Only a Few Days Left…

…before the pitchers and catchers report to Camelback.

A link on the Dodgers Twitter feed had a picture of Matt Kemp and equipment manager Mitch Poole standing next to the Dodger truck at Camelback Ranch.  Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World showed that picture, as well as a great shot of Gary Carter standing next to Mike Sciosia.  http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2012/02/16/the-dodger-equipment-truck-has-arrived-at-camelback-ranch/

Other items of note from the Dodgers News feed on the sidebar:

Outsite the Dodgers got a shout-out on this blog:

http://www.millermosaicllc.com/online-marketing/brian-oconnell-shares-bundle-secret-for-urls/

I was asked to write a guest post after getting a free ebook on Amazon and tweeting my appreciation to the author.

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71 Responses to Only a Few Days Left…

  1. Spring is springing and the snow birds are singing where I come from. Yeah,we’re not out of the winter woods yet here in old New York but I got my eyes on you L.A.

  2. grizzy says:

    Early spring here in SE Utah. Day lillies and tulips are up. I still check in every day, but I’ve got to admit I’m more interested in the players the Sooners have signed. Once the team is sold and starts on the road back, I’ll come out of hibernation. I still, of course, wear my Dodger gear and keep track of what’s going on. I’m interested in everyones opinions. I just want McCourt gone. I want the Dodgers to be the Dodgers.

  3. Nellyjune says:

    Mannywood has moved to the Oakland Coliseum – OMG! What a great season to be an A’s fan. For the fan’s sake, I hope they can manage to hang on until a new stadium is built. They are some of the best people I know, and its hard watching good fans suffer like this.

  4. messagebear says:

    I now forget whether Manny ever had to serve his 100 day suspension, or did Bud waive on that regulation as well. As far as I’m concerned they ought to bury both Manny and Bud about six feet under – just shy of the 10 foot mark where we ought to find Frank.
    Inimitable bastards all!

  5. messagebear says:

    I’d like to cut Bud’s whatsits in half and see how he likes that.

  6. I think Manny will be going for the Grand Slam record. Good Luck.

  7. nedisajerk says:

    Why didn’t he just served the 100 games with the Rays in the 1st place?

  8. Yeager’s coming back to help instruct our young catchers up and down the system. Its about time they get him back in the fold.

  9. selltheteam says:

    per Dylan Hernandez: “Mattingly said he wants to bat Kemp third, protecting him by hitting Ethier/Rivera behind him”

    I think that makes a lot of sense. That gives Kemp a much better chance of getting to 40/40 (or dare I say 50/50?). However, it does put the onus on Ethier to perform. Andre does have a better chance of hitting 25-30 dingers than either Rivera or Loney.

  10. It’s good to see former Dodgers on the coaching staff, It’s sort’ve keeps that home spun family feeling. Welcome back Steve Yeager.

  11. lbirken says:

    I too am glad to see Boomer coaching the catchers even if it is a part time unofficial role. He knows what it takes to get the job done.

  12. trublu4ever says:

    Note to Donnie….I hear you are thinking of platooning Andre. Dumb idea, unless there is a certain lefty he REALLY has trouble hitting, you NEED him to back up Matty! Also, you NEED him for his throwing ability. Thank-you….hope you listen to me!

    • selltheteam says:

      Tru: I respectfully disagree. Let’s look at the OPS career stats splits for batting against left vs. right:

      Ethier .661/.909
      Loney .677/.814
      Rivera .830/.751
      Sands 1.066/.580 * based only on rookie season w/ 223 plate appearances

      When Mattingly looks at these types of splits, he’s got to platoon Ethier, and probably also Loney.

