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OK, I just have to say it!

I will be 60 years old in November (I just look young) and for 51 of those years I have been a LA Dodger fan as well as a huge baseball fan.  I have seen a lot of really good players, like Mantle, Musial, Mays, Clemente, Kaline, Killebrew, Yastremski, Aaron, Bonds (puke) and many others.

I have never seen someone like Yasiel Puig.  Manny Ramirez was close, but no cigar and he was old.  Puig is like nothing I have ever seen.  There, I said it!

We are seeing something special that most of us have never seen before.  The way he hits, runs, fields and throws is beyond mortal.  He is something special sent from the Big Dodger in the Sky.  He is like nothing I have ever seen.

Just enjoy it.  Wow!  What a run to the top.

Oh, that Kershaw guy ain’t bad either.

The Giants look good in last place.

This is really fun.  I’m giddy like a teenage girl!

That’s all I have to say!  Tee Hee…

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117 Responses to “OK, I just have to say it!”

  1. Michael says:

    Rockies broadcaster just said it to a T;

    ” A Puig of his own”

  2. Bball says:

    2.5 back. What a turn around. Lets hope it keeps going. Awesome job by this team. I feel like a proud papa right now

  3. Bball says:

    Now if only kemp could get it going. He’s sitting when Crawford gets back if I’m the coach. Come on kemp

  4. the truth hurts says:

    :) :) :)

  5. Badger says:

    Mattingly recently said all outfielders will get rest, but he is not taking Puig out. Methinks Kemp will be the first to get “rest” as Crawford joins this outfield.

    I have never seen a start like this Mark. No one has because none of us were around when DiMaggio came up.

    It just amazes me that nobody has found a hole in his swing yet. He hits everything.

    I knew this team had it in them. This is fun, but there is a long way to go.

  6. Maverick says:

    2.5 back…now everyone can stop talking about firing Mattingly. Donnie Baseball forever. Smile and enjoy how they are playing.

  7. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I definitely think Puig can be a special player, and maybe he will surpass all of those players you mentioned. But it’s a bit early, I think, for that. And a Giant though he was, Willie Mays is still, in my mind, the best player I ever saw. But really that’s a subjective thing, and I’m sure other eyes have seen differently. Just give me two of those guys above and Puig in my outfield, and I’ll be giddy just like you and that teenage girl.

    Really nice to come out of a game in Coors without beating up the pitching staff. Even Kershaw didn’t have to struggle. And like Bball said, it would really be great to get Kemp going. He could break out suddenly, or this could linger, and maybe he will need another offseason to get his shoulder fully rehabilitated, and to work on his approach at the plate. Just no way to know.

  8. Dino says:

    LOVE THIS SITE MARK. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. GO DODGERS

  9. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Just in case anyone is interested, Luis Cruz decided he didn’t want to go the ALBQ, and is now a free agent.

    http://www.truebluela.com/2013/7/2/4488216/luis-c

  10. Badger says:

    Funny you should say that about Mays Brooklyn because I feel the same way. He really could do it all and he did it for a long time. But the guy I think was better is Mickey Mantle. Nobody, not Mays not anybody, had Mickey’s combination of power and speed. If he had taken better care of himself, he would have hit over 650 home runs. He could have easily been a 40/40 man multiple times but they just didn’t run in his days and Stengal came out and said he didn’t want him running. He never had an OPS+ below 117 and that was his rookie year. He had an OPS+ over 200 three times, was a three time MVP and as far as I know still holds the record time home to first. He was a truly gifted athlete that played much of his career drunk or hung over. What a shame. He was my favorite player growing up. Like so many kids of that era, I wore #7 for years.

    • SCDodgerfan says:

      Reminds me of the debate over who was the best center fielder in NY, Willie, Mickey or the Duke. LA never saw the real Duke Snider. His knee had given out and then his first year was in the coliseum.

    • Dave says:

      now mark you must be putting mattingly and papelbon in the same light they basically feel the same way !

  11. Bill Russell says:

    We will be tied for 2nd place at the end of the day tomorrow. What a huge turn around. I think a few of us said a few weeks ago that we were one hot streak away from getting back into the race but none of us planned on it being this quick.

  12. Bball says:

    Papelbon. Who’s that. Maybe he should go blow another save. I knew I never liked that guy. Dumbass

  13. Jae says:

    I love this. I am so excited that even Ned can’t screw it up.

  14. RogerCraig says:

    Long time – this is a good time. I agree about Puig. There has never been anyone like him.

  15. Quasimodo says:

    It’ll all wouldn’t have happened so quick if not for the rest of the division cooperating so kindly.

    • Badger says:

      Good point.

      I never thought the rest of the West was all that. But, every team has a win streak in them. It’s just when it happens that is critical. The midgets always seem to be playing well at the end.

