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Glad to see Donnie motivate this bunch

Well, that motivational speech by Don Mattingly will go down as one of the greatest ever, won’t it?

I got nothing else.

This horse is dead.  I’m done beating it!

There’s nothing at all I can say that would be good or hasn’t been said!

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44 Responses to “Glad to see Donnie motivate this bunch”

  1. Idaho al says:

    I just do not know what to say anymore. We just do not look very good. Hitting, defense, and pitching was not good last night. That sums it up.

  2. Michael says:

    Last night I noticed Lynn had pine tar on the bill of his cap. Would have liked to have seen the manager go out and question it even if only to get into their heads.
    No, he’s too busy to even clear the air with Ethier. Can’t be too good for the morale.
    With the early start tonight and Ted “home run derby” pitching balls will be flying, if not heads.

    For the optimistic when does “it’s early” become it’s too late; when the season is a third over[June 1], when we’re 10 games out, 15 games out? Just wondering.

    I don’t think the pardon was signed, so the death watch stands!

  3. Idaho al says:

    If I have to put the blame anywhere, I would blame Colletti. This is the team Mattingly was given. Our subs are all the same type of player. No power on the bench, except we now have SVS. No power in the starting line up. Colletti gave Either a five year contract when there were problems with him. He also signed Andruw Jones and Jason Schmidt. Those worked out well for us. He will not part with any player he has signed. That is why we still have Cruz, Uribe, and Hernandez on the team. Mattingly wanted to keep Fed Ex and Colletti did not. Colletti put starters in the bull pen and now our bull pen is not good. Colletti will not admit he made a mistake.

  4. Badger says:

    When does its early become its too late?

    When we are mathematically eliminated. Which will be in about 4 months.

    We didn’t lost ground on the midgets and the pods. That’s a good thing.

    Ths is not a good defensive team. Bad fundamental. Eg: Ellis blocking the plate. Out of position. He needs to watch film if Scioscia. Small thing but yet another example.

    We are better than what we have shown. If the middle of this order goes 0fer, we have NO shot.

    F Miami. Go Pacers.

  5. Badger says:

    Dang iphones.

    Agree about Colletti. He has been doing weird things for some time. Maybe it’s the ownership he has worked for. The one thing he did that was really good, Manny, actually fell into his lap. Nobody else wanted him, so, we got him. Other than that, Colletti has some very questionable signings on his record.

    Most of us knew the bench was going to be a problem. Few of us knew how poorly the middle of the lineup would be. Most early predictions for Kemp, AGon, Ethier and Ramirez had that part of the order with about a 15 collective WAR – those numbers have obviously been revised.

  6. Roger Dodger says:

    I am shell shocked. The Dodgers were supposed to win last night.

    Bet Clayton is glad he did not pitch last night. He would have lost or go out tied and a reliever would have lost the game.

    Mark, you officially have given up? Period!

    Badger and I are still holding out for the rest of the season to be played.

    Here is the possible out come.

    No one is running away with it in the NL West. Best baseball is at .563. Dodgers are 7 games out of first.

    Now, here is the route out of the wilderness.

    1. The DRAFT happens in less than 2 weeks.

    2. Dodgers draft X number of players.

    3. Sign those guys — bring them to Camelback for a week to learn the Dodger way.

    4. Then bring up 20 of them to the major league roster and watch them play.

    Anyone got a better idea !!!!!

    • Badger says:

      Wait it out.

      Let’s just see what happens between now and July 31st. If this continues, we clear the magazine and reload. (that was a metaphor for my right wing survivalist friends)

      It just doesn’t make sense to me to knee jerk in May. What constructive move can be made now that can’t be made with more leverage at the deadline? The smart baseball people always make the moves when the time is right. That IS NOT NOW! Everyone in baseball can see we are at a point of weakness with this team. At the deadline, guys like Ethier just might cause a demand. He sure as hell isn’t worth much now, so, why not wait? He might just put together one of his streaks between now and then.

      Patience people. We must have patience with this team. Those who have already given up (Mark) can just sit on the bench for now. I don’t give up. Not in my nature.

  7. Bball says:

    Mattingly says Kemps shoulder is the problem for his struggles at the plate. Then DL him and call puig or Pederson up. What damage could it do.

  8. William says:

    This is all going to come down to one question: Does Stan Kasten know what he is doing? Because if he doesn’t, we’re sunk for at least ten more years. It will be like a combination of the Fox and the McCourt years. I never liked the idea of this “group of owners,” where one is the money man who doesn’t know baseball, one is just there for public relations, and one is supposedly the baseball guy, but he has a mixed record at that.

