From the Grapefruit League to the Bush League

Borders_and_bushDodgertown got a visit today from Prescott Bush, the uncle of current President George W. Bush and the brother of former president George H.W. Bush. Following a tour of Dodgertown, Bush got a chance to meet some of the Dodger players, including non-roster catcher Pat Borders (pictured), who has enjoyed daily political discussions with the Dodger beat writers (no joke).

As most of you probably know, the current president has baseball ties, having owned the Texas Rangers before becoming Governor of Texas.

The Dodgers have their own long history of presidential ties, as former Commanders In Chief like Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan have thrown out the first pitch at Dodger games in the past.

Prescott Bush picked a gorgeous day to visit Dodgertown, as the skies cleared up for workouts. In fact, it’s so nice that the front office staff is heading out to Holman Stadium for a softball game this afternoon – the L.A. Dodgers vs. the Vero Beach Dodgers.

Tomorrow, the real fun starts. We’ll be boarding a 7 a.m. bus to Jacksonville for an intrasquad game. It will be the first chance to watch players like Nomar Garciaparra and Bill Mueller compete in a Dodger uniform and they’ll be up against top Dodger prospects like Chad Billingsley, Andy LaRoche and the rest of the players that helped the Suns win the Double-A Southern League championship last season. We’ll post some results on this blog tomorrow as soon as they’re available.

217 comments

  1. bigd33ea@yahoo.com

    After looking at the rosters, the Suns look like they ahve a better team than the Dodgers. I think the Suns are more talented at every single positions. I’m glad I live in Jacksonville and can witness this game first hand.

  2. mlwatkins22@msn.com

    Talent, maybe, I am excited about that too. But a better team? Let’s get realistic. There is no substitute for major league experience. Jacksonville might win this one, I hope that they do, but I would guess that you are being facetious about them being a better team overall.

  3. JhallWally

    Lineup:
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    Carroll SS
    Castro 2B
    Ethier RF
    Kemp CF
    Uribe 3B
    Barajas C
    Sands LF
    Mitchell 1B
    Billingsley P
    .
    At least with Castro batting 2nd, he can’t come in to pinch hit with the bases loaded again.
    .
    Vicente Padilla is headed to the DL with Ramon Troncoso being recalled. He allowed at least one run in 6 of his last 10 appearances in Albuquerque. So, basically another Cormier.
    .
    At least no Loney or Navarro. I would much rather see Miles than Castro. Geez, that’s sad!!!

    • nedsajerk

      Oh come on calling him Cormier is just wrong lol. We can only hope that Troncoso go back to the 2009 Troncoso just don’t overused him like Torre did last year.

      • nedsajerk

        One thing that Donny is doing right is letting his starters go deep into game this season than what Torre did last year. I think we’re average around 6 1/3 innings from our starters and if it wasn’t for Lilly that number probably go up.

  4. JhallWally

    Here are the DodgerEric attendance figures thru game 24:
    They took a big hit last night. Keep it up Dodger Fandom,
    The end is in sight for Frank and Furter.
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    Game 24′s attendance (2010): 45,325
    Today’s attendance courtesy of trumom: 30,421
    Greater than last year = 5 / Less than last year = 18
    .
    2010 attendance (23 games) – 1,050,702 (43,779 average)
    2011 attendance (23 games) – 874,768 (36,449 average) #9 in MLB
    .
    Drop of 175,934 total
    Average drop of 7,330
    Extrapolated for 81 games – 593,730
    Projected 2011 final attendance – 2,952,369
    2010′s final attendance – 3,562,318 (#3 in MLB)
    .
    Next game’s (25) attendance in 2010 – 36,533

  5. JhallWally

    Yep, Ned knows talent. First Ross, then Werth!!! I can’t believe we gave up on Ross for the likes of Ricky Ledee, Jose Cruz Jr, and Kenny Lofton. Geez!!! Here is the excert from Tony Jackson.
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    There was no shortage of reasons for second-guessing after this one, culminating in the fact it was Ross — a guy the Dodgers dumped in 2006 because they didn’t have room for him in an outfield of J.D. Drew in right, Kenny Lofton in center and a platoon of Ricky Ledee and Jose Cruz Jr. in left, a guy who was the Most Valuable Player of last year’s National League Championship Series — who delivered the big blow.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/mlb/columns/story?id=6565816

  6. nedsajerk

    If Jansen could get his ERA down from 11.42 than Troncoso can to. Jansen haven’t given up any runs since the 10-1 games vs the Braves in Apr. 19 but that was also the last game that Troncoso pitch in the major.

    • JhallWally

      The real knock is not against Troncoso, it’s against Ned. Because of him, Troncoso and Cormier are the best we can do!!! These guys don’t belong on a major league roster and thanks to Ned, its the best we can do at this point.