  16. 1000OaksDave says:

    ” Papelbon is an idiot…” I read that today and those were my exact words. Then I read the story on yahoo sports about Yasiel and the US COASTGUARD…brought tears to my eyes. Then my wife backed into my car (just bought it two months ago). I almost cried. Now, crying tears of joy as the Hated Ones got no hit and are in last place while the Dodgers are only 2 1/2 out after being 9 1/2 out 2 or so weeks ago. Amazing how a long season can get shortened so quickly into an emotional high! People were saying how the Dodgers would have to win 2/3 or so of the remaining games just two weeks ago if they wanted to make the playoffs. Then all the other teams in our division collapse while we get hot. Baseball, gotta love it! BTW, thanks to Badger for remaining positive while most others posted negative crap, predicted the Dodger (Dodgers’) season was over, hedged their bets with their posts, or like me, sat on the sidelines lurking on this site not sure what to post.

  17. Rob says:

    I officially hate papelbon! What a fucking tool, worry about your own shitty status!

  18. Snipenekkid says:

    Pabelbon, what stud field mouse he is in the Fillies lockeroom.

  19. Dodgerdog says:

    Puig saved a lot of jobs and made some people look good, plain and simple. The Puig Surge is the catalyst, no ones knowledge, no ones, managing and no ones prediction had anything to do with the Dodgers success. Blame it on Puig.

  20. AnewBlueDay says:

    Jerry, you have mentioned the Dodgers and waiting too long for the good trades.

    That was old ownership. McCourt did not have the money or interest. He got Manny simply because it was almost free . . .

    But the big trades last Summer were with new ownership.

    And — really the Dodgers are doing fine now with the team on the field. Sure, an upgrade at 3B, but David Wright is not available. Heavens, the Dodgers do not need another outfielder. Pitcher, sure, and maybe they can straighten out the new Cub here (well, in Albq. first). The others are coming along. Ned will probably tinker a bit — maybe even go for a first class starter and give up prospects — but the guys are on a roll.

    Clayton deserves a big hand for a shoutout in Colorado.

    Also, nice game for Homer in Cincy.

    • Badger says:

      It is going to take some time to get to rebuild the minor league system that McRubberpants ruined. In the mean time, we have a core group that will be good for a few years. There will be some tinkering, but the third baseman we really need won’t be purchased with the few good prospects we have left. Kasten said as much about that issue.

      Yes dog, Puig ignited this group. But, it takes a team. There are a few other guys playing well now too. Ethier is finally hitting, and Gonzalez is an every day pro. Getting Ramirez back has helped a bit, wouldn’t you say? Credit where credit is due my friend.

  21. AnewBlueDay says:

    The Dodgers have been hot — but the other teams in the west have been cold.

    Those other teams have just opened the door and the Dodgers are walking in.

    I do admit, it Cap. can be replaced as a starter — then with Fife being effective, every game the Dodgers have a chance — maybe except when facing that Homer guy.

    • Badger says:

      Cishek and Qualls are two guys I would be interested in. They are both pitching well this year. Wonder what it might take to get them.

      More talk on Utley coming here. But, not this month? The sooner the gooder as far as I am concerned. But, perhaps they wait til this winter.

  22. Badger says:

    And who really cares about Papelbon’s opinion? His point about guys being in the league 8 years is silly. So what players have been around longer. Are they playing better this year? Nope. It’s about what players are doing now, not then.

    Papelbon. It is a term from southern France meaning “good toilet paper”.

  23. Dodgerdog says:

    Totally agree. It took a child to lead them, where were the other so-called leaders on this team while Puig was in the minors. Also, where was the brass when they had this phenom exploding in ST and he was still sent to the minors at the break of camp. It took numerous injuries to the team to allow this Puig guy to even get a chance. I guess it’s the age old dilemma, some don’t recognize greatness when they see it, just like many don’t recognize evil when it is all around them. This applies more to life than it does to sports, funny how the obvious is so easy to be missed by many.

  24. Voldomer says:

    Gammons is reporting that LA has already DFA’d Marmol and only traded for him to get the slot bonus. Interesting. I wonder if instead this is a power-play to get him in the minors for a while, hoping he would pass through waivers because of that contract and then take a demotion to keep his salary? (He has much more to lose that way than Cruz did.)

  25. DRomo says:

    Funny the Fire Mattingly talk sure left fast….

    I agree with Mark here. This is fun.

  26. Bobbie17 says:

    The division and title will be decided by pitching, Puig or not. Our closer is still shaky. The eighth inning is a ? We still have some scrubs in the bullpen. That leads to the conclusion that our 2-5 starters have to perform better. Right now, I think Greinke is the most important piece of the puzzle. Puig is great, and comparisons make for good copy, but if the team tanks, who will care? The Giants in last place is the position I have wanted for them for years now, and that is worth the anguish to get to this point. Play it one at a time. Don’t get too excited. Continue to incorporate some new blood and a fresh outlook. Confidence is a great thing, and difficult to get when you lose. What Puig has done is to give everyone around him some mojo. Even the old guys. That is fun to watch.

  27. jerry says:

    let keep sending all of the america money to all these foreign player..no wonder american is going under.

