Just not a lot!  It’s just too small of a sampling, especially this year!

Don Mattingly could have won a lot more games with regulars and major league pitchers, but he has simply used Spring Training as a way to look at a lot of players.  Ignore the records.  Ignore the averages.  I keep hearing that Alex Guerrero will start the season in the minors, but that’s not a given, in my opinion.  It does seem logical however, that they will give Dee Gordon and Justin Turner an opportunity at the beginning.  Then Guerrero can come up later with less pressure.

This won’t be a long post because I’m in Vegas and what happens here… well you know!  Dee Gordon will start at 2B and be the leadoff hitter at the start of the season.   Figgins will make the team, as will Turner and Van Slyke.  FedEx is the backup catcher.  Butera can’t be!  No way!  Forget it!  With the 8 starters, Figgins, Turner, FedEx and Van Slyke make 12 position players.  There’s room for one more and that is Mike Baxter.  He will break with the team!

I am of the understanding that the Dodgers can carry 3 more players to the land down under, in which case it will b Guerrero and Pederson and maybe a pitcher.

The main question I have is whether Ned has the guts to DFA Brandon League?  I mean, what’s wrong with saying “I was a dumba$$ for signing him?”



  1. SpokaneBob says:

    It is a no brainer to hit Gordon 8th. Thank the Guggs that we have a strong middle of the order and we have the luxury to bat puig leadoff. Who would you like to see get an extra at bat in a close game……Gordon or Puig?

  2. Idaho al says:

    I agree with you about League. Cottetti needs to admit he made a mistake and see if can give him away. We have too many relievers who need to be in the bull pen and not League. I think Gordon will start at second and should bat 8th, not first. I am not a fan of Figgins. I saw him play at Seattle and it was not good.

  3. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Unless he does a complete about face, I doubt if the Dodgers will carry League very long, if at all. My guess is that he might open the season with LA if only because the large number of days off at the beginning of the season mean that he won’t need to be used very much, if at all. Then again, that extra roster spot could be used to protect Seth Rosin, giving the Dodgers extra time to work out a deal with the Phillies. Whatever the case, I can’t see the Dodgers carrying League for too long, unless, as I noted above, he does a complete about face.

    I doubt if the Dodgers could trade League’s contract. But maybe their’s a team out there desperate enough to take on at least a piece of it and make a deal. Maybe, but I’m not holding my breath.

    I agree with Badger. At this stage, Gordon’s best spot in the lineup is 8th. And when he get’s on base in that spot, he’d certainly be a lot easier to bunt over to 2B. Or he could steal 2B, and be bunted to 3B. At this stage he needs a less pressure packed place in the lineup, and a chance to get his feet firmly on the ground. In fact, given that we have a good bunch of hitters in our starting rotation, it would be nice having him on base when the lineup turned over.

    I don’t think it’s a given that Guerrero begins the season in the minors, but it’s also perfectly logical to think that’s what might happen. The Dodgers may well want him to get some more time playing everyday at 2B, and allow him a bit more time to adapt to the new culture and surroundings. I agree with Mark that doing so would place lesson the pressure on him. It may very well be that part of Puig’s success last year came about because he had a couple of months at Chattanooga to get accustomed to playing in the U.S. Guerrero is a 5 years older than Puig was, but that doesn’t mean the same sort of handling won’t benefit him in the long run. But like I said (and Mark did as well), Guerrero starting in the minors is definitely not a given.

    • Miss Grammer says:

      “would place lesson”, you might have meant, “would place less” or “would lessen”

      Just pointing this out because you are always all over any misspelling or grammatical errors, just like an old schoolmarm

      Thought you might want to know that you are no longer perfect

  4. Roger Dodger says:

    I do take Guerrero to the two opening game down under. He just might be important off the bench one way or another.

    After all, it is an Island down there, one way or another. Bigger than Cuba, but he might feel more at home.

  5. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Actually Roger, Australia is a continent. Although it is now considered by many to be a continent together with surrounding islands such as New Guinea and New Zealand, and others, often referred to as Oceania. Not exactly the same geography we learned as kids.

    If the Dodgers want Guerrero to open the season in the minors, they may only take him as one of the five extra players they can take in case of injury. Both teams can take up to 30 players, only 25 of which will be eligible to play. Mark mentioned that they can take 3 extra players, but I believe it’s five.

  6. Badger says:

    I think North America is an island. The canal cut it off from South America. And LA is something of an island. No place like it. It stands alone.

