Probably about a week away.

A lot has happened:

  • Miguel Olivo went Mike Tyson on Alex Guerrero again derailing his season.
  • The Dodgers continue to hit like sissies.
  • Matt Kemp is a worse CF than Scott Van Slyke.
  • Yasiel Puig is growing into the best player in baseball.
  • Hanley is unhappy!
  • Lance Stephenson blows!
  • The Pacers chocked on their own vomit.
  • and on and on…

It looks a lot like a train wreck to me.

Stay tuned!

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  1. Watford Dodger says:

    Welcome back Mark. You have been missed. Hasn’t been the same these last couple of weeks without this place to vent. To be honest, we look an average .500 team with stellar starting pitching & Yasiel Puig. I can see some heavy trading coming…

    Looking forward to the launch of the new site.

  2. Bobby says:

    You definitely were missed. Dodgers suck. I can’t even discuss this team without vomiting.

    Mark, will your Pacers keep Stephenson? Should the Lakers take a chance on his absurd talent/absurd head?

    And, most importantly, GO KING GO!!

  3. Michael says:

    What a shock. Hope you stay open with a seamless transition to your new format. Kemp looks lost in LF and is in danger of becoming the 5th OF once Carl returns. Can we just shake it up and fire Donnie already?

  4. Badger says:

    Not gonna lie. I missed this place.

    Mark, on the points made….. uh, yep. Still waiting for the a Dodger hitters to earn their money. Why wouldn’t Hanley be happy, the putz. All he has to do is hit the ball and move to third and he could earn another 100 milyun. He’s been given a gift. He’s blowing it. I still think he will turn it around.

    Matt Kemp needs to be traded to the Mets. Syndergaard and d’Arnaud plus some cash. Kemp needs a new home.

    Gordon is heading right where I said he would. I ear Guerrero should be ready soon.

    The Pacers finished just as I thought they would. Go Spurs.

  5. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Nice to see the site back up. I’m sure the new site will be something to behold, but quite frankly, if it stayed just as it is, I’d be a happy camper. Like Watford said, need a place to vent.

    I’m sure most of the regulars check on occasion to see if the site’s up, so I imagine that most, if not all of them, will begin to check in, one by one.

    Not sure I agree with the train wreck analogy, at least not yet. But no doubt that for now they’re still treading water. But I do expect things to pick up. And no, I don’t expect the Dodgers to go 42-8 like last year, but I also know that they didn’t have to go 42-8 last year to win the division, since they ultimately won it by 11 games. Take 10 games off of 42-8, and you have 32-18, a .640 clip. Yes, that’s very good, but, in fact, teams have played entire seasons at that clip and better. Too early for me to throw in the towel. As good as the Giants are playing, they’re likely at some point to hit the skids for a while, in which case it will be up to the Dodgers to pick up their pace.

    I said early on that the Dodgers season depended largely on health. And I still believe that’s the case. Maybe Matt Kemp will never find what he lost, but if he does, watch out. Just a Matt Kemp performing at or near the level he played at in 2011 and the beginning of 2012, and the Dodgers might well be ensconced in first place. And I suspect that Hanley’s subpar performance this year has more to do with him not being 100%. Maybe Hanley isn’t happy that the Dodgers didn’t sign him to a long term deal, but if anything, that should motivate him to play even harder for a new contract, be it with the Dodgers or some other team.

    And the Dodgers aren’t the only disappointing team. Does anyone think the following teams are happy with their performance? Cardinals (30-29), Nationals (28-28), Pirates (28-30), Reds (27-29), D-Backs (24-36). And as important as winning the division is, the Dodgers are now, together with the Marlins, leading the Wild Card chase.

    And even with all the money the Dodgers have spent, I still think they’re primary strategy revolves around player development, with a willingness to spend in areas where the farm system isn’t quite ready to produce. We already have some very good prospects like Pederson, Corey Seager, Julio Urias, and others. The emphasis on player development only began in 2012, and as any knowledgeable baseball fan knows, it takes more than two years to develop a steady pipeline of big league ready talent. International signings, for example, generally involve 16, 17, and 18 year olds. Even if the players signed are good, it’s likely to take 4-5 or even more years for any of them to become big league ready. And let’s not forget that Yasiel Puig is a product of the player development program, and from what I’ve seen, we’re going to be very happy with Erisbel Arruebarrena. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t mind seeing him in the lineup everyday at shortstop.