    I wish I could focus on this player or that, but I think it’s moot. Colletti is a horrible GM. He literally has no idea what he is doing. He is not capable of watching a player on another team, or in the minors, and extrapolating his upside. He cannot find diamonds in the rough, the way that the old group of Branch Rickey trained people, the ones who made this franchise famous, could do. Colletti simply acquires players based on their stats of a few years ago. And so he invariably fills up teams with over the hill or declining players who do not fit togther. This will never change as long as he is here, so the rest of it doesn’t even matter. When you have an incompetent person making your personnel decisions, you cannot possibly be successful.

    Mattingly is a mediocre to bad manager. He is not very bright. His tactical decisions are among the worst I’ve seen. But a managerial change won’t fix the horrible personnel problems the Dodgers have, now and going forward. The longer Colletti stays, the less faith I have in Kasten and Walter to manage to fix this franchise. Baseball decisions need to be put into the hands of a really smart person, and then we would have some hope going forward. Right now, this is truly an embarrassment, with Mattingly criticizing his own players, Colletti backing Mattingly and vaguely blaming players, Kasten doing nothing, Magic roaming around doing NBA analysis, Walter doing hedge fund finance. Fire both Colletti and Mattingly now; hire an interim GM and manager, and spend the rest of the year trying to lure the best GM available to come here, and let him pick next year’s manager. This season is going nowhere.

  9. the truth hurts says:

    Manny Ramirez will go down in history as the most exciting player to ever wear the blue in MY lifetime. 1983…

    The summer of 2008, I loathe for.

    It was exciting and fun. PED’S or not, MANNYWOOD FOR LIFE.

    I miss those days.

    This f’ing mess we have right now, FIRE MATTINGLY.

  10. Bobbie17 says:

    Bad organization. Bad baseball. The immediate cupboard is empty. Use what you have and see what happens. No reason to be an optimist, though. The loyalists have looked on this mess with rose colored glasses for 25 years. Keep it up and we will get 25 more. 4 million fans in the seats will cure all of the problems, right? What else is there?

  11. Bobby says:

    This is gona be one lonnnnnnnnnnng summer.

    Please, Kings, keep it going to give this city some happiness!!

  12. Quasimodo says:

    We’re gonna lose Kershaw.

  13. jerry says:

    seem like other then last night we get two guy on every mix it me the 3 . 4 . 5 hitters are the one not doing the job..since we have no power hitters on the team..bring the 7th spot and put him in the 3rd spot..with this team it doesnt matter what hitting spot there in..just mix it up..cant do any harm..

  14. Badger says:

    Yoiks. Panic in the streets.

    I just don’t view it as gloomy as most of you do.

    Kemp, Ethier, Gonzalez and Ramirez are by most accounts a solid middle core of the lineup. Those guys are far from “done”. Where it looked like we needed help in that lineup was at the top, at the bottom and on the bench. Right now, it’s a team schneid.

    But teams go through things like this. Looks like the Angels have started hitting. We should start soon too.

    Kemp will get it back. Ethier will go on one of his streaks and up his value in a trade. Puig and Pederson will be brought up, or traded and we have some young pitchers in the pipeline that have value. It just isn’t as dark as some are seeing it.

    And it isn’t “rose colored glasses” I am wearing. It’s pragmatic viewing. If you guys really believe Kemp, Gonzo, Ethier and Ramirez are finished, then there is nothing that can be said to you that will make it better.

    Agree about Colletti, but until further notice, he is the guy. Not sure about how good Mattingly can be, but am sure he is getting some seasoning through all of this. He may WANT out of this mess, but in the mean time he has no choice but to put out on the field the utility which he has been given.

    But there is a light. I can see it. Hopefully it’s not the proverbial oncoming train.

  15. jerry says:

    this could go down as the worst team in dodger history..

  16. William says:

    Most underachieving, certainly. And with the personalities on this club, plus the complete lack of leadership from the top, things could really implode as we get into the hot weather days.

  17. Badger says:

    OK, it would appear you guys are certain that this team is finished.

    All of you, to the showers. I am putting in the rookies.

    There are 115 games left people.

  18. Roger Dodger says:

    Sooooooooooo do the Dodgers finish with 92 wins, or 92 losses ????

  19. Roger Dodger says:

    The players best remember that Pete Rose is banned from Baseball, and from even being on the ballot of the Hall of Fame — because of gambling.

    So, there must be some Dodgers betting that they loose games — I mean, not even a Little League team could play this bad, weak, without heart . . .

    Better tap the phone lines of, well start with Ethier . . .

