Vin being Vin Week

August 9, 2012

Victorino Twit

Jim Tracy Rant

Trend Ellis Trend

Is there an anthology of all of Vin’s greatest conversations.

In the news, Uribe getting DFA’d by weeks end. Hallelujah !!!

ps- Hello fellow Dodger fans. Been out for a long time, but here’s to a strong finish and a stable rotation and some RBI’s.


Off-Season: Day 1

September 30, 2011

In what already seems like an eternity since the last game for the Dodgers, news off the wire made this day a little bit better. Seeming like a good start to the off-season for our beloved Dodgers, Devaris-Strange Gordon, otherwise known as Flash, won ROTM for the month of September Thursday morning, after going .372 with a .398 OBP, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 21 runs scored to go along with 12 stolen bases in 16 attempts. He might not be the slickest on the field with the glove, but he’ll get there, and barring any acquisition, (Reyes ??), seems to be the incumbent to start the season as our SS.

In other news, its Playoff Time, and although many of us consider this season a disappointment, in the end, we did better than any of us ever could of expected. Our starting 2B, 3B, SS, LF, RF, and closer weren’t with the team for more than half the season, and yet, we finished a respectable 3 games over .500. Now, I’m not trying to gain pity for the lack of productivity from certain players, but, for the most part we got what we wanted outta the season. No G’Nats, and no RedSux in the playoffs, although the mere fact that there was no destruction of Philly kinda made this Dodger fan kinda bummed. The rebounding of Matt Kemp, and the arrival of ACE Kersh. We found out that our minors have some talent, and in the end, that even Ned could mess up at the Trade Deadline.

ps- On a side note related, what Jose Reyes did the other day was the worst thing I have ever seen. To take yourself out of a game after a BUNT of all things, just so you could win a stupid trophy shows just how weak and heartless he is. Everyone is quick to point out Ted Williams and his double header on the last day that jumped his avg from .399 to .406, but what about just the integrity of the game. Jose Reyes is a punk, nothing more than scum, and proved that he is all hardware, no guts. He went above the team, and said fuck it, I’m getting mines. To him, another injury that takes him out for another season or two I hope. I mean, how could he even be considered when he missed so many games. He lost some 120 PA and still won. At least Braun, who was also hurt this season, gutted it out for the whole game. And then Kemp, who didn’t take a game off, yet will be penalized for it. Baseball Writers of America will say that Reyes won the batting title, but we all know who really did. Kemp ma boy, you did mighty fine this season.

Prediction Time:

Rays v. Rangers

Did you guys happen to see the finale of the season. Not only did the Rays beat the Yuppies in stunning fashion, but they did it with guts, luck, and talent. An exhausted and exposed bullpen for the Yanks means that the Rays know who they have and how to beat them, and get into their heads. Now why does this matter for the Rays v. Rangers, simply because the Rays are working off of the underdog title, adrenaline, and the hate of the RedSux behind them. Combine that with their stadium dimensions and amazing pitching, and I have to give it to the Rays on winning this one.

Yuppies v. Tigers

Verlander will demolish the Yanks. Cano, Teixera, Gardner, Swisher will have horrible stats throughout 1st round, and will ultimately signal the end of Mariano Rivera and Posada, leaving Jeter all alone as the lone holdover from the Yuppie glory days. Verlander, Jackson, Avila, Martinez, Valverde, Young will do more than defeat the Yups, they will do it in 5.

D’Backs v. Brewers

If there was ever a time for Vin to call a series’ in which Gibson is a part of, this one has to be it. The complete favorite of the two is Brewers, and with good reason. Braun, Fielder, Gayardo, Marcum, Greinke, McGahee, Lucroy, and Axford can beat the D’Backs if they get ahead of them early and often. This D’Backs team is resilient, gutsy, and can beat you if your not careful. If the pitchers stay on their game, and they play the way they have played, it’s not hard to see the D’Backs making it out of the 1st round.

