Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Dodgers Place Jason Repko On Waivers
Dodgers Ship Eric Stults To Japan
Monday, March 29, 2010
Ka-boom: The McCourts Blow Up
Is Frank wrong about having to rein in spending? I don't think anyone who's followed this saga would say so. [...]Update 3/30: There's a new AP story about the split:
But such a lifestyle cannot be funded by the club in such a way as to damage the health of the organization. It's bad enough that major league payroll is obscenely low for a team playing in such a huge market. And it's bad enough that this frugality at the major league level isn't balanced by spending on amateur free agents or premium draft picks. And it's bad enough that plans are in place to double ticket prices without increasing player spending.
Dennis Wasser, who represents Jamie McCourt, said Monday that the agreement didn't provide equitable allocation for his client. When the document was signed, Frank McCourt's value was about $380 million, while Jamie McCourt's was around $68 million, he said.Which points at the legal angle Team Jamie will likely use, pushing the court toward a sale of the Dodgers (if necessary), in whole or in part, to satisfy the "unequal division" problem.
"There was already unequal division," Wasser said.
"We're in fantasyland here," he said. "It's Alice in Wonderland. I don't have my 3-D glasses on."And Josh Fisher was on Fred Roggin's show yesterday.
Jamie McCourt is seeking nearly $1 million a month in temporary spousal support. Trope offered her $150,000 in monthly assistance and argued his client can't tap credit lines to maintain Jamie McCourt's lavish lifestyle, despite his $5 million annual salary.
"If we look at this case, realistically, you can't order Mr. McCourt to borrow money to pay support," Trope told Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon, who also will preside at Tuesday's hearing.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Vicente Padilla Named Opening Day Starter
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Dodger Stadium Shuttle To Run Again This Year
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
More On The McCourt DivorceA USA Today interview with Frank McCourt over the divorce yields the following odd graf:
"Just the uncertainty of the future and what this divorce is going to do to the team has people very apprehensive," former Dodgers general manager Kevin Malone says. "I think it's a justifiable concern. People don't know if the McCourts will still own the team."That in itself isn't the problem. It's the fire sale needed to liquidate the team (as happened in San Diego) in order to satisfy the demands of the divorce decree.
And then this:
"There's been an impression created that this is going to have a big impact on the team, when, in fact, it's having no impact," McCourt says. "There's almost a disconnect in what is written and what the reality is. What's important for the fans to know is that it's business as usual here.Well, we'll see about that. Everything hinges on the prenuptual agreement.
"The team isn't for sale. I'm going to own the team for a long time. And, God willing one day, my four boys will own the team."
I can't tell from Joshua Fisher's week-old post on the subject, and he doesn't come out with a link indicating it, but it sounds like Jamie has changed attorneys.
Dodgers Awake From Teh Stupid, Release Angel BerroaIt's about time. MSTI has a bunch more on that, including links to their past columns on the matter.
Also at the link, Jamie Hoffman returns to the Dodgers from the Yankees, who estimated that keeping the former Rule 5 pick on their roster wouldn't be feasible.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Dodgers Release Eric Gagne
Friday, March 19, 2010
Finis, And The Kids Are Alright, Sorta: Angels 10, Brewers 5
The Angels' opponent, the Milwaukee Brewers, finally had a lone good season in 2008 that got them into the postseason for the first time since 1982; in those days, they were an AL team, and thumped the Angels in three straight following two losses that should have sealed an Angels series win and their first World Series appearance ever. Instead, and as the 1986 Red Sox found out, beating the Angels in the league postseason games is no guarantee of advancement. A long stretch of misery ensued; the Brewers' first winning season since 1992 wasn't until three years ago, opening a stretch of three straight winning seasons.
