Friday, October 10, 2014

Blog Kiosk: 10/10/2014 - Dodger Links - Some Odds and Ends

Hanley Ramirez left Los Angeles last night and headed for home.  Who knows if he'll wear Dodger Blue again, but I think it's fair to say he would love to stay.  The pic above via a tweet from him.  He also tweeted this, as well:

The Dodgers' philosophy is based on paying market rates to keep their homegrown talent—players like Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp, who are, it's worth noting, much better than anyone the Cardinals have developed in recent memory—while using their massive payroll to soak up the big contracts of old-but-still-useful players (Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez) that other teams aren't willing to pay for. That's a perfectly valid way to build a team, and one the Dodgers—a team in a big market with an enormous TV contract—are particularly well-suited to execute. It would be stupid of them to try and act like a small-market team and ignore their inherent advantages. And in any case, what the Dodgers are doing, in the simplest possible terms, is spending lots of money to put a quality product on the field that they're reasonably certain their fans will enjoy. They're willing and able to pay a premium for that measure of certainty.
  • Topps is making large (10.5" x 14") gold border versions of the flagship Baseball card set and they are all "1 of 1's" priced at $99.99.  Go here to check them out.  On the right is the Ryu card.  For now, only the Series 1 cards are available, but you should expect Series 2 and the Update cards to be available soon.  BTW, the Yasiel Puig card has already been sold.
  • Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider, "Don Mattingly on what NLDS decision he would change."
Mattingly replied that the only decision he would have changed would have been to use a right-handed pitcher, most likely Brian Wilson, to face Yadier Molina with the score tied in the seventh inning of Game 3, before bringing Scott Elbert in.
“That’s the thing: You always want to get that first hitter,” Mattingly said. “And even though you’ve seen the lefty-righty stuff, you still feel more comfortable if you’ve got a righty.”

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