Another Winning Season

The Dodgers won their 81st game last night ensuring another winning season after spending most of the year far below the .500 mark.  The team’s surge during the last two months has brought the Dodgers into the top half of all MLB teams, which may not be a good thing according to Josh Suchon of Dodger Talk: “…A team that signs a Type A free agent in the off-season -– you know, like Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder –- has to forfeit a first-round draft pick.  But if that teams finishes in the second half of all Major League Baseball teams, then it falls to a second-round pick. So if you finish with one of the top 15 records and sign a Type A, there goes your first-round pick…”

Matt Kemp’s 38th home run sparked a 4-2 win over the D’backs and brought Kemp within two of the 40/40 club with two games to play.  His quest for the lead in the batting average is all but over as he is now down by 10 points.  He still has a strong chance for the MVP award despite not winning the triple crown.  With three more RBIs, Kemp will be in second place behind Tommy Davis for the most RBIs by a Los Angeles Dodger.  With 123, he trails Mike Piazza and Shawn Green who have 124 and 125 RBIs respectively.

Tonight could be the end of the line in Los Angeles for Dodgers veteran Hiroki Kuroda.  Kuroda, who pitched in Japan for 11 seasons before coming to the Dodgers, has yet to decide whether he’ll return to Los Angeles or pitch in Japan next season.   “At this moment, I really don’t know,” Kuroda said. “I might stay here, I might go to Japan. It’s 50-50.”

This Day in Dodgers History

September 27, 1961 – Sandy Koufax breaks the National League mark for strikeouts in a season, surpassing Christy Mathewson’s mark of 267 established in 1903. Unlike the turmoil caused by commissioner Ford Frick’s edict of having to hit 61 homers by the 154th game in the extended 162-game schedule to break Babe Ruth’s single season home run record, little is made that Dodgers southpaw’s 268th punch-out occurs in the 151st game of the season, compared to the 142-game sked played early in the century.

Sandy Koufax breaks the National League mark for strikeouts in a season, surpassing Christy Mathewson’s mark of 267 established in 1903. Unlike the turmoil caused by commissioner Ford Frick’s edict of having to hit 61 homers by the 154th game in the extended 162-game schedule to break Babe Ruth’s single season home run record, little is made that Dodgers southpaw’s 268th punch-out occurs in the 151st game of the season, compared to the 142-game sked played early in the century.

177 Responses to Another Winning Season

  1. trublu4ever says:

    According to the L.A. Times, Ned Colletti was told by Frank McCourt that he will have the money too sign Kemp, Kersh & Andre to long term contracts….as well as money for the free agent market. I’d like to know how, especially when he was worried about making payroll?

    • I heard that Mc**** was selling off property/houses. Also, Jamie is taking less in alimony. Maybe this is where the money will come from. I also think that he will take Beav’s suggestion and launch that Dodger Stadium clothing line featuring outfits that look like empty seats.

  2. trublu4ever says:

    Collettii is supposed to be the guest on Dodgers Live tonight. So, we shall see what kind of story he weaves.

  3. I don’t agree with Josh Suchon at all on this. I say if the Dodgers sign a Type A, they’ll be no need for a first round pick.
    I’m very happy that the team pull itself together and finished with a winning record. In June we couldn’t ask for anything more. We are now playing like one of the best teams in baseball and promising to make the final 8 next year.
    Right now we have nothing to do but concentrate on Matt Kemp.
    GO KEMVP!!!!

  4. Considering his age, I don’t think you sign Andre long term. That leaves the question – when to trade him. Coming off injury I don’t think you have a choice there but to try and let him rehabilitate his stats and flip him at the trade deadline next year. If his stock is up, you make out like a bandit. If its about where it is now, you’re no worse off and could still squeeze a couple of good prospects for him.

    • JhallWally says:

      I’m with you all the way and then some Beav. We’ve seen the best that Ethier has and that was 2 to 3 years ago and not worth $10M+. He’s getting older and crabbier. Get the deal done with Kemp and forget about the crybaby prima donna. Ethier is not the future. Kemp definately is.