But 2008 was paid for on the installment plan, as Bernie Brewer found himself overdrawn to bring in C.C. Sabathia as a short-timer, moving the blocked Matt LaPorta to the American League Cleveland franchise in exchange, where his cement hands and wickedly hot bat could have some value. After an unimpressive first-round exit, 2009 proved the hangover from that all-too-brief party. That squad wasn't horrible, but the rotation couldn't handle the twin blows of losing Sabathia and never-quite-healthy ace-in-training Ben Sheets; and the offense became a less-impressive echo of the early oughts Giants, with Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun distantly recalling Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent, and everybody else (save 3B Casey McGehee, whose career year must have shocked his former Cubs overlords) doing their best Seven Dwarfs imitations.
So what the Angels caught today was pretty much an A-list Brewers squad. Featuring Fielder, Braun, and McGehee, manager Bob Melvin filled out his starting lineup card with players whose numbers were generally below 40, save for shortstop Luis Cruz, whose 75 should be ignored because he's actually on the 25-man.
The Angels battered Jeff Suppan as though he were testing pitches, hammering him for five runs in the first, which was really the game. Three balls left the yard off Angels bats, one by Bobby Abreu in the first, another by Kendry Morales in the fifth, and the last by Peter Bourjos in the sixth. It was a genuinely long day for everyone at the park, but most especially Brewers pitching.
Angels starter Joel Pineiro got through four innings in fairly good shape, surrendering a couple runs, one each in the third and fourth. One of them should have been unearned, as I reckoned McGehee's "single" in the fourth should have been scored E5, but wasn't; and then Corey Hart made what then would have been the last out of the inning, without damage.
Unlike the usual catastrophes, the Angels' AAA squad managed to best Milwaukee's minor leaguers in late innings. This included the never-before-seen-by-me Gabe DeHoyos, who donned Piniero's 35 in the eighth in order to maximally confuse matters. A hanger-on in two prior clubs' minor league organizations (Kansas City and San Diego), he gave up two of the Brewers' runs, both on a homer to catcher George Kotteras. Kotteras, had an amazing, clean swing that just stung the ball; it seemed like every foul he hit had home run distance. Probably most famous as the PTBNL that fetched David Wells from Boston, he's 29 now and pretty long in the tooth to have a career as even a major league reserve catcher.
Jim Edmonds was there, too, for the Brew Crew, performing the role of "NRI who isn't Mike Cameron and really shouldn't be on a major league field anymore". He got a few innings in the outfield, some at first, and completed the game, providing its last out as well. He walked and struck out, but looked for the world like a veteran pretending to be a major leaguer.
So I'm ready for the Show now.
Vinny Is Fine. Really.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Dodgers, Yay, Parking Lot, Boo: Dodgers 7, Cubs 3
He would have gotten the win, that is, save for one of Joe Torre's inexplicable hooks, bringing in southpaw Jon Link to face the hapless Kosuke Fukudome. If you've been keeping up with the Cubs' outfield lately (or just follow the link), you should know that sending a lefty against Fukudome is something like kicking a puppy (.242/.343/.324 career vs. lefties, vs. .262/.372/.417 against righties). But that aside, Bills posted a very fine outing and generally appeared the stud we all hope and imagine he will be.
Cubs starter Ryan Dempster came within three outs of a quality start, but unlike Billingsley, was nowhere near as convincing. Thanks to forgotten tickets, we were forced to hurry back to our Tempe condo just after we arrived at Camelback. By the time we arrived, the first half inning was over; and by the time we arrived within audible distance of the outfield, we heard the unmistakable bass thumps of a home team home run. Sure enough, there was Manny doing the honors, cashing in Matt Kemp, who had previously doubled.
The Dodgers mounted another threat in the second with a leadoff walk by Blake DeWitt and a Casey Blake double, but Dempster dispatched the next three batters in succession. The third and fourth were even quieter, but the Dodgers started beating on his replacements, former Pirates closer John Grabow, and the wholly unremarkable (in this spring training, at least) John Gaub. Gaub is being severely challenged by this spring assignment — his ERA at the end of the game was a fairly brutal 7.94 — but he also jumped two levels last year. His high strikeout rate in even AAA (11.9 K/9) coupled with very reasonable walk rates (hovering around 2-3 K/BB) means this is not the last the league has seen of this fellow.
