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Cheaters and Liars

Cheaters and Liars

Manny Ramirez is gone from baseball.  Rather than submit to discipline for an evidently failed drug test, he retired.  Don’t let the doorknob hit you on the way out. I was against  Manny from the get go.  I was against trading for him.   I was against re-signing him.  I was not happy about it.  I [...]

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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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Get Ready

Get Ready

February 16, 2011 – Dodgers pitchers and catchers report February 27, 2011 – First spring training game vs. Angels and Giants The Sporting News has the Dodger Minor Leaguers ranked like this: Kenley Jansen – His maturity on the mound and his ability to command his fastball are as much at the root of his [...]

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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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Now Is Not The Time

Now Is Not The Time

I seriously doubt that the Dodgers will sign another Free Agent or swing a trade at this juncture… nor do I think they should. However, I am not including Eric Chavez in this discussion, since he is already on the Dodgers’ radar.  It appears that the Dodgers have interest in him, and he would prefer [...]

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Character Issues?

Character Issues?

Tony Jackson and Jon Weisman write about how important it is that the young Dodgers (Kemp, Loney and Ethier) rebound in order for the Dodgers to even have a ghost of a chance.  I happen to totally agree with that, but I also believe that it’s really a lot more than that.  Steve Dilbeck continues [...]

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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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Rants & Raves

Rants & Raves

Deferred payments?  According to Jon Weisman, the Red Sox are paying Manny nearly $2 mil a year until 2027.   I guess Frank is not the master of the deferral.  Imagine that… Could the Dodgers sign the Bill Hall of 2006? The Dodgers act like they are serious players  for Greinke. Again, the Dodgers have assembled a [...]

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Your Truth Is False!

Your Truth Is False!

I have a few things to says about comments I read here day-after-day.  I am going to deal with some of the biggest falsehoods I read: Frank McCourt is Running the Team into the Ground: Since 2004, when Frank McCourt bought the Dodgers, they have been in the playoffs 4 out of 7 years.  In [...]

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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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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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Fish or Cut Bait?

Fish or Cut Bait?

A week ago, the Dodgers were dead and buried. Everyone said it.  I said it!  That didn’t make it true. There was one difference:  I have always maintained that this team had the talent to win it all. I felt that they were dramatically under-performing.  It too much to ask them to win the division, [...]

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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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Make A New Plan, Stan

Make A New Plan, Stan

It pains me greatly to say this.  I never raise the white flag, but Ned tried and it was too little, too late.   Podsednik, Theriot, Lilly and Dotel arrived at the fort after the troops had already been massacred. This year is done.  It’s time to hop on the Bus Gus, we don’t need [...]

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More Rants Than Raves

More Rants Than Raves

We have all watched the hitters on this bipolar team for 3 years, and it seems that they are all smoking hot or all ice cold. Some of it was predictable.  When Andre Ethier was hitting .393 we all knew he couldn’t keep that up.  That his batting average has dropped a .100 points is [...]

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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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