  5. JhallWally says:

    I can’t see where the money is going to come from to get all this done. I’ll believe it when I see it. Just another spin to sell season tickets most likely. Beside that fact, even with Carte Blanche, Ned will come up empty. Let’s hope that they at least have their priorities in the right order and get a deal done with Kemp regardless of anything else. Then work on Kersh.

  6. lbirken says:

    I figured some of you would be more concerned with the news Ned had money to spend than if he didn’t.

  7. JhallWally says:

    Dodgers lineup:

    Gordon 6,
    Sands 9,
    Kemp 8,
    Rivera 7,
    Loney 3,
    Miles 5,
    Barajas 2,
    Carroll 4,
    Kuroda 1.

  8. If they ever have a tar and feather party for the two Stow-beating dipshits at AT&T Park, we should take inspiration and have a similar party at Dodger Stadium…. for McCourt and Selig.

  9. trublu4ever says:

    I’m hoping and praying that when ST comes around, Uribe is unable to play. I know it will cost us some $$$….but, he will cost us much more playing everyday!

    • lbirken says:

      I would think you hope he can play and he has a great year. The Dodgers are stuck with him so might as well hope for best. The real question is how long the Dodgers stick with him if he does stink up the place again.

      • 32and53fan says:

        I also would rather he has a great year. He got praise from lots of people when he was signed and had some power playing with SF. Who knows what physical issues he had this year? Hopefully, he will report to spring training healthy and eager to put this year behind him.

    • JhallWally says:

      LOL!!! What a conundrum. Good points. If they have insurance on him in case of injury as most teams do, then if he doesn’t come back, so be it. No loss. If not, well, another Schidt contract for Ned.
      However, in a more realistic light, he will be back and all we can do is hope to god that he is productive. They stuck with him way too long this year when he was pathetic and it really hurt the team. Both on the field and I think, in the clubhouse. A highly paid and pampered player that isn’t producing, is cancer on a team..
      Another good question is: How long do they stick with Ethier and his $10M+ if he isn’t getting it done. Dildon kept him in the #3 hole way too long for some unknown reason. Probably didn’t want to hurt his fragile ego. And he still couldn’t get it done even with the leagues best hitter batting behind him.

      • JhallWally says:

        By the way, Kemp should have been batting 3rd from opening day. Everyone here knew it and it only took Dildon 4 months to catch on. Once again, I think it had alot to do with Ethier and his attitude.

      • I actually think Dre will bounce back numbers wise. Upstairs ???

        Sands/Rivera everyday vs. Thames/Gibbons/Gwynn from the start of the season can’t help but be an improvement.

        Uribe/Blake vs. Miles/Uribe, IF Uribe even hits .250 will just about be a wash. But they’re going to have to upgrade tremendously at 2B or 3B, and get ML production all year from LF & RF to finish much better than they did this year.

        In the end though, its all going to come down to starting pitching, and unless they get another frontline pitcher and/or Billz pulls his head out, they’r going nowhere fast.

  10. trublu4ever says:

    What do you guys think about Selig kicking the Dodgers out of baseball? Can he just elimiate us? Does he actually have that much power?

    • lbirken says:

      Tru, I have seen those comments and I haven’t a clue what it means. Unfortunately, unless someone can talk some sense into Frank McCourt, it appears the courts may decide what happens. Frank outsmarted MLB by filing bankruptcy, which apparently is against MLB rules. Of course, Frank knows that but also knows MLB runs a huge risk by going to court to enforce its rules. From what I have read, Frank’s challenge to MLB rules could endanger the rules of other sports leagues. He is making a strong case that MLB is treating him differently. Frank’s whole MO is to wear down his opponent and I think he may even have the upper hand.

      But let’s be realistic. How in the world can Selig eliminate the Dodgers? How does that solve any problems? The real culprit here is Selig himself for allowing all of this to happen in the first place. Let’s hope MLB’s lawyers are better than McCourt’s.

