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A Closers Persona

A Closers Persona

Please note that I am writing this after TWO (count ‘em, 2) successful relief outings by Jon Broxton.  I don’t just pile one when he is bad! I have consistently said for over three years that J-Brox is not a closer. When I think of closers, I think about guys like Goose Gossage, Bruce Sutter, [...]

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The Usual Good News/Bad News

The Usual Good News/Bad News

Good News: The Dodgers scored 14 Runs on Saturday. Bad News: The Dodgers opponents scored 27 runs on Saturday. Actually, it’s not that big of a deal.  It’s Spring Training and stuff like that happens.  I only go ballistic when it happens to J-Broxton because I am irrational like that (actually, I’ve always been consistent [...]

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This Team Is Not Complete

This Team Is Not Complete

Sit tight and let the game come you you. Don  Mattingly is talking about batting Casey Blake second… and in fact IS batting Casey Blake second.  He says something about Blake’s ability to handle the bat and his ability to hit the other way and his ability to bunt.  I know Mattingly has seen Blake [...]

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I Am Confident The Dodgers Will Win 81 Games

I Am Confident The Dodgers Will Win 81 Games

Any disagreement so far?  OK!  I know we have some common ground already.  I’m not saying that they won’t win more, but I tend to think that 81 is something that is very plausible.  I mean, they won 80 in 2010 when everything went wrong.  So, winning 81 really isn’t raising the bar much. However, [...]

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Spring Training – Where Hope Springs Eternal

Spring Training – Where Hope Springs Eternal

Yesterday, Don Mattingly showed me that he’s no dummy by naming Clayton Kershaw the Opening Day Starter and Jon Broxton the Dodgers’  closer.  I have been as staunch a proponent of Clayton as I have been an opponent of Jon.  It turns out that Broxton’sstruggles were mental – which was what I have always said.  [...]

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Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols

Let me cut to the chase: James Loney, Jerry Sands, Chris Withrow, Josh Lindblom, Ethan Martin, Jon Broxton and Casey Blake (hey, St. Louis is home for him) for Albert Pujols. Call me crazy. Broxton, Blake and Loney would help keep them competitive NOW, and the rest would help in the future.  Wouldn’t Dave Duncan [...]

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My Fearless Prediction

My Fearless Prediction

Lately, we have been talking about “projections” – especially what Ethier, Kemp, Loney, Furcal, Uribe and Blake will do this year.  Over the years, it has become increasing more difficult to make predictions with this bunch, especially after nearly everyone on the team grossly “underperformed” last year.  Was 2010 just a freak “one-time-thing” or was [...]

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Is This The End Of The Line?

Is This The End Of The Line?

Here’s something to contemplate:  In 2010, practically every Dodger player regressesd or had a season below their norm.  This makes me want to ask whether this was just a “bump in the road” or a “trend for the future“.  Today, I am going to consider just tha,t and I am not going to reach any conclusion.  [...]

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It’s WAR!

It’s WAR!

It’s hard for me to understand why the Angels would not even sniff at Carl Crawford, who ultimately god $142 million over 7 years (roughly an average of $20.286 million a year) and then would turn around and trade for Vernon Wells, and agree to pay him an average of $21.5 million a year over [...]

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Let’s Assume…

Let’s Assume…

Assuming is not always good, but right here, right now, that’s all we can do. Let’s assume that the Dodgers are done trading or signing free agents (I have no opinion either way).  They might be wise to wait until June or July to make a trade out of strength, not weakness, but be that [...]

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The Dodgers Welcome 2011

The Dodgers Welcome 2011

It was season derailed shortly after the All-Star break, but the fact of the matter is that nearly everything that happened to the Dodgers in 2010 (outside of starting pitching) was bad. I don’t predict “career years” every year for Dodger players (no matter how many times you say it), but out of nine starters of the caliber the Dodgers had last year, it should have been expected that 2, 3 or 4 might have good years. They have shown they were capable. If you say you saw this coming, I think you are out of touch with the reality of the situation. They all had off years!

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The Old Bull & The Young Bull

The Old Bull & The Young Bull

There’s an old story about an old bull and a young bull.  The old bull and the young bull were standing at the top of the hill overlooking a paddock of many gorgeous young heifers. The young bull said, “Let’s charge down the hill, knock over that fence and service one of those heifers each”. [...]

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Question Marks Abound

Question Marks Abound

Cliff Lee stayed true to himself and signed with the Phillies, spurning more money to go to a place he and his family felt comfortable (and it didn’t hurt that they are the odds-on-favorite the be the Pennant Winners in 2011).   So, if you want to argue who has the best starting rotation in baseball, [...]

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Would You?

Would You?

Trade Chad Billingsley and Trayvon Robinson for Carlos Quentin? Trade Jon Broxton and  Ivan DeJesus, Jr.  for Martin Prado? Would you sign Vicente Padilla to be a closer? If the Dodgers did that, this could be the lineup: Furcal  SS Prado  2B Kemp  CF Ethier  RF Quentin  LF Loney  1B Uribe  3B Barajas/Ellis  C Bench: [...]

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And wisdom to know the difference.

And wisdom to know the difference.

OK,  I know that this is going to be just like the Jon Broxton thing (“I have an irrational hatred of Broxton because I can see in his eyes”), but I still have to say it:   The object of the Dodgers affection should be Adrian Beltre.  I can see it already:  “Timmons has an [...]

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Prognosticate This

Prognosticate This

So, in Game One of the 2010 World Series, two Cy Young Winners faced off in what figured to be a classic pitcher duel.  But of course, the game ends up being the second highest-scoring game one in World Series History. Nobody, but nobody saw that coming, and if you had taken the “over” on [...]

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Spilling My Guts

Spilling My Guts

The Ted Lilly deal is nice, but it better not be the best deal the Dodgers make this off season.  Shoot, it shouldn’t even be in the top 3. The signing of Chili Davis and Matt Herges to work as coaches seems to be ignored by the media and Dodger Fans in general.  That, and [...]

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Another Pitcher…

Another Pitcher…

I think that you have to look at it this way: A winning team has to have three pitchers who are at or near the top of their profession. The Dodgers had three this year with Kershaw, Billingsley and Kuroda. As it stands, right now they have two in Kershaw and Billingsley, followed by many question-marks.

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Rants & Raves

Rants & Raves

Tony Jackson of EspnLosAngeles has the latest about Logan White. Will Tim Wallach be on Mattingly’s staff or a manager somewhere else? According to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, the Dodgers announced 2011 season-ticket pricing Monday, with nearly 80 percent of stadium seat pricing staying the same or being reduced down for the fourth consecutive season. Boy [...]

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Are The Offensive Pieces Already In Place?

Are The Offensive Pieces Already In Place?

The Dodgers young nucleus may be ready, willing and able to deliver in 2011. The pieces might need to be shuffled however. There is also an element of luck (where preparation meets opportunity) involved. Case-in-point: Aubrey Huff was a player no one wanted and the Giants signed him for $2 mil – he was arguably their MVP. Buster Posey also stepped up. We knew he was good, but we din’t know he would be THIS good THIS soon.

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