pop up disease

  42. KEN says:

    Finally can post. For the first time I actually see spell checking!!!!!!!!!

    Who is the moron calling pitches? 3 straight 90 mph 4 seam fastballs to Hardy? How about a change up, curveball or slide?

  43. Rob says:

    YES!!! The streak is over!!! And for anyone mentioning how stupid the harang trade was look at his stat line, 8 earned runs

  44. HemmorhoidRage says:

    He has a Harangover!

    Puig puiged his thumb? Damn!

    Wow this team really is lousy, win today, but a blind squirrel even trips over a nut once in a while.

    Ellis makes an outstanding play behind 2B, sorry boys, I like this guy, he’a a real ballplayer.

    Donny Tbag really has to go, yes we are thin on the bench and have some very poor performing regulars but Donnie doesn’t really project energy or pizzazz on any level, that shi’ite is contagious.

  45. Badger says:

    What do you know.

    I like Ellis too – doing exactly that, a late inning good defensive play.

    Spell checking? Is that an edit capability that I don’t see?

  46. Roger Dodger says:

    Sweet!!

    You doubters. Moaning and complaining about this Dodger team. Non-believers.

    These guys are on a winning streak.

    Who is next?

  47. KEN says:

    The dodgers beat the O’s #5 with a #4. Ho Hum.

    Dodgers played better and there were less dumb managerial decisions than usual.

    Spell Check is Cool!

  48. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    You don’t make a move for the sake of just making a move. Sometimes the shakeup can have a negative effect. Wasn’t the team shook up with the Boston trade last August? I was all for that deal, and still think it will have a good long term effect. However, shook up as the Dodgers were, they kept on losing.

    Matt Kemp doesn’t need to be shook up to start hitting. He just needs to get back in synch, and there is no way to tell when that will happen. Gonzalez had the same surgery following 2010, and it took him about a month to get going in 2011. Maybe it’s the same for Kemp. I didn’t see the game today, but I did notice that Kemp had 3 hits, albeit all singles. Maybe it’s a beginning, and maybe the power begins to return as the weather gets warmer.

    A shake up will not make Sellers, Cruz or Uribe good hitters. Along with Kemp they’re a good part of the reason why this team isn’t scoring. Bring up Gordon, get Hanley back, and maybe another move or two or three, and this team just might start scoring and winning.

    I don’t necessarily agree that Crawford should return to the 2-slot in the order. He’s done a good job leading off, and maybe he’s as good lead-off hitter as he is a 2-hole hitter. If Gordon can hit at the top of the order, he could hit either 1 or 2. But at this stage, it might just be best to get Gordon slowly acclimated, and have him hit in the 8-hole for a while. At least until he gets his feet on the ground. He was rushed into the lead-off spot last year. I’d be careful before trying that again. At least for now.

  49. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    One other thing. I recall the Dodgers going through a stretch before the All-Star break in 2006 where they lost something like 14 of 15 games. That was followed up by a streak in which they won 18 of 19 games. I don’t recall any shake-ups. They just started playing better baseball. In fact, I believe they ended that season by winning 7 in a row, and followed that up by being swept in 3 by the Mets. They’re are no simple formulas.

  50. the truth hurts says:

    Def leave Crawford at lead off.

  51. Quasimodo says:

    I don’t think Crawford should be anywhere but lead-off. Not at this point. He might of once been better suited in the 2 hole, but evolution or him simply embracing the role, he’s become the ideal man for lead-off.

  52. Roger Dodger says:

    But, maybe if Gordon comes back, and can have an on-base-percentage of, what, .340 or higher. Then that speed on top would do wonders, and drive other teams crazy . . . with Crawford hitting in the #2 hole.

  53. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Roger,

    You could be correct. And it could also be Crawford leading off with Gordon hitting 2nd. Comparable speed in both places, with the more experienced Crawford at the top. Might also be six of one, half a dozen of the other. Or, maybe at this early stage of his career Gordon might be better served in the less pressurized 8-hole. He’d certainly be a lot easier for the pitcher to sacrifice. And maybe he could on occasion steal 2nd and be sacrificed over to 3B.