Phillies v. Cards

UGH. What can we say other than ESPN’s dream match up to open up the playoffs. Anything Philly these days is quickly blown outta proportion by ESPN and their East Coast bias, and yet, the other team winning, would still make most Dodger fans stomach churn in disgust. In a perfect world, they would all become injured and filler teams would be assigned from a random draw, but it can’t be that way. So out of the two, I’m going to hope, beg and pray that the Cards take care of Philly once and for all, so they could get off their high-horse and get back to sucking at Hockey. What can best be assumed is that my hope is that the Cards put a royal ass whooping on them, and Flying Crying Hawaiian breaks his fucking arm. Sorry people, still hate Philly more than Cards, Yanks etc.

(It’s more of G’Nats, Philly, Cards, Yanks, Reds in that order)

2nd Round

Rays v. Tigers

Dunno why, but it seems that the deeper the Rays get, the better they become. The Tigers have the better overall record, but will it really be that much of a difference when the opposing pitcher is shutting you down. Against the world I shall face, as I chose the Rays in a Game 7 for the ages.

D’Backs v. Cards

Will Raffy be good to go or will he get injured again. Will Holliday hit like his contract reflects, will Pujols carry this team. Will Berkman look like the Berkman of years past. Too many ifs, and not enough pitching behind Garcia, Carpenter, and Lohse, who seems like the best of the rest. Arizona has Kennedy, Hud, Saunders, Collmenter, etc. Only way Cards win is if they get to the D’Backs bullpen. In the end though, I’m going to have to give it to Gibson and his staff.

WS

Rays v. D’Backs

Who would of thunk it. The two teams that nobody picks to win it this season. Hmn, maybe I’m stretching my mind too far, but this is an underdog season, and what would make it better than a team that wasn’t supposed to make it to the playoffs, and a team that 2 seasons ago lost 100 games. Add in two managers who will probably win MOTY and you got a great contest. Not many will tune in, because it doesn’t have Phillies v. Yankees, or Brewers v. Tigers, but really, do we want to see teams that bought their way to the playoffs, or teams that grinded it out to the final. This one is going to a Game 7, and will be won by none other than Longoria on a walk- off.

It’s what’s best for baseball, and for the game.

Tell me what you think of my predictions.


Attendance is Down..Oh Whattt!!!!!

September 26, 2011

For what seemed like the inevitable, the Angels confirmed that they had outdone the Dodgers in a noticeable statistical category this season: Attendance. With the Angels supassing 3 million tickets sold for the 9th straight season, they easily outdrew the Dodgers for the first time, well ever. Supplant that with the fact that when the Dodgers played the Angels in the Interleague Freeway series, alot of Dodger fans could be seen at Angel Stadium, thus adding to their toatals. Furthermore, it was quite obvious to anyone that it would and probably should of happened.

What cannot be overstated however, is how disparaging and misguiding those figures are that teams give, as attendance and tickets sold are two completely different things. To anyone who went to a Dodger game this season, at home, it felt deserted. You could actually count out the people in the stands, and the so called 29,000 people in attendance must of been all buying food, in the bathrooms, or in their cars because there was no one really there. Or, for the fact of being comical, most where in hiding or wearing seat camouflage.

In reality, baseball was down all across the league, and yet, the Dodgers really outdid themselves and went above and beyond in offering historically low discounts for the mere fact of having people in the stands. Annoint the title of stupidity to Bud Selig for changing the way attendance was given, and annoint the title of insane to Frank McCourt for trying to inflate his numbers, when everyone could plainly see that the number given didn’t come close to the truth.

In fact, having barely reached the ACTUAL 2 mil people this season would seem like a blessing for the team, and yet, it comes as a bit dissapointing to know that it took the Angels this long to outdraw the Dodgers, even in a down season. So, with all due respect, who’s to say that they did any better.? I mean, the people were actually there in the stands, but then again, alot of people might of been hidding, or people just being counted as a ticket, rather than a person.