    I still believe in Guerrero. It’s not like he is 22 and needs some seasoning. He can step in now and do what Ellis did. And frankly I think he can do much more and do it from higher in the order than Gordon. But, if that’s the play, I’m behind it. I’ll bet he tears AA up. And we wait on Gordon……. get on base twice a game. I don’t care how you do it. Get some Bonds size XXXL elbow armor and stick it out there the way he did. .400 OBP. Easy squeezy.

  7. Roger Dodger says:

    Brooklyn,, why I referred to it as an island, one way or another . . . is that major cruise companies (ships) do cruises AROUND the place. To me, that makes it island like. Like G.B. is off the coast of France.

    We did that flight down there about 4 years ago, and it is a very long trip. Like 19 hours or so. But the sun was up when we arrived . . .

  8. Bobbie17 says:

    Is anyone worried about Paco’s Spring? 0 era, but every inning is a 20 pitch adventure. Usually a walk, a hit, and a K. No 1-2-3. I wonder if he will make the big team. He sure doesn’t have the magic of early last season. I hope it’s not contagious i.e. Puig.

    • Badger says:

      Maybe he is working on a new pitch or locations or just not showing his good stuff. He already has a roster spot.

      Maybe Puig is just marking time. He has a roster spot too.

  9. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Roger, all I have to say is this.

    “No man is an island,
    Entire of itself,
    Every man is a piece of the continent,
    A part of the main.”

    And so on and so forth.

    B17, you will probably be interested in this from Dodgers Digest. It also has a link to Gurnick’s article about changes Paco is making to his delivery. Will it make a difference? Maybe, maybe not. Also, I believe that along with Withrow, Paco has been mentioned as a player who still has options, and could therefore be sent down to begin the season if the bullpen is crowded. In the end, if all goes well, Paco should play a significant role with the Dodgers in 2014.


    In the end we’ll judge the players on what they do during the regular season, not spring training. On opening day every player will be hitting .000, and every pitcher will have an ERA of 0.00.

  10. Badger says:

    Paco had an ERA+ of 154 and a WHIP under 1 last year. I would be stunned if he was sent to the minors.

    Another day if technical difficulties with mlbtv. They tell me it’s on their end. As far as I can tell it’s always on their end.

  11. Jason says:

    Are you guys a fan of ever batting the pitcher 8th in the lineup?

    Seems like an interesting idea if Dee is the starting 2b at the onset..he could be slotted 9th. I’ve never done the research to see how much it pays off, if at all, but I remember La Russa used to do it.

    “Jerry Manuel, the Mets’ manager, said it makes sense for La Russa because of the overwhelming offensive presence of Albert Pujols in the No. 3 spot. In 1998-99, Mark McGwire was a similar presence for La Russa. By using a position player ninth, La Russa ensures that Pujols bats in the first inning and then has three hitters in front of him in subsequent at-bats”

  12. Anonymous says:

    Accuracy without criticism means something

    If a large island is not the only land mass that is part of a continent than that large island is an island continent.

  13. Michael says:

    Badger, I also had buffering problems with todays broadcast but from years past experience as soon as the regular season opens it should be smooth sailing.
    I like the idea of hitting Gordon 9th, our pitchers know what to do with a bat, but that’s probably too far outside of Donnies’ box.

  14. Badger says:

    Hope your right Michael. This has been very frustrating. Not one game yet without issues. And tech support can find nothing.

    I get the strategy. I doubt many managers buy into it. All pitchers should be able to hit .200. They know they will get pitched to. Learn to barrel it up and 20% should find a hole. It’s my contention most don’t work all that hard at it. They too should take 100 cuts a day.

  15. Quasimodo says:

    Some of us even remember Drysdale batting 6th. It all depends who the pitcher is. It shouldn’t be a rule to always slot a pitcher 9th. And I don’t believe this is outside of Mattingly’s box. He had said in the past he wouldn’t hesitate to use Grienke in a pinch hit, although I don’t remember that even happening.

    I’m still not seeing these ST games.

  16. Quasimodo says:

    Badger, I do remember there was a time when you stated grammar was important. That was at the time when I had to guild left hand with my right to the ‘shift’ key. It really helped for me to exercise my left hand and arm. I appreciate grammar police.

  17. Roger Dodger says:

    Puig is interesting. Some have in penciled in for .333 25 and 105.

    But he is struggling at the plate. Maybe, just maybe, the major league pitchers have figured out how to pitch to him — but the magic seems to be gone from his bat.