  28. Dodgerdog says:

    Jerry, the official gov. response to your last post, “What difference does it make?” (Snicker)

    Vold, that explains the move to me, I was totally lost on why it was done to begin with, at least the Dodgers knew what they had in Guerrerhia so moving him for Marmol didn’t make sense on the surface. However the slot angle makes sense. Besides who doesn’t want to lose a case of Guerrerhia?

  29. Dodgerdog says:

    One month in and the pitchers still haven’t figured out Catalonia. We excused his ST numbers as he was facing big league pitching in all his at bats. However 100+ at bats against big league pitching and Catalonia’s numbers remain the same.
    Inquiring minds want to know: Are we looking at the next .400 hitter?; Can Catalonia stay injury free with his high-octane play and the current Dodgers’ training staff?; Does Puig deserve a spot on the All-Star roster? (no one seems to care on this board) Will Catalonia request a name change on the back of his uniform? The world wants to know!

  30. Badger says:

    I gave my opinion dog. Yes sir, Puig does deserve a look at an All Star spot. In fact, that is a good handle for him – Yas sir.

    Are we looking at the next .400 hitter? Uh, no.

    jerry, the problem is not the money going to foreign players, they will spend a lot of it here. The problem is the money in off shore accounts avoiding taxes.

  31. Quasimodo says:

    I voted all 35 write ins for Puig, though I’ll admit I really don’t care. For some reason the all-star game doesn’t grab me so much. I’ll watch it and hope the NL wins, still, I’m not so jazzed over it.

  32. Kent says:

    Ditto. Take everything Mark, said subtract 12 years off the age, and that is me (except I’ve had to endure living in Giants country for most of my 48 years). I am loving the silence from Giant fans in the area. Puig is a baseball demigod (so far)!!!

    • Badger says:

      I can relate Kent. I moved to Northern California in ’74. Redding first, then Chico, but have lived all over Northern California and everywhere you go up there is midget country.

      Interesting move with Marmol. I hope he understand what it means and does what he needs to do. Otherwise, his career could very well be in jeopardy.

  33. Quasimodo says:

    On MLBN they said all the reports that claimed Dodgers DFA’d Marmol are false.

    • Badger says:

      Actually I’m not seeing it anywhere else.

      And if you look at the recent history, 5 of his last 6 appearances were scoreless. He had that one blow up against the Mets. Could be he just needed some time to recalibrate his thinking. Add his great arm to the great arms we already have down there. If they all get it together, it’s actually a decent looking bullpen. IF they get it together.

  34. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Badger, I agree with you about Mantle. Problem was that his career was so affected by injuries. Mantle suffered from osteomyelitis, which was the root cause of his leg problems.

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/osteomyelitis/DS00759

    If Mantle had been fully healthy his entire career he might have turned out to be the greatest player to ever play. Much like Koufax may well have been the greatest pitcher ever, if not for his early struggles with control and the premature end of his career due to elbow problems.

    Mantle, of course, also had problems with alcohol.

    I give it Mays because of the length of this greatest. And I can still remember that when he went after a ball, no matter how impossible a catch may have seemed, you knew if he tapped his glove, he had it.

  35. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Oops! “because of the length of his GREATNESS”, NOT “greatest”.

    • Badger says:

      Won’t debate that point. Mantle played well until he was about 36. Mays, til about 40. Mays had about 500 more games.

      Still can’t find anything other than Rumors that says Marmol was DFA’D

  36. Quasimodo says:

    Gaining 7 games in just 10 days, wow! That’s so very pleasantly hard to grasp! I really see the steamroller continuing to roll through next 12 games. I’ve watched Puig’s running down foul-ball catch several times and tried to envision anybody else catching it and nobody fits. There’s so many signs that Dodgers are playing with much more aggression its obvious they’ve been infected by the energy bug-all brought on by Puig. What a moment in history this will all be.

  37. jerry says:

    i hope when crawford come,s back ..i hope donnie sit,s the one who is not produceing.. and it also should give are out fields and nice break. i thing that is great to have 4 good players..

  38. Dodgerdog says:

    I think Donnie should be taking Catalonia out to dinner every night. Funny how a great player or players can make a poor manager look like a genius and poor players can make a decent manager look like an idiot. However, funny how a great manager can make some fairly poor players into a decent team. I think Donnie Dodgeball is in the first category. I’m still perplexed by what management didn’t see with this Puig guy at ST, amazing. I saw Puig in AZ and he looked pretty dang spectacular even drinking out of the drinking fountain.

  39. Dino says:

    YANKEES SIGN LUIS CRUZ

  40. AnewBlueDay says:

    Dodgers give a bunch of money to a 16-year old . . .

    Say, I saw this 5-year old kid down the block who looks pretty good. Maybe Logan should sign him up over the weekend.

  41. Dino says:

    LUIS CRUZ BATTING 8TH FOR THE YANKEES TONITE. ARE THEY THAT DESPERATE?

  42. AnewBlueDay says:

    Manny signs with the Texas Rangers . . .

