Here’s a recent quote from Stan Kasten, Dodgers President:
“I always say that smart beats rich. But it’s better to be smart and rich. We’re trying to incorporate the right elements beyond money. Look at Boston. The Yankees for about the last 15 years or so have done it being smart and rich. Smart is good, like Oakland, Tampa Bay. But smart and rich? Well, that’s a tough combination to beat.”
Stan, I have some bad news for you. Smart and Rich are usually mutually exclusive. Of course there are exceptions, but it is firmly established that the Dodgers aren’t one of those exceptions. Some people are smart before they get rich and then the money clouds their judgement. It’s rare to find someone who gets rich and doesn’t get stupider. Warren Buffet is a guy who is smart and rich. So is Bill Gates, but then there are guys like Steve Jobs who was extremely smart but then thought he was so smart that he could do whatever he believed and he believed he could beat liver cancer by non-conventional means… and it cost him his life.
How many players after signing huge deals continue to get better? In most cases it’s just the opposite – they sign a big deal and get satisfied and regress. It’s human nature. Smart and rich would be great, but it hasn’t happened to the Dodgers.
As I look at the team, the way it is constructed, and it appears that a kid in a candy store put it together “Oh look at this.” “I want one of these.” “I like that.” Give me two of these.” This team looks like it was constructed by a dope-fiend (no names will be mentioned but his initials are Ned Colletti).
Now, for the record, I have no problem with Matt Kemp’s deal. At the time he was an elite player and I believe that deal was warranted. His injuries have robbed him of his opposite field power, but it’s his failure to adapt that has really hobbled him. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: “Matt Kemp sees himself as a Centerfielder. It’s part of his DNA.” He has not been able to successfully transition to LF because he still thinks he’s a centerfielder and it’s messing with his head. As soon as Matt Kemp can change his thinking, bloom where he is planted and become a leftfielder he can go back to being a very good player this year and maybe an elite player next year.
I was for the deal for Hanley Ramirez, but always cautioned that he was/is a head case. He’s not a SS, not a 3B either – but he thinks he’s a SS. He wants a big deal and it is messing with him. He has to be traded…. and soon. I don’t care that he got two hits last night. He has no future in LA unless someone who is delusional enough to think they are rich and smart signs him.
I was against the deal for Gonzalez, Crawford and Beckett and so far the deal looks really bad. A-Gon insists on hitting to the right side even in the face of a huge shift and he is barely hitting his weight. Another case of a guy getting rich and stupid! Signing Andre Ethier was also a dope-fiend move – he can’t hit lefties to save his life, so the Dodgers are saddled with another really bad deal.
Smart and rich? Not so far! It’s still not too late…
- Corey Seager is a man among men at RC where hew is hitting .348 with 11 HR and 44 RBI – Time to move to Chatt!
- I was worried that Yasiel Puig would be a knucklehead, but I was wrong. I always said he had more talent than any player I have ever seen, but I was worried about the area between the ears. He is now on his way to becoming the best player in baseball.
- Dee Gordon has earned the right to play every day. He should be at 2B the rest of the season… NO MATTER WHAT! He has shown me the ability to adapt and grow. Maybe in the off-season he gets converted to CF? Maybe Guerrero plays 2B next year with Gordon in CF?