Wait ’til next year!

The Brooklyn Dodgers spent much of their existence playing “bridesmaids”  to the other teams in New York and the league. They put together strings of successful seasons, only to come up short each year in the playoffs. Dodger fans sustained themselves with the mantra, “Wait ’til next year.”  The LA Dodgers are continuing that tradition.

This year has been one of the most interesting with the collapse in May and June leading to a massive deficit by July only to come back strong in the last two months.  Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw had monster years with each of them having a great shot of winning the MVP and Cy Young Award respectively.  We got some great pitching by guys that started the year in Double A.

If the Dodgers can re-sign Hiroki Kuroda, they have a chance of being very competitive next year.  It should be a fun hot stove league this fall and winter.

The greatest deal we can hope for is the sale of the Dodgers and the exit of Frank McCourt but it looks like that will not happen until sometime late in 2012 at the earliest.  So we will be in limbo for another spring and summer.  Ned Colletti said he is open to signing an impact bat to a big contract in the hopes of satisfying a disgruntled fan base.  That might make us a little more gruntled, but we won’t be hugely gruntled until McCourt is gone.

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I would like to thank all of you who have viewed this blog, commented and posted threads here.  It has been fun to read and be part of the conversations of a very dedicated group of Dodger fans.  The ITD/OTD community have made watching the Dodgers much more enjoyable.  Even though we are spread out all over the country, our love of the team has brought us together in a friendly atmosphere.

I started this blog to give us a place to meet after the new posts on Inside the Dodgers became few and far between.  Unlike Josh, I was not above posting some nonsense for the sake of having a new post every day.  But some of that nonsense was fun to  create; the main idea was to give us a place to talk to each other, not to be the fountainhead of new Dodger information.  There are about a dozen very good web sites that provide that type of news.

OTD is unlike most other blogs in that most of the regular readers have full editing privileges and can create posts.  Thanks to yunghitters89, dodgereric, enchantedbeaver and JhallWally for your contributions.  I will not be creating new posts daily during the off season.  I welcome each of you to take advantage of the opportunity to create a post whenever the urge strikes you.  If you see your name on the Author Grid at the right, you can create a post.  If you don’t see your name there, leave a message here and I will add you to the list.  Look at the “How to create a post” link at the bottom right for guidelines on making your contribution.

Thanks again to all of you.  You have made this a fun year to be a Dodger fan. 🙂

This Day in Dodgers History

September 29th

1951     At Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, Don Newcombe becomes the first black to win twenty games in a season. In a must win for the Dodgers, the right-hander bests Robin Roberts, also a 20-game-winner, blanking the Phillies, 5-0.

1959     At L.A. Memorial Coliseum, the Dodgers capture the NL flag with a dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Braves, taking the first two games of the three-game playoff necessitated by the teams being tied on the last day of the season. The deciding run comes in the bottom of the 12th inning, after the first two batter make outs, when Gil Hodges walks and scores on singles by Joe Pignatano and Carl Furillo.

1976     Tommy Lasorda is named to succeed Walter Alston as Dodger manager. ‘Smokey’, compiled a 2040-1613 record (.558), during his 23-year tenure with the club winning seven pennants and four world championships.

1979     Manny Mota sets a major league record with his 146th career pinch hit, a single to right field, in LA’s 6-2 victory over Chicago at Dodger Stadium. The Dominican Republic native surpasses the all-time record set by Smoky Burgess, who collected his last hit as a pinch-hitter in 1967.

2000     Gary Sheffield ties Duke Snider’s 1956 mark for the Dodgers’ franchise single-season home run record with his career best 43rd round tripper helping Los Angeles to defeat the Padres, 3-0.

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48 Responses to Wait ’til next year!

  1. trublu4ever says:

    You and the rest of the authors have done a fantastic job. I truly enjoyed all of the banter. We have a fabulous group and, I hope it grows next season. Just remember, only 187 days 😉 However, when the hot stove starts, I’m sure things will really heat up.

  2. Hello All….we finished with a BANG. A bit disappointing that we had probably one of the best pitchers and an MVP player in our team and yet we couldn’t make it to playoffs. But I’m so happy for how hard the Dodgers kept playing til the end. I’m so proud of both Kershaw & Kemp they were awsome. We had probably one of the most contreversial season and was not expecting the great battle our boys gave. GREAT JOB DODGERS, I CAN’T WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR!

