Loney time. That’s all I have to say. Dodgers take game 1 at Wrigley, 7-2. A grand SALAMI by 1B James Loney to break the backs of the Cubs and their fans. Once again, big game pitcher Derek Lowe shows why he’s one of the best postseason hurlers out there, giving up 2 runs in 6 innings. As for the Cubs they have to send out their volatile ACE in Carlos Zambrano for game 2. I don’t know about you guys, but the Dodgers are in a prime position. We all know that Big Z is hit or miss. He could go out there and pitch a gem or get his ass kicked. I’m not jumping on the Dodgers bandwagon yet…(although I’m watching the Angels give up the lead to a 2-run shot by Jason Bay). This game was much more important for the Cubs than it was for the Dodgers and now its time to watch the Cubbies choke… Heimlich anyone???? Let me guess, it’s the curse of the goat, right? On a positive note, how much crow is Hank and George Steinbrenner eating right now? I’m loving it.
Just when you (by you I mean me) were ready to throw in the towel, they come storming back and next thing you know (see title). Cy Young favorite Brandon Webb of the Arizona Diamondbacks gets shelled AGAIN by the Dodgers, this time in a 7-2 loss at the Chavez Rivine. I never thought I’d say this but the Dodgers are looking crisp, again. Now that they got rid of the cancer in Jeff Kent, this team has gelled and put together a nice string of wins, 7 to be exact. With Manny being Manny and Andre Ethier playing up to his potential, this team might have enough juice to be the Colorado Rockies of the 2007 World Series. They’ll even suffer the same fate if they get that far, of course losing to my Los Angeles Angels of Aneheim. Can someone say, Freeway Traffic Jam World Series? I have a suggestion: if both teams get to the World Series, they play rights to the city of “Los Angeles.” Winner take all, loser leave town.
Looks like the Manny Ramirez craze has died down in LA. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers lost another game, this one to the league’s worst team, the Washington Nationals. What happened to that potent offense? The best hitter in the game… Everyone’s playing better… Joe Torre for president… Everyone’s batting averages have skyrocketed… To quote the raven, “nevermore.” Try a season high 5-game losing streak. I hate to blame Manny, but is it just me or did the Dodgers start sliding after Manny cut his hair? Sure it was only an inch, but hey, that’s what she said too… Maybe the Dodgers weren’t who everyone thought they were. Or maybe they were exactly who this author new they were; an average team playing above their heads for a short period of time. Vintage Dodgers. I don’t want to write them off yet, BUTTTTTTTT, if they don’t take 2 out of 3 from the Diamondbacks this weekend, they can kiss the playoffs, and any chance of re-signing Manny goodbye. Hold on folks, it’s pennant time.
Well, at least one thing has gone right for the New York Yankees. Jorge Posada has agreed today to a $52.4 million, four year contract that keeps the catcher off the free agent market and in a Yankee uniform for at least 4 more years. With Torre and A-Rod moving on, Posada, who has been with the Yankees his entire career, and Rivera have become New York’s main focus. Unfortunately for the Yanks, they have yet to come to terms with Mariano Rivera. Rivera, an eight-time All-Star who turns 38 on Nov. 29, was in the Dominican Republic on Monday, and the closer said if he couldn’t reach a deal with New York, he would consider following manager Joe Torre to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is expected to receive a three year contract, but whether he accepts still remains to be seen.
Yay, woohoo, Dodgers instant favorite to win west… YEAH RIGHT. Before all you bandwagon Dodgers fans think that this guy is going to lead the Dodgers to the World Series, think again. In fact, forget about it. The Dodgers are not only outmanned by both the Arizona Diamondbacks and the NL Champ Colorado Rockies, but they have PLENTY of holes in their roster. The manager is not going to add an extra 3 runs a game or 10 wins a season. Baseball is one of those sports where the manager matters the least. That coupled with the garbage talent the Dodgers have compiled yields a 3rd-4th place NL West finish, again. Juan Pierre has no power and no throwing arm, Luis Gonzales, Jeff Kent and Nomar are on their last breaths, Furcal can’t seem to get on base. I like Loney, Russell Martin, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp but you need a big time slugger. A legitimate threat in the lineup to scare opposing pitchers. As for the Dodger pitching, Penny is an ace, Lowe is decent, but Loaiza, Billingsy and Wells, c’mon now. Schmidt is overpaid and will probably never get back to the level he was with the Giants. As for the bullpen, can we really count on anyone other than Saito, and that’s if you ever get to him. Let’s tell it like it is, the Dodgers need plenty and are far from contending. So stop the dreamin’ LA, because last time I checked, Torre’s contract prohibits him from being a player/coach. The truth hurts, but I love you guys and I would hate to see you in pain through the dog days of the season.
