Day One, Another Perspective

Day One, Roy Smith (Dodger Vice President, Scouting and Player Development)

The first day of  Spring Training is like the first day of school—you have a mix of nervousness and anticipation.  When I played it was nervousness about being ready and making the team. I have found that my feelings as a front office person are similar. Now I am anxious to see our new players and how they interact with the new coaching staff.         

Another common feeling that’s shared between players and front office people is optimism. Every year in your mind, you believe this is going to be the best season you’ve ever had. Now I’m hoping that all our moves pay dividends and that our winter of hard work will culminate in a championship.

Yesterday the theoretical became reality and you just don’t know how it will look until you see it.   I hope I never lose any of these feelings .

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Can you give us any information on Miller and Billingsley? Do either look like they could make the club this year? Also, what does the addition of Baez mean for Brazoban?

As an avid Dodger fan, I can say that I am really excited and anxious for the season. It is so awesome to have all these great prospects and I hope to see them on the major league team soon. I want to congratulate you and the rest of the player development dept. on rebuilding this farm system the way you have.

Just want some input from the fans and experts. Anyone know if Colletti is even remotely thinking about bringing Sosa on board? He’d answer the upgrade as a power corner outfielder, come in on the “cheap” (possibly 1-2 million?), and really add some thunder and take it away from the Giants and Angels. I would think he’s been humbled by the off season of no action, and just 3 years ago, he was one of the best power hitters. I don’t know if he could do left field, and how much is left in the tank, but I think it’s a HUGE improvement over Cruz/Repko/Ledee/Werth. I think the positives totally outweigh any negatives. Plus I think with Coletti and Grady’s people skills, I think they could pull it off and keep him in check. What do you think?!?

Anyone out there get the feeling that Colletti is probably not done with the roster yet? We have a logjam of back-up middle infielders vying for 1 roster spot. We have a surplus of middle-relievers, and some dead weight like Choi. We seem to be in need of one more reliable-power bat for the outfield, especially in light of Drew’s and Werth’s fragile natures. So, I can envision a trade (probably like a 3 for 1) coming toward the end of spring training to bring in that power bat and eliminate some players who deserve to be on the 25-man roster but would likely have to be cut. I’m just wondering who Colletti may be eyeing.

Todays lineup:

•Tony Gwynn Jr., LF
•Rafael Furcal, SS
•Andre Ethier, RF
•Matt Kemp, CF
•James Loney, 1B
•Juan Uribe, 3B
•Dioner Navarro, C
•Jamey Carroll, 2B
•Rubby De La Rosa, P

This will be much quicker! Thanks for the thread, Jhall.

I wonder if Fox will show the protesters outside the stadium.

I hope so. Unfortunately, I’m getting the Phillies-Braves game. Maybe they will show it on the Fox pre game.

They haven’t shown it yet. We shall see when they take other shots of the stadium.
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I thought it was a pretty cool move when the fan that caught Jeter’s 3,000 hit, home run ball, gave back to him. Refreshing to see somebody who isn’t out to make a buck!

I guess I can see why the Phillies-Braves would be a much better national game. Two real teams as opposed to a couple of piles of cellar caliber crap.

In my area, it is the Dodgers….maybe they want us to suffer ;-)

LOL!! We are gluttons for punishment. Well Jeter is lucky. I would not have given it back. They would have had to come up with a signed Babe Ruth or Lou Gehrig ball to get it from me.

That overrated prima donna suck ass can certainly afford it.

Good afternoon gang.
The local station has the Braves-Phillies on, so here I am.
I hope Rubby gets the win today. With Lilly on the bump tomorrow, it’s a given they will lose. He always gets lit up pitching day games.

Hi’Ya VL. Yep, Lilly tomorrow doesn’t give one an optimistic feeling.

Lilly is like a bump on my ass!

LMAO!!!! ( | }

I think they said Jeter was going to reward the guy.

I’m sure he will. If it was a player and a team I liked, I would be more generous. Someone like Kemp or Ethier.

I hope it’s something substantial. As overated & overpaid as he is, it’s only fair. . .

Great AB from Dre there! Make him work!

Nice at bat Dre! Make the pitcher work hard!!!!

LOL….we’re an echo ;-)

There are a lot of people disguised as empty seats! ….Joe Buck….lmao!!!!!

They did show the protest!!!!!!

How did it look? Did they have a big turnout?