    So in ITD we had chosen how many wins the Dodgers will have this year…..so who won?

    • trublu4ever says:

      They said Messagebear as the closest.

    • JhallWally says:

      Bear predicted 79 wins and was the closest. Sounds like everyone is very optimistic about next year. Any predictions yet?

      • selltheteam says:

        No major FA signings. Kemp contract does not get done during the off-season. Uribe returns and returns to form. Loney returns to first half 2010 form. Ethier is back, performs no better than 2011. Rivera returns to form. Gordon is fast but error-prone at ss. Pitching rotation contains a #1 (Kershaw), three #4’s (Billz, Kuroda, and Lilly) and a #5 (Eovaldi). Barajas is the new Blake, aging quickly.

        Final 2012 record: 80-82

        McCourt still owns the Dodgers as of 9/30/2012.

      • selltheteam says:

        Season ticket sales are way down. Final attendance is 2,250,000 for the year.

      • JhallWally says:

        Wow Crash, I see your not drinking the F&N Kool-Aid. I agree with most of your predictions.

        However, I do think that they will get a deal done with Kemp. I think that will be the only big splash and team altering move that we make this off season.

        I don’t think Loney will be as bad as he was in the first half of this season, but, I don’t think he will be as good as he has been the last 2 months either. I’m thinking something like hitting .275 with 12-15 dingers and 80ish runs batted in. Not great, but with his defense and lack of better options short of Pujols and Fielder, it is just barely acceptable. I think this is about what Ethier will do also. And, with his defense and salary, it is not acceptable.

        I think Kuroda is a #3 starter, not a #4. LOL!!!

  3. nedisajerk says:

    Source: Dodgers eye Tsuyoshi Wada

    PHOENIX — Los Angeles Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White was in Japan earlier this week to scout Tsuyoshi Wada, a left-handed starter for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Pacific League, a source close to the team confirmed on Wednesday.

    However, the Dodgers’ interest in Wada, who will be eligible for free agency this winter and thus won’t require a posting fee before a major league team can sign him, is only preliminary.

    Wada, 30, entered this season with a 41-31 record and a 3.30 ERA in four seasons with the Hawks, during which he made 88 starts and two relief appearances. This year, he is 13-5 and ranks third in the Pacific League with a 1.70 ERA.

    One concern with Wada, the source said, is whether he can adjust to pitching every fifth day, as starting pitchers in the U.S. major leagues normally do, instead of once a week as starters in the Japanese leagues do. This, however, is a common concern with most Japanese pitchers looking to jump to the U.S., and alleviating that concern is all part of the routine scouting process for such players, that process tending to be lengthy.

    The Dodgers, whose signing of pitcher Hideo Nomo in 1995 began the ongoing trend of Japanese players coming to the U.S., haven’t signed a player out of Japan since Hiroki Kuroda, who as a free agent in the winter before the 2008 season accepted a three-year, $35.3 million deal with the Dodgers. Kuroda re-signed with the Dodgers last winter for one year and $12 million, but says he hasn’t yet decided whether he will remain in the U.S. next season or return to finish his career with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, for whom he pitched for 11 years before coming to the U.S.

    Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

    Follow Tony Jackson on Twitter: @dodgerscribe

    • 32and53fan says:

      I saw that article last night. Maybe he will decide to sign and hopefully do a good job. If he does, maybe Kuroda will decide to come back for one more year so he can take Wada under his wing and show him around LA.

  4. messagebear says:

    Quite an exciting final day of the regular season. While we didn’t make the playoffs, at least we didn’t have the kind of disappointment that was felt in Boston and Atlanta. I’m so delighted that the Boston assholes screwed themselves. I only wish that the biggest asshole from Boston would suffer a similar fate and leave town as soon as possible. In the meantime, I hope all the potential season ticket buyers put the last screw to him. As far as the Braves and Cardinal go, I really couldn’t care less. I think I will root for AZ in the playoffs and see how far they can go, although the Brewers are also deserving.

    Great to have been with you all during this frustrating season – frustrating in the sense of Frank and Ned and not necessarily with our Boys. I’m sure we will have a lot to talk about as the offseason develops and all the lawsuits unfold.

    • vl4eccjr says:

      Did you see the thing on the so called jinx they’re claiming on Globe writer Shaughnessy? How ‘Bartman-esque’ is that?