  43. Gonzo says:

    A few months ago ESPN Magazine had an excellent article on why phenom players are sent down regardless how well they do in ST. It has to do with….you guessed it, $$$$$. By sending a player down for a month or two gives the club the advantage. Be it i arbitration or FA. Don’t remember all of it but I’m pretty sure thats why Puig was sent down.

    I just want to say that the wagon is getting full. Badger, the others that maintained optimism and I are accepting tickets to get on. I won’t declare victory yet because there is a loooooong way to go. Moral of the story, never doubt that good things may happen at any time.

  44. AnewBlueDay says:

    Cruz will probably get 2 hits in his first Yankee game.

  45. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    “Moral of the story, never doubt that good things may happen at any time.”

    I agree.

    And also, never doubt that bad things may happen at any time.

    Or as I’ve said before, you are never as good as you look when you’re at your best, and never as bad as you look when you’re at your worst.

    And by the way, I can think of someone who had a month long run like Puig. Matt Kemp, last year. In May he hit .417, 12 HR, 25 RBI. Puig in a similar amount of time is .443, 8 HR, 17 RBI.

    And if he stayed healthy last year there is no telling what Kemp might have done. Hopefully Puig will remain healthy and continue to rake. And hopefully Kemp will find himself, and he, Puig and Hanley will terrorize opposing pitchers.

    I’m not 100% sure Puig was sent down for salary purposes. He has a big league contract, even when he was at Chattanooga. I’m not certain of how it works, but perhaps because he had that big league contract he was earning service time towards arbitration even while playing at Chattanooga. And maybe not.

    I still think it was a good idea to send Puig to Chattanooga. Keep in mind that he hit .232 in Puerto Rico during the winter following elbow surgery for a staph infection. And coming into this year he hadn’t yet played a full minor league season, and only played Rookie and A-ball last year after signing. And how do we know that being in the more advanced AA environment didn’t contribute to what he’s now doing with the Dodgers. Furthermore, before signing with the Dodgers he hadn’t played competitively for about a year, since he was banned from playing in Cuba due to a failed escape attempt (or maybe more than one).

    I don’t think it was such a terrible idea for the Dodgers to exercise some caution, and delay his advancement. Besides, on paper at least, Crawford, Kemp and Ethier seemed like a pretty good outfield.

    Really, we need not even bother debating the issue. Let’s be happy he’s here, hope that he continues what he’s started, and that the Dodgers continue their onslaught. There is no right or wrong on this issue. What never happened is not something we’ll ever know about, and what effect playing at Chattanooga had can never be proven one way or the other.

  46. AnewBlueDay says:

    Looking at the standings, this is just too much to take in right now –

    IF – Arizona looses to the Mets tonight,

    IF – the Dodgers beat Colorado tonight,

    IF – Boston beats the Padres tonight,

    The Dodgers would 1.5 games back and it would look:

    Arizona – 42-42
    Colorado – 41-44
    Dodgers – 40-43
    Padres – 40-45
    Giants – what ever, in last place, either 40-44 or 39-45

  47. Badger says:

    Seems to be a lot of 16 year old signings coming out of the Caribbean. What was that kid’s name…. the can’t miss guy…. 5 tools…about 16 years old that never played? I’ll think of it later…… but that is a lot of money for that kid. According to the rankings, he wasn’t rated that high – by others.

    It is a long way to go, but the team is playing like I knew they could. And we don’t even have Crawford back yet. That will be interesting. Kemp and Ethier off the bench late.

  48. Dodgerdog says:

    Come on, you just got to say it “What a shitty division!”

  49. Quasimodo says:

    When you watch clips of the greats of yesteryear, do you see them topping the kind of clips their getting from Puig today? This guy is that good!

  50. Rob says:

    Luis Cruz’s first at bat; weak fly to center. Things have not changed.

  51. Rob says:

    Greinke looks bad

  52. Bobby says:

    Greinke is beginning to frustrate me.

  53. Jason says:

    Thank you Zack Buzzkill

  54. RogerCraig says:

    Nobody knew the Dodgers could play this good, the same as no one knew they would be so bad. In baseball, things average out, and like some of you non-self-promoting types have said, they are not as good as they look (they look pretty good right now) and they are not as bad as they looked (they looked really, really bad). The odds are they will fall somewhere in the middle. To say you knew they would be this good is horseshit. You wished they would be this good. I hope they can sustain it. Mark was right that they were bad. Badger is right that they can be good, but it is a thin line they walk. I love it right now. but it could go south at any time. 5-4! Go Dogs!

  55. the truth hurts says:

    SOMEONE PLEASE PINCH ME….THIS CANNOT BE THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS I AM WATCHING….

    JUAN URIBE 3 RUN BOMB???

    :)

  56. Rob says:

    Agon crushed that!

  57. Badger says:

    Yep, these are the guys I have been waiting for.

    Well said Brooklyn. I agree about Puig, and have said so many times. The idea that an unproven rookie should sit on the bench with Crawford, Kemp and Ethier playing everyday does not make sense to you and me, but, not everyone is buying it. He is right where he belongs now, and that is all that really matters.

