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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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Why Russ Martin is a Yankee

Why Russ Martin is a Yankee

Steve Dilbeck of The Los Angeles Times has a blog post about former Dodger, Russell Martin.  In it, he quotes Russ as saying the following about the Dodgers’ decision to non-tender him: “I wanted to see how much they really wanted me, because if they did, they would have tendered me a contract,” Martin said. [...]

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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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Goodbye To Russ Martin

Goodbye To Russ Martin

It was seven years ago that I predicted greatness for one Russell Martin.  He had just been converted from Third-Base to Catcher, and when I watched the Jacksonville Suns games, it was evident that he was “cat quick” and a real “baller.”  I watched him closely next Spring Training and said he was the next great Dodger [...]

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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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Winter Meetings Heating Up

Winter Meetings Heating Up

I don’t understand why they didn’t have the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis again so I could easily attend.  What were they thinking?  It’s old news that the Dodgers are interested in the following players, although they presumably won’t sign them all: Russ Martin Vicente Padilla Matt Diaz Scott Podsednik An “Unnamed” LF Source: Tony Jackson [...]

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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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Adam is Dunn…

Adam is Dunn…

… as the White Sox have allegedly signed him to a 4-year/$56 mil deal.  Ned was right not to pursue a DH. I predict that the Dodgers will either tender or sign Russell Martin before the deadline. Look for a trade at the winter meetings with DeJesus, Broxton and Loney being the centerpieces. Adrian Beltre [...]

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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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Response to the Lilly Signing

Response to the Lilly Signing

On this blog, Jon Weisman asked yesterday if people were really saying that the Dodgers would not sign any free agents.  Jon, here’s the best example of a tirade against McCourt: McGoo actually made one major draft signing this year–probably as a requirement from Selig’s office to try and stimulate fan interest. Our farm system [...]

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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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Frankly, You Will Be Surprised

Frankly, You Will Be Surprised

Let me make this clear: I have little inside information. This is just my opinion.  But… I think the Dodgers will make a BIG splash in free agency this offseason! Frank McCourt knows that he needs to regain the fans confidence in order to put more butts in seats and raise the brand value in [...]

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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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The Leader The Dodgers Need

The Leader The Dodgers Need

Of all the glaring weaknesses this year on the Dodgers (and there were many), the biggest weakness was the total lack of a clubhouse leader.  They Dodgers did not have a guy who could lead the calvary in a charge over the hill.  James Loney isn’t that guy.  Matt Kemp sure isn’t that guy.  Andre Ethier [...]

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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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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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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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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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