This Day In Dodgers History

September 26, 1988

Completing the first step in what would be an improbable run to a World Championship, the Dodgers clinch the National League Western Division title with a 3-2 victory over the Padres at San Diego’s Jack Murphy Stadium.

Los Angeles becomes the first N.L. club to win four division titles in the 1980s as it heads for a Championship Series showdown with the New York Mets, who took 10 of 11 games from the Dodgers during the regular season.

Mickey Hatcher proves to be the hero in the clincher, snapping a 2-2 tie and giving the Dodgers the lead for good with a run-scoring single in the eighth inning. Hatcher, normally a reserve, got the start in left field that night for Kirk Gibson, who was sidelined with a sore left hamstring.

The Dodgers also did it with strong performances out of the bullpen. Alejandro Pena pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Fernando Valenzuela for the victory and Jay Howell notched his 21stsave.

Although they were considered underdogs against the Mets, the Dodgers managed to defeat New York in seven games before advancing to the World Series against the Oakland Athletics. The Dodgers again were considered underdogs against the Athletics, but won the franchise’s sixth World Championship in five games.

September 26, 1981:
Fireballer Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros fires his record fifth no-hitter, blanking the Dodgers 5-0 at the Astrodome in Houston.


Not Much of A Generational Gap After All

September 22, 2011

I was perusing across the web last night, trying to get that awful game outta my mind, and came across some interesting pieces. Most of them were of the same things we write and speak of on here. However, it wasn’t until I scrolled down to someone’s comment that I got to thinking, this is interesting. What I’m referring to is the fact that someone brought up the fact that another crop of youngsters are about ready to step in for the veterans, again, and yet, this team has stayed in some sort of a limbo, where they’ve yet to know what they have in certain players (Loney), and know what they get in others (Kemp). Then there’s the enigma that is Broxton, and Martin, two Dodgers who became integral parts of this team when they first came up way back in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

With the likes of De La Rosa, Guerra, Jansen, Federowicz, Sands, Gordon, Lindblom, Elbert, Eovaldi, Sellers, De Jesus Jr., Van Slyke, etc., being ready to claim their place in Dodger lore, what can we say about our first core group of the new Millennium.? Most have matured and hit their peak, some have yet to find it, some have found a need to re-invent themselves, and yet, all are under 31. The only lack of minor league talent seems to be 3B, as again, we have used the old adage of signing players instead of developing them in order to fix our problems.

My rambling is such as to not only draw concern for this group but also to say, in a way, what would of been. Had Broxton not imploded, had he had a coach force him to lose the weight, had Martin eased up on his workload, had he not stepped the way he did when running home. What would of been in those playoffs, had Broxton not given up that bomb to Matt Stairs or the hit by Rollins. Would we have made it to the World Series?

What I can’t argue is the fact that had we won both Game 4’s, we’d of been tied up at 2 a piece, and from there, who’s to say we wouldn’t of won the next two. So many ifs, but with the 1st core, we accomplished so much, if even overachieving, with grit and determination. What can we do with this bunch. Dee looks to be a demon on the basepaths, Guerra and Jansen look deadly in the pen, Sands in hitting, Elbert is finally pitching well, and others should come along.

In essence, I write this not only to ask for some thoughts on what would of been, but also of what will be of this group, and can they jell together in time to see Loney, Billz and Ethier produce like they were intended to, not too long ago.


Publicly Stating His Version of the Facts

September 18, 2011

In a better world, we would solve our economic issues and be done with them, move on to fixing the jobs market and then move onto education and taxes. In a sophisticated world, we would think logically before speaking, using our ideas to come to a better accord. However, these ideals and tasks have been put off for far to long, that now, public perception is neither fix nor cut, but rather a simple GET IT DONE.

