It’s no secret that the Dodgers have 4 outfielders for three spots, but something has to give.

Here’s what I mean:

  1. Andre Ethier can’t hit lefties – it’s not going to change – he should NEVER, NEVER, EVER face a lefthander.  PERIOD!  But, he has to play against every righty and he has to play LF – He’s more reliable than Crawford.  When a lefty is on the mound, Scott Van Slyke has to play LF – he is proving valuable as hitter with some power.
  2. The Dodgers have a beast of a contract tied up in a Bison and he needs to play himself back into the player he once was… and I can see no reason why he shouldn’t be able to that.  A few short years  ago, he was one of the TOP 5 players in baseball.  He’s not yet 30 and seems healthy – he just needs reps to get his timing back.    He should sit no more than once every 8 or 9 games, and if you are going to sit him, do it when there is a tough Righty on the mound.  His obvious replacement is Carl Crawford who would play LF when Kemp is out of the lineup, with Ethier moving to Center.
  3. In Right Field, you have Yasiel Puig who has to play as much as possible.  End of story!  You can’t cage wild horses.

The Dodgers have a logjam in the outfield, but the four starters are Ethier, Van Slyke, Kemp and Puig.  Carl Crawford should not be part of that rotation.

Now, what to do?

Carl should play once or twice a week and he’s an $18 million dollar pinch hitter and runner…


  1. Idaho Al says:

    The only problem with your thinking on this subject is that you assume the Dodgers will put the best players on the field. They will not. Why is Paco still in the minors? I agree with you, but Colletti will not make the tough decision. Mattingly will play Crawford to justify his big contract.

  2. Idaho Al says:

    Just one more one more comment. Why are League, Wilson, Wright and Mahilm still on the team? Colletti has signed these rejects and Mattingly has to play them to justify Colletti’s mistakes.

  3. Bobbie17 says:

    I suppose Paco ;was sent down for a reason that is not obvious to us. Maybe to work on mechanics, etc. I have to believe there is a good reason for it. On the other hand, changing mechanics can be a dangerous thing, and in this case, could ruin a really good relief pitcher.

  4. Todd61 says:

    Nice to see Van Slyke’s name in the mix. Give him the AB’s of the rest and his power numbers jump to eye catching levels (for several other teams). But, with no big contract to battle through, why is he never mentioned as a trade prospect? He’s not going to ever play every day in LA with Joc waiting patiently on the farm.

  5. Badger says:

    I disagree about Crawford. He isn’t worth his contract, but he is a + WAR player with a .291 career avg.. He will play his way back to hitting around .280. It would be my guess, that with equal at bats, he will out WAR Van Slyke. Of the the names mentioned, Van Slyke and Ethier are the most tradable. You want to do something about the log jam, then trade one of those guys. Agree with Todd on that point.

    Paco was sent down because he was the only one we could do that to. The others are veterans who don’t have to accept that move. Hey, that one is on Jed. We are stuck with Wilson and League. Get used to the idea.

  6. Artieboy says:

    And I agree with regarding CC. Last post I opined to play CC in LF until he gets hurt. Nothing against Ethier but he lost his position. I’m not a big SVS fan.

    • Badger says:

      Double header on Thursday with the weather not likely to change. Like I said earlier – everybody would be better off to cancel this series and just head to Florida. Maybe these three games will be meaningless in the final standings – maybe they can make up a couple games later.

  7. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I’m too tired to get into the outfield thing. Sooner or later it will get resolved, and maybe in a way that’s completely unexpected. I definitely prefer Crawford over Ethier, especially if the former stays healthy.

    Regarding the argument that some people make that the Dodgers are not going to repeat last years 42-8 run. Yes, it’s not likely that they will. But those people should also take into account that the Dodgers are not likely to place themselves in the same hole that put them 9.5 games back last year. So I don’t expect that it’s going to take anything near 42-8 for the Dodgers to take charge of the division. And as I’ve pointed out before, even with the large hole the Dodgers dug for themselves last year, they didn’t need 42-8 to catch up, since they won by a healthy margin of 11 games. So please, stop the 42-8 talk, because none of us who are suggesting that the Dodgers will win the division are counting on that kind of run again.

    Of course saying all of that is unnecessary, since the Dodgers are ONLY one game out of first place. My glass is still half full.

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  9. Idaho Al says:

    Badger, I will never get used to idea of Wilson and League (Wright and Maholm) on the team. When you do not put the best 25 players on the team,you are asking for problems. I still believe the Dodgers will win, however I do have to like the way Colletti put this team together.

  10. Badger says:

    They may end up swallowing both contracts but every effort will be made to get them right. League is pitching ok now – I think. Yeah, we all close our eyes and cross our fingers when he goes in, but his last five appearances he has avoided disaster. As far as I’m concerned I’ll give Wilson a lot of rope. There is no one I’d rather see in the 8th than him, provided he is right. I sure wish he would accept a rehab assignment and blow away A ball players for a couple of weeks. You need work? Work all you want there.

