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Easler Replaces Mattingly as Hitting Coach
2008-01-22 13:33
by Jon Weisman

In a sudden, unexpected announcement, the Dodgers said today that Mike Easler will be the team hitting coach this year instead of Don Mattingly, because of undisclosed family reasons for Mattingly.

Mattingly will be a coach on special assignment - which I take to mean, he'll work at his own pace as time permits.

"I'm very grateful that the Dodgers have allowed me to take care of these family matters and I hope that everyone can respect our privacy during this time," Mattingly said in a press release. "I truly appreciate the support of all Dodger fans since joining the organization and I look forward to helping the team win in 2008 and beyond."

Also from the release:

Easler, 57, was the St. Louis Cardinals' hitting coach from 1999-2001 and served in the same capacity for the Brewers (1992) and Red Sox (1993-94). He spent the last two seasons as a hitting coach in the Dodgers' minor league system, first with Double-A Jacksonville in 2006 before being promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas prior to last season. In that role, he worked extensively with Matt Kemp, James Loney, Andy LaRoche, Tony Abreu, Delwyn Young and Chin-lung Hu, among other Dodger prospects.

The Cardinals reached the postseason in two of his three years as a hitting coach, ranking third in the NL with a .270 batting average and fifth in the league with a .339 on-base percentage and .441 slugging percentage in 2001, his last year as a big league coach.

General manager Ned Colletti is chatting at at 2 p.m. today.

Comments (192)
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2008-01-22 13:40:05
1.   Xeifrank
Hope everything is OK with the Mattingly family. vr, Xei
2008-01-22 13:42:06
2.   D4P
Is Mattingly married? If so, the language surrounding this story smacks of impending divorce.
2008-01-22 13:45:11
3.   bhsportsguy
I just saw an unconfirmed record from Mattingly's current residence listing that he and his wife filed for divorce last November.

I have seen no other story mentioning this so I cannot confrim it. His youngest son (out of three) is 16 years old so perhaps he needs to be around more this year to get things settled. Preston is the middle son.

2008-01-22 13:46:19
4.   Disabled List
That's bad news. I was looking forward to seeing Donnie Baseball in a Dodger uniform this season, although I'm glad he's got his priorites straight regarding his family. Some other coaches (coughAndyReidcough) could take a lesson.

However, I'm glad to hear that replacing Mattingly will be the guy who worked with all our young hitters in the minors. Smart move.

2008-01-22 13:49:27
5.   Jon Weisman
Worse news: RIP Heath Ledger.
2008-01-22 13:52:29
6.   Eric Enders
2008-01-22 13:55:48
7.   El Lay Dave
2008-01-22 13:58:39
8.   Marty
One source said he was found "surrounded by pills"
2008-01-22 14:00:39
9.   El Lay Dave
I missed little tidbit on Joe Posananski's blog entry from Sunday:

I also have been working for years on a concept — Perception of guy (minus) way guy actually is. I was calling it the Tommy Lasorda Award for a while, though that might be outdated.

2008-01-22 14:03:10
10.   Xeifrank
To those with access to the Colletti chat, please inform us as to how it is going. I am blocked from the site.
vr, Xei
2008-01-22 14:03:12
11.   trainwreck
RIP Heath

Really sad.

2008-01-22 14:04:48
12.   Jon Weisman
10 - I have so little hopes for these chats, I'm almost embarrassed that I have a broswer open to it.

First question is whether Juan Pierre will play left field.

2008-01-22 14:05:23
13.   Jon Weisman
"With 10 Gold Gloves in center field, Andruw is one of the premiere players in the game and he will be our center fielder. Whenever he needs a day off, we've got Juan Pierre who we can slide back over and perhaps at some point in time, Matt Kemp. Juan will shift over to left field but in the end, that will be Joe Torre's decision."
2008-01-22 14:05:57
14.   Marty
By fiat this morning, we do not filter any web content for our employees. Let the porn begin!
2008-01-22 14:07:17
15.   Eric Stephen
That's crazy. Maybe any scenes remaining to be shot for the upcoming Batman movie can have a stand in with a cape over half his face as an homage to Bela Lugosi in Plan 9 From Outer Space.
2008-01-22 14:09:14
16.   Jon Weisman
"Right now, (Kyle Lohse) is not on our radar. With the addition of Hiroki Kuroda, we feel we've strengthened our rotation and with the emergence of some of our young pitchers, we feel comfortable where we are with our starting pitching."
2008-01-22 14:09:32
17.   Xeifrank
ask Colletti if he has any health concerns for his players breathing the smoggy air in Beijing?
vr, Xei
2008-01-22 14:09:45
18.   Jon Weisman
This is interesting:

5:07 pm When will you sign Russell Martin to a long term deal?

5:07 pm We explored this possibility early in the offseason and the agent declined.

2008-01-22 14:09:56
19.   Eric Enders
I think they already finished filming that.
2008-01-22 14:10:12
20.   bhsportsguy
Interesting, they explored signing Russell to an extension and his agent declined. So score one for Ned on that one.
2008-01-22 14:10:34
21.   Jon Weisman
5:08 pm Mr. Colletti, I know that you want a good balance between veterans and the youth movement; however, would you be willing to trade Kemp, Kershaw, etc to win now?

