You don’t have to drink the Kool-Aid or believe the company line to be a Dodger fan. If you have kids you know that sometimes they stray the wrong direction and you love them anyway, so don’t try and tell me I’m not a Dodger fan just because I violently disagree with the direction the team is headed. Let me recap what I don’t like:
- I think Josh Beckett is likely done as a Dodger and even if he pitches again, it’s unlikely he will be more than a #5, yet he is paid more than our #1. Any way you slice it, that is a bitter pill for Clayton to swallow.
- I think Carl Crawford (who is on the DL) will likely be on it again (at least one more time) due to his arthritic wrist. He has been a surprise to me so far, but I think he will disappoint before the year is over. Do you think he’ll start 100 games?
- I think Adrian Gonzalez has been awesome, but how long will he hold up? The Dodgers have him for a lot more years. Hopefully he can play at a high level for two more (at least).
- I think Mark Ellis, Ramon Hernandez, Juan Uribe, Jerry Hairston, Ted Lilly and Chris Capuano , along with Beckett, Gonzo, Crawford and Gurrier are all on the wrong side of 40… most are WAY on the wrong side… and that is a HUGE problem.
- I think Matt Kemp is injured and likely will not be be himself until July 2014 (I have great hope in Matt), but he’s young.
- I do think the catching is in good hands in that FeD-Ex and AJ Ellis can handle the duties without being run into the ground.
- I think the Dodgers lack an authoritative manager and (I can’t prove this) I believe he interferes with the current hitting coach due to his background.
- I think Ned Colletti has proven his worth and it is a MINUS!
- I think it is an absolute disgrace that the team’s spokesman has four or five other jobs that he puts ahead of the Dodgers.
- I think Guggs and Company thinks fans are stupid when they try to keep their agreement with Frank McCourt from becoming public. If there was nothing they didn’t want us to know, they wouldn’t try and keep it secret would they?
- I think the sheer mass of injuries should be considered as a failing of the training staff (CONSIDERED).
Ten Things I Would do if I Ran the Dodgers:
- I think Yasiel Puig should play everyday.
- I think Joc Pederson should also be called up.
- I would play SVS as much as possible.
- I would fire Magic Johnson and appoint Orel Hershiser as Team Spokesman
- I would fire Ned Colletti and replace him with the brightest assistant GM I could find not named DePodesta.
- I would admit that I made some mistakes with Frank McCourt, divulge what they were, ask for forgiveness and move on.
- I would fire Don Mattingly and replace him with Jody Reed or Tim Wallach.
- I would try and trade Ethier, Mark Ellis and Crawford for prospects and/or Jose Altuve (it would take $100 million in cash to trade both Crawford and Ethier, but that is the price you have to pay for being stupid rich. I would also release or cut Punto, Hernandez, Uribe, Hairston and Lilly. It’s over. In other words, I would rebuild. I would call up Withrow, Hererra, Yona, Castellanos and others to see what they can do going forward. I would think they could get a 3B too – don’t know who?
- I would hire the most respected sports medicine organization in the world and have them consult on the Dodgers injuries. They would then make recommendations up to and including termination of current staff.
- I would explain to the fans that we were stupid for doing all the trades that we did and that the Dodger ways will return and we will build from within.
This would be my lineup (today):
- Altuve 2B
- Pederson CF
- Ramirez SS
- Gonzalez 1B
- Puig RF
- Van Slyke LF
- Ellis /fed-Ex C
- Hererra 3B
All of those guys are not the ultimate solution but neither are the guys I want to jettison. Let’s see what they can do. Maybe we would end up in last place. Oh… well!