    I expect that there might be some deals between now and the trading deadline. But something tells me that the Dodgers will be very hesitant to trade their very top prospects. And of course, we can expect some new talent in the organization after the upcoming June draft which begins tomorrow. In fact, I think that what the Dodgers accomplish at the draft could well factor into whether or not they consider trading a good (but not great) prospect like Zach Lee.

    Again, happy to have LA Dodger Talk back.

  6. Badger says:

    I wish the Bought Not Built thread was still live. It was just getting good.

    I agree with anonymous (Brooklyn?) that the deal with Boston worked financially. The stadium was empty and interest in Dodger baseball was at an all time low when mcSphincter left. That situation turned immediately. The Dodgers are financially solvent again. We have good players at all levels. It’s my belief if these players don’t get it done the Dodgers will be willing to give young players a shot.

    According to Cots, Ethier makes 15.5 this year. According to $/WAR charts he needs to put up around a 2.4 WAR to earn it. Playing every day he could do it. It will be difficult to do it part time. Same thing for Crawford and Kemp. All those guys are every day players and on this team none of them will play every day.

  7. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Badger, I respectfully disagree with you about Gordon. After the hot start, it was probably perfectly natural to expect that he would hit the skids for a while. But Gordon has had cold periods in the minors that were followed by very hot periods thereafter. I expect that Gordon is going to pick it up again. Maybe he’ll get hot, or maybe he’ll settle into a solid .280 – .300 groove over the long haul going forward.

    I also believe that Gordon has gone from the defensive liability he was at short, and has become a defensive asset at 2B. For me, Gordon represents the long term future of the Dodgers at 2B. I think he’s going to hit, has game changing speed, and that together with Arruebarrena will make make it extremely difficult for other teams to drive ground balls through the Dodgers infield. And I also see more room for growth. He’s still not a very good bunter, but I suspect that’s another part of his game that’s going to improve. As for Guerrero, maybe he’ll find a place on the left side of the Dodgers infield (third base?), or maybe he can become a very valuable piece in a trade. Whatever the case, these things have a way of working themselves out.

    And why would the Mets trade two young players under their control for several years, plus cash, for a questionable Matt Kemp? No way I see that happening. But if I were the Dodgers, I’d pull the trigger if it came to pass.

    • Badger says:

      We give the Mets cash. They need it. And they need marquee players to generate interest. Their attendance continues to drop. I do agree they probably wouldn’t do it but it’s worth talking about.

      I’m a Gordon fan and I’m pulling for him. But the schneid has lasted a month (.183/.260/.507 slash). I think I would go with Zips prediction for him (.264 with an OBP around .320). That is why I was just asking him to please consistently get on at .333. If he can end up at .270/.333 I would be thrilled. He could then work to improve on that in coming years. Agree about his 2b defense. What do we do with Guerrero? We may need his bat. 3b?

  8. T.O.Dave says:

    Oh, and Josh Beckett threw a no-hitter, then Ryu was perfect through 7. Missed the site. Glad it’s back. Maybe Kemp should have spent more time rehabbing AND learning his new position. See, I wasn’t all that far off base Brooklyn. How far ahead are the Giants since I last posted? Must admit, I missed my daily reading of Ladodgertalk, especially Badger”s takes and yes, even those long ones posted by Brooklyn. RESPECT to the both of you and all others. I’ll never have the time to be a regular poster but appreciate those of you who are. I’ll jump in when I can as allowed (no more temporary breaks please). This beats the hell out of reading the LA Times sports articles.

    • Badger says:

      We need you Dave. It’s level headed posters (including those with opposing takes) that will keep this place alive and interesting. Mark doesn’t have the time, or the help, to do a lot of research but the baseball discussions here beat all the other boards by a large margin.

