Worst of the Worst?

Recently, I posted a quick Top 3 worst signings for Ned Colletti. In my belief, the top 3 are as follows:

1. Jason Schmidt

2. Juan Uribe

3. Andruw Jones

Many chose to change the order, and yet some decided to abstain. But I take to you OTD readers and bloggers alike, who are your Top 10 worst signings for Ned?

With this man, I’m sure we can all agree on some and disagree on others.

On mine, I have Loiza, Wunsch, Venafro, among others. The Ortiz brother’s count as one.

Build your Top 10 (or as many as you feel like posting) worst signings, and see where we can all agree to disagree.

This Day in Dodgers History

On July 30, 2004 – In a blockbuster trade, the Marlins deal Brad Penny, the winner of two World Series games last season, first baseman Hee Seop Choi and southpaw prospect Bill Murphy (will be traded to the Diamondbacks tomorrow) to the Dodgers for backstop Paul Lo Duca, relief pitcher Guillermo Mota and much-traveled outfielder Juan Encarnacion.


159 Responses to Worst of the Worst?

  1. nedisajerk says:

    Well like Nelly said Pedroia streak came to an end and also Bonifacio string of hits ends at 26 games but Uggla streak is going on and he’s hitting .205.

  2. Nellyjune says:

    Nothing official, but it looks like Furcal may be on the move to the Cardinals.

  3. Nellyjune says:

    I can’t disagree with those top three. Dotel comes to mind only because of who we lost in the trade.

  4. messagebear says:

    Furcal to the Cards would be a good move, other than if Ned intends to bring Theriot back. that would be Ned’s kind of move.

  5. 32and53fan says:

    There are 57 games left. Assuming the Dodgers would need to win 90 games to make the playoffs, (last year the Braves were the wildcard team with 91 wins) they would need to play with a .737 winning percentage to meet that goal. Being that the best team in baseball at this point, the Philadelphia Phillies, has a .629 pct, it is extremely unlikely that the Dodgers could play in October. But, as Josh points out on Twitter, they have won 5 of the last 6, hopefully good enough to get some more butts in the seats for tonight’s $1 Dodger Dog special. Hmmm, 5 of 6 is a .833 pct, maybe .737 wouldn’t be that unthinkable after all. See you at the ball park. 😉

  6. Without a doubt #1 for me is Andruw Jones. Fatty Arbuckle put forth little effort, opined that he missed Atlanta, and was THE most sorry excuse of a ballplayer I’ve ever seen, all while grinning that shit-eating grin all to the tune of $36.2M.

    #2 Jason Schmidt. Ned knew he was hurt and signed him anyway. Schmidt at least deserves some credit for multiple tries to come back and pitch, and the 3 wins we got out of him was far more than we ever got out of Andruw.

    #3 Juan Uribe. Its like watching Andruw Jones light. The fact we get to watch him for two more seasons is just a bonus.

    #4 Ted Lilly. Ned will never learn that two weeks or a month of decent ball in an otherwise undistinguished career does not earn a three year multi-million dollar contract.

    #5 Juan Pierre. Juan lived up to his ability, there just wasn’t much there. Noodlearm. Always one of the top 5 in the league in making outs. But what really made this a true Ned acquisition was the length of the contract couple with him taking playing time away from more talented players.

    #6 Manny Ramirez II. $45 million for an aging steroid boy has to at least make the top 10 if nothing else for the money wasted.

    #7 Nomar II. Somewhat mitigated by the fact that Nomar I was probably one of his top 5 successes. Still, $19M for two years knowing how brittle the man was has got to earn him a spot.

    #8 Bill Mueller. Harken back to Ned’s first year in what should’ve been a sign of things to come knowingly signing ballplayers with history of injury. We got about 2 months of Bill before his knees blew out for $9M. He then became one of Ned’s assistants who obviously made more than Ng, White and Watson combined.

    #9 A new entry from my previous list Brett Tomko. Should’ve recognized Ned’s fetish for ex-Gnats back then. Who could forget Bombko, except that Lilly is doing all he can to make it so.

    #10 Another late entry, Esteban Loaiza. Claimed off waivers so that Ned had to pick up what $7M of his contract when had he waited a couple days could’ve probably had him for nothing?, which was afterall what he was worth. Compounds the mistake by making him a starter the next season.

    Dishonorable mention: G.Anderson, Baez, Barajas, Belliard II, Bennett, Carter, Casto I II III, Cormier, Dotel, Garland II, Green, Hall, Hernandez, Hillenbrand, Lugo, Lurch, Martinez, Milton, Navarro, Ra.Ortiz, Ru.Ortiz, Padilla II, Proctor, Sao, Sherrill, Sweeney II, and Velez.

    • trublu4ever says:

      It is quite a distinquished list, indeed 😉 Ned has done a wonderful job putting us right where we are….help, we have fallen and we can’t get up!