  20. Mark Sweeney says:

    The really bad indicator for the team is, they just aren’t entertaining to watch. They definitely aren’t entertaining to watch lose but in reality they really aren’t that entertaining to watch win. Their most exciting player is a pitcher that basically shuts down the other team, while great for the team, it really isn’t that exciting to watch, don’t get me wrong I like to see Kershier shut down the other team but you know what I mean. The team looks bad on defense, nothing really exciting happens or rarely happens when they are in the field and nothing happens, except frustration, when they come to bat. That is a bad bad indicator of real deep troubles in the organization. The fans in LA are catching on and the stadium is pretty much empty, if I had to guess I would say maybe 1/4 of the seats are filled game after game. Forget the official gate, the true attendance is way below announced figures, unless most of the fans are disguised as empty seats.
    It is so bad that I maybe catch an inning or two on the boobtube for many games and the rest of the games I’d rather watch NCIS reruns with my wife. At least I can get my Ziva-on!
    This team is going nowhere but down, ManScam isn’t going to ignite much of anything when he returns. Kemp and Ethier really don’t appear to be wanting to be there and seem to desire to be doing something else. Really when it comes down to it, SVS is really the only exciting ballplayer and Donnie Hairball doesn’t choose to play him too often. Another troubling sign, Donnie doesn’t seem to understand the idea of playing the hot hand, he seems to choose to cool off the hot hand, game after game.

  21. 1000OaksDave says:

    My F’n Random Thoughts:

    Juan Pierre/Eric Aybar are the best hunters per what I just heard on fox baseball…WTF…Dee Gordon, go get yourself a long ass clip and reload…OOPs…my wife says the category is Bunters..oh we’ll, guess you lose Dee.

    Pessimism…get used to the new reality.

    As the days are getting longer, the season is getting shorter…doesn’t that change around June 22nd? We can look forward then to the days getting shorter thus the season getting longer? Hey, the Dodgers have more time to fall and rise! And the Giants to rise and fall! Makes sense to me.

    Optimism…pass it on? Uh, go Blue? Go Ted Lilly????

  22. Badger says:

    You can’t fall out of last place.

    Lilly and his 87 mph fastball. You think these guys can catch up with that?

  23. Badger says:

    Doesn’t take long to give up an unearned run.

  24. 1000OaksDave says:

    Yup, gravity snuck up and bit another one in the a$$. If only the ball was full of helium? More time to react/make a play? Yeah, I’ve heard that excuse before? Gravity,what a bitch!

  25. Badger says:

    “Gravity. It can be a difficult thing”

    That’s true. I am walking evidence of that.

    But it can’t suck you any lower than last place.

    And it does keep us all from flying off the planet.

    Kemp’s WRISP numbers just keep going down. Gravity?

    • 1000OaksDave says:

      Yup. Used to be he defied gravity with his speed AND power (to make ”em reach the seats before they fell into gloves). Now he looks like the rest of us, good but not great ball players who used to lose to gravity instead of learning how to defy it.

  26. Rob says:

    Just watched that walk off inside the park HR by pagan, unbelievable! We need magic like that.

  27. Roger Dodger says:

    I believe now, that the Dodgers could be in a tie game, bottom of the 9th inning at home, have the bases loaded — and the Dodger hitter gets a walk, BUT the runner at third base is called out ——– because he walked to the dough-out, and forgot to trot to home plate to score the run.

  28. Rob says:

    That’s the way the season has gone roger.

  29. Badger says:

    Loney .342

    Punto .337

    Does anyone believe either of those guys finish the year close to those numbers?

    Where would this team be without those Boston guys?

    Yeah yeah, I know – last place.

  30. Idaho al says:

    I have not given up on the season. We are not that far out. One thing for sure, Punto and Ellis need to be in the infield as much as they can play. We just are not very good defensively. I just do not like the team Colletti has given Mattingly.

  31. Rob says:

    Belly in to blow the game

  32. Roger Dodger says:

    Tonight, I cannot find the game on TV. Fox has the other game on in my region: because of the Houston game on.

    So I have the radio broadcast.

    Question, on Gameday, at MLB.

    Every pitch is charted as it is thrown, with speed, kind of pitch (like 4 seam fastball, sinker, slider, etc.)

    What does MLB have. A stat person in the booth, logging every pitch with a gun, and scope, etc. How do they do that?

    And in all 15 games every day.

  33. Rob says:

    Good job taking kemp out, he has been sucking!

  34. Roger Dodger says:

    So Ethier and Kemp did not get the message?

    They were supposed to crank it up a notch or two.

    So far tonight they are 0 for 7 between them.

  35. Badger says:

    Kemp needs to hit his way out of this.

    Anybody else nervous about the 9th?

  36. Quasimodo says:

    lol That’s a given.

  37. Quasimodo says:

    Well how bout that?

  38. Badger says:

    One in a row.

    Not losing ground tonight.

  39. Rob says:

    Mantingly actually made a decision that won the game tonight. Taking kemp out gave uribe the shot to hit that double.

  40. Anonymous says:

    We win tomorrow and its a surprisingly good weekend.


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