Tag Archive | "Ned Colletti"

Change is in the Air

I can almost guarantee that the Dodgers roster as it now stands will greatly change before the end of the season.  It appears to me that the Dodgers acquired Beckett and Crawford in order to get Adrian Gonzalez.  They had the money and I think Gonzo has been a good thing and he likely will [...]

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The Real Story

There’s nothing wrong with Clayton Kershaw.  The Dodgers just want to keep him fresh for the end of the season. The Dodgers are very worried about Brian Wilson. Matt Kemp is completely healthy and has apparently bought into playing with less recklessness. Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez are lighter and in better shape than ever [...]

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Dumber Than a Bag of Hammers

What scares me is that Brandon League and Brian Wilson are toast.  I know it’s early, but I felt what Brian Wilson accomplished last year was “smoke and mirrors” induced (I know someone will produce some statistics that say otherwise, but he was flat-out lucky at times), and I was against re-signing him… especially at [...]

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Memo to Ned:

If Brandon League makes the team and Chris Withrow gets demoted, it sends the team the message that what you make is more important than what you do… and that’s a damn shame (if it happens).   Think about it hard, Ned.  Swallow your pride and think about it some more! <Shortest post ever – most [...]

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The Switch Was Flipped

Lots of Dodger fans complained about the teams lackluster Spring Training performance.  Some even said “you can’t just turn it on and off.” Well, they just did!  Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I don’t think the D-Bags are a very good team and I couldn’t be happier about it (apologies to Josh Rawitch). [...]

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Spring Training Means Something…

Just not a lot!  It’s just too small of a sampling, especially this year! Don Mattingly could have won a lot more games with regulars and major league pitchers, but he has simply used Spring Training as a way to look at a lot of players.  Ignore the records.  Ignore the averages.  I keep hearing [...]

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Bad start to the offseason

The Tigers signed Brad Ausmus to be their manager and the Dodgers evidently have lame duck Don Mattingly as their manager.  Felony stupid is what I think.   I would have jumped at the chance to get Brad Ausmus. This is a part of something that concerns me about the Dodgers.  Stan Kasten, Ned Colletti and [...]

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Forget about Robinson Cano and David Price

If Stan Kasten is smart (and I am not certain how smart he is) he won’t even consider free agents like Robinson Cano or David Price and here’s why: The Dodgers currently have nearly $170,000,000 in Guaranteed Contracts to their players for 2014 and that does not include the $25 million they will have to [...]

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Change is in the air

So, yesterday Don Mattingly says that he won’t return as a lame duck manager – that he wants a longer-term deal.  The Dodgers fired back by firing Trey Hillman, Mattingly’s bench coach and close friend.  No matter if Mattingly returns or not, the IQ of the dugout is bound to increase. The Dodgers also dismissed [...]

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Parting Shots

No longer junkyard dogs.  That title was taken by the Cards and Red Sox. I told you months ago that Clayton Kershaw would get a contract around $300 million and most of you said I was crazy.  How do you like me now after this report from ESPN? The Los Angeles Dodgers offered left-hander Clayton [...]

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Counter Culture

It’s painful to have to write this stuff but it is absolutely true.  The Cardinals have a culture of winning that started long ago and is from the top-down.  It used to be true with the Dodgers.  Not so much anymore. Dave Duncan set the standard that the Cardinal pitchers have followed for almost two [...]

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I’ve got a lot to say

… but no time to say it right now. We launched our new website (at a cost of $400,000) last weekend and are so busy dealing with issues we knew we would have to deal with that I am just slammed.  Add to it that I had to go to Ohio this week for a [...]

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This feels like 1988 deja vu all over again!

The Dodgers star outfielder went down during the playoffs and had one meaningful at-bat in the World Series – and I mean “meaningful.”  The Dodgers were given no chance, but everyone forget about the Stuntmen, led by Mickey Hatcher.  The 2013 version of the Stuntmen, I call them “junkyard dogs,” will lead the Dodgers to [...]

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Playoff roster

It’s premature, of course, but I’m going to take a stab at the playoff roster.  Of course, the following position players HAVE to be on it (barring injury) because they are starters: AJ Ellis Adrian Gonzalez Mark Ellis Hanley Ramirez Juan Uribe Carl Crawford Matt Kemp Andre Ethier Yasiel Puig Then, there are also a [...]

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LF Platoon?

Donnie, Davey Lopes and even Clayton Kershaw seem to like Andre Ethier in CF better than Matt Kemp.  Could it be there will be a platoon in LF with Kemp and Crawford?  I can’t see Mattingly putting Puig and his arm in LF.  On the other hand, I suspect Kemp will play CF against tough [...]

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What Nolasco is doing is bad!

Horrible! Terrible! It’s really bad… for the Dodgers chances of re-signing him. Since Joining the Dodgers, Rickey Nolasco is 7-1 with a 2.25 ERA (1.65 at Dodger Stadium).  He has proven to be an excellent addition to the Dodgers rotation.  In fact, it could be argued that he is the Dodgers #3 ahead of Ryu. [...]

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Six-Step Blueprint for a World Championship

By virtue of an incredible 40+ game stretch, the Dodgers are soundly entrenched in first place in the NL West and it is not likely (barring major injury) that any team can catch them.  However, the real work has just started.  Now, Stan & Ned and Company go to work on the Blueprint for a [...]

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The Dodgers will not keep spending

If we have learned anything about Ned Colletti or Guggenheim, we know that they play their cards pretty close to their vests.  On the other hand, the Yankees are a 3-Ring Circus.  Lately, the Yankees have been making a lot of noise about getting their payroll down to the $189 million luxury tax level in [...]

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It’s may be time to sell

The Dodgers had a nice win last night, but unless they can run off about 12 in a row, it appears very unlikely they will make the playoffs.  Skunks don’t shed their white stripe overnight and the Dodgers aren’t likely to suddenly become clutch overnight.  As the sun sets on the Dodgers chances to get [...]

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A Twist of Positive

OK, I have been very negative about this team for quite some time and while I have been spot on, there is reason for hope.  The only thing that worries me is that Ned will make one of his dope-fiend moves and mess it up.  I mean, why does he keep Cruz on the team [...]

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