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In a surprising turn of events, one that could among other things have a real impact on Andre Ethier's role with the Dodgers, Matt Kemp's power surge over the final week of Spring Training put him on the Dodger Opening Day roster ahead of Larry Bigbie, according to Tony Jackson of the Daily News. (Soon, of course, everyone will have the story, but Jackson has been quick to get things on his blog all spring long.)
This is head-spinning on many levels, especially when combined with the fact that James Loney is starting the season with Las Vegas.
The Dodgers' fourth outfielder was always going to get a little playing time to give Luis Gonzalez a rest in left field, but the choice of Kemp over the left-handed Loney or Larry Bigbie makes me think that Ethier will not get as many starts as he would have expected. One presumes the Dodgers aren't keeping Kemp on the roster just to have him play in the field once a week (no more likely to happen than Hong-Chih Kuo becoming a lefty middle reliever at this point), and that they chose Kemp over Loney because Loney was green in outfield, because Kemp has serious home-run power, or both. It all adds up to Kemp getting a long look in right field in April. The high-ceiling guy getting a chance against the guy who settled in earlier.
Newly acquired outfielder Brady Clark, therefore, ends up mainly as a second-choice right-handed pinch hitter behind Olmedo Saenz. Sure, the Dodgers could be doing straight platooning in the outfield - Clark and Kemp against lefties, Gonzalez and Ethier against righties, but I don't suspect it will be that cut and dry.
The Dodgers are clearly betting at this point that Bigbie, whose opt-out window ends tomorrow night, will choose to stick in the organization, unless they're so committed to Kemp that they finally see Bigbie as superfluous.
The Dodger outfield shapes up like this:
L: Gonzalez, Pierre, Ethier, Anderson
R: Kemp, Clark
Rafael Furcal is starting the season on the disabled list but will be eligible to play Saturday. For the short-term, the Dodgers chose Wilson Valdez over Tony Abreu, surely thinking that it will be much easier for Valdez to clear waivers after the season begins. Ramon Martinez will probably start Opening Day to save Valdez the jitters, and then switch places with Valdez for the second game.
Here's the infield and catchers:
L: Anderson (Yes, I know I'm counting him twice)
R: Kent, Garciaparra, Martin, Valdez, Saenz, Martinez, Lieberthal
Rudy Seanez made the team in the bullpen - I think he will end up disappointing, given his age, inconstency and tendency to get hurt. But I guess there's no harm in trying him out.
The pitching staff for Opening Week:
Starters: Schmidt, Penny, Lowe, Wolf
Relievers (R): Saito, Broxton, Tomko, Billingsley, Seanez
Relievers (L): Beimel, Hendrickson
So here we are, after weeks of speculation, with Loney hammering the ball and not making the team. There's a lot of different thoughts running through my head, but the one I can't escape is this.
There is currently one spot in the lineup for Ethier, Kemp, Bigbie and Loney to fight over, and fight they will. Ethier will probably start at first, but he's going to have to hit to keep playing. But I actually think Gonzalez has to watch his back, too. The promotion of Kemp makes me think that neither Ned Colletti nor Grady Little think they can keep the big kids down for much longer. I think we're looking at a best-man-win situation in left field as well as right by summertime.
Or, there's a trade looming...
Update: From The Associated Press:
Manager Grady Little acknowledged that Loney didn't take the news of his demotion well.
"This kid had a great spring for us and he played well for us last season," Little said. "In most cases, when you option a guy down to Triple-A, you have some things you want him to work on and get better at. In his case, we're going to be looking for the opportunity to get him back up here."
Update 2: Sunday night, Tony Jackson wrote that "Ned and Grady made it clear that Kemp is going to be on the bench, which is why I'm fairly sure he'll go back to the minors as soon as Furcal comes back."
This is completely perplexing. It's one thing to keep Valdez on the team while Furcal is out - it's another thing entirely to give Rafael Furcal two backups at shortstop when he returns. And if Kemp weren't going to start any games, why keep him as a pinch-hitter when you just acquired Clark. I honestly can't believe this is for real. Given the pace with which news changes with the Dodgers, I'm going to try to have faith that it isn't.
Reasons for Kemp to make the team instead of Loney:
Power, and the team desperately needs power. Does this mean we can expect to LaRoche sooner rather than later?
Less upside with our veteran outfielders. Nomar, when healthy, can carry the team. I think we'll see Loney up when Nomar starts to wear down later in the year.
