No Bigger Question Than What Luis Cruz Is

92topps_luiscruzGlad to see we’re not the only ones a little apprehensive about counting on Luis Cruz for an entire season. From Bill Plunkett in the Orange County Register

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly reiterated Saturday that Luis Cruz will get the first shot at being the team’s everyday third baseman this spring.

But that didn’t stop Mattingly from talking with Scott Rolen to feel out the possibility of adding the free agent as a veteran option. Mattingly confirmed the Dodgers have had internal discussions about that possibility and he reached out to the fellow Indiana native a few weeks ago in a preliminary attempt to gauge Rolen’s interest.

Later, Plunkett added…

Mattingly admitted he has “a little concern” about whether Cruz can replicate his performance from 2012 (.297 with six home runs and 40 RBIs in 92 games) over a full season. But his big concern on the infield is whether Hanley Ramirez can improve defensively and be the everyday shortstop. If Ramirez’s defense is not satisfactory, that could create a domino effect of problems for the Dodgers.

It’s nice to have confirmation of the Dodger interest in Rolen that was reported earlier this month, and even nicer to know that the hot final six weeks that made Cruz into a folk hero haven’t completely fooled the team management. That said, Rolen’s a very flawed alternative at this point himself, and we’ve been over this so many times that there’s really almost no chance of an outside improvement this late in the winter.

Honestly, it puts us all in a very awkward position. Sure, we all hope that Cruz is for real, that he’s a solid player who helps this team win — an example, essentially, of “found money”, as opposed to the millions of real dollars spent on uncertainties like Carl Crawford. But objectively, it’s difficult to think that six weeks of good play — without walking, ever — overcomes 12 years of mediocrity, and the issue is that tons of fans aren’t thinking about this objectively — they’re 100% certain in their hearts that Cruz is the next big thing, that he’s the hard-working fighter who made his way through years of obstacles to finally become a local hero after getting the “chance he deserved”.

For the sake of winning Dodgers baseball, I sincerely hope we’re wrong about Cruz in 2013. For the sake of being able to trust any of our objective analysis in the future, it’d be a small measure of relief if we’re not. And for the sake of having different types of Dodger fans not be at each other’s throats, I hope it’s a happy medium — preferably one that involves having Cruz being a useful utility player while a more reliable option is in the starting lineup. Of course, that’s unlikely to happen at this point, so we’ll hope for the best.

337 comments
Dsheridan88
Dsheridan88

Ah yes, the need for your Gritty Gamer philosophy to be proven right does indeed trump uninformed fans who stupidly root for his unfounded, unTop100Prospect approved success. I guess your work is never done. Luis Cruz could send us back to the Dark Ages with his well intentioned but misguided success, but hopefully he will indeed prove your metrics once again for the good of the universe, sparing you from having to "ackwardly" point out that e really isn't playing that well after all.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

While technically i know it fits, I feel weird reading Ryu ranked as a prospect

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

Guess Billingsley is waiting until tomorrow.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 "@BillShaikin: Walter on Dodgers start-up channel: "We want the #Dodgers to be exhibited on the very best sports network in the country.""

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 "@BillShaikin: #Dodgers Mark Walter: "The best way to give our fans what they want--more content and more Dodger baseball--was to launch our own network.""

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 "@BillShaikin: SportsNet LA is the working name for #Dodgers new television channel starting in 2014, per press release."

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 "@BillShaikin: #Dodgers and Time Warner Cable officially announce TV deal."

 

Hooray news!

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

GOOD MORNING EAST COAST!!!!!

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@jonweisman: Baseball officials fear drug pipeline may start in South Florida http://t.co/AhWVQvJy PEDs come from San Francisco, not Miami

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Mike Petriello Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

I was promised 1600 werds! SO MANY WERDS! ALL THE WERDS!

HarryDoyle
HarryDoyle

 @EephusBlue it'll be interesting to see how this thing plays out.  i still wonder if SportsNet LA content will have an online presence...

Lobo
Lobo

 @darknesssss That's a really impressive scene.  Some of the shots they managed to do in older movies like this still baffle.

HarryDoyle
HarryDoyle

 @EephusBlue yah.  we can just come here for all our dodgers-related distractions and time suck needs...:P

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @Lobo they like rotated the set right. still how did some of the stuff not fall but he could still pick it up with no issue. its crazy

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @HarryDoyle well games I can catch on mlbtv but actual Dodger programming that may only be available on tv might be out of my reach. Honestly though I care less about the channel and more about the money the team is getting

The Monocle
The Monocle

@HarryDoyle @EephusBlue nah. Lots of five hour energy and Monster on the drive home last night and couldn't sleep. I'm off Mondays, but was supposed to go in to work on a project. No big deal. Although, I would have been able to save a vacation day on this coming Friday if I made it in today.

The Monocle
The Monocle

@HarryDoyle @EephusBlue I should be at work but didn't make it today.

I Digesti
I Digesti

@EephusBlue @HarryDoyle Science is making snow in New York today.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @HarryDoyle yeah this experiment has been rife with them. This batch is gonna be interesting. Chromatin IP on FAC sorted neuron population of only 22k cells with whole genome amplification. I may be running pcr on space junk or dirty water

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @HarryDoyle Today will either be an outstanding day as I run my samples that took a week to prep on the qpcr dealie. Either the results match what I think they will or it will all crash out and burn horribly. Or, more likely, it will be inconclusive with enough potential maybe to make me have to do the damn thing all over again

HarryDoyle
HarryDoyle

 @EephusBlue actually science is its usual non-rewarding self, constantly marauding me with setbacks.

Lobo
Lobo

 @darknesssss Yeah, I just looked it up and it says they built the set inside a rotating barrel then strapped the camera and cameraman to an ironing board that would rotate with the set.  I would imagine that the items he picks up were held down with magnets or something so they wouldn't fall but could easily be picked up.

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @Lobo i think i saw a pbs thing a long time ago showing that they did it like that, but i think so

Lobo
Lobo

 @darknesssss No idea, just didn't think they really would have had the means to do that back then.

Lobo
Lobo

 @darknesssss Wait, they rotated the set while he was dancing?  If that's how they did it then that is fucking ridiculous.  That's the same way Christopher Nolan did the hallway scene in Inception.