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Factory Worker
2008-08-04 10:36
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

My nephew Benny was on the Spike show Factory that aired on Sunday, titled "Camping." (Click on that episode after you folow the link.) He's the boy in the classroom in the second scene asking all the vexing questions. The show has a lot of improv, and he even came up with some of his own material. Nice job, Benny!

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2008-08-04 10:43:52
1.   Eric Stephen
Also in that episode: Rob Arbogast. How do you do?
2008-08-04 10:48:22
2.   Rob M
Off-topic, but old friend Carlos Santana makes an appearance on Kevin Goldstein's "Monday Ten Pack" today. He's been raking since the trade, and throwing out baserunners too.
2008-08-04 10:49:01
3.   Jon Weisman
I believe the dreaded "half-game" returns to the NL West standings after tonight.
2008-08-04 10:53:35
4.   Eric Stephen
I think its fair to say after three games that Manny Ramirez is going to surpass Pedro Guerrero's June or July 1985 as the greatest offensive month in Dodger history. :)

Manny, Most HR in a Month
Sept 2005 - 12
Sept 1998 - 11 (in only 24 games!)
May 1995 - 11
Sept 2000 - 11
July 2000 - 10 (in 16 games!!!)
July 1995 - 10
Aug 1998 - 10

2008-08-04 10:56:31
5.   underdog
Speaking of Manny, this is kind of nice:

http://mvn.com/mlb-redsox/2008/08/04/an-open-letter-to-manny/

2008-08-04 10:57:53
6.   Bob Timmermann
3
The half-game will be removed next Monday.
2008-08-04 10:58:00
7.   delias man
3 Only until next Monday night.
2008-08-04 11:00:07
8.   Jon Weisman
6/7 - Well, no, I didn't expect it would be there forever.
2008-08-04 11:00:16
9.   cargill06
6 ,7 Bob by a nose.
2008-08-04 11:02:35
10.   Bob Timmermann
Then it will return on 8/28 and stay until 9/22
2008-08-04 11:03:18
11.   Xeifrank
Odds are pretty good that it will be 1-1/2 games. vr, Xei
2008-08-04 11:03:52
12.   delias man
I went back to capitalize only.
2008-08-04 11:04:43
13.   Eric Stephen
11
Not if Andy LaRoche has anything to say about it! :)
2008-08-04 11:04:59
14.   Doctor
11

how do you figure?

2008-08-04 11:06:09
15.   Bob Timmermann
14
Dan Haren of Arizona faces Yoslan Herrera of Pittsburgh at Chase Field.

You do the math.

2008-08-04 11:07:12
16.   Bob Timmermann
3
I believe the preferred Vin Scullyism to describe the "dreaded half game" is "the shirttail that's sticking out."
2008-08-04 11:08:07
17.   Doctor
15

Ahh, thought he meant by next Monday.

2008-08-04 11:10:03
18.   JoeyP
Its really hot in St. Louis:

95 F
108 Heat Index
Excessive Heat Warning thru Tuesday Night.

http://tinyurl.com/5ooxy

2008-08-04 11:10:41
19.   D4P
Dan Haren of Arizona faces Yoslan Herrera of Pittsburgh at Chase Field

But probably no more than 4 times. The outcome of the game will depend more heavily on the remainder of the head-to-head battles at the plate.

2008-08-04 11:11:43
20.   bhsportsguy
1 Tossing out Arbo quotes will not get you closer to that handshake with Bob Timmermann.
2008-08-04 11:12:20
21.   Xeifrank
19. Ok, I had to read that one a few times before I got the joke. :)
vr, Xei
2008-08-04 11:12:27
22.   Bob Timmermann
20
Arbogast quotes are everlasting comedy gold!
2008-08-04 11:13:00
23.   Bob Timmermann
19
If Yoslan Herrera bats four times against Haren, then I like the Bucs chances.
2008-08-04 11:14:18
24.   D4P
23
I was thinking of Haren as the batter, but I guess you could read it either way.
2008-08-04 11:19:07
25.   skybluestoday
The only Arbogast I know was last seen tap-dancing backwards down a flight of stairs in the Bates house.
2008-08-04 11:20:34
26.   skybluestoday
With a head wound.
2008-08-04 11:23:21
27.   FirstMohican
I thought facing was batting. Maybe facing is pitching.
2008-08-04 11:23:30
28.   bhsportsguy
22 Dodger Stadium has the best hot dogs in the world, the best.
2008-08-04 11:27:57
29.   Tripon
Dodgers stadium needs to serve dim sum.
2008-08-04 11:34:54
30.   ToyCannon
According to the unnamed scout, LaRoche has little chance against the likes of Haren/Webb. How many major league ballplayers hit good pitchers? Isn't that why they are good pitchers? Isn't that why the guys who do are making 20 Million and can play LF while dreaming of hitting?
2008-08-04 11:37:50
31.   Jon Weisman
30 - That's what I said the other day. It's one of those things people go to when the need to find something to criticize.
2008-08-04 11:42:54
32.   ToyCannon
I love having Manny for the next three months, but man I hope Andy goes dope for the Pirates over the next eight weeks.

2
I don't quite understand how Carlos Santana was ignored by Kevin Goldstein all year and doesn't make the ten pack until after the trade. He never had the time of day for Carlos until the trade was made. He also never made the BA Hot list and couldn't even get his name on the daily BA prospect update list. Now he's everywhere but he's not doing anything different then what he's been doing since May 1st.

2008-08-04 11:44:42
33.   underdog
Btw, Manny Ramirez lifetime vs. Cris Carpenter?

