How Do You Like Me Now?

Most of you know by now that it has been about a month since I re-started LA Dodger Talk after a year “retirement.”  Hey, if Michael Jordan can do it so can I – now we are eternally joined at the hip.  😉  So, give me some input – how are we doing?  We have had over 500 people sign up for the site, but of course, most don’t post.  Even if you don’t post everyday, let me know what you think.

My goal was to make this a “clean and easy site” with no banner ads, pop-ups and all that crap. I don’t do it for the money – I go into the hole every month but I don’t care about that.  I just want this site to be a place where Dodger fans can come everyday – I want this to be your Dodger Dashboard where you can navigate the world wide Dodger web.

I am always looking for suggestions to make this place better.  We don’t talk religion and politics and we agree to disagree without being disagreeable.  Give me some suggestions and criticism – I want this site to be a place you love to come to.

How I Became a Dodger Fan

Since I live in Indianapolis, Indiana a lot of people wonder how I became a Dodger fan.  OK, here’s the story:

I grew up in a small town near Dayton, Ohio which is close to Cincinnati.  I remember going to Crosley Field to see the Reds play when I was 6 years old. When I was 9 years old, I got my my Father to buy me a Baseball Yearbook.  It had all the projections, rosters, stats, depth charts and addresses of all the MLB teams. Of course, there were only 20 teams back in 1963 when this happened.

My father worked for a company that had a mimeograph machine, which was a stencil duplicator that works by forcing ink through a stencil onto paper.  So, I got all the 20 teams addresses and wrote one letter that went something like this:

Dear Sirs,

I am you biggest fan – send me stuff!

That was pretty much what I wrote and I copied it 19 more times and sent it to all 20 teams.

Every team sent me something – a schedule, a hat, a baseball, but the Dodgers send me a huge box of stuff – a t-shirt, a yearbook, a toy bat and a bunch of other stuff, but they also sent me a baseball signed by the entire 1963 Dodger team, including:

  • John Roseboro
  • Ran Fairly
  • Jim Gilliam
  • Maury Wills
  • Ken McMullen
  • Tommy Davis
  • Willie Davis
  • Frank Howard
  • Wally Moon
  • Moose Skowron
  • Dick Tracewski
  • Sandy Koufax
  • Don Drysdale
  • Johnny Podres
  • Bob Miller
  • Ron Perranoski
  • Pete Richert
  • Larry Sherry
  • Waler Alston
  • and others.

I was hooked.  The Dodgers bought me and I have been a fan ever since!  I wonder what that ball would have been worth today?  You see, when I was 12 or 13, we ran out of baseballs and I used it in a neighborhood pick-up game.  I never said I was smart…

In case you don’t know, I am a big music fan and have very eclectic taste in music from the Beatles, to the Beach Boys, to Pitbull, to Kid Rock, to Toby Keith to Miley Cyrus to Michael Buble and everything in between.  So, I am going to start posting a Music Video of the Day.  If you don’t like it – don’t click to watch.  It’s that simple.

UPDATE:

Dodger Press Release: DODGERS TRADE VIDAL NUÑO TO ORIOLES

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Ryan Moseley from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuño.

Moseley, 22, made his professional debut last season with the Orioles’ Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds, going 0-1 with four saves and posting a 3.20 ERA (7 ER/19.2 IP) in 12 relief appearances. Moseley posted a 1.12 WHIP and limited batters to a .191 average, including a .091 mark (2-for-22) against lefties. The Lubbock, TX, native was originally selected by the Orioles in the eighth round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas Tech University.

Nuño, 29, has a 5-20 record with a 4.02 ERA in 126 games (42 starts) in four Major League seasons with the Yankees (2013-14), D-backs (2014-15) and Mariners (2015-16). The National City, CA, native was acquired by the Dodgers on November 7, 2016 from the Seattle Mariners.

The Dodgers needed a roster space for Gutierrez, and Nuno, while in the mix, was the odd man out.  The Dodgers got a young power arm back.

Posted by Mark Timmons

I started LA Dodger Talk in 2001. I took a year off in 2016 and now I am back. This site is about giving another perspective outside of the average day-to-day reporting. I don't do game recaps or in-depth sabermetric analysis. I value sabermetrics, but leave that to people smarter than me... which is only 98% of the population. This is where you start your day as a Dodger Fan. Welcome!