Kemp has greater upside than all three of our current starting outfielders. He's righthanded, so he could platoon with any of them. Ethier's slumping again, so we might see Kemp in right quite a bit (which will bum me out because I love Ethier). I won't rehash all the reasons for playing Kemp over Gonzo or Pierre, since you all know them already.
Wow. We at least get one kid. The bench isn't entirely full of washed up veterans.
Are we going to be seeing a lot of Kemp and Clark as late-inning defensive replacements in left and center?
I will say this about LaRoche, I know he's got all the upside in the world, but I didn't see all that much out of LaRoche this spring. I know, it's only spring, but are we totally sure he's recovered from surgery yet? I mean, his swing just looked like he could only hit one type of pitch in a certain location, and it seemed like whenever he was up, he just hit ground balls. I don't know, is it just me, or could LaRoche use at least another month or two in the minors?
At any rate, I hope Loney doesn't hang his head too much - I'm quite sure he'll be up before too long. Not that I'm rooting for Nomar to get hurt, of course (but it wouldn't surprise anyone), but there could be a trade, and there could be an injury to someone, and he'll be the first called. Hope he can remain a little patient. Still, I would've thought he over Kemp. Glad it's Kemp over Bigbie, though.
As for LaRoche - he can use a lot more than another month in the minors. He's probably a late starting player, never does well in ST, will heat up as the minor league season rolls. But he looks to be a year away from helping at all.
Pierre is straight left Jon. You probably knew that and it was just a slip of the mind :)
Will mlb box scores will continue to confuse Saenz and Seanez?
Whither Valdez once Furcal comes off DL (and will anyone care)?
Will Bigbie accept minor league assignment or get released? (I assume they won't be trading him to anyone)
I wondered for a second if Kemp making the team over Loney was an April Fool's joke.
How long will it be before Meloan arrives in the D's bullpen (replacing Saenz, I mean Seanez)?
Why am I still here?
Night, and talk to you all on Monday.
I'm an April Fool, I guess.
no apologies needed. even the best sometimes have brain cramps.
Too bad free agents can't be traded until, what, the end of June?
Please oh please don't trade Ethier ... (No, that's not a rational plea, and I don't pretend that it is)
One wonders if Gonzo has shown them less power than they expected (like that should be a surprise???). One wonders if Ethier's recent slump has them truly worried. One wonders how much playing time Kemp is going to get. One wonders if Ethier is just a two week slump away from becoming the fourth outfielder.
I sort of like the idea of keeping Kemp, as long as he's going to play about 40% of the time or more. He should start every game against lefties, since he can spell LuGo, Ethier, or Pierre. Hopefully he starts the odd game against righties too although I have my doubts about that.
The Dodgers managed the nifty trick of leaving their three best hitters in spring training (Loney, Bigbie, Abreu) off the team, which is kind of weird. Loney and Bigbie did everything that could have been asked of them. It's got to be discouraging to know that even going into camp, you never had a chance no matter how well you played.
This may be the only team I've ever seen that has five positions at which an injury to the starter actually might improve the lineup. (1B, 3B, LF, CF, RF)
The problem I have with that is with Nomar blocking him I'm having a hard time imagining a trade that would get Loney on the team. Unless maybe it involved Betemit. I don't really see Loney in the outfield. He belongs at first base. But how in the world is he going to get there?
I'm trying to salve some wounds here.
Now I'm concerned that Kemp is gonna ride the bench, and just get used as a last-hope, late-inning, right-handed PH when we're trailing by 2 or more runs.
Maybe Ned/Grady just want to lite a fire to let Ethier & Gonzo know that their jobs aren't safe.
Why would he? Who would? What else does a kid have to do to earn a spot? Why am I asking so many questions?
James Loney should just hope that he escapes this madhouse.
I felt all along that Kemp will learn more fighting through slumps at the MLb level, rather than at the AAA level.
Also good that Colletti recognized the team has no power, and that Kemp is a must have on the 25 man roster.
Loney's just going to have wait for someone to get hurt. His situation would be alot easier to handle if the team would have just cut Marlon Anderson/Brady Clark.
I would love to see Kemp as a corner outfielder in the Dodger's future (or even Center), but where is he going to play now (for Gonzo or Pierre I don't think so). Sadly I agree with Jon, that they must be looking at replacing Eithier.