      • There’s more, but they’re fairly insignificant and/or played at about a level that one can’t really say much one way or another. Guysa like Lieberthal, Schmoll, Sturtze, Jason Johnson, Reed Johnson, Falkenborg, Dessens, Marlon Anderson, Saenz, Seanez, Chavez, Berroa, Wells, Tom Martin, Sele, Vargas, Alomar, Miller, MacDougal, Hawksworth, Guerrier (although with his contract he probably should be on the dishonorable list), Betemit, Maddux I & II, Giminez.

        I plan on going a post Monday about Ned’s top 5 BEST moves. I want to give him the rest of this weekend to see if he can pull off any more.

    • Cripes I forgot to mention Furcal II and Blake I & II (with a heavier lean towards the II)

      • trublu4ever says:

        it would be fun to do a list of people Ned traded away who are doing just fine out of Dodger blue.

        • lbirken says:

          I think you have to define what “doing just fine” really means. I doubt you will find any who became big impact players. Some may be decent players but to my knowledge none of them have gone on to significantly bigger and better things other than getting a chance to play. At least not yet.

          • trublu4ever says:

            I didn’t think of that. lol. I guess I should have said okay. Not that he is doing great but, Mota is doing a good job with the Giants. Xavier is doing a good enough job with the Pirates. I’m glad he is getting playing time. And, you wonder if, with a better pitching coach, James McD would have helped us more than Lilly and Garland.

    • messagebear says:

      Will Dotel get a second chance?
      I can just see Ned getting him from the Cards for Furcal and cash. That would clearly qualify Furcal for the top ten list also.
      Looking at it another way – Ned should top the Top Ten List for all time.

  7. nedisajerk says:

    lol shouldn’t that be Barajas and Sherrill II.

  8. Nellyjune says:

    Since Uribe is pretty far up everybody’s list, I guess him being placed on the 15 Day DL for a hip strain, won’t move him up a few since Schmidt and Jones were pretty awful.

  9. Nellyjune says:

    It’s more like Uribe to the DL and Blake is now activated. Boy, that DL sure comes in handy at the most convenient time, doesn’t it? Not that I’m complaining Uribe is out of the lineup mind you. Less ex-gnats in our lineup the better.

  10. trublu4ever says:

    Here’s tonights lineup:
    Gwynn, lf
    Blake, 3b
    Dre, rf
    Matt, cf
    Rivera, 1b
    Miles, 2b
    Barajas, c
    Carroll, ss
    Billz, p
    Raffy must be on his way to St. Louis.

  11. trublu4ever says:

    Just heard, Kuroda loves L.A….not going anywhere.

    • Crap. The one guy that’s actually worth something is to loyal to throw these jackasses under the bus and get out of Dodge.

      And of course, we get screwed again and get nothing.

  12. nedisajerk says:

    lol Giants down 5-0 already with Bumgarner on the mound.

  13. trublu4ever says:

    Dodgereric didn’t stop by last night so, I’m giving him the attendance here….35,169. Let’s see what tonight will bring.

  14. Dodger dawg 32 says:

    Every deal Ned made was terrible except for getting Eithier. Then again a blind squirrel gets a nut once in a while also. Just goes to show how incompetent he really is. How good would JMac look in the rotation now instead of Lilly?

    • trublu4ever says:

      Hi, Dawg, I agree.

    • JhallWally says:

      Hi’Ya Dawg. It is really amazing that Ned is still employed. Most of his trades have been bad or insignificant. The Ethier/Bradley deal is the only one I can think of that was clearly a good/great deal for us. I would put the Izturis/Maddux deal at slightly into the good side for us.

  15. trublu4ever says:

    Ugh…Billz is being Billz again!

  16. This game could be over before the 20000 seats are warm.

    • trublu4ever says:

      lol…it sure could be!

    • JhallWally says:

      Hi’Ya Beav. How’s it hanging? Well done on the list of Ned’s worst signings. Definately need to put Grrrrrear and Frailcal II on the dishonorable mention list.

      • Like it usually does my brother – with a couple of nuts. How’s you this fine evening?

        Frailcal II could easily be in the top 10, but damn, those other 10 names are just dreadful deals. Guerrier probably should be on the dishonorable list just because of his contract. Forgot to put Blake II on it, and Blake I when you consider what Ned gave up should be on it too.

        • JhallWally says:

          Doing well, thanks. Listing a little to port. LOL!! Yeah, 10 spots is not enough to slot all the bad deals Ned has done. Blake II definately belongs on the dishonorable list of signings. And giving up Santana for basically 2M bucks in the Blake trade is definately way up the list of bad trades made by Ned.
          It is just freaking ludicrous that he still has a job.

  17. trublu4ever says:

    Nice catch Dre…you saved Billz’s ass!