Well, forget about the rumors, it’s official. Joe Torre, just two weeks after walking away from the Yankees, has accepted a three year, 13 million dollar deal to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers. Favored to win the NL West this year, the Dodgers underachieved and finished fourth. They have only one playoff victory since winning the 1988 World Series under Tom Lasorda.The winningest manager in postseason history, Torre moves from one storied franchise to another. He’s becomes the Dodgers’ eighth manager since the team left Brooklyn and he hopes to finally get this team playing in October. Being so well liked by players, Ned Colletti and the Dodgers are hoping Torre can bridge the gap between the veterans and the younger guys in the lineup. “As a kid growing up, you didn’t like them,” Torre said on WFAN radio in New York before the hiring was announced. “As a player, to me the Dodgers were the Yankees of the National League because … you either loved them or you hated them.” The 67-year-old Torre will be introduced at a news conference Monday at Dodger Stadium. Grady Little resigned Tuesday after completing two seasons of a three-year deal.
It seems as if the Yanks have finally decided who will man the ship for next year, and it’s not going to be Don Mattingly or Tony Pena. The deal offered by Brian Cashman and the Yankees is reportedly for three years worth six million. Girardi was in Denver for the World Series and is due back for an official announcement on Tuesday. Girardi caught for the Yankees from 1996-99, served as a bench coach in 2005, then managed the Marlins the following year and was NL Manager of the Year.
As for Mattingly, sources say he is extremely disappointed he did not get the position. Mattingly has no managerial experience, however, he did spend three seasons as New York’s hitting coach before he became Torre’s bench coach last year. A six-time All-Star, Mattingly is among the most beloved players in Yankees history. Mattingly’s agent said that Don will not accept another coaching position in the Yankees organization. Rumors have it that he will join Torre in L.A. if Joe accepts the managerial position with the Dodgers.
It’s not yet official, but reports out of New York say that Joe Torre will be hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers! Now, I may be mistaken, but don’t they already have a manager by the name of Grady Little? I guess the word is he will be fired a.s.a.p. to make room for big Joe. Little, although underachieving, did lead the Dodgers to two seasons of above .500 ball. But obviously when you are in a big market like L.A., that’s not going to cut it. As for Torre, doesn’t this guy ever want to retire? Does he really have anything left to prove? I suppose there’s only a handful of places he would accept an offer from, and L.A. is one of them. Now if he really wants to perform some magic, how about filling in that vacancy over at third base…. hmm… i wonder who the Dodgers could get…
One last Joe Torre article and I’ll put this baby to rest. I think Joe Torre is an avid reader of On The Buzzer, because just one day after I told him to grow some balls and tells the Yankees to shove it, that’s just what he did. Good for you Joe! The Yankees tried to low-ball Torre with a one year extension, and Torre said thanks but no thanks. Now look, I haven’t been the biggest Joe Torre supporter. I think he was made into a god for winning in New York, when with that payroll half the managers in MLB could do the same. I think he would wine a bit too much when the Yankees lost and not give the other team enough credit, and I think he loved the spotlight a bit much as well. But I’ll be the first too admit that the guy seemed like one of the good guys. Now that he’s gone, I kind of miss him already. Strange, but when you go through the past twelve years hating someone and the team that he manages, then all of a sudden it’s over, you miss it a bit. I’m not sure who the next manager of the Yankees will be, reports are Don Mattingly is a shoe in, but it will take some time to develop the type of hatred/respect that I had for Torre. It’s the end of an era in Yankee town and for me. We’ll miss you Joe, and I think Bobby Cox may be retiring in a year, how about coming back to Atlanta and finishing off where you started? Think about it.
Is it just me or is ESPN owned by the New York Yankees? Call me crazy but I thought the Yankees were eliminated by Cleveland over a week ago. That’s right, the same Cleveland that is one win away from the World Series, but you wouldn’t know that unless you paid close attention because ESPN is too busy reporting about Yankees orginazational meetings in Tampa at George Steinbrenner’s house. Is it necessary to talk about organizational meetings? You don’t hear about the San Diego Padres having organizational meetings, or how about the Los Angeles Angels. No, you just keep hearing about the Yankees, and how there is no decision yet about Joe Torre, or how The Boss is giving control to his sons, or how Don Mattingly really is ready to manage if called upon. Every day there is something new. Now I’m not naive, I know the Yankees are the biggest sports franchise in America, but come on. Do we really need to know when so and so cleaned out his locker and what brand of cologne he was wearing. So if you’re keeping score at home, there is still no word on Joe Torre, and believe me, he is waiting by the phone like that little school girl waiting for the school hunk to call her back. Grow some balls Joe and tell Steinbrenner to take his job and shove it up his ass, I think you’ve earned that right haven’t you? And Mattingly, we are all relieved to hear that you are ready to manage. So tune in tomorrow for another update on ESPN about their beloved Yankees.