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Our Timmermann Acorn Becomes an Oak
2005-12-10 14:45
by Jon Weisman

Imminently - but whenever he's ready - our very own Bob Timmermann is going to get his own spot running The Griddle, the worldwide baseball slice of Baseball Toaster. This man has needed a showcase for his wit and wisdom for a long time, and it's gratifying to see that he's accepted the opportunity to have it with us.

Hopefully, he'll still visit Dodger Thoughts, but whether it's here or there, I know you'll continue to enjoy reading him.

Welcomes, also, to Erik Siegrist, who will challenge the mainstream on Just a Bit Outside, and Mark Donahue, covering the Rockies and more on Bad Altitude.

2005-12-10 15:05:59
1.   trainwreck
We all hope Bob still comes around and I think we all know Bob is going to make that a great blog... and UCLA is making a nice run in this game, out running the wolfpack.
2005-12-10 15:34:41
2.   Slikk
Congrats Bob and good luck, I'll be reading.
2005-12-10 15:43:06
3.   scareduck
Is it worth asking why The Griddle link that used to be on the sidebar is no more?
2005-12-10 15:48:47
4.   dzzrtRatt
I guess Jon will have to put up with just 350 comments after each entry, instead of his usual 700.
2005-12-10 15:54:16
5.   Ken Arneson
The links drop off the sidebar if there are no posts in the last two weeks. As soon as Bob makes a post, the Griddle will reappear on the list.
2005-12-10 15:56:00
6.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
2005-12-10 15:57:26
7.   D4P
I'm not privy to any of the inner workings of Dodgerthoughts or the Griddle, but was there ever any discussion of making Bob a co-author along with Jon on Dodgerthoughts? Would that have met Bob's needs, and would Jon be amenable to that? From a lowly reader's standpoint, that would save me the trouble of needing to visit different sites to get the same info I could get at one.
2005-12-10 16:25:21
8.   Linkmeister
Griddle -- let's see -- hash browns, bacon, sausage, corned beef hash...
2005-12-10 16:35:12
9.   LAT
Bob, take this as the compliment it is intended as, but I would rather enjoy your limitless knowledge and wit right here where I have for the last two years. The Giddle's gain is DT/our loss.
2005-12-10 16:40:17
10.   Vishal
i can't imagine bob not being around here. but i'm excited to see his ramblings in full-length segments. let timmermannia begin!!!
2005-12-10 16:42:53
11.   Ken Arneson
I don't think this at all means Bob is disappearing from the DT conversations.
2005-12-10 16:46:10
12.   Colorado Blue
1st - Bob, congratulations and good luck; if you do not post over here enough to entertain me, then I will regularly lurk over at the Griddle.

2nd - Sorry, I'm just catching up. From the previous thread I agree with Slikk entirely... signing Alomar Jr. is not that bad. Maybe they grease the skids to have him become bullpen coach or something; whatever. I'll take Alomar over Bako any day for my perceived reasons for the signing: they are not expecting any meaningful production from Alomar Jr., he's much more valuable as a mentor to Navarro/Martin. You guys don't actually think they signed him to produce anything substantive on the field do you? The only down side is that for no production he takes a spot on the roster. If he's only spelling Navarro once or twice a week then I can live with that. Besides, it's not like Bako was gonna produce anything more than Alomar can.

2005-12-10 16:50:59
13.   Jon Weisman
7 - I think you'll end up with more info this way, not the same info split at two different sites. The Griddle will cover a lot of non-Dodger stuff. 11 - is right.
2005-12-10 17:27:32
14.   natepurcell
david bell, jt snow, soriano, kevin mench... will mr. ned please stop torturing us?

conrgats to Bob, hopefully he can still post full time here.

2005-12-10 17:49:54
15.   molokai
Aren't you just torturing yourself?
2005-12-10 17:53:44
16.   Steve
The first 75 posts are probably going to be about Jim Tracy. He's always been a little obsessed by the topic. :)
2005-12-10 18:20:49
17.   Suffering Bruin
I say we fill the first fifty posts with grammatical errors.

But seriously folks... congratulations to Bob T. If Dodger Thoughts has an all-star team of posters, he's got the letter C somewhere on the uniform. I'll be reading...

2005-12-10 18:45:36
18.   Slikk
12 -

I completely agree -- he's not there for production, heavens -- neither is Bako! Might as well serve the real purpose then.

2005-12-10 19:51:09
19.   jtshoe
First, congratulations Bob. I look forward to it.

Second, off topic, but I wonder why some form of this wouldn't work (with money and/ or prospects moving too):
Tejada to the Red Sox.
Manny to the Dodgers.
Some combination of Bradley and/or Izturis and/or Choi to the Orioles. (Although I hope its not Choi.)

Tejada wants out. O's are looking for OF and 1B and will need a SS if Tejada leaves, but seem to be at payroll limits with today's signing.
Manny wants to be out of Boston and on the west coast & the management of the west coast Red Sox would love to welcome him.
Red Sox get good value for Manny.

2005-12-10 20:19:19
20.   Daniel Zappala
The Orioles don't want to trade Tejada within their own divison.
2005-12-10 20:20:50
21.   trainwreck
Gary Sheffield was part of Winky Wright's posse tonight for his fight, that amused me.
2005-12-10 22:37:17
22.   Steelyeri
Congrats, Bob!

I can't wait 'till you start. I'm intrigued to see what kind of rants you come up with. I hope you still come and kick it here with us.

