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I Am Don Mattinglys’ Home Boy

I Am Don Mattinglys’ Home Boy

… but I have reservations about him.  However, I am from Missouri, so he’ll have to “show me.” But, it’s a done deal.  Frank and Ned gave their word before the season that Don Mattingly would be the 2011 Dodgers manager and they are being true to their word. Nice!  Keeping your word! Damn!  Keeping [...]

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Donnie Ballgame

Donnie Ballgame

You all know I was not in favor of  Don Mattingly to be the manager of the Dodgers, but the deed is done and I am on board.  After all, he is an Indiana Boy and maybe that will get me some special treatment.  Yeah, Right!  I will give him my full support (but if [...]

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MATTINGLY TO MANAGE DODGERS IN 2011

MATTINGLY TO MANAGE DODGERS IN 2011

Torre steps aside as the fifth-winningest manager in Major League history LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that former American League MVP Don Mattingly has been named the Dodger manager for the 2011 season and that Joe Torre has stepped aside from the position. Mattingly becomes the ninth manager in Los Angeles [...]

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The Kershawshank Redemption – First CG

The Kershawshank Redemption – First CG

The Dodgers are 15th in Batting Average (.235) and tied for last in Runs Scored with the Mets at 183. That’s an average of less than 3.3 Runs Per Game. That is a total breakdown and it is worse than pitiful! It is unacceptable and heads must roll! Torre, Mattingly and Pentland must face the Guillotine!

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Rants & Raves

Rants & Raves

Most Rants – Few Raves… First the Raves: Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Hiroki Kuroda, Ted Lilly – that would be a nice rotation 1-4, but the last two are most likely out of the picture.  Raves to Kershaw and Billingley.  Clayton has shown that he can be the Ace and Bills has righted his ship [...]

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It’s Time for Dodger Fans to Accessorize

It’s Time for Dodger Fans to Accessorize

Joe Torre lost this team sometime after the All-Star Break, and now they are just mailing it in, waiting for the season to end. Pictured to the right is the latest accessory for all Dodger fans. Some of you will undoubtedly blame this on the McCourt Court Fiasco, but I remember a Marlin team winning [...]

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The Biggest Loser, Cheryl and Belisorryo

The Biggest Loser, Cheryl and Belisorryo

The Number One Reason is that Jon Broxton’s inability to pitch in the clutch cost the Dodgers 8 games, and what made it worse, is that nearly every game he blew or lost was of the “tear-your-heart-out” variety.

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The Lone Voice In The Wilderness

The Lone Voice In The Wilderness

I guess it is me against the world on this one, but as long as Frank McCourt is owner of the Dodgers, I am on his side.  I don’t know Frank McCourt and I probably wouldn’t like him if I did.  I have shook his hand and that is about it.  He doesn’t know me [...]

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It Started and Ended With Manny

It Started and Ended With Manny

Let’s face it, after his 50 game suspension, he was really never the same hitter – he had flashes, but he was not the difference-maker he once was. It was time for him to go and when the Dodgers had someone (ChiSox) step forward, his fate was sealed.

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It Could Happen to Anyone…

It Could Happen to Anyone…

Look, Joe Torre is nor a cerebral manager. He is a Hall-Of-Famer, but sometimes being a Hall-of-Famer is just being in the right place at the right time. Maybe Joe Torre was the perfect manager for the Yankees and their big contracts and big egos and the bigger pressures of playing in NY. I am not going to take away his HOF status, but this team has quit on him.

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What’s Next for the Dodgers?

What’s Next for the Dodgers?

There are a variety of reasons for this, but the not the least of which is the disconnect between the coaches and the players. Joe Torre and Company are not known for being brilliant strategists, and that issue was readily exposed this season. In my opinion, none of the coaching staff should be back. There needs to be a clean sweep. I would give Ned Colletti one more year. I think he has learned a lot, but I still think giving up James McDonald for Dotel was a bonehead move. I believe that James McDonald IS BETTER RIGHT NOW than Octavio Dotel.

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Big Man Syndrome

Big Man Syndrome

We have all heard the term “Little Man Syndrome” used in connection with someone who might try to overcompensate for a lack of physical stature in some other fashion.  I think that just the opposite is true in the case of Jon Broxton, and in a minute I will explain why. But first, let me [...]

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Come On Geniuses, Explain How Irrational I Am!

Come On Geniuses, Explain How Irrational I Am!

I know that’s what it is.   I am just totally irrational about Jon Roxton. Even after his latest meltdown, he is the best there is. It wasn’t his fault anyway. Somebody blew a DP. Not his fault. It can happen to any loser. After all, the stats prove it. It must be Joe Torre’s [...]

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Dodgers Officially Become Sellers

Dodgers Officially Become Sellers

ith Curley, Larry and Moe running the team, the Dodgers officially became sellers today. Joe Torre proved he wanted to take early retirement by leaving George Cheryl in the game today to pitch to a righthander in the 9th with the winning run on 3B.

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Top Ten Things Wrong With The Dodgers

Top Ten Things Wrong With The Dodgers

I will preface what I am about to say, by stating that the Dodgers are capable of reeling off a 15 game winning streak! Jon Broxton can be a great closer, but he just lacks the “C” in closer, which makes him a loser.  According to some pin-headed bloggers (Jon Weisman not included), I have [...]

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STATEMENTS ON THE PASSING OF  GEORGE STEINBRENNER (1930-2010)

STATEMENTS ON THE PASSING OF GEORGE STEINBRENNER (1930-2010)

DODGERS PRESS RELEASE “George was a friend who I admired very much.  He was a giant in our game and he built an empire.  All he was was a winner.  He wanted to give the fans a winner, and that’s exactly what he did.” - Dodger Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda “I will always remember [...]

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Pavlov’s Dog and The Cost of RBI’s

Pavlov’s Dog and The Cost of RBI’s

Pavolv had this dog who heard a bell ring and he proceeded to salivate all over himself. That sometimes happens when you see an young attractive lady walking down the street too.  In the instant case, I think that Russell Martin is “Pavlov’s Dog.” Jeff Pentland, Joe Torre and Don Mattingly work with him, and [...]

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Figures Lie!

Figures Lie!

Jon Broxton again has demonstrated that the bigger the stage, the smaller he is.  I am tired of people making excuses for him.    I have heard that “He hasn’t pitched enough and that’s why he blew the game“ and now I hear “he has pitched too much which is why he blew the game.”  As [...]

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Go Big or Stay Home

Go Big or Stay Home

I have been saying for some time now that the Dodgers need to GO BIG OR STAY HOME.  Sign Oswalt or Lee, forget journeymen like Wolf.  The Dodgers wanted no part of Hudson or Wolf because of what they might have made in arbitration.  It’s true that the Dodgers have payroll constraints, but it’s not [...]

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How Do You Like Them Now?

How Do You Like Them Now?

Many of you had the Dodgers dead and buried a couple of weeks ago (no, I am not going to just let it go – you need to learn a lesson) and now they are red-hot-on-fire-the-hottest- team-in-baseball! Like it or not, here is what you are seeing: You are seeing the maturation of some young [...]

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