The Dodgers replacement machine started churning in the fifth, with Garret Anderson and his uniform double zeros spelling Manny. It got into high gear in the sixth and seventh, after which every starter save Brad Ausmus had been sent off to shower; and by the end of the eighth, so with him, too. GA got a couple hits, the first a double, and eventually scored on DeWitt's RBI single. Anderson went 2-for-2 in the game on a seventh-inning single, which probably padded his resume for the lefty pinch-hitter job I hear is still open. Also — and I add this to burnish my wife's resume — she called the Reed Johnson three-run homer in the seventh against Gaub.
The Cubs scored again against butterfly specialist Charlie Haeger in the sixth. Now, one of the oddities of Camelback's main stadium is that, unlike Dodger Stadium (and most rational parks) that face north or northeast, Camelback inexplicably faces southeast. This has several unfortunate consequences:
- The audience will be in sun almost the entire time for afternoon games, save for the people who pay to be away from the field.
- The prevailing winds will always favor right-handed pull hitters by pushing the ball more to the short end of the fence.
- Knuckleballers will almost always suck because the prevailing winds in Phoenix are inevitably eastward. Since knuckleballers always do better tossing their floaters into the wind, this means poor Charlie is always at a disadvantage.
The offensive outburst didn't last long, because Haeger got the next two in succession; despite a second walk in the inning, he got Geovanny Soto to pop out to short to end the frame.
Aside from some late-innings anti-heroics from the B-team Cubs — there was a hilarious series of incidents in which Bobby Scales had three separate opportunities to score, but only did so once — the game was never really in doubt. And so the afternoon.
But thence to the other topic of discussion, the parking lot. About a year ago, I made a number of entirely reasonable suggestions in the midst of a rant about parking lot operations at Camelback Ranch. Two things about this, after a one year lapse, now appear fairly obvious to me now:
- Clearly, some of these issues were patently obvious, because the baseball operations people have done something about them, and
- They have managed to screw things up in different, but equally perplexing and infuriating dimensions.
- Hire someone to direct traffic after a game. By God, they did it, with actual Phoenix cops standing on the corner with their opposable thumbs affixed to the trigger keeping the traffic lights green in the direction for outbound traffic to make that left onto Camelback. So, yay for common sense as I reckon it.
- Re-cone the outbound traffic to three lanes from the default two on exit. Eh, not so much, and had I been thinking more clearly, it wouldn't necessarily have mattered. You see, Camelback Road, the main thoroughfare providing access to the park, is a four-lane road. This means that only two lanes can go in any direction at any given point. But, for those so inclined, it can also mean getting the hell out of the way of the bulk of the paying customers, who are, lemming-like, inclined to push toward the 101, east of the park, which provides access for the greater Phoenix metro area. By getting people out of the park by any means necessary (no, Frank, this doesn't mean flamethrowers, don't get any ideas), even if it just means past the intersection marking the border of the park, it would drastically assist the horrible fan experience that is Camelback parking. With one lane headed westbound (about which, more later), there would be that many more people getting out of the park that much faster.
- Alternatively, route people
eastwest on Camelback Rd. with signs letting them know they can get around traffic on El Mirage/Indian School. This they apparently did (see below).
An incidental thanks for the link, but I fear he hasn't really appreciated that I actually suggested the traffic routing in question. At the time, because we were afraid of exactly the catastrophe he encountered, we parked in the residential streets south of West Camelback Road, walked through all the parking lots there, and still beat Al out of the parking lot (I know because I texted him at the time). We could have been a mile further out and still managed a better time from exiting the park to getting in the car and on the road.
I had been warned about this before I went to Camelback Ranch -- had not been there before today -- but until I saw it for myself, it was not for believing. It took almost two hours to get back to where I'm staying in Scottsdale. I could have returned from a game in Tucson faster.