  13. 10 questions that need answers:

    1. How long do you think it will be before Josh Bard takes either AJs or Treanor’s place?

    2. Who goes away first via DL or DFA – Uribe, Hairston or Kennedy?

    3. Which one of Ned’s vaunted “reclamation” projects will Belisario replace May 2?

    4. How long will Mark Ellis bat 2nd?

    5. How long before Cupaguano goes on the DL?

    6. Who will have the lower BA and OBP – M.Ellis, Uribe or Lilly?

    7. Who will have more RBI & HR – Loney/Ellis/Gordon/Uribe OR Kemp?

    8. How long before Sands takes over in LF?

    9. Who will hit over .250 – M. Ellis, AJ Ellis, Uribe, Rivera, Treanor, Hairston, Kennedy, Gwynn?

    10. If shit were brains, who in this organization would qualify as a genius?

    • selltheteam says:

      Okay, I’ll play – IMO:
      1. By May 15th
      2. Uribe will go on the DL first, due to an oblique strain (caused by being overweight, but that won’t be on the official announcement).
      3. Beli will replace Guerrier, which will cause much consternation by the likes of Plaschke.
      4. Mark Ellis will bat 2nd throughout the season, because that’s how long it takes Donnie to learn his lesson.
      5. Cupaguano will be on the DL by May 7.
      6. Teddy Roosevelt Lilly is not an accomplished hitter, and has never exceeded the Mendoza line for a whole season. I’ll go with Teddy Roosevelt.
      7. Loney/Ellis/Ellis/Gordon/Uribe will have more RBI (because Loney is a grinder), but Kemp will have more HRs.
      8. Sands will be the fulltime LF by August 1.
      9. Out of that paltry list, only Rivera, Hairston, and Gwynn will hit over .250 (BA)
      10. Your easiest question ever – Ned! – this was a gimme.

      • lbirken says:

        O.K., I will play as well.
        1. Who is Josh Bard? I’ll take Boomer.
        2. Kennedy probably won’t make it out of Spring Training.
        3. May 2, is that when Belli becomes eligible? Perhaps we should wait and see if Belli still remembers where the mound is.
        4. Until he gets hurt.
        5. Guano will hurt himself shaving sometime in June.
        6. M. Ellis. I am hoping Uribe will surprise everyone. Lilly; that is just not right!
        7. Sad to say but Kemp might.
        8. I hope Sands has a great Spring and forces the Dodgers hand. I have nothing against Rivera but Sands is a better outfielder. Unfortunately, he might get more playing time in right if Donnie does platoon Andre.
        9. I also have to go with Gwynn even though his playing time will be limited.
        10. Frank, assuming he actually does get the team sold by the deadline at the billion and a half (or more).

    • selltheteam says:

      One more question – Will Frank still own the parking lot on May 1st?

      • JhallWally says:

        I sincerely hope not. I can’t see how the team can sell for over $1.5B without the land and parking lots. But, however it turns out, all we can do is trust/hope that the new owners know what they are doing. I am more concerned with whether or not they fire Ned. If Ned stays, we’re hosed no matter who the new owners are.

      • I hope I’m wrong but I think Frank will hold out on the parking lots to the very last minute or will sell them separately at an additional price to the winning bidder. If he sells them at all.

    • JhallWally says:

      LOL!! Good questions Beav….

      1. If it happens, I hope its Treanor and not AJ.

      2. Uribe

      3. Jamey Wright

      4. Too long!!!

      5. I think he will make it thru the season.

      6. I doubt any of them will even reach .250/.300. And that sucks… However, they will be better than Andruw Jones was.

      7. Kemp will definately hit more homers than this collective bunch. He has a real good shot at more RBIs as well. Really depends on which Loney shows up.

      8. Not soon enough. However, he should be taking over RF but Dildon is afraid of ruffling Ethiers fragile ego….

      9. AJ, Gwynn, and Hairston.

      10. If shit was brains, Ned is Mensa material.

    • To answer your ever important questions:

      1. Who says he even stays healthy. Or Treanor for that instance. That Federowicz fellow will probably end up in the majors by April 30th, and somewhere down the road of ST, Dodgers sign Pudge Rodriguez as the missing big bat we been searching for.

