4/20/2005 03:47:00 PM|||Andrew|||Much like Ryne Sandberg managed to put up nearly the same numbers as Joe Morgan during his carrer, he also manages to be just as stupid of an analyst. For example, if you were to ask Ryne Sandberg why the Dodgers are so successful, he would answer:
I think Jim Tracy deserves a lot of credit. He's one of the more well-respected managers in the game today. He gets a lot out of the talent on the Dodgers roster, and the players play hard for him. He gets the most out of everybody.
If J.D. Drew and Hee Seop Choi begin to hit – and Eric Gagne gets healthy – that'll only make this team better. The Dodgers are on a roll, and winning is something you get used to. I still think they'll have plenty of competition from the San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks and possibly the San Diego Padres, but L.A. seems to have the upper hand on the NL West for now.
I thought it'd be hard for the Dodgers to replace Shawn Green and Adrian Beltre. But they've gotten some surprisingly good pitching, Odalis Perez and Jeff Weaver in particular, and they've gotten run production from Jeff Kent, Milton Bradley, Jose Valentin, Ricky Ledee and Cesar Izturis. Those guys are really picking up the slack. And the Dodgers are finding a way to win ball games.
I like how he claims that Jim Tracy deserves all the credit, then goes on to do absolutely nothing to prove that point. I think that the last paragraph is far more telling as to why the Dodgers have been so successful at this point in the season.
Is he saying that if the Dodgers were managed by, say, Eric Wedge, they wouldn't try as hard? That's a perfectly reasonable assertion, but I would like to see some actual facts to back this claim up.
Let's try writing like Ryne Sandberg:
I think that the Dodgers are so successful because an alien named Du'Tox Inag shared his magical powers with us. You can tell this is true, due to the hot starts of Kent, Ledee, Phillips, and Izturis. Once Choi and Drew get some of this magical pixie dust, the Dodgers should really start going.
See what I did there, I made a statement, then I backed it up with facts that have absolutely nothing to do with that statement. Where's my check Yahoo?
There is nothing wrong with the assertion that the Dodgers success is due to Jim Tracy. If you are going to make this claim, however, it is best to actually provide some backing for it.|||111403823841801935|||Ryne Sandberg is an idiot4/19/2005 01:21:00 PM|||Andrew|||While DePo already has my vote for President, I have no problem with Milt-Dog becoming his Chief of Staff.|||111394215875518816|||Milt-Dog Does It Again4/19/2005 12:35:00 PM|||Andrew|||If you take out his 0 for 11 start (with seven strikeouts) Hee Seop Choi is hitting .273 (with three strike outs). While this isn't some massive turn around, it is solid numbers.
Why then, does Jim Tracy feel the need to remove Choi early in the game, for Senor Grabowski? A double switch is usually performed in order to move the pitcher down eight or nine slots in the order. This one? Two. Way to show confidence in your players Tracy.
At the end of last year, I said we were in a win-win situation. If we make the playoffs, cool, we make the playoffs, everyone is happy. If we miss, then we have an excuse to fire Jim Tracy.
I think I might have been happier with the firing.|||111393967654516751|||Handling Hee Seop4/19/2005 11:08:00 AM|||Andrew|||Hasn't Jim Tracy discovered that running on 3-2 with less than two out is a bad idea?
He does it all the time, and it rarely seems to work.
God dammit.|||111393418168379641|||The Definition of Insanity4/18/2005 07:23:00 PM|||Andrew|||Okay, maybe I was a little premature about declaring my "Mulder is done" prediction a success.|||111387756620557415|||Premature Celebrations4/18/2005 04:43:00 PM|||Andrew|||I'm going to have to guess that the Dodgers won't be carrying Jason Grabowski for much longer. Why? Because DePodesta has to save Tracy from himself.
Quick quiz: You need to decide on a first baseman for your lineup against a right handed pitcher. Which one of these is the best candidate?
A. The guy with a good on base percentage, but is currently struggling.
B. Your designated first baseman against lefties, who has performed consistently well.
C. A man who is being groomed for first base, but needs major league expirence.
D. Your fifth outfielder, who is clearly the worst player on the team.
If you answered "D", congratulations, you too could manage the Dodgers.
Grabowski has put up the following stats in his time with the Dodgers: .220/.295/.373. Well, the OPS is almost at .675 I guess that's a start. He's not exactly a defensive wizard either, with a carrer DRAA of -1 (granted, there's not a huge sample size on that).
Compare Grabowski's OPS to the OPS of the rest of the Dodgers bench in 2004.
