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They Did Not Make the Top 25
2007-03-11 09:18
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

America voted. And Eric Hull, Zach Hammes, Mike Megrew, Scott Elbert, A.J. Ellis, Chin-lung Hu, Ken Huckaby, Travis Smith, Fernando Tatis, Dario Veras and Damian Jackson, your journey ends here.

(As announced by the Dodgers this morning.)

Comments (71)
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2007-03-11 09:40:00
1.   Bob Timmermann
In good news, Chin-Ling Hu was given in a part in a new production of "Dreamgirls."
2007-03-11 10:11:35
2.   trainwreck
Goodbye impostor Lucille II aka Damian Jackson.
2007-03-11 10:15:07
3.   D4P
Management didn't heart Huckaby
2007-03-11 10:53:32
4.   Bob Timmermann
I want the two hours of my life back for going to see that pretentious waste of celluloid.
2007-03-11 10:58:38
5.   Icaros
Yeah, that movie was terrible.
2007-03-11 11:10:28
6.   Andrew Shimmin
Not as bad as Curly Sue. There should have been some sort of fine levied against bhsportsguy for reminding me of that movie, the other day. I've been having seriously unpleasant flashbacks, ever since.

You'll pay, bhsportsguy. Don't think you won't pay.

2007-03-11 11:11:59
7.   Andrew Shimmin
Jeremy Schaap is on CSPAN2, right now, talking about his book about Jesse Owens. If anybody's interested.
2007-03-11 11:33:14
8.   Bob Timmermann
I hope the current leader in the Southland Conference championship game wins, so people who are working on NCAA tournament pools have to take the time to figure out who TAMU-CC is.
2007-03-11 11:36:59
9.   Bob Timmermann
The Dodgers and Nats are putting points on the board today.

Nothing like facing Nats pitching to make your bats feel better.

2007-03-11 11:43:01
10.   Icaros
See, I knew not to go see Curly Sue in the first place. No one had to tell me. I just knew.
2007-03-11 11:43:47
11.   Sam DC
I resemble that remark.
2007-03-11 11:45:28
12.   ToyCannon
I bet Curly Sue is one of Vinnie's favorite movies.
2007-03-11 11:45:37
13.   Sam DC
Updates on today's big Nats/Bums tilt.
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/nationalsjournal/
2007-03-11 11:47:41
14.   ToyCannon
Nice to see D Young hitting the ball this spring. I still hold out hope for the stocky man from Santa Barbara to have a decent major league career.
2007-03-11 11:48:40
15.   Bob Timmermann
The wind is blowing out in Vero Beach today. Belliard homers off Dessens to make it 9-7 Nats in the 9th.
2007-03-11 11:54:50
16.   Bob Timmermann
The famous Chris Schroeder in to try to get the save.
2007-03-11 11:59:36
17.   Gen3Blue
Don't forget Biemel-he gets credit for a homer in the 8th.
2007-03-11 12:00:25
18.   Bob Timmermann
9-8 in the ninth as Young drives in De Jesus.

Some guy named Kemp is coming up.

2007-03-11 12:04:10
19.   Bob Timmermann
Todd Jones was ejected from a spring training game after trying to bean JD Drew twice in retaliation for Josh Beckett beaning Magglio Ordonez yesterday.
2007-03-11 12:04:48
20.   Sam DC
Whither The Bison?
2007-03-11 12:05:34
21.   D4P
19
JD Drew as Dodger: gets hit by pitch, breaks wrist

JD Drew as Red Sock: pitcher can't even hit him intentionally

2007-03-11 12:06:13
22.   Bob Timmermann
The Bison is extinct today, but Dunlap singles and there are runners on first and third with Abreu up.
2007-03-11 12:06:43
23.   Sagehen
Jon = Ryan Seacrest??? Have we entered an alternative universe hell dimension?
2007-03-11 12:08:45
24.   Icaros
Tony Abreu might actually be something.
2007-03-11 12:08:59
25.   Bob Timmermann
All tied up! Abreu singles and it's 9-9 with 1st and 3rd and one out and a new pitcher coming in.
2007-03-11 12:11:11
26.   Sam DC
Yesterday in a close, late game, Manny Acta turned into Tony Larussa and started pulling PH's back after picking changes. Apparently, he's not liking the never-win-any-games part of being the Nats manager.
2007-03-11 12:12:17
27.   Icaros
Bigbie for the roster spot...
2007-03-11 12:12:20
28.   ToyCannon
Dunlap still intrigues me. So far in spring has anyone been more impressive then Abreu from the guys who've never seen major league pitching before?
2007-03-11 12:12:57
29.   Bob Timmermann
Bases drunk for Bigbie against Old Kinderhook.
2007-03-11 12:14:12
30.   Bob Timmermann
Yea!

