Is a Parade in the Dodgers Near Future?

If you have not checked out www.TheAtheletic.com (it’s a pay site), you should.  It’s got some great writing. As an example, Peter Gammons wrote a great piece yesterday: “Want a parade? The surest way to get one is to rebuild the right way. Here’s how it’s done” I can’t reproduce the whole article here, because of the paid content, but Gammons starts here: When baseball unraveled the draft and international…

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What’s Up With 2017 Free Agents

What’s happening to this year’s crop of free agents?  This is December 27, and out of the top 50 MLB TradeRumors free agent predictions, only 19 have signed new contracts, and one decided not to opt out (Masahiro Tanaka).  Of the 30 unsigned players, none of the top 11 have signed new contracts (excluding Tanaka not opting out), and 15 of the top 20 are still unsigned.   Of the…

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A Final Parting-Shot to THE TRADE

On August 12, 2012, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Adrian Gonzalez,  Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto for Ivan De Jesus, James Loney,  Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa and Jerry Sands from the Boston Red Sox. Some Dodger fans call it the Nick Punto Trade, evidently because of his insignificance.  When the trade went down, I immediately wrote “the Dodgers will rue the day they made this deal.” Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I wrote that for…

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Why The Rush To Trade Joc?

I am not sure why there is such an affinity by so many Dodgers fans to trade Joc Pederson, or for some to simply dump him.  He is a 26 year old immature little kid who still thinks he is playing little league for fun.  He loves the game.  Maybe it is because of his brother Champ that he does not take the game as seriously as some would like. …

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Let’s Assume FAZ Does Nothing

If the Dodgers do nothing, this is what I would expect come Spring Training.   1B – Bellinger 2B – Forsythe 3B – JT SS – Seager LF – Kike’ and Joc/Toles CF – Taylor RF – Puig C – Barnes Rotation:  Kershaw, Hill, Wood, Maeda, Ryu Bullpen:  Jansen, Baez, Fields, Garcia, Koehler, Stripling, Avilan, Cingrani Bench:  Grandal, 2 of Kike’/Joc/Toles, and Locastro   Grandal and JT can relieve Bellinger…

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Damn Lies and Statistics

Figures don’t lie, but liars figure… and sometimes they are not even liars – they are just using unreliable figures. There are several websites that keep track of teams salaries.  In this instant case, I am speaking about the salary obligations of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 2018 season.  You would think stuff like this would be cut and dried, but it’s evidently not. Let’s look at a couple…

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What’s Next For the Dodgers and Matt Kemp?

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. In the case of Matt Kemp, it is interesting to see the progression or degradation of his game – as his body increased in size, his production decreased in direct proportion. 2007 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eofb6mKbzyY 2009 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ1mpuQTcGU 2011 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M805C5C5OCg 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzneRIkWMp8 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nATTKfBizII&t=362s 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yXQekcdhxU 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF2LFHJkgYQ – I can’t get link to work Most Dodger fans have strong opinions about Kemp… and many are…

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The Case for Keeping Matt Kemp

When the Dodgers traded for Matt Kemp, it was a salary dump, a bad attitude dump as well as the opportunity to acquire a young, power hitting catcher with mad framing skills.  I embraced the trade for all the reasons it was made.  While he could be charming, Matt Kemp was frequently a malcontent prima donna in the lockerroom. I felt he was a poison, so I was excited to…

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WHAM! BANG! BLOCKBUSTER!

There is a lot to unpackaged on the trade of Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy and Charlie Culberson for former Dodger darling, Matt Kemp.  Whether Matt Kemp ever plays for the Dodgers again is in question.  He could be flipped to an AL team in need of a DH.  I think he has some value and I cannot just see him being released… unless his clubhouse demeanor is worse…

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