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Old 08-23-2019, 02:45 PM   #201
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Cheering for a losing team is an exercise in patience, and a complete acceptance of the Bob Uecker broadcasting in Major League. Let's look at what a complete clusterfuck of a year, 1991 has been so far:


Major League worst record of 31-70.

Last in the NL in:
Runs Scored
Avg
OBP
Runs Against
Starter ERA

Second to last in NL in:
HR's
SB
Bullpen ERA

So pretty much everything, last or second to last. Only fielding is 9th. (BRIGHT SPOT!!)

Pitching:

Frank Viola, 31: 4.69 ERA; 1.54 WHIP; 82 ERA+; 2.39 RS per game
- Graded as a 3-Star talent, Upper mid rotation quality

Danny Darwin, 35: 4.13 ERA; 1.21 WHIP; 93 ERA +; 1.76 RS/G
- Averages 4 2/3 innings per start; Graded as a 2.5-Star talent, Back end quality

Ed Wojna, 30: 2.96 ERA; 1.26 WHIP; 144 ERA+; 2.57 RS/G
- Waiver wire pickup from Philly. Made 10 starts; Graded as a 2-Star talent; Spot start quality

Peter Chapin, 32: 4.51 ERA; 1.37 WHIP; 85 ERA+; 2.35 RS/G
- Grades as a 1.5-Star talent, Spot start or possible back end quality

Arthur Rhodes, 21: 5.62 ERA; 1.81 WHIP; 68 ERA+; 1.41 RS/G
- Grades as a 1-Star talent, Spot start quality at best

Bob Patterson, 32: 3.53 ERA; 0.97 WHIP; 108 ERA+; 15/19 Saves, 17.6 IRS%
- Grades as a 3-Star talent; is the closer, but scouted to set up at best

Tomas Ubiera, 26: 3.78 ERA; 1.23 WHIP; 101 ERA+; 2S, 1H, 14 GF
- Grades as a 3-Star talent; Set up is ideal.

Sergio DelRosario, 26: 5.83 ERA; 1.55 WHIP, 66 ERA+, 5H, 11 GF
- 2-Star talent; can hit 100+ on the gun, scouted as a situational/mop up guy.

You can see the incredible lack of talent, and what they've done so far this year. The offense has been awful. The pitching has been below average with slightly above average at it's finest. {edit: I totally forgot to mention that Patterson, the closer, is #2 on the team in wins, with 5.}

The lineup right now....ugh.

Just at first base alone, the team has used Von Hayes, Pete O'Brien, Franklin Stubbs, Lee Stevens, Jim Presley and finally Carmelo Martinez. Stubbs was released and then resigned a few days later. It's been a total shitshow. Catcher has had the same problems.

The team has a .290 OBP, and 57 team homers. Only Inky is even in double digits in dingers. Albert Belle leads all of baseball with 36. They haven't been no-hit yet either, but they have been 1 hit, by Tom Glavine, twice. Once was a leadoff single, before Glavine set the next 27 down in order.

Here's the current positional outlook:


C Hector Villanueva, 45 GS, .629 OPS, 81 OPS+, 48.4% CS%
- 2-Star, marginal ML player. Waiver claim from Oak. Helluva cannon arm.

C Mike Bishop, 50 GS, .589 OPS, 68 OPS+, 40% CS%
- 2-Star, backup at best. Planned start to begin the year.


1B Carmelo Martinez, 12 GS, .807 OPS, 126 OPS+.
- 1.5-Star, borderline bench player. First is well documented above.

2B Geronimo Pena, 86 GS, .634 OPS, 79 OPS+, 10SB/13CS. .988 fielding
- 1.5-Star, starter all year, here for his defense.

SS Dick Schofield, 93 GS, .553 OPS, 58 OPS+, .968 fielding
- 1.5-Star, 2-time gold glove, here for his defense.

3B Ken Caminti, 96 GS, .633 OPS, 78 OPS+, 6 HR, 35 RBI, .963 Fielding
- 2-Star (3 Pot), pretty average all the way around.

LF Pete Incaviglia, 92 GS, .780 OPS, 117 OPS+, 17 HR, 54 RBI
- 2.5 Star, the only real damage producer in the lineup. Average starter.

CF Daryl Boston, 86 GS, .750 OPS, 111 OPS+, 16 SB
- 2.5- Star, somehow lost his role recently, considered a good starter

RF Lee Stevens, 69 GS, .659 OPS, 85 OPS+, 7 HR, 28 RBI.
- 2-Star (3 Pot), played a lot of 1B too, 2nd on team in HR. Borderline starter.

So that's the sad status of a terrible ballclub. The only bit of hope right now is that the Dodgers have the #4 farm club in all of MLB. They will have another high pick this year of course and these guys are close to needing to make the jump already.

Carl Everett, 20, (12th prospect) Playing A-Ball
Bobby Abreu, 17, (18th), High A Ball
Andy Pettitte, 19, (24th), AAA
Raul Rodarte, 21, (52nd), Low A
Damian Miller, 21, (55), High A
Shawn Estes, 18, (78), Rookie
Pat Rapp, 24, (94), AAA

You just know that someone from this list is getting called in September.

Anyway. It's rather pathetic to watch this team day after day. They lose, a lot. And the Expos are almost as bad. Kind of funny that just a few years ago, they both were dominating.
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Old 09-03-2019, 07:36 AM   #202
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It was only a matter of time.

After multiple one-hitters, the Dodgers were finally no-hit this year, and by the Giants no less.

Greg Hibbard (5-12) lowered his ERA to 4.65, as the former 2nd rounder, and 40th overall pick threw his 1st no-no and 7th career shutout. Hibbard walked 3 and struck out 3.\


Arthur Rhodes (1-15) went the distance, allowing 1R, 4 hits and striking out 5.
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Old 09-04-2019, 11:52 AM   #203
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If not for Dick Schofield knocking a single, LA would have been no-hit again. Greg Swindell was just killing us. I thought we were done. This is at least the 3rd 1 hitter this year, to go with the no hitter from just a few days ago. What a year of futility.



LA is now, sub .300 at 34-83. We are 37.5 games out of first place and 5.5 games behind the Expos for the next worst record in all of Major League Baseball.
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Old 09-10-2019, 11:58 AM   #204
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September 8th, 1991


WTF?

Somehow this Dodger team has won 7 straight, and all 6 in September. They've run up and past Montreal for next worst team, but are still 6.5 behind the Blue Jays for the next place. Those 6 wins match the total the team had in June. That leads to an interesting thought. Those 3 teams played had 9 World Series appearances in the last 10 years, winning 3. Now they are the bottom 3 teams in the league.

LA pulled an aged Jeff Reardon (35) off the waiver wire and installed him as closer. He was 1-8, with 11 saves and 9 blown saves with a 6.15 ERA with the Phillies. Since coming to LA he's 1-4 with 5 saves, 2 blown and a 5.63 ERA.
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Old 09-10-2019, 12:15 PM   #205
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That's that then.



Next game up, the Dodgers Frank Viola shut down the Pirates, while the Pirates Melido Perez struck out 14 in 7 innings of work. With 2 out in the 9th, and an out away from the shutout, Viola served up a game tying gopher ball to the Pirates George Bell (who they got off of waivers from Houston earlier in the year). The Pirates then pulled out the win in the 12th off of Arthur Rhodes (1-17) after he walked Brian Harper to lead it off, and then Damion Easley cracked a double down the line that Harper was able to score on. So much for the win streak.
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Old 09-10-2019, 09:50 PM   #206
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Ok, forget everything I said. The Dodgers have not dropped 7 straight, with no wins since the streak. This most recent one was particularly Dodgers like.

Bottom of the 11th, Arthur Rhodes (1-18) came in and walked 4 straight for the literal walk-off loss.


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Old 09-17-2019, 08:18 PM   #207
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End of the 1991 Regular Season

The Dodgers finished tied with the Expos for last place with a 54-108. That included a 14-13 September that had our 7 game win streak, the only month with a winning record.

I'm happy the season is over. It was a bit of a slog as a fan.

Danny Darwin (113) and Frank Viola (101) were the only starters to finish the year with a positive ERA+. Darwin over 34 starts held batters to a .238 average with a 3.42 ERA. While Viola had 36 starts, a .282 OAVG, and a 3.84 ERA.

Bob Patterson was the most valuable guy out of the pen. His 18 saves lead the team. Opponents his .244 and his ERA was a 3.56, with an ERA+ 109.

Among batters the most impactful players of the year were Pete Incaviglia (.241 avg/ 27 HR/ 78 RBI/ .743 OPS/ 107 OPS+), Daryl Boston (who eventually lost his starting job)(.264 AVG/ 22SB/ .725 OPS/ 104 OPS+), Lee Stevens (.261 AVG/ 15 HR/ 52RBI/ .718 OPS/ 101 OPS+) and Darren Lewis (who took Boston's job in CF)(.260 AVG/.343 OBP/ 18 SB/ 1.9 WAR/ 95 OPS).