The good guys won!

2007-03-11 12:14:16
31.   Icaros
Clutch-tastic!
2007-03-11 12:15:13
32.   Bob Timmermann
It's going to be a long year on the banks of the Anacostia.
2007-03-11 12:20:30
33.   Bob Timmermann
The Islanders go to the Big Dance!
2007-03-11 12:29:21
34.   underdog
Wow, so, nice pitchers duel at Bellringing Park today. I just got back from a soccer game, wrenched my back in Penny-like fashion. Saw the box score, speaking of Penny - what's up with him? Was he experimenting again or did he just stink it up?

I wish we could make room for Abreu but he and Hu will make a nice DP combo at Vegas for a while this year.

2007-03-11 12:29:55
35.   underdog
Go Winthrop! My pick for sleeper this year (though in their case that means maybe winning their first and possibly 2nd round games tops).
2007-03-11 12:30:31
36.   Woody
Listening to post-game show on MLB.com audio. A. Martinez is interview Jeff "cheesy mustache" Kent. He's said "sucks" twice, "crap" once, and "thang" twice. This man is more of a redneck moron than most of the people I've met living here in Mobile, Alabama.

He also claims that his new work-out program is a bunch of "crap" fabricated by writers who need to "fill space".

I hope this is J.K.'s last year in baseball, even though he homered today. Abreu looks pretty promising.

2007-03-11 12:34:39
37.   bhsportsguy
Jeff Kent is the perfect example of someone I could probably do without hearing from all year and all I want is his average baseball card stat year.
2007-03-11 12:35:41
38.   twerp
Gen3Blue, if you're around...don't think anyone answered you from #36 last thread when you asked about Maddux's velocity.

I've read several places he's hardly topped 85-86 for a couple years. It's the late movement that's big for him now.

And yeah, pure velocity won't get it. If a FB is all a pitcher has, no matter how hard he can throw, ML hitters will catch up to it. See Penny, Brad, second half, '06.

2007-03-11 12:43:16
39.   underdog
This just in: Tommy Lasorda made ex-Dodger Tom Goodwin laugh, with his antics.

http://www.fresnobee.com/513/story/34593.html
(Goodwin now to manage an independent minor league team.)

36 Did Kent really say that about his workout program? Sheez, someone woke up on the wrong side of his motorcycle this morning.

2007-03-11 12:44:15
40.   bhsportsguy
38 I saw most of Maddux's starts at Dodger Stadium and what I saw was a guy who could control the bottom and the edges of the strike zone so well that when he was on, batters would just swing early in the count and make themselves out. Now, when he got the ball up, he got in trouble like the playoff game against the Mets. Also, for Maddux, low pitch counts don't mean much because he is not going to take you to deep in games.

However, if he gets to the 6th and 7th with San Diego, he will be okay.

2007-03-11 12:44:49
41.   underdog
(re: ad just shown on ESPN) I wonder how the Work At Home Institute will do in the NCAA tourney this year?

I should have gone there for grad school.

2007-03-11 12:48:09
42.   Gen3Blue
38 Yes indeed. I seem to recall Maddux fastball rarely touching 85 in that perfect 6 or 7 inning outing. I wonder what is going on with Penny. With his make-up I don't see him dealing well with a little bit of failure. I sure hope in 3 months we are not wishing we had traded high and have another Odalis on our hands.
2007-03-11 12:49:44
43.   underdog
We need Overkill back here for one more post game report, especially regarding Penny. It really is still too early to worry, my guess is he's still building up velocity and playing around with pitches - but if he continues to get lit up I'm gonna worry.
2007-03-11 12:59:51
44.   Bob Timmermann
Jeromy Burnitz has officially retired.

Let us all reflect on his greatest moments as a Dodger.

How long will that take?

2007-03-11 13:01:42
45.   underdog
44 I'm good, thanks.

Damian Jackson did not take his cut very well, did he? Maybe the Nationals will sign him.

2007-03-11 13:08:26
46.   Bob Timmermann
Since the Nationals have decided that they would rather try Jose Macias as a utility guy, I don't think they want Damian Jackson back.
2007-03-11 13:17:36
47.   trainwreck
What did Jackson say?
2007-03-11 13:21:24
48.   Bob Timmermann
Free basketball in OKC! The last game before the NCAA tournament has five more minutes to go.
2007-03-11 13:26:04
49.   Woody
39 - Yeah, he made it sound as though he had always done a lot of strength training and that the only differene was that now he was doing it at 8 a.m. instead of 8 p.m.. Martinez asked if it was more "core" training, but Jeff made it sound like it was a total fabrication.
2007-03-11 13:34:42
50.   Sam DC
Jackson burned plenty of bridges (and/or chairs) on his way out of DC.