This article has 53 Comments

  1. Mark: I think you are trying “to carry” the site all by yourself. I wish more “characters” joined in. I think we need more humor. I’m not that funny, but some of your readers are, I’m sure. We don’t need “knock-knock” jokes, but more humor would be a good thing. Everything seems a bit serious. Otherwise, the site is great. I use it as a springboard to some of the others.

    1. Humor is always good Bobbie17, how about some practical advice to the Ladies, always keep your water bottle with you!
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      Quick Thinking

    2. Thanks – We may have some new writers in here soon.
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      I know who I want – I am waiting for them to contact me.
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      The pay ain’t good!
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      How about this?
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      What did the little fish say when he swam into a wall?
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      DAM!

  2. Two Elephants meet a totally naked guy. After a while one elephant says to the other: “
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    I really don’t get how he can feed himself with that thing!”

  3. Hi Mark,
    I have appreciated the new site immensely. I enjoy your posts and get a kick out of some of your takes.

    Baseball for me is somewhat of an escape. It’s a happy place. Every new season is a season filled with the hope that this will be the year the Dodgers win it all. But truthfully, I don’t really care…because there is always next year. (Though I really hate when the Dodgers are below .500) I really get tired of negative nancy talk about how inept FAZ is or how depleted the bullpen is or the poor trades that are made. I come to read your posts because they are always hopeful, there is generally a positive spin…even in your rants! I’m not looking for some sort of Pollyanna take but I get really tired of those who are so stinking critical and all they do is arm chair quarterback because 40 years ago they played some baseball. I’m sure it would be different if baseball really meant something but its a game that is played to entertain others. That’s it. Life has enough difficulties and hardships without making mountains out of molehills and bringing more negativity into our everyday lives. I think this site is excellent and I encourage you on your endeavors. I generally don’t post but I read your posts every morning. Thanks Mark.

    1. Thanks Eric.
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      You are in the right place. There are some people when they see clouds they immediately see a storm. They forget the possibility of a rainbow. We try and look at it realistically and not jump to conclusions which we have already concocted in our minds.
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      I am sure there are a lot of Eric’s out there, Let me know…

  4. Mr. Timmons, glad YOU and LADT are out of retirement!!! I assume 500 others feel the same. so there’s that. In my opinion this site is pretty awesome, so what you add to it will only make it better. The respect of everyone in here is real, and that’s what I like the most. Hopefully that wont change. Mark I enjoy your blog and what you write.
    Anyway that’s all I got, To everyone in here , Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!

  5. Ladodgertalk was my favorite dodger site before you took it down. I did not post but read it. Now that you have started it up again I have posted some. Other than yourself nobody has commented back. I don’t know if the post are just not conversational or if people are just not open to new posters. No matter I will continue to read and am grateful for the site but maybe that is why others don’t post.

    1. Therealten,

      I appreciate your posts and believe I have responded.
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      There are a lot of people who read but don’t post, but I appreciate every reader. Don’t be a stranger.
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      Thanks again!
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      Give it time. If you want a friend – be a friend!

      1. Mark, one of the reasons some people, most people IMO, don’t reply to a comment is that they don’t believe anybody will see it because of all the comments that have been made since the comment they would be replying to was made. There is an assumption that people scroll down to the last comment that was made since they last visited the site and read only the new comments.
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        One of the things I like about the Discus commenting plugin is it tells us there is a new comment above or below where we are looking and if we are not looking we get emails that someone has replied to a comment we made. That tends to put discussions/replies where they were originated and not at the end of the string of comments.

  6. I have enjoyed the tone here this time around. No insults! No disrespect! There should be a way to disagree without being a jerk about it. And only baseball talk!

    My Dodger fan story is different. My Dad was born in Brooklyn. His Dad was a Dodger fan too and he saw his 1st game at Ebbets in 1939 when he was 8. He was in the Navy and was stationed in San Diego in 1954 and decided to stay in California. He married my Mom and of course the Dodgers moved out a few years later. I saw my 1st game at the Coliseum in 1959 (I was too young to remember and my earliest Dodger memories are of the 1965 World Series.

    As to “negativity”, just because I’m a fan and I want the Dodgers to win, doesn’t mean that we can’t use our brains to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the team or its management. I have high hopes for the Dodgers this year but don’t pretend to believe that they have solved all of the problems of the past few seasons.

    1. Very cool Counselor!

      No objections!

      I think everyone is “feeling each other out.”

      I look forward to all points of view.

