It Won’t be Verlander

July 29, 2017

The Dodgers will not be trading for Justin Verlander, partly because of  a detail in the CBA that would penalize them immensely for an inflated payroll.  Here is what was reported by  MLB Trade Rumors: MLB’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement contains a previously unknown detail that could potentially affect teams that spend heavily, Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper writes. In addition to the luxury tax, the CBA includes two surcharge thresholds that could…

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I Am No Kool-Aid Drinker

July 25, 2017

I am an unabashed and unapologetic supporter of FAZ.  They have built a tremendous team and know how to utilize a full 40 man roster to their advantage because they have the depth to do so.  I also believe that a winning TEAM is greater than the sum of the individual players.  Clayton Kershaw is special.  There is no question of that.  But he is one of 40, and I…

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The Second Coming of ChrisT

July 23, 2017

When the Dodgers traded Zach Lee to the Mariners for Chris Taylor, my first reaction was: He’s a backup SS – OK, but not great. He’s a utility guy who is a junkyard dog. Chris Taylor is a baseball rat! He’s an over-achieving utilityman. That means I like him. A couple of days later, I wrote: The more I read about him the more I think Chris Taylor is EXACTLY…

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Just a Market Correction

July 22, 2017

In the stock market, sometimes stocks become wildly inflated and after days or weeks of gains, the market has a few days where it drops, which is called a “market correction.”  To me, the fact that the Dodgers have now lost two straight to the Atlanta Braves is just and example of a rather obvious market correction or as someone once said “You can’t win them all.” So, don’t start…

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ANDREW FRIEDMAN and HIS 3-YEAR PLAN

July 18, 2017

Make no mistake…this IS Andrew Friedman’s team.  This is not to take anything away from the immense talents of Farhan Zaidi, Josh Byrnes, Alex Anthopoulos, Gabe Kapler, or Billy Gasparino.  They help put Friedman’s vision into motion.  The Dodgers caught a lot of flak from fans because of the high FO cost.  But these are all outstanding baseball people, and why is it a problem having superior FO talent?  It…

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Getting Ready for the Stretch Run – A Look at the Pitching

July 16, 2017

It’s almost a foregone conclusion that the Dodgers will be in the playoffs.  The Dodgers are now 9.5 games ahead of the D-Bags and 11.5 games ahead of the Rookies.  Neither team has the depth to come back.  However, right about now we should ask the question as to “Which players will play a role in that stretch run“?  If you look at the pitchers, it’s pretty clear that Romo,…

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A quick look at the last 30 games leading into the All Star Break

July 11, 2017

This post is by Bumsrap (not Mark Timmons).  Thank You, Bum! The Dodgers (61-29) enter the All-Star break with the best record in baseball and have won 26 of their last 30 games. The last 30 games is what finally separated the Dodgers from Arizona and Colorado; two teams that kept on winning with the Dodgers until they couldn’t. Here is a look at those 30 games and the players…

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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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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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