The past 10 days have been interesting around the Dodger Blogosphere. Sites have folded, merged and are under new authorship. Some sites are begging for money to go to Camelback Ranch. To me, that just seems wrong, but hey, I’m weird like that. However, to each his own.
Some of the stuff I read is mind-numbing. So, the Dodgers sign Trayvon Robinson to a minor league deal – EVERY BLOG and I mean EVERY BLOG has a huge post about Travyan “Freaking” Robinson or Chone “Freaking” Figgins. A few years ago, lots of us thought Robinson and Jerry Sands would make up 2/3 of the Dodger outfield for the next ten years. There’s about a dozen posts on this ad nauseam. After skimming them, they could have saved so many words by just saying this:
“A lot of us thought Trayvon Robinson would be a wonderful player. He’s not. The Dodgers picked him from the scrap heap and one of three things will happen: (1) He will be the same player; (2) He will be a better player; or (3) He will be a worse player. Wish him luck and let’s see what happens.”
Most could have saved a lot of words about nothing, Same thing with Chone Figgins. Can he make the team? Who know? Not likely, but you never know. Leave it at that.
On December 1, 2009, I wrote this about Sands and others:
Ivan DeJesus, Jr.? Not enough pop to justify his lack of speed. Forget him as a starter at 2B, and he’s certainly not a starting SS. Utilityman is the best he will be.
Trayvon Robinson? 4th Outfielder, although he could possibly play LF, if we needed a leadoff hitter, but Gordon should fill that role in two years, so Robinson looks like a 4th outfielder to me.
Xavier Paul? This guy could surprise – if there’s a sleeper here, it is the X-Man!
Lucas May? He’s not that good as a Catcher and his bat is probably less than Martins. That doesn’t bode well for him.
Kyle Russell? He’ll need at least three more years. He’s too far away to project anything, although he has crazy power.
Pedro Baez? He’ll be on the mound before the season is over! He can’t hit, but he has a cannon on his shoulder.
Scott Van Slyke? He had a nice year, but let’s see him do it at a higher level, then I might say he’s a prospect, but right now, he’s not!
Brian Cavazos-Galvez? Jonathan Garcia? Steven Caseres? Gorman Erickson? Too early. Way too early to even predict, but I lean towards NO! Don’t get excited.
Jerry Sands? Career AA Player!
Tony Delmonico? Not as a Catcher, well he doesn’t look like a Catcher. He has a bat that could be good. Can he play 2B?
Austin Gallagher? Ha!
Nick Buss? Probably not! No, NOT!
Preston Mattingly? Please!
AJ Ellis? Sub, probably a #3
Jamie Hoffman? 5th or 7th OF.
I missed on a few, but not many. I look at the stats but I don’t rely on them, like many of the Blogs. There’s a new blog out there called DodgersDigest and I read it everyday. Mike Petriello, Dustin Nosler and Daniel Brim are fine writers. I have it marked as Mandatory Reading, but one word of caution: Don’t read the comments – you will be stupider for it. I made the mistake of reading the comments once (about 900) and lost 3 points on my IQ – and you all know I cannot afford that!
But then there’s this: Is There any Hope For Chris Perez or Brandon League? Daniel Brim writes an eloquent and well-reasoned blog about nothing. It is my opinion that he measures nothing with great accuracy. I feel bad saying this, because he obviously spent a lot of time on it, but in the end, the answer is “Maybe or Maybe not!” I am not a trained writer like these guys – just a hick from Indiana – so if they want to point out my writing deficiencies, so be it. I just call it the way I see it. Agree or Disagree – that’s what I do. I’m a fan of Seth Godin and love what he wrote here:
Measuring nothing (with great accuracy)
The weight of a television set has nothing at all to do with the clarity of its picture. Even if you measure to a tenth of a gram, this precise data is useless.
Some people measure stereo equipment using fancy charts and graphs, even though the charts and graphs say little or nothing about how it actually sounds.
A person’s Klout score or the number of Twitter followers she has probably doesn’t have a lot to do with how much influence she actually has, even if you measure it quite carefully.
You can’t tell if a book is any good by the number of words it contains, even though it’s quite easy and direct to measure this.
We keep coming up with new things to measure (like processor speed, heat output, column inches) but it’s pretty rare that those measurements are actually a proxy for the impact or quality we care about. It takes a lot of guts to stop measuring things that are measurable, and even more guts to create things that don’t measure well by conventional means.
What I will say is use your eyes: I saw Brandon League and he was pretty bad, so was Chris Perez – it is what you see, not what a bunch of nothing stats say…. although stats do have their place.
- Now that I have pissed off half the Dodger Blogosphere, I will say that I am glad the Dodgers didn’t get Tanaka, as the luxury tax is going to be bad enough anyway and I see Tanaka as a #3. Just my opinion.
- Forget Arroyo – Beckett, Fife or Billingsley and maybe even Lee or Stripling or Anderson are in-house solutions. No to Arroyo!
- It has been suggested that we keep politics off this site and I will enforce it. I can block anyone I want – notice OD hasn’t been back? Keep it on the Dodgers and sports.
- P.S. I am returning all the money you guys sent me to go to Camelback Ranch. I won’t be there this year.