2005-12-10 23:08:02
23.   jason h
Wow, it's a good thing he'll have some space over there. I was feeling like a giant geek for reading Jon's great post's then looking forward to Bob's minutia as well... Now at least this legitimizes it a bit... ;)
2005-12-10 23:23:40
24.   Joe
But all the plants will die!
2005-12-10 23:53:59
25.   Xeifrank
Hey diddle diddle, Bob and the Griddle, the cow jumped over the moon! Will The Griddle be dedicated to grammar and it's place in baseball? or Random Jim Tracy blunder flashbacks? or perhaps Movie and TV chat? LA and it's fine eateries? or dedicated to tall skinny people and their contributions to society? Either way, I will be a frequent visitor, but armed with my bestest spellchecker and grammer program. vr, Xei
2005-12-11 01:36:33
26.   Andrew Shimmin
Congrats, Bob. Give the people what they want, when they want, and they wants it all the time.

Unrelated: I'd be in favor of Mr. Ned persuing Tejada, but only if he were immediately turned in to a second baseman.

2005-12-11 04:34:31
27.   dagwich
I'll repeat the "Congrats, Bob." DT will become to me a bit less funny, but maybe the Griddle will allow Bob to stretch out a bit more. I'll be reading both.

My bookmark folder will have to be renamed "Single Use Kitchen Appliances" -- toaster, griddle, etc.

Hey, what happened to Mueller? I missed the part where he didn't sign. J.T. Snow? Please. Now, JACK Snow...that guy could play.

2005-12-11 07:16:31
28.   Sam DC
Let me just say, a griddle is no single use appliance.
2005-12-11 07:20:09
29.   Sam DC
Also, in service of other blogs, for folks looking for some good writing and baseball sustenance during the long cold winter, one of the Nationals blogs -- -- is running the 2005 Nationals National Convention. There are no permalinks, so you have to scroll down to find day 1, day 2, and day 3. But it is well done, and pretty funny stuff. (Has nothing on our fearless oak, or his whizkid acorn, of course.)
2005-12-11 08:03:28
30.   Bob Timmermann
Griddles can be used to make pancakes AND grilled cheese sandwiches.
2005-12-11 08:45:56
31.   Vishal
jon's title reminds me of a quote i've heard:

"If I seem nutty to you, and if I seem like an oddball to you, just remember one thing; the mighty oak tree was once a nut like me."

2005-12-11 09:15:14
32.   dzzrtRatt
Does Bob really "rant"? He is more of a cool dismantler.
2005-12-11 10:03:26
33.   Bob Timmermann
Mike is in charge of rants. I likely won't write pieces as long as his. Or Jon's. Unless it's my day off.
2005-12-11 11:20:28
34.   willhite
A very quiet Sunday at DT. You may have to retire altogether Bob, in order to satisfy all of your DT and Griddle readers.

I don't know you well enough from my exposure to this blog to know if you would like to retire tomorrow or if you love your job at the library so much that you would continue to work there if you won the lottery.

I don't suppose it's possible to make a worthwhile living as a professional blogger, or is it?

2005-12-11 14:40:19
35.   Jon Weisman
If it is, let me know.
2005-12-11 15:27:48
36.   trainwreck
Morris a Giant for 3 years at $27 million.
2005-12-11 18:24:37
37.   natepurcell
ew, 9 mil a yr for matt morris?

lowe> morris

2005-12-11 18:24:52
38.   natepurcell
and lowe will give you 210+ innings every year.
2005-12-11 19:26:06
39.   trainwreck
With no beards what will we do?
2005-12-11 19:35:45
40.   D4P
With no beards what will we do?

Don't forget this guy...

2005-12-11 20:09:59
41.   dagwich
28 Perhaps not, but for us the griddle gets little use. Now the cast iron skillet, on the other hand, almost never leaves the cooktop.

At some friends' house last night we were admiring their kitchen renovation project. They were so proud to show us their "appliance garage" which they said was filled with their "single use" appliances, but which I guess they meant "single application." And in this appliance garage was a griddle. YMMV.

2005-12-11 20:41:49
42.   Strike4
Congrats to Bob on the new role, and of course to Jon for providing another great year of DT. Now we have our own version of Drysdale and Koufax. Please, no holdouts.
2005-12-11 21:05:54
43.   Bob Timmermann
Time will tell if this spinoff from Jon's "Cheers"-like performance turns into a "Frasier" or "The Tortellis".
2005-12-12 00:15:40
44.   dzzrtRatt
The McCovey Chronicles on the Matt Morris trade:

"Wagering on Matt Morris to be worth $9M in 2008 is like betting on Howie Long to win a Tony that same year for starring in a Broadway adaptation of Firestorm."

He sees an improved 2007 as likely, but after that, a lot of "who's to say," but nothing to rely on.

2005-12-12 05:28:19
45.   adamclyde
my question is where the Bob's "Random Dodger Callback" will be posted prior to each game... Still here in the comments or in the new griddle? Probably here, I guess, so the Griddle won't be too Dodger focused...

Congrats Bob, from a long, long time lurker, infrequent poster.

2005-12-12 07:53:02
46.   Bob Timmermann
"Random Dodger Callback" will probably be going to the Griddle, but in a different format that will focus on all teams.
2005-12-12 07:58:50
47.   adamclyde
well, I guess we can share you... :)


2005-12-12 09:06:48
48.   Bob Timmermann
I hope this works, who knows how I will be able to come up with anything interesting about the 1928 White Sox.
2005-12-12 09:12:52
49.   Jon Weisman
I'm eagerly optimistic.

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