Utterly Embarrasing

October 7, 2011

It has been painful to  read some of the stories about Frank McCourt vs MLB.  Headlines like “Dodgers ask bankruptcy judge to reconsider limits on arguments” make me cringe.  Other headlines and sentences from recent articles include: “MLB calls Dodgers’ document demands ‘totally irrelevant'”, “The Dodgers also alleged that discovery “has been one-sided in favor of MLB” because Gross denied the Dodgers‘ previous requests…”, “Dodgers‘ argument fails to move bankruptcy judge”, “The Dodgers failed again on Wednesday to persuade U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross that they needed documents about other Major League Baseball teams”…

These stories make the Dodgers sound like a whiny, pathetic organization.  This is the organization of “The Boys of Summer”, Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela, Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw.  It is not “the Dodgers” making all of these desperate legal ploys, it is Frank McCourt!  I for one, cannot wait until this weasel is long gone from Los Angeles and the Dodgers can begin the long journey of rebuilding the legacy that we have come to know and love.

Attention headline writers and reporters: Stop writing Dodgers and write that McCourt is the one responsible for the legal maneuvering.

Brewers advance to NLCS

The Milwaukee Brewers just defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks in extra innings.  In the other game five action, the Cardinals are leading the Phillies going into the bottom of the 2nd inning.

Colletti talks about the off-season

Ned Colletti talked to ESPN’s Jim Bowden about the 2011 performances of some players and his thoughts for next year at http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/mlb/story/_/id/7071525/los-angeles-dodgers-gm-ned-colletti-assesses-team-personnel-season-come

Jon Weisman remembers 2011

The Dodger Thoughts blogger has been busy in the last week taking a look at various Dodger players including Justin Sellers, John Ely, Eugeni0-for-ever, Nathan Eovaldi, Casey Blake, Juan Castro, Aaron Miles and Javy Guerra.  See http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/dodger-thoughts/archive/_/month/october-2011

Dodgers signal they won’t bring back Rod Barajas

Wallach on Red Sox’ list of manager candidates


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.)


Can Kershaw Match Van Lingle Mungo?

July 26, 2011

Vin Scully put up a graphic during Monday’s game that showed Dodger pitchers who have led the league in strikeouts. He posed the question, “Can Clayton Kershaw maintain his current lead in that department throughout the year?”

Hideo Nomo was the last Dodger to be the N.L. strikeout champ, fanning 236 in 1995. Fernando Valenzuela led with 180 in the strike-shortened 1981 season. Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale dominated the 1960’s (starting in 1959) with the former leading the league four times, while the latter accomplishing that feat three times.
Don Newcombe topped the list in 1951. Dazzy Vance led the National League in strikeouts every year in an amazing string from 1922 to 1928!

The only other Dodger to make the list was the pitcher with the best name of them all – Van Lingle Mungo, who prevailed in 1936. No other Dodger ever inspired the title and chorus for a cool jazz song. And Mungo was doing a high leg kick in his delivery before Juan Marichal was even born.

 

This Day in Baseball History

On July 26, 1948, Babe Ruth makes his final public appearance. Ruth visits the film premiere of “The Babe Ruth Story.” Ruth will succumb to throat cancer only three weeks later.


Kershaw takes on Jhoulys Chacin of the Rockies at 7:10 tonight.