Positional Preview 2018- Second Base

Logan Forsythe hits his sixth home run of the season

Back in November the Dodgers exercised Logan Forsythe’s 8.5 million dollar club option. He can become a free agent after the 2018 season, and it is fair to wonder if this is his last in Dodger blue. The club acquired him from the Tampa Bay Rays in a deal that sent top pitching prospect Jose De Leon to Tampa in exchange for Forsythe. The 31-year old keystone veteran had a mostly atrocious opening campaign with the bat in 2017, but made up for that with a productive postseason.

The Dodgers are preparing to open the 2018 season with Forsythe as their starting second baseman. Last season Forsythe appeared in 119 games and slashed ./224/.351/.327 in 439 plate appearances. The steady veteran’s batting and power numbers were so low that we often questioned why the Dodgers continued to play him. Of course an early season foot injury seemed to hamper him, and maybe he never recovered. Forsythe hit just 6 home runs and drove in only 36 runs. That gave him one of the lowest isolated power marks (.102) contributing to posting a below average OPS+ of 90.

This made us all raise an eyebrow. If you look deeply you’ll see Forsythe’s pitiful power and batting skills were eerily similar to the numbers he put up in San Diego earlier in his career. Actually if we take a look we notice….

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2011 – .213/.281/.287 –OPS+ 62

2012 – .273/.343/.390 –OPS+ 107

2013 – .214/.281/.332 –OPS+77

2014 – .223/.287/.329 –OPS+77

2017 – .224/.351/.327 –OPS+ 82

While Forsythe regressed with the bat, there was one thing he did well and that was getting on base and seeing a lot of pitches. Forsythe walked 69 times and struck out just 109 times last season. His BB% was 15.7% which was the highest of his career. He also saw the most pitches of any other second baseman in the league.

Reverse Splits

Unfortunately Forsythe had a massive reverse split during the 2017 season. He hit only .190 against right handed pitching but crushed lefties with .290/.418/.452 line in 153 plate appearances. You would think that made him a great platoon candidate, and the Dodgers mostly obliged by playing Chase Utley at second base against right handers in some games down the stretch.

The strange thing about Forsythe’s season was that April was his best month. He batted .295/.407/.341 (13 or 44) in April and then plummeted to .160 in May. He was awful down the stretch as September was one of his worst months. Forsythe batted just .197 (14 for 71) in the final month with a .640 OPS. He hit just .244 with runners in scoring position.

On the defensive side, Forsythe was steady as a rock posting plus metrics at second base and third. He spent most of his time at second base (80 games), but also saw considerable amounts of playing time (42 games) at third. Forsythe posted a +1 runs above average rating at second base while saving 5 runs. He posted a +5 defensive rating at third base while registering 4 defensive runs saved there as well. Forsythe generally makes all the routine plays, committing only 3 errors apiece at second and third. He also notched 3 games in left field, 2 at shortstop, and one at first base.

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Postseason

Forsythe was very productive in the postseason. He stuck to his brand of game. He didn’t hit any home runs, but batted well, got on-base and scored a lot of runs. He saw a lot of pitches and played good defense. His plat discipline was excellent as he slashed .297/.435/.351 with 9 walks and 7 strikeouts in 46 postseason plate appearances. Forsythe batted .444 (4 for 9) with 4 runs scored in the NLDS against Arizona. He then went on to hit .278 (5 for 18) with 3 runs scored, 4 walks, and 3 RBIs in 22 trips to the plate in the World Series.

There aren’t many alternatives at second base for the Dodgers. Enrique Hernandez can spell Forsythe on occasion, Chris Taylor can play there as well, but he should be manning center field on most days. Chase Utley is a free agent and probably not coming back. Maybe Rob Segedin or Austin Barnes can fill some games as well? Otherwise Forsythe is it at second base. That’s not a bad thing either as he does a lot of things well. Excellent plate discipline, a steady glove and good on-base skills are there. The Dodgers are hoping for a return to his Tampa Bay form in which he blasted 17 and 20 home runs respectively. If he can’t then the Dodgers may have to start looking outside the organization for a replacement.

