Merry Christmas & Thank You All

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… at least here in Indy.  I got up to this as I let The Mighty Quinn out for his morning business. The snow is only a little over an inch, but it is snow.  So here in Indy, it is a White Christmas. So, Merry Christmas from AC and I and we really appreciate what a group of Dodger fans we have at this site.  This has been the most enjoyable year I have had on this blog since starting it in 2001.

We have a group of knowledgeable readers with over 1,100 subscribers, but a lot more people read it.  In October we had over 799,000 visits and the average visit was 22 minutes. We have some very intelligent posters who have their own take, but can disagree without being disagreeable.  Everyone has a great deal of respect here and we all appreciate it.

It has been a pleasure hosting such a site and we are always looking for new writers if you are so inclined.  The pay is horrible as we do not monetize the site. I suppose who could make a couple thousand a month if we did, but I hope that some of the appeal here is that you don’t to put up with those damn ads, like what I do in my real business.  By the way, it’s my real business that helps pay for this so Merry Christmas from all of our friends at US Water Systems too.

“May your days be merry and bright and may all your Christmases be White.”

Merry Christmas!

 Hanukkah Sameakh! 

Matt Kemp – Dodger MVP?

Yes, the odds are against it.  It likely won’t happen.  No way, Jose! It’s almost a joke to even write that, but….

As late as July 1, 2017, we were reading stuff like this:

He’s hitting .309 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI—numbers that have him in the running for a starting spot in the All-Star Game. 

That was written about Matt Kemp! THE Matt Kemp who is now on the Dodgers roster.  THE Matt Kemp who many say needs to be released or traded.  THE Matt Kemp whom many despise, distrust and dislike.  THE Matt Kemp whom many Dodger fans pine for.

Matt Kemp may or may not be an A-Hole, Jackass, Clubhouse Cancer and Whatever Else… but he does have talent. I have met Matt’s parents and they tried to raise him right.  Even though his parents are divorced, they both are very committed to him. Matt is not without resources and he likely realizes that the Dodgers are his next, best, last chance!

Matt started out as a Dodger.  I used to watch him on minor league cams from Vero Beach to Jacksonville, and I knew he was a talent to be reckoned with. I also knew that when he was traded for Yasmani Grandal that his time as a Dodger had come to an end. I never looked back!

But now, he is back – not because he was wanted but because he was the lessor of evils.  The Dodgers traded for him in order to get under the salary cap and because no one else wanted him.  So, there is that!

Rumors are running rampant that Matt Kemp is in great shape and ready to turn it all around.  OK, maybe, whatever! I am not holding my breath.

Sometimes your body betrays you.  Sometimes you can no longer do what you used to do. Boy, do I know that (damn arthritis!).  But, sometimes a guy can pull his head out of his a$$ and ignore the pain to become a “Damn Legend.” I can give you $43 million reasons why the Dodgers might let Matt Kemp to do just that.

I am only talking about a minor miracle… one that allows him to have 2 or 3 at-bats a game before his caddies (Kike, Joc or Andrew) take over.  Guys who hit like Kemp don’t grow on trees.  You might swing from one if you think the Dodgers can trade him and get value back.  Moses, Jesus, Noah and Abraham could not perform that kind of miracle. What have the Dodgers go to lose?

Toles, Pederson, Verdugo and Hernandez are young – one more year won’t hurt them !  What is the problem in letting Matt Kemp start the season as the everyday left fielder?  I have sneaking feeling this could be amazing!  Am I predicting it?  NO!  But, I can see no way the Dodgers release Matt Kemp.

What if he blasted 30 HR from the #6 spot? What about that?

Christmas photo from the Los Angeles Dodgers

Posted by Mark Timmons

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  1. Merry Christmas, Mark. Was surprised last night by the snow here in Indy as well after spending the Eve of Xmas with my wife, daughter and son-in-law enjoying opening gifts and our traditional home cooked lobster and steak dinner (I’m the chef, BTW). We will spend today going to a movie, having Chinese food for dinner, and playing games. Hope all of you have the merriest of holidays as well.

  2. Thank you Mark for all your great insight throughout the year. Your blog is the very best around. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours.

  3. Bum

    You are the one constantly putting Puig down, to try to push Joc into conversation.

    And I am not doing that with Joc, I am just telling the truth about Joc.

    And I am sorry, that I tend to get behind players more, that had to work hard, and earn there place, on the team.

    Because I think these type of players, won’t take for granted, the chance they have been given, and because of that, they will continue to work hard in the off season, even if they now have a spot, on the team.

    And the truth is, most Major League Baseball players, work hard throughout the season, to get better.