Looks great! They are outside the stadium with signs and are chanting…..leave L.A…..signs say we the fans deserve better! From the size of the crowd, it looks like the protest is inside too!

Very cool!!

So, how many protesters are there? Any McCourt dolls hanging from nooses?

Nice heat!

URIBE for the most pathetic overpaid player of the year award.
Special recognition for Ned for signing him. Ned’s had a lot of those awards in his relatively few years.

Way too many Bear. Heard that Frank isn’t real happy with his signings of Lilly and Uribe. Geez, he should have been gone after the Phew and Cow debacles, if not the Schidt mess. Frank is too broke to fire him.

They just said Jamey may be on the trading block….oh, no, Neddy is at it again!

Well, he is one of the few players that we could actually get something for. I would like to see Carroll go to a contender(except the VaGiants or Cardinals) where he can get a shot at a ring. He deserves better than this crap.

They also said a lot of the Padres (including Bell) are on the trading block.

I wish the Dodgers would just cut the bullshit facade and admit this season is toast. Get what you can get and unload some bad contracts if you can. If you look at the numbers, this team has been done for at least a month. A little hot streak going into the AS break and coming out of it isn’t going to change that. We need to play .600 ball the rest of the way just to get back to .500. Beside the fact that there is not a player available that is going to make a significant difference. And that is supposing that we only need one player. Which is ludicrous. We need 3 or 4.

It will be interesting to know what they announce as the paid attendance…..only then, will we know for sure how deep the protest runs ( the no-shows are huge). I can tell you that this IS the smallest crowd I have ever seen!

That’s good to hear. I hope the fans continue to send the message loud and clear. I can see attendance really taking a dive in August and Sept when the team is in or near the cellar and the morons that think this team can get back in it finally wake the fuck up.

No matter where we finish in the standings, my hopes for this season are that we finally are freed of the McCourt ownership, and we get a real legitimate owner.
Ned, Conte, Honeycutt, and Dildon are thrown out with the bath water. We unload some crap contracts and possibly get some prospects.
The young kids are brought up to see what we’ve got going forward.
And, we have a hand in the VaGiants not winning the division.

That should be our “Dodger Prayer”

Amen sister!!!!

Amen, Brother! ;-)

Does Uribe need glasses?!

LOL!! He needs a One Way ticket out of town.

Good grief…we are making Harang look like Cliff Lee!!!!

Well, the good part is, Nobatro is probably playing his way off the roster when Badajass comes back. Although Badajass is not really much better. Of course, Neddy won’t see it that way since Ellis has options left.

True. I think the pitchers like Rod. I don’t think it really matters. ;-)

~~Grrrrear~~ warming up. It must be your day Trumom. LOL!!

Every day is my day :-)

Good for you!!! You go girl!!!

At my age, I’m just lucky to be here!

And we’re damn glad you are Trumom!!

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Nice job Rubby. He’s at 98 pitches. I think I would let him go back out in the 7th.

Velez pinch hitting. How’s that for a wasted AB.
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Fucking Pathetic, Geez!!!!

Velez is a waste, PERIOD!

Yep!! He and Nobatro are two turds that even stick out in a pile of shit. I hope Dildon has learned that Grrrrear is not the pitcher you bring in with runners on base. Him and McDooDoo.

I love your delicate way with words!

LOL!! I’m in Bear mode!!

Actually, you’re like a pussycat compared to Bear.

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Wasting away again in Juan Uribeville!!!
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Says alot when they walk a .270 hitting, slow, no power hitter to get to you.

A poop-up for Uribe…surprise, surprise!

Par for the course from Urectum!!

Urectum is pathetic!

Aaaand so is Nobatro!

Yep, he’s such a rancid turd, he doesn’t even draw flies.

LOL…. a petrified turd!

Daaamn! That’s pretty foul! LOL

The Puds made GrrrRear and McDooDoo looks like all-stars!

Their lineup is more pathetic than ours except Nobatro and Uribe.

A no hitter would be apropos for this buncha crap.

Shhhhhhhhhhhh….

Glad you’re here.

BTW, if someone would take Carroll, I’d trade him in a heartbeat.

You would be doing him a favor.

For some reason, I’ve never taken a cotton to him.

And, Dre & Matt are saying…”ME, PLEASE”!

I’ll take Carroll over Fecal any day.

Damn! Even Charlie on the radil broadcast mentions “The way the Dodgers have been playing lately, a leadoff walk constitutes a rally.”

