DODGERS: The Spring Training Thread

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  1. GoatMilk DSP Regular

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    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/02/21/andre-ethier-might-platoon-against-lefties/
  2. GoatMilk DSP Regular

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    and oh shit

    “Man, I’m so excited to be here,” Belisario said. “I was waiting for this moment. Finally, I’m here.”
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    After Todd Cofey gives birth to obese triplets in May, I think Belli comes up from the minors and dominates from the bullpen. But in all seriousness, I honestly think Bellisario is going to be great once he gets his shit together and gets his chance.
  4. irish whiskey

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    don't worry guys
    ned is all over this
    he'll talk the ex-vaGiant out of retirement
    and sign him to a 2yr/$25MM deal
    $1MM this year
    and $6MM each of the next four years



    Edgar Renteria Leaning Toward Retirement
    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [February 22 at 10:52am CST]

    Edgar Renteria doesn't plan to play in 2012 and is leaning toward retirement, agent Barry Meister told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. However, Renteria won't officially file for retirement just yet in case an opportunity emerges later on.

    Renteria obtained offers from two NL teams this offseason, but they were for minor league deals, and he decided to pass. The Royals considered the 16-year-veteran earlier on in the offseason, but it's not clear if they made him an offer.

    Renteria spent the 2011 season with the Reds, posting a .251/.306/.348 line in 333 plate appearances as a shortstop and second baseman. He owns two Gold Gloves, two Silver Sluggers, 140 home runs and a .286/.343/.398 line as a Major Leaguer and has earned upwards of $85MM since breaking in with the 1996 Marlins. MLBTR's Tim Dierkes examined retirement candidates around MLB last month.
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  6. irish whiskey

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    ned, ned!!!
    get on this quick
    who needs physicals?

    Jon Garland No Longer With Indians
    By Mike Axisa [February 22 at 2:28pm CST]

    Jon Garland is no longer with the Indians, reports Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain-Dealer (on Twitter). The right-hander was scheduled for a physical on Monday, but he didn't take it and his minor league contract will not be finalized.
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    I want a damn Dodger Dog now...
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    Chris would disagree.
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    Chris doesn't like Dodger Dogs?!? What a homo.
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    Seriously. He says they are gross. Shame.
  12. IBleedBlue15 DSP Legend

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    He's definitely going to hell for that comment.
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    I don't understand how you can't like a Dodger dog. Does he just not like hot dogs in general? That'd make some sense.

    Fuck man, I want one now so bad. With a pound of ketchup/mustard

    Btw, what's it called when your ketchup and mustard mix together to make that funny looking color with that amazing taste? I want to sell that in its own bottle : Metchup or Kustard

    It probably won't be good though, I had a jar of PB/J mixed into one jar and it was horrible to me
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    First off, it's called Metchup - Kustard would be confused with a gay British dessert, as if anyone gives a crap about British food.

    Second, don't just assume it won't be good. If you aren't mixing a bottle of ketchup and mustard within 15 minutes of reading this, I will kick your ass. I imagine a scenario in the not-so-distant future where someone says "Ketchup and mustard mixed made millions of dollars? That's so simple. Why didn't I think of that?" Well they didn't think of it because they were too lazy to try.

    All I know is Doyer® brand metchup is the only thing touching my fried shrimp.

    Fuck Bill Welke.
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    tim brown on bison's 50/50 prediction...



    Kemp calls his shot: 50 homers, 50 steals in 2012
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    By Tim Brown, Yahoo! Sports 5 hours, 14 minutes ago

    GLENDALE, Ariz. – Fifty-fifty, is what Matt Kemp said.

    Fifty-fifty.

    Like Broadway Joe calling Super Bowl III.

    Like Newt Gingrich calling for a moon colony.

    You know, somewhere between unlikely and if the moon were a planet, that’s the planet he’d be from.

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    Matt Kemp established career bests in runs, hits, homers, RBIs and steals in 2011 / US Presswire

    “Anything is possible,” Kemp said Wednesday.

    He is 27 years old. He hit 39 home runs last season, stole 40 bases, his team played a 161-game season and he should have been MVP.

    But he wasn’t.