  18. I hate on gameday when it says a player loves to face the knuckleball. How many knuckleball pitchers are there in the NL?

  19. 2 more for Carroll. Jeez, why in hell if somebody wants him too wouldn’t you trade him?

  20. trublu4ever says:

    I’m hearing the Gnats signed Cleveland’s Orlando Cabrera.

  21. Did the Fecal deal go through yet? I hear we’re only getting a 2nd tier prospect, but that’s better than nothing.

  22. trublu4ever says:

    Nice….Gwynn & Dre!

  23. trublu4ever says:

    WOW….MATT IS ON FIRE!!!!!!!

  24. JhallWally says:

    WTG Kemp!!! Sweet!!!

  25. JhallWally says:

    Vin can’t get over the fact that teams are still pitching to Kemp. I have to agree with him. I wouldn’t give him shit to hit and make the rest of this miserable bunch beat me if I was an opposing manager.

  26. trublu4ever says:

    This just in: the Cards have placed Furcal on the 15 day DL….he was packing his suitcase when the injury occured 😉

  27. grizzy says:

    Glad Kuroda stays.

  28. So what do you think Miles hits next year when Ned signs him to a 2-year contract to be our 2Bman?

  29. trublu4ever says:


  30. As I live and breathe – an RBI from Carroll!

  31. trublu4ever says:

    Ouch…Owings. Right in the head! He’s a gamer…bounced right back up.

  32. Is it me or have they been hitting and executing better since they fired Pentland?

  33. Nellyjune says:

    Just catching up…..
    Kuroda staying
    Furcal going
    Come on Billz!!
    Fabulous play Andre!!
    Good Evening fellow OTDers!!

  34. trublu4ever says:

    Damn, Billz…get your shit together!

  35. trublu4ever says:

    F*ck….bases loaded…nobody out!

  36. trublu4ever says:

    Plop, plop, fizz, fizz!

  37. Typical Billz brain fart.

    I’m seriously wondering if the guy will ever truely live up to his potential. Everytime you think he’s turned the corner, you find he’s just gone around the block and is right back where he started.

  38. trublu4ever says:

    Wonderful job, GrrRear! You too, Billz!

  39. You know, even after 6 years, you still have Logan’s Heroes and Ned’s Zeros.

  40. trublu4ever says:

    Showing the power Loweeney!!!!!

  41. I’m beginning to think that we may not make the playoffs this year.

  42. nedisajerk says:

    Doug Fister must be a lucky but isn’t Detriot home park a hitting park. If Scherzer can get over 7+ runs support I wonder how many Fister would get?

  43. Honestly, where do you even begin to start to fix this team?

    • JhallWally says:

      Probably can’t be fixed until Frank and Furter are gone.
      However, the first thing they need to do is find a way to sign Kemp to a 5 year extension. With the money situation being what it is, I don’t see how they will have enough money to keep both Kemp and Ethier. So(sorry Ethierholics), it is time to trade Ethier for some top drawer prospects(3B and C preferrably) while his value is the highest that it is going to get.

  44. dodgereric says:

    Geez trumom, can’t a guy miss one game in 58 without getting yelled at? 🙂

  45. nedisajerk says:

    How many freaking infielders the Giants have?

  46. dodgereric says:

    Nah, as long as I don’t put a cap with “SF” on my head, she’ll love me.

    Hi ya’ll! Last night I went to a 10pm showing of “Cowboys and Aliens” and then got up this morning at 5 and went to work. I’ve got the spreadsheet loaded with last night’s info and will post the update asap.

    Enchanted, your list is awesome. But I would definitely put Blake I on that list @ #10 and drop Bombko grudgingly into the dishonorable mentions.

  47. Well, that was the ballgame. The rest of these stiffs couldn’t generate 2 runs in a month of Sundays.

  48. dodgereric says:

    If you trust Rosenboob………..

    “There’s still no word on what the Dodgers’ return package will look like, but Furcal has OK’d the trade and it should be made official by Sunday morning.”


  49. Guess DilDon didn’t get the memo that Elbert’s good for about an inning.

  50. nedisajerk says:

    The former SP should be good to pitch more than 1 inning but since our bullpen seem to be cruse and let him try to get out of his own mess.

  51. trublu4ever says:

    37,910 paid attendance. They would be lucky to actually have 20,000 there.

    • trublu4ever says:

      I have to re-check that number. Hubby gave it to me and now he’s not sure….thought he just heard a different number.

    • JhallWally says:

      Thanks Trumom. It amazes me that clearly, some 1/3 to 1/2 of the people that buy tickets are not showing up. Like Beav said, if you figure 17K season tickets sold, then that leaves 20K others that actually bought tickets at some point. Absolutely amazing to me that people would pay to see this load of crap that Frank and Furter are trying to pass off as a major league team. And knowingly putting money in Franks pocket is just……..