Phew. NH still intact.

The ineptitude on this team is only surpassed by its inability.

I think you just hit on the true story of this team. Inability!!!

But on the bright side, they ALL wanted to be Dodgers.

Because no one else wanted them or was dumb enough to sign them.

Ned is trying to get nectar from turds!!

Prune juice, prune juice and prune juice. I call it Ned’s Same Old Shit.

Ugh…Gwynn & Fecal!

Oooh! The agony!!!

Ohhhhhh the humanity!!! This team can’t even go down in flames. Just sink to the bottom of the bowl. I hope the new owner remembers to flush and put the seat down.

But hey, they’re grinding. Grinding to a halt!!!

I’ve hated that term since JoJo the Clown started saying it. Instead of friggin grinders, why don’t they go out and get a few REAL ballplayers.

I know how to grind ;-)

I bet you do!!

I hear Jamie is quite a grinder.

Come on Matty….if you don’t hit one out, we are done!

But Uribe’s up this inning…

Ha-ha!

God, this sucks! Boring as hell!

It’s up to Urine to break up this no-hitter!

What am I thinking?! :-)

LOL…he got a freaking hit!

Wouldn’t it be ironic if Urine and Nobatro won this freaking game.

And, they did!

Unbelievable!!!

Holy shit!

Wow Uribe and Navarro who would’ve throught that?

The bullpen did a nice job today.

Rubby and the bullpen.

Hey Tru, did they announce the attendance? How many did it look like were actually there?

29,744 paid attendance.

Thanks. How many do you think were actually there?

Actually there….I’d say less than half of that!

I could almost count the number of people there just be looking at them. Really bad. Many, many no-shows!

Would you say there were more in the ballpark or at the anti-Frank rally?

Hard to say ;-) The protest even made ESPN!

Criminies, my internet cuts out on me and by the time I get it back up, the game’s over. How in the hell did those two ever manage to do anything?

Heh, heh, heh……. Well tomorrow is actually a battle for the cellar. Nice win but probably insures that we are stuck with Nobatro and Ned will now switch to buyers mode.

Hope these guys aren’t actually getting their hopes up though after this team meeting thing. Afterall, it is only the Mets and Puds.

Hey, we’re back in this thing. Get Pathednik on the phone.

To bad the Padres would score runs off of Lilly tomorrow.

Dodgers win! Navarro walk off hit gives team three straight shutouts for the first time since July 25-27, 1991!

<——-See, a picture is worth a 1000 words!

And from the looks of it, not a thousand fans!!!

Look like Braun is out and McCutchen in.

I like Ryan Braun, but I am very happy for McCutchen. Very deserving!!!!

Look like Jones is out for Rolen didn’t see this one at all.

Amazing. Twelve MLB teams are on the plus side, attendance-wise in 2011 vs 2010. Eighteen are down, including the Boston Red Sox, who are down an average of 9 fans per game.
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MLB on the whole is down 268,474. If the Dodgers were even (using yesterday’s numbers), MLB would be up 126,387.
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We’ve passed the 400,000 mark today.
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Game 49 attendance (2010): 45,151
Today’s attendance courtesy of trumom: 29,744
Greater than last year = 8 / Less than last year = 40
2nd straight game of negative attendance
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Games less than 30,000 this season – 7
Games less than 30,000 in 2005 – 2010: none
Last game was 9/14/2004 – 29,704
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Lowest attended game of the year: Game 8 – 27,439
Largest single game drop: Game 18 (55,662 – 28,419 = 27,243)
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2010 attendance (49 games) – 2,205,498 (45,010 average)
2011 attendance (49 games) – 1,795,230 (36,637 average) #9 in MLB
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Drop of 410,268 total
Average drop of 8373
Extrapolated for 81 games – 678,198
Projected 2011 final attendance – 2,967,625
2010′s final attendance – 3,562,318 (#3 in MLB)
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Next game’s (50) attendance in 2010 – 42,299
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Crowds less than 30,000 in 2010: none. 2011: 7
Crowds 30,000 – 39,999 in 2010: 10. 2011: 29
Crowds 40,000 – 49,999 in 2010: 28. 2011: 9
Crowds 50,000 – 55,999 in 2010: 7. 2011: 1
Sellouts (56,000) in 2010: 4. 2011: 3

