Barnes Loses It!

March 28, 2017

I AM POSTING THIS EARLY because I leave for Florida at 5 AM Wednesday Morning and won’t be back be back until Monday.  Hopefully Always Compete can keep you entertained – I’ll try and get a few in, but we have rented a 6 bedroom condo for the family Spring Break. Cheers! Here’s the IMPORTANT STUFF, the way I see it: Bobby Wilson hit a 2-out 2-run HR (his 4th of the pre-season)…

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Expect the Unexpected

March 28, 2017

The Dodgers agreed to a contract with Justin Masterson yesterday which will cause some peoples heads to explode… but others will get it. Low risk – high reward!  Brandon Morrow – Low risk – high reward!  MLB Trade Rumors said this: It’s not clear at this point whether Masterson will be assigned to a minor-league roster or instead spend some time at extended spring training working with his new organization’s staff….

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Monday Rants and Raves

March 27, 2017

I’m not a baseball professional, but Scott Kazmir’s hip still tightens up and interferes with his delivery – same as last year but his velocity is down.  It sounds like that unless he fixes the hip there is going to be no hop on his fastball. I’m not a doctor either, but it seems to me that if it can’t be fixed, it’s the end of the line for Mr….

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Kike Hernandez or Chris Taylor?

March 26, 2017

Andre Ethier is most certainly going to start the season on the DL, but Andrew Toles Grand Salami yesterday iced his place on the team.  I punched his ticket!  It also doesn’t hurt that he is hitting .348.  I think this kid may have Wally Pipped Ethier. Next up is our utility infielder position. Chris Taylor has garnered a lot of attention with his Spring success in the Cactus League.  He…

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Watch and Learn

March 24, 2017

In last years’ amateur draft, the Dodgers took Mitchell White in the second round from Santa Clara University.  This prompted a response from a Dodger fan who said that they lived near Santa Clara, California and “had never even heard of Mitchell White.”  The purpose of this post in not to ridicule that person, but rather to emphasize that Andrew Friedman and his gang know a hell of lot more…

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Some Bums Rap…

March 23, 2017

Today’s blog is written by Bumsrap.  Thanks for a day off… Pitching Depth In 2008, Cole Hamels seemed unhittable for much of the season and the post-season.  He was 24 years old in 2008 when he pitched 227.1 innings in the regular season plus 35 more in the post season. That was 63 more innings total from the previous year. His worst year of his career was 2009. Here is…

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Willie or Won’t he Calhoun?

March 22, 2017

Willie Calhoun is a very polarizing figure – you meet him you immediately like him!  You watch him hit – you love him.  You watch him run and you wonder, and you watch him field and you become nauseous.  Any manager would love to have his bat but very few could tolerate his fielding. Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi have shown repeatedly that they value defense.  I challenge any sane…

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Make It Up As You Go

March 21, 2017

Today is one of those days which gives me little time to post.  The next three weeks are going to be crazy for me as I have a lot of places to go and people to see.  I wish I were in Arizona but I am headed to Florida. There are a couple of things, but then I am going to turn it over to you. If you are a…

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Some Players Are Not Going to be Happy

March 19, 2017

The 2017 version of the LA Dodgers has nearly 40 players who have shown that they deserve to be on the Opening Day Roster, but many won’t.  I am not going to include Willie Calhoun, Alex Verdugo or Cody Bellinger because they will be ready soon enough, but I am talking about players who have demonstrated that they belong on the big league roster.  I am not even considering Charlie…

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In Memory of a Great Man

March 18, 2017

On December 1, 2015, MLB Columnist Tim Brown wrote a piece about Dave Roberts and his father Waymon.  To say Waymon was a great man would be like saying that Dave Roberts is a good manager.  The description does not go far enough.  To know about Waymon, all you have to do is look at the son he raised to know that yesterday when he died, the planet is pooreer…

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