22AB: 6H 1 2B 0 3B 2 HRs 5 RBIs 4 BBs 6Ks

.976 OPS

2008-08-04 11:47:31
34.   McNulty
"It's going to be marvelous to just watch him grow"- Vin Scully on Matt Kemp after his HR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbLBbakB3QU (video of Kemp's 8th inning HR)

2008-08-04 11:48:45
35.   Alex41592
32 - Agreed. Also, nothing would make me happier than to see Andy have a great series against the D'Backs.
2008-08-04 11:53:56
36.   delias man
Does anybody have any idea on how Juan Gonzalez at JAX projects? He looks to have some pop at 2B.
2008-08-04 12:01:47
37.   bhsportsguy
Projected opposing pitchers for the next two weeks.

Chris Carpenter (Chad)
Joel Pineiro (Lowe)
Kyle Lohse (Kershaw)
Barry Zito (Penny)
Matt Cain (Kuroda)
Kevin Correia (Chad)
Kyle Kendrick (Lowe)
Cole Hamels (Kershaw)
Joe Blanton (Penny)
Brett Myers* (I assuming he remains in rotation) (Kuroda)
Manny Parra (Chad)
Dave Bush (Lowe)
Jeff Suppan (Kershaw)

The game I may have to buy a ticket to is next Tuesday night against the Phillies, Beimel bobblehead night and Hamels vs. Kershaw.

Pitchers that the Dodgers will not face include Tim Lincecum, CC Sabathia, and Ben Sheets.

2008-08-04 12:01:49
38.   ToyCannon
36
Zippo-He's 26 in AA and is the oldest position player on the team. His only claim to fame was being part of one of the bad Seattle trades. I think it was Bavasi's 1st trade, to bad for Seattle it wasn't his last.
2008-08-04 12:02:16
39.   Sushirabbit
32, 35 Should that be filed under unintended consequences?
2008-08-04 12:04:19
40.   ToyCannon
37
I particularly like how the Brewer rotation matches up with us.

Amazing how we always seem to miss Lincecum.

2008-08-04 12:06:24
41.   cargill06
FWIW, Kershaw has been walking 3.0/9IP since his being called up from Jax the 2nd time around. If he was able to have that 3.0 figure since he was called up orgianlly we're looking at a 3.45 FIP
2008-08-04 12:07:16
42.   underdog
37 Manny is sorry LA doesn't face Sabathia, though.

1.894 lifetime OPS.

4 HRs (and 3 doubles) in 21 at bats.

2008-08-04 12:07:58
43.   delias man
1982 would make him that old. I am in denial.
2008-08-04 12:10:54
44.   delias man
While we are at it - What about Giles at INL? He seems too old too. thanks toy.
2008-08-04 12:12:39
45.   Rob M
32 I asked Goldstein about Santana in a BP chat about a month ago - specifically if his stock had improved to the point that the Dodgers might have a decision to make regarding him a Martin within a few years. He didn't answer me.
2008-08-04 12:13:32
46.   Terry A
I'll be at tomorrow night's game, sitting in the left-center bleachers. I'll be able to watch Manny being Manny, as well as Juan being Juan.

It will actually be cooler and less humid in St. Louis tomorrow than it is where I live. Jon, I'm always reminded of your piece, "A Season in Savanah," in which you likened the South's summer weather to living under a "hot, moist towel." Very apt.

2008-08-04 12:15:24
47.   D4P
Southern summers suck.
2008-08-04 12:20:13
48.   Wilbert Robinson
What happened to Josh Bell? I guess he had a season ending injury but I don't remember what happened exactly.
2008-08-04 12:21:49
49.   Jon Weisman
46 - And still what I remember most are the bugs.
2008-08-04 12:23:13
50.   Dodgers49
James McDonald promoted:

Big day for BayBears' Brito

>> Around the bases: Suns RHP James McDonald took a step closer to the bigs Sunday when he was promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. McDonald was 5-3 with a 3.19 ERA and a Southern League-best 113 strikeouts with the Suns. Former Suns LHP Eric Cyr will be sent from Las Vegas to Jacksonville to start today's 7:05 p.m. game against BayBears RHP Hector Ambriz (5-12, 5.40). <<

http://tinyurl.com/6hov93

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2008-08-04 12:26:53
51.   cargill06
Baseball-reference question.

When you go a player gamelogs you can click on a game and drag to another game, and it automatically adds up those stats from Game "A" to Game "B", is there a way you can do that from Season "A" to Season "B"?

2008-08-04 12:28:07
52.   underdog
50 Cyr for McDonald, not a fair trade for Jacksonville at all. ;-) Good for James! We'll see him in LA next month, I'm sure.
2008-08-04 12:32:06
53.   Jon Weisman
51 - I don't think so, but you can at BaseballMusings.com
2008-08-04 12:37:18
54.   LogikReader
Interesting factoid:

Manny Ramirez hit home runs in back to back games. Before then, when was the last time a Dodger hit a HR in back to back games?

I can't even remember... sometimes we go a long time before the whole team hits HRs in back to back games.

2008-08-04 12:43:32
55.   silverwidow
We really need to investigate a Billingsley long term deal.

2009 - $500,000
2010 - $3 million (approx)
2011 - $8 million (approx)
2012 - $12 million (approx)
2013 - Free Agent

Offer him 6 yrs/$45 million. This will buy out two FA years, while still paying Chad an average of $7.5 mill per year. It's fair for both sides.

2008-08-04 12:43:46
56.   Alex41592
54 - James Loney did it three times last season during his ridiculous September (6-7, 11-12, 23 & 25). Including hitting three HR's in two games on the 6th and 7th.
2008-08-04 12:45:59
57.   Jon Weisman
50 - Thanks, NPUT.
2008-08-04 12:48:12
58.   Jon Weisman
54 - Nomar and Kent homered twice in a game this year, for what it's worth.

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