      2. Hopefully Uribe first of all. Kennedy the next, and of all, Hairston stays

      3. Cocainassario will go with Uribe by Opening Day

      4. As long as Sellers aND DeJesus Jr. don’t produce. I see a cameo appearance for Aaron Miles by May

      5. Amazingly, he will stay healthy most of the season, IMO

      6. Uribum

      7. If Gordon hits a HR this season, then Lord save us all. Kemp all the way. Loney has to produce or else his being shipped at the All-Star break

      8. I see trade bait if Colleti is still here come All-Star break

      9. Rivera, Hairston, Gwynn and Ellis

      10. NONE OF THE ABOVE OR BELOW.
      VIN VIN VIN!!!

  14. Hey my brother! Good to read you on here!!

    1. I suspect Treanor will pick up where Velez left off. I see him going 1 for 21 before they think about pulling the plug. 3 for 30 before they finally do sometime towards the end of May.

    2. This is a tough one between Uribe going down, and Kennedy fighting Treanor for worst BA. Uribe I can see making it maybe to mid June. Kennedy I can see getting DFA’d after going 7 for 40. Question is, will that be before or after mid June?

    3. Tough call between Wright, MacDougal and Coffey, though I’m sure one or the other will comedown with a “mystery” ailment so Ned can keep them around.

    4. I’m guessing through July. Donnie will keep him there because he’s not too quick on the uptake.

    5. May 25th – write it down.

    6. I just threw Lilly in because I hold M.Ellis and Uribe in such high esteem. The worst signing this offseason vs. the worst signing of last offseason. Think I’m going to have to go with Ellis on this one.

    7. Depends on Loney is correct. He’s the wild card in RBI. I fully expect Uribe to tank again, Ellis along with him, and Gordon is Juan Pierre Lite. This quartet will be luck to have half the HR Kemp will have.

    8. Better be pretty damn quick because we shouldn’t even be having this discussion. Rivera should be on the bench at the start of the season. Therefore, it’ll be August before Donnie finally figures that out.

    9. AJ

    10. If shit were brains, Ned is friggin Einstein.

    • JhallWally says:

      Hi’Ya Beav. Thanks!! Always fun chatting with you on here.
      You’ve definately brought up some great questions. Gonna be interesting (Hah, probably more disgusting) to see how Neds latest dung heap pans out. I’m not terribly optimistic. This is a .500 team at best. Oh well, hopefully Nedcompoop will be gone soon after the sale of the team is completed. If not, I will have serious doubts about our new owners.

      Catch Ya Later….

  15. Introducing Ronald Cocaine-assario..

    Why is he still even being given a shot?

  16. Another all important set of questions:

    1. Who will be the first minor leaguer to get a call up?
    2. Why and for who? (INJURY, DEPTH, DFA, ETC)
    3. When will Ned be fired?
    4. Who will be the new GM?
    5. Who will be the first prospect traded?
    6. What will the final price be for the team?
    7. Which team will Dodgers sweep season series’?
    8. Who will Dodgers trade for or unload at deadline?
    9. Will Don be fired before Opening Day? If not, by When?
    10. Who will gladly light a firecracker under McCourts ass and pay his cab, wagon, bus fare, taxi, plane outta town?
    11. Where will the Celebration party of McCourt being gone take place?
    12. What will new owners first order of bussiness be:
    a. reduce food prices (arte moreno approach)
    b. clean house
    c. statue of Vin Scully
    d. reduce parking cost
    e. fire all security and staff
    f. increase all prices

    • messagebear says:

      The bigger question is where will McCourt’s big celebration take place. After all, having put next to no money into getting the franchise, having been a total asshole and screwing the fans all over the place, having put Bud in his place, Frank is likely to come out having made a cool half a billion dollars through the fiasco. I don’t even want to contemplate what the consequences will be for the new ownership, whoever that is. These are not baseball people, although they may be associated with a few to bamboozle the public and the fans – they are strictly investment types like the hedge funders, etc., and that’s how they will look at and treat this franchise. Nothing good will come of the new ownership, I’m convinced.

      Well, maybe we’ll finally get Ned fired – is that good enough?