After today's game -- which set a Cactus League record for single-game attendance with 13,391, breaking a six-year-old record from a Cubs/Mariners game in Peoria on March 12, 2004 -- it took one hour to get out of the parking lot. This included thirty minutes of not moving at all. And this was after about half the crowd had left before the game ended.
I have been at sold-out major league stadiums in Philadelphia and New York -- 45,000 or so people -- where I got out of the parking lot in less than five minutes. I have been at two Fiesta Bowls here in the Valley -- about 75,000 fans total -- where I got out of the parking lot in less than ten minutes. There is absolutely no excuse for the design of this spring training complex, which seats about 13,000, to have a parking and traffic pattern this terrible. It ruins the experience. When I finally did get out of the lot, police forced me to go west on Camelback Road rather than east toward the 101 loop, forcing me to take a long detour north and go north, rather than south, on the 101.
Here are some comments written last year by my friend Rob at the Angels/Dodgers blog 6-4-2; they echo my sentiments. There's plenty of open land around the complex; there is absolutely no reason to route traffic the way they did. Parking is free -- obviously, you get what you pay for. Since I already have a ticket for tomorrow's game vs. the White Sox at the same location, I'm going back. But unless they fix the problem, that will be the last time I attend a game at Camelback Ranch.
The good news is that we weren't charged for parking the first time we entered, and I understand from a conversation with the woman directing traffic in our section that this is now de rigueur, along with a $2 surcharge on the tickets. Given the Kafkaesque lines last year just getting into the park, this strikes a sensible note. But Al mentioned privately that there was only a single lane exiting the park, which may have been overall or just in his section, but either way, it represents a profoundly callous thumb on the nose at the paying customers. I'm less inclined to get my hate on for the McCourts these days, but it's stuff like this that really makes me think they're not thinking even very obvious things through, and their much-vaunted gas about fan experience is just that.
Update: Some quick validation with Google Maps indicates that Camelback is the one of only two spring training facilities in a southeast orientation, the other being soon-retired Hi Corbett Field. Among spring training parks, the only fields currently in use in the Grapefruit League with an unconventional orientation include The Ballpark At Disney's Wide World Of Sports (Braves), Ed Smith Stadium (Orioles), and possibly others, but I'm running out of time at the moment.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The Long, Slow Wait For The Regular Season: Diamondbacks 7, Angels 6
It wasn't as though things were horrible from the get-go; Palmer entered the game in the top of the fifth, giving up only a single and conveniently getting out of the frame in part thanks to Steven Drew erasing himself on the base paths. The sixth was rougher, with a solo blast to Mark Reynolds (okay, he does that), but also a walk to Miguel Montero, a player not exactly fond of the walk.
But it was the seventh that really proved Palmer's undoing, because he gave up hard-hit balls to Tony Abreu (double), Cole Gillespie (RBI triple), and Jose Macias (RBI single). After a fly out off the bat of Rusty Ryal for the inning's second out, he then failed to make an out against the next three batters. Granted, it was a warm-ish day (probably in the 80's by this time), but he looked as thoroughly and completely lost as I have ever seen a pitcher in my life. The walk at the end was the anti-cherry on top of this turd sundae.
Which is really too bad, because the Angels offense went to town against Ian Kennedy and Leo Rosales, pummeling both for six runs, all earned, four against a Kennedy who left the mound every bit as perplexed as Palmer would three frames later.
Will a pitcher, any relief pitcher, please answer the white courtesy phone?
Ron Washington Tests Positive For Cocaine
He'll have to go to some counseling, because that's what they do for first-time offenders where the team doesn't want to fire the individual. The team has known about this since last year, and elected to retain his services. He will face no suspension.
Nothing to see here. Move on.
