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  1. bruin5

    Prepare to Blasht off...

    I love Vlad but I have a hard time associating “hitting coach” with his name. However, if he can give him one good tip that would be great but I can’t imagine him being much of a swing doctor.
  2. Where does the $5500 come from? Playing in the independent leagues? That’s one of those headlines that sounds good but totally lacks context.
  3. I thought that DiPoto’s draft strategy was to focus on pitchers, with the idea they would provide better trade currency in the long run. I don’t know that Wilson is to be blamed for that.
  4. bruin5

    Mike Scioscia vs Frank Robinson

    I haven’t seen this in this post, but I was told that Guillen did go after Sosh, but Donnelly not only intervened but pinned him up against the was and was ready to beat the crap out of him. Perceval was involved as well. Donnelly was a big guy (the roids also helped). No question who the clubhouse supported in this one. Please forgive me if this was posted already.
  5. bruin5

    SD designate INF Jose Rondon

    I’d rather sign a veteran utility guy than rely on Rondon. He had enough issues playing shorttop, I can’t see how effective he would be at 2nd or 3rd. If you get to the point of needing to bring a utility guy up from SLC, your bigger concern should be fielding, not hitting.
  6. bruin5

    Scioscia's last year?

    It’s been alluded to here, but I still think folks undervalue the chemistry that Mike creates in the clubhouse. As opposed to other teams, you never seem to hear about chemistry issues or there being a bad clubhouse. Instead, you get a guy like Justin Upton (who didn’t have the best of reps as a teammate for whatever reason) actively recruiting Kinsler. Players just seem to develop a loyalty for Sosh. DiPoto found that out pretty quickly (but then again he’s tone deaf since he thought he had the support of some of the players, especially Pujols). The way baseball has become, advanced metrics help you with the strategic part of the game (there are still things that need to be done based on feel and situation), but anyone who’s worked for a living knows that workplace climate can make a HUGE difference in individual performance.
  7. Funny, I though this was a message board where opinions could be expressed. I’m pretty sure non of us is getting sued and DiPoto is a public figure. And, he has motive since he was probably a finalist for Ohtani and lost and his former employer got him instead. My money is on him being the one who leaked. As he showed at the end with the Angels, he lacks emotional intelligence and will do whatever he can to have himself portrayed in a positive light. DiPoto is a great example of someone who talks a good game, he’s activity without achievement. He was unable to build any type of meaningful relationships, either with MS or the players (who supported MS in the infamous “meeting”. The ENTIRE Scoscia issue is all on him. Funny how Eppler doesn’t seem to have any issues with MS or hides them very well.
  8. bruin5

    What is your all-time MLB A-hole team?

    No, that was a normal day for Edmonds. As an example, he got a base hit and when the opposing 1B (who was knows as being personable) asked him how he was doing, his response was “great now that you guys are in town”. Again, it’s one example, but I understand he was that way with everyone. Huge ego.
  9. bruin5

    What is your all-time MLB A-hole team?

    Jim Edmonds. He was very unpopular among players. Very inflated opinion of himself.
  10. Another way to potentially think of this is the value of retaining their first round pick. Signing a similar player could cost a first rounder, whereas you don’t lose that with Upton. I have to say, however, that I don’t know if any of their other target would cause them to lose the pick.
  11. bruin5

    One move Eppler maybe regretting

    That was the way I remember it as well. He wasn't pitching well enough at AAA to bring up, so he asked for his release (even made his first start for Boston against us).
  12. bruin5

    Mike Leake?

    Have to believe that DiPoto is at the top of the St. Louis Cardinals GM's speed dial list. The Cards GM probably had his entire staff around him when he called DiPoto and put him on speaker. I'm sure some of them were trying real hard to not laugh when DiPoto jumped at the opportunity.
  13. Basically, you want Eppler to go to Dipoto. A lot of good arguments here about that being highly unlikely. I had low expectations this year, so what is happening now is gravy. I would rather take the off season to make the needed moves rather than a knee jerk trade, especially one that could affect what seems to be good clubhouse chemistry. Besides, Heaney coming back and Skaggs already back is better than anything you would get in a trade.
  14. bruin5

    Trout Returns Friday!

    Without doubt, Judge's first half performance guarantees the MVP for him. Respectfully, Yasiel Puig
  15. bruin5

    Returning to the international market

    What everyone didn't know that while DiPoto was charismatic, his ability to build effective relationships with the staff was pretty limited. Eppler may be exact opposite - not as charismatic, but accessible to staff and values relationships. It also doesn't hurt that it seems pretty clear that he is very comfortable in the role. It sure would have been nice if he had a crack at the international market last year as well.....