Olmedo Saenz: .857
Hee Seop Choi: .810
Jose Hernandez: .910
Robin Ventura: .699
David Ross: .544
Grabowski has the second lowest OPS on the team, and the player with the second highest OPS on the team is on the bench. In spite of all this, however, Jim Tracy decided that Jason Grabowski should get more appearances of the bench in a season that anyone had had before in the history of baseball. Obviously, Tracy likes Grabowski for some otherworldly reason, and will continue to give him at bats, not matter how horribly he fails. What's a person to do?
The answer, of course, is to get Grabowski off the 25 man roster. There are two ways I can see this occuring:
-Send Grabowski down. When Jayson Werth comes back, Grabowski should be the odd man out. After all, we're getting an outfielder back, the fifth outfielder should be the first guy to go. However, there is a good chance that Repko will get the call instead, since he's young, and would be better served with more at bats in the minors.
-Sell him to the Pirates for $75,000. They thought David Ross was a worthwhile investment at this cost, I don't see why they wouldn't also appreciate Grabowski as well..
It's obvious that Jim Tracy feels addicted to using bad players in platoons, like he has some sort of Little League playtime rule to adhere to. The only solution to this is to just send Grabowski off into the ether, where he can't hurt the team anymore.|||111386732757531525|||Grabowwwwwskiiii4/18/2005 04:43:00 PM|||Andrew|||I have no actual evidence to support this, but it seems like whenever a struggling player has a good day, Jim Tracy decides to sit them the next game.
Case in point, J.D. Drew finally gets an extra base hit, time for him to sit. Hee Seop Choi makes good, solid contact for once (his average is improving at a slow pace), time to sit. Valentin has one of the best averages in the league, sit him.
The Dodgers have only four of the usual starters out there tonight, Izturis, Bradley, Kent, and Phillips. That's right, the entire bench, save Bako, is out there tonight.
Maybe Tracy believes that Capuano sucks, and that we can beat him with our second string. Maybe he decided that half the team is tired, and needs a break. Maybe Jim Tracy is just a bad manager (that can't be it, can it?)
Well, let's hope that the current Dodger magic can keep us rolling. After all, according to Odalis' ERA we only need to score two runs tonight to win. Let's hope so.|||111386814949501228|||Sit 'Em While They're Hot4/15/2005 12:40:00 PM|||Andrew|||First note, this isn't really Dodger related, but, I don't expect all of these posts to be.
Sheffield is apparently in trouble again. This time he took a swing at a fan. My view on this is simple: did anyone expect anything different from Gary?
Granted, he has quieted down since he left the Dodgers and hell, he even said incriminating things about Barry, so, that will score points for me any day.
However, this is also the same man who let a few balls by him while he was with the Brewers, and called Dodger fans things that would be best if we never spoke of again. (Of course, it took them all of five innings to forgive him, but that just proves how stupid Dodger fans really are.)
I don't like Gary, I don't make it a secret. He's the only Dodger I never gave a chance (I was at the game the day after we traded Piazza, booing mightly). And well, I don't understand when ESPN is saying how good of a guy Sheffield is. Sheffield is a criminal. Always has been, always will be.
I'm hoping for a rather large suspension, if only for the fact it will hurt the Yankees. Selig will likely dispense his usual brand of justice, give him a slap on the wrist, and send Gary on his way.
Oh well.|||111359438491710755|||The Sheff Is Cookin' Something (Trouble)4/15/2005 12:26:00 PM|||Andrew|||Probably not the best post to start off with, but, this was on my mind.
Sports writers, more than anyone, make bold blanket statements, then quickly forget that they made them.
Case in point, Fox Sports and SI released their first power rankings for baseball this week. The Dodgers were ranked first in Sports Illustrated (previously 15th), and third at Fox (previously 10th).
Now, I can understand Sports Illustrated. They are simply ranking teams by what they've done so far this season. It's hard to argue that the Dodgers didn't have the best first week in basbeall.
Fox, on the other hand, has the Yankees still in second, despite their mediocre start. In effect, he is saying that the Dodgers are suddenly the third best team in baseball. For christ sake, have some guts. (However in going through Dayn Perry's archives, he at least isn't a blatant idiot, so I have to give him credit for that.)
All over the net, people like Buster Onley are already retracting everything they've said about the Dodgers this offseason. It's only eight games. Maybe, despite your tiny, tiny brains, you might be right. Then you will look truly stupid.
As happy as I am that the Dodgers have the best record in baseball, it's only week two. It's not time to proclaim the Dodgers champions of the NL West, (nor Toronto in the AL East), the Sox don't need to trade wells, and Mariano Rivera will be fine. Baseball is a game of averages, you need to let things settle before you start proclaiming doom.
Of course, most writers rely on collective amnesia to make their points, so, none of this will change.|||111359388866623828|||Holding Your Own