    Rather than mope, however, and rather than accept a hand-me-down award if it comes to winner Ryan Braun being deemed a PEDs cheat and relinquishing it (“That’s not the way I want to win it,” Kemp said), he called 50-50.

    Only two players – Barry Bonds and, yes, Brady Anderson – have ever posted a 50-home run season and a 50-steal season over their careers. Never in the same season.

    Only four – Jose Canseco in 1988, Bonds in ’96, Alex Rodriguez in ’98 and Alfonso Soriano in ’06 – have gone 40-40. Of those, Rodriguez came closest to 50-50, with 42 home runs and 46 steals.

    And, you can be pretty sure, none called his 40-40 shot in November, then walked into spring training and didn’t budge from it.

    As a rule, baseball players don’t call anything. They’re afraid of the game, afraid of its whims and excessive cruelty. It’s not basketball. The only guy who gets to hold the ball is the pitcher, and not for very long (the Boston Red Sox staff notwithstanding).

    No, too much is in play in baseball: bad luck, bad hops, good pitching, heat, wind, rain, cold, not enough Red Bull, too much Red Bull, sliders, injuries, day games after night games, the lightweight jamoke hitting behind you, the candy-butts hitting in front of you and the umpire with cataracts.

    Just to name a few.

    Babe Ruth called a single shot (so legend says), and there were books written about it.

    Kemp has called 50 of them, along with 50 bags. That means he’s called one of the great seasons in baseball history, given it likely would come with a Gold Glove, and from within an exceedingly mediocre lineup, and out of one of the tougher hitters’ parks in baseball.

    From in front of his locker, he looked up.

    “I know what I’m capable of doing,” he said. “I’ve shown it.”

    Fifty-fifty? Really?

    “Man,” he said, “I believe in myself to the most. I have confidence I can achieve it. I try to set my expectations as high as I can. I think I’m capable of doing it.”

    In spring training sites across two states players are, you know, hoping to stay healthy, hoping to be consistent, hoping to help the team win.

    Kemp is all those things, too. Except he’s put these big, round, previously unattainable numbers right alongside them.

    Baseball gods use goals like these for target practice, especially the ones said aloud.

    Crazier, a year ago Kemp was coming off a season that wasn’t even 20-20. Then he walked into his prime, shook off whatever peripheral stuff had taken his head away, was the best end-to-end player in the game, got very rich, lived in the gym all winter and came back more convinced than ever of 50-50.

    Said Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti: “I’m just glad he’s not talking about 10 and 10.”

    In Kemp’s plan, that would be a decent month.

    “It speaks to his confidence and his self-awareness,” Colletti said. “Even if he doesn’t make it, it doesn’t mean it’s wrong. It tells me about how he feels about his game. It tells me what he thinks about who he is.”

    It tells me Kemp is not afraid to dream and he’s not afraid to fail. And let’s remind ourselves, something far short of 50-50 might still not be failure. It tells me he’s young and feeling bulletproof, and that the Dodgers – all things considered – might not be far from being a reasonable franchise again. And it tells me he believes he has more to give, that he can drag more out of an approach and a swing that last year became more refined, that he can shave a tenth of a second or two en route from first to second, and that it’ll add up to something historic.

    “I want guys to be dreamers,” manager Don Mattingly said.

    Well, they don’t get much bigger than this. And if you’re going to dream, you might as well shoot for the moon colony.

    “The more you play this game the more you learn about yourself,” Kemp said. “You learn what you can do, where you need to be, what you need to work on. I’m still learning about myself, learning about the game. I think I can be even better than I was last year.”
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    http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/21068/first-base-question-marks
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    attaboy ned
    can't wait for the new owner to shitcan his inept ass
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    That will be a glorious day in Dodger history. The next GM of the Dodgers couldn't possibly be as bad as Ned is, right?
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    i cant believe he didnt get 40/40 last season
    always going to go back to two things.

    1. last series at home in the finale i think, he had 3 doubles and a homer. all 3 homers were off the wall and 2 came inches from bouncing out. maybe if it was in the day time. Then the 2nd to last road series in San Diego, their stupid ass ball park had a 400+ feet loud out
    2. 161 games because the DC game got cancelled

    argh. whatever. MVP this year

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