Just for fun, here’s MLB’s figures through yesterday’s games:
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1-TEX….468,680
2-SFG…229,977
3-CLE….185,619
4-CIN…..179,029
5-PIT…..114,540
6-TOR…100,507
7-COL…..85,243
8-OAK…..48,324
9-SDP…..33,886
10-MIL…..26,877
11-PHI…..21,470
12-FLA….14,170
13-BOS…….-405
14-MIN……-3,266
15-KCR…-33,722
16-LAA….-34,426
17-CHW…-44,829
18-WSN…-52,615
19-DET….-54,072
20-HOU….-66,076
21-BAL….-72,483
22-ARI…..-80,771
23-NYY….-82,400
24-CHC….-95,920
25-STL…-107,735
26-TBR…-126,524
27-NYM…-131,097
28-ATL…-167,918
29-SEA…-227,676
30-LAD…-394,861

It’s great to see Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and even the A’s up in attendance. Surprised not to see Baltimore up, and sad, but much needed, to see LAD dead last.
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So, did you make it to the protest today?

How can the Red Sox be down? Is not like they have a 40,000+ stadium.

GREENLAWN, N.Y. (AP) — Police on New York’s Long Island are investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl who was choked by the electrical cord of an air conditioner.

Malana Ingram was rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead just before 1 p.m. Saturday.

Police say the child got entangled in the cord, which was attached to an air conditioner installed in a wall about 6 feet off the floor at her home in Greenlawn, about 35 miles east of New York City. She was found by a family member.

Both family members and police performed CPR on the child before she taken to the hospital.

How in the hell do you let this happen?

Good question Shad!!! I am sure there is more to that story like where in the hell was the supervision. Not that anything will happen to the parent (or responsible party) anyway. At least it didn’t take 31 days to find the child.

(apologies to “Field of Dreams”)

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People won’t come, Frank.

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They’ll stay away in droves for reasons you can’t even fathom. Your parking lots remain empty, and you’re still not sure why they’re doing it. Your ankle-biting tantrums have taken the innocence from fans looking to connect to the past. “Dodger Dogs are only a dollar today,” you say. “Parking’s only 15 dollars a car”. They’ll pass on you without even thinking about it, for it’s ethics and fortitude you lack.

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And you’ll see empty bleachers, the stadium quiet on a perfect afternoon. A sea of reserved seats along the baselines, which Los Angeles filled from the time they were children and cheered their heroes. And they watch the game from home, and know, today, that the magic is gone. The memories so thick, they have to brush the tears from their faces.

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People won’t come, Frank.

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The one constant in L.A. through the summers had been baseball. Then you rolled in with your army of litigating steamrollers. Dodger tradition under you has been erased like a blackboard, clumsily redrawn, and erased again.

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But the fans mark the time. This field, this team, is a part of OUR past, Frank, a past you never could understand. It reminds us of all that once was good, and, once you’re gone, all that will be good again.

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On that day, the people will come, Frank.

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People will MOST DEFINITELY come.

Northstateblues – THAT was pure awesomeness!!!

Thanks Nelly. Boredom has its benefits, heh

Mainly, it was just the feeling of reading THAT rumor again (you know the one). It just irks me that the 3 people that thought they were “in control” of the situation (Frank, Jamie and Bud) shouldn’t even be left in control of a $$@$# Chia Pet.

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It’s the feeling that, whatever it was that brought the team to L.A., whatever it was that endeared the team to the city in the days before the Lakers started winning championships the Dodgers couldn’t answer, whatever it was, it might be gone. Once Pandora’s Box scatters, you can’t pick up the pieces again. And whatever the reasons for the boycott, they have an effect like Chemotherapy. Sure, you’re fighting the cancer, but all the cells close to it too, and the whole body ends up feeling like crap, and you have to wait a length of time to know whether it even had the desired effect.

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Amid the flotsam, we have players on this team that are as good as anybody in franchise history. And they’re young, if the days of Dodger Tradition seem far away to us, imagine if those days even enter the consciousness of players in their early-to-mid 20′s who grew up in the heartland of the nation.

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It’s scary the fire that we’re playing with. And I don’t have enough faith in Bud Selig to know for sure that this clown won’t still be in control of the team once all is said and done.

That was some awesome posting, North!
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Thanks for the update, Dodgereric.

Well, folks, today we have the “Battle for the Basement”! Are we ready to rrrrummmmmmbllllle?

