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Nice Weather We're Having
2007-02-24 13:13
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Still calling this vacation. Priorities in the absence of any meaningful Dodger news:

3) The Independent Spirit Awards
2) UCLA-Stanford
1) Getting outside

Update: Screen Jam is hosting an Oscar pool. Join in!

Update 2: For some reason, I always look forward to seeing pitchers pinch-hit. This year, Randy Wolf will fulfull that role for the Dodgers, according to Steve Henson of the Times.

Biggest Dodger pinch-hitting pitcher moment of the past 25 years: Tim Leary, August 13, 1988.

Previously on Dodger Thoughts (March 11, 2003): "Slash"

Comments (52)
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2007-02-24 14:04:44
1.   Frip
Are there any non-reactionary, non old fogey reasons for being against interleague play? This isn't rhetorical, I really would like to know if there are any good reasons for being against it. I can't see any.
2007-02-24 14:28:26
2.   Andrew Shimmin
It imbalances schedules. All the teams in a division no longer play exactly the same teams as each other; this year the A's get two series with the Giants and the Angels have to take two with the Dodgers. It's not likely, but that could make the difference between making the playoffs and not.
2007-02-24 14:29:13
3.   Suffering Bruin
Ah, vacation. I used to feel guilty when the kids would ask me if I was looking forward to summer break. I used to say, "Ladies and gentlemen, I'm hear to teach, not to countdown the days. I'm glad to be here!"

Now, I'm thinking of putting up the same clock I see every week on Studio 60.

"What's that, teacher?"

"It's a countdown clock."

"What's it for?"

(long, wistful smile...) "You'll find out in June."

2007-02-24 14:31:31
4.   trainwreck
Ethier looks like he has been doing some heavy weight lifting. Just head over to dodgers.com for the picture.
2007-02-24 14:41:13
5.   das411
Out-side?

My high temp was 28 degrees yesterday. I went to a hockey game and the ice was warmer than the outside air.

And does anybody else think the new hats make Grady Little look like he is wearing a bathing cap?

2007-02-24 14:46:16
6.   D4P
Ethier looks like he has been doing some heavy weight lifting

He took some Flaxseed Oil out of LuGo's locker

2007-02-24 14:49:42
7.   Disabled List
Ethier was playing hurt last year after August. Well, there's a surprise.

What is it about this team that makes players so reluctant to fess up when they're injured?

2007-02-24 15:05:51
8.   Uncle Miltie
He took some Flaxseed Oil out of LuGo's locker
At least Lugo was being a team player by allowing him to go into his locker.

Great game by the Clippers and Elton Brand (31 points, 12 rebounds, 8 blocks).

UCLA won't lose and Stanford won't win...don't want to jinx it for UCLA this time :)

2007-02-24 15:08:31
9.   Greg Brock
The Gators fall to the LSU Tigers.
2007-02-24 15:48:32
10.   trainwreck
Good first half in Pauley. Hopefully, the refs allow these guys to play and bang a bit. This is the type of play the Pac-10 should embrace.
2007-02-24 16:22:45
11.   Frip
2 Regarding interleague play. I don't place as much worth on things being so tidy within a division. The variety of league-wide matchups league-wide is more exciting, therefore more important. But I'm sure this has been discussed to death countless times already.

I wish someone would hand Grady a more stylish pair of sunglasses this season. He looks like he just stepped off a Peterbilt with those big blue glasses. So formless. I mean, we're in LA, SOMEONE out here should pass him a note.

2007-02-24 16:58:57
12.   trainwreck
If that was Afflalo's last game at Pauley, then thanks for all the memories and setting the tone for the new direction of the program.

You will always be special to Bruin fans.

2007-02-24 17:08:18
13.   Bumsrap
The article on Dodgers.com concerning platooning Betemit makes me trust my instincts more about not having a real competition at third between Betemit and LaRoche.

I can hardly wait for June first to get here so the Dodgers can field their real team for 2007.

2007-02-24 17:10:06
14.   Andrew Shimmin
I can't argue that it isn't more exciting, only that I'm not more excited by it. It's one of the things I hate about football, especially pro football--bad teams get easier schedules, so eight wins can mean too many different things.

