Nearly 70 years ago, the Dodgers brought in a red-headed announcer who, moment-by-moment, play-by-play and season-by-season, gradually proceeded to set the standard by which all baseball announcers would be measured. They signed Vin Scully before he became Vin Scully. It’s pretty much the same with Scully’s successor. The Dodgers hired Joe Davis before he became Joe Davis, but boy-oh-boy, he is rapidly becoming Joe Davis.
As a Dodger fan I have never known what it’s like to not have a World Class Play-By-Play announcer. I still don’t…
But, that is what Andrew Friedman is really good at: Getting that guy BEFORE he becomes that guy. Kike Hernandez, Austin Barnes, Chris Taylor, Yasmani Grandal, Andrew Toles, Grant Dayton and Alex Wood. Yes, he hasn’t gotten it all right, but he has gotten a significant amount right! Enough so that the Dodgers have the best record in Baseball. First team to 60 wins. #1 pitching staff. #4 in runs scored. That doesn’t mean much – all I want is a World Series Championship. That’s what it’s all about!
Rants and Raves
- Brandon McCarthy threw 75 pitches, 49 for strikes in his 6 innings of work. He walked 2 batters while allowing 1 earned run. Does anyone still want to have a conversation about the “yips?” I think not – don’t jump to conclusions in the future. Brandon looked fine yesterday… well he looked like he hadn’t pitched in about 10 days, but he was fine. There are “yips” and there are just issues with your release point. Let’s not confuse the two.
- Joc Pederson is looking more and more like he might be a keeper, but I still have to see more. I do see growth. Growth is good!
- How many 21 year-old rookies with 25 HR to their credit in a little over two months would have the patience and wherewithal to take a walk to win a game? Let me tell you: That is not easy! Cody is on another level, which is why I know he will adjust.
- MLB Trade Rumors confirms the Dodger’s interest in Justin Wilson. Maybe he is just coming into his own, but he has been up and down his whole career… maybe this is where he really gets good. Hopefully. MLB Trade Rumors suggests that he might cost more than Martinez since he has another year of control. Would you do Verdugo and Alvarez for Wilson and Martinez (remember, I am not high on Alvarez).
- Will Smith has been promoted to Tulsa.
- Yasmani Grandal had a hand injury last night. How serious? X-Rays were negative but I hear Kyle Farmer is in the air.
- Great article on Austin Barnes.
- Is there any such thing as a “FAZ-BASHER” anymore? Yeah, there’s always the State Hospital.
- Minor League Report