      • dodgereric says:

        You know, jhall, I was complaining that during the 6th, when Honeycutt couldn’t find the plate and was struggling to hold the lead, the “fans” at the game were starting the wave. Proof positive that most of them there are just there for the entertainment, not because they’re Dodger fans. Like going to the movies.

  52. dodgereric says:

    Wade’s wasted career here is lying at the doorstep of Torre.

    Game 57 attendance (2010): 44,739
    Last night’s attendance courtesy of trumom: 35,169
    Game 58 attendance (2010): 39,153
    Today’s attendance courtesy of trumom: 37,910
    Greater than last year = 9 / Less than last year = 48
    3rd straight game of negative attendance

    Games less than 30,000 this season – 9
    Games less than 30,000 in 2005 – 2010: none
    Last game was 9/14/2004 – 29,704

    Lowest attended game of the year: Game 8 – 27,439
    Largest single game drop: Game 18 (55,662 – 28,419 = 27,243)

    2010 attendance (58 games) – 2,588,452 (44,628 average)
    2011 attendance (58 games) – 2,123,945 (36,620 average) #10 in MLB

    Drop of 464,507 total
    Average drop of 8009
    Extrapolated for 81 games – 648,708
    Projected 2011 final attendance – 2,966,199
    2010’s final attendance – 3,562,318 (#3 in MLB)

    Next game’s (59) attendance in 2010 – 44,896

    Crowds less than 30,000 in 2010: none. 2011: 9
    Crowds 30,000 – 39,999 in 2010: 13. 2011: 35
    Crowds 40,000 – 49,999 in 2010: 34. 2011: 9
    Crowds 50,000 – 55,999 in 2010: 7. 2011: 2
    Sellouts (56,000) in 2010: 4. 2011: 3

    • JhallWally says:

      Thanks Dad. I’m hoping the boycott really kicks in Aug. I think in Sept attendance will really take a dive.

      • dodgereric says:

        If it does, it would really be telling because it fell off last year too.

        I just averaged the last 13 home game’s attendance from last year. It dropped about 5000 a game from 44,803 through Game 68 to 39,671 for the last 13.

  53. dodgereric says:

    I wouldn’t doubt that the owner “sold” those tickets to our Navy boys for 50 cents each to count them with the attendance figures.

    • JhallWally says:

      The good part is that we can all see that there are not nearly that many people actually there parking, eating, and drinking. I imagine more money is actually made on parking, concessions, and souveniers than on the tickets themselves.

  54. JhallWally says:

    Yep, Velez is certainly the guy I want pinch hitting late in a game I’m losing.

  55. dodgereric says:

    I have a grammatical question: Is it irony or sarcasm to call Velez a “pinch-hitter”?

  56. JhallWally says:

    LOL!!! I’d go with stupidity….

  57. Nellyjune says:

    Well, the good thing is the DBacks just gained a game on the gnats.

  58. JhallWally says:

    Oh well, at least the G’nats lost. I’m rooting for the DBacks to catch the bastards so tonights loss is not a total waste.

  59. Can’t say Billz didn’t deserve that loss when they handed him a 4-1 lead.

    Catch y’all down the road.

  60. trublu4ever says:

    Dodgereric ~ the actual attendance for toights game is: 37,139…yay, we get to subtract 771 from the total. 😉

  61. dodgereric says:

    Game 57 attendance (2010): 44,739
    Last night’s attendance courtesy of trumom: 35,169
    Game 58 attendance (2010): 39,153
    Today’s corrected attendance courtesy of trumom: 37,139
    Greater than last year = 9 / Less than last year = 48
    3rd straight game of negative attendance

    Games less than 30,000 this season – 9
    Games less than 30,000 in 2005 – 2010: none
    Last game was 9/14/2004 – 29,704

    Lowest attended game of the year: Game 8 – 27,439
    Largest single game drop: Game 18 (55,662 – 28,419 = 27,243)

    2010 attendance (58 games) – 2,588,452 (44,628 average)
    2011 attendance (58 games) – 2,123,174 (36,606 average) #10 in MLB

    Drop of 465,278 total
    Average drop of 8022
    Extrapolated for 81 games – 649,785
    Projected 2011 final attendance – 2,965,122
    2010’s final attendance – 3,562,318 (#3 in MLB)

    Next game’s (59) attendance in 2010 – 44,896

    Crowds less than 30,000 in 2010: none. 2011: 9
    Crowds 30,000 – 39,999 in 2010: 13. 2011: 35
    Crowds 40,000 – 49,999 in 2010: 34. 2011: 9
    Crowds 50,000 – 55,999 in 2010: 7. 2011: 2
    Sellouts (56,000) in 2010: 4. 2011: 3

  62. selltheteam says:

    Nice going tonight, Eugenio-for-fourteen. I can’t wait to watch you the whole month of August and again the whole month of September.

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