    42-8 was a freakish once in our lifetime run. I sure don’t expect anything like that. But I would be fine with celebrating the Division with over a week to go.

  11. Quasimodo says:

    Hello friends. I’ve been reading most all the posts here every day and could of thrown my worthless two cents in but thought it best not to. I’ve had a couple visitors who I hold dear to my heart which was great but for the most I’ve been constructing things that I needed and still need to say to some. Its not a simple chore and all of it is painful. So please don’t take my absence and neglect as being rude.

    Watford, thanks for inquiring about me and the repeat of your kind offer. But what I’d like is for you to email me your postal address.

    Hmmm, the Giants having a team with the heart for winning? I can’t credit them props that high. They were 16 games in back of us at last seasons end and that team was pretty much exact as the team that won it all the year before. My props to Giants is a whole-hell lot of luck when it was needed. Against Texas they were 1 strike away twice from losing and them getting in that position proves it was nothing more than a crossroads affair.
    I don’t feel a lineup should be so strongly set. There’s valid reasons for making adjustments. Mattingly had stated he wouldn’t hesitate using Greinke to pinch hit but so far hasn’t done that. He’s going to take blame till the stars start showing why they’re making so much goddamn money.

  12. Badger says:

    Good to see you Quas.

    I don’t like the gnats as much as anybody doesn’t like them. My dislike goes back to pre Roseboro Marichal days. I know that luck plays into any successful year in all sports, but as every man here has heard said by a coach somewhere along the way “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”. The midgets deserved both those championships.

    “He’s going to take blame till the stars start showing why they’re making so much goddamn money.” Well put.

  13. Bball says:

    Since there is no game today I’m gonna bring up the sterling comments. Am I the only one that thinks this man was treated unfairly.
    Before you bash me let me tell u y I think so.

    1. This wasn’t his first incident.
    2. The players and coaches new he was a racist before they came in so doc rivers don’t say this is ur last season unless something is done with sterling.
    3. Don’t anybody tell me you haven’t said something in private that you don’t want anyone else to hear.
    4. What happened to freedom of speech
    5. On a baseball note. Hank Aaron can say if u vote republican u might as well wear a cap like ur in kkk. Not exact words but something like that. How is that different.
    6. Clippers we’re thinking of boycotting. I say are u stupid. Are u playing for him or ur team. Wouldn’t you like a championship?
    7. Is it me or is everything in this country blown way out of proportion. Always.

  14. Badger says:

    Like Bill Maher just said – “being an asshole is still legal in this country”

    That gold digging bimbo said she was gonna make him pay. Pay he did. I don’t feel sorry for him. He was due for a comeuppance, so ef him. But ….. being surreptitiously recorded in your home and then having it broadcast around the world is scary.

    • Badger says:

      I’m glad Beck is still around. He gives the political satirists a ton of material.


      “Finally, a guy who says what people who aren’t thinking are thinking.” –Jon Stewart, on the “The Daily Show” (Source)

      “The comfort of today’s mythical homespun aw-shucks-TV-totalitarian-Lonesome-Rhodes Glenn Beck is that everyday he gives away the essential truth that he is an idiot.” –Keith Olbermann, on “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” (Source)

      “Even the leather-winged shouting heads at Fox News look like intellectual giants next to this bleating, benighted Cassandra. It’s like someone found a manic, doom-prophesying hobo in a sandwich board, shaved him, shot him full of Zoloft and gave him a show.” — Buffalo Beast, naming Beck in its annual list of the 50 Most Loathsome People in America”

      Good stuff.

  15. Bball says:

    I guess bringing up politics is a bad idea. Jon Stewart is a stupid a hole as is Keith olberman. All I no is beck stands for the constitution and god. That’s good enough for me. Quite frankly this country would be better off if that was good enough for everybody. Not trying to get into politics. Back to dodger talk

  16. Quasimodo says:

    I can see where someone could have the opinion Jon Stewart being an asshole as all one needs for that opinion is to be on the opposite side of his views. I do not share in the opinion of Stewart being an asshole and he surely isn’t stupid. Also, he’s not a liar. Church and state is part of what the constitution is there for and to protect the individuals from the masses. There’s 7 billion gods on this planet as every version differs from one person to the next and all of them think that their god is the only god. I try to be a none racist but I have to admit my porn has to be black free. Okay, so shame on me that I love my porn, and thus I’m a racist. I don’t think any country is better off when all its populace is of the same mind.

  17. Bobby says:

    Love the ” I don’t want to discuss politics, but Bill O’reilly/Chris Matthews should be shot”, or “John Stewart/Glen beck is a jerk, but let’s not discuss politics” comments.

    Back to baseball, is anyone here planning on going to the games next week in DC? I’m in DC for work the next 2 weeks, and I am going Monday (hopefully Kershaw) and Wednesday for the day game. Let’s grab a drink!!!

  18. Badger says:

    Who said someone should be shot? Geez… hyperbolate much? Better grab more than one drink while in DC. That town has more drunks per square foot than anyplace outside of Vegas.

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