Silva Lining For Cubs: Cubs 4, Rangers 1
Surprise of the game: Esmailin Caridad, who threw a very convincing two frames while allowing only one baserunner, Joaquin Arias, who promptly erased himself to end the fifth. It was a very impressive outing for him, and I expect his name will come up in discussions about the eighth inning for the Cubs this year.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Cory Wade Done For Months
Rangers Sale Once More NixedVia David Pinto, Tom Hicks' creditors have vetoed the most recent sale plan for that franchise.
This doesn't mean Greenberg doesn't end up with the Rangers at some point. It does, however, yet again, render the rosy "every little thing gonna be alright" jazz he's been peddling since December increasingly silly. Deals of this size get derailed over far less than $60 million, and even if they end up going through, a difference in that amount can utterly destroy the timeline.
Upshot: there's a very real possibility that the Rangers may spend another season, or at least a good chunk of it, in the same kind of financial limbo they were in last year. A year in which they had to beg MLB for loans.
Gagne Reassigned To Minor League CampGame Over is over, at least, that's my reading of it.
In addition to Gagne, the Dodgers optioned pitcher Scott Elbert and reassigned pitcher Scott Dohmann, outfielder Michael Restovich and infielder John Lindsey. Elbert had been in the running for the fifth starter job, but had been hampered by a sore shoulder early in camp and a 20.25 ERA more recently.I expect we haven't seen the last of Elbert this year; pitching has a way of calling guys up.
The Dodgers also returned left-handed Rule 5 pick Armando Zerpa to the Boston organization.
After their 4-0 victory over the Angels in Tempe, Ariz., on Monday, the Dodgers made four additional camp cuts. Right-hander Travis Schlichting, lefty Brent Leach and infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. were optioned to the Minor League camp. Reassigned to the Minors camp was infielder Argenis Reyes, a non-roster invitee.
Dodgers Blank Angels: Dodgers 4, Angels 0The only good news in this for the Angels was the solid spring debuts of Fernando Rodney and Kevin Jepson; otherwise, not much to talk about, as the Dodgers beat up on Scott Kazmir and Sean O'Sullivan some. Expect to see a lot more articles like this one on MLB.com talking up Kazmir's learning a new pitch, or some other wishcasting designed to take the sting away from Sean Rodriguez now being in Tampa Bay's hands.
The Dodgers got four scoreless innings from Ramon Ortiz, who faced a pretty much straight-up Angels squad the whole time. I don't read too much into it, but it's pretty good for a guy who hasn't pitched in the Show in three years.
Abreu, Aybar, Willits Injured... and none appeared in yesterday's game. None of it's serious, though; Abreu has a sore oblique, Aybar a stiff arm, and Willits a sore hamstring.
Hi Corbett, And Bye: Rockies 5, Cubs 2
Hi Corbett Field itself was an anachronism, a sub-9,000-capacity park with some of the most dilapidated stands I've seen in the circuit; no cup holders, aluminum bench seats almost everywhere (though with the plus of actual shade for at least the seats back of home plate — make it so, Arte), and cramped concourses built for a park about a third smaller, the Rockies clearly weren't planning on a lot of snowbirds winging their way south. In fact, the stands were mostly filled with Cub fans, and we sat next to a group of such, including one team-challenged guy wearing a Cards shirt whose wife, apparently, was a Cubs fan also.
The restrooms were clearly built for a smaller capacity, too, and about them, the less said, the better.
The game itself was amusing, mostly for Carlos Zambrano's RBI double in the second inning off Rockies starter Jeff Francis. Under ordinary circumstances, I would say that watching Z run the bases is like seeing what any of the Molina brothers might do if they ever indulged in speed, but Zambrano seems to have lost weight in the offseason, so maybe he's getting a lift that way.
Otherwise, the Rockies pretty much beat up on the junk end of the Cubs' bullpen hopefuls, only one of whom, Justin Berg, gave any indication he was a serious candidate to make the team (and he probably won't).