5:09 pm There are very few players that we won't consider moving, however, whenever we're talking about players that are at the top of the list as far as prospects or young Major League players go, we would have to be able to acquire a player that can make a dramatic difference, both short-term, mid-term and long-term with our club.

2008-01-22 14:11:23
22.   bhsportsguy
14 I just see a whole bunch of litigation coming from all these changes to your employment policies.
2008-01-22 14:13:10
23.   silverwidow
So Martin won't sign a long term deal. That is shocking news.
2008-01-22 14:13:15
24.   bhsportsguy
So far Ned is quite informative.
2008-01-22 14:13:20
25.   Disabled List
dodgersguest is saying the right things so far.
2008-01-22 14:13:30
26.   D4P
"Donnie is prioritizing his family first," said the former MVP's agent, Ray Schulte. "The Dodgers have been very supportive, creating a position so Don can still make a contribution to the team throughout the year!"

Creating a position...? Hilarious.

2008-01-22 14:14:18
27.   bhsportsguy
23 My guess is that they want to wait until next year when he is a Super Two and can submit a number for arbitration.
2008-01-22 14:14:41
28.   Sam DC
18 Remarkably direct!
2008-01-22 14:15:13
29.   oklahomadodger
5 anybody ever see the movie "Candy?"
2008-01-22 14:19:32
30.   Eric Enders
26 It would have been amusing to actually hear that sentence spoken, assuming the exclamation point accurately reflects the inflection.

Also, I was going to needle Ned for not knowing the difference between "premier" and "premiere," but now that I think of it, it's probably highly unlikely that he's actually doing his own typing.

2008-01-22 14:20:23
31.   Jon Weisman
26 - Why is that funny?
2008-01-22 14:24:01
32.   bhsportsguy
Thoughts on chat.
1. Josh R. doing a good job of pulling relevant and answerable questions for Ned to tackle.
2. Ned is quite forthcoming (for him) in answering them.
2008-01-22 14:25:26
33.   trainwreck

The Joker's character is based on his first two appearances in the comic books, as well as his portrayal in the graphic novel "The Killing Joke." To prepare for the role, Heath Ledger lived alone in a hotel room for a month researching the character and developing his performance, which he claims is based upon Sid Vicious and the character of Alex in A Clockwork Orange (1971). Ledger found the role extremely difficult, and suffered insomnia as a result.

2008-01-22 14:26:17
34.   Jim Hitchcock
29 Most of it. It was O.K.
2008-01-22 14:26:20
35.   bhsportsguy
32 I'd like to see a question about Delwyn Young just to see if Ned has any knowledge about his option status (I'm sure he does).
2008-01-22 14:26:41
36.   D4P
Next time your life gets in the way of your job, try telling your boss that you'd like to quit working and take care of your life, but that you'd like to keep getting paid so it would be nice if your boss "created" a new position for you that didn't require you to work but still resulted in you getting paid.
2008-01-22 14:27:41
37.   bhsportsguy
33 OT: Norm Chow will be on 710 ESPN AM in a few minutes.
2008-01-22 14:30:48
38.   bhsportsguy
36 Lets pretend to realize that a job that Don Mattingly has is very different than yours or mine. And we don't know if Mattingly offered to resign but the Dodgers kept him on or what really happened.
2008-01-22 14:31:06
39.   trainwreck
Going from Dorrell to possibly the best coaching staff in college football is quite ridiculous.

Still hard to grasp.

2008-01-22 14:31:12
40.   Bob Timmermann
Connie Chung asked CBS to give her time off with pay so she could devote more time to getting pregnant.
2008-01-22 14:31:40
41.   Xeifrank
36. Does it say somewhere that Mattingly isn't going to work (at all)? Or just not as a hitting instructor? To me, it sounds like they made up a position (job title) for him, where he can work part-time. If he doesn't plan on doing any work at all, then I agree it's quite a sham.
vr, Xei
2008-01-22 14:32:31
42.   bhsportsguy
39 It is somewhat surreal. But then games like last Saturday come around and spoil things.
2008-01-22 14:32:31
43.   silverwidow
Anything else from Ned that's interesting?
2008-01-22 14:32:36
44.   D4P
If a position needs to be created in the year 2008, there's little chance it's very valuable, and certainly not worth whatever Mattingly's getting paid.

Just say he's on paid leave, or whatever. But don't insult us by trying to make us believe he's doing something important or "special".

2008-01-22 14:32:46
45.   Eric Enders
The Ledger story gets more interesting. According to the New York Times, they found him dead and naked in Mary-Kate Olsen's bed.
2008-01-22 14:33:01
46.   Jon Weisman
36 - Well, in two months I'm going to need some paid time off to take care of a new baby, and my bosses will grant me that. Not much time, but then again, I'm only a lowly editor.

If I were valuable enough to the organization, to the point that I was an heir apparent for a key position, I'm confident I would get all the time I needed. Do you think Mattingly's is a unique case?

2008-01-22 14:35:32
47.   trainwreck
Well everyone else says he died in hotel room with sleeping pills all around him.
2008-01-22 14:35:35
48.   Jon Weisman
41 - Tony Jackson says he's going to be a scout based in Evansville.