    Has anyone heard this….. it’s a long year. Each team will go through their ups and downs, and like I said a month ago, the standings as they are this month will not be what they are next month. The West is not that bad a division – as much as it pains me to say it, the NL West has won two of the last three World Championships. What it is is competitive. There are no “bad” teams in that division. I look for the Rockies to be about .500, the Padres to be about where they are (.470 or so) and the midgets, snakes and Dodgers beating each other up to the end. All of those teams are capable of 88 wins and that will likely win the West.

    It’s going to continue to be an exciting year. And the Dodgers WILL lead all of baseball in attendance. We are relevant again.

  58. AnewBlueDay says:

    If I have said it once, I have said it ten times —

    All major league baseball stadiums have to put padding all around the outfield, fair and foul ground.

    There in Colorado, those folks behind the wire fence can find some other places to sit.

    Period.

  59. AnewBlueDay says:

    Grienke, still has that plate in his shoulder or body from the fight?

    He just does not seem right. I need more from him. Or it is over . . . the season gone. Pack up the bags, wait till next year . . .

  60. Bobby says:

    Meanwhile, Ricky Nolasco today at Atlanta:

    7ip, 6 hits, 2ER, 0bb, 7 k, win

  61. AnewBlueDay says:

    Mark Ellis has been a real gammer. He is producing at an important time.

    Now we will see what shape the Dodger pen is in.

    Is not Colorado fun to play in . . .

  62. Quasimodo says:

    Badger, the other side of that conversation wasn’t to bring Puig to sit on a bench, nor was it to sit Crawford, Kemp or Ethier. I remember bringing up a 4 outfield rotation and Roger came in with his eloquently worded plan he laid out earlier. The timing of his plan at the beginning with Puig as #4 outfield would of worked out great. It boils down to now that Dodgers are of same mind.

    • Badger says:

      At the beginning of the year, NOBODY rotates outfielders like that. Crawford, Kemp and Ethier are all proven, All Star outfielders. You don’t sit those guys at the beginning of the year. The sitting comes later in the summer.

      This conversation has been had and re-had for some time now. We just don’t agree.

  63. Rob says:

    Can’t keep pumping fast balls up there, these guys will hit it.

  64. Jason says:

    Why the new guy? Cmon Donnie this is Colorado…even established pitchers get roughed up here.

  65. Quasimodo says:

    I thought a 100+ reliever would be good at a mile high altitude. But yeah, he’d need to throw for strikes.

  66. Reggie says:

    Donnie is not a rocket scientist!

    • Badger says:

      No he is not. He is a MLB manager with a winning record. And I’ll bet there are no rocket scientist who have done what he has done:

      6× All-Star (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989)

      9× Gold Glove Award (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994)

      3× Silver Slugger Award (1985, 1986, 1987)

      1985 AL MVP

      1984 AL Batting Title

      1985 AL RBI Champion

      New York Yankees team captain (1991–1995)

      New York Yankees #23 retired

      He knows baseball, not astrophysics.

  67. Badger says:

    Greinke gets the win with 5 earned in 5 IP.

    That is what happens when your offense is going good.

    Anybody know how Puig is?

  68. Dino says:

    X-RAYS ON PUIG NEGATIVE. HW WILL BE FINE

  69. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Why should Colorado bother Dominguez? He was doing quite well at ALBQ. Same mile high, same thin air. Dominguez may well turn out to be very good. To do so he will have to be able to throw strikes, locate his pitches, and change speeds. Big league hitters can hit high 90′s heat, even triple digits, especially if they know its coming. He’s a 22 year old kid in need of refinement.

    Good to see Kemp go deep. Hit the ball pretty good tonight. Maybe it’s a harbinger of good things to come. One game, so I’m not going to get excited. But I remain hopeful. But I’m also aware that it could be a roller coaster. Lots of ups and down.

    It is a long season with lots of opportunities for peaks and valleys. And if this season goes like most others, the team we end up with won’t be the same one we began the season with. Happens every year, and this year is no exception.

  70. Quasimodo says:

    Well tied for 2nd and made no ground as D-Backs didn’t cooperate and lose tonight. So it seems its Cappy tomorrow, Ryu, Fife and Kershaw @ D-Backs.

  71. Badger says:

    “Why should Colorado bother Dominguez?” Brooklyn

    Good question. It’s Dominguez’ turn to step into the fire. You got a lead, see what he can do with it. What is Donnie supposed to do? hide the kid?

    Capuano against their ace, who is pitching well of late. Might need a lot of runs in this one too.

    Another big series coming up. The Dodgers are playing well, the midgets are not. I really look forward to having Crawford back at the top of that lineup.

  72. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Watching Hanley in the dugout yesterday, and seeing him in a post game interview (usually don’t get to see that on MLB.tv) gives me the impression that the good Hanley, bad Hanley stuff is a myth.

