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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Pickoff Moves

Front Office Moves

A-Rod's Public Whipping

The flensing knives are out, and A-Rod's getting sliced and diced every which way. Unlike the situation in Texas, A-Rod can't be blamed for mangling the team's hopes of contending, because the Yankees had Texas pay an appreciable part of his salary, not to mention the simply enormous gap between the Yankees' payroll and everyone else's. But the Curse of A-Rod -- the idea that no team with A-Rod on it will win the World Series -- continues anon, his blue lips a kiss of death to whatever team draws him for his insane offensive prowess. $200 million in payroll cannot buy the one thing Steinbrenner covets: a guarantee.

More ALDS Game 5 Notes


Comments:
You're onto something with that '88 thing, but only to a point. So far Stoneman hasn't really allowed anyone to be blocked, unless you count Kotchman this year (and next year, I'll bet you $50, Kotch will be the starting 1B). Every time I've heard Stoneman talk, he's said something like "good organizations give opportunities to their young talent." And again, O-Cab hasn't blocked anyone ... yet.

It seems very likely that Stoneman'll let Bengie & Washburn walk, considering that he usually signs extensions ahead of time. Or maybe, if it's possible (I don't know if it is), offer Bengie arbitration or a one-year deal, while Mathis solidifies.

My big worry is more that they'll do something stupid like sign Konerko to jam up their already-jammed DH situation. Best-case scenario would be a trade for Vernon Wells, Ersty in LF, GA at DH, and then maybe sign a right-handed masher who can play both DH *and* catcher (cough *Piazza* cough) to a one-year deal to help out Mathis & provide some depth while Morales sharpens his claws.
 
I do not like the idea of giving these young guys the job. Look at what happened with Dallas McPherson.

But why talk about this? It is White Sox-hunting season.
 
Rob -- I'm amazed you want to trade the Dodgers' superstars for more prospects. You don't even like the prospects we already have!
 
Look at what happened with Dallas McPherson.

And what did happen with him? He didn't show up for the first half, and he got injured the second. He's got time, but it's limited to 2006. After that, Brandon Wood.

I'm amazed you want to trade the Dodgers' superstars for more prospects. You don't even like the prospects we already have!

I have said the Dodgers farm system is overrated because it hasn't produced a working Dodger. That has changed, and will change, but my main objection is and has been that the supposedly fecund system inevitably produces guys who don't produce. If that changes, I'll change my mind.
 
I think the Dodgers have as much shot as anyone else in the division; also another bum year would *really* eat into ticket sales, and increase the Plaschke Pressure...
 
Trading Kent & Gagne would pretty much mean that their plan of rebuilding while winning was scrapped. If they were going to rebuild from scratch, they would've done it last year when they had Beltre etc. as trade bait.
 
And what did happen with him? He didn't show up for the first half, and he got injured the second.

Well, this isn't really true, Rob. He got injured in the first half. Missed most of spring training and the first couple weeks of the season. Tried to play through it, and no longer could. He was never really right this season.
 
You're right on the chronology, Seitz, but I'm not sure it matters. He was sold as healthy but he wasn't -- okay, so we grant him another exception. But next year he'll be 26. Time to start hitting or else.
 
This year was Dallas' age-24 season (he turned 25 on July 23). Here's how his age-24 season compares to Jeff Kent's:
DM: .244/.295/.449, in 205 AB, K/BB of 64/14
JK: .239/.312/.430, in 305 AB, K/BB of 76/27

I think he'll be fine, assuming he recovers.
 
Kent was an exceptional case, though. I do agree with Rob, esp. regarding his relative health.
 
Another age-24 line:
.249/.298/.318, 217 AB, 30/15 K/BB

Would you believe ... Steve Finley?
 
Some age-24 seasons by other 3Bmen:

.242/.338/.431, 260 AB, 54/39
.265/.304/.381, 257 AB, 44/14
.222/.319/.373, 225 AB, 47/32
.246/.287/.335, 203 AB, 44/12
.251/.306/.395, 167 AB, 32/13
.270/.400/.378, 37 AB, 10/7

That's Darrell Evans, Tony Perez, Craig Nettles, Ken Caminiti, Doug DeCinces, and Ron Cey. D-Mac had a better slugging percentage than all of 'em.
 