44 - You're too easily insulted. The Dodgers want Mattingly for the long-term. If that's the case, they'd be foolish to let him go over a family crisis. Meanwhile, he will be working some, so what is the big problem?

Unrelated: I don't like Colletti's use of the term "Kemp/Ethier."

2008-01-22 14:36:33
49.   D4P
But you'd be getting paid leave: you wouldn't be having some phony position created for you. I don't have any problem with the former, but the latter is hokey.
2008-01-22 14:36:48
50.   Jon Weisman
45 - At first I thought you were making a bad joke.
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2008-01-22 14:37:35
51.   bhsportsguy
48 Agree on your last point and also Ned closing his chat with saying the two biggest needs is straightening out the 3B situation and always looking for pitching, especially middle relief (he threw that in there to bug many on DT)
2008-01-22 14:37:47
52.   Xeifrank
phony position created for you.

Father is not a phony position. :)
vr, Xei

2008-01-22 14:38:03
53.   D4P
I don't like Colletti's use of the term "Kemp/Ethier."

Ethier can't platoon with Pierre because they're both left-handed, so Management has no choice but to platoon him with Kemp...

2008-01-22 14:38:03
54.   Eric Enders
Was it really a foregone conclusion that Mattingly was (as Moltisanti would say) the "hair apparent"? I must have missed that before.
2008-01-22 14:38:38
55.   bhsportsguy
50 Me too but if the NY Times prints it, it must be true.

I know U.C.L.A. alum Bob T. would agree with that.

2008-01-22 14:39:19
56.   silverwidow
51 Did he imply something beyond Nomar/LaRoche?
2008-01-22 14:40:09
57.   Jon Weisman
49 - D4P, honestly, the way you're jumping to conclusions ... we've had this news for an hour, you've already decided it's a sham even though you can't possibly have all the information. It seems like you're at once being too cynical and too naive.

Mattingly - more valuable to the Dodgers than I am to Variety - is getting paid leave from his hitting coach job, but will be working part-time as a scout. Again, what is the problem?

2008-01-22 14:40:13
58.   bhsportsguy
56 No, I just don't think its a weakness.
2008-01-22 14:40:44
59.   Jon Weisman
54 - Not a foregone conclusion, but something discussed.
2008-01-22 14:41:34
60.   Bob Timmermann
You know the sign CalTrans has on the 405 North before you get to the Wilshire Blvd exit reads "U.C.L.A."

The sign looks pretty old and you would think it would just rust out or get covered in dirt or grafitti, but it appears to be made of an indestructible material.

2008-01-22 14:41:48
61.   bhsportsguy
53 Sorry Bob, that's at least a Rule 3 violation.
2008-01-22 14:43:49
62.   Joe Pierre
Needless to say, Mike Easler is replacing Mattingly in the most important job in the organization. If there is anywhere the team needs to show a big improvement it's in the offense department.
2008-01-22 14:43:52
63.   bigcpa
I just watched 3:10 to Yuma last night. Someone must have noted this months ago, but the lead characters are both old friends: Dan Evans and Ben Wade.
2008-01-22 14:43:57
64.   Bob Timmermann
Now I'm just confused.
2008-01-22 14:44:50
65.   Bob Timmermann
Hitting coach is the most important job in the organization?
2008-01-22 14:46:22
66.   underdog
I think if Mattingly had to step aside for some time, that Easler is a fine choice to replace him, imho. Even if it's just temporary. A good choice. Hope Mattingly comes back, though.

Wow, the Ledger news just flabbergasted me today. I'd almost finished our Tuesday newsletter when the news hit, so I managed to squeeze in a little tribute. It's just so sad. With this and Brad Renfro, it's not a good month for young Hollywood actors.

2008-01-22 14:48:03
67.   Eric Enders
Number 3 hitter is probably the most important job in the organization. Followed by all the rest of the players, then the GM, manager, and owner, then the scouting director and an assistant GM or two, and then we can start talking about the hitting coach.
2008-01-22 14:48:15
68.   cargill06
colettie listed his possibilty of 20 HR guys on the team as, Kent, Loney, Jones, Martin and maybe Kemp/Either

He also said he expects 100+ SB's out of Pierre, Furcal, and Martin is it just me or is he telling us Juan Pierre is our everyday #2 hitter/LF

2008-01-22 14:49:31
69.   trainwreck
So is Javier Bardem considered a supporting actor based on screen time?

In my eyes, he was the main character and center of the film. Seems odd to me that Bardem is up for an award that Judy Dench won when she was barely in a film.

2008-01-22 14:50:07
70.   Eric Enders
68 Yeah, pretty much the only way those guys could combine for 100 steals is if Pierre gets 40 or more of them.

And I'm guessing Ned doesn't mean as a pinch runner.

2008-01-22 14:51:35
71.   bhsportsguy
64 I only typed U.C.L.A. because I knew it bugged you, so for that I give myself a rule violation.
2008-01-22 14:52:21
72.   Eric Enders
69 All that really matters is what category your movie studio pushes you for. Anthony Hopkins managed to win Best Actor as a serial killer who was also the main character and center of a film, and he had quite a bit less screen time than Bardem, I believe.
2008-01-22 14:52:49
73.   Jon Weisman
69 - Same argument could be made for Casey Affleck. Sometimes, it's just not logical.

