Split Squad Dodgers on St. Patrick’s Day

Minor movement in the ownership bidding process, as Steve Cohen has been cleared by the MLB vetting committee to move forward, according to the New York Post. Since he had previously been approved to purchase a minor share of the New York Mets (albeit in a less thorough investigation), this news was expected. Besides, if MLB had rejected the bidder who had included the most straight cash of anyone in his bid, you can bet that Frank McCourt would have taken that as reason to send this whole process back to a mediator and delay this mess even further. (That said, there’s still the potential for that, as rejected bidders Leo Hindery and Stanley Gold are each appealing their exclusions.) We’ll find out soon enough whether the other three groups have made it through – expect that they have – and then we move on to McCourt’s final decision, which is due two weeks from tomorrow.

Other news…

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Remember this when Dee Gordon lands on the disabled list with a broken finger at some point this year:

After singling leading off the bottom of the first inning on Friday against the Rangers, the Dodgers’ Dee Gordon attempted to steal second base with a feet-first slide and was called out by umpire Mike Muchlinski.

“I’m not doing that again,” said Gordon. “I’ve been working on not sliding headfirst, so I thought I was going to be safe and figured I would try it. And I was safe. I was like, ‘Really?’ That’s what I get for thinking.

“Feet first? I’m over that. I gotta do what feels natural.”

Increased risk of injury because of a possibly blown call in a spring training game in mid-March? Got it.

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Vin Scully will be calling fewer games this year. Tony Jackson:

Scully, 84, now will call road games within California (San Diego, San Francisco and a June interleague series at Oakland) and at Arizona. The reduction means he no longer will travel to Colorado and won’t call an interleague series at Seattle in June.

Disappointing – in no small part because that’ll subject us to additional games with Steve Lyons – but completely understandable. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Vin decides to scale back even further to only home games if he continues past 2012, but we should really be happy we even have him for one game a year, much less over 100.

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MLB Network continues it’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days” spring training series with the Dodgers, Sunday evening at 10pm PT:

Hosted by Matt Vasgersian with analysts Larry Bowa and Mitch Williams, the one-hour show will feature an in-depth look at the Dodgers’ pitching staff and lineup, whether they compete in the NL West and analysis of the team’s farm system.  The episode includes interviews with Don Mattingly, Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp, Chad Billingsley, Andre Ethier and James LoneyJavy Guerra also gives a tour of the Dodgers’ facility in Glendale.

Williams is atrocious – possibly the worst analyst on television right now – but the MLB Network crew generally does a pretty solid job with these pieces.

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Lineups for today’s split squad games…

1pm PST at Colorado: Gordon (SS), Mark Ellis (2B), Ethier (RF), Adam Kennedy (1B), Juan Uribe (3B), Tony Gwynn (CF), A.J. Ellis (C), Cory Sullivan (LF), Nathan Eovaldi (SP)

7pm PST vs San Francisco: Justin Sellers (3B), Ivan De Jesus (2B), Kemp (CF), Juan Rivera (LF), Jerry Sands (RF), Loney (1B), Luis Cruz (SS),  Matt Treanor (C), Aaron Harang (SP)

The later game will be seen live on Prime Ticket and MLB Network, and will be Vin’s first call of the spring.

15 comments
Bob
Bob

Not a fan of Lyons so don't get the idea I am defending him, but given the choice of replacing only one, I would much rather see Eric Collins replaced than Lyons.

@BrocNessMonster
@BrocNessMonster

Williams is beyond awful. He really thinks an established and successful closer is more important that an established and successful starter. That shit is just straight crazy pants.

Alireza
Alireza

Gary DiSarcina tore up his thumb in 1995, helping torpedo that crazy run from the Angels, on a feet first slide into second. There are risks to both kinds of slides, so I'm more for letting the player do what is comfortable for them. Rickey Henderson thought feet-first sliding was a horrible idea for speed players, because of the toll it takes on the legs.

Joe
Joe

This sale is shaping up as a disaster. Unless it's just B.S. meant to drive up the bidding, a lot of media outlets are claiming Steve Cohen is MLB's preferred buyer, with Magic/Kasten in second place. Cohen is under federal investigation for insider trading and hasn't granted a media interview in something like five years. He reportedly plans to put sports agent Arn Tellem and Tony La Russa in charge of the team. Not good. If that bullet is dodged, Magic/Kasten is apparently in second place. Magic doesn't know a thing about baseball, while Stan Kasten is about as innovative as the Pirates. His time in Atlanta was good but most of it was due to John Schuerholz and Bobby Cox, and his years in Washington were unimpressive. A high percentage of Nats fans hated Kasten by the time he left. Kasten is also a longtime Selig loyalist who toes the line on salaries and bonuses, so we shouldn't plan on any big expenditures. Again, not good. I'd rather keep McCourt for another year than have the team end up in the hands of Cohen or Magic/Kasten. Sometimes it seems like the Dodgers are doomed to be a big-market team that operates like a mid-market team.

DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy
DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy

Oh man we got Bowa and Williams..........i saw the one for the Rocks and was sitting there wondering "ok so where are we in the projection, 3rd or 4th?" I nearly fell out of my chair when they said the Dodgers were in last and the Giants in 1st lol! I always wondered why more players didn't slide in feet first at 2B

Isaac
Isaac

Actually, the worst analyst on tv right now, and quite possibly the worst ever, is Harold Reynolds.

Ken
Ken

Can you get Frank's Sins up to 666 before the team is sold?

Another Scott
Another Scott

Which is worse? Mitch Williams hair when he played for the Phillies or his analysis skills?

Bip
Bip

Or they're just doomed to be an "old-school" franchise even though the even the Yankees of all teams have moved on.

Another Scott
Another Scott

I don't mind Harold Reynolds all that much. Mitch Williams is the worst for me. His comments are always riddled with dumb shit like saves stats and other non-sensical things. I don't know if Joe Morgan counts as an analyst, but if he does, then he is the ABSOLUTE worst. Guess he is more of a commentator though.

jWerthfan
jWerthfan

Bowa is worse. For no other reason than he is Bowa.

Paul
Paul

Joe Morgan is like that guy from high school who holds a bunch of school records, managed to graduate because his algebra teacher was also the baseball coach, and still goes to every single sporting event wearing his letterman jacket so he can act like the ultimate source of baseball knowledge and flirt with 16 year old girls.

Alireza
Alireza

The one thing about Bowa is that he seems to puff up the Dodgers any chance he gets.

Paul
Paul

I died a little inside when Clayton Kershaw called Bowa a smart guy.

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