I don't blame Loney at all for being distraught. You can't hit any better than the guy did over the last 11 months. I expect him to be on the team before June in any case though. Kemp needs more seasoning in Vegas (1/2 year).
I'm a bit confused by this Matt Kemp business since I just plain don't see him getting many opportunities to play. Pierre will obviously play ever day, but Ethier and LuGo might get one day a week off, leaving Kemp with maybe 2 games a week starting. Although I love his power off the bench, I think it would be for his own good to spend some more time in AAA.
As for Loney, I truly love the guy and agree that he has nothing left to prove, but is he really the savior we all peg him to be? As of now his ceiling seems to be a .300 hitter with 15 HR power which is dangerously close to Hatteberg range. As much as I hate that he's being passed over in favor of a guy that's less major league-ready, it still seems like the correct move for the team to put a guy with more power in the mix.
I agree with all the above - Loney deserves to be on the team, and Kemp can probably use some more seasoning.
If Kemp was going to make the team anyway, then why did they sign Gonzo and Pierre? Yeah, yeah, I'm preaching to the choir here. I suppose they weren't sure that Kemp was ready, and they didn't know what was going on with Ethier at the end of last year (not to mention the last two weeks), so they wanted some insurance.
Yeah, not gonna happen.
I do think Kemp can spell him, even more often than Ethier (who hits LHP very well).
I see Loney's ceiling as more like .320-.330 than .300, with a bunch of doubles and a few HRs, and more walks than in AAA. He's a very good hitter.
When Youngsters like Loney get upset over playing time, it shows their immaturity and lack of character.
I wish Bigbie luck, he had no place on this team but I think his spring should give him a job somewhere. Hard to beleive that a team like Florida couldn't use him. A RF combo of Borchard/Ross and a CF of Anza isn't going to cut it. Hermida very quickly has gotten the injury prone bug.
Loney will be back by May 15th, how the Dodgers make room for him will be the interesting story of the spring. I wouldnt' be very comfortable if I was Ethier even though it should be Gonzo who should be worried. We shall find out soon if this Management is geared to fielding the best possible team or the safest.
Nice April Joke on the word verification. I don't think I could spell his name even with it staring me in the face.
I assume that the Dodgers do not know when Furcal will be able to play. In the short term Valdez will be the shortstop and in the long term Abreu would be the replacement. Valdez or Martinez will be traded or Valdez will be sent down when Furcal returns.
Loney will be brought up when Furcal returns and in the mean time will be taking fly balls in the outfield.
The starters at the outfield corners will be Kemp, Ethier, Loney. April will decide. Gonzo becomes that left side pinch hitter. Anderson is traded.
Ideally Ned/Grady give in and make Nomar a third baseman and put Loney at first beginning May 1. In the mean time Loney gets outfiled eligibility in fantasy leagues.
Billingsley will be starting eventually this season as will Miller, and when that happens I see the relief staff consisting of:
Melaon, Broxton, Saito, Brazabon, Tsao, Biemel, Hendrickson.
Traded: Tomko, Penny, LaRoche.
Who has more power potential at third than Andy LaRoche?
No he isn't. He just gets less opportunity to do bad things as a reliever. Remember when Brett Tomko looked like a future closer those first two weeks out of the pen last year?
After enough innings, he was still Brett Bomko, just like Hendrickson will still be The Giving Tree.
1. For all the opportunities Loney received to make the roster, what might've doomed him to Triple-A was his poor outfield defense.
2. With Loney beginning the year in LV, doesn't this delay the start of his service clock? This could be a move with the expected payoff in the long run, not during the first weeks of 2007.
3. Bigbie, I imagine he's gone. Thanks for the nice March, and good luck to you.
4. Enders made an excellent point about depth. Boy, does this club have it. When late June comes around, not many teams will have more trading chips than the Dodgers, if they want to go in that direction.
5. Two men who need to worry: Andre Ethier and Luis Gonzalez. I don't recall any talk of competition for their starting jobs, but roster moves speak louder than words.
6. FWIW, here's Gonzo vs. RHP last season: 277/360/459/819. It's OK, and in a platoon won't kill you as would his split vs. LHP: 259/332/408/740. But will he accept sitting twice a week?
7. Subtract Tomko and Hendrickson, and I love the bullpen. The rotation, I like - unless Schmidt's lousy spring turns out to be a bad omen.
As far as Loney.....
