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Today We're Gonna Blog Like It's 1999
2005-03-28 10:30
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Farewell, 1998 - hello, Y2K-1!

Hey, look - it's newly acquired Todd Hundley!

Hey, look - it's Carlos Perez, who had that awesome September last year!

Can't believe Opening Day is finally near. Something tells me that Robinson Checo is going to have a big moment for the Dodgers this year ...

Update: If you insist, you can talk about 2005 as well...

Comments
2005-03-28 11:34:01
1.   scareduck
Too bad Dodger Blues is still two years away.
2005-03-28 11:36:32
2.   Bob Timmermann
The Dodgers are showing no loyalty to Matt Luke!
2005-03-28 11:36:35
3.   Ben P
Okay, this is not 1999-related, but this is as good a place as any to puzzle over Jim Tracy's lineup skills. This morning's LAT includes these tidbits:

General Manager Paul DePodesta likes Choi batting second because of his high on-base percentage. But Tracy believes Repko is better served there because he will see more good pitches than he would batting eighth.
"It's awfully tough for a rookie to bat in the eight hole where he's getting everything but the kitchen sink from the opposing pitcher," Tracy said. ...
Whether the right-handed hitting Repko would start opening day against San Francisco Giant ace Jason Schmidt is to be determined. Tracy likes the idea of having Ledee as a pinch-hitter late in games, so Repko probably will start against some right-handed pitchers.

Two things:

1) Repko will bat second because that will make things easier for him? Seems strange to say that you want to bat an unproven rookie high up in the lineup so he gets better pitches. Shouldn't the top slots be reserved for the most productive players, not the ones who need the most help?

2) I'm no particular fan of Ledee, nor am I convinced that he would necessarily be more productive than Repko. But if he IS a better offensive option against a RHP then he should be starting. Doesn't it make a lot more sense to have him get three or four at-bats in a game instead of keeping him on the bench for one possible at-bat in the late innings? Sometimes I just don't understand Tracy's logic.

2005-03-28 11:42:37
4.   Jon Weisman
I'll travel through the time machine to respond to Ben:

This is not a big deal. Certainly it's not as big as batting Cesar Izturis leadoff, and I think someone - perhaps on Baseball Prospectus, or perhaps it was Tom Meagher - argued that even Izturis leading off wasn't such a bad thing.

I also wouldn't take this stuff too seriously. It will adapt game-to-game. My guess is that Tracy wants to believe that Repko is for real, wants him to play as much as possible, wants him to have his shot, see if that hot streak can continue past Spring Training. Doesn't mean Ledee won't get in there if he's looking like the better player.

2005-03-28 11:44:16
5.   Jon Weisman
Now - back to thinking about Chance Sanford
2005-03-28 11:58:28
6.   Jim Hitchcock
The clear choice (based on OBP) is Eddie Gaedel.
2005-03-28 11:59:21
7.   Jeromy
I hear Bocachica is a good prospect. Let's give him a shot!
2005-03-28 11:59:39
8.   Jim Hitchcock
...to bat leadoff. Duh!
2005-03-28 12:00:19
9.   bigcpa
Feels good to be in my 20's again for a day.
--------------------

From Rob Neyer's chat today-

Ricky (Northridge): Will the Dodgers ever get back to being the Dodgers? Seems like last year was a step in the right direction, until somone threw a grenade in the locker room and blew it all to smithereens!

Rob Neyer: (1:37 PM ET ) Not sure what you mean, Ricky. Someone threw a grenade in the locker room at the trade deadline last summer, and all the Dodgers did was win a division title. At the moment they're the best team in the N.L. West, and I'm not sure it's even close.

2005-03-28 12:04:35
10.   Ben P
Back to 1999 -- I think we should give this pudgy Canadian kid with glasses a chance to start. If he can post a 2.10 ERA with 30 Ks in 30 IP this season, he'll be the next Roger Clemens.
2005-03-28 12:16:25
11.   Dr Love
I'm pumped about the addition of Kevin Brown. Any qualms I've had about managament have been laywayed by this signing.
2005-03-28 12:20:57
12.   Jim Hitchcock
No way, Ben P. The one to go with is certainly
Luke Prokopec.
2005-03-28 12:27:40
13.   Jon Weisman
I've just learned that strikeouts-per-nine innings are a key factor, which is hurting my faith in Prokopec, Jim. On the other hand, I do like that Angel Pena.
2005-03-28 12:33:01
14.   Jerry
To take a page from bigcpa's book (or is that ledger?), Chris Kahrl of Baseball Prospectus said in a chat today that he thinks the Dodgers could end up with the best record in the NL. In 2005, not 1999.
2005-03-28 12:33:24
15.   Jim Hitchcock
It's my faith in all things Australian. I still yearn for the days of Craig Shipley.
2005-03-28 12:58:25
16.   DXMachina
Hundley's coming off a bad year, so who knows?