Rob;

I have on a few occasions commented on your remarks and I have pretty much enjoyed your blog up to this point. This will most likely be my last time as I have really tired of the Dodger organization and pretty much everything associated with it.

I do have to say that I find your comment about Tracy(jerk), offensive.

First of all there is absolutely no reason to resort to name calling. We may have questioned some of his moves but since when don't second guessers do that? Just because Weisman took up the cause of Hee Sop Choi, you and the rest of the Dodger Thoughts clones rallied to the cause. If Tracy and the rest of the knowledgeable baseball people feel that Choi is a liability on the field as an everyday player, that is pretty much good enough for me.

Finally, Jim Colborn is one of the most respected people I know and is of the highest integrity. He has the utmost respect for Tracy as a baseball man but even more importantly, as a person and will gladly go to Pittsburgh with him. That is reason enough not to call him "jerk".

I wish you and the rest of the Dodger Talk idiots the best of luck in the pathetic, going nowhere NL West.

Rick
 
Rick,
Just because I post comments on Dodger Thoughts doesn't make me a clone. There is absolutely no reason to resort to name calling. Obviously not all knowledgable baseball people believe Choi is a liability on the field. Look no further than the ESPN.com scouting report:
"On defense, he has all the tools to be a Gold Glove winner some day. His hands are soft and his footwork around the firstbase bag is excellent. The lefthander makes the lead throw on the double play with strength and accuracy, and he looks like he has been playing first base at the major league level for years. "
Just because Jim Tracy and others have taken up a stand against Choi doesn't mean you have to rally to their cause either.
 
The Tracy vs. Depo thing is kinda like the Shaq/Phil Jackson vs. Kobe Bryant debate we Laker folk have. People can't take sides without slinging mud at the other. Gotta love Southern California, eh? ;)

FWIW, I feel bad for both Tracy and Depo, because their scenario is no different than any major shakeup in management in any business. Tracy obviously was angry and frustrated. But, probably so was Depo, all year long, with Tracy's unwillingness to abide.
 
First of all there is absolutely no reason to resort to name calling.... Dodger Thoughts clones .... Dodger Thoughts idiots.
 
Rick --

I do have to say that I find your comment about Tracy(jerk), offensive.

Tracy's insubordination pulled me over the line. Maybe the name-calling was uncalled for. It's not something I engage in often, that's for sure.

If Tracy and the rest of the knowledgeable baseball people feel that Choi is a liability on the field as an everyday player, that is pretty much good enough for me.

Or else they're being obstructionists who refuse to see that Choi's actual accomplishments are highly useful. Tracy's excuse machine was simply staggering; it's too bad Fire Jim Tracy is no longer up.

I wish you and the rest of the Dodger Talk idiots the best of luck in the pathetic, going nowhere NL West.

Dodger Talk? Have you ever heard my voice on that show?
 
It helps that he's a jerk.
 
<< Tracy's insubordination pulled me over the line. Maybe the name-calling was uncalled for. >>

To be fair, it's still the manager's call how they use whomever the GM gives him. I think Tracy without a doubt was using the players that was incompatible with what Depo envisioned. But I don't think we can say with definitive proof that Tracy was outright thumbing his nose at the GM. Tracy says some outrageous stuff after he was fired. Well, yeah, most people say crap about their employer after they've gotten fired.

It's the same thing about Tracy being a jerk or whatever. Tracy might have caused or encouraged problems within the clubhouse or helped flame players against management. But I'm not sure if the reports really validated that either.

I guess to me, someone who was an outright jerk would be a guy like Phil Jackson, who wrote a tell-all book, used media sources to leak rumors against one star, and absolved himself of his unwillingness to teach defense to what was arguably the most talented lineup ever in Lakers history. Of course, he's actually a good coach, but definitely a jerk.
 

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