      I got another trade idea – Mattingly and $ for Melvin.

  9. BOB says:

    I could rant and rave about the Dodgers for hours but all I really want to say is this is a nice place to vent and that Hanley and Matt are fast becoming DHs. Find a AL team to trade them to.

    Then again, Donnie grew a pair and put Kemp in his rightful place when Van Slyke started in CF the other day. Van Slyke should be platooning with Gonzalez who can no longer hit above the Mendoza line against LHP.

    The Dodgers are a mess. Will they ever become all that they can be? Probably not, so just send them down to Camp Pendleton the day after the season is over.

    Do the Dodgers really still have a record that would place them in one of the Wild Card spots if the season ended today? Lucky Dodger Dogs.

  10. Michael says:

    Good idea. Have managers ever been traded???

    With bucoo middle IFs,OFs and arms I hope a run producing C is on the wish list.

    Watching the cubbies and they have reported Don Zimmer has passed. He has gone to the field of dreams for sure.

    Extremely happy Mark reopened and we can vent. Thanks

  11. Badger says:

    Baseball rules clearly state that you can not block a base without the baseball. So much for the rules. Many players don’t just bend this baseball rule but completely break it. If you’re not going to enforce a rule, why do we still have it in the rule book? Gordon beat the throw by plenty but slid into a foot that was clearly blocking the bag. This is against not only the rules of baseball but violates baseball etiquette…… as if there was any of that left in this game.

  12. BOB says:

    Tired of all the high priced bonus baby pitchers that Logan drafts and De Jon turns into average relief pitchers. Maybe Stan should draft all position payers this year and fire De Jon Watson when the season is over.

    RIP Zimmer.

  13. BOB says:

    Throwing up on my keyboard while looking at LAD draft picks 2013 1. Anderson 5.96 2. Windle 4.38 3. Dixon .257 4. Bellinger AZL 5. Underwood Ogden (2013 12.60)

    2012 1. Seager .335 2. Valentin .259 3. Rodriquez – AAA – Got Torreized by Donnie 4. Garcia – Tommy John 5. Chigobu .156

    2011 1. Reed 3.18 2. Santana .238 3. Maynard .230 4. O’Sullivan To Phillies 5. McGough To Miami

    2010 1. Lee 4.71 2. Cash 3.55 At Low A 3. Landry .236 To Seattle 4. Baldwin .199 at High A 5. Lemmerman .172 To San Diego

    2009 1. Miller .229 Failed Pitcher 2. Smith 3.67 Failed as an OF 3. Gould 7.10 4. Wallach To Cubs 5. Songco RELEASED

    2 good players in the last 5 years?

    Fire somebody already

  14. Badger says:

    Hard to watch. Can Ramiirez, Gonzalez and Kemp really be this bad? I don’t believe so. But if they are, this team is toast.

    I look at the starting lineup and I see 3 backups playing. That’s 1/3 of the lineup. Add that to slumping stars and we are boring.

    I don’t believe this will last. If it does it’s cause to fire Donnie.

  15. Watford Dodger says:

    Donnie didn’t get our most productive pinch hitter, Ethier, to the plate? I would have used him to lead off the 9th instead of Kemp. And Badger is right. If Agon, Hanley & Kemp are this bad then the games up. Welcome back one and all.

    • T.O.Dave says:

      Moonbeam. I was around in my republic family in La Canada to hear that a lot years ago. I’m 48. I was a republican..was a finance major..worked in corporate America a bit. I’ve been a teacher for 17 Years. I have nice investments. I’ll never struggle. I’m not a democrat. I’m an independent. I think Jerry Brown is a very good governor. If you step back and look at his record and get to know him, there isn’t much better as a politician. I guess that is not saying much these days, but I respect him nonetheless and he has my vote. Go Jerry.

      • Badger says:

        I was raised in a conservative home. Joined the Marine Corps to serve my country and protect our nation from the infiltration of communism. That was a wake-up call. I’ve been a progressive ever since. Brown is just what California needs after the years of the Terminator.

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