2012 Season Reviews Start Tomorrow

It’s October, and that’s a wonderful time of year to be a baseball fan. It’s somewhat of a less wonderful time for fans of a team like the Dodgers who aren’t in the playoffs, because no real movement can begin on constructing the 2013 team for about a month. So with that in mind, it’s time to look back, and so tomorrow we’ll start with 2012 season reviews. I am floored to say that this will be Year Six of the annual season in review pieces. Six!

We’re doing it a little differently this year, because rather than grouping players by position and then discussing two or three at a time, I’m giving each player their own post. That’s a good idea to extend the series and also considering that I have 2100 words down on A.J. Ellis already; it’ll be decidedly less fun when I have to dedicate an entire day to Tim Federowicz or Rubby De La Rosa. We’ll start with Ellis and the catchers, then work around the infield to the outfield, through the rotation, and finally into the bullpen. With 50 players who saw time this year, posting these a few times a week around whatever else pops up should get us well into the fall.

Anyway, it’s always a fun look back not only on how a player performed, but on what our perception was of them at the time. That’s why I always try to quote liberally from previous posts, not to toot my own horn for past good work – okay, not just that – but to see how we felt about a player in May or July or August. It’s often amazing to remember what you thought of a player in May as opposed to the end of the season – or in some cases, how you feel exactly the same.

As always, a word up front about the grading scale. The letter grades I hand out are entirely subjective, and most importantly, they’re based on what our preseason expectations were of the player, not based on comparing him to his peers. For example, Jamey Wright is going to get a higher grade than Matt Kemp, simply because Wright outperformed low expectations while Kemp’s season was something of a disappointment. Does the higher grade mean I think Wright is a better player than Kemp? Of course not, but that’s something I hear every year. Fewer than 10 innings pitched or 100 plate appearances gets you an “incomplete”.

As always, I’ve repurposed Topps baseball cards from the late-80s and early-90s to use for this series. What year will it be this year? Check back tomorrow.


 

1319 comments
Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

Sooo... who wants 2330 words on AJ Ellis? Publishing NOW.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

Is always strange to me, this time of year, that it is cold in other places. People were wearing like..scarves and whatnot in St. Louis. #SMH 

Bill Grabarkewitz
Bill Grabarkewitz

There is nothing sweeter to me than the bitter tears of Jint fans.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

And where the hell did this AJ knee surgery come from?!!??

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

hahaha AJ's wife's follow-up to what I posted below:

Cindy Ellis @Cindyluellis

@AJEllis17 @dodgerthoughts Wow Ellis! Only cause I'm due in 2 weeks and taking care of you. #youoweme #whatelseisnew

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

In honor of the profanity, I changed my avatar to someone who would approve.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@el serracho It was in the lower 40s here this morning.

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

 @The_Real_Paul   Personally, I think profanity (when not spontaneous) is just lazy.  There are better ways to express yourself with the written word.  But my angry ole Norman there liked his cursing.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @Deuce  Harlot's Ghost, kid. Though that jerk died before writing a follow up that would have closed the store. 

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

 @Saber Kid #293.2  @LA Woman  @EephusBlue   Famous Jewish writer.  Brilliant but tempestuous career.  Known for his novels, non-fiction writings, and opposition to the Vietnam War.  Not liked by feminists, in fact was accused of stabbing one of his wives.  Seemed to mellow in his later years.  I'm a big fan of his writing, would highly recommend Harlot's Ghost and The Executioners Song.

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @Deuce I think there's a time and a place for it. I'm fine with using it sparingly in literary works, but the risk is abusing it to the point that it no longer stands out.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

k. Prop..plus remifentanil

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

Deuce. Increasingly creative as the years pass... I like. Welcome to OG status.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

When i curse i make it count.