That was it. Hard to win when that is the extent of your offensive pop and you really only have 2 good pitchers and a half decent set up guy you're using to close. Pretty brutal.
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Old 09-17-2019, 09:33 PM   #208
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1991 Playoffs

NLCS

New York Mets (102-60) v. Houston Astros (99-63)

Mets

Most runs scored, least runs allowed, best record in MLB.

Lead by 30+HR bombers Bobby Bonilla (.300/30/96) and Reuben Sierra (.310/34/124) and a double play combo that has 8 gold gloves between them of Ozzie Smith and Robby Thompson. A pitching staff with Doc Gooden (16-7, 1.91 ERA). A reborn Jack Morris who missed nearly 16 months recovering from shoulder surgery the last 2 seasons only to put up a 2.55 ERA and throw 225 innings on his 36 yr old, reconstructed shoulder. Mike Morgan, whose only 2 winning seasons have been the last 2, and who probably wishes he'd made the All Star game putting up a 6.5 WAR. Then look at the bullpen where either Roger McDowell or Randy Myers can finish the night, and the team is free to use Charlie Liebrandt (2.93 ERA/ 221 IP/ 133 ERA+) now in the playoffs. This is the team to beat.

Houston Astros

NL Leaders in HR's, 3rd in offense, 2nd in runs against, and #1 defense.

Lead by Fred McGriff (.261/33/114), John Kruk (.324/18/91), Barry Larkin (.268/17/73), and Benito Santiago ( .274/20/88). The biggest blow is the recent loss of Lenny Dykstra to injury for the rest of the year, with a broken thumb.

This team has always had pitching, and this year it continues. Tom Candiotti (188 ERA+, 270 IP, 24-5, 2.03 ERA, 0.94 WHIP), Greg Swindell (2.11, 181 ERA+), Dennis Martinez (2.62, 146 ERA+), and Bruce Hurst (2.57, 149 ERA+). In the pen, it's Tom Henke (32S/ 2.08 ERA), trade acquisition Mark Eichhorn (the Expos former closer)(15S, 4.16) and Alejandro Pena (2.43, 5S, 157 ERA+).

The 'Stros aren't as stocked as they have been, but they are still dangerous.


ALCS


Baltimore Orioles v. Chicago White Sox
both at 101-61

Baltimore Orioles

2nd in runs, 5th in runs against, first in defense

A blasting offense with Griffey Jr (.328/32/134), Ripken Jr (.287/30/127), Wally Joyner (.280/27/101), Ellis Burks (.255/28/112). Both Delino Deshields (.314) and Kenny Lofton (.308) added offense.

The staff consists of Jimmy Key (3.18, 134 ERA+, 1.13 WHIP), Nolan Ryan (3.78, 113 ERA+, 1.34 WHIP) and closer Xavier Hernandez (36S, 1.83 ERA), who happens to be a rookie who was drafted by the Cubs and released by 3 teams before he got here.

Chicago White Sox

Best offense overall, 6th in runs against, 11 in defense.

This team has one of the best offenses of all time. They don't even need a pitching staff.

Barry Bonds (40/40; .335/45/137, 44SB, 206 OPS+, 1.096 OPS); Albert Belle (.315/58/171, 182 OPS+, 1.019 OPS), Paul Molitor (NL Batting Champ; .350/18/91), Todd Zeile (.305/29/102), Harold Baines (.276/22/82), and Devon White (.259/16/79; 41 SB).

Pitching? Who cares?

Only Jose DeLeon (107 ERA+) was above 100 as a starter. Lee Smith closes (29S; 2.33 WHIP, 182 ERA+)

I just want to say LA was dumb for trading Smith for Darryl Boston, even though Boston has added something to this loser team

And....AND!!! We have to talk about this trade that sent Belle from the Rangers to the White Sox THIS YEAR! On Feb 12, right before the start of spring training, the Rangers acquired OF Troy Neel. Neel at one point was the #74 prospect in MLB in '89, was selected to the AAA All Star game that year, and last year came off the bench for the Sox. Apparently, the Rangers thought he was hot shit. He did bat .277/20/82, with a 4.9 WAR and .800 OPS. Not awful, but my god, Belle had already homered 33 times in '89, then spent most of '90 in AAA where he won a Silver Slugger, but who would have seen what happened this year? Oh, and they also shipped Doug Jones, who had been an absolute bullpen horse for the Rangers, saving 30 in '88 and 19 in '89. In fact, he'd been important. With the White Sox, he only pitched in 74 games and threw 122 innings, with a 4.20 ERA, and a 1.27 WHIP. That has to be the worst fucking trade of the year.
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Old 09-18-2019, 06:48 AM   #209
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1991 NLCS

Shocking.


The Mets were 7-5 against the Astros this season and came in as favorites to win the whole thing and repeat as World Champions. The Astros staff had other things in mind as they shut the Champs down.



1: 9-3 Astros
2: 4-2 Astros
3: 4-3 Astros
4: 5-1 Astros


It was tight overall, but the Astros were just that much better every game, and they only hit 2 homers the entire series. Former Dodger prospect Doug Jennings, who was starting for Dykstra played well, and John Kruk was the NLCS MVP.



ALCS

The offense was on display and we knew it would be. The Sox lead the

series 8-4 during the season and it continued here.



1: 8-3 Sox
2: 10-8 Orioles
3: 14-6 Sox
4: 9-5 Orioles
5: 3-2 Sox
6: 7-2 Sox



Where the entire Astros team only hit 2 HR's, the White Sox had 4 players hit 2 or more. Baines, Bonds and White all went deep 3 times in the 6 game series, while Belle added another pair. Griffey was held to a .222 average and the Orioles staff couldn't keep up. Harold Baines was ALCS MVP.



The White Sox are heading to their first World Series since 1959 to face the Houston Astros who won it all in '88.
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Old 09-18-2019, 07:40 AM   #210
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1991 World Series

Game 1

Five lead changes, 3 blown saves (both closers and Doug Jones), and Tom Candiotti winning player of the game despite a 44 game score (lower than the Sox Witt, and he was knocked out in the 5th!). It should have been Eichhorn who was finally able to lock it down for the Astros after they took the lead in the bottom of the 8th.



Astros win 7-6.


Game 2

Astros pitching is again on display as Greg Swindell goes 7, with 7 K's while spreading 5 hits. Benito Santiago had 2, 2-out RBI singles, and that helped push the Astros to a 5-1 win. Bonds and Belle (Killer B's) have been kept totally in check so far. Astros lead 2-0


Game 3

The Sox carried a 3-0 lead late, only to have the Astros rally. Jose DeLeon was pulled in the 7th only allowing 1 hit. The Sox bullpen was on the hook after Doug Jones surrendered 4 hits, and John Henry Johnson couldn't keep them off home plate. The Astros once again used Henke in the 8th and after a lead off double by Jerry Browne, Eichhorn was called on again. A groundout, and a walk to Pagliarulo saw runners at the corners with 1 out. Oil Can Boyd was brought in to face Devon White. He fought back from on 0-2 count, but eventually flied out. One out away from a commanding 3-0 lead, Paul Molitor doubled on a gapper and Browne scored and put the winning run on 3rd. Bonds was walked to load them up for Belle, who singled in the winning run. Sox win 5-4.


Astros lead 2-1.


Game 4

A pitching duel? Bruce Hurst and Jamie Moyer go head to head and the Sox are the first to break a 1-1 tie in the 7th. Pena struggles out of the pen in the series continue and a 2-out double from Molitor propels the Sox to a 4-1 win over the Astros to tie the series up. Sox win 4-1.



Game 5

Tom Candiotti is so clutch. The reigning Cy Young and MVP walks 4 and allows 6 hits over 8, but nobody can score. The Astros get a 2-run jack from McGriff in the 6th and Henke closes to put the Astros on the brink with a 3-0 win as we head back to Houston.


Astros lead 3-2


Game 6

Pitchers duel? Again? Yep. Dave Stewart, who won 60 games over 3 seasons for the Astros got the start for the Sox, back in his old digs of the Astrodome. On the mound for Houston, was the game 2 killer, Greg Swindell. Neither pitcher would yield. It was zeros all night until the bottom of the 7th when a Fred McGriff drive found the seats in right field. Swindell struck out 7 over his 8 shut out innings. While in no less than 3 innings the Astros got the leadoff man on, only to have the next batter get doubled up. Tom Henke pitched a 1-2-3 9th and the Astros won again, 1-0.


Astros take the World Series in 1991.


