Vin Scully ___1927-2022

I had to take a break from my blog break to post this. I grew up a Dodger fan and will always be one. This man was a big reason.  Scully wasn’t a homer…he called the game with class and style. It’s hard to listen to announcers who openly root for their team because of him. He announced games from the Jackie Robinson era to Clayton Kershaw for a total of 67 summers. Even most Giant fans I know admire the man.

I hated hearing that Vin passed away…some of my childhood went with him. For me, he was as good as it gets as a baseball announcer and from what I know…an even better person.

The Dodgers were playing the Giants when the news broke…The Giants played a tribute on their video board after the final out at Oracle Park

Vin Scully: “I just want to be remembered as a good man, an honest man, and one who lived up to his own beliefs”

Clayton Kershaw: “He was the best there ever was, just when you think about the Dodgers, there’s a lot of history here and a lot of people that have come through. It’s just a storied franchise all the way around. But it almost starts with Vin, honestly.

“Just such a special man. I’m grateful and thankful I got to know him as well as I did.”

Dave Roberts: “There’s not a better storyteller, and I think everyone considers him family, he was in our living rooms for many generations. He lived a fantastic life, a legacy that will live on forever.”

Steve Garvey: “Every great city has sounds to it. Los Angeles has had one clear sound and that’s been the voice of Vin Scully.”

Kirk Gibson: My 2nd favorited vin quote “in case you’re wondering….Will Clarke is due up……………………………….7th ……this inning” Rip Vin….the best

Ken Rosenthal: ‘Vin was the most beloved person in baseball’

Howie Rose: The greatest baseball broadcaster who ever lived, Vin Scully, has passed away. It was an honor just to know him. He demonstrated that language still matters and forged an intimate bond with his listeners that the rest of us can only strive to achieve. The Renoir of broadcasters.

Hunter Pence: Vin Scully was more than a broadcaster, he is a baseball legend. My heart goes out to the Scully family, the Dodgers organization, and all the fans who loved him.

Ozzie Smith: I grew up on the voice and the poetic sounds of Vin Scully. He made listening to Baseball fun and educational. Simply the best !!

50 Year Dream Team

This is a response to Dave’s post. I’m going to copy the agenda he went by.

https://mlblogsoneflewoverthejaysnest.wordpress.com/2021/12/28/50-year-dream-team/

Many times I’ve started to think, “who are the greatest players that have been around since I became aware of baseball? Who are the best at each position?” So this week I decided to expand on the idea a little, compile an All All-star Team …and add a twist.

“I decided arbitrarily to pick the past 50 years (which isn’t far outside of the range of when I’ve been a fan, although the early years primarily just by having a few baseball cards and seeing an inning or two on TV as a small child.) So we’re looking at 1972 through the 2021 seasons. I decided to make a 26 player roster, using a player at their peak. But, to make it more interesting, the team has only one player per franchise. So, for instance, from my Blue Jays, if I wanted Carlos Delgado’s massive 2000 season, with his 57 doubles and .664 slugging percentage, out the window goes Jose Bautista’s 2010 with its 54 homers. Or Roy Halladay’s Cy Young season. And so on. Oh, and finally, a player can be there only once… we can’t say have Randy Johnson for Seattle and Randy Johnson with Arizona. With that in mind, here’s the mindboggling 50-year team I came up with, with a few season highlights and their Baseball Reference WAR listed.”

This was hard. I did replace some of Dave’s but I agree totally with his list also…who wouldn’t want either one of these teams? Joe Morgan was HARD to leave off but I had Johnny Bench from the Reds already. I wanted to include Robin Yount so I could not have Rollie Fingers 1981 season.

I will have to say…the pitching staff is almost unbeatable.

Catcher :

Johnny Bench, 1972, Cincinnati.. 147 games, 87 runs, 6 SB, .279 avg, MVP, Gold Glove (GG) 8.6 WAR

Ivan Rodriguez, 1999, Texas. 144 games, 116 runs, 25 SB, .332 avg, MVP, Gold Glove (GG) 6.4 WAR

First Base

Albert Pujols, 2009, St Louis. .327, 47HR, 135RBI,  1.101 OPS, MVP, 9.7 WAR

Miguel Cabrera, 2012, Detroit. .330,44HR, 139RBI, triple crown, .999OPS, MVP, 7.1 WAR

Second Base:

Rod Carew, 1977, Minnesota. .388, 128 runs, 239H, 16 triple,100RBI, MVP, 9.7 WAR

feff Kent, 2000, San Fran. .334, 114 runs, 196H, .424 OBP, 7 triple,125RBI, MVP, 7.2 WAR

Shortstop:

Robin Yount, 1982, Milwaukee .331, 29/102, 210H, .989 OPS 10.5 WAR GG MVP

Third Base:

George Brett, 1980, Kansas City. .390, 24/114, .664 Slg., MVP, 9.4 WAR MVP

Outfield:

Mike Trout, 2018, LA Angels. .312,.460OBP, 122BB, 39HR, 1.088OPS, 9.9 WAR

Ken Griffey Jr, 1997, Seattle. 125 runs, 56/147, .646 Slg., GG, MVP, 9.1 WAR

Tony Gwynn, 1994 short-season, San Diego. .394, 165H in 110games, 1.022OPS, 4.2 WAR

Manny Ramírez, 1999, Cleveland .333, 44/165, 96BB, 2 SB, 7.3WAR

Larry Walker, 1997, Colorado. .366, 49HR, 208H, 33SB, 1.172OPS, GG, MVP, 9.8 WAR

Des. Hitter:

Frank Thomas, 1994sh.sea., C White Sox. 106R in 113games, 38HR, .729slg, MVP, 6.4 WAR

Starting Pitcher:

Steve Carlton, 1972, Philadelphia. 27-10, 1.97, 30CG, 8 Shutouts, 310K, Cy, 12.1 WAR

Greg Maddux, 1995, Atlanta. 19-2, 1.63ERA, 10cg, 181K,23bb, GG, Cy Young 9.7 WAR

Pedro Martinez, 2000, Boston. 18-6, 1.74, 4shutouts, 284K, Cy, 11.7 WAR

Tom Seaver, 1973, NY Mets. 19-10, 2.08, 251K in 290IP 3 shutouts, Cy, 10.6 WAR

Clayton Kershaw 2014, Los Angeles. 21-6, 1.77 era, 6cg, 239K, Cy and MVP 7.7WAR

Roger Clemens, 1997, Toronto. 21-7, 2.05, 9cg, 292K, Cy 11.9WAR

Randy Johnson, 2002, Arizona. 24-5, 2.32, 4shutouts, 334K, Cy, 10.7 WAR

Max Scherzer, 2016, Washington. 20-7, 2.96, 284K, Cy, 6.2 WAR

Relief Pitcher:

Bruce Sutter, 1979, C Cubs. 37 saves, 6-6, 2.22, 110K in 62G, 4.9 WAR

Mariano Rivera, 2004, NY Yankees. 74G, 78.2IP, 4W, Cy, 4.2WAR

Dennis Eckersley, 1992, Oakland. 51Sv, 7-1, 1.91, 93K:11bb, 2.9 WAR

Kent Tekulve, 1978, Pittsburgh. 91G, 8W, 31Sv, 135IP, 2.33. 3.4WAR

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Tommy Lasorda (1927-2021)

https://www.latimes.com/obituaries/story/2021-01-08/dodgers-legendary-manager-tom-lasorda-dies-at-age-93-heart-attack

When I was 10 years old I started to follow the Dodgers for the first time in my life. It was 1977 and Tommy was the manager and they had one of their greatest teams with a great core.

That is still MY team. When I think of the Dodgers that is what comes back to me…not Piazza, Kirk Gibson, or even Kershaw…but that seventies and early eighties team with Lasorda as manager. His name went with the Dodgers… he was with them since the 50s…and so was Vin Scully. Those two will forever be Dodgers. I would love to catch a Dodger-Giants game on tv in Candlestick park and watch the Giant fans boo Lasorda as he changed pitchers…he loved the attention.

In September of 1976 the quiet and understated Walter Alston stepped down and the loud and boisterous Lasorda became the manager. Lasorda was a brawler…he loved to fight but O’Malley told him he would have to calm down especially when he was manager. Tommy never really calmed down a lot…but the fist fights did. He managed them from 1976-1996.

I disagreed with many of his managing decisions but he did win 2 World Championships…My favorite being 1981 by beating those Reggie Jackson Yankees. They had lost to them in 1977 and 1978…and of course the other championship in 1988 with the Kirk Gibson homerun.

My favorite Lasorda moment? After Dave Kingman hit three homeruns against the Dodgers…a reporter asked him his opinion of Kingman’s performance.

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Your Favorite Teams Worst Trades

I can speak about the Dodgers because I lived it… What are the worst trades your favorite team made? If you want…comment below…I would love to see them.

1…1993 Pedro Martinez The number one bad trade – 3 words… Delino for Pedro. No Dodger fan will forget/forgive this trade that involved Delino DeShields from the Expos going to the Dodgers for Pedro Martinez. If free-agent second baseman Jody Reed agrees to a multiyear contract and returns to Los Angeles, this doesn’t happen. It’s not like they didn’t know Pedro was good… in 1993 he appeared in 65 games (two starts) and went 10–5 with a 2.61 ERA, including 119 strikeouts and 57 walks in 107 innings…then Fred Clair traded him…because of his size Lasorda didn’t think he would hold up and he would be a bullpen guy. Then GM Fred Claire takes responsibility for this though.

2… 1998 Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile to the Florida Marlins for Manuel Barrios, Bobby Bonilla, Jim Eisenreich, Charles Johnson, and Gary Sheffield. Yes, they did some quality back with Sheffield more than anyone else…but Piazza was the face of the franchise and a future Hall of Famer. 

3…1998 Paul Konerko traded for Jeff Shaw – This was stupid. Yes, the Dodgers needed a closer that part is true and they had Eric Karros at first but he didn’t have anywhere near the career Konerko had with the White Sox. Paul was given 54 games to show what he had with the Dodgers. When he had all of that time to hit…he was traded. Tommy Lasorda was made GM for a very short time…I’m thankful it was short…and he did this. To be fair Shaw was a successful closer but he was not worth the price. 

4…1983 Ron Cey to the Chicago Cubs for prospects Vance Lovelace and Dan Cataline. This trade made NO sense. Living by Branch Rickey’s logic…better to get rid of someone one year too early than a year too late…great advice but Cey wasn’t near being done. Cey would end up knocking 84 home runs for the Cubs in the next 4 years. Al Campanis really messed up with this one. Third base would be a wasteland for the Dodgers for years and years after Cey left. Adrian Beltre did great briefly but then…they didn’t resign him. Justin Turner is the first good regular third baseman the Dodgers have had since Cey was traded in1982.

5…1982 Rick Sutcliffe traded to the Cleveland Indians for Jack Fimple, Jorge Orta and Larry White. All because Sutcliffe rearranged Lasorda’s office. This was in 1981 and he just won the Rookie of the Year in 1979.

Honorable Mention…I will lump 3 trades together… Juan Guzman traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Toronto Blue Jays for Mike Sharperson a utility player… Sid Fernandez with Ross Jones to the New York Mets for Bob Bailor and Carlos Diaz…and John Franco to the Cincinnati Reds for Rafael Landestoy. Three very good pitchers for not much at all.

 

 

 

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