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Monday, September 24, 2007

Ned Colletti = Bill Bavasi?

Dave at U.S.S. Mariner has a nifty piece entitled "The Danger of Veteran Entitlement", part of an ongoing debate about the relative merits of the kids. The Dodgers seem to be mirroring the Mariners in more than one way: both have a lot of older players, and though the Dodgers have better young players and more of them, the fear of displacing veterans pervades both teams. Nomar shouldn't have been extended and shouldn't have been playing over James Loney at first, just as Sexson shouldn't have been playing, let alone over Ben Broussard. Jeff Weaver, Horacio Ramirez, Miguel Batista, Jason Schmidt, David Wells, Esteban Loaiza, Randy Wolf, Brett Tomko, Mark Hendrickson — all mediocrities and/or veteran pitchers who had long injury histories that would have predicted a collapse.

Jeff Kent's recent comments about the kids were amusing; apparently, they "don't get it", "it" being how to play baseball:

"Especially when you have a lot of them, it's hard to influence a group of them. I don't know why they don't get it - professionalism, how to manufacture runs, how to keep your emotions in it."

"I'm angry and disappointed and perplexed and bitter."

This got Dodger Blues all riled up, and rightly so:
Jeff Kent can sit there stroking his moustache and criticize the rookies all he wants, but they're not the ones to blame. In fact, the young guys have done nothing but help. The Dodgers are in the position they are because of Grady Little and Ned Colletti, period. I think it's safe to say that Little cost the Dodgers at least five games (maybe even ten) with awful game decisions, and Colletti fucked the team from the start by committing $108 million in the offseason to injured pitchers, over-the-hill veterans, and centerfielders who couldn't throw out so much as the trash if the fucking can was two feet away. It's a shame they won't even have the opportunity to lose three in a row in the playoffs this year.
That goes double for Ned Colletti, who wasted $108M on useless veterans.

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