Final Thoughts

The powerful White Sox got just one home run in 6 games. That stat alone defines this series. We've talked about just how dominant the 'Stros pitching was and that is the proof in the pudding. Bonds was held to .261/.346/.304. Belle was held to .250/.280/.292. Even Fred McGriff only hit .200/.292/.550, but it was that one HR that mattered. Greg Swindell won 2 games with a 0.60 ERA, walked none and struck out 14 to take home World Series MVP honors. He also went 2-3 with the bat. In the postseason he's a career .250/.273/.400 batter in 24 plate appearances. In the regular season he hits .105/.138/.130. Pitching is still a big deal, even if you've got a couple Killer B's.
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:05 AM   #211
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The very first day after the Series, Frank Viola ops out of his contract. I can't say I blame him, and the team fires it's first year GM, then offers me the job. It's tempting, but I really want to keep this as a fan game.

LA heads into the offseason with the 2nd lowest payroll in baseball and at the very least, enough budget space to move them back up at least to the middle of the pack. The young prospects aren't ready for the run yet. I wonder how they'll figure this one out.
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:12 AM   #212
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1991 Gold Gloves


AL


P Roger Clemens SEA (1)
C Mike Lavalliere MIL (2)
1B John Olerud NYY (2)
2B Roberto Alomar CLE (2)
3B Tim Wallach CAL (4)
SS Tony Fernandez KC (3)
LF Ellis Burks BAL (2)
CF Eric Davis CAL (1)
RF Roberto Kelly BOS (1)


NL


P Dwight Gooden NYM (2)
C Benito Santiago HOU (2)
1B Mickey Morandini CIN (2)
2B Willie Randolph MON (3)
3B Chris Sabo ATL (1)
SS Barry Larkin HOU (2)
LF Steve Finley SF (2)
CF Ron Gant PHI (1)
RF Lance Johnson STL (1)


Rolaids Reliever of the Year


Xavier Hernandez BAL 36/41 S 14/3 IR 21.4% IRS 1.83 ERA


Brian Harvey SF 33/40 S 18/2 IR 11.1 IRS 2.33 ERA
-2nd Award


Silver Slugger Awards


AL


C Mickey Tettleton NYY (2)

1B John Olerud NYY (2)
2B Delino DeShields BAL (1)
3B Todd Zeile CHI (2)
SS Cal Ripken Jr BAL (6)
LF Barry Bonds CHI (7)
CF Ken Griffey Jr BAL (1)
RF Jay Buhner TEX (2)
DH Albert Belle CHI (1)


NL



P Danny Darwin LA (1)
C Chris Hoiles PHI (1)
1B Fred McGriff HOU (2)
2B Julio Franco PHI (5)
3B Charlie Hayes NYM (1)
SS Matt Williams SD (1)
LF Ruben Sierra NYM (2)
CF Kirby Puckett MON (3)
RF Larry Walker PHI (2)


Rookie of the Year

AL



Javy Lopez BOS .305/12/75
- Chipper Jones and Mike Piazza were 2nd and 3rd respectively.



NL


Juan Guzman CIN 11-15, 3.71 ERA 218K's
- Jose Martinez was 2nd


Manager of the Year

AL



Joey Halford BAL (1)


NL



Bill Virdon HOU (5)


Cy Young

AL


Tom Gordon CLE (1)

- Lead the AL in ERA, K's, WHIP
- Jim Abbott NYY was the only other player to get a first place vote.



NL


Tom Candiotti HOU (2)
- Lead in W, IP, BABIP, 7 SHO
- All 26 first place votes


MVP

AL


Albert Belle CHI (1)
- lead league in doubles, HR's, RBI's, and SLG
- Bonds got 2 first place votes


Tom Candiotti HOU (2)
- Back to Back Cy Young and MVP. Historic.

- Tom Glavine was the runner up, Larry Walker 3rd with the other 5 first place votes.
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:44 AM   #213
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LA avoids arbitration by coming to 1-yr terms with:
P Sergio DelRosario
C Tom Dodd
P Peter Chapin
P Bob Patterson
P Ed Wojna

3B Ken Caminiti
C Hector Villanueva

LF Pete Incaviglia

2B Geronimo Pena
1B Lee Stevens


LA announces that they have signed Mets GM Donald Withington to a 4-yr deal. He's been the architect of a team that hasn't won less than 90 games since '84. LA doubles his pay to get him from the Mets.


LA also makes a completely unconventional announcement. By signing HOF Pitcher Gaylord Perry as the team's new hitting coach. Interesting choice.
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:29 AM   #214
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1991 First Year Player Draft


Last season LA grabbed a couple of good prospects, and this year we have the #2 pick in the draft. Let's see who this new hot shot GM decides to take.


1 (2) OF Richard Hidalgo - 16yo kid out of high school only wanted his slot bonus. The team couldn't afford the big name player with "The Franchise" on his head out there.

1 (32) P Chris Holt - 20yr old college kid who throws 5 pitches from a sidearm slot.

2 (41) SS Jeff Patzke - 18 yr old, could play a number of infield positions, might develop, or maybe not. Who knows?

LA rounded out the first 5 rounds with names like: Larry Sutton, D T Cromer, Rene Arocha, and Mike Moyle.


Not a great pool to be honest, not a great draft either.
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:40 AM   #215
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Free Agency has been a bust so far. They've tried here and there, but all the names are walking.


C Rick Wilkins was drafted from the Mets in the Rule 5. He would be starting right away if nothing changes.



The team signed veteran outfielder, 4-time All Star, and Silver Slugger winner Lloyd Moseby from the Angels. Moseby hasn't played over 100 games in a year since '87. He's only his 22 HR's in the last 4 years combined. He gets a minor league deal to start.



Frank Viola signs with the Pirates for about 750k more per season than the contract he walked away from in LA.


Halfway through the offseason and nothing to show for it.
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:52 PM   #216
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The 1992 Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day Roster

The off season was not kind. As bad as LA was, they were 24th out of 26 teams in change in WAR. That's not good for looking ahead. You'll see the struggles that this team will face as we explore the roster. The only good news for the future, is that the Dodgers now have the #1 farm system in baseball, with the 7th, 8th, 10th and 12th top prospects in baseball, and another 5 in the top 100.

Pitchers

1. Rene Arocha - A 26yr old, 4th round pick who not only made the team as a rookie, but heads up the teams staff. Arocha is under a lot of pressure here. This is far beyond anything he had to be anticipating.

2. Peter Chapin - He's 33 now, and lost a league leading 19 games last year as the #3 guy. He was just above replacement player level last year. No reason to expect more from him this year.

3. Pat Rapp - He's a 24 yr old rookie, former 2nd round pick who went 9-11 with a 5.59 ERA last year in AAA. He's still the Dodgers #4 pitching prospect and in the top 100 league wide.

4. Arthur Rhodes - He's 22 with 2 seasons under his belt and you have to wonder if getting pressed into action has been good for him. He's posted sub replacement level stats, with a 4-28 career record and a 5+ career ERA. He needs to fix his major control problems.

5. Andy Pettitte - If you thought Rhodes was young, Pettitte is only 19 and the team's top pitching prospect. He bounced between AA and AAA last year. He did good, but this is way before his time.

RP David Peck - Had a rough year in 33 games for LA last season. His 7.83 ERA was turning heads for all the wrong reasons.

RP Lyle Swepson - One of the more reliable arms in the pen last year. Posted a 3.75 ERA in 32 games. His 1.58 WHIP wasn't awesome, but serviceable.

RP Tony McKinney - A good arm in AAA, who was just getting settled in with the main team when he lost time with an injury. In 30 career games at the ML level, he has a 3.54 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

SU Scott Baker - He has struggled with injuries, but been effective when he's been on. Gets to the upper 90's with his fastball, has above average stuff.

SU Joe Grahe - Grahe is transitioning from being a starter to the bullpen. The rookie, former 14th round pick, went 6-3 with a 4.84 ERA in AAA last year. Set up seems like a big role for him, but the bullpen is this as it is.

CL Bob Patterson - The anchor of the bullpen last season, and he'll have to do it again. He's got good stuff, very good control and a lively fastball. He got 18 saves last year. It would be better to have him setting up, rather than closing. He's the only lefty in the pen.

Catchers


Rick Wilkins - Rule 5 Draft Pick from the Mets. Wilkins split time between AA and AAA last year. He was a former 2nd round pick by the Royals.

Hector Villanueva - He worked his way into the starting lineup last year, was best known for his good arm, and occasional power.

First Base

Lee Stevens - Split time last year between first and the outfield, but now looks to be holding down the job at first. Was one of the more dangerous bats toward the end of the year. Enters his 3rd year of ML service.


Jack Clark - The Ripper is a 5-time All Star, and 2-time Silver Slugger, but he's also 36 now. His productivity dropped from 42 dingers to 15 and his average from .256 to .223. He can still get on base and has a good eye, and some pop in his bat.

Second Base

Geronimo Pena - He's an offensive liability with speed and some average defense. Replaceable, but there's nobody worthy enough to unseat him.

