While watching the game last night, it became very clear to me that Ned’s way is not the way the Dodgers should be headed. Ned’s way is trading or signing experienced, aging, over-the-hill players on the North side of thirty and thinking they will somehow get better. Instead, they under-perform and repeatedly end up on the DL.
Last night’s game included the high-flying Puig (yeah, he needs seasoning), Scott Van Slyke and Fed-EX (I can’t spell Federowicz) – all rookies. On the DL for the Dodgers are Capuano, Beckett and Crawford – all over 30′s. On the team are Gonzo, Uribe, Schumaker, Punto, Hernandez, Ellis and Hairston, whose combined ages are 700!
It occurred to me that Ned always liked the vets over the kids and that blocks the growth of the rookies every year. Who wanted Hernandez over Fed-Ex? Ned! The Dodgers have Castellanos at AAA who is hitting like SVS, but Ned sticks with Cruz.
Here’s the down and dirty of it – NED has to go! Period! The sooner the better.
If Puig had broken with the team, would they have any more wins? I think so. He has resurrected this bunch and excitement is high again. “A little child will lead them.” He’s not going to hit .600, but he might hit .280 or above. He will bring it every night and he will make some mistakes. Sure it’s early, but who was the last player you saw with this kind of talent? It’s rare, and talent like this has to play.
At the end of Spring Training, only an idiot would not have had him on the team. The idiot running the Dodgers didn’t!