I think in Bardem's case, there was something so untraditional about his character that they might have been nervous about submitting him for lead.

2008-01-22 14:55:04
74.   trainwreck
Plus, they can give an award to him and Daniel Day-Lewis.
2008-01-22 14:55:54
75.   TellMeTheScoreRickMonday
26 , 31 , 36 . When reading your quote "The Dodgers have been very supportive, creating a position so Don can still make a contribution to the team throughout the year!", I couldn't help but replace "Don" with "Juan Pierre".
2008-01-22 14:57:14
76.   Jon Weisman
74 - Lewis is a hurricane in the lead actor category.
2008-01-22 14:57:46
77.   Eric Enders
74 Since I haven't seen TWBB yet, please tell me that Day-Lewis's performance isn't a repeat of The Gangs of New York, which I found to be hammy, overbearing, cartoonish, and a sellout on his part. And yet he got all sorts of critical praise for it.
2008-01-22 14:58:09
78.   underdog
74 Good point!

Well, what about Ruby Dee? She was great, but was really only in 2 or so scenes in American Gangster? But in the old days, that was the more traditional type of Supporting Actor/Actress nominee. In Bardem's case, a case could definitely be made for lead actor, but maybe if there are other leads and that one is the evil lead, they make the evil character a supporting person. Or, what Jon said.

2008-01-22 15:00:15
79.   Jon Weisman
Ruby Dee was great in a small role, but her nomination was more of a career achievement honor. I don't have a particular problem with that.
2008-01-22 15:02:00
80.   kinbote
76 Bardem's not flinching when the car explosion goes off behind him as he enters the pharmacy made me think of Duvall's similar lack of reaction as bombs burst behind him in "Apocolypse Now." I've long thought Duvall's turn in that flawed film was arguably the single greatest supporting performance in movie history.
2008-01-22 15:02:28
81.   trainwreck
He is extremely good in the film.
2008-01-22 15:02:51
82.   bhsportsguy
77 I first thought you hadn't see This Week In Baseball but that didn't make sense.
2008-01-22 15:03:22
83.   El Lay Dave
Does No Country... have a lead? My impression was that Bardem, Jones and Brolin were all supporting actors, but to the film as whole, not in support to a lead. The number of minutes any two of them share on the screen is a small one.

Before xeifrank gets too cranky - Jon does have an Oscars-chat thread over here:

2008-01-22 15:03:29
84.   trainwreck
Yeah, Bardem just dominates the film. Even when he is not on the screen.
2008-01-22 15:03:41
85.   kinbote
80 And, as we all know, the end of all things is spelled "apocalypse."
2008-01-22 15:06:00
86.   Eric Enders
I didn't think Ruby Dee's performance was even all that good. But she's a treasure and I'm glad she's getting recognized for something, even if it's too little and too late. (Where were these voters in 1989 when Do the Right Thing came out?)

Nobody's mentioned Hal Holbrook, who, like Dee, had a tiny role in his film and was nominated mostly as a lifetime achievement award. (His performance was spectacular, though.)

Has anybody besides Montgomery Clift ever gotten a nomination for just one scene?

2008-01-22 15:06:51
87.   bhsportsguy
Jon, does this talk about LT not being a warrior and deciding not to play on Sunday bug you as much as it bugs me?
2008-01-22 15:08:36
88.   Marty
80 Some day this war's gonna end.
2008-01-22 15:08:53
89.   Xeifrank
New post up at Screen Jam, right? :)
vr, Xei
2008-01-22 15:10:29
90.   bhsportsguy
86 Great scene between Ruby and Ossie.

Mother Sister: Hey, you old drunk, what did I tell you about drinking in front of my stoop? Move on, you're blocking my view. You are ugly enough, don't stare at me, the Evil Eye doesn't work on me.
Da Mayor: Mother Sister, you've been talkin' about me for 18 years. What have I ever done to you?
Mother Sister: You a drunk fool.
Da Mayor: Besides that? Da Mayor don't bother nobody and nobody no bother Da Mayor but you. The Man just tends to his own business. I love everybody; I even love you.
Mother Sister: Hold your tongue: you don't have that much love.
Da Mayor: One day you're gonna be nice to me. We may both be dead and buried, but you're gonna be nice, at least civil.

2008-01-22 15:10:36
91.   kinbote
Bummer about Mattingly, but I'm glad we're going with Easler. He must be a favorite of the youngsters.
2008-01-22 15:12:19
92.   Jon Weisman
86 - I think Hal's performance was bigger than Ruby's. And frankly, I'm not out there counting screen time. I like that Judi Dench won for Shakespeare in Love.

87 - It would if I were paying attention to it.

2008-01-22 15:14:40
93.   Dodgers49
48 Unrelated: I don't like Colletti's use of the term "Kemp/Ethier."

While most here seemed convinced Ethier will primarily share time with Pierre, I'm still convinced that Ethier will primarily share time with Kemp (at least at the beginning). Torre will have a talk with Pierre and when it turns out that Pierre is quite fond of his streak Torre will respect the streak. I believe that if Juan Pierre is still on the team opening day Juan will practically own left field.