Jeffrey Wilson - Wilson is nearly 32, and is still pretty quick on the bases. He started for the Reds back in '88 and scored over 100 runs, but fell out of favor and only played in 131 games the last 2 years. His career .215 average isn't going to get him any awards.

Third Base


Ken Caminiti - He's been a regular fixture in the lineup for 4 years now enters his last contract year. He still hasn't lived up to his future projections, but he isn't hurting the team either.

Dave Hansen - Only used as a pinch hitter last year. Hansen only started one game. If he's pressed into a lot of action this are not going well for the team.

Shortstop

Dickie Thon - The departure of sure fielding and light hitting Dick Schofield opened the door for the spring training signing of the 33 yr old Thon. He still stole 20 bases, hit 10 homers last year. We are his 4th team in 4 years. He's still below average with the bat, and with the glove.

Dave Rhode - Rhode is the teams utility guy, and he moves around the infield where needed. His best attribute is his baserunning ability. He's not going to be starting anytime in the future.

Outfield


LF Ricky Henderson - That's right, Rickey is back, and he's here for 5 years and is the new highest paid player. Rickey was the only player LA could get in free agency, mostly because every other team had given up on him. Last year for the Yankees his average dropped 27 points, and slugging was down 47. He did walk a league leading 144 times and still stole 57 bases.

CF Darren Lewis - Lewis stole the starting job from Boston last year by playing good defense, possessing good speed, and using a good eye to get on base. He was a semi-reliable leadoff guy and won't hurt the team.

RF Pete Incaviglia - Inky was all the power last year. He hit 24, and struck out 134 times. He is a pretty poor defender, and in right that is going to hurt. It would be really nice if he could keep that power going this year.

OF Daryl Boston - We could be worse off here. Boston can do a little bit of everything. Decent defender, can hit an occasional homer, still runs with good speed. He's not going to get his staring job back, but he's got to contribute.

Who's Out -

Ed Wojna - for a moment it looked like he was going to be the ace, but he didn't even make the roster despite a decent spring.

Von Hayes - One of the highest paid players on the team, he's really dropped off the last couple years, and there are no openings in the outfield. He was more of a liability than a help last year.

Who's in the minors -


Dale Murphy - hit 16 HR's last year, but really struggled to stay consistent. He's 36. Not likely to make an impact even if he gets the call.
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Old 04-17-2020, 12:41 PM   #217
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I'm still playing, but Rimworld sucked all my time for a few months. We're about halfway through '92 right now. I came across something kind of funny.

John Elway, without the pressure of football is still slaving away in the minors. He's been with the Yankees, Angels, Indians, A's. He held on with the Cardinals in '86 and got a couple extensions, but became a free agent again in '90. Reupped with the Cards one more time, and ended up with LA this year.

His career has been less than stellar. He's now 32 and riding the pine in AA San Antonio. He made it as far as AAA a couple times, but the most games he's ever played in any year, all levels combined is 109 back in '86. Still he hangs on with not trips to The Show.

A career WAR of 2.2, 32 HR's, 110 SB's in 555 games. His average is .223 with a career OPS of .649.

LA has a number of former stars riding around in the minors right now. Too bad they didn't have them at their peaks, because they could have used them.

Jack Clark (36)(1B) is a glorified PH for the main club. Two years ago he hit 42. He's got 0 in 37 at bats this year.

Mike Marshall (32)(1B) starting first basemen in Albuquerque. One time slugger and right fielder, who hit 25 with a 5.2 WAR back in '83 left LA in '87. He's been with the Red Sox, Rangers, Cardinals, Blue Jays, A's, Orioles, and Tigers since coming back to LA last year. He's rocking an OPS of .787 with 11 HR's.

Jesse Barfield (32)(OF) The former 2-time Gold Glover, All Star, and Silver Slugger hit 5 HR's last year for the Royals and came to LA on a minor league deal. He's got 187 career bombs, with high of 30 back in '83. His recent .211 average and .649 OPS with the Royals over 3.5 years didn't impress. He's starting in right for Albuquerque. With 11 HR's and a .244 average.

Lloyd Moseby (32) (OF) The former 4-time All Star, Gold Glover, and Silver Slugger came to LA in the offseason from cross town loser California. Last year he batted .192 with 4 HR's and a -0.4 WAR in part time duty. His last good year was in '87 when he lead the AL in runs scored with 143. His 163 career dingers and 228 steals are nice, but he's really fallen off from where he was. He's played well in limited duty for the Dukes, but he's not starting right now.

Dale Murphy (36)(OF) Another 4-time All Star, 2-time Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove winner from the 80's. Murphy has 11 HR's and leads the Dukes with 52 RBI's batting cleanup and batting as the DH. He played in Baltimore last year where his -1.1 WAR didn't impress and neither did his .224 average or 16 HR's and 120 K's. He's at 317 HR's for his career with a .774 OPS. He had some good years with Houston, but nothing close to what he did in Atlanta.

Nick Esasky (32) (1B) Esasky was once a massive bomber and All Star back in '86. His career high in homers was 37 for the Reds in '87. He's been in the LA system for 3 years trying to make his way back, but while he was in AAA 2 years ago, this year, he's been mostly in AA. Where he's been rocking a -0.4 WAR and .645 OPS with 8 HR's in 254 AB's.


With all those bats, the AAA Dukes are still in last place with a 41-52 record, similar to the main club, who are sitting at 45-59 early in August. We are not the worst this year though, like we were last year. Still, pretty back for a fan to endure.
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Old 05-02-2020, 10:00 PM   #218
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LA Dodgers 1992 Year in Review

LA improved on last year's 100 loss season with a 68-94 record. Good enough for 5th place in the NL West, and 27 games behind the Astros, who won the division. It's hard to believe that there were any bright spots this year. The only thing this team did great was fielding. They lead the NL in Zone Rating, tied for second in Errors, and was 3rd in Defensive Efficiency. That fielding saved many games.

The LA Times Dodger Player of the Year was Rickey Henderson. Henderson played in 160 games, batted .272 (lead team) with 117 walks (lead team), a .399 OPB, and .794 OPS. Henderson lead the team in HR's with 15 and SB with 62. He was caught stealing 30 times though, posted a negative Zone Rating in LF, and had 4 errors. He was the runaway leader in WAR with a 4.6, double that of the next best player. Congrats to Dodger MVP, Rickey Henderson!

Here's the quick lowdown on how everyone else did this year.

Pitching

Starters

The best story was that of young rookie Andy Pettitte. He split time this year between the Show and AAA, with the bulk coming with the main club. He struggled getting any run support, getting 1.71 R/G while posting a 3.94 ERA, a 5-13 record, and OAVG of .227. He's clearly got talent for big things, even in some bad games, he was in control many times. Even at 20, he was the top pitcher for the team.

The rest of the starters were rounded out by Arthur Rhodes (8-12, 3.88, 145K's, 171 IP, only starter with more than 50% quality starts); Peter Chapin (10-9, 3.75, 185 IP); Pat Rapp (10-11, 4.85, 178 IP, only player with any awards, won Rookie of the Month in September); and Rene Arocha (9-16, 4.92, 179 IP, he started strong, but got weaker as the season went on). Don Robinson (very same one) was added mid season for two minor prospects, and he started 14, went 3-6 with a 4.96 ERA.

Bullpen

We should name this all about Bob Patterson. Patterson kept his job as closer and turned in the best season on the mound for any Dodger pitcher, before seeeing his season end prematurely. He posted a 1.83 ERA in 54 games, 22/25 in saves and lead the team with 7 holds. He was the only, only, only pitcher out of the pen with any success this year. The pen was crushed with injuries, and the starters made sure everyone got plenty of work. One of the best moves the team made was a mid June trade with the Rangers that send Inky away in return for another former Dodger farmhand in Jose Cleto and Gary Gaetti. Cleto is young at 23, and shows big promise with a 2.86 ERA in 20 games, bu only 8 for LA. He can hit triple digits on the gun. By the end LA had brought on 3-time All Star Jim Clancy, who had been released by the Phillies, and already announced his intent to retire after this year. Clancy actually shut opponents down in his 10 games. The rest were pretty awful. At one point, Scott Coolbaugh came on to pitch in a game. He got his inning, took a loss, and gave up 3 hits and 2 runs.

Batters

Speaking of Scott Coolbaugh, and this will be the last time you hear about him, but he came to bat 36 times this year, garnered a whopping 7 hits (.194) and 4 of them flew out of the park. He made the most of it I guess. Aside from Henderson playing in almost every game, we also had Lee Stevens (.251/.293/.387) and Ken Caminiti (.250/.306/.341) who saw lots of game time. Stevens played first and right, whilc Caminiti played mostly at 3rd, until injuries saw him move to cover second, while Gaetti moved to third. Speaking of Gaetti (.232/.273/342) he came over from Texas (still sucked, but did get his 1500th career hit with LA), we also were reunited with SS Ozzie Smith (.227/.307/.293) after he was placed on waivers by the Mets (he couldn't his for anything, but only committed 4 errors at short).