Congrats to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team!!!
Playing against a ‘stacked deck,’ being short handed for 45 minutes, and some seriously biased officiating, they showed some serious tenacity, and nerves of steel to win in a PK shootout after tieing it up right before extra time ran out!
That’s the best soccer match I’ve ever seen – hands down – men, or women.
Talk about an epic battle! Bye Bye Brazil. Hello semifinals.

Todays lineup:
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1. Gwynn, LF
2. Furcal, SS
3. Ethier, RF
4. Kemp, CF
5. Loney, 1B
6. Uribe, 3B
7. Navarro, C
8. Miles, 2B
9. Lilly, P

The lineup doesn’t matter. The question is whether we can string another shutout together. The onus is on Lilly. Does Lilly have what it takes?
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What I take away from the anti-Frank demonstration, all the letters to LA Times, and the boycott and otherwise reduced attendance is that all of LA wants Frank to GO. If he insists on holding on to the franchise, he will never again make any money with it here in LA. He would really be so much smarter to just SELL NOW. The value of the franchise with him in charge can only go DOWN. With the attendance and franchise loyalty in the pits, why would any cable company offer Frank a decent deal for the TV rights?

Sorry, but I happen to think the lineup matters alot. You can’t expect to get a shutout every game out and these are the guys that have to score the runs and play defense.

Thanks Dad/Eric for the attendance status update. I think it is amazing that some people are trying to say that the huge decrease in attendance is not directly related to the Dodger fan bases disgust with the McCourt ownership. There have been other seasons when the team was not very good, and attendance did not suffer.
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Nice posts North. This is a trying time to be a Dodger fan. Just waiting for the next shoe to drop. Everyone knows what the right thing to do is. I’m just hoping and praying for the day we have a new owner (GM, Manager, Trainer, Pitching Coach) and can put this horrible episode behind us.

Ditto!

Hi’Ya Trumom!!

Everyone knows the right thing to do but Frank.

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The sad thing is, if it were the owner of almost any other team, sticking it to his silver spooned ex-wife and the Commissioner dumb enough to put him in place for his own nefarious reasons, I’d be rooting for him. But not the owner of the Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, Red Sox or Cubs. No. Those teams are too big to screw around with. But Allan H. “Bud ‘How long do I have to wear the rubber pants?’ ‘Until you learn, son’” Selig had to go punchdrunk with ego, tugging on Superman’s Cape, spitting into the wind, and pulling the mask off the ol’ Lone Ranger with reckless abandon throughout his tenure. I’d gladly let him take his own medicine if it wasn’t the Dodgers.

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Frank is a moron of the first degree, for sure, but he’s just the bomb. Bud put him there, and he made sure the fuse was extra long (as he did with McGwire, Sosa, Bonds, Clemens, etc.) so he could run far enough as to appear on the other side by the time the media takes enough time to notice after a long day of sticking their camera lenses up the skirts of whoever Jeter or A-Rod’s with this season. “Oh, my, what’s going on here?”, he scoffs behind curled lips in a righteous intonation. (YOU’RE THE COMMISSIONER, MORON! IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR OWN LEAGUE, GET THE HELL OUT!)

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In trying to preserve the sport, Bud Selig destroyed the integrity of it, in the second-largest market in the nation, none the less. But how could he have known? He probably spent the last year in Milwaukee admiring and polishing that statue.

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As big as his ego is, Frank is definitely the smallest fillet in this fish fry.

I’ve been reding about this all morning and all I can say is: WTF”!

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Then again, I could say the same about Uribe & GrrRear….WTF!!!!

F*ck you Lilly!

Damn, it looks like there are at least 100 more people at the game than yesterday.

Why was everyone complaining about Gordon’s hitting when Fecal is only hitting .189?

I wasn’t! Even Donnie wasn’t!! I guess Neddy was!

This team needs to go on a long losing streak after the all-star game so that even Ned won’t be a buyer.

Maybe that’s why Fecal is playing….trade bait ;-)

Hell, he’s just another one of Ned’s shit-kabobs.

Love throwing errors!

Damn, SD must really want the basement.

How is it we can have more runners thrown out at the plate trying to score from third on a ground out than I’ve ever seen before?

Leave it to Uribe to kill the inning!

Gonna be hard to beat out these guys for the cellar. Should have gotten alot more out of that inning.

Us…more runs! ;-)

Just watched the replay of Johnson’s HR – that “crowd” is embarrassing. Goodluck to any creditors loaning Frank money of ever getting paid back. Suckers!!