  7. Hey Mark I agree with TDF and Eric. Great site to be on. This is actually the very first time I have signed up on a Dodger blog. I followed a few others over the past year, but alot of them devolved into a bunch of guys just talking crap and getting personal, instead of keeping it about baseball. I love this site and have actually learned alot by hearing what insight everybody has, alot of great opinions without the attitude. Gonna be great picking your brain throughout the season and all the other guys as well. Keep up the good work!

  8. Mark, great site! I seldom post but often read. Your site is informative and entertaining and is an outlet for my one passion in life after God, family, and country. Thanks again. I don’t remember how I found your site many years ago but from day 1 realized it was the best Dodger site.

    I’m 45, married with three busy kids, work a lot, involved at church, love the Dodgers. Since you sometimes share personal info with us it kind of seems like we know you. When you shut down last year it was almost like I lost a friend. So glad the site is back!

  9. I think it’s a tad too sweet in here. Sitting here reading with Mother Teresa and she puked saying too sweet. So we’re gonna go do an armed robbery to get our heads strait.
    I’ve told my fondest Dodgers memory a few years ago at ladodgertalk about the first time I heard Mark’s tale of using that ball. Actually more a Dodgers Stadium memory where my mother socked (deservingly) drunk actor Neville Brand in his face. He wisely sat down in his seat and behaved afterwards. Some likely remember but for those who didn’t hear and have interest I’ll share the details again later.

    1. So, it’s a tad too sweet in here? How about I beat the hell outta you? That would make it a little less sweet, wouldn’t it?
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      Just Kidding Quas! 😉
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      Tell that story again and I will tell you about the time I got two black eyes at a Red-Dodgers game.

      I like to jab each other, but there is fine line to follow. Some people take offense at the way things are said. Perhaps time will loosen things up…

  10. Lol! Quasimodo, THAT is a story I’d love to hear. I just got to go check and see who Neville Brand is/was!

  11. Okay Eric. Probably the most expensive seats my dad bought at Dodgers Stadium (box section) which was 1 row behind a rowdy group who kept standing and making noise at any and every occurrence on the field causing my mother to ask the one in front of her to stay seated saying “we paid good $ for these seats but not to look at your ass”. Brand next to him said “that’s your seat and pay no attention to her”. My mom socked Brand and the immediate crowd cheered her for doing so as they too were fed up with that group’s ruckus. That was before the TV show ‘Laredo’ that Brand starred in.

    1. OK, that’s cool.

      Back in 1976 or 77, we were at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati for a three game series with the Reds and the Dodgers. This was back in the day when they sold these big Tubs of Beer that were like a half gallon. There were four guys sitting behind us who were lapping up the beer like you wouldn’t believe. I had to ask them to calm down several times and they did… until the 8th inning.
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      In the 8th inning they started getting vulgar and splashed some beer on my wife, so I stood up and turned around only to have a full tub of beer thrown into my face. Then the guy proceeded to clock me twice with two big roundhouse hooks – one on each side of my face. I could not see them because of the beer in my eyes, but I did see the third one and I blocked it.
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      I was enraged, I didn’t even feel the punches – I just started after him, he’s climbing seat-to-seat and row-to-row and I am gaining on him. People are clearing out of our way and at the same time I grabbed him to break him in half, four cops pulled him away and saved his life! Dang the luck!
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      Remember, that was Friday night. I went to the next two games with two huge black eyes and saw very little of the series – you see I was walking the stadium looking for this joker. For several years, when I went back, I was always looking for him. I never saw him again, thankfully…

      1. Damn! I’d liked to have heard a happier ending to that one, Mark. I’ll provide one……. They thought you spotted them in their car after the game and panicked, stepped on the gas, drove into a pond and drowned. You never saw them and didn’t know till now that this was the reason.

      2. Must be something about Cincinnati fans. After a Colts-Bengals game there, my friend was walking down the side walk and some random Bengals fan walking the opposite direction decided to cheapshot him.