      • JhallWally says:

        Saw that VL. Pretty lame. Did you see the special about Bartman? It was very good. Wow did he get hosed by his fellow fans. Same with Buckner. They both were unfairly singled out and hung in effigy.

        • vl4eccjr says:

          Didn’t get to see that one. I’m hoping it comes back around so I can catch it. I can feel for Bartman. It was so not his fault. Buckner did a funny sketch on Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” this past season. I wonder how high Art Modell, & Lebron come in on the all time shit list? I know they’re tops in Ohio.

          • JhallWally says:

            I’m sure ESPN will be replaying it alot. What is really amazing is how things that happened before and after the gaffs by Bartman and Buckner actually contributed as much or more to the eventual bad outcome, but, were totally ignored. Hate and anger certainly do not pal around with reason and logic.

            Yeah, those are two despised guys here in Ohio. LOL!!! I don’t really care as I am just a casual NFL and NBA fan. College football and baseball are my sports passions. Watching LeBron choke and the Heat lose the championship took some of the edge off the Northeast Ohio bitterness.

  5. JhallWally says:

    Hi’Ya Outsiders. Nice game last night and it felt good to finish off this bi-polar season with another win and a 82-79 record.

    My hat’s off to Ted Lilly. Not for 7 innings of shutout ball, or a clutch RBI. No, a hearty “Outstanding” goes out to Lilly for taking care of that punk, Parra.

    Looking forward to the playoffs and Hot Stove with you all.
    Any playoff predictions or preferences?

    • trublu4ever says:

      Loved what Lilly did also. A guy who defends his teammate is A+ in my book, and, earned my respect and admiration.

      • trublu4ever says:

        I think Billz should take note and hopefully next season Billz will grow some balls!

        • JhallWally says:

          LOL!! Yep Tru, he didn’t get the job done. Certainly no Post Coital Glow after his performance.

          • vl4eccjr says:

            LMFAO!
            That’s Priceless!

          • JhallWally says:

            LOL!! I think that is how we should rate the player performances from this season.

            How did they leave you feeling after they were done :

            1. Totally blown away and wanting to spend your life with them,
            (Who needs cigarettes)

            2. All warm and fuzzy and wanting more,
            (I would quit for more of this)

            3. Momentarily satisfied and OK with doing it again because it has signs of being better,
            (I’ll smoke a quick one and get right back at it)

            4. Ehhh, you’ll probably get another chance if there is nothing better available,
            (I think I’ll smoke a couple)

            5. Wow, that sucked. Just a mess I would rather forget about and never see again.
            (Should have just gone right to the cigarette)

            6. Totally regret and I only did it because I was either drunk, stupid, or both.
            (Damn, I’m gonna need another pack)

          • trublu4ever says:

            There are several players we had this season (and, god, I hope it’s only this season) who were a definite 5 or 6!

  6. JhallWally says:

    Random thoughts from the 2011 season morning after hangover.

    Yes, experiencing and contemplating our 2011 season is akin to recovering from a bad drunk.
    Head is pounding, stomach queasy, thoughts blurred, memory fuzzy, balance a bit wobbly, and feelings numb.

    Now, what to do.

    Grab some more of the awful Kool-Aid that got you to this point and hide in the temporary good feeling. Or, let it alone for awhile, sip some fresh wholesome baseball common sense and let your mind and body recover.

    Let’s explore the second alternative. There are plenty of places to go and read the opines of the first pathetic group of Frank Kool-Aid drinking, Ned colored glasses wearing misguided souls that really just can’t handle the reality, or just choose to overlook it because it is easier and more convenient.

    1. I think Kemp would have got his 40 HR had Dildon batted him 3rd all year. He would have most certainly gotten enough additional ABs to hit one more HR. And don’t give me some crap about not having anyone qualified/able/good enough to hit clean up. They did not have anyone qualified to be a legit #3 hitter either. Granted, with Ethier and Loney struggling (and sucking) for most of the year, Dildons choices were limited. The bottom line is, you bat your best hitter #3 and go from there. I just hope Donny Dildo has learned something and puts Kemp in the 3 hole next year and leaves him alone.

    2. What might have been had they fired Pentline sooner?

    3. Why in the hell didn’t Ethier get a known problem with his knee taken care of before the 2011 season?

    4. Why are Ned and Conte still employed?

    That’s a few for now. I’m sure more will come to me as this 2011 bad Blue Kool-Aid fog lifts from my weary brain. Feel free to chime in with your random 2011 season thoughts, misgivings, and how comes.

