PERCEIVED DEPTH – BLESSING OR CURSE

March 20, 2017

Well I was about to write how having too much ML ready depth can be a negative.  Then I learn that Andre Ethier is scheduled for a MRI for his back on Monday, and it shows once again how depth is a hallmark of a FAZ team.  It would appear that with a scheduled MRI, that Ethier will not be ready for opening day.  Therefore it certainly appears that Toles…

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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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Pops, Walker and The Kids

March 15, 2017

Chase Utley is POPS, Walker is not a Texas Ranger and The Kids are Corey Seager, Austin Barnes, Joc Pederson, Willie Calhoun, Cody Bellinger and Julio Urias. Pops I think it was a stroke of genius that the Dodgers signed Chase Utley.  He is legendary and the kids all look up to him.  Corey Seager begged the Dodgers to bring him back.  He will likely have under 200 AB’s this year…

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WHY DO THEY DO IT?

March 13, 2017

I am often asked why I am such a minor league fanatic.  Certainly having as son toil in the minors for 9 seasons was a factor, but I was a fan long before that.  It started in 1969 when both a high school classmate and a high school football adversary were both selected in the June draft.  One went on to replace a 3rd base legend in Brooks Robinson (Doug…

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Willie Calhoun: How Much Does Attitude Count?

March 5, 2017

Look, I am a big Positive Thinker.  I believe that you get what you believe.  A wise man once said:  “As you believe so it shall be done unto you.”  I have seen it work in my life (big time) , so I admire a guy like Willie Calhoun who is undersized and physically challenged in almost every aspect of the game of baseball… except hitting! When it comes to hitting,…

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The Next Tony Gwynn?

February 15, 2017

David Hood of TrueBlueLA has a nice writeup of Alex Verdugo whom he has ranked as the Dodgers #5 prospect.  I agree with most of what he says, so there is no need to re-hash what he says.  Here’s a sample: There’s little doubt in my mind that Verdugo will at least hit for average at the major league level. I’ve seen few players where contact comes as easy to…

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FAZ Strikes Again!

February 11, 2017

In case you don’t know, FAZ stands for Friedman, Anthopoulos and Zaidi – the three-headed monster (or braintrust) that ultimately makes the Dodgers deals.  I have never been a great fan of sabermetrics, nor am I a fan of platoons, but FAZ is a huge fan of platoon splits… and I know why.  I get it – it just doesn’t mean I like it.  As most of you know, I…

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200 Inning Pitchers are Becoming Extinct!

February 5, 2017

Dodger fans have been lamenting the fact that Dodger starting pitchers (not named Clayton Kershaw) are not pitching deep into games.  I have listened to this so much it makes me want to puke.  200 innings used to be the landmark by which starting pitchers were judged.  Shoot, in 1963, Don Drysdale pitched 315 innings and Sandy Koufax pitched 311 innings.  Johnny Podres pitched 198 innings and between the three…

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As the World Turns…

January 28, 2017

A little over two years ago, I held these opinions: Julio Urias would someday be the Dodgers Ace or Co-Ace with Clayton Kershaw; Jose De Leon would be a close #2; Corey Seager would be an impact MVP-Type Shortstop; Joc Pederson would be a 4th or 5th outfielder (at best); Yasiel Puig had immense talent but we should trade him immediately; and THE TRADE (Crawfish and A-Gon) really hamstrings the…

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Non-Roster Invitees

January 27, 2017

Every Spring there seems to be some non-roster invitee who steps up and either makes the club or comes close and makes it interesting.  This year, there 21 non-roster invitees who have a shot.  Ken Gurnick of Dodgers .com lists them: The complete list: Pitchers: Ralston Cash, Fabio Castillo, Steve Geltz, Brandon Morrow, Trevor Oaks, Josh Sborz, Patrick Schuster, Yaisel Sierra and Madison Younginer. Catchers: Jack Murphy, Wynston Sawyer, Bobby Wilson….

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