FSN, Furcal and the Float are en Fuego

A check of the winter leagues finds Rafael Furcal hitting .361 (13-for-36) through eight games while playing mostly second base. He has two doubles, a homer, three stolen bases (in three attempts), a .395 OBP and .500 slugging percentage. Looks like the Raffy of old and certainly what we’re all hoping to see in 2008. Of course, it’s only eight games and it’s the Dominican Winter League, not the big leagues (Jose Lima is among the leaders in ERA and Carlos Perez is up there in wins), but it’s certainly a positive sign.

Also, don’t forget that FSN Prime Ticket is running its Blue Year’s Eve marathon starting at 2 p.m. on Monday.  And when you wake up on Tuesday morning, be sure to check out the Rose Parade for the Dodgers’ first-ever float. We’re the 50th float in the parade (of course, celebrating our 50th anniversary in Los Angeles), and there will be legends from every decade on the West Coast riding on the float.

I had a chance to stop by the decorating area two days ago and the float looks really cool. Of course, I saw it without all the roses, but even just with paint on it, it was impressive.

This could be the last post for 2007…if so, on behalf of the entire Dodger organization, thanks for supporting the team throughout the season and we hope that 2008 will bring health to you and all of your families, happiness to Dodger fans around the globe and a World Championship to Los Angeles.

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Thanks Josh/Dodgers for a great and informative blog. Happy New Year Everyone. With the team we have now it should be a productive and exciting 2008.
GO DODGERS!!!!

let’s read into raffy playing 2nd (2009). is Hu a better everyday prospect than Abreu at 2nd? would this give us a more solid defense?

Good news on Furcal. Maybe the Brass are considering giving Lima another look.

I,of course, have no idea where the truth might be in the Clemens/steroid controversy. Just a crappy way to wind up a great career.

The float is on fire is usually BAD news!

Happy New Year everyone. Don’t drink and drive; Jim Leyritz is a tragic but timely reminder of what can happen.

Check out John Sickel’s PRELIMINARY Dodger prospect report:

http://www.minorleagueball.com/story/2007/12/24/17207/117

I think the first 13 are an exact match of the consensus poll at True Blue LA:

http://www.truebluela.com/story/2007/12/19/124126/39

Logan “Santa Claus” White has left the stockings full this year!

It’s great to read that Raffy is active and playing well, only I wish these guy’s will be careful playing winter ball. I see Carlos Perez is doing fine and it’s Lima time down there. Do we have an interest in them? I read the sad news this morning about Jim Leyritz, We’re looking for some baseball news, but not this kind. Glad to see the float is coming along. I made a big sign that reads, “Don’t forget the Dodger float at the Rose Parade New Year’s Morning”, which I’ll see before I go to bed, most likely. I’d like to mention, one more time, If I may, that I could swear the Dodger’s were in that parade, 25 years ago. Well if I don’t hear from you again this year, JOSH,****HAVE A HAPPY.

Kershaw goes nowhere for nobody. I still could see our outfield situation and 5th starting spot being a problem. GO DODGERS!!!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

Well fellas, the Patriots just went 16-0. I think the Dodgers could learn from the Pats winning ways. One can only hope that the Dodgers have half the success that the Pats have had over the last 5-6 years.

Well, Santa Clause did not deliver on my XMas gift, trade Pierre, so hopefully father time will deliver in ’08 and grant us the wish of trading away Pierre. One can only hope and dream. Anyways, to all of my fellow Dodger lovers/bloggers, here’s to you and a very Prosperous and Happy New Year!!! Stay safe.

Not to say we were counting on him to greatly or anything, but he was sure electric when on point…

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20071231&content_id=2337285&vkey=pr_kc&fext=.jsp&c_id=kc

Thanks EWK for the info on Tsao.

To everyone on here, Have a Happy New Year and lets all root for a great year for the Dodgers!!!!!!!!!!

H A P P Y N E W Y E A R

Pierre has a no trade clause in his contract? If what I read is true on the Dodger site, then Ned really is an idiot……..Happy New Year!

I have no doubt that Colletti is and always has been an idiot. I believe somebody is sitting on him not to make any of his own typically idiotic decisions until his contract time is up. I think after that he’ll be gone too, and good riddance to the worthless “Giant” bast***.
Otherwise Happy New Year amd much success for the Dodgers in 2008!