    Of course, we could be getting ahead of ourselves. As I write this, unless I missed something, Gordon is still at ALBQ.

  54. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    By the way, Gordon is hitting .429 with RISP.

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=SS&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=543829

  55. Mark_Timmons says:

    Hitting is only part of Gordon\’s problems. He is on pace for 54 errors. That is way unacceptable. He is showing very little right now, and NO the Dodgers have no plans to move him to 2B or the OF.

  56. Badger says:

    Gordon would field better on Major League fields. Not a lot better, but better.

    And I was thinking the same thing Brooklyn – if Crawford wants to stay in the lead-off spot, hit Gordon second. He might see more fastballs from a pitcher in the stretch with Crawford on first.

    “A shake up will not make Sellers, Cruz or Uribe good hitters.”

    The shake is getting rid of those guys.

    We’re on a roll. One game winning streak with the lousy Mets up next. Oh wait…. they’re better than us.

  57. Quasimodo says:

    We need to sweep Mets to be above .500 at series end. So is it gonna be Becket or Lilly for Thursday?

  58. the truth hurts says:

    We already have Dee Gordon, his name is Justin Sellers….

  59. Roger Dodger says:

    But Mark, on Gordon’s throws to first base. The fans there will love it — lots of balls to take home as a keep sake.

    How many plays would Gordon have a game? I’ll take them, for his being with this team and getting Sellers, Cruz, and or Uribe — one of them away.

  60. Roger Dodger says:

    Fly to Phoenix tomorrow. Mark, going for my annual visit to Mayo.

    Return on Thursday.

  61. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    It’s not just his hitting. Since Spring Training Gordon is showing more patience at the plate, and getting on base more. I consider that a major improvement, since getting on base is what allows him to utilize his best weapon, his speed. We might have to put up with more errors, but Gordon will make up for part of that with his superior range, and will likely get better over time. In any case, if he hits and is able to get on base, the improvement over Sellers will far outweigh any defensive shortcomings. With Hanley thrown into the mix to replace Cruz, the Dodgers should be able to score enough runs to carry Gordon’s glove. And given regular playing time, if Gordon hits, I also believe he will improve defensively, if only gradually.

    But as I noted earlier, none of this means anything unless Gordon is actually called up. And let’s all hope that the Dodgers don’t make the same mistake they made with Kemp last year, and bring back Hanley before he’s ready.

  62. Quasimodo says:

    Gordon still has a few things to iron out and he’ll keep making progress. We’ll see him, but probably later than sooner. It was the right move to send him down. No reason to make the same mistake twice of bringing up in too early.

  63. Quasimodo says:

    So which minor league pitcher do you think we’ll make roster room for when Dodgers get the next chance for pay-backs with Padres? That IS gonna happen-don’t say different, I saw it in a dream.

    • Badger says:

      I would rather just beat them and point to the standings. But, you are prolly right. Wonder what it will cost us.

      Got a 50 push-up per game bet with an old friend on the upcoming series. I need the work, but, I hope I am not doing any. Not for that reason anyway.

      Gordon can help this team. I am sure he can hit at least as good as the group of rubes we have hacking up there now. Plus he brings something none of them have – raw speed. This team could use some quicks out there. They look like they are playing ball at the beach. Gordon is leading the PCL in stolen bases (Castellanos is 3rd) and he is no where near the top in AB’s. It’s true he does need some more work on his game…. but, Sellers? Come on. His .228 ML average looks good compared to some that our bench is putting up. I am sure he can improve on that number too.

  64. Mark_Timmons says:

    Roger,

    Haven’t been to PHX for two years.

    Godspeed!

  65. Roger Dodger says:

    Raw speed . . . when you see it on the bases in the major leagues, you smile and cannot wait to see the action and the next action.

    Just think: the Dodgers have the bases loaded with Adrian Gonzales, A.J. Ellis, and Juan Uribe . . . with Hyun-Jin Ryu up to the plate. Now, Ryu dunks a ball into left-center field. And that raw speed is just a’ churning on the base-paths . . . what a site.

    Leave for the airport shortly.

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