    • selltheteam says:

      1. Justin Sellers will get the first call up.
      2. He replaces Uribe, down with an injury.
      3. Ned will be fired on May 1st, the day after the sale is finalized.
      4. Kim Ng will be the new GM, correcting the Dodger’s mistake of seven years ago when they hired Ned instead of Ng.
      5. Zach Lee will be traded for a big bat. The big bat will turn out to just have a large stomach, a la Andruw Jones, and the Dodger fans will howl.
      6. Final price will be $2.2 billion
      7. Dodgers will sweep no team during the 2012 season.
      8. Dodgers will unload Billz on July 31st, and replace him with Rubby De La Rosa.
      9. Donnie will not be fired until June 14, 2013.
      10. Bryan Stow’s lawyer.
      11. In Dodger Stadium on May 7th, the first home game after the sale is finalized. The G’nats will be in town. DS will be packed.
      12. First order of business is to clean house: the following will be replaced immediately: Ned, Stan Conte, Honeybutt.

  17. vl4eccjr says:

    Pretty ballsy prediction. I hope he backs it up. I know he has an attitude from the MVP vote, and feels he has something to prove. . .
    .
    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ti-brown_matt_kemp_dodgers_50_homers_steals_club_022212

  18. nellyjune says:

    Dodgers claimed outfielder, Matt Angle, from Baltimore. Nothing against the move particularly, but the sooner Ned is gone, the better.

    • JhallWally says:

      Good Grief!! If I’m not mistaken, when a player is claimed off waivers, they must remain on the major league team or be sent back to their original team. This is a stupid move and all but insures that Sands will start the season at AAA.

      Makes absolutely no sense. Even when I think Ned cannot possibly top his stupid mistakes, he always seems to come thru with another inane move. Geez!!!

  19. koufax1963 says:

    Oh brother, nothing like shooting your mouth off like kemp did to assure you don’t reach the goal. Is he dating Rhiannan again?
    Oh BTW, I still don’t like that McDork gets to pick the winning bid.
    can you see Joe torre’s group being selected now, something is sick in the Selig’s office.

  20. trublu4ever says:

    Ryan Braun wins his appeal on a technicality…no 50 game suspension.

  21. lbirken says:

    Strange happenings. Braun wins his appeal, Manny gets signed by the ever cost conscious A’s (and gets his suspension reduced), Bellisario claims he tried cocaine only once and does not have a drug problem, the Dodgers claim another no bat outfielder off waivers, Kershaw has some muscle tightness one day into Spring, and the group I felt had an inside track on purchasing the Dodgers withdraws from the process. Why even enter a bid if the parking lots and stadium are not part of the deal?

  22. messagebear says:

    I’ll give Braun the benefit of doubt, only because it’s MLB that is running the drug test program. What does MLB operate with any credibility given the handling of our Dodgers’ case. As far as I’m concerned, I’m hating Bud every bit as much as Frank. Totally cojones-free and absolutely incompetent – no wonder MLB embraces his leadership for another two years. Somebody ought to blow up the whole MLB HQ, right after they get Ng out of the building.

  23. lbirken says:

    Bear, not that I would take the violent approach but you and I have been on the same page about Bud Selig for quite some time. He needs to go as well.

    • 32and53fan says:

      I thought Bud Selig was going to force McCourt to sell all the entities of the Dodgers.  I guess Frank’s attorneys outlawyered those of MLB.. If McCourt walks away with a big profit and keeps the land, they will be using him for a case study at Harvard Business School.  As much as we don’t like it, he used the capitalist system to his benefit.I just hope that the City of Los Angeles does not re-zone the land and allow McCourt to build high rise luxury condos all along the ring of the parking lot.  Of course they would love to have any taxes such a development would bring in so we will probably be seeing the new buildings sometime in the not too distant future.

  24. messagebear says:

    Yeah, I know, birk.
    Sometimes it just makes me feel better when I go BOOM!

  25. trublu4ever says:

    Ha-ha, Braun claiming it wasn’t steroids but, a medication for herpes!

    • trublu4ever says:

      MLB is totally pissed at the ruling….saying he had the highest level ever seen (no matter what he took)….the glitch occured with the chain of custody.

  26. I’m disappointed that the Caruso /Torre entry dropped out of the bidding.
    They were one or my favorite groups.
    I have a feeling that others will follow because of the parking lots not being included in the sale, although l thought they all knew they weren’t .