Red is a beautiful color but Blue is the most beautiful, I enjoyed watching the Tournament of Roses parade, especially because our Dodgers were in it. It was a proud moment watching the float go by.******According to Gurnick, Ethier will share LF with Pierre, this comes as a suprise to me. How they will do this without braking the consecutive game streak will be interesting. Needless to say it sounds great. It’s good news. He also notes that one of them could be traded for a relief pitcher. Well let’s wait and see what happens in this new year. Let’s hope it’s a great 50th Anniversary for the team in LA.

I agree fliegel – a no trade clause has got to be even dumber than the $$.

But let’s not get too excited fellas – Ethier won’t be traded just for back of the bullpen help, and Torre’s [hopefully] not stupid. With the thought of limited playing time, losing his consecutive games streak, and a majority of Dodger fans ready to boo his every step, I’m sure JP would be more than happy to waive his “no trade” clause.

I agree Enchanted. Pierre signed to leadoff and play centerfield. He will probably not do either with the Dodgers in 08. Now throw in the shared playing time and he will most likely be more than happy to approve a trade. Let’s hope Ned can get it done. Either now or before the July trade deadline when a desperate team my take him. That may be our best hope of unloading him.

Most likely another big reason we proberly never heard Pierre’s name mentioned in trades is because of that “No Trade Claus”. I hope I’m wrong but to me it looks like Ethier’s days as a Dodger are numbered.

That would be a **** shame.

I don’t see Ethier being traded for two reasons:

1. There’s nothing the D’s need to trade Ethier for. Back of the bullpen – no. I can’t see Ethier equating to Betemit. 5th starter – no… Only in despiration if Schmidt, Kuo, Loaiza, McDonald, Kershaw, Houlton, Stults and Meloan all break their arms in ST. 3B – maybe, but only if LaRoche and Nomar are total flops in ST. Reserve IFs/OFs – no way.

2. Ned (a hair’s breath from being Neddy again with this no trade thing) won’t go into the season without a veteran OF on the bench (meaning JP) in case something happens.

As the season goes on and if the OF is intact (no season ending injuries) by the trade deadline and there’s a need for something, then JP possibly gets moved. By that time he’s either accepted the 4th OF roll, or he demands a trade. Either way (except for the money thing), Ned’s off the hook.

I’m also willing to bet that if Either starts and JP is the 4th man and proves valuable in that roll (which I think he can be if properly used), JP sticks the entire season and becomes a hotter commodity next offseason.

BTW, does anybody read anything into the fact that Gurnick has Loaiza 5 SP? Anyone heard anything negative about Schmidt?

I’m all for the best man winning 5th spot be it whomever, but Loaiza penciled in over Schmidt right now concerns me.

I also think that Pierre has value as a 4th outfielder and a pinch runner… just not at 36 mil. I think that Loaiza should not be penciled in over Schmidt or Kuo for that matter. I saw nothing of Loaiza last year which lead me to believe he would be even half way decent next year. I really hope Kuo has a BEAST ST and wins the job. He’s definately the wild card and he would solve our problem of no lefties in the rotation. BTW, has anyone heard anything about Seanez? I noticed Gunrick put him as a subtraction from the team…

I for one would like to see Seanez resigned – he proved his worth last season by pitching well and making a helluva lot of appearances. I think though that he’s the odd man out. Between having to probably keep Schmidt AND Loaiza (knowing one will be long relief out of the pen), and the low cost Stults/ Houlton alternatives, don’t think they’ll pay the price. I’m actually surprised that no other team has signed him by now.

I’ve been searching for the profile of Vin Scully that appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine many years ago. Do you know if there is a link to that article? I would sure appreciate it.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We’re down to a month and a half until spring training.

dougout61-

Try searching the LA Times archives at

http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/search.html. Search for “Vin Scully” and restrict the search to just the Magazine.

You should find two articles listed from the 1998 timeframe. The site says it will cost $3.95 a copy for each article. Hope this helps.

Gurnick is wrong again. According to Jon Weisman (of Dodger Thoughts and SI.com) “The Dodgers gave me confirmation that Pierre does not have a no-trade clause.”

http://dodgerthoughts.baseballtoaster.com/archives/891964.html

Rudy Seanez is 39. He set career-highs each of the last three seasons in batters faced. Grady pitched him, by far, more than anyone ever had before, by 15 2/3 innings and 80 batters. He has a checkered injury history. Perhaps teams are wondering how much arm he has left.

The last time he started two springs in the same organization was the 2002-2003 Texas Rangers, but Texas released him. Someone will pick him up on yet another one-year deal.

Fogey, I hope we are the ones who resign Seanez…

Now that the new year is here we can all officially start looking forward to the players reporting to Vero in the middle of February. I am SOOO excited! I count the days until ST and the season start!

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