Iknow. I laugh everytime Vinny says ball hit back in the “crowd”!

Come on Lilly Munster…throw the damn ball!

Puds must really be bad for Lilly to have 6 strikeouts.

It ain’t over yet Tru. Give Lilly time.

Wow, we’re really grinding!!!

DRE IS GRINDING!

We just need a bumper now.

Me, me, me!

Ludwick was a FA last offseason right? Not that he’s the most wonderful LFer in the league, nor the bestest hitter, but how is it we ended up with Thwibbons instead? At least Ludwick has some power and can drive in a few runs.

And, pretty cost-effective…which should have been good for Neddy.

Leave it to Ned. I’m sure he’s pulling his wood right now thinking about being a buyer in late July.

Most true closers aren’t worth the big bucks they get paid, so barring Ned doing something stupid (I know, what are the odds of that?), who’s next year’s closer?
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Kuo
Jansen
Guerra
Lindblom
Other

Guerra or Jansen. However, knowing Ned……OTHER, all these guys will probably be gone.

Have to agree with you Tru. At least if there is still a cash crunch, they will non tender Brox. They should and I hope they do. I think Kuo is a FA after this year.

Of course we’ll still have Guerrier.
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Thanks Ned.

Fear GrrRear ;-)

Fear Ned!!!! Whatever he does, buying or selling, it will not be good.

Vinny says Mattingly has set his pitching rotation for the second half: Kersh; Kuroda; Lilly; Billz and DeLaRosa……hmmm

Damn, Piles!!!

Barring new ownership, anyone think as I do that Miles is next years everyday 2B? I’m thinking Ned gives him 2-3 years and of course, he’ll go back to his career norms.

Scary ain’t it?!!!

And of course, Uribe’s the everyday 3B.

F*ck McDooDoo!

Hey, he can be our closer ;-)

Next years FA pool is basically a dung. Nothing worth a shit at 2nd except Cano. Yanks aren’t going to let him go.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/03/2012-mlb-free-agents.html

Second basemen
Clint Barmes (33)
Willie Bloomquist (34) – $1.1MM mutual option with a $150K buyout
Orlando Cabrera (37)
Robinson Cano (29) – $14MM club option with a $2MM buyout
Jamey Carroll (37)
Alex Cora (36)
Craig Counsell (41)
Mark Ellis (35)
Jerry Hairston Jr. (36)
Aaron Hill (30) – $8MM club option for 2012 and $8MM club option for ’13
Omar Infante (30)
Joe Inglett (34)
Kelly Johnson (30)
Adam Kennedy (36)
Felipe Lopez (32)
Jose Lopez (28)
Julio Lugo (36)
Aaron Miles (35)
Augie Ojeda (37)
Brandon Phillips (31) – $12MM club option with a $1MM buyout

Knowing Ned, if he can’t get Miles to resign he’ll go for Lugo. Afterall, he’s familiar with him.

No offense to all you ladies out there, but Maybelline advertising on Gameday is like John Deere advertising on Lifetime channel…

LOL!

Still trying to put lipstick on the pig eh?!!!

That and eyeliner. They want this pig ALL gussied up for the bankruptcy judge.

WOO-HOO….ANDRE!!!!

WTG Andre!!! Nice way to head for the AS game.

What do ya think? Maybe 10 thousand people actually there today?

Probably. Looks like a few more than yesterday….still waiting for the attendance.

WAY TO GO ANDRE EVERETT ETHIER!!!

Whew!!!! That was close!!! A sweep!!! How about that!!!!

Way to go Javy and Andre!

Paid attendance: 35,249

Thanks Trumom!! Looked like about a third of them showed up.

Exactly!

Damn what is this crap? The all seem to have Broxton disease.

Why didn’t Kuo pitch to 2 guys? You would think he would’ve pitch the 8th by now.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-all-starreplacementso

Oh crap another Giants made the AS in place for Reyes geez really.

The Yankees’ CC Sabathia(notes), the Rays’ James Shields(notes), the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander(notes), the Seattle Mariners’ Felix Hernandez(notes) and the Philadelphia Phillies’ Cole Hamels(notes) all were knocked out because of their starts. Sabathia had been bypassed when rosters were announced a week ago, but replaced Shields when the Tampa Bay pitcher appeared Sunday.