      • nedsajerk

        How much are we paying Cormier? We could’ve had pay Cory Wade the same amount and I bet he would’ve had a better season over Cormier. I wonder what Wade numbers look like in TB organization/

      • JhallWally

        Here are Cory Wades’ stats at AAA Durham. He is currently not on the 40 man roster for Tampa Bay. He’s certainly doing better thank the pieces of shit we’ve currently got.
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        Team W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
        DUR INT 1 0 0.74 13 0 0 0 0 24.1 19 2 2 2 4 24 .218

    • enchantedTheBeav

      The difference is, Jansen can pitch, Troncoso can’t. I suspect next year Jansen won’t be able to either.

  7. nedsajerk

    Speaking of Miles maybe he would’ve been an option to pitch over Cormier. Miles did pitch from the Cardinals last year I think it was that 20+ innings game vs the Mets.

  8. nedsajerk

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Hoffmann up again since we got him back. Do the Twins need a catcher? Mauer replacement expanding 3 catchers are a combined 11/109. Butera 8/77, his backup Rivera 1/15 and Holm 2/17 before he was sent back to the minor.

  9. nedsajerk

    Hoffman numbers in triple A and he still mashing there. He has a stats line as .278/.355/.546/.901 with 7 HR’s 19 rbi’s but of course he playing in a hitter league.

    • nedsajerk

      In 2009 when he was promoted to triple A he hit 8 HR’s in 257 AB’s, in 2009 he also 8 HR’s in 545 and now this season he has already hit 7 HR’s in only 108 AB’s.

  10. nedsajerk

    Dodgers’ Ethier snapped giving obscene gesture
    19 minutes ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP)—Andre Ethier was photographed making obscene gestures earlier this week and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has talked with the star outfielder about it.

    During batting practice before a game against the Brewers, Ethier was snapped flipping his middle fingers at a photographer. He says he found the photographer distracting.

    Either says he used bad judgment and will accept any punishment that baseball decides to hand out.

    Mattingly says the Dodgers will handle the problem internally.

    • JhallWally

      Wow!! Well, Andre is in a pretty bad slump right now, and I’m sure he is not only frustrated by that, but also the continued ineptness he is surrounded by on the field and in the ownership and management. Hell, I would be flipping off people too!!!

  11. nedsajerk

    May 19 RHP Matt Guerrier, a native of Birmingham, Ala., donated $25,000 to the Salvation Army’s tornado relief efforts, along with $10,000 to the Dodgers Dream Foundation. Guerrier earned his first save for the Dodgers on Tuesday night, working a clean ninth in a 3-0 win. It was Guerrier’s sixth career save and first one since June 8, 2010.

    • nedsajerk

      I wish more players would donate like Guerrier did and Cormier need to give back all of his salary.

  12. trublu4ever

    Andre’s gesture gave me a marketing idea…instead of selling the #1 foam finger, they should make it with the middle finger up……they’d sell a ton of them. A good supply of brown-paper bags might sell well too.

  13. enchantedTheBeav

    I’m still of the opinion that every loss is a good thing until we get a new owner. Not that there’s much in the minors worth anything, but I don’t want Nerd trading Robinson or Lee for another worthless PVL who’s going to “save our season.” The further out we are the better.

      • enchantedTheBeav

        Yes, Mitchell brings that “X” factor wild card variable into the equation.
        .
        Unfortunately, X still equals 0.

  14. enchantedTheBeav

    Frank’s asked the divorce judge to make a ruling on the Fox deal. Pardon my ignorance, but what jurisdiction would a divorce judge have over that?

  15. GM Ned Colletti

    Boss is trying to what’s right. Remember he thinks this is a good team. At least I didn’t say that, but they are cheap. Remember, It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, only if boss can pay his lawyers.

    • trublu4ever

      I’m counting them right now….I think I can get a count before Vinny gives it to me. Seriously, it is very empty. You know your in deep poop when the bleachers and the upper decks are bare.

  16. enchantedTheBeav

    Dang it, I’ve got this started to the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, but I’m stuck after the first stanza:
    .
    The legend lives on from Pacoima on south
    Of the big ass we call Ned Colletti
    The team it is said does its best playing dead
    And the cloud from this bomb is mushroomy
    Signed a ton of vet’ran whores, ninety-five million or more
    But the Dodgers roster still’s empty
    The rest of the blue is for us to eschew
    When the break in November comes early
    .
    .
    Need some help on this one!!

    • JhallWally

      The club was the pride of baseballs National side,
      Coming here from a borough in Brooklyn,
      As baseball teams go, it was better than most, with lineup and skipper well seasoned,
      Concluding some terms with a corrupt Boston firm,
      We now knew that the glass was half empty,
      And later with fright when they hired a management gang,
      Could it be a G’nat reject who’d be dealing.