  7. trublu4ever says:

    I think the number one priority is to get Matty signed…and, I think it will get done. Why? Because if they don’t, ticket sales will really take a big hit! Second on my list….make sure Kersh is with us too.

  8. trublu4ever says:

    Surprise, surprise…Raffy has a sore hammy! I know a lot of our fans loved him but, he spent way too much time on the DL for me!

    • JhallWally says:

      I was OK with Raffy I. Raffy II was been a complete bust. Any team that signs him and relies on him to be a major contributor, will be frustratingly disappointed.

      • trublu4ever says:

        Kind of like Uribe 😉

        • JhallWally says:

          Really. At least Furcal was signed because of what he had accomplished and could bring to the table when healthy. He had at least established himself as a premiere player.

          Freaking Uribe has never accomplish shit. That is what makes his ridiculous signing and contract so freaking stupid.

          • trublu4ever says:

            In Neddie’s mind, Uribe was a Giant, and that’s good enough for him! I don’t dislike Raffy….I think he also was a bit over paid for the amount of game time we got from him.

  9. koufax1963 says:

    I just want tho Thank you 32& 53 fan for putting this site together, it was needed, as a place where these special dodgers fans can bitch, moan and complain and put up our “what ifs”, and yes we had some moments of joy, hope and enthusiasm. Most of all some good debate and hilarious moments and dialogue. It was an interesting season for the Dodgers, and in general it was great season in the MLB. So glad that the Gnats did not make the POST Season! Looking forward to agreat 2012 season.

  10. vl4eccjr says:

    Wonderfull job on this site! A great place for all to voice our feelings, opinions, and a great place to vent on management with some awesome comic relief always involved! It’s been a blast!KUDOS!
    Now we sit & wait for the writers votes for the CYA & MVP. As usual, I’m hoping for the best, and expecting the worst. Kersh should be a no brainer with the pitching triple crown. Matt had a phenominal year, and just missed the 40/40 mark. If he was batting third from the start, who knows how many more dingers he would’ve had? I really admire how he turned it around this season. He really worked his ass off. I hope he has a nice extended vacation planned somewhere. Maybe some small umbrellas in tasty cocktails?
    Enjoy yourself Matt! You deserve nothing but the best!

  11. JhallWally says:

    Love the momumentally mammoth collapse by the Red Sux!!!

    Go Rays!! I don’t really care much who wins the AL pennant as long as its not the Yankoffs. Odds are on my side in this one. LOL

    How cool would a one game playoff today between the Braves and Cards have been? Not sure who I want to win the NL pennant as long it is not the Cards. Screw them and LaRussa. Again, odds are with me.

    Any predictions?

    • trublu4ever says:

      I want the Brewers & Tigers in the WS. However, if I were to place a bet for real money, I’d have to go Yanks & Phillies 😦

      • vl4eccjr says:

        Ditto. My heart may say Brewers-Tigers, but the almighty dollar says Yanks-Phillies.
        BTW Did I mention how much I’m enjoying the Red Sox pain right now?
        Schadenfruede! (please excuse if misspelled) Guilty as charged!

  12. northstateblues says:

    It’s almost perfect that this season was only 161 games, because if there’s one thing the end of this season DOESN’T bring, it’s resolution.

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    Anxiously awaiting Selig’s sawed-off Double Secret Probation.

  13. 32and53fan says:

    Express yourselves!

    New editors added today that can create posts here:
    koufax1963
    northstateblues
    oldbrooklynfan

  14. Thank You 32and53fan for creating this blog and giving me a way to express myself and put out meaning full blogs.

  15. Nellyjune says:

    Thanks to 32and53fan for getting OTD started and to all the writers who have contributed thus far.
    .
    I was at Barnes and Noble today looking for new Halloween/October books for my classroom, and low and behold, I see a new book titled, “Take Me Out To the Ballgame.” I pretty much have every book version of this song now, and of course, I had to buy this one. It’s beautifully illustrated, with children in mind, using animals as the main characters in the story. What is even more special about this book is it uses the Carly Simon version if the song (cd included). It’s been almost 3 years since I was introduced to that version over on ITD (thanks to Dodgereric) and it’s been engrained in every first grade class of mine since then.
    .
    Thanks again for this blog.

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