  27. Nellyjune says:

    To sum up today’s happenings…….Bud, Frank and Ned are idiots!!! I know……I know…..but I haven’t said it today :)

  28. Nellyjune says:

    It is sad, but I have to respect any group that pulls out of the bidding war due to the parking lots not bring included. It’s sad, but at least they seem to see how slimy McCourt really is. Any owner that is willing to allow Frank to have any part of Dodger Stadium is just asking to be tied up in all of Frank’s sliminess. So, at this point, it’s very possible to not only get an owner who doesn’t have a mind for baseball, but we just might have Frank hanging around as well. Then there’s Ned….goodness! I guess it’s time to hope for the best, but expect the worst.

  29. vl4eccjr says:

    Braun getting off on a technicality doesn’t mean he’s innocent. Far from it. I think beav hit the nail on the head with the team he plays for & who the commish is. Selig is the big turd floating around in the MLB punch bowl. The way this suspension & the sale of the Dodgers is going letting McCrook keep the parking is just wrong!
    As long as Selig is at the helm of this MLB front office ‘ship of fools’ there will never be any kind of credibility. MLB is the laughing stock of ALL profesional sports at this point in time. I have a feeling this will drive attendance down this upcoming season.

  30. grizzy says:

    Nelly nailed it. Who in their right mind would buy the team without the lots? Seems like MLB would have blocked that. How long will it take to be rid of this jerk?

    • It would be great if the others who had bid with the parking lots included bowed out, leaving the only bidder who allowed him to keep the lots and land, then that bidder lowering their bid by about half a billion or more.

      Frank is a cancer to L.A., a malignant growth that keeps recurring no matter how you treat it.

  31. dodgereric says:

    Nice article from Steve Dilbeck in the Times today. Any one of us could have written it.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dodgers/2012/02/dodgers-bidders-should-withdraw.html

  32. I think that McCourt is holding out until the team is sold before putting the parking lots up for sale. Or he’ll add on the parking lots and ask for a much higher bid.
    I think that’s why the bidders came in, in the first place, knowing that the parking lots were not included.
    In other words, they had to get their bids in, so they can be around when the parking lots go up for sale.

  33. lbirken says:

    OBF, you may be right but Dilbeck’s article says it all. If Frank does have a legitimate bid from a group willing to play chicken with him over the parking lots, one can only imagine the steep price that group will pay to get rid of Frank once and for all. If this group bids high enough without the parking lots, Frank could decide to keep them and rake in the rent. Frank does not care what you or I think. He will get his rent regardless of how many (or how few) cars enter the stadium. He is one tough, greedy, vindictive business person. He has out-smarted and out-manuevered MLB & the courts. I fear he will be haunting us for a long, long time.

    • nellyjune says:

      This is just sad :(

      • I’m starting to believe the conspiracy theories I’ve been hearing:

        1. Frank already has a deal with the Rams guy to develop the parking lot and build an NFL stadium.

        or

        2. Its Selig’s master plan to force a new stadium to be built.

        What’s really sad is, I don’t see any kind of a happy ending for the team or the fans no matter what transpires.

    • We know that the parking lot business entity was not included in the bankruptcy. I am hoping that the lots will be sold to whoever buys the team also, but most likely it’ll be under a different agreement. I HATE to think of having any sign of McCourt left in LA, and his leasing the lots just doesn’t leave a good taste. To quote one of our illustrious bloggers, it’s downright unacceptable.

  34. Dodger4life says:

    Hey everyone…
    .
    The Rams left a bad taste in our mouths, when they left for St.Louis. I can’t see this improving… by partnering with Frank and letting him maintain control of our beloved Dodgers parking lots. My best guess is one of the media conglomerates, have an option that enables him to keep the land. Forcing all other bidders, to throw an astronomical amount of money Franks way. In return they will become beloved by all…Any other option will leave a bitter taste once again. I still think that if the former players, manager, owner and Magics group…somehow joined forces…This would be the only acceptable and satisfactory outcome the public would accept. Making any other bid highly and extremely risky!

  35. Dodger4life says:

    North…From the first time, I read one of your post…I instantly became aware of your talent…You’ve been missed…

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