Spring Surprises and Disappointments

March 17, 2019

First of all, Happy St. Patrick’s Day. We are down to 10 ST games with one week to go in Arizona followed by 3 against LAA. Two games in Anaheim and one game at Dodger Stadium. Thus far the Dodgers are 12-8-2, as if that means anything. Who have been the surprises? Offensively, Kike’ Hernandez and Austin Barnes have been red hot and IMO have established themselves as starters. Kike’…

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Flawed Hypothetical

March 5, 2019

Last weekend Mark posed the hypothetical…”OK, the deal with the Devil is this: Dodgers win in 2019, but have a losing record and are like KC, TB or MIAMI for the next 10 years… big time suck!” I apologize, but I just could not let it go.  So please ignore if you so desire. I do not accept that as a plausible hypothetical.  There is no way the Dodgers are…

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Questions and Perceptions

February 16, 2019

I do not look at skeptics as a negative.  I think we are all skeptics.  I think everyone is asking what the Dodgers could do “IF”…  The difference is that while the questions are the same, it is how most of us perceive and respond to those “IF” questions.  MT, 59inarow, and Bobby do not see many negative outcomes of any of the questions, if any at all.  MT sees…

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Being a Dodger

February 10, 2019

Per JT on the Suits: “We trust them,” said the third baseman and team leader. “The front office has done a great job. They build a 40-man roster, not a 25-man roster, and that’s the biggest difference between the Dodgers and other teams.” I have been saying that for 4 years running.  AF is a master at building the 40-man roster to play in a 162-game season.  The Dodgers should…

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Change Is In The Air… And It’s About Time!

February 7, 2019

I told you all about 6 months ago that the DH was coming to the NL. As usual, that was met with a lot of skepticism (maybe some mocking as well), and I have to confess that since there was nothing mentioned about it this offseason (until yesterday), I thought that maybe it was a dead deal. Well, it still may not happen THIS YEAR, but it turns out that…

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So How Was Your Hot Stove League?

January 27, 2019

Well now that the Dodgers have signed AJ Pollock, what comes next?  Maybe something.  Maybe nothing.  Is JT Realmuto on the horizon.  Apparently, the Pads are very much in on JTR, but they are insisting on extension talks before they consummate the deal.  Obviously, either Francisco Mejia or Austin Hedges will be going back in a package.  The Pads have ML OF’s available as well a bucket load of high-level…

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Revenues, CBT Threshold, and Luxury Tax

January 19, 2019

Yesterday Mark commented, “The fact that the Yankees went over the Luxury Tax Threshold does not mean the Dodgers should do the same. That, and the Yankees have no outside shareholders to revolt.  Hopefully you can understand that.”  Maybe it was or maybe it wasn’t, but I assumed that is directed at me since I brought up NYY exceeding the CBT threshold.  I want to be clear.  I never said…

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Dodgers vs Rockies as of 01-04-19

January 4, 2019

I have no idea what is in the plans for the Dodgers over the next 6 weeks before pitchers and catchers report, if anything.  I know it seems logical that the Dodgers would do something, but everybody is waiting to see where Machado and Harper are going to go.  The Dodgers do not appear to be the leading team for any of the major FA (except for Grandal).  But that…

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Max Muncy – A Year Later

January 3, 2019

It’s been a year since I first wrote that Max Muncy should be considered the LH hitting 2B (01-02-18).  Most did not pay attention, but Max sure did take off in 2018.  At 27, Max slashed .263/.391/.582/.973 propped up by 35 HRs in 481 PA.  He has never shown that kind of power before.  The closest he came was in 2013 when he hit 21 in the California League (A+)…

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Happy New Year 2019!!

January 1, 2019

Since I wasn’t sure if Mark had wifi access or not, on behalf of LADT, let me wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR. 2018 was not my finest year for positive sports results.  Not only did the Dodgers fail to win a WS for the 30th consecutive year, but my Trojans had a less than .500 winning percentage and missed a bowl game (and still retained their head coach????), and…

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