Changes in Baseball Are Coming!

December 7, 2017

There is so much talk about Ohtani and Stanton right about now, that there is not much buzz about changes to teams and the game of baseball itself.  Rob Manfred is intent on speeding up play and will implement a pitch clock, likely as soon as 2018 but there will be other changes as well… maybe not all next season, but they are coming. Designated Hitter in the NL –…

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Sometimes Your Best Moves Don’t Look Like It At The Time

December 3, 2017

Think about this: One of the first free agents signed last year was Charlie Morton by the Astros.  Charlie was a 33 year-old journeyman pitcher who went 14-7 with a 3.62 ERA (1.193 WHIP) in the regular season and then put up a 1.74 ERA (0.581 WHIP) and was the winning pitcher in the clinching game of the World Series.  What I remember is that “experts” from many sources ridiculed…

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Brandon Morrow’s Replacement

December 3, 2017

By the time Brandon Morrow got to the big leagues in 2017, the Dodgers were ready for someone to set-up Kenley Jansen on the back of the bullpen.  Brandon Morrow filled that bill and while I would love to have him back, there are two problems:  (1) He was healthy last year, but he has generally never been that healthy at any time in his career; and (2) some other…

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GM’s Aren’t That Stupid! (Are They?)

November 30, 2017

Yes, some GM’s have made “dope fiend” moves in the past… the recent past, but they eventually figure it out (or get fired), which is why I think the Free Agent Signing Market has been non-existent so far.  The signings of Cueto, Samardzija, Price, Greinke and may others to idiotic, dope-fiend contracts has not been the pathway to success for major league teams.  Houston won the World Series this year…

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What Is The Master Plan?

November 26, 2017

Lest we forget, the Dodgers were so close, so very close to winning the World Series last year and they were (for the most part) a very young team.  The CF, SS and 1B were all under 24.  The RF was 26 and the catcher was 27. Next year, they will be even younger after Chase Utley, Andre Ethier and Adrian Gonzalez are gone, but that’s not to say they…

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Happy Thanksgiving, Dodger Dogs!

November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving is the one time of the year when Dodger and Giants fans don’t have to get along like cats and junkyard dogs. OK, I got carried away…. maybe we do! Back to reality and the reality is ….                 We have a lot to be thankful for… namely, the Dodgers do not suck!

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Hot Stove Week

November 19, 2017

Unless AC posts (which he is welcome to do of course), I will likely not have much time this week, so I thought I’d throw bout a few talking points. Ronald Acuna, who is a TOP 5 MLB Prospect for the Atlanta Braves and likely a budding superstar, was named the AFL’s MVP. His line was 83 AB’s/5 DBL/7 HR/16 RBI/.325 BA/.414 OB%/1.053 OPS.  Pretty impressive!  However, even a novice…

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Don’t Throw The Baby Out With The Bathwater!

November 17, 2017

It seems to be the general conscientious among Dodger fans that Austin Barnes has been anointed as the Dodgers’ starting Catcher.  Pretty much all through the playoffs, Austin Barnes was the Dodgers starting catcher. Yasmani Grandal hardly played.  Grandal is bum. Barnes is superman. Get rid of the bum… but, maybe… just maybe, we have this all wrong! Follow this timeline: In 2012, Yasmani Grandal was a rookie and hit…

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Dodger AFL Pitching Prospects

November 17, 2017

Yesterday, I discussed the Dodger hitters in the Arizona Fall League and of course Will Smith was the star of the team.  Now, we focus on the Dodger pitchers, none of whom are really top prospects, but there are a couple are worth talking about. Of the Dodger hitting prospects, Will Smith was ranked #8, Yusniel Diaz was #5 and Matt Beaty was #30.  Of the pitchers, none of them…

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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

November 16, 2017

The Arizona Fall League Championship Game will be played on my birthday, November 18th, but of more importance is how certain Dodger Prospects are performing. Yusniel Diaz has played very well in the Fall League with a .303 Batting Average and a .356 OB%.  To date, he has displayed excellent skills in all phases of the game… except power. That may or may not come, but the only question I…

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