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This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

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  • #31
    Matt Kemp loves 2-0 sliders!
    Last edited by bhss89; 04-23-2011, 12:49 PM.
    "I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it." - Sandy Koufax.

    "My name is Yasiel Puig. I am from Cuba. I am 21 years old. Thank you."

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    • #32
      Originally posted by bhss89 View Post
      Quade is apparently quite the whiny baby: http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/ne...ook_la&c_id=la

      What a knob. Why the Hades would Mattingly run Ellis? It was obviously a mix-up.

      Mr. Quade: Baseball is not the way it's supposed to be, it's the way it is. Get over it, get on with it. Or get outta pro ball.

      Baby.
      I thought the idea of baseball was to win, not to go easy on the other team?? Quade needs to check the Dodger's record from last year. I recall at least 2 games where they had 9 runs scored against them in the 9th inning to throw away games (Yankees & Phillies). Rather than whinge about an attempted stolen base, maybe he should be looking at his pitchers in that game.

      Speaking of pitchers, the Dodgers need to look in our own backyard after today, when it comes to pitching. An 8-5 lead blown!!
      "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

      No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda

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      • #33
        Yeah, no lead seems safe. Really disappointed in Guerrier. And I thought that perhaps Lilly could have been pulled sooner, but I'm sure Mattingly and Honeycutt had their reasons for sticking with him.
        Off to my Cub-fan in-laws after church today for Easter dinner. Gonna be rough. I hope to avoid talking too much by gorging on deviled eggs.
        "I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it." - Sandy Koufax.

        "My name is Yasiel Puig. I am from Cuba. I am 21 years old. Thank you."

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        • #34
          Good luck with your Cub family. Hopefully the Dodgers can win today so you can enjoy your devilled eggs with a smile on the dial. A happy and blessed Easter to you and yours, and all Dodgers and baseball fans.
          "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

          No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda

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          • #35
            I am sure you enjoyed your Easter dinner bhss.
            "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

            No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda

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            • #36
              Some excellent and exciting outfield defense tonight. Lilly was saved by some double plays, the batting saved by 2 solo HRs, the bullpen tried hard to blow it. Some enjoyable moments, some frustrating moments, but a win is a win.
              "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

              No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda

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              • #37
                "The wheels on the bus are falling off, falling off, falling off, the wheels on the bus are falling off, all homestand long."

                http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/ne...ews_la&c_id=la

                http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/ne...ews_la&c_id=la

                At least now Broxton has an excuse for pitching like a fairy.
                Last edited by bhss89; 05-05-2011, 05:25 AM.
                "I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it." - Sandy Koufax.

                "My name is Yasiel Puig. I am from Cuba. I am 21 years old. Thank you."

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                • #38
                  now there is talk that if payroll cannot be met that players can file and become free agents right away.
                  this historic team is in such a mess right now.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by redsox_ironman View Post
                    now there is talk that if payroll cannot be met that players can file and become free agents right away.
                    this historic team is in such a mess right now.
                    Do you have a quote or site to back this up? That would be scarier than Broxton pitching with the bases loaded and one out!
                    "I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it." - Sandy Koufax.

                    "My name is Yasiel Puig. I am from Cuba. I am 21 years old. Thank you."

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by redsox_ironman View Post
                      now there is talk that if payroll cannot be met that players can file and become free agents right away.
                      this historic team is in such a mess right now.
                      I read the same thing but also read that the MLB will cover any shortfall. I don't have a quote because it was a short footnote in the LV Review Journal.
                      "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

                      No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda

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                      • #41
                        Jamey Carroll has been doing a great job covering for Furcal. "El pequeno gigante" (the little giant) is what Jaime Jarrin calls him.

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                        • #42
                          The bullpen is bull$&@#. 4 runs is never enough when the starter goes out. They were lucky to get out of this one.
                          "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

                          No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda

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                          • #43
                            Same story with pen today, 5.25.11: Cannot pitch in pressure spots. Cannot put the defense in a position to "win the inning". I will be eternally optimistic (and I suppose also naive), but it's gonna be a looooong summer.
                            "I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it." - Sandy Koufax.

                            "My name is Yasiel Puig. I am from Cuba. I am 21 years old. Thank you."

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                            • #44
                              Raffy and Blake are back, and here's hoping they'll both untrack and get goin'. Still bullpen by committee (or is it drawing straws) at this point, and I am not even certain that once Broxton is back to 100% that he is the CL answer. How great would it be if De La Rosa could grow up in a hurry and assume the CL role?!? Not likely, though. Just looks like it will certainly be a grinding season for Dodgers fans. Unfortunate that there is no potential for any impact trades to be made this season. As I am sure we all are, I am really anxious for a new owner to step up and take the reins. I am ready for the PRIDE to be put back into the organization.
                              "I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it." - Sandy Koufax.

                              "My name is Yasiel Puig. I am from Cuba. I am 21 years old. Thank you."

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                              • #45
                                As bad as the bullpen is they will always struggle when the offense cannot give them something to work with. We know they will bleed late runs but that wouldn't be as bad if the offense could put some scores on the board. I don't think even Blake and Furcal can help arrest this horrible slump. They are terrible all round tonight. It is frustrating to get a win then fall back into the slump.
                                "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

                                No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda

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