  18. SpokaneBob says:


    It amazes me that we are polar opposites politically, yet have lived very similar lives. We both grew up at the same time in LA and have shared many of the same experiences. The latest would be the fact that I also went to Sydney on R&R, just about six months after you did. Of course our greatest bond is our love for the Dodgers and Baseball, I just can’t figure out how you went so wrong politically. :)

    I would be interested to hear about your experience Sydney.

    • Badger says:

      I was lied to by my government Bob. Then I noticed over the years that Republicans lied more often and operated by spreading fear and promoting war. Democrats at least tried to help people in need. Easy choice for me.

      My time in Sydney was spent in bars and on the toilet. After 9 months of C rations my stomach couldn’t handle the rich food. Fell in love with a beautiful local girl. Her name was Talma. Never forget her. Then it was back to the Rock Pile where I caught malaria and lost touch with her. I was there for Easter. It’s all kind of a smokey memory now.

      • Badger says:

        I’m sure we talked about this over the years, but where and when did you go to school down there? I was an Orange County guy. Spent most of my time playing ball and surfing at Huntingtion and the Wedge. Lived in Los Alamitos, went to school in Anaheim. Los Al wasn’t built yet.

  19. Pete M. says:

    Quas… Those were the days, with Big ‘D’ working pitchers…
    Badger… Mira Costa… Manhattan Beach… When I wasn’t on a diamond I was surfing the M.B. pier… Hilites were surf trips from Ensenada (Cannery) to Ventura County Line… Gas was cheap, beer was cheap and the days were long…

    • Badger says:

      When I got out if the Marine Corps I worked Nuclear Medicine at Beverly Glen and Beverly Hills Drs Hospitals. Dated a nurse from Manhattan Beach. I still miss the beaches. Can’t afford to live there anymore. Lakewood Lancers jerry? We played them in baseball.

  20. Roger Dodger says:

    Spoke Bob — you said to Badger at the end of one line above . . . “I just can’t figure out how you went so wrong politically.”

    I have some good Republican friends that say the same thing.

    I am like Badger politically as you know.

    But one major difference is this — I would never say you are WRONG — but just see and understand politics and government from a different point of view. But not wrong!

    Because that means I am right or correct and others are wrong. No, just working from a different point of view and many times both have differenting information and with some new data might lean to another outcome or understanding.

    But you are right in this, we are all Dodger fans, all served our country, etc.

    But I am still worried about Puig for this season. I think the league has caught up with him.

  21. Badger says:

    But he said it with a smiley face Roger. That makes it ok.

    I know what conservatives think of progressives. I’ve heard it often enough. I don’t let it bother me anymore. I know in my heart I’m on the right side of the issues. Most of America is. They just don’t off their asses and vote. Or in some cases they’re not allowed to vote.

    “If Beckett starts the year on the disabled list”. I read those words in the a Times this morning. We may not have a few projected starters when the bell rings. How many? Who knows. Depth. Bring it. Bring lots of it.

  22. Badger says:

    Anyone have an opinion on the mess the Lakers are? I do…..

    Give Jim Buss a ticket to the Virgin Islands and let Jeannie and Phil run things. I don’t care what it costs, allowing Phil to go to Gnu Yourk is a mistake.

  23. SpokaneBob says:

    Badger, My parents moved a lot but stayed mostly in the Highland Park/Glendale area where my they grew up. I went to 8 Grammer schools, 4 junior highs and 4 high schools. Went to Le Conte junior high and then Hollywood High before we relocated to San Jose in 1963. I remember walking home from Luther Burbank junior high and getting home in time to watch the Dodgers beat the Braves in the ’59 playoff. Except for a trip or two to Disneyland I didn’t spend too much time in Orange County until I transferred to Cal State Fullerton in 1970.

    In Viet Nam I was stationed on the USS Repose and among many other things I spent some time working on a medical ward and caring for many Malaria patients. Where were you treated?

    I too met a beautiful young woman in Sydney and we had a strong connection, but she was engaged to another “Yank” so the relationship didn’t go beyond dinners and conversation. After I got back she wrote to tell me he had broken off the engagement, but by that time I had moved on to a more lasting relationship. This July we will mark our 43rd anniversary.

    Roger, I too am worried about Puig. I don’t think the added weight will do him any good and he may be in for a difficult season. I think that batting leadoff may help him to become a more selective hitter….at least I hope it is so.