I saw this kid Lo Duca in a spring training game. What do people think of him?

(I did actually go down to Spring Training in '99, and did see Lo Duca play in a couple of games.)

2005-03-28 13:00:44
17.   Ben P
I'm really excited about Darren Dreifort and Chan Ho Park. I'm no statistics expert, but I think we can project those two to carry the Dodgers' staff for the next five years. I just hope we have enough money to keep them happy.
2005-03-28 13:07:52
18.   Jim Hitchcock
I hear Dave Mlicki is planning to add the missing "I" back to his name, in order to renegotiate his contract.
2005-03-28 13:14:25
19.   blue horseshoe
Mondesi will hit 40 bombs this year I know it.
2005-03-28 13:22:14
20.   Marty
I really think Hundley's arm is going to come around too. And I look for Craig Counsell to have a breakout year after his improvement in FLA.
2005-03-28 13:45:07
21.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Mondesi's gonna have a HUGE Opening Day, I just know it.
2005-03-28 14:05:15
22.   Colorado Blue
Hey, this Beltre kid looks promising... he's only 19. I expect a breakout 1999. And the best part is we own his rights for 5 more years! I predict a MVP caliber player within 2 years!
2005-03-28 14:06:05
23.   fernandomania
Opening day 1999 is still one of my favorite all time baseball memories. I was there and I bought a (cheap bootleg replica) Mondesi jersey on the way out of the stadium!
2005-03-28 14:10:54
24.   The Saul
Yes, things are great for us Dodger Fans. We got the deep pockets of Rupert Murdoch and the knowledge of Dodger management, and with Barry Bonds coming towards the end of his career in San Francisco, we will clearly dominate the NL west for years to come!
2005-03-28 14:15:19
25.   FirstMohican
not only will mondy hit 40 bombs, but he'll steal 40 as well. he'll get 40 assists, and wont drive drunk anymore.
2005-03-28 14:30:57
26.   The Saul
In other news, the GOP has announced George W Bush to be entering the race for presidential nomination. Yeah, right. Can't the republicans do better than that? I mean, I guess it don't matter, Gore's gonna ride into the White House no matter who they throw out there!
2005-03-28 14:34:59
27.   Michael G
Maybe the dodgers can pick up R. Johnson for Dreifort and Osuna, and/or Edmonds for Valdez.
2005-03-28 14:55:39
28.   Bob Timmermann
Mondesi will drive in 100 runs and save 100 runs with his glove!
2005-03-28 16:09:11
29.   Sam DC
I've got tix for one of the Mariners interleague games -- it's close to July 4; maybe there'll be fireworks . . .
2005-03-28 16:09:40
30.   Jim Hitchcock
It won't be long now till Bill Russell is promoted to G.M. and and Mike Scioscia is made manager.
2005-03-28 16:47:33
31.   gvette
Forget Russell and Scioscia.

There's a new Sheriff in town by the name of Kevin Malone, and with a tough disciplinarian like Davey Johnson at his side,along with Rupert's money the future is now for the Dodgers. That Green kid from Toronto looks like he'll be a steal at $15 mil a year.

It sure will be great in 2005 when Junior Griffey beats the Babe's and Hank Aaron's homerun records!

2005-03-28 17:05:35
32.   mcrawford
This is hilarious.

Sorry, I got nothing to add.

Well, I'll give you this: Whoo-hoo, Devon White is such a great CF. He will not slow down at all at his age. (Actually, I don't remember being excited about DWhite at all.)

I do remember being excited about Davey Johnson.

2005-03-28 17:31:16
33.   fernandomania
Hey, how about McGwire and Sosa both beating Maris' record last year? That'll never happen again. 70 home runs in a season!?! That record will stand for decades!!!

I'm looking forward to finding out in 1999 if last season's Piazza trade really is going to work out for the best.

2005-03-28 17:47:53
34.   Jim Hitchcock
Are you kidding, Fernandomania? The baseball savvy of players like Jim Eisenreich just doesn't grow on trees!
2005-03-28 18:12:44
35.   Bob Timmermann
Jim Eisenreich was a good example of why you don't acquire a player because he has played well against you in the past.

It also helps not to acquire really old guys too.

2005-03-28 18:40:32
36.   Jim Hitchcock
What, Bob, your chairmanship of the Otis Nixon Booster Club left you bitter?
2005-03-28 19:18:05
37.   Suffering Bruin
If we trade one of the young pitchers, it oughta be Gagne. He's not as consistent as Prokopec, I think we can all agree.
2005-03-28 19:54:56
38.   Bob Timmermann
I was president of the Darren Lewis Marching and Chowder Society

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