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With so many options at second base, I think we are pretty much set a second base. We need Forsythe to spell Turner at third too. So it is basically four guys sharing time at second base and third: Forsythe, Turner, Kike and Barnes. We need to give Barnes as many at bats as possible. That said, I have all but given up on the hope of the FBZ moving Grandal at this point. The only way to salvage his value is to play him and hope he goes on a long hot streak in the playoffs. Barnes playing more… Read more »

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I find Forsythe a bottom of our order uninspiring presence. He projects as a plus defender .240-.250 hitter with 97 wRC+, low .700’s OPS, 1.3 WAR and the last pick in your fantasy draft. He will earn his salary, so, that’s a plus I suppose. Can’t have potential All Stars at every position. I have no opinion on Toles. The sample is too small, and coming off injury who really knows. I do expect improvement from Joc, but I still offer him up in a Miami deal. Kiké and Segedin? Yeah, sure, why not. Barnes and Farmer? I don’t see… Read more »

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The most Joc has hit consistently each season, in the last three years, is about only 100 at bats, so his sample size for hitting consistently, isn’t bigger then Toles sample, and Joc was given many more at bats, to try to get better.

Yueh_Fei
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I would very much like a contact bat in the 7th, who can also run, and continue to bat Puig in the 8th, ahead of the pitcher. Forsythe will not be that guy, however. I think we are pretty much set in every position except LF. What’s the lineup people like? I guess it’s going to be lineups, because we will see two, vs RHP and vs LHP.

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Michael N Norris

Personally, I would have let him walk. I would have put Taylor at 2nd base full time. Taylor is a much better fielder in my mind and young enough to man the position for years otherwise we are going to go through this same two step every year. With the number of free agent outfielders out there, and a few are CF’s, I would have gone that route to fill the CF job. If Pederson could not handle the job, trade his butt and give Verdugo a shot in spring. Cain is still out there. Jackson signed today with the… Read more »

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I have a hard time with all the confidence in Farmer. He will be 28 this year and only had 20 at bats with the Team last year. I saw the opposite field hit just like everyone else, But, I also watched him go 0’fer when I was expecting more. I think that Forsythe is a pro, maybe a Mark Ellis type with more power and durability. I think he will adjust mentally and improve offensively. Even If we can get a great deal for Grandal, I think we’ll be weak at catcher. I think the kids are too young… Read more »

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Michael N Norris

The guy has hit everywhere he played. He is a multipositional player. I do not think Forsythe is all that. Never did and never will. He was pretty bad his first time in the NL West and he did not show all that much last year. I think Taylor is a much better option than Forsythe anyday and he solves the position problem there for years. And if they can send Grandal to Miami and get Realmuto and Yelich I would definitely view that as an upgrade over Grandal and anyone else they put in CF.

Artieboy
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Artieboy

I think the only brilliant part of the Forsythe deal was that FAZ gave up only one minor leaguer for him. Hopefully season two will be better.

Michael N Norris
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Michael N Norris

Hope in one hand, crap in the other and see which one fills up first. I think he will be just as inept as last year. Never should have picked up his option. If he proves me wring great. But I am not holding my breath.

Bluto
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Bluto

Grandal to the Marlins only makes sense if they move Realmuto, right?

Michael N Norris
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Michael N Norris

Well Realmuto wants out, so does Yelich. I think the Dodgers could send Joc, Grandal, Kike and Segedin and make it work……Salaries would pretty much offset. And the Dodgers would be set at 2nd and CF for a few years,,,,Taylor, Yelich. Realmuto could be the #1 backstop with Barnes and Farmer in the wings Barnes steps into Kike’s utility role.

Michael N Norris
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Michael N Norris

Boy do I dislike the inactivity in baseball right now. It is so boring to go on the Dodger site and see the same post on there for a week or so. Come on guys…lets have some action…..hell re-sign Darvish…

Badger
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Badger

Miami can be very selective in trading Realmuto and Yelich. They can get 2+ real prospects for each. They would be interested in Verdugo and White, maybe Joc and Grandal but they might be too expensive for them. I keep saying they could flip them but maybe they are too lazy to go through the work on something like that – which brings in the 3 way. Who knows, maybe FAZ is content with the logjam/competition in left. Trades can come after they decide who they want from the current group. Trading for stars ain’t exactly their métier. (Got that… Read more »

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Interesting thoughts. Forsythe seemed to be pulling out of his slump towards the end of the season and into the playoffs. Look what happened to Reddick after he went to Houston. He found his bat again. Strange the way these things happen. Forsythe is not known for being a lousy hitter. Let’s hope it was a fluke that he was as bad as he was. Guy hit 20 HR’s before he came here. No need to move Taylor to 2B or platoon Forsythe. If it ain’t broke, which it isn’t, don’t fix it. Too soon to draw any conclusion on… Read more »

Badger
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Didn’t see this before I posted my response to Scott. Solid post Jeff. Taylor projects a substantial falloff from last year – from 4.7 to 2.3. I’m inclined to agree with that, which is part of the reason I would have put him at second, saved the $9 million and put Dyson and his 1.7 dWAR and speed on the base paths in center. He doesn’t hit that well but what he offers for what he would get paid makes him, in my opinion, a better fit in the 7 hole. He will get on base at a similar rate… Read more »

Michael N Norris
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Michael N Norris

How can anyone root for a player who’s nickname is Logie Bear? Sounds like a booger of some sort.