Darren Lewis (.266/.325/.334, 40 SB) was a nice addition and in spite of just how bad that line looks. He was the 2nd best weapon on the team. He started in CF, lost his job, got it back, then moved to RF for the end of the year.

Rookie Catcher, Rick Wilkins (.221/.286/.356, 14 HR's) found a home behind the plate. He's good defensively, but his offense wasn't amazing. The other big rookie was OF Carl Everett. Everett is the #2 prospect in the Dodger organization and he was called up, won the job in CF and then got hurt. So that's pretty much how things went this year. Everett did hit though (.326/.379/.403, 11 SB, 39 G). CF will be his to lose next year, and he looks very promising and exciting.

Geronimo Pena had been good at 2nd, but he was injured a lot and missed over 50 games. In spite of that he still stole 30 bases, and had over 100 hits.

Prospects

Richard Hildago (17) played rookie ball all year, didn't impress.

Carl Everett (21) you know how it went.

Andy Pettitte (20) you know.

Bobby Abreu (18) started in Low A, and moved up to high A and only got better. Was moved up to AA by the end of the year.

Ismael Valdez (19) played rookie and short A this year, looked good, but was lost in August to a shoulder injury.

Shawn Estes (19) started in Low A, but was demoted to rookie halfway though.
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Old 05-03-2020, 09:04 PM   #219
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Some good young talent you have, Pilot. Maybe another strong arm in the rotation and improved hitting by the youngsters will get you a shot at .500 ball next season.
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Some good young talent you have, Pilot. Maybe another strong arm in the rotation and improved hitting by the youngsters will get you a shot at .500 ball next season.

We'll see, yes some good young guys, and what looks like the 3rd pick in this year's draft. I hope they can keep pulling. We do have the #1 farm system in baseball. The stupid owner prioritizes profit, and he's an economizer, which has made things hard, but the team is turning a profit now, and has some budget space. With very little loss projected this off season there's hope for next year for sure.
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1992 Playoffs

NLCS

Houston Astros (95-67) v. Pittsburgh Pirates (101-61)

Houston Astros

2nd in Runs scored and against; 7-5 against the Pirates

The defending World Series champs have a chance to repeat, but are far from the dominant team they have been. The Astros topped the West by 4 games over Atlanta. This is their 4th straight appearance in the NLCS. They have more fantastic pitching lead by Tom Candiotti (15-8, 2.84); Gred Swindell (11-14, 2.78); Oil Can Boyd (19-7, 3.26); and Bruce Hurst (12-9, 3.18). The back of the pen is locked down by Rodger McDowell (9-6, 26S, 2.65). Dennis Martinez had held down the other spot, but he was lost a couple months ago with an old man, arthritic elbow.

Offense is set by CF Lenny Dykstra (.289/.360/.409, 59SB), SS Barry Larkin (.284/.357/.447, 20HR), Fred McGriff (.265/.346/.443, 27HR), Edgar Martinez (.285/.370/.430) and team HR leader Rob Deer (.213/.296/.419, 30HR). Not the dominant force that they once had, but there's plenty there to scare any staff.

Pittsburgh Pirates

7th in runs scored, 1st in runs against.

The Pirates put up the best record in baseball and plowed the Phillies by 14 games in the East. They have the best pitching staff in the National League and possibly the best in baseball. With the holes in their offense, they'll need every bit of it. Their rotation consists of Melido Perez (21-10, 2.52); Jack McDowell (18-7, 2.58); Doug Drabek (17-9, 2.55), and Steve Avery (12-14, 3.06). Even better is the bullpen with closer Mike Henneman (46S, 2.15); last year's Astros closer, Tom Henke (3.78), Paul Assenmacher (1.33), and Mark Guthrie (4.53). They can easily shot down anyone.

On offense LF Chili Davis (.261/.366/.386) lead the team in HR's with 15. Only 3 players had more than 10. A shortfall that will surely be a threat against the Astros. They do have guys who can get on through, with 2B Bip Roberts (.300/.349/.381), SS Tim Naehring (.296/.371/.371), C Brian Harper (.300/.337/.382), and CF Robin Yount (.304/.346/.419).

ALCS

Chicago White Sox (87-75) v. New York Yankees (96-66)

Chicago White Sox

1st in runs scored, 10th in runs against; 6-6 against the Yankees

The White Sox won on the last day of the year. The Mariners had lead all year long but stumbled to a 2-8 finish at the end, losing the last 4. The White Sox had to win 5 in a row to overtake them, then broke the hearts of the Rangers fans who had seen their team win 7 straight, and 9 of 10 to charge into the picture, only to be held off at the very end. It was something to see!

The Sox are hoping to get another chance after last year's loss to the Astros. With a loaded batting order, their pitching has been needed to be less than stellar. However, their pitching is still quality. Lead by Jack Morris (13-12, 3.67), Jose Guzman (16-8, 2.89), Bobby Witt (17-12, 3.75) and Luis Aquino (11-8, 4.64). The Sox pen has some big names, who had underwhelming seasons. They lost former Dodger closer John Franco to a shoulder injury, but still have. Doug Jones (19S, 5.00), Rick Aguilera (4.17) and Jeff Russell (4.48).

The batting order is next level, but even then, they lost the big bat in the lineup after 93 games with a broken kneecap Barry Bonds (.323/.399/.559, 20HR, 22SB). While the loss of Bonds hurts, they still have plenty of firepower. You don't get to be the #1 offense with one guy. Todd Zeile at 3B (.274/.343/.388), RF Harold Baines had a huge, resurgent year (.324/.380/.504, 30HR), LF Albert Belle (.298/.360/.541, 38 HR (lead the AL)), 2B Lou Whitaker (.303/.411/.466), DH Andres Gallaraga could be comeback player of the year (.283/.316/.466, 28HR), and C BJ Surhoff (remember him?)(.287/.318/.357).

New York Yankees

5th in runs scored, 5th in runs against

The Yankees are the hottest team in the playoffs. After fighting the Orioles all year, they pulled away winning 10 in a row to finish 4 up and take the AL East. Heading up the rotation is Bret Saberhagen (16-6, 2.85), Jim Abbott (14-10, 4.01), Kevin Gross (14-8, 4.45) and Kirk McCaskill (8-14, 5.24). Not satsified with a back end bullpen of Rob Murphy (3.99) and closer Lee Smith (25S, 3.40) they pulled a deadline deal for Angels closer Jeff Montgomery (40S, 3.08) and he took over the job.

There's plenty of spark up and down the lineup too. From LF Brady Anderson (.272/.359/.409), 2B Carlos Baerga (.350/.384/.468), 1B John Olerud (.329/.443/.506, 23 HR), C Mickey Tettleton (.248/.363/.455, 23 HR), DH Don Mattingly (.303/.338/.439, 17HR), RF Dave Winfield (.269/.307/.411) and former Dodger SS Dick Schofield.
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Old 05-04-2020, 07:38 PM   #222
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1991 LCS

National

1: 8-2 Astros
2: 6-3 (12) Astros
3: 5-3 Astros
4: 8-3 Pirates
5: 5-0 Astros

Astros take the NLCS and advance to the Series to defend their title. Candiotti (2-0) was series MVP.

American

1: 6-0 Yankees
2: 9-5 Yankees
3: 5-2 White Sox
4: 7-2 White Sox
5: 4-1 White Sox
6: 8-1 Yankees
7: 11-3 White Sox

It'll be a rematch after the Sox come back and stun the Yankees with a game 7 wipeout in Yankee Stadium. Andres Galarraga was the Series MVP.
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1992 World Series

Game 1

The Astros opened up a can of whoopass in game one. They got 18 hits, and 9 walks, for 27 runners, 10 came home to score. With a 5-5 game and a HR form McGriff and another from Darren Daulton in the 8th. Bobby Witt didn't stand a chance and Greg Swindell took another WS win pitching into the 8th. White Sox take game 1, 10-1.

Astros lead series 1-0

Game 2

It's beginning to look like the Chicago pitching staff cannot contain the Astros lineup. Houston got two in the first and three in the second to go up 5-0, helped by a Rob Deer HR. Reigning Cy Young winner Tom Candiotti goes the distance, throwing only 121 pitches. Meanwhile Jose Guzman couldn't get out of the 2nd inning, putting even more pressure on the Sox bullpen. Astros win 7-1.

Astros lead the series 2-0

Game 3

Desparate to make something of the series and at home, the White Sox plow through Oil Can Boyd for 6 runs in the first inning, knocking him from the game. They would add another in the 2nd taking a 7-0 lead. The Astros would not be denied though, answering with 6 in the 3rd and sending the Sox, Jack Morris from the game. This time though, the Sox pen would hold off the Astros and grab their first win of the series 8-6. Sox CF Devon White went 2-2, hit a first inning HR, and stole 4 bases in the game.