1. If either of the starting corner infielders OR any of the starting OFs get hurt......Loney can be called up.
2. If either of the starting corner infielders OR any of the starting OFs get traded.......Loney can be called up.
The chances of at least one of these two situations happening is extremely high (especially the chances of Nomar getting hurt). As a result, Loney will get his fair share of ABs this season on the team.
Thinking about it, the OF could be a big, big problem:
1. We know Pierre doesn't walk, but what he doesn't hit singles either?
2. What if Gonzo's age completely wipes him out?
3. What if Ethier was playing over his head last season?
More likely, at least one of the three will not stick, or someone else will get hurt, solving the problem for us.
Frankly, I'd be looking to collect guys who were upset about not making the big-league club.
I don't think that Loney's being upset would affect his trade value. Just shows he knows he should be up here. If he had torn apart the clubhouse that would be a different story but no mention was made of anything like that.
I don't see him going anywhere in a trade because I'm sure they still view him as their 1st baseman of the future, unless of course, the Marlins decide to offer Cabrera for a package including Loney. That might severely tempt Ned.
Yes: Loney. He'll be a cancer in the AAA clubhouse, negatively affecting everyone else's performance.
And LaRoche is on thin ice too. What has he done, you ask? Nothing yet, but you can just tell that he'll do something eventually. Best to nip these things in the bud with pre-emptive strikes.
Penny's bad attitude was entirely due to his low self image, vastly improved now that he's brought his new svelte body to this season.
You'll see. He'll be the model citizen......................until Kemp drops the first fly ball, or Betemit kicks the first grounder. Actually I thought he conducted himself very well last night when the guys behind him were giving their very own rendition of Barnum and Bailey.
>>> "Remember last year when I was saying we'd be happy going .500 the first three weeks until we settled in?" Little said. "That's not the case this year. We're coming out of spring training to win every game we play. There is no learning curve." <<<
Makes you think he probably had no chance going in, given that he had a pretty good spring
After a disappointing season with Tampa Bay in 2006 (0-0, 5.45 in 23 games and only one start), Jackson showed signs of rejuvenation this spring. Manager Joe Maddon awarded Jackson the job as the No. 5 starter after Jackson posted a 1.74 ERA. It is the fourth lowest spring ERA in the American League. <<<
They assume that the average brain dead "fan" and newspaper sports reporter has the attention span of a gnat so they will be so overwhelmed by the news of Kemp making the roster that they would forget about Loney being sent down.
Why do the Dodgers need 6 OFs (Gonzo, Ethier, Pierre, Kemp, Clark and Anderson)? Why do we need 2 (Martinez/Valdez) light hitting reserve IFs?
Any proof of this theory will come in the next week or so when Furcal comes off the DL. At that point who will be sent down or lost? Valdez? Anderson to DL? Kemp to AAA?
If Kemp is only up for a couple of weeks, for PR purposes, until Furcal returns, then what was the real point?
Of course, as some have pointed out this may be a precursor to a trade (heaven help us).
Again, maybe I am attributing too much intelligence (deviousness) to the Dodger FO.
"Melvin said the Brewers chose to keep Gwynn, son of 2007 Hall of Fame inductee Tony Gwynn, because of his speed as a pinch runner. Gwynn had two short stints with the Brewers last season, hitting .260 in 77 at-bats."
(PS: Love the April Fool's gag.)
Are they paying him $44 million...?
That said, I think it would be a huge mistake to take Ethier out of the lineup. The kid needs to get his confidence going, and then he will get hot again. I love Ethier.
what do you think it means?
I really don't know. The only way Loney gets an opportunity is if someone plays poorly or gets hurt, right? If so, then to say that you're going to be looking for Loney to get an opportunity would seem to mean, in essence, that you're looking for someone to play poorly or get hurt, which is a strange thing for a manager to say.
i think you are reading too much into it. not everyone is as cynical as you.
I think it means Little is hoping that MLB switches to softball rules, so he'll have an extra outfield spot for Loney.
Here's a question re Kemp's problems with breaking balls. Does he have the same problem when the pitcher is left-handed? That would be another argument for having Kemp start every time a lefty pitcher is in. How often do we face lefties?
Another question: What does keeping Kemp say about Little's confidence in Clark?
what is your point?
will be RYAN Zimmerman. This
guy is a STUD. Does not get much ink, but he's got very
1. Ben Sheets, RHP:
2. Chris Capuano, LHP:
3. Jeff Suppan, RHP:
4. Dave Bush, RHP:
5. Claudio Vargas, RHP:
There are a lot of potential points, including:
1. What's up with Ethier's power? Juan Pierre (of all people) outslugged him by 124 points this spring. Here we are worried about Pierre's lack of power, and then I see Ethier with an IsoP of 38.