What can be said about this American treasure commonly referred to as the Los Angeles Dodgers.? Our perception of this team runs wild from acceptable, to deplorable, insulting and plain horrid. No more is it a fallacy of the times, than it is of the people who head it.

Enter one Frank McCourt. Under better brain capacity, he’d at least consider to notion of stepping down, but it is because of this lack of brain capacity that he still scorns us. He considers us the enemy and he the liberator: a fighter of the people, for the people, per-se. He has previously said many times that the media has misconstrued the truth and that he is the victim. Although there may be some truth to this, and to how we arrived at this point in time and place, he cannot deny the fact that he brought this upon himself. The mere fact that his conniving sickening ways were kept hidden for so long, is a testament to our lack of digging for answers, and using our better judgement and logic before purchasing that $5 hot dog, $7 beer, $15 parking and $5.50 nachos, and asking, what is he doing with all that money.

Now we know better.

So with all this hatred for the man, and the lack of interest in anything he does to try and bring fans around, what more can he do.? In his mind, again, he is the victim, and his story has been tangled in a web of lies. And with that, Frank has taken it upon himself to ask Bankruptcy Court, the court that now controls the financials of the Dodgers, to allow him to hire a PR firm so they can tell his story in his way.

Never mind the fact that people whom work for the Organization are made to sign confidentiality waivers and cannot speak about the intertwines of the Organization after leaving the ball-club, but also attesting to the fact that now former Vice President of Communications left his post to pursue the forthcoming promotion of this title with another club, seems fishy. I mean, wouldn’t portraying the Dodgers and all things related to them fall under one of Josh Rawitch’s duties?

So all alas for Josh, as maybe he was fired, or left of his own free will. But why hire a PR firm whose sole focus will be to negate any story about an owner whom we all have seemed to fall in love with. We all know about the stealing, deception, cut backs, and problems that plague this team, but when will the man whose name falls on the deed ultimately see this whole situation for what it is: a no win situation. I wonder how this PR firm will try to fix that part of his image!


When Will Our Next ROTY Come?

September 10, 2011

It’s obviously a weird subject to touch upon, but in all seriousness, when will our next ROTY come?

It’s been almost 15 years since the last Dodger rookie put it upon himself to rise above the competition and play at a level worth rewarding.

These 16 players below have not only represented the Los Angeles Dodgers within my lifetime, but have also done so throughout the Brooklyn and golden years of this team.

1. Todd Hollandsworth

2. Raul Mondesi

3. Mike Piazza

4. Hideo Nomo

5. Eric Karros

6. Rick Sutcliffe

7. Steve Howe

8. Fernando Valenzuela

9. Steve Sax

10. Ted Sizemore

11. Jim Lefebvre

12. Frank Howard

13. Jim Gilliam

14. Joe Black

15. Don Newcombe

16. Jackie Robinson

These players have represented this franchise, and even when there was no Dodger player named as ROTY, there was always one player in consideration who wore Dodgers across his chest. But what happened.? Obviously, those days are gone, but why.?

I do so believe that the lack of minor league recruiting talent has diminished to the sense that we’ve underspent on signing Draft picks whom could make a difference. Think about this?

Since 2004, the first season that Frank McCourt was officially entrusted as the brain-trust of this team, this team has drafted notables such as:

-Blake Dewitt

-Scott Elbert

-Jamie Hoffman

-Javy Guerra

-Luke Hochevar

-Ivan DeJesus

-Josh Bell

-Jonathan Meloan

-Brent Leach

-Trayvon Robinson

-Scott Van Slyke

-Chase D’Arnaud

-Clayton Kershaw

-Bryan Morris

-Preston Mattingly

-Chris Withrow

-James Adkins

-Andrew Lambo

-Ethan Martin

-Josh Lindblom

-Kyle Russell

-Dee Gordon

-Cole St. Clair

-Nate Eovaldi

-Allen Webster

-Aaron Miller

-Garrett Gould

-Brett Wallach

-J.T. Wise

-Austin King

-Zach Lee

-Shawn Tolleson

-Devon Ethier

-Cody Martin

-Chris Reed

-Alex Santana

-Ryan O’Sullivan

Out of all these drafts, only six players are currently in the majors with this team, while most have yet to break through due to their slow development. Many have been traded, such as I count 10 who are no longer with this organization.