Astros lead the series 2-1

Game 4

Luis Aquino got the ball for the White Sox taking on Bruce Hurst of the Astros. Once again, things got ugly early and this time it was on a historical level. I mean, record setting, shocking, destructive and demoralizing. Aquino got Dykstra to lead off the game, then....double, double, single. Edgar Martinez strikes out for the second out. Then single, single, double and Aquino was gone. Once again the Astros got to the Sox pen early, and today it would all pay off. Dale Sveum would homer off of Kevin Cavalier before Dykstra would be out again. The Astros would jump to a 7-0 lead and this time that would not be all. At the end of 2 it was 8-2, then it was 10-2 after 3. The Astros would end with 14 extra base hits in the game, 4 of those homers. Fred McGriff would set a record, scoring 6 times. Both he and Edgar Martinez would put up 5 RBI's and Rob Deer would get 6. Bruce Hurst pitched into the 8th. At the end of the 5th inning it would be 17-2 and the Sox would have gone through 5 pitchers again. The 6th would be pitched by OF Ernie Young, the 7th and 8th by SS Eddie Pye and 1B Chris Pritchett, and the 9th by 2B James Mouton. None of them did well. White Sox pitchers threw 282 pitches in 9 innings of work. The Astros 129. When it was all said and done, the Astros had 25 hits, and 17 walks for a total of 42 baserunners, and of those 42, an unbelievable 33 scored. In the end, after 4 hours and 29 minutes, in front of 44,464 disgusted White Sox faithful, the Houston Astros won 33-2. OMG.

The Astros lead the series 3-1 and look completely unstoppable.

Game 5

For the final game in Chicago, the Astros sent Greg Swindell back to the mound in the hopes of one final wipeout of the White Sox. Bobby Witt headed up to the mound for the Sox. The Sox got on the board first when SS Gustavo Hernandez singled in Whitaker and Surhoff. The Astros answer with 2 in the 3rd on a McGriff single to tie it. The Sox answer again when Lou Whitaker fouled off 5 balls then caught a 1-2 pitch and yanked it down the left field line for another 2 run HR. The Astros answered again in the 4th to tie it back up on another Dale Sveum HR. All square again in the 6th, and Witt leaves for Luis Aquino. The Astros take advantage of an error by Galarraga and a Doug Jennings double that scored 2 to take a 6-4 lead. Bottom of the 7th Swindell gives way to Storm Davis and Hernandez opens up with a solo homer to cut the lead. Devon White gets hit and eventually comes around to score and give the Sox the lead they wouldn't let go. Despite 14 hits by the Astros the Sox bullpen manages to hold the Astros the rest of the way to claim an 8-6 win.

Astros lead the White Sox 3-2

Game 6

We head back to Houston, with the Astros on the brink. On the mound for Houston is Candiotti, a 3-0 post season record and 1.00 ERA. Against him is Jose Guzman (1-1, 6.23). In a game unlike we have seen this far in this series, both pitchers go toe to toe. The second inning starts off with Whitaker getting a professional at bat again, drawing a walk on 8 pitches. Galarraga singles, Surhoff singles to load the bases. Eddit Pye grounds into a double play, scoring Whitaker, and Guzman flies out. That got one home for the Sox and that was it. Guzman drove the rest of the way, going the distance, striking out 7, against 4 hits, in what goes down as one of the single most important pitching performances in baseball history. The Sox pick up game 6 with a 1-0 win in a nailbiter and somehow even the series.

The series is tied.

Game 7

In Houston, one last battle. The White Sox send 37 yr old Jack Morris against 19-game winner, Oil Can Boyd. Like other games in this back and forth series, the Astros would strike first, in the first, Dykstra would walk, steal 2nd, then score on a throwing error by Morris. Barry Larkin doubled in Jennings and the Astros were up 2-0 in quick fashion. Albert Belle answered right away in the top of the 2nd with a ripped ball into the left field seats to get the Sox on board, and cut the lead. The Astros would answer again, and Morris would struggle in the 2nd. With 2 quick outs and a Deer on 2nd, Dykstra singled, and Jennings singled to plate Deer giving the Astros a 3-1 lead. It would stay like that and Boyd would take control until the 7th when Baines and Belle would single back to back to give the Sox a threat. Two on, nobody out. Boyd then got Whitaker to flyout, Galarraga to fly out, and Surhoff to fly out and end the threat with none scoring. McDowell came on in the 8th and gave up a lead off single to Eddie Pye. Pye got to second on a fielders choice then tried to score on a Devon White single, but Lenny Dykstra threw him out at home plate. Zeile popped out and another threat was thwarted. McDowell had to face Mouton, Belle and Whitaker in the 9th and retired them all in order to give the Astros the 3-1 win and the title of ....

Back to Back World Champions.

Fred McGriff, The Crime Dog, was named World Series MVP. He batted .467/.556/.833 in 7 games with 2 HR's. It really could have gone to any number of players the Astros made the White Sox pitching look foolish with only Doug Jones and Jeff Russell posting sub-4 ERA's for the series. Rob Deer's line was .429/.600/.762 wtih 2 HR's. Morandini, Larkin, and Dykstra all hit over .300 in the series. And Dale Sveum, who only had 4 hits, and who hasn't hit a major league HR since 1988, hit 2 big ones. The White Sox big 3 of White/Baines/Belle all batted over .300 and hit 4 HR's, while former Dodger, BJ Surhoff hit .208.

That's it for this season. Stay tuned for this year's awards!
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Old 05-04-2020, 11:21 PM   #224
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LA avoids arbitration by signing the following to 1-yr deals:

RP Sergio DelRosario
SP Peter Chapin
CL Bob Patterson
RP Scott Baker
2B Geronimo Pena
1B Lee Stevens

For lack of alternatives, I'd say those were smart choices. Patterson gets 1.2M in the deal, and is tied for the 2rd highest paid player on the team heading into next season.
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1992 MLB Awards


Gold Glove Awards


AL


P Rodger Clemens SEA (2)
C Ivan Rodriguez MIN (1) (R)
1B Bill Doran SEA (1)
2B Jeff Cirillo BOS (1)(R)
3B Tim Wallach CAL (5)
SS Greg Gagne CAL (1)
LF Junior Felix BOS (1)
CF Lance Johnson MIL (2)
RF Kenny Lofton BAL (1)


NL


P Dwight Gooden NYM (3)
C Don Slaught STL (1)
1B Mo Vaughn ATL (1)
2B Mickey Morandini HOU (3)
3B Charlie Hayes NYM (1)
SS Barry Larkin HOU (3)
LF Ron Gant PHI (2)
CF Carlos De La Rosa SD (1)
RF Bernie Williams SF (1)




Rolaids Reliever of the Year


AL


Jeff Montgomery NYY (2)
- 5-7, 40/47 S, 3.08, 1.42 WHIP, .292 OAA
  • The Yankees Lee Smith was the runner up. Nice job of them snagging such a stud at the deadline. It almost got them over the hump to a new title.
NL


Mike Henneman PIT (1)
    • 5-4, 46/48 S, 2.15, 1.09 WHIP, .208 OAA
Big numbers for the save leader in baseball for the 2nd year in a row. He was a big part of why the Pirates nearly made the Series this year.






Silver Slugger Awards



AL


C Mike Piazza OAK (1) .277/.334/.461 22 HR's
1B Rafael Palmeiro MIL (1) .326/.432/.551 28 HRs
2B Carlos Baerga NYY (1) .350/.384/.468 15 HRs
3B Jeff Blauser BAL (1) .306/.397/.452 19 HR's
SS Travis Fryman DET (1) .307/.383/.496 23 HR's
LF Moises Alou OAK (1) .318/.366/.484 16 HR's
CF Ken Griffey Jr BAL (2) .306/.391/.479 26 HR's
RF Harold Baines CHI (1) .324/.380/.504 30 HR's
DH Albert Belle CHI (2) .298/.360/.541 38 HR's


NL


P Bob Ojeda SD (1) .250/.261/.294
C Chris Hoiles PHI (2) .267/.353/.454 23 HR's
1B Frank Thomas SF (1) .323/.444/.593 41 HR's
2B Craig Biggio ATL (3) .299/.378/.448 18 HR's
3B Robin Ventura SD (1) .328/.403/.495 21 HR's
SS Barry Larkin HOU (4) .284/.357/.447 20 HR's
LF David Justice CHI (1) .271/.374/.475 25 HR's
CF Kirby Puckett MON (4) .331/.371/.449 10 HR's
RF Larry Walker PHI (3) .295/.360/.451 15 HR's




Rookie Of the Year


AL


Jeff Cirillo BOS .311/14/91, was a unanimous pick with 28 first place votes.


Bret Boone, Ivan Rodriguez, and Carlos Delgado were the other vote getters.


NL


Manny Ramirez MON .244/14/70, got 27 votes, only Tim Pugh also from MON got another first vote.