Making the Dodgers play the Angels in games that count makes those games more exciting than the pre-season freeway series, but it's not as exciting as playing the Giants. Or a team the Dodgers might be contending with for a playoff slot. The novelty of watching them play the Blue Jays may outexcite watching another series against the Reds, but, to me, that marginal excitement boost is less important than the (if inexact, because playing the Reds in May is different from playing them in August, so it can never be perfectly fair) fairness of playing the same teams the same number of times with equally, or near equally, split home field advantage.

But, then, I don't really like baseball, just the pretty, pretty numbers. And balanced schedules make the numbers a tiny little bit prettier. So, you know, I'm biased.

2007-02-24 17:15:54
15.   trainwreck
14
Raiders were the worst team in football this past season and they have the hardest schedule in the league next year.
2007-02-24 17:19:31
16.   trainwreck
13
Their stubbornness angers me. I don't know what Betemit has proven to keep the job so easily. He has no patience and is a sloppy defender. He has power and that is all.
2007-02-24 17:33:45
17.   Andrew Shimmin
15- Oh yeah? Well, shows what I know. I don't follow the game, but thought I remembered knowing that the schedules were intentionally imbalanced to the benefit of weaker teams. Did that used to be the plan, at least?
2007-02-24 17:40:06
18.   Bob Timmermann
The NFL schedules aren't as imbalanced as they used to be because they are an equal number of teams per division. In the past there were 4-team and 5-team divisions. So if you finished fifth, you got to play against fellow losers.

Now if you finish fourth, you get matched up in a formula against other divisions. But it may just be your division's turn to play another good division where all four teams are pretty good. Or you could draw the NFC West.

2007-02-24 17:53:27
19.   Gagne55
Courtesy of Dodgerblues.com:

"As for the decision to bat Furcal at the top, it should have been a no-brainer considering that Pierre gets on base about once a game. Fourty-five million is a lot to pay a guy to lay down a sac bunt (or, in Pierre's case, a sac dribbler), but that's essentially what the Dodgers will be doing... well, that is, when they're not paying him to throw a 12-hopper to the plate. With his wheels, Pierre would be better off running the ball in to the infield.

What's that you say? It's Spring Training, a time for hope? Fine, I hope Juan Pierre gets hurt and Matt Kemp gets a chance in center. I hope that Luis Gonzalez's old legs can carry him to second base after he hits one in the gap. I hope that someone dresses up Mark Hendrickson like a palm tree and he just blends into the back of the bullpen, never to be used. I hope that Charlie Steiner grows his beard back to hide his bizarre face. And I hope that Scott Boras gets a tapeworm. Wow, I kind of like this hope thing."

2007-02-24 17:58:33
20.   slackfarmer
Anyone interested in some fantasy baseball? Sabertooth Dodger III is a 20-team, keeper league with "moneyball" stats on Yahoo Fantasy Baseball PLUS. All DT posters are welcome, no charge.

To join, go to http://baseball.fantasysports.yahoo.com/b2 click the "Sign Up Now" or "Get Another Team" button and follow the links to "Join a Custom League". When prompted, enter the League ID# (1625) and password (scully).

2007-02-24 18:33:26
21.   bhsportsguy
According to Diamond Leung of the Riverside Press-Enterprise, the answer to our power problems was one plate of pasta away.

"Besides the veterans, Tommy Lasorda is still giving advice. I watched him during batting practice yesterday giving tips to not only Ellis, but Andre Ethier and Jason Repko. The former manager emphasized hitting the ball at the optimal point of contact in order to generate the maximum amount of power. Almost on cue, Ethier began hitting moonshots, Repko was raking balls down the left-field line. And Ellis, who has hit only five home runs in four minor league seasons, followed with the most improved session of the day."

Who knew?

2007-02-24 18:37:42
22.   Greg Brock
RIP, Lamar Lundy
2007-02-24 18:39:36
23.   caseybarker
The Raiders traditionally have the toughest schedule because the league does not like the Raiders. It is a vast conspiracy that goes all the way up to the commissioner's office.