2. What's up with that trade? It doesn't get talked about much, but keeping Bradley would not only have meant that we would have had a pretty good centerfielder with some power, but it also would have meant not signing Juan Pierre. And it's still pretty ridiculous to think that our GM thought Ethier was of equal value to Bradley + Perez.
3. Nice spring for Perez.
1. its spring training
2. Bradley is always hurt, Ethier out performed both of them last year.
3. who cares about Perez.
If only yesterday's games were just a joke.
Is that better?
I dont know whether i like d4p better when he was all about heart, soul and intangibles or him now, as a know it all, cynical, wanna be sabermetrician.
It's a tough choice, huh? Both personas are so endearing...
...oops, wrong thread.
Under which auspices...?
Jon or Bob, will anybody be hosting a non-partisan Opening Night chat?
There will be a nonpartisan Opening Day/Night chat on the Griddle. I believe I set it for 4 pm.
PS: sorry for my English.
SP and 2007 season ages
Clayton Kershaw age 19
Steven Johnson age 19
Thomas Melgarejo age 20
Jesus Rodriguez age 21
Josh Wall age 20
Melgarejo is a potential sleeper. He was signed out of Mexico and is making the jump from the GCL and had a decent winter league campaign in the mexican league. Rodriguez is a TJer who should be completely healthy this year. His era wasnt spectacular but he posted a really good K:bb ratio of 44/5 in 45IP last year for Odgen.
It was all in incorrectly spelled Latin, so it was deleted.
I'm not Jon, but welcome. And your English is fine.
It's likely a lot better than the way most of us can write in Portuguese.
Does anyone know when Kershaw will pitch for Great Lakes? The Loons are here in Indiana, at South Bend and Ft. Wayne, 5-12 April. I would love to go up and see Kershaw pitch, but I have no idea where to find their scheduled starters for these games. Can anyone help?
1. An NL scout was asked to compare Elbert and Kershaw and he said that basically on pure stuff, they are really close, both have fastballs that are in the low-mid 90's (Kershaw can reach as high as 97 mph), their breaking ball or curve ball is their next best pitch while their change ups are works in progress.
2. Though they are 2-3 years apart in age and 2-3 levels apart in minor league competition, Kershaw may move faster through the system than Elbert did.
3. When the words best, Dodgers, and Alex Cora are combined, that probably doesn't bode well for the boys in blue. Baseball America put out rankings of how teams do with developing players they have signed since 1995.
How did the Dodgers do, out of 30 teams, including expansion clubs, they ranked 29th. The only player with over 1500 plate appearances who orignally signed with the Dodgers is Alex Cora. (Note that Beltre was signed, underaged, in 1994 and LoDuca was drafted and signed in 1993) The top pitcher as far as IP for the Dodgers who signed since 1995 is Eric Gagne.
The next two position players on the list for the Dodgers are Shane Victorino and David Ross, Russell Martin is fourth based on his not even one full season in L.A.
To say the drafts from 1995-2001 were bad is an understatement, hopefully guys like Martin, Broxton, Billingsley, Loney, Kemp, LaRoche, Abreu, Kuo, and the rest will change those rankings when we look back at this again.
speaking of morris (i totally have forgotten about him until you just brought him up), any chance you think he sees the mound sometime this year? Seems like TJers are recovering quicker and quicker.
"I played with John Kruk, I watched, on a daily basis how he absolutely abused the media. M-F'ing them left and right, talking about how much he hated dealing with them, couldn't stand them. How he'd rip them day in and day out. Now he retires and you can't change a channel without seeing his face."
He will be allowed in the clubhouse before and after the game. Only 6 coaches are allowed on the road...
The trade for that lightweight infield triple A guy was for future considerations.
This often means something substantial and is often used when the trader does not care to take the heat at the time. Anyone care to guess what this is? A prospect maybe?
For 20 years, [Mike Brito] stood behind the backstop at Dodger Stadium, with his Panama hat, big cigar and trusty gun. The scout who brought Fernando Valenzuela to Los Angeles, he signed 29 who made it to the majors.
In all his time, he said he recorded only two pitchers in triple digits -- Ryan at 102 mph and J.R. Richard at 101.