Will Cordero, Jason Giambi and Tim Pugh were the other vote getters. Rick Wilkins also got a few votes at the bottom.






Manager of the Year



AL


Steve Trunzo NYY (1)


NL


Bill Virdon HOU (6)








Cy Young Award



AL


Rodger Clemens SEA (4) 20-5, 2.45, 198 K's, 1.09 WHIP, 9.3 rWAR


Clemens won the triple crown in the AL this season, but was not unanimous. Bret Saberhagen stole a first place vote from him.


NL


Melido Perez PIT (1) 21-10, 2.52, 230 K's, 0.98 WHIP, 8.7 rWAR


In what was the tightest battle for any award, Perez, who had a fabulous year, narrowly edged out Greg Maddux by 2 first place, and 11 overall votes. Here's Maddux's line for a comparison. Controversial. Candiotti was 3rd.


21-8, 2.26, 223 K's, 1.04 WHIP, 10.0 rWAR




Most Valuable Player


AL


Rafael Palmeiro MIL (1)


Palmeiro played in all 162 games, put together an OPS+ of 175 and a WAR of 8.3. He narrowly beat (11/287) out John Olerud (7/257) and Harold Baines (4/252) for the win. Carlos Baerga and Albert Belle were the other first place vote getters. Palmeiro signed a 6-yr extension this year to he'll be with Milwaukee for a while.


NL


Frank Thomas SF (1)


Thomas, for whatever reason, didn't play full time last year, but he proved that he had plenty of reason to be there this year. Thomas was a force to be reckoned with. He got all of the first place votes except for one that went to Perez (?). Mo Vaughan and Robin Ventura were the runners up, but not close.
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Early FA Season


Free agent day has come and gone, and for the Dodgers, and being young, they got a lot of guys still playing under their young contracts. The following players are back on 1-yr deals:


P Tony McKinney
P Lyle Swepson
P Arthur Rhodes
C Rick Wilkins
P Pat Rapp
P David Peck
P Chris Holt
3B Scott Coolbaugh
P Arbrey Lucas
P Jose Cleto
OF Darren Lewis
OF Carl Everett
IF Dave Rhode
P Andy Pettitte
3B Mike Busch
OF Bill Masse
C Jose Valdez
2B Pete Coachman
IF Craig Shipley
P Rene Arocha
OF Bobby Abreu
OF Michael House
P Joe Grahe


The following players signed one year deals through arbitration:


P Don Robinson


The following players were with the ML club and have filed for free agency:


P Jeffrey Salazar
1B Gary Gaetti
3B Ken Caminiti
SS Ozzie Smith
OF Lloyd Moseby
IF Dickie Thon


The following minor league players of interest signed extensions:


1B Mike Marshall
OF John Elway
P Mike Hartley


The following player was not offered arbitration and became a free agent:


C Hector Villanueva
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1993 MLB Expansion Draft Preview



This year brings two new baseball teams to the Major Leagues, the Florida Marlins and the Colorado Rockies. The Marlins will join the NL East, while the Rockies head to the West. The expansion draft is where they fill out their rosters.


Here are the highest scouted players who are unprotected by LA prior to the draft:


P Scott Baker – 29, can hit 98mph, he's a 2.5 star player who can fill out a pen.
P Arthur Rhodes – 23, 2.5 star, coming off a good season. Young with room to develop.
P Lyle Swepson – 27, 2.5 star with good stuff, but poor control, hits low 90's.
OF Rod Brewer – 26, 2 star, 4 A-ish OF with a knack for getting on base.
3B Scott Coolbaugh – 26, 2 star, flashes power, but has yet to hit above .200 in limited roles.
P Mike Hartley – 30, 2 star, hasn't pitched in the majors since '84, but still has talent to contribute.
P Arbrey Lucas – 32, 2 star, longtime farmhand with 36 games pitched over last 2 years. Hits low 90's.
P Tony McKinney – 26, 2 star, bullpen staple last year, struggles with control, hit's low 90's.
P Dave Miller – 28, 2 star, started the year in the rotation, but was demoted. Pitched 16 G last season.
P David Peck – 31, 2 star, pitched 67 games for LA over last 2 seasons. Best of career last year.
P Dave White – 30, 2 star, minor league journeyman with a 4.56 ERA in AAA last season.


Other notable names:


OF Jesse Barfield
1B Nick Esasky
1B Mike Marshall
P Jeff Mutis
P Napolean Robinson
IF Craig Shipley
P Jerry Spradlin
OF John Elway
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1993 Expansion Draft


The very first player, selected by the Florida Marlins is.....White Sox 1B/DH Andres Galarraga!


The first selection for the Colorado Rockies franchise is....Pirates SP, Frank Viola!


Here's how the first ten picks for each team played out.


Florida Marlins


1B Andres Galarraga
OF Reuben Sierra
2B Charlie Hayes
P Tim Belcher
P Bruce Hurst
OF Chito Martinez
P Greg W Harris
OF Kevin Bass
OF Javier Ortiz
P Andy Ashby




Colorado Rockies


P Frank Viola
3B Kevin Seitzer
1B Sam Chavez
2B Mariano Duncan
P Brian Holman
OF Bernard Gilkey
2B Andy Mota
P Kevin Ritz
P Wally Whitehurst
P Tommy Greene


Dodgers (former) players selected in the draft:


(Viola) COL
(Duncan)COL
(BJ Surhoff) FLA
Rod Brewer 18th round, COL
Arthur Rhodes 35th round, COL


The loss of Rhodes does nothing to help me feel better. He was just starting to come into his own, and losing him and his reliable, if not inconsistent, but sometimes dominant arm does not help the Dodger pitching situation. I thought we might have escaped, but nope, there we went with the very last pick of the entire draft.
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Old 05-05-2020, 06:13 PM   #229
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1992 First Year Player Draft


Here are the first five rounds of picks for the team.


3B Scott Rolen – (1st, 5th overall)
OF Billy McMillon – (3rd, 76th overall)
C Julio Zuleta – (3rd, 79th overall)
P Billy Wagner - ( 4th, 108 overall)
OF Willie Romero – (5th, 136 overall)


I guess out of those five, if they can find a couple of players who can stick around and contribute it'll be ok, but I have to believe that drafting as high as we did, that there should have been more depth there.

Rule 5 Draft

In what has to be the oddest pick in Dodger history. The Dodgers select IF Rick Parker. If this sounds familiar it's because Parker was with the Dodgers last season. He got hurt at the end of training camp and spent well over half the season on the DL. When he did come back be was sent to Albuquerque, but he still managed 5 games for the Dodgers. He left via free agency and signed a deal with the expansion Marlins. Left unprotected, LA drafted him back. Now he has to remain on the main roster all season, or he returns to the Marlins. Given his history, you might think that seems slim, however LA is pretty weak having lost both Caminiti and Smith on the left side of the diamond. Could Parker earn a spot as a super utility guy? Maybe?
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The 1993 Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day Roster


A promising off season and the hope of a team looking to continue moving toward .500 baseball. The Dodgers finished the off season #11 out of 28 teams in change of WAR. The team also is still ranked as the #1 Farm System in baseball. They have the #3, #5, #11 and 7 overall players ranked in the top 100 in the MLB. Here's the rundown of who we have this season.


Pitchers

1. Don Robinson At 35, Robinson threw over 200 innings last year and came back on an arbitration deal. He's average at best, with average skills and average pitches.

2. Rene Arocha Now 27, his rookie year could've gone better, but he should still be able to eat some innings and keep games close-ish.

3. Pat Rapp 25, posted replacement level stats last season and an ERA just below 5. An improvement would be nice. Plans to eat more innings this year.

4. Peter Chapin 34, In his 4th season pitching for LA, was the only pitcher with a winning record last year. Posted his best season since 1985 with his 104 ERA+.

5. Chris Holt 21, one of LA's best pitching prospects split time between AA, AAA, and LA last year. Holt was a first round pick, flashes good control and a solid curve.

RP Bobby Castillo
37, the LA native comes home on a minor league deal and makes the team. We haven't seen him since '81. He's pitched for 8 teams since then. Posted a 6.53 ERA for the Pirates and Cubs last season.

RP Scott Baker 29, somewhat reliable, he will hit 98 on the gun and flashes a plus fastball. Still not much more than replacement level numbers however.

RP Edward Lindsey 33, the 2-time All Star starter has struggled with major injuries the past few years and has been reduced to a spot starter and pen addition. He missed all of last season and only pitched 46 innings this decade. He could be reliable, or not.

RP Todd Worrell 33, a former All Star, he arrived on an ultra cheap one year deal. Put up career worst numbers last year for Atlanta, but still threw 48 games. His stuff is above average if he can rebound he'll be worth it.

SU Sergio Del Rosario 27,. has electric stuff, and a plus plus fastball. Can his 102 on the gun. Injury prone to the max. Limited to 23 games last season. Could close.