MJ
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MJ

I don’t see the Dodgers adding another outfielder, especially Dyson, who is not as good offensive player. The Dodgers have to many better options, to play center, that do provide much more offense, then Dyson. But I agree with Badger, that the Giants should have signed Dyson over Jackson, because I believe Dyson is younger, and Dyson is a better defensive centerfielder. And centerfielders don’t get better on defense as they age, because speed is one of the first things to go, as players age. And I do think it is worth it to the Giants, to get the best… Read more »

MJ
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MJ

I was wrong about the age of Jackson and Dyson, and Badger is right, Jackson did have a very nice season.

MJ
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MJ

Jeff Reddick numbers looked better, because he has been playing in the American League West for quite a while, so he knows the pitchers in that division, very well. It is harder for players that are not especially good hitters, to hit when they are moved from the American League to the National League, like both Reddick and Forsythe were, although Forsythe did hit lefties well, last year.. Forsythe has only had two really good offensive seasons, and that was right before he was traded to the Dodgers. He didn’t hit much at all, when he was with the Padres.… Read more »

Bluto
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Bluto

MJ making no sense again. In this era of instant access to video of pitchers and pitch data, there’s ZERO chance that “knowing” pitchers is still a variable.

Perhaps, you could change it to comfort with players or, much more likely, just playing better.

MJ
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MJ

Michael I am not impressed with career 235 hitters or below, either. I hope the Dodgers do what the Astros did with their line up, and get rid of all of their, all, or nothing hitters. These type of hitters, stall a team’s offensive production, and they have trouble making contact, when contact, is important. And I don’t think it is to much to ask, for a player, to be able to put the ball in play, when it is needed. The Dodgers ranked 21 in batting average, and I think our players can do better. We have been pretty… Read more »

Bluto
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Bluto

The Astros, like the Dodgers, don’t value BA nearly as much as OPS.

http://www.espn.com/mlb/stats/team/_/stat/batting/split/39/sort/OPS/order/true

Dodgers could improve, but aren’t awful.

MJ
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MJ

Bluto I know they have videos of these pitchers, but that is not the same, as standing in the batters box, and watching pitches come in, year after year, from the same pitchers. And we see average hitters that come from the American League, to the National League, all the time. And these players often have trouble, with the transition from one league to another league, especially when it comes to hitting, just like Reddick and Forsythe. And you don’t see that happen with good hitters, like JD Martinez, who hit like a fiend for the Dbacks, last year. You… Read more »

MJ
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MJ

Bluto The Astros hit for the top average, in all of baseball. They hit the most HRs in baseball, and they had the less strike outs, in baseball, too. That is because the Astros emphasized, that they didn’t want their hitters, to swing at balls, out of the strike zone. Because they know strikes outs, are not productive, for an offense. And even sabers would value a hitters OBP more, if a hitter’s OBP, was based more on hits, then walks. But I also bet the Astros were better then us, when it came to getting hits, when runners were… Read more »

Yueh_Fei
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Yueh_Fei

Bluto, Turner Ward made the same point about Forsythe, about switching leagues.

My simple answer is that both Reddick and Forsythe have poor bat speed and are just streaky.

MJ
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MJ

YF

Thanks, for your take, and your info, on these two hitters, bat speed.

Bluto
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Bluto

I believe you, but it still makes zero sense to me.

I can add it to the list!

Thanks!

Michael N Norris
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Michael N Norris

Pretty spot on Jeff, but I think you are under estimating Puig. He had a lot of growing up to do and he did that some last year. He has bonded with Turner Ward and it has been very good for him. I see continued improvement this year and he has become a workout demon. Also there is not a better defensive RF in the game. He also has the best arm of any Dodger outfielder.

MJ
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MJ

Bluto

I looked up how many years Reddick has been in that same division, and he has been playing in the West, for six years.

And in his first couple years, in the West, he wasn’t hitting much more then 200.