I used to think this was a load of cockamany (?), but I have seen too much to believe that anymore.

2007-02-24 18:43:37
24.   caseybarker
...and if you believe that, there is a bolded paragraph in 21 that I direct you to.
2007-02-24 18:55:20
25.   Greg Brock
Tom Lasorda...Master motivator, hitting guru, gay rights advocate, drug addiction counselor, and camera-shy manager. Is there anything Tommy can't do?
2007-02-24 19:00:13
26.   gpellamjr
21 Isn't "raking balls down the left field line" all Repko has ever done?
2007-02-24 19:20:47
27.   Indiana Jon
20
Is this the 1st year of the league?
2007-02-24 20:00:44
28.   slackfarmer
27 This is the third year of the league, but the first year we plan to keep players from one season to the next. So we will have a fresh draft on March 11th, then next year each team will carry 10 players over from this year.
2007-02-24 20:04:32
29.   Jon Weisman
Oscar pool is now open at Screen Jam.
2007-02-24 21:11:58
30.   Disabled List
Jon, with all due respect, that Tim Leary game has nothing on this game from 1994:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN199405270.shtml

PIT N 000 000 004 1 - 5 10 2
LA N 010 201 000 2 - 6 13 0

I was at that game, and 13 years later I remember it as one of the best I've ever seen. The game itself was a thriller, but it was also memorable for other reasons. I was sitting in the bleachers right next to the Dodger bullpen. Throughout the entire second half of the game, I remember Dreifort was standing near the field level seats talking to two incredibly hot girls. My buddies and I are were heckling him for trying to pick up on girls while the game was going on (we were snotnosed, bratty kids, give us a break). He ignored us, obviously.

After putting in his due diligence with the ladies, Darren disappeared when the game went to extra innings, only to re-appear in the dugout as a pinch-hitter in the 10th. Dreifort singled, the winning run scored, and then I'm sure he eventually did too (wink, wink). Truly an epic game.

That game was vintage Lasorda, btw. He left an out-of-gas Martinez in the game for the ninth inning, and still failed to pull him even after he gave up a 1-out homer to Andy Van Slyke. Is it any wonder Ramon ended up wrecking his arm?

2007-02-24 21:50:18
31.   sfgiantsfan07
The Dodgers don't have an abundance of offense. Wolfe may end up being used to pinch hit ocasionaly.
http://giantsbaseballblog.blogspot.com/
2007-02-24 21:58:47
32.   Jon Weisman
31 - I don't mind people promoting other blogs, but perhaps be gracious enough to read the blog you're posting on first.
2007-02-24 22:02:32
33.   regfairfield
30 Second best game I've ever went to. I actually wrote a post about that game after Dreifort retired.
2007-02-24 22:26:07
34.   underdog
Well, since we're talking about Andre Ethier, I was looking up something about him and discovered that he has a myspace page:

http://www.myspace.com/andreethier

Er, except it's not "our" Andre and this one claims to have musical talent.

2007-02-24 22:27:25
35.   underdog
Gosh, my Broncos sure have had a sad off-season. Yet another young player falls by the wayside out of the blue. Really out of the blue.

R.I.P. Damien Nash.

2007-02-24 23:05:25
36.   Bob Timmermann
Pac-10 standings:
1) UCLA
2) Washington State
3) USC
4) Oregon
5) Stanford
6) Arizona
7) Cal
8) Washington
9) Oregon State
10) Arizona State

UCLA would clinch first place with a win over Washington State Thursday or Washington Saturday. If UCLA loses both games in Washington and Washington State beats both UCLA and USC, then the Cougars would get the #1 spot because of a better record against Washington.

Cal and Washington could climb up to the #6 spot, but it would take some doing. And likely involve Arizona State beating Arizona Sunday.

2007-02-24 23:09:19
37.   D4P
UCLA would clinch first place

I'm so proud...