2008-01-22 15:17:54
94.   Eric Stephen
I can't stand the Chargers, but I am sickened by the LT bashing myself.
2008-01-22 15:19:36
95.   underdog
Holbrook's nomination practically brought tears to my eyes, I was so grateful to see it. I thought he was beautifully perfect. That film was kind of screwed over in the noms overall, I thought, though.

Back to baseball... when will Colletti's chat transcript be up - tomorrow?

2008-01-22 15:20:52
96.   Marty
NY Times now saying Mary Kate did not own the apt. Repeat, Mary Kate Olsen, is not involved.

However, Merlin Olsen still has not been ruled out as a suspect.

2008-01-22 15:22:27
97.   LAT
I saw "No Country" this weekend. Four questions or observation: (1) Without giving anything away to those that have not seen it, can anyone explain the Barry Corbin
scene to me. (2) Also, everyone is able to track everyone too easily to be real. (3) Never seen or heard of Javier Bardem before but he was a serious bad ass and creepy. (4)The scene with the old guy in the gas station was five of the best minutes of film in the last 10 years.
2008-01-22 15:23:51
98.   Marty
Barry Corbin hired Anton Chigurh, but also hired the Mexicans as a backup team. Anton did not appreciate that.
2008-01-22 15:27:08
99.   Jon Weisman
Mary Kate Olsen's apartment is now the equivalent of Albert Pujols' steroid use.
2008-01-22 15:28:11
100.   ibleedbloo
97 I cannot agree more with point #4.
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2008-01-22 15:29:59
101.   Eric Enders
97 "Never seen or heard of Javier Bardem before"

Two films for your Netflix queue: The Sea Inside and Before Night Falls.

2008-01-22 15:30:50
102.   CajunDodger
That scene and the DeNiro/Pacino coffeeshop scene in Heat are the two best that I can think of offhand.

I had trouble with (1) as well, but later figured that, along with the opening narrative, provided the explanation of the title of the movie.

2008-01-22 15:37:26
103.   Jon Weisman
Heat. Ugh.
2008-01-22 15:39:00
104.   Marty
Great scenes?

"I believe in America"

"I'm talkin' about friendship. I'm talkin' about character. I'm talkin' about - hell. Leo, I ain't embarrassed to use the word - I'm talkin' about ethics."

My two favorite opening scenes.

2008-01-22 15:39:36
105.   Eric Enders
103 Pretty much my thoughts too. Although it did give the world Natalie Portman.
2008-01-22 15:40:34
106.   Bluebleeder87

DeNiro/Pacino coffeeshop scene was great.

The Dodgers hired the perfect man to replace Don Mattingly

2008-01-22 15:41:08
107.   Marty
I thought The Professional gave the world Natalie Portman.
2008-01-22 15:43:27
108.   caseybarker
Natalie Portman. ugh.
2008-01-22 15:43:36
109.   ibleedbloo
105 The world recieved Natalie Portman the year before in the Professional (aka Leon).
2008-01-22 15:44:03
110.   ibleedbloo
107 Thats what I get for IMDBing
2008-01-22 15:44:28
111.   CajunDodger
103 , 105
I LOVED that movie, but even if you didn't, don't you think that scene could stand alone as being truly great...
2008-01-22 15:45:37
112.   Eric Enders
Anybody notice that Mike Easler's career has certain parallels to Delwyn Young's? He made a career of ripping up minor league pitching in his early twenties, but became your quintessential AAAA player. He was never given more than a cup of coffee until he was 29, at which point he raked, and kept doing so for the rest of his career.
2008-01-22 15:47:00
113.   oshea2002
I just watched the Sea Inside the other nite - it was really strong.

I was slightly skeptical about Mattingly so quickly being able to switch coasts just to follow Torre - when half the complaining from guys like Leyritz (who's got his own problems now) about Mattingly being passed over was that he was initially skeptical about leaving his family/home and only did it because they promised him the job.

2008-01-22 15:49:27
114.   Jon Weisman
111 - I retain almost no memory of Heat except my phone call to my parents in the lobby of the theater, about 100 minutes into the movie, asking them why they recommended it.
2008-01-22 15:49:48
115.   El Lay Dave
111 I was really disappointed with that scene, in particular with how it was shot. You have DeNiro and Pacino in a scene together and you shoot most of it from behind one or the other??
2008-01-22 15:50:57
116.   underdog
My first Natalie Portman exposure was in "Beautiful Girls," which is underrated - she was uncomfortably cute in that one, too, given she was like 14...

Btw, you'll be surprised and disappointed to know that the Princess Naboo in the Lego Star Wars video game looks nothing like Natalie Portman.

112 I was thinking the same thing, actually - Young actually reminds me of Easler as a hitter, but I couldn't put my finger on it. Hopefully he won't make a name for himself as a Pirate, too!

2008-01-22 15:51:21
117.   Eric Enders
115 The conversation would have been more interesting had it been filmed in the style of, well, The Conversation.
2008-01-22 15:53:56
118.   Eric Enders
Beautiful Girls is one of my guilty pleasures. I must have seen it 20 times by now.
Here's to you, Ted Demme, wherever you are.
2008-01-22 15:55:25
119.   Eric Stephen
Everyone knows the pivotal scene from Heat -- the one that wraps the entire story up in a nice little package -- is right about at the 1:40 mark.