At what point are we going to stop signing pitchers whom furthermore have yet to produce more than Clayton Kershaw, who was rushed and made to learn on the fly. When are we going to sign talent whom we could use now and in the future. When are we going to tap into the Asian, Latin, and African continent for players.

I do not speak for many, but for the lack of money, we have diminished the talent level in the minors, and thus, what once in a while ago was deemed as a common thing, is now foreign to us. Who will finally break through and capture this now unattainable trophy. We have a probable Cy Young and MVP within our ranks today, and to think that we could someday have a 3rd piece of hardware to add to that in a ROTY, it would signal the overturn of an organization that as of now is in turmoil, and will continue to be in turmoil while this ownership group, and to reiterate this brain-trust is finally put out to pasture and shot down in the spirit of all that is decent and holy. Sorta to put it outta it’s misery.

This Day In Los Angeles Baseball History

September 10, 2008 – With a 4-2 victory over the visiting Yankees, the Angels clinch the division flag on the earliest date in the history of the American League West. The Halos, the first club this season to secure a post-season spot, have finished in first place four times in the past five seasons.

(If you know anything of interest that happened in Dodgers history, go ahead and post a comment.)


Welcome Back Stephen Strasburg / The Mind of Mattingly

September 6, 2011

Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals fireballing phenom, will make his season debut today against the Dodgers.  Last year, Strasburg went 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA before undergoing the Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery in September.  He was on a rehab assignment by August, going 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA in six games.  Tuesday’s start, against Ted Lilly, will be Strasburg’s first big league game since Aug. 21, 2010.

If Strasburg can pick up where he left off, last year he routinely posted a close to triple digit fastball and a wicked curve, the currently struggling Dodger offense will face quite a challenge.

Lilly, who had a 2.35 ERA in August after a mediocre June and July, is looking for his first three-game winning streak of the season.

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Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly wants more offense for 2012.  Mattingly says the team needs to boost its offensive production, but that could deplete the team’s pitching, one of its few strong points.

More from Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times:

…Don Mattingly said that if he had to decide between the Dodgers‘ adding a quality bat or a quality arm over the winter, he would take the bat.  “A solid bat is something we’ve got to have or we’ll right back to where we were,” Mattingly said.  By that, he means before their mid-July acquisition of Juan Rivera, who has helped transform the Dodgers’ offense from abysmal to respectable.  “It tells you what one bat can do to your lineup,” Mattingly said.

But at what cost?  With the Dodgers in bankruptcy and their ownership situation in limbo, adding offense could force them to subtract pitching.  Starting pitching has been about the only part of the organization that hasn’t appeared compromised by its financial troubles.

Anchored by Cy Young Award candidate Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers’ rotation has the third-lowest earned-run average in the National League behind the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants.  The Dodgers were designed this way. They went into spring training with six established starters — Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly, Hiroki Kuroda, Jon Garland and Vicente Padilla, who was sent to the bullpen.

When Garland and Padilla went down because of season-ending injuries, they called up top prospect Rubby De La Rosa, who was armed with a 100-mph fastball. When De La Rosa was lost to an elbow operation, they replaced him with another top prospect, Nathan Eovaldi.  “Every time we walk out there, you feel like you have a starter who’s going to keep you in the game and give you a chance to win,” Mattingly said…

This Day in Dodgers History

September 6, 1981 – With his seventh blanking, Dodger lefty Fernando Valenzuela ties the major league rookie record for shutouts beating the Cardinal, 5-0.