With about a little over two weeks from the start of spring training I wanted to share with you guys a couple of Dodgers videos as we wait for spring training to start. You know once the super bowl is over spring training is right around the corner. It’s almost here.
It shouldn’t come as a shock when I tell you that the Dodgers didn’t have a good lead-off hitter last season. Times have changed in MLB. Less and less teams are using the classic prototypical lead-off guy these days. You know the type. The little speedster that gets on base a lot, steals bases (Brett Butler was the perfect lead-off hitter) and is generally a pest for opposing clubs. Normally it’s a middle infielder and the player is usually smaller in stature. Those guys are called table setters and they can be a nightmare for other clubs. The Dodgers could have used a player like that in 2015.
Yasiel Puig recently made headlines by declaring he would be ceasing his trademark bat flips much to the dismay of many Dodgers fans. Puig’s bat flips have been the focal point of many discussions about the sanctity of the game and emotional outbursts on the field. Some people believe that they disrespect the game and that Puig should be “playing the game the right way”.
Despite what boring people and Cardinals fans think, bat flipping is fun. It doesn’t ruin the history of the game or whatever they’ve been claiming. It’s not just Puig that bat flips other players from other clubs have been bat flipping for years. Jose Bautista performed a huge bat flip last season for the Blue Jays after he hit a home run that almost caused a lot of the anti-bat flip purists’ heads to explode.
If you don’t like bat flips then you probably don’t like fun and are dead inside. I think bat flips can be a work of art. People don’t understand that they are not easy to do. It takes practice to flip a bat well enough for the video to go viral. First you have to hit a home run or at least get an extra base hit. You can’t just flip a bat on a routine grounder. Imagine how sill that would look? Then you have to be able to get enough height on the flip itself to constitute a proper bat flip.
The wrist twist, the arc, the hang time all determine a good bat flip. I love watching a good bat flip because it’s fun and you guys know this site is all about having fun. So in honor of these incredible displays of bat masonry, I think we should look at the top 5 Dodger bat flips of all time.
Of course bat flipping has been around since the beginning of time in baseball. Many players bat flipped in years past but nobody said much about it because it was before twitter had been invented. Let’s take a look at a few of the best non-Dodger bat flips first.
There were all sorts of nuggets at Dodgers Fan Fest, going to class after taking the Winter off means that tons of players have stories how they’re going to improve this upcoming season.
We’ve discussed the importance of good base running and speed in the Dodger’s lineup. Now we’re going to discuss an equally important aspect of a well balanced lineup. That is the art of situational hitting. Some call it timely hitting, and some call it clutch hitting. Whatever you want to call it the skill of hitting with runners in scoring position is extremely paramount to a winning ball club. The whole point of a good offensive approach is to score runners once you get them on base and into scoring position.
We all knew this would eventually happen at some point. It is I Scott Andes everyone’s favorite annoying Dodger blogger, and I have gotten my own blog site. I jest about the annoying part, well maybe just a little. I didn’t get here on my own though I can tell you that much. I had plenty of help from people along the way.
First of all I would like to thank the wonderfully wise and extremely awesome Mark Timmons for allowing me to use this domain. If not for him I would probably be stumbling around the interwebs without a home or anything to do. Mark was kind enough to let me write at his home the venerable ladodgertalk.com (Welcome ladodgertalkians!) for the latter part of the 2015 Dodger season. Mark decided to hang up his computer and retire from Dodger writing and being gracious as he is gave this old domain to me to use. Boy am I eternally grateful to him.
My sister Stacie Wheeler, the more likeable sibling has been supportive as well. She’s still writing and making videos and I would check her out over at dodgerblue.com, the hardballtimes.com, and over at her own youtube channel DishinguptheDodgers.com.
Expect a lot of collaborations during this season between me and my sis and who knows maybe she’ll even pop over here to write a thing or two. So I would go over to her sites and check out her work right now or birds will eat your eyes.
It sure has been a wild and crazy rollercoaster for me. I’m fully strapped in for the ride I tell you that. Sure I cracked under the pressure when I was at Lasorda’s Lair and burned bridges with Fansided, but put yourself in my shoes for a minute. Daily editing for five years for very little to no money, soul-crushing playoff losses, annoying Cardinals and Giants fans waiving their championships in my face, big brother Fansided telling me what to do every two seconds, and annoying people on twitter spewing venom at me for having an opinion on what I think the Dodgers should do. It’s enough to make anyone go a little nuts right? You’d do it to if it wasn’t for you….(points finger at computer screen) Ancient history now.
So what can you expect from me here? Much of the same that you got from on Lasorda’s Lair, and ladodgertalk. Informative and unique posts that will make you think, yet also laugh at the same time. I feel that Dodger fans should have a place to go to that is not only informative but entertaining as well.
I’ll be posting all kinds of articles from analysis, profile, trade rumors, to game recaps. Yes I will be doing my trademark game recaps, but don’t expect them to be as long as they were at Lasorda’s Lair. I’ll do the best that I can. I’ll post lineups, game footage and give you my take on each game. We’ll have some fun and I am hoping you join me on this new journey.
You are probably asking what I can offer that some of the other more established Dodger sites can’t. That’s a tough question. The other Dodger sites are great in their own way.
Ron Cervenka’s thinkbluela.com site is quite good and Ron is one of the nicest guys I have ever met. Vin Scully loves him too by the by. Eric Stephen is incredibly professional and thoughtful over at truebluela, (I don’t follow that guideline well but I am glad somebody does) and the gang over at Dodgersdigest always do a fine job of covering the Dodgers. Although I’m sure they all still hate me over there for whatever reason. I wish they would just let go of their hatred. That twitter thing was like three years ago, let it go guys. All of those sites are awesome in their own way, but I do have one thing that they don’t……..
Spunk. That’s right; I’ve got spunk in spades for all of you. I’m spunkadocious. Is that a word? See what I mean, you won’t find another Dodger site that uses the word spunkadocious. Would you? Probably not. In all seriousness I promise to you that this site will never be boring. I’ll always strive to make this place as entertaining as possible. That’s a huge part of Dodger writing I believe entertainment. It has to be fun or why would we put ourselves through the torture? Oh sure the Dodgers may not win a World Series for another 28 years but we’ll all at least have a good laugh. Come on guys and let’s have some fun, don’t make me beg.
This will be a hugely important year for the Dodgers. It’s Vin Scully’s final season. Clayton Kershaw will be looking to bag another cy young award, and let’s hope wild horse Yasiel Puig can make it a comeback year. Rookie Corey Seager should be coming into his own. Newcomers Kenta Maeda, and Scott Kazmir will look to make an immediate impact. The brain trust is entering their second year of command and the Dodgers are looking to win their fourth consecutive National league West division title. It’s bound to be one heck of a season.
The future is so bright for us we gotta wear shades. Don’t make me quote more 80’s songs. So come on in and join me for the new launch of ladodgerreport.com! All comments and opinions are welcome! Play ball and go blue in 2016!