  12. They say Eric Gagne is pondering a comeback:
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    Allegedly his fastball is back in the 90’s. He has talked to the Pods and D-Bags. Hopefully, the Dodgers give him chance as he is a guest instructor:
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    http://m.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article/216395716/eric-gagne-pondering-a-comeback/
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    If you still think the Chase Utley signing was silly, read this:
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    http://www.truebluela.com/2017/2/18/14658802/chase-utley-contract-dodgers
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    Personally, I think he will add a lot to this team this year: Pinch runner, DH, Pinch Hitter, Cheerleader and by not getting worn down, look for his numbers to mirror April and May- .280+ BA/.350 OB%. He has accepted his backup role and will put up tangible numbers, but the intangibles are priceless.
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    Roberts also says he is going to rest Gonzo and others more this year. Sissys! 😉

  13. Speaking of big cups of beer, I was at a game with two friends where Gibson and Sutton were pitching. We made a few wagers during the game. I won a couple of beers by betting the Dodgers would score a run with two out and a runner on second. I won a couple of more beers by betting the Cards would not score a run with runners on first and third and one out.
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    I felt bad about drinking for free so I bet Crawford would hit a home run on the very next pitch and one of my friends took the bet and the other would not because apparently it was just my day. That last free beer tasted the best.

  14. Well M.T. damned if you didn’t start your video choices with a helluva entertainer… But Miley Cyrus???
    Good for Gagne… They say the change is still making batters look stupid…
    I’m getting itchy for some 9 inn. baseball…

  15. Mark, like I mention before great site, and hoping to have many more reads from this site.
    Yes it is very frustrating and sometimes annoying in other sites that people get very personal and fighting.
    Thanks

  16. The thing that I really didn’t like about LADodgerReport was “I know better than FAZ” statements by the host. I prefer to have the posts that start the string of comments and replies to not bash anybody and instead just introduce the thread. If it is provocative it gets more readers and commenters. Mark, you do a good job with your posts IMO.
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    I really am glad that politics are not part of this blog. Its not that I don’t find it interesting, but the hate that some put into their comments was a real turnoff. I did learn something though. I learned that people can have extreme opposite political views and simultaneously hold similar views about the Dodgers.
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    Dodgers and ladodgertalk bring us together and politics tear us apart.

    1. That’s why I had to draw the line. One person says something… maybe even innocently and then another takes offense and the sniping starts… and I can snipe with the best of them. I use a cannon to kill a fly! So, I just decided that was going to stop before it starts.
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      Many of you will disagree with me and I will disagree with you. All I ask is that you have a take and do not suck. “Mark, I disagree with what you said and here’s why…..”

  17. Jerod Weaver to the Padres. It will be fun to see him pitch in the National League. He was my favorite Angel. He is cunning and the last few years got by, barely, with his brains and deception. Would love to see him beat the giants–over and over. It doubt it will happen. Mark: Barry Zito has a CD out. Americana. Might be nice to hear a cut here. I’m trying to forget that he won a championship for the giants. He will always be an Oakland A, to me. Full squad in Glendale today? Can’t wait to see Corey and Cody; and Andre’ and Andrew.

  18. A one month review, Ok, lots of good info and takes on the Dodgers by the posters. I enjoy your starting posts Mark! You are a good writer. Suggestions, get the edit and page break back.

    My favorite Dodger Stadium memory, 1965, my Dad was a FBI agent, we had our annual Dodger Stadium tickets to see the Dodgers play the Mets, seats about 20 rows behind the Mets dugout. Turned out it was the day the Watts riots started, he had been off work that day but was called in. I almost didn’t get to go, but after lots of begging he dropped me and a friend (who went in Dad’s place) off at Dodger Stadium about 5PM. I think games started at 8PM in those days.
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    So the friend and I explored outside the Stadium (they didn’t open the gate till 6PM) hoping to see players etc. don’t remember seeing any players but a groundskeeper took in through center field gate and let us walk on outfield grass. Loved it, pictured myself cruising that territory in a few years.
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    Later when gates opened, we went inside park to our seats. When batting practice started, a bunch of other kids were getting balls down by the right field foul pole. My friend and I started debating who would get to go down there while the other stayed at the seats to guard our stuff. Before it could be decided my “friend” (who was my guest) just took off with his mitt, leaving me to guard our stuff.
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    I start just watching the hitters and reading the program. Then this guy, Ernie White, a Met coach, hollers “hey kid come here”. I’m thinking I did something wrong, but, walked down to the dugout, he tosses me a bat. The bat had a visible crack, but of course, I loved it! About five minutes later Duke Snider was giving autographs at the railing and autographed the bat. I don’t think he was even in uniform.
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    The “friend” finally comes back empty handed, he had stayed down there the whole batting practice, to see my haul. Talk about bummed out! And that my friends is a textbook example of karma.
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    The bat, my sister who probably never played a game of baseball in her life, took it outside when some kids were playing baseball, in the street, and needed a bat. It got broke in half and all scratched up. When I found out, I was so pissed, I said I didn’t even want it after that. Never knew what happened to it until about ten years ago.
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    I was visiting LA and stayed at the same friend’s house, who went to the game in 1965. He had this half bat, the handle end, by his front door that he had sanded down and used for potential protection against home invaders. I was admiring it and he tells me that was my bat. Not sure how he ended up with it and he wasn’t either, but, I guess that was also karma. The other end, Duke’s signature was gone and he had thrown it away years ago.