    • enchantedTheBeav

      The Times and news wires sold a tattle-tale round
      Bout chauffeurs Jamie was dating
      And Franky he blew, cuz he’d married a shrew
      T’was the bitch of Old Boston asquealin’
      Divorce came fast and the team still came last
      And Frank’s pocketbooks were soon emptied
      When ’11 came half the team came up lame
      And the rest I’m not able to mention

      • JhallWally

        When dealing time came old Colletti came out a sayin’,
        Fella’s your too young to play ya,
        A stupid GM, for PVLs he caved in sayin’,
        Fella’s ya should’ve been older,
        To the waiver wire then, he had PVLs coming in,
        Throwing away young players our peril,
        And later that year, with PVL injuries we feared,
        Came the mess that is now McCourts Dodgers.

      • enchantedTheBeav

        Does anyone know where the money all goes
        Frank borrowed thirty but payroll’s just twenty
        The researchers say he shant make it through May
        He needs sev’ral more millions to fund her.
        Would they split the team up if the owner capsized?
        Franky’s boat leaks and is taking on water
        Now all that remains is a bunch of lost games
        Let’s get rid of those scum Boston squatters

      • JhallWally

        Bud Selig rules, and Soberoff spins,
        Jamie now lives in 6 mansions,
        Old Neddy steamrolls the young players dreams,
        With the old vets that just ain’t producing,
        In triple A below, the players well know,
        They’ll wait to see where Ned sends ’em,
        And the pennant dreams go as the ITDers well know,
        With the ignorant Ned deals of November.

      • enchantedTheBeav

        With some rusty old clowns that Colletti lets play
        In what once was considered a heaven
        The death knell chimes for the [now] twenty-three times
        That its been since won a world series
        .
        The legend lives on from Pacoima on south
        Of the big ass we call Ned Colletti
        The team it is said does its best playing dead
        And the cloud from this bomb is mushroomy!

  17. vl4eccjr

    Good evening all.
    Rough start for Billz. With this weak hitting lineup, he may need divine intervention to pull out a win.
    At least the Mavs – Thunder game is entertaining. .

  18. northstateblues

    Anticipating all the fun to be had tonight (and the last game I”ll get on TV for a while), I decided to pick one of these up from the store on the way home.

    .
    Will 12% alcohol by volume be enough? Tune in next inning…

  19. bob lee

    I really just get sick of looking out at the infield and seeing Castro playing anywhere. Don’t we have somebody in the minors that can hit a ball. Come on..

      • nedsajerk

        lol geez let Miles have a day off and it just for one game I know I shouldn’t had reply to this one when this was posted almost 2 hrs ago.

  20. enchantedTheBeav

    Thinking it might be a good strategy for the Giants if they played the infield in, you know, so the ball’d have a chance to get to them.

    • JhallWally

      Yep!! 108 pitches. No use to stretch him out down 3-0 and little hope of scoring that many runs.

  21. bob lee

    What happened to the player that was in the dodger minor league for so many years. Did he go to Japan? Was about 32 yeats old. We need him back

  22. bob lee

    How do we allways end up with a Giant player who turns out to be a big dud? They are smarter than our GM, that’s for sure.

  23. bob lee

    Yep. enough of this crap. Don’t know why I subject myself to this crap. Where is the old Brooklyn fan. Haven’t heard from him…

  24. emma

    Heard it from Jaime Jarrin. He, Pepe and Fernando guess the attendance every night. Who ever comes the closest wins. The other two pay $10 each . The money at the end of the season goes to a charity

  25. dodgereric

    Hey everyone!
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    E and jman, you guys are too much.
    .
    vl, the guy you’re wondering about is John Lindsey. He’s back in Albuquerque. And if I spelled that right, it’s a miracle. And every now and then brooklyn will appear making a comment on the LA Times Dodger stories. I think it’s all a bit too negative for him on here lately.

  26. dodgereric

    Game 25’s attendance (2010): 36,533
    Today’s attendance courtesy of emma and Jaime Jarrin: 34,242
    Greater than last year = 5 / Less than last year = 19
    8th straight game of negative attendance
    .
    2010 attendance (25 games) – 1,087,235 (43,489 average)
    2011 attendance (25 games) – 909,010 (36,360 average) #9 in MLB
    .
    Drop of 178,225 total
    Average drop of 7129
    Extrapolated for 81 games – 577,449
    Projected 2011 final attendance – 2,945,192
    2010’s final attendance – 3,562,318 (#3 in MLB)
    .
    Next game’s (26) attendance in 2010 – 35,355

  27. vl4eccjr

    This offense doesn’t even have a pulse!
    Anyone think they have a ‘crash cart’ in the dugout?

