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One in a row

I’ll take it.  I haven’t given up or given in – I just think a change is needed.  The sooner they make it, the quicker to a win streak, but I hope we add another one today. Clayton’s interview on FOX was awesome.  He’s a great kid. Off to the Indy 500. Just win baby!

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Glad to see Donnie motivate this bunch

Well, that motivational speech by Don Mattingly will go down as one of the greatest ever, won’t it? I got nothing else. This horse is dead.  I’m done beating it! There’s nothing at all I can say that would be good or hasn’t been said!

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Right Reasons, Wrong Things

By criticizing some Dodger players the past few days, Don Mattingly has all but admitted that he has lost this team.  He is frustrated as we all are and wants the team to fight, not just play.  That sums up what is wrong with the Dodgers more than anything else.  Donnie said what he said [...]

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Todays game shouldn’t matter…

Win or lose, this team needs a new direction and it has to start with the manager.  Most of you were excited with the team Ned put on the field (not me so much), so Ned won’t get axed mid-season.  The rest of the Dodger brass proclaimed their satisfaction with the team but declined to [...]

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So you think a manager doesn’t make a difference?

Do you really believe Joe Torre or Don Mattingly could have taken that rag-tag bunch of wanna-be’s, never-were’s and utilitymen to the 2000 Olympics and beat the heavily favored Cubans to win Gold for the USA?  No way, Jose!  Some people admire Donnie’s calmness.  That’s just the way he is.  Very little emotion.  Unflappable, some [...]

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Worse than even I imagined

I have always been a positive person.  Each year I have faced the season with optimism and have always felt that the Boys of Summer were full of promise every Spring.  It was not hard for me to see a silver lining in seasons of doubt.  I was frequently accused of having my eyes clouded [...]

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What’s wrong with the Dodgers?

ELEVEN THINGS: If you want a scapegoat, you have one.  Why would Donnie start Luis Cruz at 3B?  His defense or lack thereof was a factor.  Uribe is superior defensively and has an OB% 300 points above Cruz.  What is wrong with him?  What is wrong with Ned?  Cruz is a waste of a roster [...]

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Kershaw vs. Koufax and Ryu too

Wow, I was evidently branded as a heretic by some of the old-timers on this board who questioned my sanity for saying that Clayton Kershaw would become the greatest Dodgers pitcher of all time and questioning whether Ryu was a #3. Let’s address the Kershaw-Koufax comparison.  Let me start by asking you if you all [...]

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Kershaw, Greinke and Who is #3?

Aaron Harang is gone (thankfully).  Ted Lilly will likely never be what he once was (maybe a #4, but now he’s a # 8).  That leave Capuano and Ryu as part of the Dodgers rotation, but I see them as #4 and #5 starters (you pick the order).  It also leave the Dodgers without a [...]

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Random Thoughts and Other Stuff

I want to propose a trade: Don Mattingly for Mike Scioscia.  I think it has only happened one other time in Major League History.  In 1960 Cleveland traded Joe Gordon to the Tigers for Jimmy Dykes.  That’s the only one I could find.  The Dodgers need a fresh start.  The Angels need a fresh start [...]

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Don’t Eat Fish: Dodgers Choke on Marlin

There’s not much to say about this bunch – they have the 2nd best OB% in the NL and are almost last in runs scored and last in hitting with RISP.  That’s all you need to know.  No matter how you spin it, this team is a bunch of choke artists.  There is no fix [...]

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Quit Making Excuses

I am getting weary of hearing that the Dodger team is riddled with injuries and if they had all of their regulars things would be different.  Let me remind you of a few things: The Yankees have Michael Pineda (certainly the equal of Chad Billingsley), Joba Chamberlin, starting catcher Francisco Cervelli, starting shortstop Derek Jeter, [...]

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Bridge to Nowhere

I know that the Almighty Stan Kasten and his Clown Crown Prince Sir Ned Colletti must have a plan to bridge the gap between the current Dodgers and re-building the farm.  The thing is: IT AIN’T WORKING! When the Dodgers traded for Hanley Ramirez for Nate Eovaldi, I was OK but not overwhelmed, as I [...]

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I Tried to Warn You!

For the record, I hate people who say “I told you so” but on February 18, 2013, I wrote a column called Anybody Can Overpay.  In that column, I wrote: At a time when most Dodger fans are overjoyed and elated at the Dodgers’ prospects, I find myself very underwhelmed, even sad.  By all accounts [...]

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I Remain Unconvinced

Mark McGwire is unconvinced too.  The hitting of this team absolutely sucks.  It can change, but will it? A couple of moths ago I said I would not be surprised if this team won 80 games… or 100 games (the lineup will have to change for that to happen).  I stand by that! This team [...]

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The Big Dodger in the Sky

Whether you are Muslim, Hindu, Atheist, Agnostic, Christian, Wicca, Taoist and any other religion, you already know about the Big Dodger in the Sky.  How do you know that he is real?  Tommy Lasorda told us so.  That’s all you need to know. What else you need to know is that he is not happy [...]

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You Know You Are Screwed When…

Someone named Jordany  hits a walk-off Grand Slam against you; Ted Lilly pitches well and you lose; Matt Kemp drives in 3 runs and you can’t win; Jerry Hairston, Jr. makes 2 of the Top 10 SportsCenter highlights and you still lose; The Big Dodger in the Sky ignores your pleas; Carl Crawford drops an [...]

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What Were They Thinking?

The Dodgers hitting with RISP is still horrid!  HORRID… even after a win.  What were they thinking? On March 14th I write this:   “You don’t get a platelet-rich plasma therapy if there’s not something pretty serious wrong with your elbow.”   We all knew C-Bill was going to have to undergo the knife.  All [...]

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Ned’s Monday To-Do List

Have Donnie walk the plank; Send Luis Cruz and Justin Sellers to AAA; and Recall Dee Gordon and Alex Castellanos. Rationale:  I am no longer a Dee Gordon Booster, but now is the time.  It’s only a few days until Hanley comes back from the DL – give Dee an opportunity to displace him.  If [...]

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Sunday Mailbag

Q.  Hey Mark, guess who’s coming to dinner? Venice Glen is in town with family and we are going to get together and head up to the Slot Canyon area around Page on Monday. I’ll be sure and tell him you haven’t changed. He’ll get a kick out of that. – Badger A.  Of course [...]

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