Officially, we now look to next season as it is no longer possible to make the postseason this year. It’s a huge bummer for everyone here and for all of you and there are plenty of ways to dissect what went wrong and what went right. Some of it is obvious, some of it is not so obvious, but all of it certainly going to be considered when Ned and his staff start planning for 2008.
However, several of you have already commented on this and I have to say, I disagree with the entire premise of Bill Plaschke’s column this morning. I obviously have pointed out when I agree with him and in this case I guess I’m just curious where he has come up with the idea that "the kids are no longer untouchable."
Was it from the December live chat that Ned had with fans when he said, "I wouldn’t want to say that anyone is an untouchable because you never know what offer may come your way. I do put great value in our young players, especially after we saw how they competed at the big-league level last year?"
Or was it from his chat with you all last month when he said, "If the right deal presented itself, we would be open minded to moving anybody?"
Ned has repeatedly said for the last year that there aren’t any untouchables and now we’re to believe that suddenly in one week, the team is going to change course. It just seems a bit odd to me. I truly have no idea if we’re going to trade a young player this winter, just as I was not involved in the trade discussions that went on around the deadline. But to characterize this in the fashion it’s been characterized and to hypothesize that Matt Kemp is the kid that will be traded just seems really out there.
Besides, can a "youth movement" reall "crash and burn," in a matter of a week, as Bill writes? I find that hard to believe.