    And now we’re beginning to hear that he had shoulder surgery in 2011 similar to what Kemp and Gonzalez had. We’re seeing a bit more power from Gonzalez, Hanley is tearing it up, and Kemp is showing small signs of improvement. This may be surgery for which it takes a year or more to fully recover. That said, we probably can’t expect Kemp to come back fully this year, but maybe enough to begin to make a difference. Kemp’s jumping at pitches may well be the result of losing a bit of his quickness due to the surgery, and his feeling the need to get his bat started quicker to compensate.

    It’s really a shame that a decision wasn’t made last year to shut Kemp down and have the surgery in August or September. He would have been that much farther along by now. But that’s water under the bridge. Let’s just hope that he’s a fast healer, and begins to pick it a bit sooner than expected. Maybe Puig’s suggestion of steak and eggs is all he needs.

    Uribe’s HR last night notwithstanding (hanger that even I might have been able to hit), I still believe the Dodgers need either a third baseman or a shortstop (with Hanley moving to 3B). If Uribe’s better year has caught anyone’s attention, maybe there is a taker or two out there who will take him off of our hands. Maybe as part of a package that brings us the shortstop or third baseman. After all, only about half of his $7,000,000 this year is still left.

  73. Badger says:

    Uribe’s OPS+ is 111, which is remarkable compared to the 50′s he posted the last two years. Stinko.

    But remarkable as it may be, I say again, this is a contract year and we may be best served to hang on to him. His defense is fine, and is there a third baseman out there that will give us more than he currently is? Who is available that is better than 111? If we can move Ramirez, then great. But, why mess with it now?

    During this current stretch, our offense is clicking. Looking ahead? to September? what may be needed then? I think you can never go wrong getting another veteran starting pitcher. And I REALLY like the idea of adding Utley to this lineup for the push. Mark Ellis, bless him, is a back-up style player. We have two of him already in Punto and Schumaker. I would move Schu to make room for Utley as they are both left handed and Schu would have value for a stretch drive. I’ll bet St. Louis would take him back in a heartbeat. He hit .283 and .276 there before he came to the Dodgers. Punto and Schumaker are clones, Schunto, and which one of them has more value? Iontkno, but we sure don’t need 3 of them.

  74. AnewBlueDay says:

    Badger, I think Schu has more value to this team, than Punto. Schu can play all outfield positions if needed and a ok 2nd base. Has much more speed.

    If Utley comes, fine. If not, Ellis is playing great right now. He is in the middle of things. His shot down the first base line last night turned the game around.

    Uribe is holding his own at 3b, and Punto & Hairston can fill in there.

    Key as everyone has said is: Kemp coming back some, Hanley continuing is solid play (but he needs to take care of those double pumps to first), and Agon and Puig continue their solid play.

    Ethier is trying his best to be the vet he is now. RF, LF, even CF and he is working hard.

    I will admit, AJ Ellis has stepped it up a lot of late. Key hits. Working the count.

    Now it if pen can get it together . . . and Grienke find his rhythm better . . . Mark is ready to fly in for post season.

  75. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but I simply do not trust that Uribe will keep it up, and I think he’s someone that can be pitched to. I don’t know if there’s another third baseman out there, or a shortstop that would prompt a move of Hanley to 3B. But if there is a quality player that the Dodgers can acquire, I’d do it in a heartbeat, assuming the price wasn’t prohibitive. Could I be wrong about Uribe? Of course I could. But he just makes me uncomfortable.

    And I’m not worried that moving Hanley to 3B (if necessary) would be a problem. I think he loves playing for this team, and believe that he would do whatever is necessary to make it better, and help put a ring on his finger. But, of course, I’m prejudiced, because I don’t buy into the bad Hanley myth.

    http://wapc.mlb.com/lad/play/?content_id=28580985&topic_id=8878826&c_id=la

    As for Chase Utley. If it can happen at the right price, make it happen. He and Ellis would make a nice platoon duo at 2B. And Utley would get the lions share of the work, since most pitchers are righthanded.

    • Badger says:

      “Maybe it’s just me, but I simply do not trust that Uribe will keep it up,”

      Well that is certainly understandable. It’s not like he is tearing it up, with 4 home runs and 20 RBI’s. But his OPS of .751 actually puts him in the top 10 at his position. It’s higher than both Todd Frazier and Mark Reynolds, two guys who have some very productive numbers. Uribe just doesn’t have that many at bats. He has a 1.2 WAR. Who expected that? Can he maintain this to the end of the year? geez, good question.

      In looking at these numbers on fangraphs, I notice that Cabrera has 85 RBI’s. In 327 at bats. That’s ridonkulous.

  76. SpokaneBob says:

    Timing is EVERYTHING. Sir Puig showed up at just the right time to lead us out of the belly of the whale. I am of the opinion that he needed some time in the minors to prepare him for what he has done. As well as he has played, it didn’t impact the team (record wise) until Hanley came back. He may or may not have played the same at the beginning of the year, but Badgers point about already having 3 allstars is true. I just feel that Puig benefited from that short stay at a lower level. Bottom line is that he is here now and we have an offense that can score the way we hoped they would.