Shocking, I know.

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2007-03-11 13:39:33
51.   underdog
47 That he was "through with baseball" or something along those lines, and shoved a few chairs out of the way on his way out. I'm sure he's just understandably disappointed and frustrated, more than aiming that at anyone else.
2007-03-11 13:40:31
52.   underdog
46 Yeah, I was being facetious - not even the Nats are that desperate. However, maybe we could trade them Larry Bigbie. If they don't sign Fernando Tatis first.
2007-03-11 13:40:49
53.   underdog
52 Or Jacques Tati(s) for that matter.
2007-03-11 14:05:16
54.   Dodgers49
47. What did Jackson say?

>>> Jackson among first roster cuts

By Kevin Baxter, Times Staff Writer
March 11, 2007

VERO BEACH, Fla. — The Dodgers made their first round of roster cuts this morning, optioning three pitchers to minor league camp, reassigning seven other players and releasing infielder Damian Jackson.

Jackson took the news hardest, toppling chairs as he stormed out of the clubhouse.

"I no longer have anything to do with baseball," said Jackson, an 11-year major league veteran invited to camp as a non-roster player.

Jackson, 33, hit .198 in 67 games with the Washington Nationals last summer and was just two for 16 (.125) in eight games this spring. So Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti said the team released Jackson early to give him an opportunity to sign elsewhere.

"He's not going to make this club," Colletti said. "If I wasn't going to make the club I'd rather know on March 11 than March 31."

http://tinyurl.com/2xpjph <<<

2007-03-11 14:06:33
55.   trainwreck
Lame! #2 seed
2007-03-11 14:07:19
56.   Bob Timmermann
I have a thread over on the Griddle for this.

But my headline may be too subtle.

2007-03-11 14:14:35
57.   Jon Weisman
56 - I got it.

I think Jackson should be cut some slack - it's not easy facing the end, even if it perhaps should have been clear that the end was coming.

He was also hurt during Spring Training, which I'm sure frustrated him.

2007-03-11 14:17:33
58.   Bob Timmermann
I think situations like Jackson's happen every spring.

In football, they happen in the summer.

In basketball, it happens in the fall.

2007-03-11 14:56:12
59.   MSarg29
Looks like the Mets are getting tired of Duaner Sanchez's shenanigans.

http://tinyurl.com/3yqbtz

2007-03-11 15:22:38
60.   Chyll Will
59 Was he like that when he was over here? I had a thought that he was too good to be true last year, but maybe it's a change-of-venue thing...
2007-03-11 15:33:52
61.   Gen3Blue
Never heard Duaner was a problem when here,I thought losing him was a bad move.
But often you eventually figure out what baseball people already know.
2007-03-11 15:56:53
62.   Bumsrap
Since the Nationals have decided that they would rather try Jose Macias as a utility guy, I don't think they want Damian Jackson back

I am guessing the Nationals might want him as a pitcher anyway.

2007-03-11 16:01:35
63.   Bumsrap
Will somebody just hide Nomar's first base glove someplace where Grady can't find it. I plan to drop in from time to time and post into the ether that Nomar should be playing third base and Loney first base.
2007-03-11 16:05:36
64.   Bumsrap
Penny, Kent, Betemit, Furcal = AROD
2007-03-11 16:10:37
65.   Trojan Ron
54 Hmmmm ... even I knew that Damian Jackson wasn't going to make the club before March 11 ...
2007-03-11 16:20:43
66.   underdog
64 Sounds good except for the Furcal part. I'm sure the Yanks would require a good prospect in there as well. Not sure why they'd want Kent, for that matter.
2007-03-11 16:26:07
67.   underdog
Next opponent for Dice-K: The Dodgers next Friday. Should be interesting.
2007-03-11 16:31:04
68.   Jon Weisman
Ding-ding! New post up top.
2007-03-11 16:39:15
69.   Gen3Blue
64 Damn, since Arod is going to bolt anyway, Penny and Betemit would have been enough before Penny confirmed the 2nd half of last year in spring training.
Actually, I think Penny still has his velocity. Its a mystery that a pitcher who gets it is so close to a thrower who doesn't.
2007-03-11 16:51:01
70.   underdog
68 Don't you mean, "Clang-clang"?
2007-03-11 16:53:47
71.   Jon Weisman
70 - Ah, better.

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