Monday, March 15, 2010
Making The Missus Happy: Cubs 8, Angels 7
He's made up for that by getting a lot more ground balls — last year's 3.89 G/F ratio was a high-water mark for his career. What's strange about this is how he's suddenly started relying heavily on his fastball, throwing it 70% of the time, despite getting hammered when he throws it.
As everyone else has been quick to point out, there's no use extrapolating from a single spring training game, but Pineiro did not look at all sharp yesterday. If there was any value in it, it was seeing some of the names I didn't know until I picked up my Baseball America Prospect Handbook 2010, mainly Alexi Amarista, who appears to be another in the Angels' middle infield machine. Already pegged for second base because of concerns about his range and arm, he'll have to develop some baserunning smarts, as he was caught stealing in 66% of his attempts last year. That he got a look in major league camp is indicative of what the Angels think he's capable of.
As has been typical of these games, the non-Pineiro portion of the roster ended up losing it, with Rich Thompson and his on-again, off-again skills surrendering the loss. It took until the ninth, a B- squad from the Cubs, and Anthony Ortega before the Angels were again able to keep the Cubs off the board. I realize it's only spring, but it would be nice to see some of the kids haul themselves up and throw well.
Update: Bobby Abreu was a scratch (side tightness) in yesterday's game, as was Erick Aybar (sore arm).
Sunday, March 14, 2010
The Echo Of Justin Speier: Royals 12, Angels 3
- The steady erosion of PECOTA for pitching, and the explosion of new metrics. I imagine many people are happy to see this state of affairs, because the flaws of that system have been hammered on for years. Unfortunately for people like me who aren't genuine seamheads and miss the finer points of the arguments, or fall asleep reading them, what I glean is that there have been no genuinely straightforward revolutions in sabermetrics since Voros McCracken's discovery of DIPS. It's probably a gross oversimplification to say that all the other systems are filigrees (and this will undoubtedly get my Empirical Knowledge Club card revoked), but I have yet to read an article anywhere that doesn't become an unbelievably long and intimidating slog.
- Opaque writing. It's not that I mind things like WXRL — introduced by Keith Woolner in the 2005 dead tree edition of the Prospectus — and yes, I largely nodded off reading that, too — but that same year, Nate Silver came up with his QERA metric, and now I read it's being eaten alive by SIERA? If you think metric obsolescence is bad, check out this graf from the introduction (emphasis mine):
With that in mind, we have invented a new statistic, Skill-Interactive Earned Run Average (SIERA), which corrects the problems with old estimators while adding a few more realistic assumptions. This was done first by un-foiling all of the individual components in QERA while making an adjustment for the issue with the ground-ball denominator issue, and testing to see which interactions and squared terms were relevant by using multiple linear regression analysis. Essentially, we changed the GB/BIP to (GB-FB-PU)/PA and evaluated all of the terms in the exponential regression, removing those with insignificant p-values; while the QERA formula only shows three variables, un-foiling the formula reveals several more. We identified two terms that were not useful: the squared term of walks, and the interaction between walk and strikeout rate. The squared terms on strikeout and ground-ball rates were both significant, and we also found important interactions between walks and grounders and between whiffs and grounders that have strong effects on run scoring.Double. You. Tee. Eff. Over. "Un-foiling"? I'm guessing that they mean to reveal by that. (Is this some sort of trade lingo in the statistical world?) It's the kind of leaden prose, the itch to be nifty rather than clear, that makes me want to snuggle up to the know-nothings who scurried under the stove after the Moneyball light came on.
- Where's the byline? BPro has a policy of only identifying the editors (this year's was Steven Goldman and Christina Kahrl) of its annual. Several years ago, Jay Jaffe did the honors for the Angels, and his trademark, lively writing is a joy to read. Not that I'm complaining about the quality of writing in this year's publication, mind you, but it seems to me that if Baseball America can identify the authors of each of its team sections, so should BPro.
