Since I wasn’t sure if Mark had wifi access or not, on behalf ofLADT, let me wish everyone aHAPPY NEW YEAR. 2018 was not my finest year for positive sports results. Not only did the Dodgers fail to win a WS for the 30thconsecutive year, but my Trojans had a less than .500 winning percentage and missed a bowl game (and still retained their head coach????), and my Packers just got trounced during the year; a year ending with a 31-0 shutout loss to the Detroit Lions. Now that is embarrassing. On to 2019!!
My New Year’s resolutions are attending an LA November parade, the Pack on their way to the 2020 Super Bowl, and the Trojans winning the College Football Playoffs. Now the likelihood of all three occurring is…well I do not think computers can figure that high. So, I will settle for a November parade in LA.
Resolutions are rarely kept. But if I keep it short term, maybe I can be more successful. For me, I do not care what Friedman does, I just want him to do something to give me something to write about. Sign Harper, Pollock, DJLM, Herrera or…trade for Kluber, Realmuto, Castellanos…Just do something. Even if it is a bad FA contract or bad trade, at least that will give us something real to talk about. Some will say what a great move, while others will question the mental health of Andrew Friedman. Shane Peterson is not that exciting, and I already devoted two paragraphs to him. I am sure there are more minor league FA signings coming so I can comment on those as well.
Clayton Kershaw Resolution– I will win the final game of the 2019 WS with a complete game shutout.
Corey Seager Resolution– I will start in Game 1 of the 2019 season, hit for the cycle, make all of the plays, and continue for another 150+ games.
Max Muncy Resolution– My resolution is to improve on my offense and defense and become a legit MVP candidate.
Joc Pederson Resolution– I am going to be learn how to hit LHP to somewhere north of the .250 this year just to prove Bums right.
Alex Verdugo Resolution– I am going to lead MLB in OF assists and never to miss a cutoff throw. Oh, and I am going to hit .320/.370.
Cody Bellinger Resolution– I am going to get that 40th HR and get that 100th RBI. I am going to challenge Ender Inciarte for CF GG.
JT Resolution– I am going to beat out Max Muncy for the 2019 MVP and make everyone forget about Nolan Arenado.
Austin Barnes Resolution– I am going to throw out 42% of would be base stealers and outhit JT Realmuto. I will also become the new king of the frame.
Rocky Gale– I plan to hold Will D. Smith and Keibert Ruiz off until 2020. I need a full year to go towards my pension.
Andrew Toles and David Freese Resolutions– We plan on being the best RH and LH bench in MLB.
Walker Buehler Resolution– I am going to legally change my name to Striker for my favorite blogger, Mark Timmons. And I am going to win my first CY award.
Kenta Maeda Resolution– I plan to start 32 games and pitch 200 innings to max my contract.
Rich Hill/Hyun-Jin Ryu Resolutions– We plan to start no less than 28 games and pitch no less than 150 innings.
Caleb Ferguson/Ross Stripling/Pedro Baez/Dylan Floro/Scott Alexander/Tony Cingrani/Joe Kelly Resolutions– We plan to shut AC up about trading for Jose Leclerc.
Kenley Jansen Resolution– I plan on not pitching for more than one inning per game in the 2019 WS, and save the first three wins before Claytons WS clinching complete game shutout.
CT3 Resolution– I plan on striking out no more than 100 times and becoming the best leadoff hitter in MLB.
Kike’ Hernandez Resolution– I plan on becoming the new JD Martinez proving Mark Timmons right again.
From me to you…HAPPY NEW YEAR, and here is to another year on the best Dodger Blog on the internet, thanks to each and every one of you.