  24. Badger says:

    Bob, I was at the hospital in DaNang. It probably was China Beach, I’m not sure. I did get to spend a day in the beach there. Amazingly beautiful. But I was one sick puppy. I do recall after 10 days they wanted to send me to the Repose but all beds were full. Then they wanted to send me to Japan, same thing there. They tried to ship me to Cam Ranh Bay but same thing there too. The ’68 Tet Offensive was hard on the hospitals. After 30 days they had to get rid of me so they sent me back to my unit. I lost 40 pounds in the hospital and only got 20 of it back before going back to the bush. I didn’t get my strength back until I was shipped stateside.

    The mother of my kids is from La Canada. I’m sure you know where that is. Spoiled little rich kid.

  25. Badger says:

    Puig. I think he is about to put his hard hat on and get to work. I see 30 home runs out of him this year. If he lays off sucker pitches, and you can bet he will see a lot of them, he will have an OBP of .400+ and score 100+ runs. He’s that good.

  26. Bob says:

    Spring training is beginning to mean more and more as the end approaches. Dodger’s hitting is terrible in March. Does that mean anything? Cardinals have the worst ERA in MLB during March 2014. Does that mean anything?

    Maybe a trip down under will flip their performance from bad to good.

  27. Quasimodo says:

    Manhattan Beach? Do you guys remember Tordondo park? My 1st 10 years were in Torrance and rode my bike with others very often to fish the Redondo pier. I am very familiar with all that area.

    Still missing out on these games.

  28. T.O.Dave says:

    “The mother of my kids is from La Canada…..Spoiled little rich kid.”

    Badger, I refuse to resent the rich. It’s not worth my time. I grew up in La Canada. I went to La Canada Elemntary, Foothill Intermediate School (no longer there) and La Canada High School. I grew up on Chevy Chase Drive (along the straight stretch between Foothill Blvd. and Descanso Drive). My father was a successful engineer – worked at JPL (NASA). Thus, the reason we lived in La Canada. I’m a high school teacher at the Alma Mater of Warren Moon, Al Michaels, Rod Martin, Stephen Baker the Touchdown Maker and a whole bunch of non-sports celebrities (David Cassidy and others)…Hamilton High (LAUSD). I was born at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach and had the good fortune of enjoying summers at my parents Beach house in Newport Beach. I surfed The Point (18th St) with Gerry Lopez one September in 15 foot surf. Never surfed the L.A. Beaches except Pt. Dume where I almost drowned in large surf after getting caught inside. I used to body surf the Wedge, but never surfed it. I surfed the Pier at HB a lot. One of my favorite surf spots was Tressels. I also liked Tomato Patch further south in Leucadia/Encinitas.. I now live in Thousand Oaks. Don’t surf anymore due to two knee reconstructions and a recent shoulder surgery (my labrum was barely attached – bankart tear, slap tear and posterior tear). I will surf again! I graduate from Fresno State in 1989 and was there when Tommy Goodwin, Steve Posey, and Eddie Zosky were players there. I used to love watching those guys play in college. I really thought Zosky would be a solid MLB player. I was wrong. Anyhow, I see lots of us have common ties. Especially our love for the Dodgers. GO BLUE!!!!!!!

  29. Gionfriddo says:

    T.O. Dave,

    “We all have lots of ties”…I graduated from Fresno St in ’89 as well.
    My best friend & roommate in Fresno was Mike Burton (3B on the ’88 FSU WS team & 1B on the ’89 team)….
    The ’88 Bulldog team is without question the best college team to NEVER win it all in Omaha. They ripped off 32 straight wins that year and unfortunately went cold with the sticks in the WS…

    Good times………..

    • T.O.Dave says:

      Is Mike still playing golf in Florida? I remember him well. A catcher turned club golf pro last I heard from a mutual friend in Visalia who is a dreaded Giants fan. A dude name Ryan whose last name I’ll leave off since he is a Giant fan and might not like having his name dropped here. Who was the first baseman on that team? I can’t remember his name but I think his dad owned a local car dealership or something like that.

      • Gionfriddo says:

        Yes, Mike is still in Port Charlotte running a country club. .

        1B on that team was Lance Shebelut–he led the nation in HR’s that yr (32)…. got drafted in 3rd rd that yr by Detroit & played roughly 25 games before hanging his cleats up…..

  30. Badger says:

    I taught school for a while too Dave. But I was one of 28,000 that was fired after Prop 13 was passed. You remember that tax cut initiative right? Or maybe you don’t teach history? Newport Beach summer home. Cool. My ex wife’s family had one of those. And another one in Big Bear.

    I think there are only a couple of Dodgers that are actually ready for the season. The team sure looked awful yesterday. The 2 games in Sydney don’t count as far as I’m concerned. Hoping for a split. I think a more realistic tell will be the Freeway Series.

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