    • JhallWally says:

      Actually, yes he does have the power as the baseball constitution is written. He also has the power to seize the Dodgers and sell them because Frank filed bankruptcy. Now it just remains to be seen whether or not he has the balls to put those powers and baseballs anti-trust status to the test in the courts. If he loses, Baseball is in for some changes.

      • trublu4ever says:

        Kind of frightening, isn’t it?

        • JhallWally says:

          Yep. As Birk pointed out, Selig is a pretty big slimeball in his own right. Frank is just a bigger slimeball at the present time.

          • trublu4ever says:

            We’re getting slimed from both sides 🙂

          • JhallWally says:

            LOL!! Who ya gonna call? Trust Busters!!! Actually it would be pretty neat if the courts busted up the Baseball anti-trust. I’d love to see the salary system more like the NFL. If you don’t perform up to expectations, they can cut your ass and not pay you. Baseballs system sucks. Players get paid more for what they did in the past more than what they are currently doing.

          • trublu4ever says:

            Trust Busters 😉

          • vl4eccjr says:

            There should be a salary cap for players. If it were up to me, it would be 3 mil a year maximum, then the bonuses would start coming for the players performances afterward. Average, HR’s, RBI’s, OBP, OPS, GWRBI’s, SB’s, etc. Pitchers; Wins, ERA, SO’s, Holds, Saves, etc.. . .Astronomical salaries are killing the game. I don’t care how talented a player is. NO ONE is worth over 12 mil a year!

  11. JhallWally says:

    OK Outsiders. We’ve got a winning record sewed up for 2011. Hard to believe. About all that is left now is for Kemp to get 40 HRs.

    C’mon Matt!! Hit a couple of dingers for us!!!

    Go Dodgers!!!

    • trublu4ever says:

      Hopefully, Matty can take advantage of the rookie!

    • JhallWally says:

      Also glad Dildon didn’t screw around and bat him leadoff. If Kemp mashes these last two games, I think he’s got a good shot at the MVP. It’s gonna be close but he’s really got to mash these two games to have a shot. I think he should get it because he did it almost single handedly most of the year. Whereas, Braun had Fielder batting behind him and a much better supporting cast.

  12. Wrote a quick theme song for Ned:

    I’m Poopeye the GM man
    I’m doing the best I can
    Third place has been ciniched
    Our season is finitched
    I’m Poopeye the GM man

    Please feel free to add-on more verses as you deem appropriate.

    • trublu4ever says:

      I work for a slime
      Who’s accused of committing a crime
      Hopefully both of us will be gone in a matter of time!
      Yes, I’m Poopeye the GM

      • trublu4ever says:

        Big money I’m supposed to pay
        Kersh, Matty & Dre
        But, with Frankie’s finances a mess
        I must confess
        There is no fucking way
        They will ever get their pay!
        I’m Poopeye the GM and, I will find
        Old broken down players, who can grind.

      • vl4eccjr says:

        Sounding like another winner. You’re both on to something. I’m trying to dream up another verse. Maybe I need some inspiration to get my creative juices flowing. . .Maybe a few shots!!! LOL

    • 32and53fan says:

      I’m Poopeye the GM man
      I’ve got a stock purchase plan
      I don’t give a shit
      if Velez gets a hit
      I have no attention span

      • vl4eccjr says:

        *GOLD STAR! Excellent verse! I can’t think of anything that rhymes with Uribe dammit!

        • 32and53fan says:

          1. abay
          2. abray
          3. affray
          4. airplay
          5. airway
          6. alackaday
          7. alday
          8. allay
          9. alleyway
          10. alloway
          11. alway
          12. anyway
          13. appay
          14. archway
          15. areaway
          16. array
          17. ashtray
          18. assay
          19. astray
          20. away
          21. ay
          22. backstay
          23. barclay
          24. barway
          25. bay
          26. belay
          27. beltway
          28. benday
          29. beray
          30. betray
          31. bewray
          32. bikeway
          33. bioassay
          34. birthday
          35. biscay
          36. blay
          37. bluejay
          38. bobstay
          39. bombay
          40. bray
          41. breakaway
          42. breezeway
          43. broadway
          44. busway
          45. byplay
          46. byway
          47. cableway
          48. calloway
          49. caranday
          50. caraway
          51. carraway
          52. carriageway
          53. castaway
          54. cathay
          55. causeway
          56. cay
          57. chambray
          58. chardonnay
          59. chay
          60. clay
          61. clearway
          62. colorway
          63. companionway
          64. conway
          65. copay
          66. corday
          67. counterplay
          68. countersway
          69. cray
          70. crossway
          71. cutaway
          72. daresay
          73. day
          74. decay
          75. deejay
          76. defray
          77. delaunay
          78. delay
          79. denay
          80. deray
          81. disarray
          82. disembay
          83. dismay
          84. display
          85. domesday
          86. doomsday
          87. doorway
          88. doubleday
          89. downplay
          90. dray
          91. driftway
          92. driveway
          93. dugway
          94. ebay
          95. effray
          96. embay
          97. entranceway
          98. entryway
          99. essay
          100. estray

        • JhallWally says:

          LOL VL. How about, Shit-tay.

      • trublu4ever says:

        I’m Poopeye the GM man
        I love running a scam
        Giving the fans Juan (Uribe), Eugenio, Marcus & Jay
        Knowing very well they can’t play!

  13. 32and53fan says:

    I’m the GM that they call Neddie
    My new bats are not quite ready
    The players I pick
    make all of you sick
    I’d rather see Ng in a teddy

  14. Nellyjune says:

    Good Evening ITD Readers and Writers!!! I have and always will be a Dodger fan first and player fan 2nd (as far as MLB is concerned). The only exception will be is if my son makes it this far and isn’t playing for the Dodgers. Then, my favorite player would have to be him, regardless of the team he would play for :). That being said, I truly do understand the Andre skeptics, and I still love you all :). I have read almost every article that has anything to do with Andre, Matt and James because they were part of that young gun dynasty that Ned, Frank and Joe so badly screwed up time and time again.
    I believe in all three of them!! I confident if they are with the Dodgers for the 2012 season, they will be stronger than ever. Matt has obviously had an amazing season, but what could’ve been if Mattingly had just done the simple switch of
    putting Matt in the 3-hole just a tad sooner. We could’ve been at least competing for a wild card spot. We are so much better (right now) than those two teams competing for it.

    • JhallWally says:

      Well said Nelly. Excellent post. Kemp should have been in the 3 hole much earlier, but, the majority of the damage was depending on and being stuck with Thames, Navarro, Gibbons, Uribe, Furcal, Blake, and their like for so long. The team really came together when all of that dead weight shit was eliminated.
      I am hopeful that Loney and Ethier will have really good to great seasons next year. I think Billz needs to have a big year also. If they don’t, we will be looking at another .500ish season and no playoffs.

  15. vl4eccjr says:

    I was hoping Kuroda would put one in Parra’s ear hole. 😦

  16. trublu4ever says:


  17. trublu4ever says:

    Braves lost again…I’m sure glad we don’t have Lowe on our team anymore!

  18. northstateblues says:

    Seriously, we should just tie McCourt and Selig back to back, and ride them out of town on the same rail. Better yet, they both want to court China so badly, let’s Shanghai them.

    What’s good for one is as good for both. Neither one is the good guy or the bad guy, they’re both crap.

    It’s been Selig’s wet dream to do this to the Dodgers ever since they made him sit on a high chair at the owner’s table in O’Malley’s day.

    And what can I say about Frank McCourt that hasn’t already been said about a backed-up septic tank?

    Fuck ’em both.

  19. Is it me or is this game a real snoozer?

  20. Nellyjune says:

    OMG!!! Open practice for scouts to come and watch a certain team my son is playing for, and guess which team is on the list? ……the Dodgers, among many, including colleges, but still….
    This game is borrrrrring!!!

  21. Wow – Gordon comes through! But, as Dave (my room mate) says, “Speed kills.”

  22. JhallWally says:

    Freaking Grrrear. What a piece of shit.. If we make it thru the 7th with Grrrearend, we’ve got a good shot with Jansen and Kenley.