"I don't believe the numbers I see now," he said. "People go to the stadium and they want to see a guy who throws hard. They want to see 102, 103 on the scoreboard. But even these guys from Detroit, do you think they throw harder than Nolan Ryan?"
A few years ago, Dodger Stadium switched to an automated system that put the clockings on the scoreboard.
Brito still has his gun, not that he needs it. He's seen so many pitches, he can instinctively tell the speed of baseballs -- or anything else. Many years ago, he said, police stopped him on the way from Pomona, Calif., to Dodger Stadium. Brito was accused of going faster than 80 mph.
"I told the officer that I thought he needed to check his radar gun," Brito said. "He asked me why I said that, then he saw my hat and recognized me. He let me go."
1. I realize decisions aren't made in a vacuum, but here's one I'd make: Loney belongs on the Dodgers' roster, no matter what.
2. If Kemp might struggle at times, doesn't he deserve a better chance than subbing at every conceivable outfield position?
Look, the Dodgers are a very difficult team to predict how they will finish because arguably because they are built for the inpredictability of a 162 game season.
Now in 2005, the White Sox had an amazing year because nearly all the starting pitchers and regular players were injury free. But generally, teams go through one or two or more injury issues in the year.
In 2005, for the Dodgers, it was first Jose Valentin and then J.D. Drew and Izzy who all went down for long periods of time.
Last season Mueller, Navarro, Lofton all had injuries, Cruz could only hit from one side of the plate, etc, those things caused the Dodgers to bring up all the youngsters and make moves down the stretch.
Now if the lineup that plays tomorrow is basically the same on July 1st, it will probably mean that Betemit was able to hit above .250, Nomar, Kent and Gonzalez have battled Mother Nature successfully for the time being and the Dodgers are in the race.
Will all of those things happen, whose to say but for the time being, the Dodgers have the players and resources to cover themselves if they don't.
One scout who spent time in Florida is confused as to why Dodgers righthander Chad Billingsley has been sent to the bullpen, considering his 7-2, 3.16 mark in last season's second half, continued by some impressive spring showings. "Between the plus fastball, the slider--which is probably his best pitch--and a real good curve, that's three solid offerings," said the scout. "His command is shaky at times, but they chose Brett Tomko over this? Please."
"They want to win everything," Kent said. "I have a responsibility to be a leader, and I can show them a lot about how to handle failure. Even the best lose 60 to 70 times. They need to accept that."
Looks like he and LuGo need to get their stories straight
You'll probably get to see Larry Barnes play first in Vegas. That's always a lot of fun.
Seems correct to me. If Bills is not starting and Loney on the team by June 1, I am going to lose patience really quickly. I am giving Ned the benefit of the doubt for now, as I, like many of the people on this board, thought last year he should have tossed in the towel and built the team for the future instead of go for the playoffs when things looked bleak around July. Obviously, I was very wrong about that, and his trade for Maddux was great.
Gonzo may be the real problem if he struggles. Ned promised him being the starting left fielder. Not sure if he will let Little sit him easily. Right now, I don't know why we would have Gonzo out there against lefties at all.
Does anyone here also see Saenz spending a lot of time at 3rd against lefties? With Loney not on the team, that is looking less likely. Betemit is just bad against lefties and we already have a problem hitting lefties in the outfield.
As soon as Joe started dissing on those of us who use, gasp, our computers to watch baseball. click
I'll take Sept. 8.
I have felt very pessimistic about this team throughout the off season (mostly D4P's fault). The quick back-to-back acquisitions of JP and LuGo got me down on Ned and the Dodgers quickly. But I am ready now. I am as optimistic as I've ever been for an opening day. Maybe Gonzalez will hit 30 homeruns this year!
Anyway, I'm stoked and ready to go. I'll make my first serious prediction of the year: Juan up Juan down Pierre will lead off the season with a walk tomorrow... and it will be his last until mid-May.
One day at a time. I think the Dodgers will win the division this year.
"fault" makes it sound like a bad thing...
I'll be going to the game ... I think. I just went online to Ticketmaster and it cost $34 to buy 2 tickets that are face value of $21. So I'll head up to the park on Thursday evening and see what I can do.
LaRoche/Loney are dealt mid-season.
Nomar got a 2yr deal right?
He aint moving off first base.
The Dodgers arent going to wait till 2009 to start Loney either.
