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A Closer Rests
2007-02-08 08:07
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

"Closer Takashi Saito suffered a minor injury to his right calf during a training run in Japan and has halted workouts," writes Diamond Leung of the Press-Enterprise in a story led by James Loney's optimism for 2007.

Injury ... rest. I like it.

"I don't think I'll have any problems being able to pitch at full strength once spring training games start," Saito told the paper through an interpreter.

* * *

Great Bob Gibson stat from David Gassko at The Hardball Times:

Did you know that in 1968, Gibson hit for almost as high an average (.170) as opposing batters hit off him (.184)? That fact is so impressive, it doesn't even require commentary.

* * *

Update: According to my day-by-day baseball calendar, Davey Lopes was traded to Oakland for Lance Hudson 25 years ago today, breaking up the legendary Dodger infield. Just shows the tricks memory plays on you – I thought that came shortly after the '81 World Series ended.

Comments
2007-02-08 08:20:17
1.   kngoworld
PHEW!
2007-02-08 08:25:23
2.   D4P
This from Gurnick:

General manager Ned Colletti was unable to provide Little an impact bat during the offseason, and he lost J.D. Drew's 100 RBIs. But with the addition of veteran outfielders Luis Gonzalez and Juan Pierre, Little has more proven bats in the order.

Ugh.

2007-02-08 08:26:15
3.   Sam DC
An interview with Harrisburg Senators broadcaster at the link. Greatest moment in his 21 years broadcasting for the team:

Milton Bradley's championship series, game winning, walk-off grand slam home run in 1999 is, far and away, the greatest moment in team history.

http://farmauthority.dcsportsnet.com/?p=899

2007-02-08 08:37:07
4.   Jon Weisman
2 - They are indeed proven.
2007-02-08 09:01:13
5.   Benaiah
"But James is the future, and Nomar is not."

Wow, that isn't very diplomatic.

2007-02-08 09:08:09
6.   regfairfield
2 So Kenny Lofton's veteran presence means nothing now?
2007-02-08 09:25:49
7.   twerp
Is there a DT dead thread around? I will find and comment on it. I am gifted, no doubt.

Here's a rerun of #193 from last thread, since it might be worthwhile--

After Juan P signed there was talk about the Dodgers being restricted from trading him right away. What's the rule on that?

Surely whatever rule affects this expires fairly soon? If so, unless JP has a no-trade clause (surely not), Ned could take care of the problem that way if Kemp blossoms.

2007-02-08 09:29:31
8.   Jon Weisman
I believe newly signed free agents cannot be traded until June 28 or some seemingly random but similar date.
2007-02-08 09:31:53
9.   Jon Weisman
7 - Special warning to twerp - a new thread will be opening soon :)
2007-02-08 09:36:28
10.   underdog
Whatever one thinks of Pierre, I'm still not entirely convinced Kemp is destined to be a centerfielder - see him as more of a corner outfielder. But I'll gladly be proven wrong, particularly if he does unseat Pierre at some point. But seeing his body type and how he looks in the outfield so far, I wonder about him in CF. Guess we'll see where the Bison roams.
2007-02-08 09:46:18
11.   DodgerBakers
Also from Gurnick:
2.
Pierre: Considering they already had a top leadoff hitter in Furcal, Pierre's signing was curious and expensive. That said, he works hard and plays every day. His on-base percentage and throwing arm are a little weak, but he has a World Series ring.

and

CF Kenny Lofton: He did everything the Dodgers wanted of him and a lot of people wonder why the Dodgers would pay Pierre $44 million when they could have rented Lofton for another year for a fraction of that.

At least he acknowledges he doesn't get on base or have any defense.

2007-02-08 09:47:03
12.   DodgerBakers
Sorry, that post should refer to #2
2007-02-08 10:09:47
13.   twerp
9 Maybe you can have TNT alerts-- _T_werp: _n_ew _t_hread...

Seems where I get caught is leaving comments open overnight, refreshing the next morning central time, not seeing anything about a new thread, and going at it.

But then it looks dumb in any time zone...

2007-02-08 11:22:33
14.   chago75
Based on last years, stats..We lost Drews
20 hrs. and gained Gonzo's 15 hrs. So it's
really not that difficult, to make up.....
( My 1st post )...Hello...
2007-02-08 11:49:37
15.   Jim Dean
Pardon me for interrupting today's discussion - just stopping by from the Banter with a quick question.

We wonder if this might be the dumbest statement written this off-season:

"Julio Lugo, the incoming shortstop, is a better defender than predecessor Alex Gonzalez..."

http://tinyurl.com/2otok5

But then, did anyone praise the signing of Pierre?

2007-02-08 12:09:53
16.   kylepetterson
Would Gibson's stat be just as impressive if opposing batters hit .315 off of him?
2007-02-08 12:47:16
17.   Jon Weisman
16 - I think he'd maybe be in line for a position change, then.
2007-02-08 12:51:11
18.   Jon Weisman
According to my day-by-day baseball calendar, Davey Lopes was traded to Oakland for Lance Hudson 25 years ago today, breaking up the legendary Dodger infield. Just shows the tricks memory plays on you – I thought that came shortly after the '81 World Series ended.
2007-02-08 18:51:06
19.   Indiana Jon
In 1993, Orel Hershiser hit .356, opponents only hit .246 against him. .110 better, also quite impressive.
2007-02-09 13:18:34
20.   chago75
Re; Underdog #10..You're very observant, re
Kemp, in CF. He dogged a few shots out there, last year. He did not look, comfortable AT ALL. Pierre will handle, CF quite well......

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