  28. nedsajerk

    Ok I’m back now and it look like I didn’t miss much anyway and I see Troncoso had a 1 2 3 inning to bad it was against a team that he normal dominated in his career.

  29. dodgereric

    Here’s an article about the son of Steve Garvey, playing for a Palm Springs HS in the playoffs. If his team wins 3 more games, he’ll get to play in Dodger Stadium. (Insert punch line here)

  30. vl4eccjr

    Still Breathing! There goes the shutout & CG.
    Sands just missing AGAIN! Seems he’s just a doubles machine.

  31. nedsajerk

    lol Wilson seem to be struggling and see Bochy I never understand why these coach bring in there closer in the middle of the 8th innngs.

  32. 32and53fan

    top of the ninth… bases jammed… how ’bout acting like a good team and getting a double or better?

    • nedsajerk

      Look like all the Giants runs was scored with 2 outs? I haven’t really check there risp with 2 outs.

  33. 32and53fan

    Carroll is just too strong. That hit was just a little harder than a blooper. They say it’s better to be lucky than to be good. The Dodgers are neither.

  34. nedsajerk

    J Giambi 1B 5 3 3 7 0 2 21 .194 .306 .581

    Wow kind of impressive and I don’t know who I would take Loney or Giambi? All 3 of those hits were HR’s and drove in 7 of the Rockies 10 runs

  35. dodgereric

    Looks like the Dodgers promoted Shawn Tolleson from Great Lakes to High A Rancho Cuc. He was lights out for the Loons with 15 IP in 14 games. Eight hits, 4 walks, 33 strikeouts. So far in Rancho, he’s been in 2 games, 3 – 2/3rds innings, 1 hit, 3 BBs and 7 Ks.

    • nedsajerk

      Keep it up I love to see these 30th rounds pick be light out. He was born in Dallas just like Kershaw was.

    • ThinkingBlue

      Well I’m trying to stay positive and I know we can still be #1….LOL my daugter’s softball team was 4th place the whole season but with hard work and long practices they snuck past the 3rd place team and on the last game they beat the 2nd place team. Well it was a 2-way tie for 2nd but since our girls beat the other team both times we ended finishing on 2nd place. Right now we are in the tournament and we have not lost a game. Girls are getting ready to play the 1st place team tonight….LET’S GO HUSKIES!

    • nedsajerk

      lol I still wish yahoo would add the lob’s numbers after each games other than checking the boxscore and do it manually. It also would be nice if yahoo would added QS for the SP’s because it look silly with a SP’s getting any holds and saves on there profile page.

    • nedsajerk

      Well not only that they have TBF’s they also have SB, CS, GIDP’s, OBPA, SLGA, and OBSA. They should have for the catchers, Catcher’s ERA that I love on espn and also SB, CS, CS%, PB and I think they all I can name.

    • JhallWally

      Thanks for the link Shad. Our situational hitting is really bad. Not just Barajas, but the whole team.

  36. messagebear

    Actually, fans, we’re in beautiful shape. The two half owners are battling each other in court, so no ownership resolving settlement is in sight. The MLB will probably get another leg up by having to make payroll from now on. The judge isn’t likely to favor Frank’s plan for future revenue with Fox – if that were to happen, it seems to me that he’d require Frank and Jamie to work that out and agree to between themselves. The performance on the playing field is no surprise to me with the lineups we have, and the EMPTY SEATS are very encouraging.
    *
    All this means that perhaps sooner rather than later we’ll be rid of Frank and Jamie too, and consequentially of Ned and a whole caboodle of functionaries.

  37. ThinkingBlue

    Hello all, its been awhile. I just been to busy with family & work. But when I watch the news a hear about Andre flipping the bird at some photographer or something like that, I had to come here. I’m at work and should be working but I have to say what’s on my mind…
    *
    First the news gives us a tease about A Dodger that did something that made a lot of fans mad and images of Ethier are being shown….I was thinking….WTF! What did Ethier do? My first reaction was to start praying that he did not start talking crap about playing for the Dodgers, hopefully he did not pull a Juan Pierre on us…. Thank God that wasn’t it. But when I heard that I was that Andre had flipped a photographer off…all I did was laugh. I am a fan and was not mad. Yeah he should NOT loose his Temper (like he does a lot). He really needs to work on that. It was not during a live broadcast…I hate how some media blow small things out of proportion. That photographer just wanted his 5 minutes of fame. Well if you ask me, Ethier looks good in that picture…LOL all we need is to add a caption on the bottom “FRANK F-U”.

  38. messagebear

    Agree with you, Thinking. It’s not like he flipped off a fan. Some media types just like to make a big deal and get into a player’s face, sometimes at the wrong time. If the truth be known, Andre would probably agree with your intended caption.

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