I really liked Heat. Maybe it was the awesome gunfight in the streets of LA. Maybe it was that part of the gunfight was outside of a Smart & Final (at a time I used to work at S & F). Or maybe it was Ashley Judd. Or maybe it was Pedro Cerrano before he became President. I just liked it.

2008-01-22 15:55:47
120.   Bluebleeder87
The scene were Trejo got shot, well that house is near my pad (it's up on a hill) we use to go up there & neck our girlfriends & drink booze, ah memories...
2008-01-22 15:56:45
121.   CajunDodger
I am not going to pretend that I even thought about things from that angle before.

Interesting, but I tend to give Mann the benefit of the doubt since I have liked just about everything he has done with the exception of ALI. I even liked Miami Vice (he said sheepishly).

2008-01-22 16:00:21
122.   CajunDodger
The drive in they used for the handoff scene is in Azusa, I believe, right next to the APU campus.

I liked the fact that the two crews were parallels of each other racially. I am sure that it was intentional, but I thought it was pretty cool casting.

2008-01-22 16:01:38
123.   Eric Enders
The thing I remember best about Heat is it was really, really blue. Whoever did the cinematography and art direction really went for the monochromatic effect.
2008-01-22 16:04:58
124.   ibleedbloo
Beautiful Girls = Michael Rapaport at his finest
2008-01-22 16:05:58
125.   Eric Stephen
I just got The Conversation via Blockbuster. I will watch it by this weekend. John Cazale has quite a remarkable percentage of great films he was in.
2008-01-22 16:06:44
126.   Jim Hitchcock
Jon, did you like/dislike City Of Industry?
2008-01-22 16:08:43
127.   underdog
I own The Conversation DVD - it was on sale used at Amoeba, best 7 bucks I ever spent. I studied that film like Harry Caul studied his loop tapes. Union Square in SF has never looked creepier.
2008-01-22 16:10:31
128.   Bluebleeder87
woah, who new, Danny Trejo & Robert Rodriguez (film director) are second cousins.
2008-01-22 16:11:37
129.   Suffering Bruin
I just heard the news. I did not think I would type the words "Rest in Peace, Heath Ledger" for many, many years, if at all (I've got sixteen years on him).

I said the same thing over at ScreenJam--I'm just numb right now.

2008-01-22 16:12:49
130.   El Lay Dave
I'm more interested in the Heat that Chad Billingsley will be bringing next month. 23 days, 16 hours and change until pitchers and catchers report. Can't come soon enough.
2008-01-22 16:15:06
131.   El Lay Dave
I'm more interested in the Heat that Chad Billingsley will be bringing next month. 23 days, 16 hours and change until pitchers and catchers report. Can't come soon enough.
2008-01-22 16:22:33
132.   Bluebleeder87
Just read the Colletti chat, does he at least sit next to the person doing all the typing, I wonder how that works...
2008-01-22 16:22:53
133.   CajunDodger
Mann tends to like that effect. You can see it in the washed out colors in Ali, Heat, Collateral, and The Insider.
2008-01-22 16:32:48
134.   Jon Weisman
126 - Didn't see it.
2008-01-22 16:36:14
135.   Marty
I liked Heat, but it was Pacino at his hammiest worst.
2008-01-22 16:40:45
136.   Humma Kavula
135 Pacino in Heat is described by one film critic this way:

just when you think i'm gonna be soft.... I'M GONNA BE LOUD!!!!

2008-01-22 16:41:27
137.   Ricardo
Does it end with Mattingly´s chances to succeed Torre?

RIP Heath Ledger

2008-01-22 16:41:52
138.   Eric Enders
133 Also Manhunter.
2008-01-22 16:42:46
139.   Humma Kavula
138 I like Manhunter.
2008-01-22 16:50:25
140.   bigcpa
Can someone provide a source for tracking our draft picks to the original team? I'm trying to retrace Withrow/Adkins etc.
2008-01-22 16:56:28
141.   bhsportsguy
140 Explain what you mean, do you mean where did the draft pick come from (in those cases, both of the picks came as compensation from the Red Sox for their signing of Type A free agent, Julio Lugo).

Baseball America (if you pay for premium content) has a good draft history to 2000. I think Baseball Cube is good too, though the going back to deep can be less reliable.

2008-01-22 16:58:16
142.   bigcpa
141 Right, so we didn't get compensation for Drew? I'm on b-ball cube but I don't see how to trace the pick to the original team. Did we lose our 1st rounder to SF for Schmidt or did they not offer arb?
2008-01-22 17:01:43
143.   bhsportsguy
142 This is from Baseball Ameria's free stuff on the draft. 2007 compensation picks for the first round:

20. Dodgers (from Red Sox for Type A Julio Lugo)
22. Giants (from Dodgers for Type A Jason Schmidt)

2008-01-22 17:06:36
144.   bhsportsguy
142 I don't think they do that, you may have to try and piece it together from whatever you can get from Baseball America. One thing, as Baseball America has noted, draft coverage has only recently become much more open, it was only recently (maybe last 10 years) where teams released their draft picks beyond the first few rounds.