I know you don’t think much about a batting average, but really good hitters, do hit for a good batting average, along with the other stuff you value more.

Jeff
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Norris, I’ve always supported Puig so I hope what you say comes true. His defense is stellar. Speed in the outfield is an important element. I’ll always remember Willie and that breadbasket catch, but watching him get after those blasts that most outfielders had no chance getting, was so exciting and satisfying. Willie Mays was probably the best outfielder I’ve ever seen. Puig reminds me of him on occasion.

MJ
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MJ

Jeff Corey hurt his elbow in August, so his numbers went down from August on, but before August, Corey was the steadiest hitter on the Dodgers, take a look at Corey’s splits, before August. I do agree with you, about Turner, being our best bat, in the clutch. But Corey has been the steadiest bat, in our line up, in the last couple years. He hit a little over 300 in 2016, and he was on his way to another 300 season, before he got hurt. And Puig has not hit close to 300, since his second season, and Cody,… Read more »

Michael N Norris
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Michael N Norris

Another year of that slug Grandal behind the plate? Please. Barnes is not as bad a defensive catcher as some might think. Considering how few games he did catch, he still threw out 25 percent of the attempted steals. He did not come close to having as many passed balls as Grandal who has mastered the art of the missed pitch. Personally I think he and Farmer could more than adequately handle the job. Realmuto would be nice, but Ruiz is maybe 1 1/2 years away, and Smith is right there with him. Joc’s fate will most likely be sealed… Read more »

Jeff
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Jeff

Is throwing out 25% of base stealers considered good? I wouldn’t think so. Either the arm is not strong enough or his timing needs work. Grandal improved on this last year and was a much better defensive presence behind the plate. We all know about the batting, though. The slumper would not be missed if traded. Darvish seems to have the physicality to be a great pitcher, but his mental makeup is not on the same level as his body. Something is not in synch with him. I would watch him very closely last year and see how he would… Read more »

Yueh_Fei
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Yueh_Fei

Totally agree Jeff. The eyes have it!

Badger
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Badger

I’d take either one. Both will throw more innings than anyone we have (after Kershaw). Both will also get us dangerously close to to $197mm and then $206mm, which is why I have my doubts. I do expect them to find another high spin rate 30+ 3 year $14mm McKaz somewhere on the periphery. It is their model.

Michael N Norris
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Michael N Norris

Turner wants the Dodgers to re-sign Darvish..it would be protection if Kersh leaves, but doubt it will happen. Darvish in serious negotiations with the Cubs. Question, Cubs get Darvish, are they automatically the favorite in the NL?

MJ
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MJ

Michael I think it is a long shot, but I do believe the Dodgers are still in on Darvish, like we read, unlike other stuff, we read. That is because Darvish loved pitching for the Dodgers, and he is not a guy that would necessarily take more money, over happiness. And there won’t be many good starting pitchers being available, in the next three years. That would not only help if Kershaw goes, it would also give us a pitcher to lean on, until one of our young starting pitchers are mature and ready, to pitch at a top level,… Read more »

Yueh_Fei
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Yueh_Fei

There is no way they sign Darvish. The FBZ just won huge brownie points with the Guggenheim ownership by getting under the cap. They are going to ride it and save their dry powder for the trade deadline.

The FBZ missed their chance on Cole.

MJ
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MJ

YF I still wish we got Ohtani, but he probably made the right choice, with the Angels. I was thinking the other day, if we would have got JD Martinez, we may have won that series, much like if we got Verlander. And everyone said the Dbacks got a really good deal, on JD. But I can’t blame that on the front office, because Joc was still hitting ,at the trade deadline. But having JD Martinez in our line up, against the Astros, would have helped quite a bit, especially with his familiarity with the American League, and with the… Read more »

Yueh_Fei
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Yueh_Fei

Yes, I read that article too. It was excellent.

MJ
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MJ

YF

I re read the article and realized that is where you got Wards take, on Forsythe about changing leagues, my bad.

Badger
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Badger

Well said YF.

