The Clock is Ticking on Deals

July 14, 2017

The trade deadline is a little over two weeks away.  July 31st is the drop-dead date, but wait!  Is it really?  What would happen if the Marlins put Stanton on waivers in August?  Miami could just let anyone who put in a claim have him if they truly wanted to dump salary, so the question is:  If he isn’t traded before July 31st, would anyone put in a waiver claim…

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Maybe You Shouldn’t Fixate on Batting Average

July 12, 2017

Lots of old school baseball fans look at batting average as evidence of a player’s worth.  While not entirely wrong, batting average does not give a complete picture of a player’s value, much like temperature does not give a true indicator of comfort without humidity!  Batting average is a simple formula based upon the percentage of times a player gets a hit as compared to at-bats.  Who would you rather…

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I Just Dropped In to See What Condition My Condition Was In

July 10, 2017

So, the Dodgers currently own the best record in baseball at 61-29, which is a .678 winning percentage.  With 72 games left, they could go 30-42 and still likely make the playoffs with 91 wins.  If they just play .500 ball the rest of the way, they will end up with 97 wins which would be absurd (playing .500 ball and winning 97 games).  If they keep up their current…

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World Class!

July 9, 2017

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…

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Give Me a Hand!

July 7, 2017

Moment-by-moment, memory-by-memory, the Dodgers have did it again!  Dodger Broadcaster, Joe Davis  Joe has made it a lot easier not to miss Vin – he’s not Vin, but in case you haven’t listened to the stiffs and homers other teams use, he is near the top of play-by-play baseball announcers.  What a comeback and what a way to kill a snake!  Now, back to the things at Hand! If the…

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Gina Lollobrigida and Andrew Friedman

July 5, 2017

Gina Lollobrigida turned 90 yesterday.  Described in her prime as “the most beautiful woman in the world”, Lollobrigida, will  be receiving a long-overdue star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. Hopefully, I am not the only one who remembers her.  What does that have to do with Andrew Friedman?  Absolutely nothing – except that Andrew Friedman and Company should be pretty dang beautiful in Dodger fans eyes right…

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What we know we don’t know…

July 4, 2017

Think about that for a minute.  There’s a lot we don’t know and some of it is stuff that we know we don’t know.  We know the Cubs are struggling and need a couple of starting pitchers and maybe a veteran catcher,  They have some pieces to trade, but they are also sitting on a really bad contract belonging to Jason Heyward.  We know they have some good young prospects…

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State of the Dodgers – Halfway to a World Series

June 30, 2017

Thursday night’s game was the official half way point in the season. So I thought it was an opportune time to look at what is right, or what is wrong, what can be fixed, or what doesn’t need fixing.  With Thursday night’s win, the Dodgers are 53-28.  That is a projected win total of 106.  They will win 94 even if they go 41-40 the rest of the way.  The…

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Grandal is a Goat!

June 29, 2017

That’s what THEY say. It was a ball that Grandal should have caught or at least blocked and then if he made a good throw, the runner would have been out.  It was really two errors on the same play.  If he makes that play, they Dodgers and Angels are probably still playing right now.  Nevermind that there would have been no bottom of the 9th without Yasmani’s blast to…

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The Dodgers Have a Decision to Make

June 28, 2017

It’s on Kenta Maeda.  Kenta signed an incentive-laden contract with the Dodgers before the 2016 season. It’s a very “team-friendly” contract that pays for performance.  I’ll spare you all the details, but the more games Kenta starts and the more innings he pitches earns him some very significant bonuses.  That’s how Kenta makes his money and his agent gets a percentage of that money.  Do you follow where I am…

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