There was obviously a ton of coverage of yesterday’s trades, both locally and nationally. I think Bill Plaschke of the L.A. Times hit the nail on the head with his analysis of the trade while Kevin Modesti of the Daily News makes a very intriguing claim: that Maddux will be the greatest player that has ever worn a Dodger uniform. I’d love to hear fans debate that one, as a case can be made in agreement or for several other players.
Steve Bisheff of the Orange County Register thinks that Ned did the right thing. FoxSports.com’s Dayn Perry breaks down all the trades, giving the Dodgers seemingly good marks for their moves. USA Today’s Mel Antonen thinks the Dodgers got better while Jon Weisman has his own strong analysis on DodgerThoughts, as always. (Who am I kidding? I’m sure you’ve read his long before you’ll read this).
There was tons of coverage coming out of Chicago and Tampa Bay, too. I could probably spend several hours reading all the stories but at the end of the day, here’s the only thing I know: there’s not a person out there who knows how these will turn out on the field for us or the opposing teams — not Ned, Kim, Roy, Bill LaJoie, you, me or any of the baseball gods. That’s probably the most fun part about trades in baseball or any sport, for that matter. We can debate them until we’re Dodger blue in the face, but we probably won’t know how these really turned out for a couple of years. Personally, I’m glad we made the moves we did, as I think we improved ourselves in the short-term while not hurting ourselves too much in the long-run.
I’m actually not on this road trip, so lineups may be a little later than usual and sometimes I won’t be able to post them at all, but please be patient.
It’s August, and that’s meant good thing for the Dodgers over the past few years. Since 2002, Los Angeles is 66-46 in August, the third-best mark in the National League behind the Cardinals and Braves. Let’s hope that stays the same…
And for anyone who doesn’t think the Dodgers can come back from a five-game deficit with two months to go, check out the 1983 club that erased a 6.5-game deficit in the same amount of time with a 20-10 month of August. In fact, four guys who were on that team will be at Great American Ball Park tonight – Rick Monday, Jerry Reuss, Rick Honeycutt and Fernando Valenzuela. (Honeycutt actually joined the team on Aug. 19 of that season).
I know many people will argue that they didn’t have multiple teams to surpass in the standings but remember, there wasn’t a wild card back then, either.