Death To MSTI. Long Live MSTI.

Six years — a little longer than six, really — is a long time to do anything. It’s a long time to write about the Dodgers almost entirely by yourself. Hell, it’s a long time to be a Dodger. Back in the summer of 2007 when I first started this thing up, we were talking about Grady Little, Juan Pierre and David Wells and Mark Hendrickson and Olmedo Saenz and whether Wilson Betemit should be starting at third base over Nomar Garciaparra and wondering why Luis Gonzalez was getting playing time over Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. Zack Greinke was working mainly out of the Kansas City bullpen. Clayton Kershaw wasn’t making $200 million; he was a 19-year-old walking nearly five per nine at Great Lakes and Jacksonville. You know, Jacksonville, which isn’t even a Dodger affiliate any longer, just like Vero Beach and Las Vegas.

At the time, I was pretty close to being the blogger stereotype: partially employed, fully single, and making a pit stop at my parents’ house. Now, I’m over 30, married, and probably over-employed. Along the way I’ve had a lot of fun, met some great people — I can’t say enough about the commenters on this site — and managed to take a stab at a career working fully in sports. All of which is to say, I can’t really keep up with being a one-man band at a daily baseball site any longer. I’ve loved doing it, but it’s exhausting, and it just no longer works. (I’ve also developed quite the reputation for, you know, being asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.)

That’s a long way of saying that this is both post number 2,771 and the final post you’re going to see on Mike Scioscia’s tragic illness, and that’s both a happy thing and a sad thing.

So long!

But don’t worry: you’re not getting rid of me that easily.

You see, I love writing about the Dodgers. Wherever that takes me, I don’t intend to stop. And while I can’t do it myself any longer, I do like working with great people, and that means something exciting is going to happen.

So on Monday morning, don’t click over to like you otherwise might have. Instead, browse over to, which will be my new home along with three of my favorite people: Chad Moriyama, Dustin Nosler, and Daniel Brim. That’s right, it’s a team effort, but this team spans about 6,000 miles, includes great prospect work from Dustin & Chad, awesome math things I don’t understand from Daniel, and whatever it is I add, which I believe is just funny GIFs and posts that end in “…and that’s okay.”

It’ll look a lot like this site —  not entirely, dig Eephus Blue’s cool logo —  but it’ll be better: more content, more timely, and more awesome.

Until then,
Smell ya later.

Hoping For a Quiet Holiday


l’m guessing that — with the possible exception of Rakuten deciding to finally post Masahiro Tanaka — the next few days are going to be relatively quiet in the Dodger world, as players, agents, and management all disperse to spend holiday time with their families. (He says, knowing damn well those are famous last words.)

Though it seems like it’s been a slow off-season for the Dodgers so far, it really hasn’t. They finally added Alexander Guerrero after months of flirting. They returned Brian Wilson and J.P. Howell to what could be a very good bullpen while saying goodbye to Ronald Belisario. They added Dan Haren to the back of the rotation in what looked like a reasonable deal at the time, and seems even moreso now. They filled a Juan Uribe-sized hole at third base with, well, Juan Uribe. I think a lot of fans get it into their heads that deals which happen during the Winter Meetings are somehow more notable, but really, they aren’t. This roster didn’t have a ton of holes, and the ones they had have largely been filled, other than the bench, and there’s time enough for that.

It’s with that that I prepare for an early morning flight to the in-laws by saying happy holidays to you and yours. For the next few days, we’ll have season in review pieces auto-posting at 12pm ET (I hope!) daily, while you all count down the moments to the giant move that inevitably happens while I’m away, because that’s always what happens.

In the meantime, a special thanks to the great commenters on this site — and particularly KMT, who pulled it all together — for sharing the following gift. That ball was caught in the stands in San Diego on June 22, also known as the day 2013′s ridiculous streak got started, and traveled thousands of miles back and forth across the country to collect as many signatures as possible. Very cool, and very appreciated.


Happy Holidays, Dodger Fans


Happy holidays, friends, regardless of what holiday it is you choose to celebrate. Personally, I’m partial to Festivus & Ludacrismas myself. I think the Dodgers have given us more than we could have asked for over the last calendar year, but is it really gluttonous to ask for an righty outfielder who can bash lefty pitching? It is? Oh well. Enjoy anyway.

…And We’re Back

msti TECH DIFFICULTIESAs you’ve probably noticed, the last few days have been kind of rough around here. Yes, I got myself targeted by a hacker, and yes, it caused a ton of problems. Even when I thought I had it resolved, it came back, and so eventually I just took the site offline for a few days to sort it all out, and my sincere apologies to anyone who was inconvenienced or otherwise confused by the strange messages this site was giving off. I’ve managed to restore everything from backup save for the few most recent posts — uh, sorry, Josh Wall, though I’m sure I could restore him if I really wanted to — and I’ve learned a lot about database security so that this doesn’t happen again in the future.

So if you’re one of the dozens of people who emailed, tweeted, or otherwise informed me that my site was broken, thanks for caring enough to reach out, and sorry again. We’ll have a real new post — you know, the one I never wanted to post in the first place — later on.

Very Impressive

It took you guys all of four days to crash the server this was hosted on entirely, leading to yesterday’s downtime. Well done! I’m in the process of moving the site over to a far more stable environment (what you see here is still on the old server, which is why I have disabled comments so we don’t kill it again), which should be done today. Hooray for well-timed off-days.