LaRoche has already been branded with the 'bat attitude' label. Plus, Betemit is a Colletti guy. LaRoche isnt.
Billingsley/Kemp are the only two that I just cant see even Ned trading.
Are you referring to the roster moves?
I think there may be some delays with all the moves being done by all the teams combined with traveling to Cream City.
They come within 2 wins of the Baseball Prospectus Dodger projection. I agree with their proj of 769 runs but 785 against is a bit odd- 5% worse than last year.
He had four points in seven minutes for the Lakers after scoring 18, with six assists and three steals in 41 minutes of the D-Fenders' 109-101 loss to the Anaheim Arsenal on the same court.*
Thats pretty cool.
From the D-League to the NBA in one afternoon/evening.
Sometimes I feel like Al Gore. Or John Kerry.
Even ones who throw lefthanded.
Ned and Grady are saying what they think Gonzo needs to hear. Your analysis of Ethier being closer to the bubble is intriguing, but it's probably not what's going through Gonzo's agent's mind when they see a guy like Kemp waiting in the wings.
I don't mind that Colletti favors some veterans. The problem is, he favors all of them, and he doesn't really let young players play themselves into the lineup unless there is no veteran available (i.e. third base, catcher.)
Do you guys meet at the coffee shop in San Dimas...?
I could tell you that I had this planned, but I didn't. And I get to make my own schedule for the most part.
The only starters from the 2006 season opener who will start tomorrow are Kent and Lowe.
The same two also started the season opener in 2005.
"The Toronto Blue Jays is one of 5 teams (Seattle, Arizona, Milwaukee, Houston) in the Major League that play in a stadium with a retractable roof."
And it had the first retractable dome in baseball that worked.
Montreal's dome was, in theory, retractable, but it never worked properly.
I've been in Rogers Centre when the roof closed in the middle of an event (it was a CFL game). It was very loud as I was sitting right next to the top of the stadium. Also, the stadium isn't air conditioned (since it's Canada) and it became really stuffy inside.
If the Fremont A's (Sorry Ken) build their Cisco Field by 2010-2012, the two oldest ballparks outside of Wrigley and Fenway, will be Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
At present, there are no plans for any new ballparks for either club, the McCourts have done their share of renovations with more to come next year regarding concourses and rest rooms while I believe the earliest Arte can bolt out of Anaheim is around 2016.
While I love Dodger Stadium, should they consider a new facility in the next 5-10 years?
I really don't think they would unless they decided to build a downtown stadium but if there was an NFL team pending, hmmm.
206 "I don't see why Tony Jackson has any credibility on this. He's guessing, and I'm guessing he's guessing wrong."
He's not guessing. He's reporting what Colletti has explicitly said. The Daily Breeze has a direct quote from Flanders:
"The last two or three days (Kemp) really played well," General Manager Ned Colletti said. "He can play all three outfield spots and he gives us balance on our bench because he's right handed. Clark was our only other right-handed hitter. Plus he's got power."
If the Dodgers were planning a Downtown stadium, I would think the McCourts wouldn't be spending as much on Dodger Stadium renovations.
Getting Dodger Stadium built was one of the bigger political and sociological upheavals in the city of L.A. until the Watts Riots of 1965.
Do the fans of the Dodgers want to go Downtown?
I think he meant to say, "right-handed hitting outfielder."
Not saying Kemp won't go down when Furcal returns. I'm just saying it's a guess; I don't think it's a clear implication from what Colletti's said.
I wish... or for A Rod? I'd give up Broxton too, if we could get MC or ARod locked up into a long term deal.
Kemp over Loney amazed me, I thought Bigbie would get the nod over both of them for now. I actually think that Brady Clark can be the odd man out when Furcal returns if Kemp earns some playing time. Valdez got a few looks in the outfield and I think the Dodgers want a right handed bat on the bench.
I think Ethier's lack of power will have him moving to the bench unless Gonzo gets hurt or falters. How can we have start three outfielders who hit 27 homers between them last year?
I feel for Loney. I remember when Eric Karros couldn't make the team and then when given a chance, didn't move for a long time. He had more power than Loney, but Loney is an on base machine, drives the ball, and is a gold glove at first. How do you keep a guy like that in Vegas? Who played better against the Mets in October other than Kent? Loney has stepped up each spring and even in October. Find a way to let him play. Shove a glove on his left hand and play him at third! He can kick the ball to Nomar.
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