  19. I am so glad you’re back, Mark. I missed your take on the Dodgers. I especially missed your trade proposals. Some of them were “off the wall”, but thought provoking and entertaining. I assume that all of the readers here are Dodger fans, but I think rules of conduct are important. What we all want is for the Dodgers to win a world series – and soon. What we also want is a sustainable long term plan for the team to compete year in and year out. I think that is what we have and I am excited to see the season begin. Play ball!

    1. “Off the wall?”

      I resemble that.

      It’s all designed to make you think and stimulate discussion.

  20. I enjoy coming to this site because it is generally positive discussions about baseball. As Bums stated some sites like to trash talk the ball players. While I agree that fans do have the right to say whatever they want to about the players, I do not like to participate in those discussions. I have not always been successful in that endeavor, so I try to remove myself from those situations.
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    Mark as you know my son played MLB for the Red Sox after a long 8 years in the minors. He was one of those “dumpster dive” players, a worthless and wasted spot on the roster, a bum that sucks; descriptions bloggers on other sites like to use about players like my son. He was an All-Star at each minor league level but, never quite good enough to hold a permanent spot on a 25 man roster. It was great that he got his MLB call with Boston. On May 25, 2004 (our 30th wedding anniversary), he made his MLB debut, and got a standing ovation to a Fenway crowd. Alas, he struck out against Justin Duchscherer, a player I rooted for a lot when he was a Sacramento River Cat. It is not easy sitting in the stands listening to fans rip your son, but it does go with the territory. I heard it all from high school to the professional leagues. But he has one thing that all of those naysayers who name call players that they cannot get on the same field with, and that is a WS ring; a very special 2004 Boston WS ring. The same one that Doc Roberts and Gabe Kapler have.
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    Mark, on multiple occasions you have discussed your experience with saying something negative about Jason Repko, having his father respond, resulting in your stopping of making negative comments about players. You can still be critical without being cruel, and that I respect. This site embodies that attitude, and I for one enjoy the discussions without the name calling.

    1. Very cool that your son got a WS ring, but, I think even if he didn’t, he’s got one thing very few people can claim, he played MLB!

  21. Note: These rules courtesy of Jon Weisman’s original list at Dodger Thoughts
    Rules of the Road
    Thank You For Not …

    1. using profanity or any euphemisms for profanity
    2. personally attacking other commenters
    3. baiting other commenters
    4. arguing for the sake of arguing
    5. discussing politics or religion
    6. using hyperbole when something less will suffice
    7. using sarcasm in a way that can be misinterpreted negatively
    8. making the same point over and over again
    9. typing “no-hitter” or “perfect game” to describe either in progress
    10. being annoyed by the existence of this list
    11. commenting under the obvious influence
    12. claiming your opinion isn’t allowed when it’s just being disagreed with

    I like all but #9

  22. Quasimodo
    Wow! Your mom sounds like a spitfire! That story must have happened early ’60’s. I looked up the actor Neville Brand. I really liked the show Laredo but I”m a sucker for a Western. Great story! Thanks for sharing it.

  23. Mark – I enjoy the site and I’m glad that you broke away from the other blog. It was becoming insufferable.

    I have to echo what Eric wrote above, baseball is a great escape. My neighbor took me to a Dodger game at the LA coliseum in 58 or 59. I don’t remember all the details, I think Podres was pitching, I do know Don Demeter hit a double. He was a tall skinny man (like I was, but sadly am no longer). He became my first hero. I was immediately hooked and the Dodgers have been “my team” since then. I listen to or watch the Dodger games because I want to escape from the daily grind and the stress that comes from running my own law practice.

    I too enjoy your takes on various matters Dodger blue. I don’t always agree, but then again, I don’t always agree with my wife and I love her than anyone on the face of the earth.

    Please keep up the good work. I don’t always have time to post. But I do read everything you write every day.

  24. Thanks everyone – let’s keep growing this site and making it better. Thanks for all the ideas. They are duly noted!

  25. Mark – I love your blog. I’m one of those who come and read it everyday but never post – just never found an opportunity to jump in. But since you asked for feedback, I thought I’d post something.