And details like compensation picks was certainly noted at the time but once the draft ended, no one really talked about how this team had 7 picks in the first 120 players because it takes so long for baseball draft picks to amount to anything and also because in baseball, you can't trade draft picks so the public does not see them the same way they see the NFL or the NBA drafts.

2008-01-22 17:07:01
145.   Wilbert Robinson
re: Heat

the only good thing about Heat is that Bud Cort makes an uncredited cameo in it.

2008-01-22 17:13:00
146.   Eric Enders
142 IIRC, Drew's opt-out clause included a provision that prohibited the Dodgers from offering him arbitration.
2008-01-22 17:14:19
147.   bigcpa
144 Thanks. So it also appears Atlanta got 2 picks for Baez after we dealt him.
2008-01-22 17:14:51
148.   underdog
145 That could be the only good thing about The Number 23, too. And one of the best things about Life Aquatic.
2008-01-22 17:18:28
149.   LAT
Who thought Heath Ledger [insert name] would be dead before Britney Spears?
2008-01-22 17:24:34
150.   bigcpa
Favorite scene in HEAT is when Pacino and friends can't figure out why DeNiro's team is casing that wide-open space near the San Pedro refineries. "Ahh.... you know what they're lookin at? You know what they're lookin at? They're lookin at us! Oooh I like these guys. These guys are good!"
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2008-01-22 17:27:42
151.   D4P
Britney's not cool enough to die young. We're stuck with her for the long haul.
2008-01-22 17:33:56
152.   Bob Timmermann
My thoughts about "The Life Aquatic" should not be repeated for fear of violating Rule 8.
2008-01-22 17:34:25
153.   Andrew Shimmin

Let's go D'backs!

2008-01-22 17:42:43
154.   eekrock
152 that's a shame. I love that movie.

In mention of Beautiful Girls, I'd say it's in my top 5. Not because it's the best movie ever, but because I just love it. And God Bless Natalie Portman!

2008-01-22 17:43:11
155.   El Lay Dave
CBS Sportsline, of all places, has a nice summary chart of who drafted whom and how the pick was obtained. Link for the 2007 draft.
2008-01-22 17:43:28
156.   Jason in Canada
151 That was kind of brutal.
2008-01-22 17:52:05
157.   old dodger fan
Thoughts regarding Mattingly news:

Coletti said the the change in position would also change his contract but he would not elaborate.

I hope Don or a family member is not seriously ill. I fear some really bad news is coming.

Deals like this are ususlly reserved for the extraordinaly talented or in family owned businesses for someone the owner really likes. In this case, maybe both apply.

2008-01-22 17:56:01
158.   LAT
151. Not to mention, Brit still has a lot to do to fulfill her Reigning Celeb Trainwreck title.

1. Blow through all her money.
2. Balloon up to 250 lbs.
3. Relapse
4. Make money and lose weight as spokesperson for Jenny Craig.
5. Marry chauffeur after knowing him for 10 days.
6. Divorce him 10 days later.
7. Discover business manager failed to pay taxes.
8. Adopt Kabala
9. Relapse
10. Go back to rehab
11. Fall in love with rehab doctor.
12. Relapse when Dr. dumps her

2008-01-22 18:00:11
159.   D4P
"Reinvent self" and "Comeback interview with Barbara Walters" need to be in there somewhere.
2008-01-22 18:00:16
160.   Eric Enders
So the work task I am trying to complete right now is writing an account of the 4+1 game in 300 words or less. On the one hand, I can't believe someone is actually paying me to do this. On the other hand, how the heck can I get the gloriousness of that game across in 300 words?
2008-01-22 18:03:19
161.   D4P
I should clarify that while Britney is not cool enough to die young, she is stupid enough, so it could still happen.
2008-01-22 18:10:38
162.   El Lay Dave
• Marry frail, aging billionaire
• Sign contract for wacky reality show
2008-01-22 18:12:27
163.   D4P
I would think "Sex tape" would be inevitable, though the fact that one hasn't surfaced yet makes me less confident.
2008-01-22 18:20:12
164.   El Lay Dave
160 Jon's entry was 279 words, according to MS Word, and it assumes the facts are known. You have, I think, an impossible task.

2008-01-22 18:25:30
165.   Eric Stephen
The Greatest Regular Season Game in Dodger Stadium History.

There. Nine words. :)

(Sorry, RJ)

2008-01-22 18:27:31
166.   Jason in Canada
Do it. Jon won't mind. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. Or something like that.
2008-01-22 18:31:01
167.   D4P
This Venus Williams - Ana Ivanovic match is crazy. Not only does Venus (like Serena) have a mysterious injury, but they're on serve 4-3 in the first set, after six consecutive breaks of serve.
2008-01-22 18:31:50
168.   Bob Timmermann
So is anybody here fluent enough in German that they would be willing to translate a brief letter for me into that language?
2008-01-22 18:35:30
169.   Chyll Will
163 Dude, the way she flashes the paparazzi, a sex tape is overkill... (and reinvent/Babwa Wawah are intuitive >;)
2008-01-22 18:38:40
170.   Eric Enders
I'm done. 547 words. Cripes.
2008-01-22 18:39:39
171.   D4P
Let me look it over. I'm good at reducing word counts.
2008-01-22 18:41:03
172.   Bob Timmermann
D4P is firmly opposed to prepositions. And he's thinking of coming out against adjectives.
2008-01-22 18:46:51
173.   ET90210
Great article I just came across about the Dodgers 2007 acquisitions...