Added as All-Stars Sunday were the Yankees’ David Robertson(notes), the Texas Rangers’ Alexi Ogando(notes), the Seattle Mariners’ Michael Pineda(notes), the Toronto Blue Jays’ Ricky Romero(notes), the Arizona Diamonbacks’ Miguel Montero(notes) and the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Kevin Correia(notes).

I’m glad to see Montero make it but I think Hudson should’ve made it over Cain and Hanson over Lincecum.

I’m glad to seeing Bochy take Pablo to the AS Game with him….just what everybody needs…another freaking gnat!

Thirty five thousand? Right. That means over half-full? Right.
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Game 50 attendance (2010): 42,299
Today’s attendance courtesy of trumom: 35,249
Greater than last year = 8 / Less than last year = 41
3rd straight game of negative attendance
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Games less than 30,000 this season – 7
Games less than 30,000 in 2005 – 2010: none
Last game was 9/14/2004 – 29,704
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Lowest attended game of the year: Game 8 – 27,439
Largest single game drop: Game 18 (55,662 – 28,419 = 27,243)
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2010 attendance (50 games) – 2,247,797 (44,956 average)
2011 attendance (50 games) – 1,830,479 (36,610 average) #9 in MLB
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Drop of 417,318 total
Average drop of 8346
Extrapolated for 81 games – 676,055
Projected 2011 final attendance – 2,965,376
2010′s final attendance – 3,562,318 (#3 in MLB)
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Next game’s (51) attendance in 2010 – 44,626
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Crowds less than 30,000 in 2010: none. 2011: 7
Crowds 30,000 – 39,999 in 2010: 10. 2011: 30
Crowds 40,000 – 49,999 in 2010: 29. 2011: 9
Crowds 50,000 – 55,999 in 2010: 7. 2011: 1
Sellouts (56,000) in 2010: 4. 2011: 3

Dodgereric, Jhall and I figured there were about a third of the people actually at the game.

Dodgers’ Ned Colletti gets vote of confidence from Frank McCourt

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dodgers/2011/07/dodgers-frank-mccourt-ned-colletti.html

Looks like Frank ‘n’ Furter together til the end, friend.

And, the end is very near!

I can’t fire him. If I fire him, I’ll have to pay him back the money I borrowed.

Home Run Derby Time!
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GO MATT!!!

Robinson is in the minor league HR derby.

This is response to Wally saying he was going to go to my blog and deluge it with comments. Meant to say Wally instead of Beav.

“haha Beav!
Hi Everyone! I’ve been absent. busy as a bee. I was at SABR41 convention from Wed 7/6 to 7/10 I had such a great time there! Met wonderful baseball geeks. I attended sessions and also volunteered. I loved the tour of old ballparks in Los Angeles. I tweet more than I go to facebook and have not had a chance to update my blog. I was over the limit on pictures on my blog so got to figure out where to put the pics or delete some that I have there.
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Anyway, I was tweeting Sunday that I had an extra four tickets to the Lake Elsinore game against the Visalia’s Rawhides. It was part of the SABR convention activities. I gave the tix to fans waiting in line to buy tix. Nice cozy stadium.
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I video taped Wes Parker talking outside of a session. He seemed like he was having as much fun talking as we were having listening to him. Never made it inside the session ’cause we caught him outside and he just talked and talked and answer all our question. Love Wes!
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Emma”
I’ve been so busy I have not read my Sat and Sun paper so I missed Eric’s letter. I got home about midnight last night, started reading my papers and fell asleep. Now I won’t get home till 10ish catching up at work. But had a great time in Minn and at SABR41 convention. BTW, Wally made that comment on my bday.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_Run_Derby

We had 5 participants and not one winner.

A vote of confidence from the Confidence Man.

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Nice.

Anyone was alive to see game 4 of the 1947 WS? I wonder what the PC back than was and how in the heck you can walk 10 guys and not get pulled but of course he had a no hitter going and the Yankees could’ve gone up 3 games to 1.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BRO/BRO194710030.shtml

Marcus Thames is gone. Now all we have to do is get rid of Navarro, Uribe, Lilly, …………., Colletti, and McCourt and we’ll be home free!

Dodgers get Juan Rivera (yes, yet another yawn) from the Blue Jays in exchange for a PTBNL.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AsBO5PCglASxLtdb9xqj8T2FCLcF?slug=ap-blue-jays-dodgers-trade

I just saw that ;-)

From Twitterville – Ned must love crappy players named Juan – LOL!!!

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