  23. Well if it isn’t our $12M 7th inning man. Another fine Ned acquisition.

  24. Oh damn – Grrrrr-rear!!!!!

  25. Elbert may have a flashy ERA also, but he’s still Elbert.

    IMO, unless significant upgrades are made to both the starting and relieving staff next year, we’re looking .500 at best again.

  26. Wow, a good job by MacTurd. I’d be willing to bet Ned will sign him again to at least a 2-year contract.

  27. trublu4ever says:

    I’m hoping we get the lead…Kenley comes in and nails Parra!

  28. JhallWally says:

    Well shit!!! C’mon Kenley!!!!

  29. Heck of a nice bit of pitching, Kenley!

  30. vl4eccjr says:

    Jansen keeps doing that voodoo thing! 🙂

  31. JhallWally says:

    Someone needs to take care of Punkarra tomorrow.

  32. Nellyjune says:

    I am definitely a KJ and Javy fan!!!! Love the way they pitch!!! Kersh too 🙂

  33. At least we don’t have to worry about Velez PHing.

  34. vl4eccjr says:

    Nice job Josh! On to extrazzzzzzzzzzzzz. . .Sooo sleepy. Hope I don’t do a face plant on the keyboard.

  35. trublu4ever says:


  36. trublu4ever says:


  37. JhallWally says:

    Wow!!! We’ll take it. WTG Gordo!!!!

  38. trublu4ever says:

    And, Matty too! Woo-hoo!

  39. vl4eccjr says:

    WOW! Talk about crazy!

  40. trublu4ever says:

    Yes! More!!!

  41. Looks like Micah might not have that shiny 7-0 record anymore.

  42. Nellyjune says:

    Way to go Dodgers!!! Now, keep the lead and all will be good 🙂

  43. trublu4ever says:

    A.J. Awesome and, Upton just got hit in the head with the ball off the fence!

  44. vl4eccjr says:

    WOW! WTG A.J!! Upton getting hit in the noggin to boot! That ought to do it!

  45. Carroll can’t buy an RBI.

  46. Anyone ever keep track of our predictions for wins this season? I said only 75 so that makes me quite a few off.

  47. Sure hope this lead is enough . . . .

  48. Hawks throws pretty hard. How about one in Parra’s ear now?

  49. trublu4ever says:


  50. Hawks suffers from Billz brain fart disease (BFD.)

  51. selltheteam says:

    What in the Wide World of Sports is going on around here????

  52. selltheteam says:

    Miles proving, once again, that he is not a third baseman.

  53. Note to Ned: Don’t bring Hawksworth back next year.

  54. selltheteam says:

    Setting up the save opportunity for Javy……

  55. trublu4ever says:

    Come on Javy….do your thing.

  56. Unbelievable – unacceptable – awwww ********!!!!

  57. This is why Guerra should not be the closer. He almost always walks the first guy he faces.

  58. vl4eccjr says:

    Unbefuckinglieveable! G’night! Rubber game tomorrow.

  59. Well that was pathetic. Thank you Miles. Thank you Hawksworth. And thank you too Guerra.

    Please make Kenley the closer next year.

    • JhallWally says:

      Yep. The bad part is, this good two month stretch is going to lead to some bad decisions. There are alot of guys playing way over their heads right now and it won’t carry over to next year.

  60. JhallWally says:

    Hope that’s the last we ever see of Hawksworth!!! What a bummer.

    Bear predicted 79 wins and I said 86. So Bear is going to end up the closest.

  61. Nellyjune says:

    All I’ve got to say is “WOW, that sucked!!!”

  62. 32and53fan says:

    I feel like I went through the Time Tunnel and came out in the middle of the shit storm of the spring. One minute I’m going about my business and I see it’s 1-1 on Gameday. The next thing I know I see 6-1 Dodgers in the 9th and am feeling great that the boys won another. I go off and do some other stuff then come back and read a few WTFs here and then look at Gameday and see Guerra’s picture for the deciding pitchers. I am thinking “Cool, Guerra picked up the win after the other relievers imploded.” Looking a little closer, I see that Guerra was the LOSER!!! WTF!!!!

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