Paul DePodesta once said “If it can’t be quantified, it’s not important!
” I am sure that is part of the reason why he in no longer in baseball. He is now the stat guru for the Cleveland Browns. In the book Moneyball, in which DePo was one of the characters, you also heard that he did not value defense very much. I guess that’s why he is so comfortable in Cleveland – they don’t value defense very much either.Evidently, DePo also couldn’t quantify Adrian Beltre’s defense as well….Clemente, Martinez, Piazza or Beltre – which one was the Dodger’s biggest blunder? Four HOF players GONE!This has been a Public Service Announcement. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Actually, no – I’m going to continue to talk about stuff that can’t be measured. You can measure the size of the dog in the fight but you can’t measure the size of the fight in the dog! I happen to like large breeds, but some of the fightenest (I just made that word up) dogs I have seen are little dogs. Man-O-Man, can they fight!The Dodgers have a few pedigree, purebred big dogs on the team named Kershaw, Seager, Pederson, Bellinger, Verdugo, Stewart, Urias, Puig, Ethier, Grandal, Gonzalez, Maeda, Jansen and others, and in many ways have a young team. But, they also have some “junkyard dogs” and I really, really like junkyard dogs.Justin Turner is a Junkyard Dog! Chase Utley at one time was a AKC pedigree purebred, but now he’s just a junkyard dog…. so is Franklin Gutierrez! The pure breeds need a few junkyard dogs to teach them the ropes (like taking out the SS and breaking his leg) or playing with ankylosing spondylitis. Justin Turner was rescued from the pound where he was about to euthanized and became something very close to a star.Andrew Toles may be a Junkyard Dog. Trayce Thompson is a purebred, but he needs to become a JYD! Brandon McCarthy, Hyn-Jin Ryu and Scott Kazmir are all Junkyard dogs as is Sergio Romo. How do you know who is a junkyard dog? Well, it’s like this: When asked to define pornography, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said this:
“I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it…”
I know Junkyard Dogs when I see them too! I think they are the best! So, if I call anyone a junkyard dog, it is a compliment, not a put down. It’s good to have purebreds, but you have to have a few JYD’s and what’s even cooler is a purebred who becomes a junkyard dog. Adrian Beltre is an example. Come to think of it, Seager and Kershaw might already be junkyard dogs.
Rants & Raves
- I am certain I was way off on my roster picks yesterday – a lot will change over the next 5 weeks, and it should be fun to watch!
- Consider this conundrum: Let’s say that Ryu, Kazmir and McCarthy are all 100% healthy (humor me) at the end of Spring Training. Any team that trades for any of them is going to want to see them in game action for maybe a month or so. What do you do? I have advocated sending McCarthy to the pen. Others have said Ryu might pitch there, but one starter for sure already has lots of bullpen experience and that is Rich Hill. It’s a longshot that all three are healthy, but it could happen. Could Hill pitch out of the pen for a while? Odds are, all three won’t be ready, but what if they are? Could the Dodgers start the season with this rotation?
- Urias, Stewart, Hill, Stripling, Wood – If healthy, the Dodgers have two rotations. This depth is incredible. Quit thinking about last years injuries – it ain’t happening like that again!
- Luis Robert – Future Dodger? It’s worth considering! Could FAZ pull it off? How good is Robert? One American League international scouting director described Robert as “the best player on the planet, and that’s no exaggeration.“
PLAY BALL! The best pitcher on the planet starts.
UPDATE:Today’s Starting Lineup:
- Forsythe 2B
- Seager SS
- Turner 3B
- Grandal C
- Gutierrez DH
- Pederson CF
- Puig RF
- Toles LF
- Segedin 1B
Dave Roberts evidently is a reader here. He likes my suggestion of hitting Yasmani at Cleanup!