Yueh_Fei
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Here are my exit reviews on some of our utility players: Logan Forsythe, Chris Taylor and Kike Hernandez. Again I am aware of a lot SABR stats on these guys, but I don’t want to dwell on them since a majority of blogs out there already put out a lot of SABR stats. I am just stating my own observations and recollections of these players over the course of the year, with more focus on their performance during the playoffs (where applicable), and lastly how they could help the team in 2018. Logan Forsythe. As I have commented on earlier… Read more »

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Badger

I see both Puig and Taylor as 3 WAR players this year and if I had to pick one to be better I would choose Puig. Left field production is hard to predict since we don’t know who the left fielder will be. Forsythe might hit .250 but I doubt it. Turner will be good, but for how many games? 130. We hope Seager can play injury free and we hope there will be no sophomore slump for Bellinger. Grandal? Who knows but fangraphs doesn’t think much of him. Feels like we are holding that spot available for ‘19, so… Read more »

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MJ

YF Good review of our players at second! I agree with you about Forsythe. And if he is going to work the count again this year, and get behind with two strikes so often, I don’t see him improving, because it is hard for very good hitters, to hit when they are down with two strikes, that often. I hope Buehler can step up this year, but I know they will or probably keep him at AAA at first. I hope he is not at AAA to long, because those innings on his arm are the same at AAA, and… Read more »

Jeff
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Badger, Quite an optimistic take on Buehler! Wish I felt the same way. I wasn’t too impressed with what I saw last season from him. Maybe I’m jumping the gun and need to see him out there with regularity. Blazing speed is definitely a plus. But, Kershaw is a special guy. No reason to believe he will not pitch well again this season and I’m looking for a repeat performance from Wood. I’ve always supported Wood and felt he was a much better pitcher than anyone thought. Then last year, voila. If he comes anywhere near this mark, the Dodgers… Read more »

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Badger

Hopeful is a good thing Jeff. Obviously I am hopeful too. But I see drop offs for Wood and Taylor. Wood might reach 150 innings, and that would be great. He will be a 2 WAR pitcher, but I see him as a valuable back of rotation pitcher. In my estimation everyone we have after Kershaw is a back of rotation pitcher. I am looking for that Greinke-like #2. Big ask, I know, but other teams have that. Heck, the Astros have 3!

Michael N Norris
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Michael N Norris

This year the Dodgers are celebrating 60 years in LA. Here is the opening day lineup….not in order but these guys started the game. 1B, Hodges 2B, Neal, 3B Dick Gray SS Reese, LF Gilliam, CF Snider, RF Cimoli, C Roseboro, P Erskine. It should be noted that no player had more starts at any position than Charlie Neal who started 132 games at 2nd. Zimmer started the bulk of the games at SS since 1958 was Pee Wee’s last season. Roseboro started the bulk of the games at C backed up by Walker first and then Joe Pignatano. Some… Read more »

Jeff
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Jeff

I met Geno Cimoli in S.F. in 1976, IIRC. He was driving a delivery truck for UPS. I was the manager of a pizzeria at that time and somehow, I recognized him. Fortune is a fleeting friend.

Sold Lopes some clothes when I managed a boutique in S.F. in 78 or 79.

Met Hodges when I was a kid, maybe 7 or 8 years old at a batting range in Brooklyn. Talked to him and got a signed ball.

Things have really changed.

Badger
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Badger

Good review Bear. Brought back some memories. I was a pitcher/catcher in Little League, ‘58-‘60, so my favorite player early was Roseboro. For a while I also really liked Doug Camilli. The reason for that was I was at a game at the Coliseum and saw him hit a ball at his shoe tops and drive it over the screen halfway up into the seats in left field. It was a rocket. The left fielder just barely had time to turn and look. My favorite Dodger changed a few times from ‘59 to ‘66. A “straight” fastball is an easy… Read more »

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Michael N Norris

Snider was my favorite until they traded him. Then it was Sandy until he retired. Same with Big D until he retired with a bad rotator cuff. I have been lucky enough to meet a few of those guys. I lived a couple of houses from Larry and Norm Sherry in the early 60’s. We kids would shag balls for them when they would work out at Arroyo Seco Park. Met Duke at a baseball card show, and Tommy Davis came to the home for kids I was living at. I saw Norm Sherry while I was in the Army… Read more »

package206,
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Mr. Norris
What I most remember about those Dodgers was that no matter where you went the ballgame was on someones transistor radio. I remember the crowd chanting GO GO GO every time Maury got on base. What a great time to live in Southern California. I think Duke lived over in Whittier and owned a bowling alley?