SU Jose Cleto 24, even more electric stuff, and an even better fastball with a plus change. Can hit 100 on the gun. Is a power pitcher who could close. Injuries limited him to 20 games last year including time in Texas prior to trade.

CL Bob Patterson 33, career best numbers last year in saves and ERA. Uses a plus fastball, with good control to set batters up. Fastball registers upper 80's. Lefty who can shut down lefties.


Catchers

Rick Wilkins 25, young, but looks to have the position locked down for the near future. Needs to improve on his .642 OPS. No other glaring weaknesses, or plusses.

Hector Villanueva 28, makes over 5 times what Wilkins does to play backup. He's a solid backup, decent defensively, and occasionally hits it out of the park. Posted a higher WAR in 61 games than Wilkins did for the whole season.

First Base

Fred McGriff 29, He's never won a gold glove, but is always a threat at the plate. The biggest offense weapon in LA since Fred Lynn. Will help fill the seats too as he is very popular.


Second Base

Geronimo Pena 26, Missed over 50 games last year with injuries. An average fielder with good range. Has plus plus speed and an average bat.


Shortstop

Rick Parker 30, more of a utility guy. Missed most of last year injured, but hit over .300 in AAA. Rule 5 pickup, looks to start for now. Probably a liability with the bat, but posseses good speed.


Third Base

Steve Buechele 31, singed on a minor league deal. Was a starter in KC last year. Hit 14 HR's. Committed only 9 errors last year with a +5.9 ZR. Could play 2B. Average everywhere else. Could be an upgrade over Caminiti.


Scott Coolbaugh 26, will cover first and short too. A big swing and hit or miss kind of guy. Average in the field. Has yet to see major success beyond a reserve role.


Dave Hansen 24, used as a pinch hitter all season last year, he doesn't figure anywhere else on the depth chart. Good eye to make a pitcher work, average in the field, but a below average contact hitter.


Outfield


Rickey Henderson
34, the vet on the squad and team MVP last year. Should benefit greatly from McGriff. Plus Plus speed, and a great eye. Makes solid contact with occasional power. Tends to be a clubhouse distraction however.

Lee Stevens 25, the odd man out after McGriff came. Looks to be a primary backup at first, and all 3 outfield positions. An improved and solid defender, hit 44 doubles last year and is still developing his power.

Darren Lewis 25, plus plus speed that can rival Henderson's. He's a very good defender covering the most space of anyone else. His numbers dropped some last year, but he's still got a good eye, and makes decent contact.

Carl Everett 21, made a big splash after his call up, missed time with injuries however. Plus plus speed, can play all three outfield positions. Still a bit of an unknown with the bat. Has good potential, but for now it's unfulfilled.

Darryl Boston 30, one of the few guys making over a million a season, he had a massive drop in performance and production. Still has above average speed, and average power, his defense isn't up to par, and his impatience at the plate can cost him.


Who's Out


P Joe Grahe 25, Grahe suffered yet another major arm injury in spring training and won't be back until the fall.


P Lyle Swepson 27, couldn't break in with the new arms, and despite being a reliable arm last year. If he clears waivers he could be back sometime this year.


P David Peck 31, another heavily used guy from last year who didn't make it. Mostly a filler role here and there, may find it difficult to continue his Major League career in LA if he clears waivers.


2B Dave Rhode 28, didn't make the main club and has more competition for the utility role than previous years. Rhode could get the call back. Only played 11 games last year, and you'd have to think it might be even less this year.


Who's In the Minors


3B Mike Busch 24, A corner infielder who flashes a big bat. The acquisition of McGriff makes his ML tenure in LA unlikely. He could be called on if injuries mount.


1B Mike Marshall 33, Last ML at bat was in '91. Plays the same as Stevens, but with less of everything. Still trying to keep the dream alive.


OF Jesse Barfield 33, Just like Marshall, he still wants that shot. Hit 21 HR's in Albuquerque last year. Still has a cannon arm and good defense. You never know with this guy.


P Andy Pettitte 20, pitched enough innings last year to get off the top prospects list. Somehow didn't make the ML team, despite being the most talented pitcher in the organization. Doesn't figure to be in the minors long.


P Matt Young 34, Has 99 career wins, could fill in as a left/spot starter. Has good life on his fastball. Threw only 28 innings last season. Recently recovered from a partially torn UCL.


P Tom Bolton 30, a Red Sox staple, signed a minor league deal this offseason. Not a starter any longer, this lefty should see action if someone like Lindsey can't stay healthy.


P Tony McKinney 27, used a lot last season he starts the year in the minors. His stuff may not be quite good enough, but he still has fair control and decent movement on his pitches. Boasts a career WAR of -1.7.


Down On the Farm Top Prospects



OF Richard Hildalgo
(#3 ML, #1 Team) 17, looks like a possible, legit, 5-tool player. Hit .257/.362/.324 in rookie ball last season. Starts the year in Rookie once again.


OF Bobby Abreu (#5 ML, #2 Team) 19, tore through A ball last season. Lead Bakersfield to the title, and was runner up for the California League MVP. Won the Silver Slugger in the California League AND in the Florida League for RF. Playing A ball again for now.


3B Scott Rolen (#11 ML, #3 Team) 18, first round pick from this season, starts his career in Rookie ball.


P Chris Holt (#36 ML, #4 Team) 21, former first rounder starts the year in the Majors. Rose up from AA last season. Pitched well in 3 ML appearances. Might stick or might give way to Pettitte sooner or later.


P Shawn Estes (#40 ML, #5 Team) 20, former first rounder has struggled to make progress. Starts in Rookie again after posting a 5+ ERA there last season. High hopes still exist for this lefty.


C Raul Rodarte (#72 ML, #6 Team) 22, former first rounder was a catching prospect, however, he is developing at all the infield positions and center too. A good eye, quick and moved up from A to AA last year.


OF Pedro Valdes (#82 MLB, #7 Team) 19, another first rounder. Has spent 2 years in Rookie ball and starts there again. Has put up good numbers though, look for him to move up this year.


P Ismael Valdez (#96 MLB, #8 Team) 19, former 2nd round pick, played Rookie and Short A last year and starts the year in AA. Needs to work on his control, but possesses a solid curve among his 4 pitches.
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Old 05-09-2020, 04:56 PM   #231
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Both Swepson and Peck were claimed off of waivers so we bid them a fond farewell.


In the second game of the year, the Dodgers saw, not one, not two, but three pitchers leave the game early with injuries. Lindsey, Del Rosario and Baker. All three have issues. Only DR will miss any significant time right now.


Tom Bolton was called up to take his spot. No surprise there.


Not a good start to the season. We open against the expansion Marlins and get swept. Not only that, but swept with three straight walk off hits. One in extra innings. McGriff left so many guys on base and had zero RBI's. Geronimo Pena hit 3 dingers. He only had 4 all of last year. Great start guys. Way to get me excited for the year. Sheesh.


Fred McGriff took 56 at bats to hit his first homerun. It was off of this young pitcher named Pedro Martinez. It was the first time he'd seen him. It solidified our 3rd win of the year. LA is off to a roaring 3-10 start.
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Old 05-11-2020, 02:07 PM   #232
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April 1993

The more things change the more they stay the same. A fans life is never easy. We cheered hard for the boys in blue, we cheered hard for our new MVP first basemen and we were regarded with an 8-16 5th place record. Our bullpen got lit up in April like nobody's business. The starters were surprisingly efficient.

McGriff? Oh, McGriff....he had a slash line of .202/.288/.283. He came to bat 99 times, hit 1 HR, and had 13 RBI's. It's no secret that the Dodgers manager loves to run. He loves guys who can run, and he loves making guys run. McGriff has a career high of 6 stolen bases. He finished April with 3. Now, he has a lot of speed all around him in the lineup, so sometimes he has to run, but even still, that's a lot of running. Other than that, I would say, that this was a failure of a month for LA.

Team HR leaders are Henderson and Geronimo Pena (who you'll remember hit 3 in the first 2 games) with .... three. It's not been pretty.

We've already had injuries to deal with. The big one is Jose Cleto, who was started off really struggling with an 11.81 ERA in 4 games. He was basically ineffective. He tore his meniscus and at best he's back after the trade deadline. Edward Lindsey is lost for 6 weeks with more elbow problems. Don Robinson is also experiencing some elbow issues.

Chris Holt pitched well enough in 4 starts in April, but he was just shipped to Albuquerque and Pettitte was called up for his first work this year.

The only real bright spot happened after another injury. Rick Parker, who missed a lot of time last year, missed most of April straight away. In his place LA called up top SS prospect Denny Hocking from AA San Antonio. Hocking posted a monthly slash of .298/.397/.439, but his fielding has been weak. In one game, between Hocking and Pena, they committed 5 errors.

Bad month, but not the worst.
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