    I like reading your posts because they offer original thinking and this is one of the few places I can find rational reasoning. I am aware of other Dodgers’ blogs and I also follow the Dodgers on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Every bit of news tends to get bounced around in this huge echo chamber without any value added commentary. I like how you can read between the lines when we hear from players and front office guys. In the world of PR, athletes and team officials, regardless of the situation, have things they simply cannot come out and say, and other things they will always say. Simply repeating these non-statements is simply not news for me. I like your takes because they analyze situations with this perspective in mind.

    I also liked your posts on the old site because they often were based on first hand observation – like your discussions with Logan White. Or what you saw when you watched players during Spring Training. It’s information I don’t get anywhere else and it adds color and context to all the other Dodgers news.

    I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and I have been a lifelong Dodger fan. As you can imagine, I am treated like an outcast here – even by coworkers, friends and family. Almost everyone I run across is a Giants fan and they hate the Dodgers. I like your site because it offers me a community of people who share my love of the Dodgers. Yours is the only site that I visit where I go almost as much for the comments as the articles/blog posts. When you stopped doing the original site, I tried joining some FaceBook Dodger groups. Initially, I liked them a lot – members can share photos and sometimes they livestream Dodger games. But social media tends to bring out some really ugly behaviors in people and as a natural consequence the group admins tend to get really autocratic about members posting opinions. IMO, they have every right to do whatever they want since they put in the time to maintain the site. At the same time, these particular group admins arrogance turned me off and so I vote by taking my eyeballs elsewhere.

    Finally, I appreciate your perspective on using advanced metrics and analytics to assess the players and the team performance. I work in a tech company that specializes in software for large companies to harvest value from their enterprise data. What I’ve observed is that data and analysis can be leveraged effectively only when decision makers keep a laser focus on what is happening in the business (i.e., they can’t get distracted by the technology or having an abundance of data in a vacuum). Predictive modeling and statistical analysis will inherently bake in the human biases and assumptions of the people creating them. If those people know nothing about their business, then all the data in the world will not help these companies. However, when people start with a really thorough understanding of what is happening on the ground in their business, then data can greatly help them scale and speed their efforts to find insights. Similarly, I believe baseball analytics can be incredibly valuable but not without context through an understanding what is happening with players as human beings and team dynamics. I like how you often evaluate players using benchmark data. As fans, sometimes we can get emotionally attached to players and are blind to their performance decline and their trade value (or lack thereof). On the flip side, you often remind everyone that the goal is to identify potentially valuable players before they perform well because once they perform, they will likely command too high a price. I think many fans fail to grasp the idea of portfolio management or risk profiling. In the business world, you make lots of decisions on imperfect information and you have to expect that not everything works out. The keys are 1) ensuring that the cost of a wrong decision is low and 2) making lots of good educated guesses. The goal is not to have every decision work out, but to make enough low-cost investments so that you have a good chance of a handful of them working out really well. It’s pretty clear to me that this is how FAZ operates and I appreciate how your posts explain their moves in the context of this approach.

    Apologies for the long post but since you wanted feedback, I thought I’d indulge LOL. Thanks so much for bringing back this site and keep up the great work.

    1. All I can say is WOW! You need to keep connected here.
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      Dude, What you have to say is incredible! That was an amazing comment. I am going to have to re-read it several times.
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      You just wrote some really profound stuff there!
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      Thanks so much! KEEP CONNECTED!

  26. Hi Mark and everyone else. I am thrilled to have the site back. I faithfully checked it for the last year hoping it would reappear. I really needed your help dealing with Vin Scully’s retirement. He’s been an enjoyable part of my life since the Dodgers came to Los Angeles.
    I like the look of the site and the new rules. I like to have fun as a Dodger fan without taking it all too seriously. It is a game.
    It looks to me as if the Dodgers will be excellent again in 2017. They have enough big league and minor league talent to head to the playoffs again. Their only real threat is the Giants. If they can fix their bullpen woes they’ll be very competitive again.
    I am hoping that our starting pitching can avoid the whole sale injury list. Last year was incredible with so many players getting injured including the mighty Kershaw.
    One last thought. I am willing to give the new announcer five years to prove his worth. He has a good heart and a good mind for the game. It is highly unlikely he can be the great story teller Vin is. There is only one Vin Scully. I’d encourage everyone to give him a chance over an extended period of time.

    Randy

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