  77. Badger says:

    Isn’t it much more pleasant around here? Did the Dodgers start playing better when OD disappeared or does it just feel like that’s when it started?

    Anybody got a read on our 16 year old milyun dollar shortstop?

  78. Mark_Timmons says:

    Brooklyn,

    Maybe you don\’t buy into the bad Hanley fact, not myth, because it is fact, not a myth. Maybe you can\’t comprehend that baseball writers who travel with the team often can\’t say or write everything they know, but I know it first hand and RogerDodger (AnewBlueDay) does too. Team officials and writers have told us things that we can\’t really repeat. Maybe you don\’t believe that, but it is fact.

    Hanley Ramirez has had several episodes when he was with the Marlins where he was Bad Hanley. I\’ll show you a few:

    \”Not sure if the show has confessionals like most other reality shows, but I’d like to see what the water cooler has to say after tiny tempered pitcher, Carlos Zambrano gets into a fight with it. I am sure we would also get an inside look into outfielder, Logan Morrison’s tweeting habits while bratty ex-shortstop and current third baseman, Hanley Ramirez sulks by himself in a corner of the dugout. Let’s not forget the hilarity that will ensue when outspoken manager, Ozzie Guillen chews someone out.\” – Link: http://aeryssports.com/fishy-situation/2012/01/17

    \”Looks like our favorite drama king and ex shortstop, Hanley Ramirez is done acting up and has finally agreed to switch to third base, making way for new shortstop, Jose Reyes. When Reyes signed with the Fish, rumors were swirling that Ramirez was unhappy about moving to third base. He was so upset that word was going around that he wanted a trade! Apparently, Marlins manager, Ozzie Guillen, has talked some sense into Hanley.

    According to the Miami Herald, Ramirez said the following:

    “I’ve spoken with Ozzie Guillen, and what we want is to win with the Marlins. We’ll see what happens with the position change. If it’s at third base, fine. Where they put me to win, I’ll do it.’’

    Although, Hanley can be a PITA (pain in the a…) sometimes, I kind of can’t really blame him for being a bit upset. However, he needed to realize that the important thing is winning, not the position you are playing. Glad that he came to this realization.\”

    Link: http://aeryssports.com/fishy-situation/2012/01/02

    Here\’s some more links about Bad Hanley:

    http://baseball.about.com/b/2010/05/18/hanley-ram

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/ma

    Wikipeadia says this:

    After the signing of Reyes, reports circulated which claimed that Ramírez was unhappy with being forced to change positions to third base.

    Baseball Prospectus :http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=16051

    The first season of Showtime\’s The Franchise last year went inside the Giants\’ clubhouse and provided an entertaining look at the defending World Series champions. As good as that season was, it won\’t top the second season as Showtime will now follow the 2012 Marlins, starring Ozzie Guillen as the frank and foul-mouthed manager, left fielder Logan Morrison as the man who will say anything, right-hander Carlos Zambrano as the human volcano, and Hanley Ramirez as the sulking third baseman after being forced to move to accommodate free agent shortstop signing Jose Reyes. Now, that\’s entertainment.

    From ESPN (long article) : http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/commentary/news/st

    Fact it, it ticks me off when someone essentially calls me a liar and they are not in the possession of the facts. I don\’t make shit like this up, but I can\’t tell all of my sources either. If you can read, you can see that Hanley is a capable sulker. Maybe he has matured, but he has absolutely done it in the past! Quit calling it a myth!

    Maybe playing for LA and maturing will help, but everyone close to the team knows that Hanley believes he is the SS and if he isn\’t, it may impact his outlook. We can see what a Happy Hanley does – the Dodgers don\’t want to rock that boat! They won\’t trade for a SS now.

  79. Mark_Timmons says:

    Brooklyn,

    Maybe you don\’t buy into the bad Hanley fact, not myth, because it is fact, not a myth. Maybe you can\’t comprehend that baseball writers who travel with the team often can\’t say or write everything they know, but I know it first hand and RogerDodger (AnewBlueDay) does too. Team officials and writers have told us things that we can\’t really repeat. Maybe you don\’t believe that, but it is fact.

    Hanley Ramirez has had several episodes when he was with the Marlins where he was Bad Hanley. I\’ll show you a few:

    \”Not sure if the show has confessionals like most other reality shows, but I’d like to see what the water cooler has to say after tiny tempered pitcher, Carlos Zambrano gets into a fight with it. I am sure we would also get an inside look into outfielder, Logan Morrison’s tweeting habits while bratty ex-shortstop and current third baseman, Hanley Ramirez sulks by himself in a corner of the dugout. Let’s not forget the hilarity that will ensue when outspoken manager, Ozzie Guillen chews someone out.\” – Link: http://aeryssports.com/fishy-situation/2012/01/17

    \”Looks like our favorite drama king and ex shortstop, Hanley Ramirez is done acting up and has finally agreed to switch to third base, making way for new shortstop, Jose Reyes. When Reyes signed with the Fish, rumors were swirling that Ramirez was unhappy about moving to third base. He was so upset that word was going around that he wanted a trade! Apparently, Marlins manager, Ozzie Guillen, has talked some sense into Hanley.