What's obvious is that the Angels need pitching depth, now more than ever. Unfortunately, if yesterday's performance is any indication, the guys on the B team behind the likely 25-man-roster are not ready for the Show, and may never be. Rafael Rodriguez and Ryan Brasier both got lit up by the Royals' B+ squad, Rodriguez in particular giving up a couple longballs that were no doubters to right center. The recent model Angels have managed to win with depth, and for the first time since 2002, they don't appear to have it.
Friday, March 12, 2010
The Return Of Angels Kremlinology
Update: Season tickets:
Torii Hunter, Hideki Matsui, Erick Aybar, Bobby Abreu, and Scott Kazmir. Kazmir over Weaver seems like an odd choice.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
One Geezer Gone: Brian Giles Retires
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I'm Late, I'm Late
- Russell Martin will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks with a groin strain; obviously, this will mean he will miss some of the regular season. During that time, A.J. Ellis will take over behind the dish for him. Jon does some fantastical mind-reading.
- Casey Blake strained a ribcage muscle but was feeling better the next day.
- Garrett Anderson is trying out first base...? Huh?
- Willie Davis died yesterday, at 69; here's his Times obituary. Also, Jon.
- Nomar Garciaparra is retiring with the Red Sox after signing a one-day contract.
- OF Chris Pettit will have season-ending surgery to repair his shoulder labrum, injured jumping over a catcher while attempting to score, during winter ball in the Dominican.
"I haven't had anything [happen] that I can control," he said. "I had a broken foot running in the outfield and a [broken] hamate is pretty common in baseball. It's tough when you can't control it."
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Simers On Anderson
"A few years ago when Tim Salmon was a guest at Angels camp he says to me, 'It's funny when you come up, you got to show them you can play, and when you get older you got to show them again you can play.'Either is possible, and given the Dodgers' outfield situation, it's likely he'll be sipping mai tais in April. Good luck to you, Garret. You were a great Angel.
"But it's like I told my kids when I left L.A., either way it goes, I'm coming home. I'm coming home for good, or I'm coming home to play for the Dodgers."
Saturday, March 06, 2010
One Expensive Divorce: $19M Price Tag For The McCourts' Bustup
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Dodgers' Belisario Stuck In Venezuela As DUI Delays His Visa
There also is a provision, known as Regulation 6, in the current Basic Agreement between owners and the players' union that would allow the Dodgers to suspend Belisario without pay and require him to stay behind in extended spring training when the team breaks camp if he doesn't report at least 33 days before the start of the season.More on this from Jon, who is concerned that the Dodgers are more worried about his tardiness than they were about the DUI that caused the delay.
Dodgers Sign Garret Anderson To Minor League Deal
Update: MSTI slaps me out of my torpor, reminding me that Xavier Paul has the fourth OF job sewn up, or really, any of several different candidates. So this is really a puzzler.
Ex-Angels System Pitcher Victor Rojas To Take Over The TV Booth From Rory Markus
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
John Sickels' 2010 Sleepers Lists
Alexia Amarista, 2B, Los Angeles Angels
Jon Bachanov, RHP, Los Angeles Angels
Ryan Chaffee, RHP, Los Angeles Angels
Carlos Ramirez, C, Los Angles Angels
Andrew Taylor, LHP, Los Angeles Angels
Allen Webster, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Kendry Morales Finally In The House
Dodgers, Angels Among Four Cactus League Teams Boycotting Kickoff Breakfast
Monday, March 01, 2010
Talk About High Maintenance: Jamie McCourt's Wish List
The hate will necessarily and rightly attach to Jamie McCourt. And that is, mainly, as it should be. However, for her to ring up these kinds of bills in the first place, Frank had to know about it. This does not speak of someone accustomed to saying "no" to unusual and possibly uneconomic expenses; see, for instance, Joshua Fisher's analysis of her ~$290k/mo. private jet last week. How could Frank not know about this, and what sort of equally obscene, if not more so, personal expenses has he granted himself?
Something to remember next time the Dodgers tell you they don't have $500,000 for a second-round draftee, or $1.5M for a Dominican phenom.