2007-02-24 23:40:46
38.   bhsportsguy
36 Never one to argue with Bob but Daily News UCLA beat writer, Brian Dohn, posted on his blog that UCLA has clinched the number one seed in the Pac-10 tournament because of Oregon's win over Washington. I believe that if Bob's scenario played out, UCLA would still get the spot because WSU was 0-2 against Oregon while UCLA split with Oregon.

That said, I think UCLA is just beginning a long winning streak, where it will end, remains to be seen.

2007-02-24 23:43:53
39.   Samuel
36

How'd Cal end up ahead of U-Dub? All we've done since last week is lose two games in spectacularly ugly fashion.

Hmm. So Cal and U-Dub are tied in the pac-10. Since they split the season series, what determines their seeding for the pac-10 tourney?

2007-02-24 23:44:10
40.   TellMeTheScoreRickMonday
Jon,

Was at the Spirit Awards today, not sure if you were there. Sarah Silverman rocks. Gift bags were much much worse. Always a good time when there's free alcohol, though.

2007-02-24 23:52:59
41.   Bob Timmermann
38
That is correct. I forgot about Oregon beating WSU in Pullman.

The tiebreakers when a season series is split is record against the top team and then on down.

UCLA - both Cal and Washington have lost to UCLA (Washington has one more game with UCLA)
WSU - both are 0-2
USC - no wins (Washington still plays USC)
Oregon - each team split
Arizona - no wins (Cal plays Arizona later)
Oregon State - Washington went 1-1 against the Beavers and Cal went 2-0.

2007-02-24 23:55:47
42.   Bob Timmermann
So UCLA will play its first game in the Pac-10 tournament on Thurs. 3/8 at 2:30 against the winner of the 8-9 game (probably Cal or Oregon State).
2007-02-24 23:57:54
43.   mikethinksblue
Short Cuts is on TMC right now, probably my second favorite Altman movie, after The Player.
2007-02-24 23:58:29
44.   Bob Timmermann
No I just read Brian Dohn's post and realized that I copied him nearly word for word.

Sorry about that....

2007-02-25 00:02:36
45.   Steve
I was at the 1988 game Jon cites above, and it was better than whatever other game you can throw out there. So nyah.
2007-02-25 00:04:45
46.   Bob Timmermann
I remember the 1988 game (which made me think that Pedro Guerrero's days in L.A. were numbered) and have no recollection of the 1994 game.
2007-02-25 00:23:35
47.   Steve
People were throwing babies from the top deck. But D4P and Andrew survived in any event.
2007-02-25 00:52:14
48.   bhsportsguy
I will always remember the first game I saw Fernando pitch in 1981, all he did was throw a shut out, go 3 for 4, drive in the first run and score a run.

Since he gave up 7 hits, walked 4 and struck out 7, he probably threw, oh 120-140 pitches, but then who counted pitches back then.

http://tinyurl.com/36jquk

I believe the Herald Examiner had just started a contest to give Fernando a nickname, Vinny was in fine form that evening and I was able to see the last out and still get home before the post game show was over.

The box score play by play says that Fernando went 1st to 3rd on a single, but again that was now 26 years ago.

2007-02-25 07:30:45
49.   Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh
I read in the previous thread that Miller is now throwing over the top again. Can anyone (Nate or Canuck or anyone else) tell me why this decision was made? I was under the impression that Miller was throwing from 3/4 in order to guard against injury.

I actually just joined a Fantasy League that has 26 keepers year-by-year (you heard that right, 26), so there are a teams with a mess of prospects in the league. I actually got Miller back in a trade as a bit of a low-cost gamble, so there are all sorts of reasons I'd love to see him return to form.

WWSH

2007-02-25 08:11:02
50.   Disabled List
Why I love America, reason #4,923: Some guys have just built a batting robot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgrL21We3W0

It has a higher OPS than Juan Pierre. As of now, Pierre still has more heart and hustle, but they're working on that.

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2007-02-25 08:20:39
51.   Greg Brock
50
http://griddle.baseballtoaster.com/archives/569925.html

It even got The Griddle a link at Deadspin!
http://deadspin.com/sports/baseball/the-logical-extension-of-moneyball-221859.php

2007-02-25 08:26:42
52.   Jon Weisman
The early bird catches the worm.

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