    According to the Miami Herald, Ramirez said the following:

    “I’ve spoken with Ozzie Guillen, and what we want is to win with the Marlins. We’ll see what happens with the position change. If it’s at third base, fine. Where they put me to win, I’ll do it.’’

    Although, Hanley can be a PITA (pain in the a…) sometimes, I kind of can’t really blame him for being a bit upset. However, he needed to realize that the important thing is winning, not the position you are playing. Glad that he came to this realization.\”

    Link: http://aeryssports.com/fishy-situation/2012/01/02

    Here\’s some more links about Bad Hanley:

    http://baseball.about.com/b/2010/05/18/hanley-ram

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/ma

    Wikipeadia says this:

    After the signing of Reyes, reports circulated which claimed that Ramírez was unhappy with being forced to change positions to third base.

    Baseball Prospectus :http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=16051

    The first season of Showtime\’s The Franchise last year went inside the Giants\’ clubhouse and provided an entertaining look at the defending World Series champions. As good as that season was, it won\’t top the second season as Showtime will now follow the 2012 Marlins, starring Ozzie Guillen as the frank and foul-mouthed manager, left fielder Logan Morrison as the man who will say anything, right-hander Carlos Zambrano as the human volcano, and Hanley Ramirez as the sulking third baseman after being forced to move to accommodate free agent shortstop signing Jose Reyes. Now, that\’s entertainment.

    From ESPN (long article) : http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/commentary/news/st

    Fact is, it ticks me off when someone essentially calls me a liar and they are not in the possession of the facts. I don\’t make shit like this up, but I can\’t tell all of my sources either. If you can read, you can see that Hanley is a capable sulker. Maybe he has matured, but he has absolutely done it in the past! Quit calling it a myth!

    Maybe playing for LA and maturing will help, but everyone close to the team knows that Hanley believes he is the SS and if he isn\’t, it may impact his outlook. We can see what a Happy Hanley does – the Dodgers don\’t want to rock that boat! They won\’t trade for a SS now.

  80. SpokaneBob says:

    Earlier in the year I wanted Dee at short and hanley at 3rd. I wouldn’t move Hanley now for anything. There are other spots where we can upgrade.

  81. Quasimodo says:

    Well it is clear that HanRam is happy and a SS. Seems to be working fine.

  82. Bobby says:

    Yeah, regardless of good Hanley or bad Hanley, right now we have the ridiculously great Hanley, and that’s been a lot of fun to watch!

  83. Quasimodo says:

    Wow, at TBLA they show July 4 lineup 1 year ago today. The only possible starter in that lineup that could start today is SVS. Dodgers were in 1st 2012 July 5th.

  84. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    “Fact is, it ticks me off when someone essentially calls me a liar and they are not in possession of the facts.”

    First off, exactly how have I essentially called you a liar?

    Some of your links come up as “not found”. But none of it is “fact”. Just because someone writes that Ramirez sulks does not make it true. I’ve read a lot of nonsense in the past about Matt Kemp’s attitude, none of which registers with me. And of the articles I was able to read, I’d like to know exactly who Miri Diaz is, and why I have to accept her take on anything.

    And let’s not forget that Hanley was a part of the dysfunctional Miami Marlins organization. That alone would probably make anyone sulk.

    As for your sources, I don’t know who they are, and what agenda they may have. Maybe they’re perfectly reliable, maybe not. I accept that these people have told you things, and in no way am I questioning your veracity. But without hearing it myself (and I understand why you can’t reveal sources), and without what I would consider a lot more solid evidence, I choose to have a different opinion.

    And I am not advocating that the Dodgers move Ramirez to 3B, even though I feel that’s where he best fits at this stage of his career. But I am saying that I do not think he would have a serious problem with it, if it made the team significantly better. From what I’ve been reading, Hanley’s resurgence has a lot to do with a shoulder that impeded his performance over the last several years. And if he was doing any sulking, maybe it was just a manifestation of frustration of not being able to perform up to his usual standards.

    On this one we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

    And while Hanley is happy at short, I also think he’s just happy to be a Dodger, and in a place where he’s appreciated.

    • RogerCraig says:

      The links all work for me and it is clear that Hanley can be a whiner. It seems to me that Brooklyn doesn’t want to be confused with the facts – he already has his mind made up.

      • Jae says:

        What a joke Brooklyn Dodger is. He is so senile that he says Hanley doesn’t sulk, but then says it’s no wonder he sulks because he is playing for the Marlins. He is a chump! Forget anything he says! He just like to argue even though his argument lacks merit.

  85. Badger says:

    Then DO care less. I doubt anyone in here would even notice.

  86. Jas says:

    You might.

  87. Jas says:

    Care less that is.

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