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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Cody Bellinger – Left Fielder?

February 13, 2017

I have been telling you a few things over the Winter: Julio Urias is going to have a breakout year; Yasmani Grandal will come close to 40 HR; Willie Calhoun won’t play 2B due to horrible defense and lock of foot speed; Among Ryu, McCarthy and Kazmir, at least two will be contributors; and Cody Bellinger is ready. Former GM, Jim Bowden also has some bold predictions going into Spring…

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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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No Longer Just a Wild Horse – A Wild Card!

February 9, 2017

A lot has been written about Yasiel Puig’s alleged “Knuckleheadedness” – I confess… lots of it by me.  I have been the first to say that he has enormous talent, but his knuckleheaded ways may keep him from realizing his potential.  If I could trade him straight up for Ryan Braun, I would probably do it (shoot, I’d probably trade Calhoun and Puig for Braun), because with that right handed-bat…

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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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