… and when some athletes get full of money, they lose their hunger. Of course, there are different size bellies, but humor me. Look at the meals these guys ate:
- Adrian Gonzalez is full ($154 Million)
- Matt Kemp is full ($160 Million)
- Carl Crawford is full ($142 Million)
- Andre Ethier is full ($85 Million)
- Zach Greinke is full ($147 Million) but not always
- Clayton Kershaw is never full ($215 Million) some guys just never lose the hunger!
Look at all the big contracts signed over the years and you will see that a high percentage of these contacts pay for PAST performance as they decline in their FUTURE performance! The great ones NEVER get full, but for every LeBron James there are ten Roy Hibberts. For every Clayton Kershaw there are ten Jason Schmidts.
It may be too simplistic, but I believe that at least a part of the Dodgers’ problems are players being full of money. Maybe you think I’m full of somthing else, but I know human nature. Oh, they go through the motions, but they are set for life and they lose that “edge.” They aren’t “hungry.” Four of the six players mentioned above are playing like journeymen making $2.5 million a year.
The Dodgers have a $229 Million payroll and were out-hustled and outplayed yesterday by the Cardinals who have a $111 Million payroll. It looked to me that they were hungrier! All I can consider is what I see and that’s exactly what I saw!
It’s called “Fat-Cat-Ism!” It’s insidious and it can creep up on you without your awareness. It’s not like they are slackers – they are just FULL of money!
Kicking a couple or three off the island may awaken the natives, but no matter how bad the Dodgers want to win now, they should not mortgage the future by trading Urias, Seager, Pederson, Sweeney or a number of other youngsters. Part of the Cardinals formula for winning with half the payroll of the Dodgers is that most of their players have came up through “THE SYSTEM” together and have a sense of family, a sense that is lacking with thew Dodgers. Ned has to stop gutting the farm and it has to stop NOW!
St. Louis had the same hitting issues earlier in the season that the Dodgers do now, so maybe there is hope, but I’m going to keep preaching this mantra – the Cardinals are better than the Dodgers with half the payroll. Let that sink in before you think about trading the kids. Trade the fat cats and if no one wants them, then DFA them. Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid! Quit trading the farm – do you realize that only one Dodgers minor league team has a winning record – Rancho Cucamonga? The rest are all below .500.
Plaschke made the argument that the Dodgers should get the farm yesterday in order to get David Price – Whatever Plaschke says is usually 180 from the truth, and he is spot on with being wrong – AGAIN! If the Dodgers truly believe in the farm, they have to stop the bleeding and trust the prospects. Joc Pederson should be in CF today! The Dodgers need defense up the middle and they have none in Center. The Dodgers owe it to their fans and players to see if Joc is the solution. Ethier and Crawford or maybe even Kemp need a ticket out of town, not because they are bad guys – it’s just that they are FULL and maybe a change of scenery will be good for their appetite, but it’s not happening in LA.
- Corey Seager tripled in his second at-bat at Chattanooga, but was 1-6 with 4 strikeouts in his AA debut! He will struggle for a while…
- Chone Figgins was 2-3 with 3 runs scored at AAA last night. I like Miguel Rojas, but Figgins can play the outfield too. Hey, how about Center?
- So Josh Beckett has a torn labrum with two cysts in his hip. He wants to pitch through it – he’s hungry for more money next year, but who knows if he can. Haren’s hungry for next year too, but he is toast (IMHO).
- While we are at it – try FedEx agin. He has been hot of late.
- Andrew Lambo is at AAA Indy and tearing up the league after a long stint on the DL. He was 4-4 last night and is OPS’ing 1.088. Maybe the knucklehead is tarting to figure it out…