Michael N Norris
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Michael N Norris

Yes he did, and later after he retired he bought a avocado farm in Fallbrook and lived there with his wife. Vin’s voice was everywhere, even in the ballpark. That started mainly because it was so hard to watch a game at the coliseum if you were in the CF bleachers or high up in the stadium….They needed Vin to let them know what was going on. I always disliked listening to the 3rd and 7th innings because Jerry Doggett would take over for Scully. Jerry was an ok announcer, but he made a lot of mistakes. Vin was smooth… Read more »

Badger
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Duke bought an avacado ranch in Fallbrook and also owned a restaurant/bar there. I lived in Fallbrook for a few months and ran into him a lot. Nice enough guy. Tommy Davis gave a couple hitting clinics I attended. It was from him I learned the technique of rolling the top hand to create top spin on your line drive. Back then the goal was to hit line drives. Not anymore obviously. Of course, players are a lot bigger now. It’s pretty easy for those guys to hit the ball 400’. Living in Canoga Park then Los Alamitos growing up… Read more »

Michael N Norris
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Michael N Norris

If Davis had not broken his ankle in 65, I think he would have been one of the best hitters to ever wear a Dodger uni. Last Dodger to win a batting title, 62&63. Lou Johnson saved their bacon in 65. He came up and was a breath of fresh air, and did a decent job with the bat and the glove. Was probably one of the most bubbly players I have ever seen. If memory serves he hit the game winning 2 run homer in the 4th inning. Koufax shut the Twins out for the 2nd time in the… Read more »

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Bluto

Ken Rosenthal on the lack of action regarding Yelich:

Here’s the problem with making Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. or any other top prospect the centerpiece of a Yelich trade: While a team would be acquiring certainty over uncertainty, the depressed state of the free agent market enables clubs to sign players at below-market rates and still keep their best youngsters.

package206,
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package206,

Bluto
And then when you have a FO that hates top tier Free Agents. You get nothing. Right?

Bluto
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Bluto

I guess so, thankfully We don’t have to worry.

Badger
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Badger

I find the first sentence of Rosenthal’s premise misleading. “Here’s the reason……”. I think the reason few teams trade Top 10 prospects (in the two he references, Top 5 prospects) for a guy like Yelich is he is not Manny Machado. It’s the same reason the Dodgers didn’t trade Seager for Hamels. And as for “most teams” I think most teams know they aren’t championship caliber so remaining as competitive as possible is their goal. They also aren’t wealthy enough to risk, possibly fail, then reload 5 minutes later. If they have a Top 10 talent, they are keeping them.… Read more »

Yueh_Fei
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We also had a top prospect in our “untouchable” Yadier Alvarez, who’s since gone from untouchable to falling out of the Baseball America top 100 in less than 1 year. Now Alvarez and Urias are going to be viewed as risky projects. The reporters sure aren’t reporting on these non-moves, are they?

MJ
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MJ

YF

Mitchel White is higher now.

Michael N Norris
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Michael N Norris

Dodgers top 10 prospects as of today…..Buehler, Verdugo, Alvarez, Kendall, Diaz, Ruiz, White, Smith, Lux, Sheffield. That is the list according to the Dodger web site.

Bluto
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Bluto

Rosenthal goes on a bit, but it’s a pay article and I don’t think it’s right to repost it in its entirety.

In my opinion, signing up for the Athletic has proven to be an OK value.

Yueh_Fei
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Yueh_Fei

Package, they don’t hate FAs. They just have a different agenda than the rest of us, no matter what they say about winning, etc. Here is how their meetings go: Young exec: Hey, the market has just about bottomed. I think we can sign any of the remaining FAs to a 30% discount. Maybe 32% even. To a shorter contract – at least 1 year shorter in most cases. FBZ: No thanks. YE: Why not? Based on projections and how much cap space teams are going to have 12 months from now, we are going get these guys a lot… Read more »

Bluto
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Bluto

Very funny!

Well done!

Bravo.

I love that.

Michael N Norris
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Michael N Norris

Excellent! The best satire I have read in ages….

Yueh_Fei
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Yueh_Fei

Thanks! I actually wanted to add a couple more lines (but this was probably too over the top):

Young Exec: (not buying the schtick) Sir, why did you hire me then? I’ve put in weekends and holidays on this work. I have all the mantras I need from my yoga class.
FBZ: I dunno. You came down from Guggenheim. Something about a $13 million mansion needing a new tenant. Lordly I wish I could be Walter for a day!

Michael N Norris
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Michael N Norris

MLB.com saying that Darvish will likely be signed by the weekend. No word on who. Chipper, Thome, Vlad and surprise Trevor Hoffman make the hall…..called that one….Bonds and Clemens still down around 50 percent of the vote. Andruw Jones got enough votes to stay on the ballot and so did Manny.