DON’T GET ALL HAPPY… JUST YET!

April 10, 2017

Before I get into the game, it’s good to hear that Pedro Guerrero is improving. The Dodgers struggled against lefthanders the first two games of the season and I have never heard such wailing and gnashing of teeth.  I told you yo be patient, that this is baseball with peaks and valleys and two games meant nothing.  It’s a two-way street.  The Dodgers broke out against a lefthander yesterday, and…

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Minor League Report – April 7

April 8, 2017

I started this on Friday, and was not able to make it through the Rancho Cucumonga Quakes Game 2, so I am a little tardy with this one.  Friday was just not a good day for Dodger baseball. The ML team still cannot hit lefties, and the 4 minor league teams also went down to defeat. Except Rancho (RC) came up big in Game 2 of their DH. AAA –…

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Trickle Down Isn’t Just Economic Policy

April 1, 2017

We now know who comprises the 25 man roster.  Is it what I would have chosen?  Probably not, but I do understand the reasons for the selections.  I was disappointed that Chris Taylor was not selected, but I understand why Kike’ was valued more as utility player.  I understand that Taylor is an infielder that needs to learn OF.  If Seager goes on the DL, it will not be Kike’…

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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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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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