Dodgers @ Reds September 21, 2012

Note: Mike’s on his honeymoon until September 28! Enjoy this auto-published post and help pray that some giant breaking news didn’t drop minutes before this fun yet otherwise fluffy post went up. 

Over about 125 years of National League play, the Dodgers and the Reds – whom the Dodgers visit for the first time this season tonight – have made dozens of trades. Most were instantly forgettable (what, you don’t remember the big Mickey Heath/Harvey Hendrick deal of 1931, or that massive Ben VanRyn/Will Brunson swap in 1994?), some were notable more for the names involved than the impact they had – 1950s stars like Joe Black & Don Newcombe each had their Dodger tenures ended with trades to Cincinnati – but two really stand out for the lasting damage they did to the Dodgers.

In March of 1932, the Dodgers, needing infield help, traded for Tony CuccinelloJoe Stripp and Clyde Sukeforth. You don’t recognize those names, and you shouldn’t; while Cuccinello & Stripp had their uses, they were forgettable players during a forgettable period in Dodger history. The price to acquire them was astronomical; in addition to outfielder Babe Herman, one of the earliest Dodger offensive stars who was entering his age-29 season and had hit .340/.397/.559 over his first six seasons, slow-footed 23-year-old catcher Ernie Lombardi headed to Cincinnati. Lombardi had been about league-average over 196 plate appearances in his rookie season for the Dodgers, but after being traded he made 7 All-Star teams, won the 1938 NL MVP, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986. We’re still feeling the pain over the Carlos Santana deal four years later, but it’s hardly the first time the Dodgers have sent a young catching prospect to Ohio for no good reason whatsoever.

Over 60 years later, the Dodgers & Reds hooked up once again for a deal that’s still being felt today. Longtime GM Fred Claire had been pushed out in the midst of the FOX ownership transition, so Tommy Lasorda was filling in as the acting GM in July of 1998. Deciding that he absolutely had to have a closer despite the team being 12.5 games out of first, he traded 22-year-old Paul Konerko (and reliever Antonio Osuna) to the Reds for Proven Closer™ Jeff Shaw, who had just celebrated his 32nd birthday. Shaw pitched adequately for an 83-79 Dodger team that finished in third place that year, then exercised a clause that allowed him to renegotiate the rest of this contract. Konerko, meanwhile, is a six-time All-Star on a Hall of Fame trajectory who has hit over 400 homers, mostly for the White Sox, since. Thanks, Tommy!

It’s been more than five years since the Dodgers & Reds connected on a deal, when LA purchased Chad Moeller back in 2007. Can’t say I’m anxious for it to happen again any time soon.

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LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)
LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)

Buster Olney ‏@Buster_ESPN

Looks like there is a better than 50-50 chance Kershaw will pitch for the Dodgers Sunday Night.

 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

FiOS getting installed now!

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@dylanohernandez #Dodgers lineup: M Ellis 4, Ethier 9, Kemp 8, Gonzalez 3, Ramirez 6, Cruz 5, Rivera 7, AJ Ellis 2, Fife 1.

Guitar
Guitar

stupid people who think that they're smart - AKA Youtube commenters

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Keep Hope Alive!!! Matt Kemp!!! Keep Hope Alive!!!

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

Two things:

 

1. I hope the Dodgers make me feel retarded for not buying postseason tickets.

2. Latin American keyboard FTW:  ¡¿¿¡¡¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¡¡¡¡¡¡ñññññññ! 

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

Okay, I have ten minutes of post beach WiFi before I have to wake wifey up for dinner. I feel like I'm not missing anything, right? Also, if we have new friends from the unfortunate demise of Dodger Thoughts, please welcome them kindly.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

so about this twitter thing... happy to have you all on board, and i think i followed everyone back but.... i tend to tweet some stupid and annoying stuff (ask eephus). so if you unfollow me i won't be offended. 

package
package

This is my 1st post.  Great game last night!!

*VND*
*VND*

well I'm drunk and I tweeted way too many photos about vietnam. Time for bed.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Installation window was 12-5 so I was worried that I was going to miss part of the game.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@package Welcome!

*VND*
*VND*

chuc ngu ngon assholes

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Gilbert_Vengeance I live nowhere near LA, so I don't really care. Also, I don't like basketball.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@capnsparrow I'd still rather see Victorino out there than Rivera.

Guitar
Guitar

 @KungFu Panza I wore a Dodgers jacket in SF a few years ago because I thought that no one would really care. No one really cares in L.A., frankly, except a select chosen few.

 

Almost everyone there refused to speak to me, scowled, etc.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

 @KungFu Panza  Things aren´t where they´re supposed to be.  It take´s me forever to find ´, @ (thats the hardest one), ? and *.  And why the fuck is " on the 2?

 

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

 @DBrim FIOS is the shit... better in every aspect than my previous provider (TWC)... except im almost as big a Laker fan that i am a Dodger fan and not being able to watch games sucks so much ass.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@KungFu Panza @capnsparrow Of everybody we have, I'd go with Castellanos.

LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)
LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)

 @DBrim  @capnsparrow I would have loved to see Elian start today. He has speed, and patience at the plate, something Rivera does not have. Not to mention his defense is much better. 

LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)
LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)

 @Guitar Hah. And that's why I'm gonna stay away from SF if at all possible. I'd rather be in Denver or San Diego than SF (of all our division rivals' cities.)

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @DBrim  @el well played.

 

am currently trying to remove last nights bandage with minimum rippage.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@el serracho yet your skin isn't thick enough to protect you from sharp objects.

*VND*
*VND*

i was flagged but not raped :/