2008-01-22 18:54:01
174.   Gen3Blue
I'm happy with Easler. I was noticing how 4 or 5 young Dodgers seemed to improve their batting as they progressed through the minors. It reminds me of how Rice and Lynn got better from AA to AAA to the Majors. Hope it holds.
2008-01-22 19:13:10
175.   Daniel Zappala
I'm really good at reducing word counts too. Academics get lots of practice. Put a gun to an academic's head (in other words, threaten not to publish his paper), and he can squeeze a 12 page paper into 6 pages.
2008-01-22 19:14:28
176.   Dodgers49
174 I'm happy with Easler.

When last season ended I was hoping the Dodgers would promote Easler to be this season's hitting coach. That was before we learned Grady wasn't returning and Torre would be taking over. So if Mattingly had to leave I'm glad Easler was still available.

2008-01-22 19:22:44
177.   caseybarker
158 162

The Surreal Life, Celebrity Rehab,...

2008-01-22 19:28:36
178.   Sam DC
I don't mean to be jingoistic, but you have no idea what good lawyers go through to slash word counts til they appropriate for cranky judges.

Or for cranky law professors who wish they were judges.

2008-01-22 19:29:42
179.   gvette
150 Heat?? The fact that the DeNiro/Pacino scene was filmed in one of the more ridiculously overpriced and self important LA coffee shops ($15 burgers etc) ruined it for me.

Now Alec Baldwin's scene in Glengarry,Glenross as Blake from Downtown; that's another story.

Does this all mean that "Hitman" Easler succeeds Mattingly as Torre's heir apparent?

2008-01-22 19:33:28
180.   Dodgers49
Not wanting to seem insensitive and admittedly not knowing the full story the question that immediately comes to my mind is, what's preventing a wife of 28 years and a 16 year old son from moving to the Los Angeles area? I tend to be more understanding when there are younger children involved. But it seems to me all that's left at home is a 16 year old son. So, why not move? At least during baseball season. Surely the Dodger job paid enough that a relocation was affordable. So obviously there is more.

Mattingly Cuts Coaching Role to Spend More Time at Home

>> Mattingly, 46, and Kim, who have been married for 28 years, have three sons. Jordon is 16; Preston, 20, is in the Dodgers' farm system; and Taylor, 22, is a former Yankees minor leaguer. <<

2008-01-22 19:41:09
181.   Bob Timmermann

You use that word a lot. I do not think it means what you think it does.

2008-01-22 19:49:18
182.   overkill94
180 Even then he'd be away half the time on road trips. I'm guessing he feels bad about not being there for his sons while coaching, so he's trying to salvage a couple years with his last son.
2008-01-22 19:50:53
183.   overkill94
181 Unless he's intimating that good lawyers are Jewish or something of the sort.
2008-01-22 19:51:07
184.   berkowit28
180 You seem to skip reading posts before posting yourself. See post no. 3 in this thread.
2008-01-22 19:56:25
185.   berkowit28
181 I think he really means "chauvinistic" - which can refer (as we know well) to over-zealous advocacy of any cause based on belonging to a group, although it too began by nationalistic advocacy (long before the more typical gender identification used nowadays). "Jingositic" specifically attaches only to nationalistic identity - and has never meant anything else.
2008-01-22 19:58:46
186.   overkill94
Man, I need to bag me one of these international tennis stars. They're all 18, right?
2008-01-22 19:59:15
187.   gvette
181 Typical lawyer; trying to bamboozle the common man by using big words
2008-01-22 20:08:28
188.   Chyll Will
180 Within the frame in which the question was asked, I'm guessing (from what the article says) that Mattingly is being a good husband and father under the circumstances.

Evansville is a lot different from L.A. (I imagine) and if you've been happily settled in a certain area for years (and 28 years is a long time), uprooting is really hard. At that point it would likely have to take a disaster or personal tragedy to move your whole family from one lifestyle to another, regardless of how much money you have. Having been a family man (and not a purported one), it's not surprising that family seems to be the issue and priority here... but this is all speculation.

Plus, it might turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Easler is a good hitting coach, and if he can somehow reinvent Juan Pierre into a productive hitter, the Book of Easler will be the most renown of the Dead Sea Scrolls >;)

2008-01-22 20:08:41
189.   Dodgers49
184 180 You seem to skip reading posts before posting yourself. See post no. 3 in this thread.

Actually, I never skip so I can't use that as an excuse. I'm probably just guilty of (at least momentarily) forgetting it.

2008-01-22 20:10:48
190.   Chyll Will
184 There could be that, too...
2008-01-22 20:14:13
191.   Jon Weisman
New post up top.
2008-01-23 13:56:14
192.   Joe Pierre
To BOB TIMMERMAN #65 Yes in this organization because right now the offense on this team is where the most work is needed.

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