    And if a player is not going to make that type of a commitment, and especially a player that is struggling, that makes me wonder about that player, and there commitment, to get better.

    And you can say what you want about Puig, but Puig came to spring training in shape last year, and he listened to Turner Ward and his coaches, throughout the season, so he could get better.

    And I had my concerns about Puig earlier in the season, but Puig made a total commitment to his team, and to his craft, all season long, last year.

    And even though both Corey and Cody, are very talented players, much like Puig is, they too, still make this type of commitment, to work hard in the off season, to get better every year.

    And that is my issue with Joc, because I have not seen Joc make this same commitment.

    I hope everyone has a nice holiday, today!

  4. Vegas

    I think you are a very fair guy, and I know where you are coming from, and I agree, with what you said.

    It is better for the Dodgers to have all of these different options, in case a player gets hurt, or a player doesn’t perform well.

    And I am not opposed to Toles starting the season in AAA, to test his knee and to gain confidence with his defense, after being out, for most of the season.

    That may be best for Toles, and the team.

    And maybe Joc learned something from what he went through last year, and he will report to spring training, in shape.

    And do the same thing Puig did this last year, and I will feel much differently, about Joc.

    AC I already knew you were a good guy, before you mentioned that story about how you protected another child, when you were a kid.

    You are a stand up guy, and I good man!

  5. MJ, I agree with you 100 per cent on Joc. JT, Taylor and Puig made a commitment to change. Joc and Baez have not made that commitment. I guess my question is how much time do you give them. Time is running out on both of them.

  6. Thank you Mark and AC for an insightful and enjoyable blog. I thoroughly enjoy your thoughts, trade proposals and analysis.
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    Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2018! May it be your best year ever!

  7. Just got back from 4 hours of snowmobiling with my best friend Dakota, a 6-year-old golden. Now it’s time to discuss Kemp, Toles, Verdugo, and Pederson, who should start the season in left field, Dakota is a great listener
    Merry Christmas to all Dodger fans.

  8. Mark, AC – thanks for all the effort & I agree, a very enjoyable year.

    This site makes being a Dodgers fan that much better for me.

    Wishing you all a great Christmas from here in the UK.

  9. I would love to see Matt Kemp turn it around – he was my favorite Dodger for a time. The problem is that there are only so many roster spots and I could see Kemp taking a spot that should go to another player that the Dodgers really need.

    I too have been very happy to participate in this blog. It has been a good distraction and people here can state their views without being insulting – and sometimes, we learn from each other.

    Merry Christmas to all.

  10. I am also thankful for this site. I view it everyday and it is definitely my favorite site. I am so thankful that along with my daughter we were able to fulfill one of our lifetime dreams. We were at game 6 and 7 of the World Series. Game 6 was such a great experience for any dodger fan much less one from southern Illinois. Game 6 was so exhilarating and game 7 just didn’t provide any drama or hope for dodger fans. I just remember thinking if your going to pitch Kershaw why not just start him. I suppose if Darvish would have pitched well or if kershaw had started and pitched poorly I would have had other thoughts. It just wasn’t in the cards for whatever reason. I just felt we beat ourselves but maybe Houston forced us into poor performance. Sorry, I didn’t mean to rehash but we certainly could have been world champions. If we have to wait another 30 years we’ll a lot of us will not see it. You would think that Matt kemp could mature and become a team player and have a focus on getting a championship. For one year just sell out for the team. Matt get in the best possible shape and just put the team first. It seems any professional should be able to do that. I have my doubts but I would try before I would release him.

  11. Thanks Mark for this site. I come every day to read. I do not post every day. Thanks AC and Mark for the info on our farm kids. I love being a Dodger fan.

  12. The Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball announced Tuesday that they’ve signed former Dodgers farmhand O’Koyea Dickson.

    Good for him.

    1. O’Koyea made it to the pinnacle, and now he can try to make some $$$. Couldn’t happen to a nicer kid. In my eyes he will always be a Dodger.

  13. Read the article with Zaidi on Dodgers Nation. He doesn’t even mention Matt Kemp as a LF option. He will never step foot in the Dodgers locker room whether it be AZ or LA. That is my prediction. I missed the Joc debate. If Joc can be moved to improve the team, great. If he comes to AZ in shape and ready to produce. At $2 milion per year and being well liked by his teammates, he’s a risk worth taking. The one thing Joc did do better post-season was stay on the ball and use the entire field. Can he do it for an entire season is yet to be determined. Joc/Schwarber both got demoted to AAA and have something to prove. However, Joc was never promoted as the second coming of Babe Ruth like Schwarber has been by idiot Cubs fans.

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