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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

L.A. Times: Plaschke: Don’t write Kemp’s name in ink in the 2008 lineup (RR)

L.A….a festival of atmosphere!

At least one of those kids could be the centerpiece in a winter trade that could bring the team a badly needed veteran star.

That kid could be Matt Kemp.

Insiders say that although management was furious with Jeff Kent for publicly ripping the team’s young players last week, it agrees with some of the things he said. There is concern over some of the rookies’ attitudes and aptitudes. There are home runs, but there are baserunning gaffes. There are dramatic catches, but there are forgotten sunglasses that lead to drops. There are some leadership moves, but also some lazy ones.

The Dodgers wouldn’t offer specifics, but insiders say they have reached the conclusion that they can be contenders quicker and longer if one or two of these kids are traded for more developed players who could help them avoid a repeat of this September’s meltdown.

...Matt Kemp’s breathtaking ability makes him attractive. But his constant struggles to embrace the little things that turn talent into championships make him expendable.

Repoz Posted: September 26, 2007 at 12:00 PM | 102 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 28, 2007 at 06:19 PM (#2548104)
I'd be careful to "refine" a measure that has already been "outed" as less-than-definitive, especially in these dark days (now that baseball analysis is "officially" dead).

Malcolm is still a deadly snarker...
It's probably more useful for us to focus on the fact that the Dodgers' ERA is 6.92 in the past 11 games (1-10). No team--young, old, blue, borrowed, or bowlegged--is going to win with a staff infection that virulent.
And still PDF.
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